This summer, Linwood Active Group held a massive clean up of the woodland area behind the Linwood Sports Centre and collected a staggering 26 bags of rubbish. That’s the equivalent of nearly 1.5 tonnes of rubbish!

Linwood Active Group is just one of the many community groups that are continuing to keep Renfrewshire clean and tidy following as part of Clean Renfrewshire. Since 2006, when the group first formed, Linwood Active Group has taken part in clean ups covering four areas of Linwood – Riverside Walk, the woodland area round the Sports Centre, the green belt that surrounds East Fulton and Kintyre Park. The clean ups are a huge hit, attracting up to 30 volunteers at a time, with ages ranging from 2 year olds to pensioners.

Cllr Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said:
“We are always grateful for the continued support of community groups such as the Linwood Active Group. It is the enthusiasm and dedication from people of all ages across Renfrewshire that we are aiming to engage. They are the lifeblood behind the Clean Renfrewshire campaign.

“Since the launch of Clean Renfrewshire in 2008, these individuals and groups have significantly contributed to the success of the campaign. With their ongoing support, we can continue the momentum of the campaign. I would like to encourage everybody to get on board, to help ensure Renfrewshire is a clean and tidy place to live, work and visit.”

Lesley Compston of the Linwood Active Group said:
“The Clean Renfrewshire campaign is such a great initiative. Our group benefits from the bags and litter picking devises that they provide us with. Our volunteers really enjoy the clean ups and we aim to carry on our tradition of doing more for our local community.”

The Linwood Active Group organises these clean-ups and other community activities including providing the people of Linwood a place to recycle their old mobile phones and unwanted clothes.

The group’s next clean up is scheduled for the 12th of September in Kintyre Park and the Riverside Walk. Anyone from the area is welcome to join the team. For more details of a clean up near you, simply call the Clean Renfrewshire Helpline on 0141 842 4448.

To reinforce the activity being carried out by individuals and groups, the Clean Renfrewshire campaign introduced the Renfrewshire Wardens Service last year to increase further awareness about the need to maintain a clean environment. As part of their wider community role, the Wardens also have the power to issue £50 fixed penalty notices for littering and £40 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling to those who continue to drop litter or allow their dogs to foul the county’s streets and parks, demonstrating that Clean Renfrewshire means business.

A Glasgow charity which engages with young people through basketball is working to extend its outreach with the launch of a brand new website – – produced by award winning ecommerce company NSDesign.
Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is a not-for-profit organisation working with 10-21 year olds throughout Scotland. It offers advice to adolescents to help them make positive lifestyle decisions. The Paisley charity selected Hillington-based web design company, NSDesign, to create it’s new site, which was launched this month.
Michelle Ferguson, Sponsorship Director of the Scottish Sports Futures said:
“As a charity, we look to engage with a variety of different audiences – from young people to community organisations to volunteers. From the outset, the team at NSDesign understood these complex needs, and worked with us to develop and put into practice the ideas we had for the site.
“NSDesign has produced a website tailored to all of our needs – we are absolutely delighted with the end product.”
The e-commerce company was awarded ‘Best Value for Money’ title at the 2010 Recommended Agency Register Awards. Gary Ennis, Managing Director said:
“Having designed many websites with small budgets in the past, it was no problem for us when SSF specified this in their initial brief. We have created a site for the charity that is user friendly and simple to manage and maintain.
“By including interactive elements such as social media channels and competition invites, the new website should help SSF communicate the excellent work that it does with young people throughout Scotland.”
For further information on NSDesign please contact Gary at NSDesign on 0141 585 6390 or

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I would like to invite you and a friend to save a life by simply signing up for the Anthony Nolan Trust tonight at the Wynd Centre, school Wynd, paisley in the apps room tonight at 1800 it will take five to ten minutes to fill in the form and thats it.

Basically I have 50 forms to fill out for volunteers who are healthy from ages 18 – 40 and are in general good health. this is to boost numbers to help people suffering from leukemia it is very worth while and all will be explained.

on the night you are simply signing up to become a donor. if you are not within these age ranges you can still turn up and help by making small donations to the trust.

