Scotland’s first ever conference for parent bloggers will be held in May

The Parental Circle Bloggers Fest is the first chance for Scotland’s lively blogging
community to come together, meet and learn new skills.

Hosted by Parental Circle, the online help and sharing site, the Bloggers Fest will be
a mixture of learning and socialising.

Parental Circle founder and CEO Christopher McCann said: “For us, hosting the
Bloggers Fest is a natural extension of what we do at Parental Circle. Using the
Internet and social media allows parents to develop social and support networks and
to share experience and advice with other parents.

“Parental Circle Blogger Fest will extend parents’ social media skills as well as
inspire discussion about new ways of using the Internet to support the wider
parenting community. It will be a great fun day and I can’t wait to meet everyone.”

Established bloggers as well as parents who are interested in starting a blog are
welcome at the day-long event, held at Parental Circle’s Paisley headquarters on
Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Speakers will be key figures in the online community and there will be a choice of
workshops and presentations throughout the day. Topics will include internet safety,
photography for blogs, working with PRs and using the major blog platforms.

Christopher added: “We know Scotland has a friendly and varied parent blogger
community, many of whom we ‘know’ online. It’ll be really exciting to meet these
people and, hopefully, to encourage new bloggers to get the bug.”

Parental Circle allows parents to ask questions and share their experience with other
parents. Parents from all over the world are part of the circle and share their
experience, knowledge and news.

Tickets for the event will cost £20 for Parental Circle members (£25 for nonmembers and membership is free). It will run from 9.15am to 4.30pm and includes
lunch, tea and coffee. For more information visit

Dizeo is the first ever safe, social networking site for children in the UK. All 8 to 16 year
olds across the country are invited to join up and ‘do it with dizeo’. With as many as one
in ten children having been solicited online (1), the fully monitored dizeo site
( aims to make the internet a safer place for the under 16s. Dizeo
provides children with their own online social community, giving them an alternative to
other social networking sites which could potentially put them in danger.

Dizeo o!ers users all the features found in other social networking sites while o!ering
parents piece of mind. Dizeo also comes with the added bonus of professional, online
homework assistance and a range of educational videos teaching users useful real life

Dizeo’s Managing Director Christopher McCann said: “Social networking has grown
massively over the last few years and is now part of everyday life with over 45% of the UK
population using a social networking site. However, despite most social networks having
a minimum age restriction of 13, children as young as 8 are known to be using social
networks. In doing so these children are putting themselves at serious risk. Dizeo’s
priority is online child safety and we’ve specifically designed and developed dizeo to o!er
under 16s a safe alternative to the sites they’re currently being using. Throughout
development we conducted several focus groups with parents, children and education
professionals to ensure dizeo meets the needs of UK families.”

“As well as being a social site to encourage sharing and friendship, we’ve also created
dizeo as an educational tool, providing online homework assistance. At our focus groups
we found this was a much sought after service from both parents and children and so
we’ve recruited a team of subject specialist tutors to assist our users should they need
help with any part of the curriculum. The dizeo tutors are available online from 9am to
10pm every day with professional knowledge across the P4 – S4 curriculum. Our tutors
aim to respond to all homework enquiries within the hour, including help with essays to
helping with maths problems.”

“Dizeo also prepares children for the real world by providing a range of short
instructional videos on subjects from learning to play guitar to avoiding cyberbullying. We
have focused on skills we know children want to learn and we let them upload their own
videos so they can share with friends.”

(1) One in ten children have been sexually solicited online: Cox Communications, US Department of Justice

Joyce Fullarton, Psychologist said: “Given the increasing numbers of young people using
social networking sites, dizeo has filled a potentially dangerous gap in the market, by
o!ering a fun, ‘cool’ but, crucially, safe alternative. With dizeo, parents can have
complete peace of mind that their child is safe online.” Dizeo is accessible for free at with users only having to pay for homework help when required.
Homework help is paid for by using dizeo homework tokens which cost 50p per
Twitter: @DizeoNew

Davis Cup Tennis by BNP Paribas
Braehead Arena
8 – 10 July 2011
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the pinnacle of men’s team tennis and it is coming to Braehead Arena in July.

The AEGON GB Davis Cup team will take on Luxembourg in the tie from 8-10 July 2011 as they aim for promotion out of Europe/Africa Zone Group II. A win for Great Britain would set up a promotional play-off in September.

Featuring some of the top names in British men’s tennis, this is a great opportunity for you to get behind your team and show your support for Great Britain. This really is an event on the tennis calendar not to be missed.

To purchase tickets click here or call the Braehead Arena 24 hour ticket hotline on 0844 499 1700. To purchase in person visit the arena box office Monday to Friday between 12noon and 5pm or on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.

Tickets go on general release on Monday 11 April at 10am

Local volunteers praised for allotments initiative

A group of community volunteers have been praised for setting up an ‘allotment watch’ scheme helping make their neighbourhood safer and more attractive for residents.

The Brediland Allotments Group were supported by a grant of £4,618 from the Safer and Stronger Renfrewshire Partnership to fund planting, development work with local residents and equipment for the volunteers help combat vandalism.

The group carried out a questionnaire and leaflets with local residents on the security of the area and encouraging them to contact the police and Renfrewshire Wardens Service if they saw problems arise in the area.

The questionnaire was well received and both police and community wardens were invited to the site to talk about problems taking place and give advice on how to prevent further incidents.

The grant also funded eight volunteers to go on training courses, allowed the group to buy safety helmets and hi visibility jackets and helped pay for renovations to the front gate of the allotments site, which included new planting to make it more inviting.

Eileen Reid, Brediland Allotments Secretary, said: “This has been a great project for getting the community to work together. We made contact with local residents through the questionnaire which got a really positive response and we’ve received many comments from neighbours about how much more inviting the place looks thanks to all the work we’ve done.

“We also had community days to clear the front gate entrance and do the replanting and the community service team were excellent in their help clearing the way of rubbish and over grown brambles etc for the fencing supplier to install the new fences. They also greatly contributed to planting an anti-vandal barrier on the outside of the new fencing.”

The Safer and Stronger Renfrewshire Partnership is made up of Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership and other local organisations.

Their aim is to work together to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit and to encourage and empower communities to work with them.

The Brediland Allotments Group is just one example of local communities in Renfrewshire engaging in volunteering projects and contributing to making their neighbourhoods greener and safer.

Now there is even more opportunity for community groups or charities to get involved in as 2011 has been named European Year of Volunteering by the European Commission.

In order to celebrate it small grants have been made available to promote the work of volunteers in Scotland. The funding is open to community groups and voluntary organisations with an annual income below £250,000 and groups with an income below £100,000 will be considered a priority.

To find out more, please contact Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company by e-mailing or calling 0141 887 7707.