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Facebay Fundraising For Macmillan

A Facebook appeal and sponsored walk has raised a fantastic total of £713 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and on Wednesday Irene and Ian McDonald presented the cheque to April Andrews from Macmillan.

Irene explains how the money was raised:

‘Our sponsored walk was held at Barshaw Park on 8th April 2012 at 1pm. The bad weather put a lot of people off coming to the event, but we carried on regardless.

After the walk we had raffle prizes and we also had a stall where we sold items which people donated.

At the end of the day two young people came up to me and handed me £40. This was a PERFECT end to the day. I would personally like to thank Amy Gray and Sean Kelly for this donation, thank you Amy and Sean, that was a lovely thing to do and we very much appreciated it.

We would also like to thank everyone who helped with this event and everyone who donated items for us to sell, also the people who gave us sponsor/donation money, and the local companies which donated items for this fantastic cause.

As this event was set up through my website  https://www.facebook.com/groups/facebay.free.paisley/ and was a big success with over 1000 members, we have now set up another website which helps other fantastic charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Cot Deaths and Miscarriages, RAH Children’s Ward and the PDSA which are all great charities and need help raising money.

 

This site is https://www.facebook.com/groups/FacebayFundraising/  EVERYONE is welcome to join and put unwanted goods or items that they no longer need on the site. Every penny raised goes to the charities.

This site is doing great but we would like more people to join and donate to these fantastic charities, please help this be a massive success.

This is how the site works:  People donate their unwanted or items they no-longer need on the site, then the people who want the items pay a small donation for charity.

We have started off with Macmillan Cancer Support and every 3 months we will change to one of the other charities, so this gives each charity a fair chance.

We have a Just Giving page set up for people who want to pay for their items in that way – this makes even more money if you are a tax-payer as Gift Aid gives 25% on top of the sum donated.  Also everyone is welcome to make a donation, no matter how small or large on the page as it’s for a really good cause.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us to raise this amount of money, it was fantastic!

THANK YOU!’

The Just Giving Page Is Still Live

http://www.justgiving.com/freeinpaisley4macmillan

 

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PACE Theatre Company

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PACE Theatre group are the Renfrewshire Community Champions “see section here

Since being formed by David Wallace in 1988 PACE has grown to become one of the largest youth theatre companies in the UK, creating countless opportunities for local youths with a dramatic flair and putting on shows that have thrilled the public year after year.

Based in Paisley, PACE has worked with over 250,000 young people since its inception, including over 20,000 who have become members of PACE Youth Theatre. PACE runs over 1,750 youth theatre workshops every year and its productions perform annually to audiences of over 200,000.

There’s four sides to PACE:

PACE Theatre Company
PACE Youth Theatre
PACE Casting
PACE Media Productions

PACE Theatre Company

PACE are renowned for producing spectacular theatrical productions, in particular their much-loved and anticipated annual pantomime that they’ve put on every festive period since 1988 (see below for more details of this year’s show).
They’re also responsible for numerous other professional productions such as the Slab Boys Trilogy, commissioned and written original work and created several spectacular large-scale performances, including ‘Cradlesong’ for Renfrew’s 600 year anniversary.

PACE Youth Theatre

PACE Youth Theatre has become the largest and most successful youth theatre in the UK. Over 2000 young people attend their weekly workshops in drama, music and dance. As well as teaching performance skills, these workshops increase the confidence, communications skills and self expression of the participants. They’re a lot of fun, too. Past members include James McAvoy, Paulo Nutini and David Sneddon.
Workshops are run by fully trained full time staff and members also receive additional benefits such free casting agency representation for TV & Film work and discounts for events at ‘Fest!’ – their popular school holiday performing arts festival.

PACE Media Productions

PACE Media Productions was formed to provide a different medium for the dramatic work produced by PACE Theatre Company. It has produced educational dramas for clients such as Drinkwise, Scotland Against Drugs, Scottish Executive, NHS 24, West Dumbartonshire Council, and many others.

PACE Casting

This casting agency was set up to represent PACE’s youth theatre members in TV, film and advertising productions. It provides licensing and chaperoning services to production companies as well as audition facilities, and also produces an annual casting directory book, with over 1,000 professional photos and CV details, distributed to all major UK production companies.

PACE Pantomime – Tickets Selling Fast!

If you see anything this December make sure you see PACE Theatre Company’s 23rd Annual Pantomime – Aladdin. Starring David Wallace – the ‘Doyenne of Dames’ – and Alan Orr, along with a whole host of hilarious characters, fantastic original music, and the liveliest, most energetic chorus of young actors – this is one night out that you won’t want to miss!
Aladdin runs from Friday 26 November to Friday 31 December.

