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Mental Health charity celebrates quarter century of services

RAMH 25th anniversary Provost Hall, Brian Caldwell, Stephen McLellan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Local mental health charity RAMH today celebrated 25 years of providing services to local communities across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

And they kicked off their special year by launching an appeal to raise £25,000 in their 25th anniversary year, allowing them to move to better premises, where they will be more accessible, more visible and able to bring all their services into one central hub.

RAMH 25th anniversary Provost Hall, Brian Caldwell, Stephen McLellan

Chief Executive, Stephen McLellan said “From a small group of mental health professionals cautiously establishing services in 1990, RAMH has blossomed into one of the largest providers of mental health services in Scotland.”

He added “I continue to be immensely proud of the crucial mental health services RAMH provides. Celebrate with me as we applaud our achievements in 2015, and let’s make this the biggest and best year yet.”

The celebrations were attended by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall, who has selected RAMH as one of her four nominated charities. St Mirren’s Brian Caldwell also attended as did other local names, including ProLife Fitness Centre and Hillington based building firm Pacific Building.

RAMH 25th anni launch panda, Provost Hall, Brian Caldwell, Stephen McLellan

RAMH was formerly the Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health, but is now known as just RAMH because it provides services across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire, making it the largest provider of mental health services in the West of Scotland.

RAMH enables people to recover from mental ill health, and to build independent, fulfilled lives. Every single day of the year they provide crisis support, individualised care & practical support at home, day services, counselling for young people and adults, support for carers, and awareness to overcome mental health misconceptions.

To be part of the celebrations visit www.ramh.org or for a FREE fundraising pack contact enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

 

Photo Credits:

Photos show (l-r) Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall, St Mirren FC Chief Exec Brian Caldwell, RAMH Chief Exec Stephen McLellan at the 25th celebrations at St Mirren FC[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Huge turnout for youth football festival

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Huge turnout for youth football festival

Hundreds of young football fanatics took part in this year’s Street Stuff football festival at St Mirren Park in Paisley.

The turnout at this year’s event has been the highest there’s ever been with over 400 kids taking part in the festival.

As well as playing on the pitch, youngsters also got the chance to meet the first team squad and the winning teams received top prizes.

 

The annual end-of-season festival is part of the hugely successful Street Stuff youth diversionary project and is supported by the Renfrewshire Council’s community safety team and a wide range of partner organisations.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said “We are delighted that so many kids took part in the football festival and have made it the most successful one yet. It is always one of the highlights of the Street Stuff calendar.

“Street Stuff has been a very successful programme and has contributed to a reduction in youth disorder across Renfrewshire. Since it began in 2009 there has been a 75% fall in anti-social behaviour and youth disorder rates have fallen by 35% alone since last year.

“The scheme is a team effort with our partners who have all worked together to make it so successful. We would like to thank St Mirren for hosting this great event and for the contribution of the players and staff both in preparation of the event and on the night itself.”

The award-winning youth diversionary scheme offers a range of activities for young people around the area, such as street football, The Dome – an indoor facility with a mini gym, table tennis, football and games room – and The Box – a multi-functional activity unit used for dance mats, portable music devices and the latest gaming consoles.

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Scottish Football Association, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

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Paisley Panda visits brave Kerry in Hospital

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Paisley Panda visits brave Kerry in Hospital.

A Paisley girl got a shock when she received a hospital visitor that she was not expecting, as Paisley Panda dropped in to visit Kerry Robertson (19) at the Southern General’s ward 62 on Friday 25th October.

Kerry, a St Mirren fan and panda collector, was in complete shock when she turned to see the Giant Panda walking towards her. Her mum, Paisley.org.uk’s own Tracey Clements said “Kerry has been feeling quite down, she has been in the hospital for almost 9 weeks now and I was wondering what could cheer her up, so I spoke to Brian McGuire who contacted St Mirren and asked if the Panda could visit. They contacted me by email and we arranged it from there”

Kerry was admitted to the Southern General Hospital on the 26th August after visiting the Glasgow Dental Hospital, she had been having trouble with a “ulcer” on her tongue. Doctors prescribed mouthwashes and antibiotics but when nothing worked, her Mum contacted the Dental Hospital and pleaded with them for someone to see her. They saw her within a few hours, she needed an urgent referral to the Oral Health unit and it was from there she was sent straight to the Southern General.

