Provosts Awards Launch 2011

Renfrewshire’s Provost Community Awards are back

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Renfrewshire Provost Community Awards.
Businesses, individuals and community groups across Renfrewshire are being invited to put forward their local heroes for these long-running awards.

Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate those in the community who have made special achievements and gone out of their way to make a difference to the lives of others.
The awards, which will be held in the Glynhill Hotel on Saturday 25 February, hosted by STV’s Sean Batty, who is himself from Paisley.
They are also set to be Provost Celia Lawson’s last as host in her role as Renfrewshire’s civic leader.There are seven award categories:


  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services)
  • Adult Achiever, sponsored by Diageo
  • Special Needs (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns)
  • Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK)
  • Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza)
  • Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)

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social media

Are you involved in a Paisley organisation or business that would like to learn more about how to use the internet and especially social media? The internet is an immense tool and can bring lots of new customers to your website, or be a powerful platform for you to promote your business, idea, product and/or event.

At Paisley on the web, we have been using social media for years and know the best way to use it easily and how to make sense out of what can seem useless and sometimes overwhelming information.

If you are interested in us either coming to your place of work and training your staff, or coming to one of our classes, then please email and just ask. We can tailor something around your available time and level of experience.

We can start to make your business, organisation or product noticed on the web and with the help and support of then you will have an excellent platform to start from.

We can do one to one tuition, distance learning, tutorial based, or classroom based lessons and the only pressure is the desire to promote yourself using all the available tools in the social media sphere.


How do we help?


  • Use Facebook better, set up Groups, Facebook Pages and manage them.
  • How to deal with customers, and respond to them in the best way.
  • Set up twitter and get the right followers, target your audience and use the right tools to monitor your time and effort to see if it’s working.
  • Tweak your website, or get help to set one up, (still very important).
  • Deal with criticism and negative remarks on social media.

We can cover everything and help you succeed! Contact us if you’re interested and we can arrange to phone or come out and see you. We know everyone is busy, especially in the lead up to Christmas, but can you imagine how social media can transform your business into a powerful and effective marketing tool that drives business to you? Priceless, and all it take is a bit of time!

Contact Brian by email or use our contact page


St Mirren

Saints make the trip to Perth looking for a boost after 2 losses in the space of a week. Danny will surely be looking to give some of the fringe players a try to lift morale. Murray, McGregor & Mooy are the only absentees this week and St Johnstone are only missing Davidson & Parkin. St Johnstone are still looking for a manager after Derek McInnes headed for Bristol, and are being managed in the short term by Cleland & Morris. Let’s hope the boys can raise their game and bring back the 3 points. Read more


Picture this: Renfrewshire firm develops “ingenious” new iPhone camera device

An enterprising Renfrewshire company has helped create a new smartphone device that transforms the iPhone into an instant camera.

And the new device has already sparked interest from an Oscar winning actor.

Meso Design, based at Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, designed and manufactured the Popa device on behalf on Manchester based Beep Industries.

The lightweight device simply slots into the base of the iPhone and features a large red button that transforms the smartphone into an instant camera. Popa is due to go on sale at the end of this month and will retail for £49.99. A free app – available from the Apple Apps store – drives the device. Work is currently underway on an Android version. Read more

stress less

StressLess is the new public education course, free to people who live or work in Renfrewshire.

The course will offer practical strategies for reducing stress in our bodies, lives and minds.

Run over 3 sessions of 2 hours, the format is:

  • information sharing
  • low-key participation activities
  • personal goal setting between sessions. Read more
sno zone xscape

Street Stuff kids enjoy ski slope visit

A group of young people from Renfrew enjoyed a visit to Xscape’s Sno!Zone recently as reward for their community spirit.

The youngsters carried out a clean-up of the King George V playing fields after being inspired by their involvement in Renfrewshire’s Street Stuff programme.

In appreciation of their efforts, a visit to Xscape was organised for a session on the ski slope provided free of charge by Sno!Zone.

The Street Stuff initiative provides a wide range of community and sports activities. The aim is to give youngsters things to do that divert them from antisocial behaviour and also help them contribute to the communities they live in. Read more


Renfrewshire residents warned to prepare for benefit changes

Hundreds of people across Renfrewshire are being urged to start preparing now for changes that will cut their housing benefit.
Last year the UK government announced changes to Rent Allowance and Local Housing Allowance which will affect the amount of Housing Benefit people who rent from private landlords receive.

Around 1500 people across the area will find themselves receiving less money when these changes come into effect in January 2012.

Changes to the way Local Housing Allowance is calculated will affect anyone living in private rented accommodation and receiving housing benefit.

Councillor Allan Noon, Convener of the Council’s General Management and Finance Policy Board, said: “Although these changes have already been brought in most people’s benefit payments have been protected so far by a transitional period. However this will come to an end in January when people may start to notice changes to their housing benefit payments and will have to pay more rent to their landlords.”

The changes will also in particular affect anyone aged between 25 and 34, living on their own in private one bedroom accommodation and receiving housing benefit.

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It is now even easier to vote for Paisley on the web rbs project just call 0800 2100 245 project no 208

This is the last day

takes two minutes and you can get everyone you know to call up, as loads have had problems with the online voting..

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to register and vote for Paisley on the web on the RBS Community Force website, its step by step so please pause it if necessary, your vote really does matter to our organisation for some desperately needed equipment to promote the town of Paisley, its events, its buildings and its people.

The RBS Page direct link is here 

but please follow this video which is much easier. Read more

Paisley Daily Express

The Paisley Daily Express has launched a new Reader’s Pic of the Day feature and we want to hear from you. We’re looking for lighthearted snaps of everyday life in Paisley and Renfrewshire as well as photographs which highlight our beautiful towns, villages and countryside. The best way to get in touch is to sign up to our group on our Flickr page ( and upload any photos you’d like to see published. It would be great if you could include some details about the picture – where it was taken, when, and your name.



St Mirren

Saints welcome Hibernian to St Mirren Park this week after a terrific result against Rangers last week, and what a great feeling to score a last minute goal for a change. Saints have no new injury worries apart from long term absentees McGregor, Mooy & Murray and Hibs team sheet is fresh as well. This promises to be a cracker and hopefully goals will be plentiful.

Saints will need to keep an eye on Garry O’Connor who has been banging in the goals since his return to the SPL but I’m sure Danny and the boys know what is needed. With one eye on Tuesday’s cup game against Ayr, competition for a 1st team place will be high. Still tickets available for both games and with it being a month since our last home fixture I urge everyone to get down there and shout the boys on, hopefully to two wins.

St Mirren

Blog by Steven Wilson

There is going to be a comedy night at Up Yer Kilt inPaisley! There will be some of the finest acts within theUKcircuit and also open mic nights with a cash prize. The acts include Graham Mackie, comedy legend… Jamie Dalglish… Scottish comedienne of 2011 Anna Devitt … Lee Mack’s all star cast… Sarah-May Philo, Comedy Central winner and loads more!

  • Happening every Tuesday night from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
  • Tickets prices £5 or £3 with student ID are available from the bar or at the door.