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Commonwealth hero gets on his bike for Paisley cycle event

An Olympic and Commonwealth medal-winning cyclist will be the star attraction when the world’s only pop-up track cycle event visits Paisley town centre next month.

Amateur riders will be able to pick up tips from Ross Edgar – one of British cycling’s biggest names – when the StreetVelodrome series lands in County Square on Saturday 26 July.

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Ross was part of Team GB for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the Keirin event in Beijing.

He also competed for Scotland in two Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the team sprint in 2006 in Melbourne, alongside Sir Chris Hoy.

He will be one of several professional riders taking to the track when StreetVelodrome arrives in Paisley for only Scottish date in the all-action televised event’s 2014 UK tour.

Amateur riders sign up to receive coaching from the pros and then race against the clock – with the fastest riders competing for a place on the podium at the end of the day.

Also on the bill will be Keelan Phillips – an international champion in freestyle BMX riding – who will perform stunts for the crowds in between races, and offer some lessons in basic stunts to local kids.

The event will be televised around the UK and abroad, with a dedicated programme to be broadcast on Channel 4, Sky Sports and Eurosport, putting Paisley in the spotlight.

To take part, riders have to pre-register with StreetVelodrome, but can do so through their website at www.streetvelodrome.com

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Ross said: “I’m really looking forward to racing in Round 5 of the SportPursuit StreetVelodrome Series in front of a home crowd in Paisley.

“Representing Scotland in past Commonwealth games was a great honour, but racing alongside fellow pro riders plus local amateurs in the head-to-head racing of StreetVelodrome is a real adrenaline rush and a fun experience.

“I hope we manage to find a local amateur who can get one over the pro riders and qualify to join us for the series finale in London.”

The event is being hosted by Renfrewshire Council as part of the area’s town centre events programme, and councillors have welcomed the latest development.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of the council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “Interest in sport in Scotland is set to reach a peak this summer when the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games kicks off.

“So it’s great to think that people can see – or even race alongside – a Commonwealth gold medallist right here in Paisley on the opening weekend of the Games.

“The council’s town centre events programme is getting bigger and better every year – and this year’s will have a strong sporting theme, with the Queen’s Baton Relay passing through the area on Thursday 17 July, just nine days before StreetVelodrome.

“We have this year unveiled big plans to use the area’s culture and heritage to drive regeneration and tourism, and hosting more top-class events like this will be a big part of that.”

For full details about the event and to register online, please visit the StreetVelodrome website. Entry costs £22 for senior riders (aged 24-plus), or £12 for juniors (aged 14 to 24).

There will also be a 90-minute open session at the end of the day where the general public can receive coaching and track time for free.

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Suicide Memorial Football Fest

Ferguslie once again hosted the annual football tournament as part of a drive to raise awareness of suicide within the community.

Budding football enthusiasts signed up their 7-a-side teams to the No Substitute for Life event on Sunday 29th of June. The memorial event also hosted a variety of entertainment for children and adults of all ages including arts and crafts activities and also a bouncy castle within the Tannahill Centre.


The tournament is part of a campaign to raise awareness of suicide among young men and provide an opportunity for survivors of bereavement by suicide to commemorate their loved ones. It was the vision of Paul Cadona that reached out to organizations to create this support for the community and with help the help he received he did just that, making this the 4th year the event has been run. They have accomplished so much, great respect for everyone involved.

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire.

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Charleston Centre between 7pm and 9pm.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.
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Photographs from the day.

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Sma’ Shot Day Charleston Drummer Promotes Miscarriage Support

Leading the Sma’ Shot procession from Brodie Park to Abbey Close 2014 will be Charleston Drummer, Tony Lawler.

Tony will be modelling our new look Miscarriage Support tee-shirt on the day to help promote the counselling work that we do in aid of women and families Scotland-wide.

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Tony Lawler pictured last year supporting MND Scotland

The Sma’ Shot Day celebration originates from the weaving industry in the 19th Century. Paisley was a one of the major textile producing areas in the British Empire.

The Sma’ Shot was the binding thread which held together the patterned shawls which Paisley is famous for; but because the Sma’ Shot was never seen in the finished shawls the manufacturers refused to pay the weavers for the yarn. After many years of dispute the weavers won their course.