Please accept my best regards and thanks for your time … it is worth it..

for more info on the trust

Please take five minutes out your day and make a huge difference.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO Business Awards 2010.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the annual ROCCO Business Awards 2010. This is your opportunity to demonstrate excellence and gain recognition for the exceptional achievements of your business. The ROCCO Awards, organised by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Friday, 12th November 2010 at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

Over 500 Business Leaders attended the spectacular event last year and this year promises to sell out again!

Your host for the evening, back by popular demand will be Fred MacAulay, with musical entertainment from Renfrewshire’s own School of Rock – Loud’n’Proud

We encourage the business community of Renfrewshire to enter the ROCCO Business Awards, demonstrating that your business has successfully achieved its objectives and created wealth and prosperity for our area. Submit your nomination for one or more of the award categories.

To give your company the best chance of success, don’t leave applying ’til the last minute. And ideally don’t copy and paste from a corporate document. We don’t want to make the application cumbersome – but answer the questions and include measures, targets and evidence. Good luck to all that enter.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Sets Fun Runners Costume Challenge

Renfrewshire’s Provost will be on the lookout for the weirdest and most wonderful costumes in this year’s Paisley Road Race Fun Run.

The 3K fun run takes place on the same day as Paisley 10K, Sunday 29 August.

Entrants in the past have included pirates, clowns, ballerinas, Spiderman and even Scoobie Doo, so expectations are high for this year’s fun runners.

Provost Celia Lawson will be in County Square judging all the creative costumes and dishing out prizes for the best fancy dressed runners on the day.

Provost Lawson said: “I can’t wait to see the costumes this year. Judging the best fancy dress in the fun run is one of my favourite parts of the day. We all know the people of Renfrewshire have a fantastic sense of humour so I’m challenging them this year to do their very best and go all out for the best costume prizes.

“The Paisley 10K and Fun Run is our biggest event and brings people of all ages into the town for a great day. The Fun Run in particular is great for bringing together families and friends to run together, whether it’s for charity or just for fun. I love seeing all their colourful costumes and smiles lighting up the town centre.”

Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run takes place on Sunday 29 August starting in County Square, Paisley.

The 10k begins at 10am and the fun run starts at 12.15pm.

There will also be loads of free activities and entertainment going on on the day.

The Lagoon Leisure centre are offering free activities for all runners including:

•Free family badminton sessions
•Bouncy castle on race day
•Free Prize Draw-win a club membership
•Free swim open to all 10K medal holders as a well done! On the day of the race and Monday/Tuesday-just bring your medal
•Aeroball Court free for children and young people on race day and all the previous week
•Free parking at lagoon on race day- and showers and changing facilities are available for participants and families using the lagoon activities

There’s still time to sign up to the 10k or fun run and get a discount on the entry fee or get an online group discount.

To enter go to or pick up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure facility or library

You’re Hired! Renfrewshire names its Recruits

Seven young people from across Renfrewshire were stunned to hear the words ‘You’re hired’ as the winners of The Recruit were named.

The surprise news was revealed at a black-tie finale event hosted by Radio Clyde’s George Bowie to mark the end of the summer-long Apprentice-style scheme.

26 young people, all fifth and sixth year pupils from Renfrewshire schools, have spent the last 12 weeks taking part in The Recruit with the aim of earning an £18,000 job at the end of it.

However at the finale event, in Paisley Town Hall, it was revealed that not one but seven jobs were in fact up for grabs.

The overall Top Recruit, winning an £18,000 a year job with KDS ltd, was named as SarahJane Sarkhosh, from Renfrew.

SarahJane said: “Words cannot describe how I feel. I’m completely overcome with emotion and I’m so optimistic about the year ahead. I want to say well done to everyone. Everybody has done so well and I’ve made such good friends. We’ve watched each other all grow and develop skills we didn’t know we had. I am so proud.”

SarahJane’s new boss Stevie Kidd, managing director of KDS Ltd, said: “I had my own business when I was 17 and I felt that this is about giving something back to the community. I have got a passion for the next generation and do a lot of presentations in schools. A lot of kids don’t have any role models. There is a lack of leadership so I wanted to get involved to see if there are any young people with potential to work with us.