Box Office: 0141 887 1010
Group Bookings: 0845 130 5218
Online booking: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

PACE Website: www.pacetheatre.com

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The Happening

The Happening
Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF
Tuesday 16th November 2010
9.30am – 4pm

Social enterprise Trade Fair The Happening will offer something for
everyone. For those involved or interested in social enterprise there’s the
opportunity to learn something new at a series of workshops, make new
contacts, discover more business opportunities, visit other companies and
see how they operate or simply relax and socialise with like-minded others
while browsing the stalls at the Trade Fair to make a start on your Xmas
shopping.

Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) are organising this
special event to celebrate the existence of social enterprises – companies
that put people before profit. They hope it will become an annual tradition
and bring people from across Scotland to learn more about social
enterprise, share knowledge, network with other social entrepreneurs and
sell their goods at a trade fair that will be open to the general public.

Janis McDonald, Chief Executive of RCVS: “In light of these tough
financial times, RCVS view this as an important event which will be of
great importance for Social Enterprise businesses. Social Enterprises
reinvest profits in local communities and we aim to achieve an increased
recognition amongst local people of the social benefits and cost efficiency
of the immense work done by this sector. RCVS is proud of the sector it
represents and is delighted to showcase the good work being done by hosting
The Happening 2010.”

Stalls at the Trade Fair are going quickly, with many seeing it as a great
opportunity to tap into the beginning of the festive shopping season.
Scottish Huntington’s will be selling their Christmas cards, for example,
while the Sunshine Gallery from Paisley Shopping Centre will be offering
artwork to members of the public who come in looking for something a little
different.

All charity and voluntary groups are welcome to book a stall at the Trade
Fair, which will be open to the general public, and take advantage of this
great opportunity to sell your wares to a large audience of Christmas
shoppers. Anyone wishing to book a stall is advised to book quickly as
space is running out.

A series of workshops will be running throughout the day for delegates and
stallholders to attend, covering such topics as starting up and developing
a social enterprise, advice on obtaining funding and contract
opportunities.

Delegates and stallholders will also have the opportunity to visit social
enterprises in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, finding out more about
how they operate and the services they deliver.

Everyone is welcome to take part in The Happening. Anyone who purchases a
ticket for The Happening will be given full access to the trade fair,
workshops and trips to local social enterprises.

The trade fair will be open to the general public. Any charity, voluntary
group or social enterprise in Scotland is welcome to book a stall at it.

RCVS is in the process of arranging hotel discounts and other special
offers for delegates and stall holders.

Anyone interested in The Happening should contact RCVS on 0141 587 2487 or
info@rcvsweb.co.uk for further information.

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Jog On

Jog On

Hot on the heels of the success of the Paisley 10k, Jogging Buddies is looking for new members.

Jogging Buddies is Renfrewshire’s very own jogging network. It is part of the national jogscotland programme and aims to encourage people to gradually increase their activity levels to help improve their health and well being.

Joggers of all abilities are welcome to join any of the Jogging Buddies venues. If you have never jogged before don’t despair! Jogging Buddies will be organising new beginners walk/jog classes at all its venues on the week commencing 20th September.

Jogging Buddies venues:

Houston Village Hall, Monday 6.30pm
Renfrew Leisure Centre, Mondays 6.30pm
Lagoon Leisure Centre, Tuesdays 6.00pm
Glennifer High School. Tuesdays 6.30pm
McKillop Institute Lochwinnoch Wednesdays 6.30pm
Ralston Community Sports Centre Wednesdays 7.00pm
Elderslie Village Hall Thursdays 6.30pm
Erskine Sports Centre, Thursdays 6.30pm
Linwood Sports Centre, Saturdays 10.00am
Further information:
01505 810936

taken from the RCVS newsletter for more information on RCVS click here.

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The Happening 2010

The Happening 2010
Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF
Tuesday 16th November 2010
09.30am – 4pm

The Happening is a one day Social Enterprise Trade Fair which will provide the opportunity to buy and sell goods from Social Enterprises from all over the West of Scotland and network with other social entrepreneurs. There will also be the opportunity to attend workshops, visit local social enterprises and visit the cafe supplied by local social enterprises.

This fair is suitable for anyone interested in social enterprise, business and community life, including those working in Third Sector organisations, local authorities, chambers of commerce, public sector agencies and the private sector. A number of social enterprises drawn from across the West of Scotland will be exhibiting/trading goods.