In celebration of this, the traditional July holiday was renamed Sma’ Shot Day. The 2014 procession will take place on the 5th of July; come along and see the parade and give a big cheer for Tony.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader unveils promise of wage subsidy for every firm

Every small-to-medium-sized Renfrewshire firm will be able to access council financial support to create a job for an unemployed young person.

Councillor Mark Macmillan made the promise as part of the second anniversary celebrations of Invest in Renfrewshire – the council’s programme to boost business and tackle unemployment.

Under the Renfrewshire Employer Offer, any small-to-medium-sized firm hiring an unemployed young person will be eligible for financial support to help pay that person’s wages.

A firm taking on a young person for more than 25 hours per week will get 50 per cent of national minimum wage for up to 40 hours a week, for up to 12 months.

Invest in Renfrewshire employment conference

Invest in Renfrewshire already runs an employer recruitment incentive programme, while Jobcentre Plus have a similar scheme called the Youth Contract – but the conditions and size of grant depend on who you go to, and who you appoint.

Under the Renfrewshire Employer Offer, the council will top up any gaps in the Jobcentre scheme, meaning the same conditions are on offer across the board.

Invest in Renfrewshire and Jobcentre Plus staff will advise any business on which support best suits them, meaning the vacancy-filling process is simplified for all.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The council is determined to ensure local companies can get the help they need to grow their business and their workforce.

“That’s why we have made such a significant financial contribution to boosting local firms and tackling unemployment through the Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

“Over the two years of Invest in Renfrewshire we have made great strides in tackling unemployment – the rate of local 18-24 year-olds claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance is now just over six per cent, having been above 11 per cent when Invest started.

“In that time more than 650 companies have signed up to benefit from our packages of financial support – but we are always looking for new ways to make things easier.

“With that in mind, the Renfrewshire Employer Offer neatly ties together some schemes that are already there – our own wage subsidy programme, and the Jobcentre Plus equivalent.

“This way, any business knows they can get the same level of support, with the same terms and conditions – no matter which organisation they approach first.”

Cllr Macmillan’s announcement was made as part of a two-day celebration of Invest in Renfrewshire’s second birthday, featuring a showcase and awards ceremony for local businesses, and a conference for employability professionals.

The conference saw around 200 delegates from organisations and training providers from across the area gather to hear updates on latest news and to share ideas on how inequality can be tackled in the job market.

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Drawing with Scissors
Late Works 1950-1954

A Hayward Touring Exhibition

Paisley Museum
High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA
28 June – 28 September
Admission: £3 (£2 conc)

The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, features 35 lithographic reproductions of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the artist was confined to his bed. It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. It opens at Paisley Museum on June 28.

matisse260908_450x333Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Leisure, Sport and Cultural Policy Board states;

“I am delighted that Paisley Museum is hosting this stunning display of reproductions of works from one of the world’s best known artists. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to see some of the most well known art images of the 20th century.”

“Paisley Museum is increasing in popularity with local visitors and tourists alike. As a result of the programming of touring exhibitions such as this and the popular Brick City exhibition earlier this year, alongside changing exhibitions and displays of the museum’s own vast and important collections, Paisley Museum will continue to play a significant role in the regeneration of Paisley town centre.”

Matisse continued creating highly original works into his eighties. For his cut-outs he used paper hand-painted with gouache, laid down in abstract or figurative patterns: ‘the paper cut-out allows me to draw in the colour … Instead of drawing the outline and putting the colour inside it…I draw straight into the colour’. The colours he used were so strong that he was advised by his doctor to wear dark glasses.

The lithographic reproductions in this exhibition are taken from a special double issue of Verve, a review of art and literature, published by Tériade, a major publisher of fine art books in 1958.

Matisse began his working life as a lawyer, before going to Paris to study art in 1890. At first strongly influenced by the Impressionists, he soon created his own style, using brilliant, pure colours, and started making sculptures as well as paintings. In 1905 he and his colleagues were branded the Fauves (wild beasts) because of their unconventional use of colour, and it was during this time that he painted his celebrated Luxe, Calme et Volupté (Luxury, Tranquillity and Delight).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_column_text]For further information on future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or www.twitter.com/RenArtsMuseums[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]



Contact the Elderly has declared a state-of-emergency as the number of socially isolated older people reaches breaking point.

Spurred by concern over the speed at which the government is tackling the problem of a million neglected older people in the UK who are off the radar, and the rate at which these numbers are growing, the charity is taking the issue into its own hands as it heads into its 50th year.


