Vacancy for Costume Co-ordinator

Paisley Development Trust are looking for someone aged between 18 and 25 years old and who has been unemployed for six months or longer to be group liaison co-ordinator on costume for the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 project. The post is for six months.

We will require various groups and individuals throughout Renfrewshire to be costumed and co-ordinated in preparation for their participation in a one day re-enactment event in Paisley on 9 June 2012. The group liaison co-ordinator on costume will be required to run a drop-in shop where costumes can be stored and where people can make their own costumes leading up to the event.

We are looking for someone who has an interest in co-ordination and community arts work. The successful candidate would need to be self-motivated, have good organisational skills, be able to work on own initiative as well as be part of a larger team.

Please apply to:

Liz Gardiner
Executive Director
3rd Floor
7 Water Row
Glasgow G51 3UW

0141 425 2020
07702 961 301

Over the last couple of years, Senscot has kept a link to ‘Social Enterprise Venues’ on our homepage. We’re glad to hear that our friends at Community Enterprise have taken this a stage further and developed a bespoke website (work still in progress). The intention will be for all info to be held on the new site. Not only will it be a handy guide to the best social enterprise venues around the country – it’ll also be a great way of ensuring that we’re generating business between one another. See,’

Hello All,

I’m raising money for The 2Simple Trust in support of Vanessa Riddle, who is 11 years old & from Loans, in Ayrshire, she urgently needs life saving treatment only available in USA. You can read her story here:

In Feb 2009 our then 8 year old daughter Vanessa, was diagnosed with Stage 4 (High-Risk) Neuroblastoma, a very rare, aggressive and difficult to treat form of childhood cancer. Fewer than 100 children in the UK are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year, most of which are below the age of 5 and generally have a better prognosis as the older the child is the worse the prognosis is.

Since Feb 09, Vanessa has undergone many different treatments at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, these include; 12 rounds of High Dose Chemotherapy, two 7 hour surgical operations, the removal of one of her kidneys, a stem cell transplant, Radiotherapy, Retinoic Acid treatment and Immunotherapy treatment……all of which was agonising to watch as parents never mind to have to endure as a child!

Having undergone all this difficult and often very painful treatment the fact remained that due to a high relapse rate the long term prognosis for Vanessa’s survival remained very poor with less than a 40% survival rate. All the same, Vanessa finished her treatment at Yorkhill Hospital in Aug 2010 and was given the all clear.

In Dec 2011 after routine scans, Connie and I were given the devastating news that Vanessa had relapsed. She has many hotspots on the skull, neck, spine, leg & knees. The UK doctors have told us that this time round there is very little chance of survival; “much less than 10%” they said, as we do not have any relapse protocols in the UK. This is due to the Government not investing any money into relapse treatments for this disease. This is a very different story to the United States where there are many relapse protocols and taking her there will dramatically increase her chances of long term survival.

We now find ourselves in the position of urgently having to take Vanessa to the United States for relapse therapy treatment which the NHS will not fund. The treatment Vanessa requires is likely to involve Antibody Therapy and cost in excess of £500,000. Vanessa’s latest scan results will be used to determine which therapy is best and this is likely to happen at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Please help us to raise the funds in order to save Vanessa’s life.


I’m using JustGiving and I’d really appreciate your support. As well as donations, I am organising a Ladies night and have support from my Son’s school who are going to do some fundraising too, on my behalf.

You can make a donation via my page: It’s easy, fast and totally secure.

I’d really really appreciate any donation you could make, every single £ makes a difference.

Thanks for reading & apologies for bothering you.

Angela Heaney

See our “Join in Jan and save 25%” offer in local press – Paisley Daily Express and Gazette, plus on back of Arriva buses and on the radio – Real XS. Hear the ad >>

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Here gives us the chance to focus on rhythm, technique and performance style. These classes cater for dancers who enjoy creating a noise. Students are taught both traditional tap moves as well as given the opportunity to broaden their ability through more modern styling’s, such as acappella work and use of current music. The class includes Barre work, centre exercises and dance routines.  Grade and award examinations are offered through this class. Content is specific to their age group and ability

Find out more by clicking on the One Dance Studio link here.

This class is intended to be a health orientated classes for all ages and abilities but if anyone wishes they will be able to learn the full practical Tai Chi Syllabus as their skill level increases.

Billy, the tutor for this class, teaches different sets of “Chi Gung” exercises that aim to strengthen the body, help correct posture and to promote better balance and co-ordination.

He will also be teaching a “Tai Chi short hand form” which is a series of movements that are the martial content of Tai Chi, as the hand form is practiced in a slow relaxed manner it also strengthens body and as it is a continuous movement it further helps promote balanced co-ordinated movement. This is the more commonly known part of Tai Chi, it is sometimes referred to as a moving meditation.

Find out more by clicking here.


10 March 2012
Braehead Arena

Tickets on sale NOW!


World Champion Ricky Burns makes a spectacular return to Glasgow when he headlines Braehead Arena on Saturday 10th March to defend his Interim WBO World Lightweight title.