For full event details please see the attached flier.

Further information:
Anne Keir
0141 587 2487
anne.keir@rcvsweb.co.uk

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Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR)

The Community Champions for the month of September:

ROAR is a consortium of voluntary and social economy organisations, based in Renfrewshire, working together to offer low level care and befriending services for older adults.

The delivery model for the service is a Public Social Partnership (PSP). Our partners include Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Renfrewshire Community Health Initiative, Renfrewshire Seniors Forum and WRVS and Alzheimer’s Scotland who also provide the services for ROAR.

Older Adult Social Isolation

ROAR aim to combat the crisis of social isolation within over 55’s in Renfrewshire. Using measures to help prevent decreasing health by improving health and well being and providing somewhere which is safe and friendly for older adults to enjoy social activity. ROAR hope by putting in place these preventative measures they will help to increase self confidence, maximise independence and ultimately improve the quality of life for Renfrewshire’s older people.

What ROAR Offer

ROAR have a lot to offer, including a befriending service for both home visits and out in the community. They can also provide transport to and from appointments or out to one of our ROAR clubs where members can enjoy a 2 course meal for only £2.

At their clubs members also benefit from advice services provided by Citizens Advice Bureau and a health & well being programme that includes hand massages, gentle exercise and games days. ROAR also provide handy person services to help with small jobs around the house.

ROAR Volunteering

ROAR always welcome new volunteers to help in any of their services. If you are a compassionate, helpful individual who enjoys being involved with your local community, no matter what age or experience you have, they may have the right volunteering position for you.

There are positions within their clubs as organisers, or befriending opportunities out with the clubs. There are also opportunities for drivers to provide transport services to older adults. Or you could help with our handy persons services.

As volunteers you can develop new skills and gain experience. You can give as much or as little time as you want, enjoy being part of a team and most of all help make a small difference to someone’s life.

Contact Information:

ROAR
c/o Airlink Business Centre
24 Clark Street
Paisley
PA3 1RB

T: 0141 889 7481
F: 01418893974
E: roar@rcvsweb.co.uk

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Transforming and Empowering Renfrewshire

The Transforming and Empowering Renfrewshire Seminar Report from March 2010
is now available.

The Transforming and Empowering Renfrewshire Seminar took place to raise
awareness of the current opportunities and challenges facing the public
sector and local communities and start a dialogue on shaping the delivery
of future services. It also explored different ways the Third Sector and
communities can be supported to fulfil common goals and create new
opportunities for community empowerment.

The Report can be downloaded HERE.

http://rcvs.synthasite.com/resources/Trans&Emp_2010.pdf

Free Newsletters from Renfrewshire CVS

Our bi-monthly newsletter Connections is always packed with news, events,
profiles, funding sources and other such useful information. A free copy in
PDF format can be found here:

http://rcvs.synthasite.com/resources/Connections26.pdf

SE Connections is our social enterprise newsletter and an equally
invaluable source of news and opinion pieces, reflecting the ever-growing
numbers of SEs in the Renfrewshire area:

http://rcvs.synthasite.com/resources/SE_Connections8.pdf

Our goal at RCVS is to work in partnership with every voluntary group,
charity and social enterprise in the Renfrewshire area to build a better,
stronger future for the area. This email is our way of showing you some of
the ways we’re currently working towards this.

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Community Champions for August are Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Renfrewshire Carers Centre provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers living in the Renfrewshire area. A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help.

It’s important to provide support for carers as taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression. Carers have to juggle their work life with their responsibilities as carers, with many having to lose income and job opportunities. This can in turn lead to them feeling isolated, ill and struggling to cope. Thus organisations like Renfrewshire Carers Centre play a vital role in combating these problems and making sure carers can continue to do their good work.

Here’s just a sample of the impressive range of services the Centre provides:

Information and Advice

The Centre offers carers information on a wide range of topics, such as carers’ rights, welfare benefits, housing issues, care assessments, accessible holidays and a lot more. Their website (www.renfrewshirecarers.com) is packed with info and they also offer one-to-one sessions with their staff, information leaflets and packs.

Support Groups

Support groups allow carers to talk to each other, sharing their knowledge and discussing the news and issues that affect them. These social occasions also combat the social isolation that many carers feel.

Training

A range of training courses is provided for free by Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Their aim is to create opportunities for carers to improve their ability and confidence in taking care of someone and in turn improving their quality of life.

Respite Service

The Centre’s home based respite service is free and provides trained, committed and reliable respite workers who will take over a carer’s responsibilities and give them an invaluable break.