Supported by a network of volunteers across Scotland, England and Wales, Contact the Elderly offers a vital lifeline of friendship to those aged 75 and over, who live alone. The charity’s monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties enable older people to receive much-needed human contact.

Now the charity is calling for more volunteers to get involved to host a tea party in their home once a year or to drive older guests to and from the parties once a month.

A new study conducted by independent research agency Qa Research reveals that almost one in five (19%) of the older people Contact the Elderly supports joined the charity because they rarely saw another person.

In Scotland, 14% of respondents joined the groups because they ‘rarely saw another person’ and 17% only see friends and family ‘a few times and year or less’.

With almost 50 years’ experience, Contact the Elderly knows that the solution to loneliness can be as simple as a regular face-to-face chat over a cup of tea. Some 78 per cent of the older people surveyed feel less lonely as a result of the monthly tea parties. A total of 96% said the tea parties give them something to look forward to.

Margaret Oliver, West of Scotland Development Officer, says, “We offer a vital lifeline of friendship to some of the loneliest people i. By its nature, social isolation often means that the loneliest people are the hardest to reach. By spreading the word we can encourage more local people to give up just two hours a month as a driver, or a few hours a year as a host.”

With the survey identifying key loneliness triggers as marital bereavement (22%) and lack of mobility (51%); 80 per cent of guests said they felt happier after joining one of the charity’s groups.

Contact the Elderly Founder and Chairman, Trevor Lyttleton MBE, says “Loneliness amongst older people has reached a state of emergency and must not be ignored. For almost 50 years we have been focussing on providing a cost-effective solution, yet the demand for our service has never been so high.

“We know our formula of tea and conversation works, but we simply cannot reach out to the people that desperately need our help without increased volunteers and funding.”

If you want to volunteer for Contact the Elderly or join as a guest, please Margaret on Margaret.oliver@contact-the-elderly.org.uk or 01389 605915.



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Glasgow Airport gears up for busy summer getaway

Glasgow Airport is gearing up for one of its busiest periods of the year as tens of thousands of holidaymakers prepare to take to the skies for their summer holidays.

More than 140,000 people are expected to pass through the airport over the coming weekend with many jetting off to popular sunspots such as Dubai, Florida, the Canary Islands, Turkey and Greece.

Glasgow Airport will have extra staff in place to offer assistance and help guide passengers through check-in and security. There will also be a range of entertainment and activities for children to ensure their holiday gets off to a great start, including a dedicated “kidzone”. This will include a bouncy castle, face painting, a sand sculptor and treasure hunts.


Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “There is always a real sense of excitement throughout the airport at this time of year with many people heading off for their annual summer holiday. We are anticipating more passengers than the same period last year and a number of our airline partners have responded to an increase in demand by adding extra capacity on some of their most popular routes.

“It’s important to us that everyone’s journey through the airport is an enjoyable one and the entertainment, along with additional staff, will hopefully ensure our passengers’ holidays get off to the best possible start.”

About Glasgow Airport
With 30 airlines serving more than 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Gulf, Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport.

In addition to being Scotland’s largest charter hub, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure. The airport supports over 7,300 jobs across Scotland and makes the largest contribution of any airport to Scotland’s economy, generating hundreds of millions of pounds.

Glasgow Airport is undergoing an extensive £17 million investment programme which will transform large areas of the terminal ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The works include the extension of the international arrivals area, the addition of new seating and the landscaping of a new public space at the front of the building.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Renfrewshire’s education ‘big three’ launch mission for young scientists

Renfrewshire’s three big education providers have teamed up to blast off the careers of future astronauts and scientists.

West College Scotland and University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have signed up with Renfrewshire Council as the two top sponsors of Mission Discovery, a unique space school led by former NASA astronauts which takes place in Paisley next month.


The event, being organised by Renfrewshire Council along with the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET), has never before taken place in Scotland.

From 14 to 18 July, around 200 S3-S5 Renfrewshire school pupils and students from both the college and university will work directly with an expert panel that will include former NASA astronauts, astronaut trainers and rocket scientists.

They will learn NASA teambuilding, personal development and leadership skills and in teams will compete to develop an experiment geared to the conditions of space. The winning team’s idea will be sent to the International Space Station where astronauts will carry out the experiment.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry said: “I am absolutely delighted that thanks to the support of our partners at UWS and West College Scotland we are able to offer the young people of Renfrewshire this amazing opportunity to take part in Mission Discovery.