Burns put on a sensational performance to beat one of the world’s best in Michael Katsidis to win the title in November in London and gain worldwide respect.

With that win he will become the first Scottish boxer in nearly twenty years to win a second world title in another weight division.

Burns makes a heroes return in what will be an emotional homecoming in front of his passionate home fans.


Further announcements will be made shortly confirming Burns’ challenger for the title.

To buy tickets online 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 (9pm on Thursdays) or on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.

Renfrewshire Council is urging residents to make a resolution to have their say by signing up to a local panel that tells the council what people think of issues affecting the area.

The Renfrewshire Public Services Panel was set up to give locals a voice on local issues 14 years ago – and the council is looking for new people to join.

Renfrewshire residents of all ages and backgrounds are being urged to sign up and take part in four surveys each year which can be completed either online or by post.

Each survey takes about 15 minutes to complete – so being a member of the panel will only take up an hour each year, and members can opt out any time.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Councillor Brian Lawson said: “If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet – why not make one to have your say in 2012? The Public Services Panel is a well established way of the council finding out residents’ views on a wide range of issues. The feedback we receive is incredibly useful when it comes to looking for new ways of working and ways to improve services.”

Residents who are interested should go to and click on the spotlight item at the top of the page and fill in the form on the page by 27th January.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.

Thursday 26th 2012,
12 – 2pm ,
Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton


Traditional Burns lunch networking event with RSAMD Burns singer, Burns club speaker & our ROCCO piper.
Member Cost: £30 plus VAT
Non Member Cost: £40 plus VAT

You can book for chamber events on line or by email.


Book by email through, confirming the event you wish to book and the following details for each delegate attending: Company name, brief company description, delegate name, email address, and contact telephone number.


You will receive email confirmation of your booking. Please contact the events team on 0141 847 5450 if you have not received this within 48 hours.

* Please note that payment in full is required before the event.
** Cancellations made less than 3 working days prior to event date are non refundable.

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People of Paisley, have your say or at least air your views on what you think should change in Paisley to help it progress into the future. We want to make it a town where new business will be welcome and to have a vibrant town centre for people to shop, socialise and attend events.

As you know Paisley on the web ( is always promoting the positive aspects of the town, but we see that negatives can also be turned into positives, so please be as constructive as possible in your views. If you merely say the town is rubbish and have no reason for that then your comment will be removed, if its rubbish tell us why you think so and what you would like to see done to improve it. On the flip side, if something is good tell us what’s good and what is being done well so that the good things can be built upon.

What would you like to see happen in the town? We all want more shops, we all want more people to come to the town to go into the shops, and this is a common goal. Which towns do you think have it right, or have you seen any towns that buck the trend of the recession? If you think out of the box and have a radical view that you think can change the town for the better, please let us know.

For instance:

  • The flats at Incle Street are an eyesore – they are the first thing that people see when they come into Paisley Gilmour Street Train station. The solution, knock them down and develop the land?
  • Street Furniture, should it be changed? Ideas?

Please let us know your views, keep it clean and constructive, if it’s negative then that’s fine but please have a positive outcome that we can work on.

We genuinely want to give the community a voice, please remember we are not Renfrewshire Council but we can all make a difference. Its the people that make Paisley what it is and if we have a voice and feel that we have influence, we can change it to become a great town once again.

To air your view please either use our Message Board here 

Or Our Facebook Group Page here




Pupils from Renfrewshire Council schools are being invited to jazz things up a bit in 2012.

Renfrewshire Instrumental Service, in conjunction with Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra is offering free workshops with internationally renowned musicians to young people in Renfrewshire.

The project, funded by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, is calling for pupils who can play to roughly grade 3 standard and/or are able to play chromatic scales on their instrument. All instruments are welcome, even if they are not traditional “jazz” instruments.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Education Policy Board, said, “This will be the second year of the project following on from last year’s highly successful partnership. It offers a fantastic opportunity to our pupils to be creative and to work alongside a highly acclaimed Orchestra and I’m really looking forward to hearing them perform together in the Spring.”

Renfrewshire also celebrated last year when former Paisley Grammar pupil, Neil Paton, returned to his old school to be presented with one of the most prestigious music awards in Scotland. Neil was chosen as the winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician Award for the under 17 category in awards organised by the Scottish Jazz Federation.

So for pupils who would like to follow in Neil’s footsteps, workshops and rehearsals will take place at Paisley Grammar school on Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:30 from 26 January and will culminate in performances at the Annual Spring concert series as well as a ‘side by side’ with Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra, one of Britain’s most highly regarded jazz ensembles.

To register for the workshops, please contact Youth Music Initiative Development Officers on: 0141 840 8925, or by emailing or for consent forms and a rehearsal schedule.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at

Here the young person’s get a chance to have fun, get fit and learn to become a cool street dancer. Mixing it with routines, crews and freestyle elements.

find out more information by visiting this page