“SarahJane’s is going to be spending time learning every aspect of the company then we are really going to focus on what she wants to do with her life.”

The Recruit was run by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with local businesses and organisations to give young people practical experience and advice on starting a career in business.

Since the beginning of June the young people have worked in five separate teams and taken part in seven business challenges, as well as presentations and Q&A sessions with top entrepreneurs.

They also took part in courses in customer care, stress management, presentation skills, assessment centre and interview skills as well as raising funds for charity.

On the night, held at Paisley Town Hall, individual awards, a Top Team award and the Top Recruit award were presented.

Top Recruit , sponsored by KDS ltd – SarahJane Sarkhosh

Top Team, sponsored by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, – Team Stimulus (Katie Wu, SarahJane Sarkhosh, Stephen McDonald, Lindsey Byrne, Finlay Allardice)

As well as the Top Recruit, the following jobs were also announced:

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce management trainee – Finlay Allardice, Johnstone High School.

Connaught Ltd, Housing Liaison Trainee – Nicole Wilson, Park Mains High School.

KDS ltd, trainee sales and marketing administrator – Lynsey MacKay, Park Mains High School.

Renfrewshire Council, Modern Apprentice Business Administrator – Angela Wilson, Parkmains.

Cosmopolitan Hotels, 2 Trainee Hotelier – Lindsey Byrne, Castlehead High School and Gemma Powell, Park Mains High.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “All of the young people who took part have shown fantastic initiative, commitment and enthusiasm. They have stepped up to every challenge thrown at them and at no point did anyone say there was something they could not do. We’ve seen them all grow in confidence and watched them develop skills some of which they may not have even known that they had. They should all be incredibly proud of themselves, as we are of them. I’ve no doubt that every one of them has a bright future ahead and this is very promising for Renfrewshire as a whole. I hope this year’s Recruit contestants have inspired other young people to take part in this innovative project in future.”

The University of the West of Scotland has a £250 million plan to revamp all of its campuses to attract more students and boost its international reputation.

It could transform the former mill town, famous for creating the Paisley pattern and home town to actor David Tennant and former banker Fred Goodwin, into a student-heavy campus town.

The latest step in the plan is a £13.6m student residence complex to be built in the heart of the town on the site of a former car park.

UWS changed its name from Paisley University last year, making it the newest higher education name in Scotland.

Work on the 340-bedroom complex begins in March and includes en-suite bathrooms, communal living and kitchen spaces, management suites, lounges and laundry facilities.

A further £4.6m project will refurbish 160 University-owned flats at George Street and Lady Lane in the town.

It’s hoped the new facilities will help attract increasing numbers of students to the town for entry in 2012.

The overall project also includes a new £70m campus at Ayr and will see classroom and IT upgrades across all four campuses to attract quality applicants.

Professor Seamus McDaid, university principal, said: “The development is crucial to our ambitions to attract and retain more students and is part of the wider investment programme to improve the quality of our estate across all four campuses.

“It will increase the enormous contribution that the university makes to the local economy, greatly enhancing the centre of Paisley and bringing long-term benefits to the town.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said the town held a reception each year to welcome overseas students.

A report by Spanish bank, Santander, last week found overseas students contribute £15m annually to local economies near universities, outwith fees.

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SNP councillor and parliamentary candidate for Paisley, Cllr George Adam, led the tributes at the annual 1820 Society commemoration to the leaders of the 1820 Insurrection at the Martyrs Monument in Woodside Cemetery on Saturday 14th August 2010.

Every year the 1820 Society hold a commemoration to the leaders of the 1820 Insurrection – John Baird, Andrew Hardie and James Wilson; and remember the sacrifices that these men, and many others, gave in standing up for the rights of ordinary working people to give them an equal voice in society. The state execution of Baird, Hardie and Wilson did nothing to extinguish the demands of the working class in Scotland.

The proceedings were overseen by the Ian Ramsay of the 1820 Society and included speeches John McNaughton of Paisley and District Trade Union Council with Mags MacLaren, Convenor of Paisley SNP, laying the wreath at the monument.