“This is a unique educational programme that will greatly enhance the study of science, maths engineering and technology and is also a fantastic launch-pad for a future career in this field.


“This is one of a number of initiatives we are working on in partnership with the college, university and local business community to prepare and equip young people in Renfrewshire for successful employment.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said: “The University is committed to playing a key role in the communities in which it is based and we are delighted to be an educational sponsor of this important event.

“The importance of promoting science, engineering, technology and mathematics based subjects and nurturing our best talent in these areas cannot be underestimated and this project will go a long way in achieving this goal.”

David Alexander, Vice-Principal Operations at West College Scotland, said: “West College Scotland is delighted to be associated with this unique community event. It’s a fantastic opportunity for innovative learning and will help our young people develop important social, team-building and leadership skills

“It will also show students that science and engineering can be fun, as well as being the gateway to great careers. We at West College Scotland are sure that young people across Renfrewshire will seize this chance to `reach for the stars`!”

As well as directly enhancing the studies of those pupils taking part, UWS and WCS will also be supporting Renfrewshire Council’s aim of building a legacy that will benefit students of all ages and set Renfrewshire up as a centre of excellence in science, technology, engineering and maths for pupils.
In addition, the council welcomes support from the local business community, particularly any opportunities for students to gain experience through talks, master-classes and work placements.
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Paisley Charity Benefits from Ben Nevis Climb

16 colleagues took fundraising to new heights in order to raise £4,048 for a learning disability charity based in Paisley.

The team from Scottish recruitment business Eden Scott put their energy and endurance to the test to tackle Britain’s highest peak at 1,352m to raise money for The Richmond Fellowship Scotland.

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland’s Blackford service is a purpose built home for 8 young people with low functioning autism. The service is in the process of creating a sensory garden so the young people can make better use of the outside space.


The money raised by Eden Scott will go towards building this new sensory garden which will allow the residents to plant and grow their own flowers and vegetables, as well as provide a sensory environment based on smells and textures.

A bespoke swing set will also be built to promote socialisation, the sensory experience of movement encouraging positive interaction between the individuals at the Blackford service.

The charity was nominated by Eden Scott recruitment consultant Nicolle Sinclair, whose cousin is one of the service users.

Sinclair commented “I cannot thank my colleagues enough for enduring such a physical challenge to raise a fantastic amount for The Richmond Fellowship Scotland. The charity has had such a positive impact on my cousin’s life, allowing him to make the transition of living at home and relying on respite to a young man living as independently as he possibly can.”

Linsey Gallacher, Area Manager for The Richmond Fellowship, is immensely grateful to the Eden Scott team, “the team at Eden Scott have really helped make the new sensory garden at the Blackford service a reality. I would like to thank Eden Scott, as well as everyone who supported them during their fundraising efforts.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_column_text]

About The Richmond Fellowship Scotland


The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is one of the country’s leading providers of care to individuals supporting them to live as independently as possible.


The charity provide support to over 2,800 individuals across Scotland with a wide range of services including mental health, learning disabilities, dementia, autism and much more.


Although they have pioneered initiatives such as Participatory Funding, (where they have allocated over £80,000 towards projects that supported individuals shape, design and control themselves), they have many other projects which also enable, extend and enrich the lives of the people that they support.


For example their Blackford service, which is two large connected purpose-built homes for 8 Young People with low-functioning autism, is in the process creating a sensory garden element within their large garden grounds. This is so that the young people support there can make better use of the garden space and they can extend the range of outdoor activities that the charity can provide for them. This included the purchasing of large robust garden games, a sensory net swing and sunken trampoline.


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Multi-million-pound Paisley Transformation plans officially launched

Ambitious plans to use Paisley’s internationally-significant cultural and heritage assets to turn the town into one of the key destinations on Scotland’s tourist map were officially launched today in the town.

Key figures from the local community and national cultural scene heard how multi-million-pound regeneration proposals to transform the town over the next decade will be brought to life.


It is thought the plans could create 800 jobs and be worth an extra £45m a year to the local economy – and if successful they could lead to a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

The launch of Paisley: The Untold Story saw several hundred people gather in the spectacular Thomas Coats Memorial Church to hear speeches and theatrical and musical performances.

The steps of the church – known as the Baptist Cathedral of Europe – were dressed with 30 vibrantly-coloured handmade trees on which almost 1,000 ‘wishes for Paisley’ written by local schoolchildren were attached.