Tracey said “Everything happened so quickly, we were at the Dental Hospital at 9am and at the Southern General by 11.00. Kerry was sent for scans, x-rays, photographs of her mouth, blood tests and then on to see the consultant. He told us he was going to perform a biopsy that afternoon.”

On Friday 30th August the family were dealt the devastating blow they were dreading most, Kerry had cancer. Plans were put in place to remove the tumour and on Thursday 19th Sept Kerry was wheeled into theatre for what turned out to be a 13 hour operation, where her whole tongue, lymph glands from the right side of her neck, part of her voice box and most of her teeth were removed. She now faces 6 weeks of chemo and radiotherapy.

Tracey says “Kerry has been so brave through all of this, I am incredibly proud of her. Sure she has had bad days but given what she is going through that can only be expected. She repeatedly tells us that she is going to kick cancer’s ass.”

Kerry, who was due to start a college course to train as a special needs teacher the same week she was admitted to hospital, said “Everyone has been great, a friend of my Mum took part in a Race for Life for me and raised £170 for Cancer Research, a local business set up a fundraising page for me so when my treatment is completed I could use the money to maybe have a wee holiday somewhere to recuperate and of course the staff at the hospital has been absolutely amazing.”

Tracey concluded by saying “I just want to thank St Mirren and Paisley Panda for going out of their way and beyond any normal duties by going all the way up to the Southern General to visit Kerry. Once the initial shock wore off she was thrilled and told everyone about her surprise visitor, and of course thank you to Brian for helping to arrange it.”

Brian McGuire founder of the Paisley.org.uk website said: “Tracey has been an integral part of the running of the Paisley website over the last couple of years, we know how much of a shock this was for Tracey, Kerry and the rest of the family. I speak for everyone at Paisley.org.uk, we are delighted we could do something that in some small way helped cheer Kerry up. It also shows that the community of Paisley can come together to help those in need. I wish to thank the Paisley Panda and St Mirren who did not hesitate and immediately offered their help..”

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Explore area’s hidden gems for Doors Open Day

Paisley Abbey

Explore area’s hidden gems for Doors Open Day

The countdown is on to Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day, with more than 60 local buildings set to offer visitors a peek behind the scenes this weekend.

The event offers residents a showcase of the area’s fascinating architectural history, with this year marking the 20th anniversary of Renfrewshire’s participation.

This year – for the first time – there is a special feature for children in the form of a wicked-history-themed Diabolical Diaries booklet.

There will be prizes for any child who picks up at least five ‘venue-stamps’ in their booklet, available through all libraries and participating venues.

Buildings set to throw open their doors include historic gems such as Paisley Abbey as well as newer sites like St Mirren Park and the On-X Leisure Centre in Linwood.

Other highlights include a chance to see the A-listed Bascule Bridge at Renfrew in action, with the bridge set to open at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday.

Also open will be local churches, fire stations and Paisley Sheriff Court. There will also be tours of Glasgow Airport, but places on these are now fully booked.

Paisley Abbey

Other events of note include:

– a family fun day in Paisley’s Johnston Street to mark the end of a £1m investment in the Causeyside Street area from noon until 5pm on Saturday;

– an information event regarding the project to restore the stunning 19th-century Grand Fountain in Paisley’s Fountain Gardens from 1 to 4pm on Saturday;

– a consultation event to let residents have their say on the latest proposals for the Semple Heritage Trail project in Lochwinnoch’s Castle Semple Centre on Sunday from noon until 4pm.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “Doors Open Day is a great chance for residents to uncover the hidden gems on their own doorstep.

“Renfrewshire has some superb buildings, both old and new, and I would encourage everybody to get out and about and take stock of their own surroundings.”

Residents are also invited to take part in a photo competition through social media.

All they have to do to be in with a chance of some great prizes is share their photos of the day on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram tagged with the hashtag #doorsopendaysrenfrewshire

Doors Open Day is one of many European Heritage Days, which take place in over 50 countries, with more than 20 million visits each year.

For more information and for a full list of participating venues, visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk, or pick up a brochure from any Renfrewshire library.

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The Cup Final revisited

The Cup Final revisited

A special evening for supporters to re-live the day we won the League Cup for the first time in our history 

Sunday 22nd September, 2013 at 6.30pm is now confirmed as the date for a very special evening to celebrate and remember our historic League Cup Final victory with the players and management who made it all possible.

The venue is the Corporate Lounge at St.Mirren Park and the evening will be attended by members of the Cup winning squad who will talk us through the feelings and emotions of the day.