Cllr George Adam said;

“In looking forward to a fairer, modern Scotland we must not forget the struggles of the past and especially the courage of ordinary working people such as Baird, Hardie and Wilson who gave their lives for the cause that they believed in.

“As a long term member of the 1820 Society I was honoured to give the speech welcoming members and supporters of the 1820 Society to this year’s commemoration and was delighted by the turnout including many members of Paisley SNP, including Cllr Kenny MacLaren the only local ward councillor for the area who attended the event.

“Paisley has a history of radical politics and come the Scottish Parliament election in May 2011 this can be repeated by a victory for the SNP over the stale, incoherent and stifling policies promoted by Labour. Only the SNP have been pushing a positive vision for Paisley –and I am proud to be a Paisley Buddie standing up for my local town.

“Despite Labour’s recession and the Coalition’s cutbacks, the SNP are leading the regeneration in Paisley with investment in new and improved facilities such as the Lagoon, improving council housing and pushing for town centre improvements such as the redevelopment of the Arnotts building.”

Visit Santa in his Arctic Kingdom… just for a day from Glasgow Airport

The UK may be in the grip of belt-tightening but despite the economic gloom you can still treat your children to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit Santa in True Lapland this Christmas.

Transun, the UK’s leading operator of Santa trips to Lapland, is laying on extra day-trip flights in December, including a number of flights from Glasgow airport, due to their success last year, ensuring that you can still see the thrill on your children’s faces when they visit the grand old man in person – without breaking the bank.

Families on Transun’s day trips will take a ride on a Reindeer sleigh, go on an exciting husky sled journey, ride through breathtaking arctic scenery on a snowmobile and take part in a thrilling search for Santa, before finally meeting the big man himself. And they will still be back home in time for supper.

Nico Kostich, Transun’s Head of Sales and Trading, said: “Day breaks are the recession’s alternative to big-budget holidays. People don’t want to sacrifice their family holidays but at the same time perhaps can’t afford to travel for a long period of time.

“Transun offer an affordable way to create precious family memories, without breaking the bank.”

Transun’s day breaks start from only £399 per person and are operating from Glasgow airport on the 17th and 21st of December, right next to Christmas time to really get the excitement flowing. Transun is the UK’s leading operator of Santa breaks, with over 15 years’ experience operating to Lapland.

“Our packages are all-inclusive, with meals, rides and snow activities included,’ says Mr Kostich. “The private meeting with Santa will provide precious and magical memories, despite the recession.”

And for families that want to linger a little longer in Santa’s Lapland, Transun is also offering a competitively priced short break from Glasgow Airport during the Christmas period, for three nights.

Issued by Glasgow Airport on behalf of Transun.

About Transun:

Transun is a privately owned specialist tour operator established in 1982, concentrating on niche holidays for discerning customers.

Its programmes include Santa’s Lapland, Arctic Spirit, Day Breaks and a brand new Arctic Summer programme.

Transun is a member of ABTA and offers ATOL protection, and holidays can be booked through travel agents or direct, by phone and online.

For more information please contact:

Nico Kostich
T: 01865 265200

Sophie Plateau
T: 01865 265200

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George Adam is Paisley Candidate!

Councillor George Adam, elected member for Paisley South, was recently selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the new Paisley Constituency in for next years Scottish Parliamentary election in May 2011. This is the first time that a Paisley-only seat has been contested in the Scottish Parliament, due to recent boundary changes.

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George was elected to Ward 5: Paisley South Ward of Renfrewshire Council in 2007 Council election. George has been involved with the Scottish National Party since he was 18. He was previously a Scottish Parliamentary Candidate for the Paisley North Constituency during the 2003 Scottish Parliament election.
George was born in Elderslie, in June 1969 (41), he is a true Paisley Buddie and is a fanatical supporter of St Mirren FC. George lives in the towns eastend with his wife Stacey. He has two children- James 18 and Jessica 16 – who live with their mother locally. George and his wife Stacey regularly attend St Mirren matches and follow the Scottish Football team when ever they can

George is convenor of Paisley South Local Area Committee on Renfrewshire Council and has been heavily involved, with that committee, in the regeneration of the Park areas in his ward. The Outdoor Gym in Brodie Park is one of many innovations from this and has proved so popular that another was commissioned for Durrokstock Park in Paisley. He has regularly involved himself in fund-raising for local charities and has ran Paisley 10k for Paisley & District MS Society and MND Scotland for 2010.

