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Recruits are just the jobs for charity

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Recruits are just the jobs for charity

A group of 30 young people from a popular council-run youth employment programme rattled their tins to raise hundreds of pounds for a local charity.

The S5/6 youngsters on the Recruit programme – loosely based on TV’s The Apprentice – raised the cash for St Vincent’s Hospice by taking collection cans and buckets across Braehead shopping centre.

Recruits charity collection Braehead

Every year, the organisers of The Recruit – which sees a group of young people compete through a series of business-based challenges with jobs on offer for the winners – choose a local charity to benefit from the young people’s work.

St Vincent’s will also benefit from a challenge where the Recruits will be asked to see how much money they can earn on an initial £1 investment from the charity.

Other activities taking place include bake sales, sponsored walks and runs and other charity fundraisers. The results will be announced at the Recruit finale on 18 August where all of the funds raised will be presented to St Vincent’s.

The Recruit is now in its fifth year and this summer’s programme has two sections, one for S5/6 school pupils and another for unemployed 18 to 24-year-olds.

Donna McLellan, community and trust fundraiser at St Vincent’s, supervised the Braehead challenge, and said: “The Recruits were wonderful ambassadors for St Vincent’s and they did a fantastic job.

recruits charity collection Braehead

“They had loads of energy and enthusiasm and that was reflected in the way they persuaded the public to contribute to the charity.

“It costs us £5,000 a day to run our charity and half of this comes from voluntary donations.

“Public fundraising can be tough and fundraisers have to be good-humoured and versatile. The Recruits showed they have what it takes.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, added: “The Recruit aims to equip our young people with skills that will benefit them in the workplace by giving them practical and business-based challenges.

“Every year we find another batch of young people who go on to do the area proud – and it is great to see them applying those skills by doing something that helps benefit a great cause like St Vincent’s.”

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Recruits shine during social media chat

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Recruits shine during social media chat

A group of young people on a council-run youth employment programme were given the chance to get social after a masterclass with a Facebook expert.

The 30 S5 and 6 pupils on the latest edition of The Recruit were set a series of tasks by Gary Ennis of Hillington-based firm NS Design as their latest business challenge.

Recruits with NS design

The Recruit is loosely based on TV’s The Apprentice and sees young people compete through a series of enterprise challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Gary talked the youngsters through the pros and cons of using social media as a business before asking them to set up a business Facebook profile and see how many ‘likes’ they could pick up before the end of the day.

The overall winners on the day were Team Fusion – Bethany Hunter, Stephen Dow, Jonathan McCart, Imaan Niven, Declan Hamilton and Hannah Lochhead.

This year’s summer edition has two sections – one for S5 and 6 pupils from Renfrewshire schools, and another for unemployed 18 to 24 year-olds.

Gary said: “I think the Recruit programme is really valuable, and credit to the council because they do it well and you see it making a big difference.

Recruits with NS Design

“I talked them about Facebook and Twitter and how it can be significant in the workplace, but also about how it can get you into trouble if you leave comments that potential employers might read.

“Working with the Recruits is something I always find really inspiring – when you give them licence to speak up and take initiative it’s great to see the results.

Councillor Roy Glen said: “Helping young people find work is one of the biggest priorities of this council, and the Recruit is one of many initiatives run under our successful Invest in Renfrewshire scheme to tackle unemployment.

“The Recruit has been running in Renfrewshire now for five years and in that time it has given hundreds of local young people a valuable taste of the working world, and a helping hand into employment.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Paisley Town Hall Refurbishment

Paisley Town Hall Photographs

As you can see from our Photographs of Paisley Town Hall, the front scaffold has now been removed and our Town Hall looks splendid. Our photographer Alex Kyle was passing today and took some photographs of it, as well as a group of the Invest in Renfrewshire’s recruits..

The Town Hall is being refurbished for this year’s upcoming Mòd festival which should see this beautiful building being central to the music and festivities.

The Townhall

In 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family, left £20,000 in his will to build Paisley Town Hall to his native Paisley.

A site was found next to the Abbey which was suitable under the terms of the will; the hall was to be in the New Town, east of the Cart, where George Clark had been born and where his family’s thread mills were.

The George A. Clark Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882 among great celebrations. A procession made its way through the decorated streets, and at night there was a firework display from the High Church steeple.

The impressive building became a landmark in Paisley. The taller of the two towers, with its sculptured figures representing the four seasons, housed a clock and a chime of bells which could play a different tune for every day of the month.

The many rooms of the Town Hall proved ideal for meetings and social events. By the 1980s, however, the chimes no longer worked and the halls and rooms were shabby and run-down. Plans for repair and modernization were drawn up.

By 1988, in time for the celebration of Paisley 500, the chiming mechanism in the bell-tower was restored. In 1990 work began on renovating the interior of the building, and as this continues we can see the Town Hall, over a hundred years old, ready to plan its full part again in Paisley life. read more…