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Doors will open at 6.30 and the format will involve showing highlights of the semi final win against Celtic and the euphoria of the Cup Final win against Hearts with photo opportunities with the players and the Cup from 6.30pm to 8pm at which point the show gets in to full swing.

A real treat is 40 minutes of previously unseen video footage, not shown on the cup final dvd, showing the players, manager and directors before and after the final. This footage will not be available elsewhere – it’s exclusive to this night and not to be missed!

The players attending the evening will talk us through the day with supporters and players sharing the match events as they unfolded. A question and answer session on the night will give real insight to the players and managements emotions of the day. E mail your Cup winning run question to harry@saintmirren.net in advance of the evening. If you have any special stories that you would like to share with the fans, witty or otherwise then please e-mail then to harry@saintmirren.net.

Tickets are on general sale from reception at Greenhill Road.

The price for the evening will be £15 per person which includes a cold sandwich buffet .The bar will be open and this will mean the evening is only available for adults over 18 to attend, due to licensing laws.

Dress code is come as you would to any Saints match !

All proceeds will be shared between the club and the Saints fans Council for council projects and initiatives for the benefit of all Saints fans.

E mail alandoak@sky.com  for any other information about the evening.

Don’t delay as there is high demand for tickets !

Photograph above taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

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Paisley 10k road race attracts almost 1,500 runners

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Paisley 10k road race attracts almost 1,500 runners

Around 1,500 runners pounded the streets of Paisley at the weekend as the annual Paisley Vision 10k road race took place.

The event – doubling as the Scottish Athletics West District 10K Road Race Championship – saw serious runners and enthusiastic amateurs alike strap on their running shoes.

Hundreds of residents lined the streets as they turned out to cheer on the runners in the sunshine.

The 10k course started and ended in County Square and took runners through Ferguslie Park on its way to Asda, before coming back through the west end of the town along the Paisley – Kilmacolm cycle track.

Along the way, runners passed local landmarks such as Paisley Abbey and Town Hall, St Mirren Park and the University of the West of Scotland.

The first man home was Callum Hawkins of Kilbarchan AAC, in a time of 30:40 and the fastest woman was team-mate Hayley Haining, in 34:28.

The road race was followed by a fun run, which saw a record-breaking entry of around 700 runners tackle the 3km route around the town centre.

The winner was Kilbarchan AAC’s Conor Thomson in a time of 08:47.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who was there on the day to present medals to the winners, said: “Events like this are great for bringing a crowd into the town centre and it was lovely to see so many people turn out to cheer on their friends and family.

“The runners will have had their own reasons for getting involved, whether it be to raise money for charity or just to get themselves fit – but they are all winners.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, added: “The promotion of sport and healthy lifestyles is something the council is very keen to be part of.

“The turnout was up on recent years, which is testament to how well-established this event has become.

“We made changes to the pricing structure for this year’s event in line with feedback from participants, and I am glad people have responded to that.

“I would like to thank all those who gave up their time to help with the organisation of the race, as well as our race sponsors MEPC for their contribution.”

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Gerry Baker – St Mirren Legend

George at St Mirren

Gerry Baker – St Mirren Legend

Paisley’s MSP has lodged a parliamentary motion acknowledging the career of Gerry Baker who sadly passed away at the weekend. Gerry was part of the team that won the Scottish Cup in 1959, his first season with the club.

George said:

George at St Mirren‘Although I never saw Gerry Baker play for St Mirren I have been told how he was such an important part of the wonderful 1959 Scottish cup wining team. My Dad and other members of my family would go as far to say we have never had a centre forward of his class since, at St Mirren Park.

‘For me the legacy of men like Davie Lapsley and Gerry Baker and their team mates in that team are that most of us in Paisley still know about their achievements. Paisley’ s thoughts are with his family but we can say that he gave our town so much during his time here.’

www.paisleysmsp.org

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St Mirren Football Club News 27th June

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St Mirren Football Club News 27th June

Hospitality
Corporate hospitality is now available to purchase for:

St Mirren V Newcastle 30th July 2013
St Mirren V Kilmarnock 17th August 2013
St Mirren V Partick Thistle 31st August 2013

stmirren.pngFull details can be found on the attached leaflet along with our Corporate Hospitality Brochure for 2013/2104.

Home Pre-Season Games
The pre-season games at home against Morton and Newcastle United will be all-ticket. Tickets are now on sale from the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop.