Meanwhile, members of the local PACE youth theatre group – the largest in the UK – formed a Paisley Pattern shape, the globally-recognised symbol of the town’s textile industry.

The event, hosted by Paisley-born TV star Tom Urie, saw speeches from Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, author and one-time local writer-in-residence Ajay Close, Creative Scotland’s Director of Strategy Philip Deverell, and PACE Theatre Group director David Wallace.


The proposals contained within the Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy, approved by local councillors earlier this year, would use the town’s outstanding cultural, architectural and industrial heritage as the basis for a wide-ranging programme of regeneration to benefit all of Renfrewshire.

Plans include the refurbishment of Paisley Museum to become a national museum of textile and costume, the building of a Paisley fashion and design centre on the town’s High Street and a study into a new theatre space.

The infrastructure projects would take place alongside an expansion of the area’s existing cultural and events programme, which last year saw Paisley host the Royal National Mòd for the first time.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “It is no exaggeration to say this launch could mark a turning point in the recent history of the area, leading to lasting positive change for all of Renfrewshire.

“Paisley has a wealth of assets to be proud of – the second-highest concentration of listed buildings in Scotland, our historic place at the heart of the global textile industry, and our thriving events, arts and cultural scene to name just three.

“Those assets will be used as the engine to drive regeneration throughout the whole area – and all of Renfrewshire will share in the economic benefits.

“But what we are aiming at is bigger than anything the council could do by itself. Paisley’s biggest asset is its people – and this process will be led by them, for them.

“When the Paisley Pattern was invented, the town was known the world over. We are ready to tell the town’s story to the world again and to bring the world to Paisley.”

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Community hosts suicide memorial football fest

Ferguslie will once again host an annual football tournament as part of a drive to raise awareness on suicide within the community.

Budding football enthusiasts have signed up their 7-a-side teams to the No Substitute for Life event on Sunday 29 June, 12pm-4pm.


Paul Cadona pictured at the last Substitute for life event at St Mirren Park

The memorial event will also host a wide variety of entertainment for children and adults of all ages including arts and crafts activities and a bouncy castle.

Later on there will be an opportunity for bereaved family and friends to write a message for a loved one on a purple heart and attach it to the Ferguslie Memorial Tree.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “More and more people are finding it easier to talk about suicide and it’s great to see events like No Substitute for Life bring that message into the community.

“Those who have been bereaved by suicide often find it difficult to cope with the loss of a loved one. This football tournament is a great way for communities to come together and support each other.

“Preventing our young people losing their lives to suicide is as simple as talking about the issue openly and frankly. I’d encourage the local community to once again join in on this worthwhile event.”

The tournament is part of a campaign to raise awareness of suicide among young men and provide an opportunity for survivors of bereavement by suicide to commemorate their loved ones.

The Football Tournament will be held in Ferguslie Park Sports Centre and the family activities will be held in the Tannahill Centre.

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Charleston Centre between 7pm and 9pm.

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire’s communities go online

Hundreds of community groups across Renfrewshire have a new online home – on a web-based hub for all local community and volunteering activity.
The new Renfrewshire2023.com site will help community groups, voluntary organisations and local charities to publicise their events and activities, link up with other local organisations and recruit volunteers for long-term projects and one-off events such as community clean-ups.


Organisations will also be able to post new ideas for community activity and get help from other groups and volunteers to make them happen.

The website is designed to support Renfrewshire’s community plan for 2013-2023 which has been developed by public bodies such as Renfrewshire Council, the police and the health service, and local community organisations.

Like the community plan, the website is built around six themes:

  • Children and young people
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Community care, health and wellbeing
  • A safer and stronger Renfrewshire
  • A greener Renfrewshire
  • Empowering communities

Chair of the Empowering Communities community planning board, Alan McNiven, said:

“Community groups and voluntary organisations are at the heart of our plan for Renfrewshire 2023. We have lots of organisations that are making a huge contribution to life in our communities and we want to encourage others to get involved.

“This new website will help local organisations to see where they fit into the 2023 plan and get support for what they are doing.”

The photograph shows members of community organisations who viewed the new site at Engage Renfrewshire’s offices in Ferguslie Park: James McIntyre from the Environmental Training Team; Helen Moir, Ferguslie Seniors Forum; Paul Cadona, No Substitute for Life; and Sharon Wells from the Families and Schools Together (FAST) project.

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