Councillor George Adam says:

“I am really excited about this campaign and I am extremely proud that I am the first candidate for this new Scottish Parliamentary seat of Paisley. Paisley is my home town and when I discovered what the new boundaries would be, I knew the 2011 Scottish Elections in the town could be a historic event.

Paisley Buddies are fed up with the tired and troublesome Labour MSP’s who have represented them over recent history. Very few actually come from the town and many where just political placements. This has lead many locals to look cynically upon local politicians and I believe things could be different.

We only have to look at the work the Renfrewshire administration has already done in regeneration of the Paisley Town centre. The Arnotts site will be transformed in the coming years, empty shops being actively promoted and vastly improved town centre events that increase the shoppers to our town. But it is a work in progress and we must ensure that this continues. It is important that we cannot rely on the inactive Labour MSP’s of the past that have no ideas and only provide us with soundbites and cliches.

We are living in very difficult economic times and it is important that we have representation from someone who has Paisley’s best interests at heart. I believe I am that person. I want to build further on the foundations laid by the local SNP and make Paisley the town we all want it to be.

I will be the only local candidate in next years election. The only one that can claim the title of a true Paisley Buddie. This alone is a very important distinction between myself and the rest. It is time we take Paisley back for ourselves. Moving away from the fatigued , failing politicians of the past and working together for the betterment of our town.

A number of years ago an employer of mine asked me if there was anything more to George Adam than I’m from Paisley, I support St Mirren and I’m in the SNP. I flippantly added – apart from my wife and children that’s about it. But on reflection I can look at this comment and put it into context for the coming election. My name’s George Adam, I come from Paisley and I want to be the your first Member of the Scottish Parliament!”

Community Champions recognised by Scottish Parliament
Aug 16 2010 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express

A NEW project which aims to honour voluntary groups and charities working hard in our communities has been recognised by the Scottish Parliament.

Community Champions is a new section on the popular website which highlights a different Renfrewshire organisation every month.

The section was the brainchild of Councillor Kenny MacLaren who spoke to the Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) and about new ways of promoting local charities and voluntary groups.Now West of Scotland MSP Stuart McMillan has put a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising the initiative.

He said: “I would like to congratulate RCVS, and Councillor MacLaren for working together to bring forward this new initiative.“This is an excellent idea to promote local organisations to a wider audience.“This collaborative approach will help to boost the profile of many local groups who don’t often get the recognition they deserve.“I was more than happy to lodge a motion in the Scottish Parliament in support of Paisley Community Champions, and I wish this project well in the future.

Brian McGuire, who runs said he was honoured by the Scottish Parliament recognition.He added: “I am delighted for the groups that we are supporting. This is superb. To be written into Scottish History, albeit in a very small way, is really something, and I would like to thank all the MSPs who have supported the motion and also Councillor MacLaren for all his hard work.”Community Champions picks a different group to be their Champion of the Month.

A special profile is put online which highlights the good work the members have been doing and the services and opportunities the group offers.It can be found by logging on at Councillor Kenny MacLaren said community groups have been contacting him to put themselves forward as Community Champions.

He added: “The Community Champions project is an excellent example of people and groups coming together to find a solution to benefit all.“When I first raised this idea with Brian and RCVS I was delighted by the enthusiasm they showed.“This helped to drive forward a project that can be copied in other areas, and shows that Renfrewshire is leading the way.“Since its launch, I have been in touch with a few groups who have seen the press stories about this site and who are interested in putting themselves forward.

”Community Champions launched in July with a profile on Rainbow Turtle, which promotes Fairtrade across Renfrewshire.

This month’s Champion is the Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Any charity, voluntary group or social enterprise in Renfrewshire who’d like to be involved with Community Champions can contact Gordon Mclean at RCVS online at or by calling 0141 587 2487.