The ticket details are as follows:

St Mirren v Morton, Saturday 20th July 2013
Adult – £10
Concession – £5
12 & Under – £2

St Mirren v Newcastle United, Tuesday 30th July 2013
Adult – £15
Concession – £8
Children – £5
Newcastle United FC team will be made up from 1st team/reserves and U21 players

Season Tickets
The current reduced prices for Season Tickets will change on 1st July 2013. Any seats currently held for season ticket holders who have not yet renewed their season tickets will also be released on 1st July 2013. Make sure you take up the cheaper prices whilst available.

Please remember if you wish to qualify for the free child place this cannot be done online, it must be done at the Ticket Office. If you try to complete this process online you will be charged. If this is a new application you will also need to bring along either a passport or a birth certificate for the child. The free tickets are only available in the Main and West Stand until 30th June. Thereafter it will only apply to the South Stand.

Ticket Office
The Ticket Office is open as follows:
Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm plus
Thursday 27th June 5-6pm
Saturday 29th June 9.30pm – 12 o’clock
Sunday 30th June 11am-1pm
Alternatively you can purchase season tickets at www.smfctickets.co.uk or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email tickets@saintmirren.net

Smart Cards
If you are due to receive a new Smartcard, please note that we are waiting on delivery of the cards from our supplier. We apologise for any inconvenience and we will update the newsletter and website accordingly.

St Mirren in the Community News

Summer Camps
Schools will be stopping soon for the summer break and the St Mirren in the Community team are ready and waiting with the ever popular football camps to help you pass the long summer days!
The brand new St Mirren Dome will be the primary location for the camps with further camps being held at the St Mirren Youth Academy in Ralston and at the Lochbarr Sports Arena in Lochwinnoch.
The football camps will cover six weeks of the summer break. Full details can be found at http://www.saintmirren.net/pages/?p=24301. Application form attached at the bottom of this e-mail.

St. Mirren Airdome
The new St. Mirren Airdome is a multi-purpose indoor venue suitable, with a synthetic all weather astroturf surface. It is suitable for a variety of sports and can comfortably accommodate different user groups. The dome is available for hire for birthday parties, sports events, club training and small-sided matches.
For booking or enquires please contact:
David Mackay: 07809 341 876
Email: david.mackay@saintmirren.net
Ross Paterson: 07702 287 693
Email: ross.paterson@saintmirren.net

St. Mirren Community Tel: 0141 840 6131
Community Classes @ St. Mirren Dome
Wednesdays: Goalkeeping Development Centre 4-5pm (5-12 years)
Saturdays:
3-5 years: 9-10am
5-7 years: 10-11am
8-12 years: 11am-12pm
Sundays:
3-5 years: 10-11am
6-12 years: 11am-12pm
Additional Support Needs: 12pm-1pm
£4 per session. Pay on the day. 1st session is free.

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St Mirren F.C Pre-Season Game info

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Home Pre-Season Games

The pre-season games at home against Morton and Newcastle United will be all-ticket. Tickets will be on sale from the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop from Friday 14th June.

 

The ticket details are as follows:

St Mirren v Morton,  Saturday 20th July 2013

Adult – £10

Concession – £5

12 & Under – £2

St Mirren v Newcastle United,  Tuesday 30th July 2013

Adult – £15

Concession – £8

Children – £5

Newcastle United FC team will be made up from 1st team/reserves and U21 players

 

Season Tickets 

Ticket office is open as follows: 

Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm plus

Thursday 20th June 5-6pm

Saturday 22nd June 9.30am  -12 o’clock

 

Alternatively you can purchase season tickets at www.smfctickets.co.uk or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email tickets@saintmirren.net

 

Please remember if you wish to qualify for the free child place this cannot be done online, it must be done at the Ticket Office. If you try to complete this process online you will be charged. If this is a new application you will also need to bring along either a passport or a birth certificate for the child.

If you are due to receive a new Smartcard, please note that we are waiting on delivery of the cards from our supplier and they will not be available for collection until after 16th June at the earliest. We will update the newsletter and website accordingly.

 

St Mirren Plaque

The Club are offering Season Ticket holders the opportunity to personalise their seat for the 2013/14 season.

The personalised plaque will show your name and seat number on the back of a St Mirren shirt icon and it will be securely adhered to your seat.