Young Carers Project

Children and young people who care for a member of their family are offered support with concerns at home and school. The Project offers group work and one-to-one support for young carers and aims to give them the chance to have some fun an opportunity to meet other young people in similar situations.

Volunteering

They are always eager to recruit new volunteers who will be given the opportunity to help other people, access training courses, learn new skills, socialise with other volunteers, become involved in the community, have fun and make new friends.

Volunteers can provide one-to-one befriending, support carers/young people within a group setting, help with the Centre’s telephone help line, provide admin support in the office or raise awareness about the Centre and the services they provide.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Katie or Marie on 0141 887 3643.

Further information:

0141 887 3643
centre@renfrewshirecarers.co.uk
www.renfrewshirecarers.com

Check out our Community Champions Section here.

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Become a Member of RCVS

Become a Member of RCVS:
25% Discount!

With a quarter of the year now gone we’re offering a 25% discount on becoming a member of RCVS. There’s never been a better time to become a member or renew your membership!

Why should you become a member? Because it allows you to access a wide range of benefits and services: discounts on equipment hire and our print shop, project advice, the ability to join our Board, priority is given to your advert and article submissions for our e-bulletins and newsletters etc. All this and more for a very small fee.

click here for more info

RCVS and Community Champions

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Community Champions

Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) and Paisley.org.uk have formed a new partnership to promote the good work being done by Renfrewshire’s charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.

“Community Champions” is the name of the new section on the popular Paisley.org.uk website that will publicise a different local charity or voluntary group each month. Each profile will provide some background on the Champion of the Month and highlight the good work they’ve been doing to make the local area a better place. New services, upcoming events and volunteering opportunities will also be featured.

Community Champions was created thanks to Councillor Kenny MacLaren talking to RCVS and Paisley.org.uk about new ways of promoting local charities and voluntary groups.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren: “This is an excellent opportunity to promote worthwhile groups in Paisley. Combining RCVS’s knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector with Paisley.org.uk’s excellent online presence will help to promote local groups from Paisley.

“In an era of ever reducing budgets this is an excellent example of local organisations working together to promote the best of Paisley.”

Brain McGuire, who runs Paisley.org.uk, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new partners, the Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services. We are introducing a brand new section “Champions in our Community” – this section will highlight a different organisation in Paisley and Renfrewshire who themselves champion great and worthy causes in our area.

“We are all about promoting our town – now we also get the chance to promote local champions. It should certainly be a very exciting add on to www.paisley.org.uk.”

Community Champions launches on Wednesday 7th July with a profile on Rainbow Turtle – they’ve had a lot of success in getting fair trade products into schools and businesses across Renfrewshire and selling such products from their shop in Paisley town centre. They have also worked hard to raise public awareness of fair trade by giving educational talks and organising special events and fundraisers, as well as playing an important part in Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Fortnight and lobbying local and national politicians to make changes in the system of world trade for the better.

Gordon Mclean, RCVS’ Information and Communications Officer who will be working on the Community Champions section with Brian, said: “RCVS is very excited about Community Champions and the potential it has for showing everyone the incredible work all the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises are doing across Renfrewshire. These organisations are providing an incredible range of services and opportunities that make a real difference to people’s lives and help make Renfrewshire a better place.

“One of the main aims of RCVS is to promote the good work being done in Renfrewshire’s charity and voluntary sector and so it simply makes good sense to work in partnership with Paisley.org.uk to bring Community Champions to life. The website is very popular, respected and well-liked because it works hard to promote the positive side of Paisley and Renfrewshire as a whole. The new Community Champions section will enable visitors to see why local charities and voluntary groups are a vital part of the positive side and allow us to reach a whole new audience.

“RCVS is proud to be working in partnership with Paisley.org.uk on Community Champions and we urge everyone to check it out and discover something new about the local area.”

Paisley.org.uk is a community-driven web site, ran by people who either reside in Paisley or have roots in the town, dedicated to the positive promotion of Paisley to a wider audience. They offer a wide range of information services and opportunities for citizens to engage with each other, such as a public forum, events calendar, history section, Twitter account and lots more.

www.paisley.org.uk/community

RCVS is a voluntary organisation that seeks to promote the interests and the effectiveness of all local community and voluntary organisations for the greater good of Renfrewshire’s citizens. From securing funding, training staff and running events to handling payrolls, printing and the creation of promotional films, RCVS also aims to help local groups no matter what their needs are.

http://rcvs.synthasite.com/