If you wish to take up this offer you can place an order for your plaque, which will cost £15, when you purchase your Season Ticket at the Ticket Office (online option also available when purchasing your Season Ticket at the Online Ticket Shop).  If you have already purchased your Season Ticket you can still order a plaque by popping into the St Mirren Ticket Office or giving us a call on 0141 840 6130

If you require further details please contact the St Mirren Ticket Office either by tel: (0141) 840-6130 or e-mail: tickets@saintmirren.net

Shirt Printing As of Monday 17th June, shirt printing will be available instore at the Club Shop. While shirts can only be bought at J.D. Sports, you can now bring your shirt to the Club Shop to be printed whilst you wait.

St Mirren in the Community News

Walk Football

St Mirren in the Community have launched a Walk Football class which will take place every Monday evening at the St Mirren Airdome.

Walk Football is, as the title suggests, football where you must walk.  In fact if you run a free-kick will be awarded against your team!

While the Community team see this version of football as a good support mechanism for previous participants of the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme, it is also aimed at those who feel they can no longer run about for 90 minutes but still want to be involved and participating in the sport of football while also getting or keeping fit.

The Walk Football sessions will take place at the St Mirren Airdome every Monday between 5:00pm and 6:00pm and will cost you £2 to take part.

 

For more info or to register your interest please contact Brian Sproul by e-mail: brian.sproul@saintmirren.net.

 

Summer Camps

Schools will be stopping soon for the summer break and the St Mirren in the Community team are ready and waiting with the ever popular football camps to help you pass the long summer days!

The brand new St Mirren Dome will be the primary location for the camps with further camps being held at the St Mirren Youth Academy in Ralston and at the Lochbarr Sports Arena in Lochwinnoch.

The football camps will cover six weeks of the summer break. Full details can be found at http://www.saintmirren.net/pages/?p=24301

 St. Mirren Airdome

The new St. Mirren Airdome is a multi-purpose indoor venue suitable, with a synthetic all weather astroturf surface. It is suitable for a variety of sports and can comfortably accommodate different user groups. The dome is available for hire for birthday parties, sports events, club training and small-sided matches.

 

For booking or enquires please contact:

David Mackay: 07809 341 876

Email: david.mackay@saintmirren.net

Ross Paterson: 07702 287 693

Email: ross.paterson@saintmirren.net

 

St. Mirren Community Tel: 0141 840 6131

Community Classes @ St. Mirren Dome

Wednesdays: Goalkeeping Development Centre  4-5pm (5-12 years)

Saturdays:

3-5 years: 9-10am

5-7 years: 10-11am

8-12 years: 11am-12pm

Sundays:

3-5 years: 10-11am

6-12 years: 11am-12pm

Additional Support Needs: 12pm-1pm

£4 per session. Pay on the day. 1st session is free.

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Street Stuff hosts festival of football at St Mirren Park

Street Stuff hosts festival of football at St Mirren Park

Young people from throughout Renfrewshire can step out on the hallowed turf of St Mirren Park to show their football skills at a special tournament this month.

The festival of five-a-side football is an annual end-of-season event run by the area’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various local agencies, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren, offering activities for young people – such as mobile youth clubs and street football with coaching from the club – at youth disorder hotspots.

And the scheme’s organisers are looking for teams of young people aged from 10 to 18 to get their entries in for the event, on Monday 13 May from 6.30 to 9pm.

Those playing on the day will be able to pose with the Scottish League Cup, and meet some of the first-team players who won the trophy in March.

Youngsters will also get to try out St Mirren’s brand-new Dome, with some of the action due to take place in the recently-opened indoor pitch beside the stadium.


For those who don’t fancy the football, computer games will be set up in the main-stand hospitality suite, with Fifa 13 and Just Dance on offer.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff champion, said: “The activities run by Street Stuff have made a huge difference to the area and to the young people involved.

“By giving youngsters somewhere to go and something to do, and through the work with police and the council’s community safety services, youth disorder rates have fallen in every area where the scheme operates.

“The end-of-season football festival is always one of the highlights of the Street Stuff calendar. I would encourage any local youngsters who want to play at St Mirren Park to get together with their mates and enter their team now.”

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon added: “The club is always keen to play a part in the local community and events like this are great for the youngsters.

“I’m sure we will see a great standard of football on the evening and who knows, maybe some St Mirren stars of the future will be among those taking part?”

There will be separate competitions for those aged 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18, with trophies for the winners. All those taking part will receive a goodie bag and medal.

Entry forms are available to download at www.saintmirren.net. More information is available by contacting Street Stuff organiser Stevie Gallagher on 07557 281581 or stephen@saintmirren.net

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, McGill’s Buses, Reid Kerr College and Engage Renfrewshire.

The event is being funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.