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City Deal means double jobs boost for Renfrewshire

Unemployed people in Renfrewshire can look forward to doubling their chances of landing a job thanks to the £1.13billion City Deal investment package agreed last week.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said, “The City Deal focuses on 20 major infrastructure projects across the Clyde Valley. Over the course of the Deal it’s expected to create 15,000 construction jobs, while work is underway on these schemes, and 28,000 permanent jobs when work is finished.

Paisley Abbey and Town Hall

“For Renfrewshire, this translates into an extra 1,590 new jobs over and above the 700 jobs we would have expected to see being created by normal economic activity during this period. This represents a 229% increase in growth, compared to 69% across the Clyde Valley as a whole.

“In addition to doubling the expected number of jobs available for local people, the improvements in road and rail links funded by the City Deal will make it easier to access jobs across the whole region.

“This is particularly important for Renfrewshire where we have large numbers of commuters travelling to and from the area. Around 40% of residents work outside Renfrewshire while 38% of local jobs are held by people who live elsewhere.

“The recession saw unemployment rate virtually double between 2008 and 2010 with the young being particularly hard hit. The City Deal means new jobs across the whole employment spectrum including: the financial sector, public administration, distribution, catering, manufacturing, transport and communications.

“These jobs will go a long way to putting employment and the economy back on the right track in Renfrewshire.”

The City Deal package was announced last week by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. It is made up from £500m from Westminster, match funding from the Scottish Government and contributions from the councils which make up the City Region consortium.
The eight participating local authorities in the Glasgow City Region and other local partner organisations worked together to develop the City Deal.

The successful bid is the result of detailed discussions between the local authorities in the City Region and the UK Cabinet Office. Discussions on the details of the scheme were also held with HM Treasury, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Work and Pensions.

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Sma’ Shot Day kicks off summer events programme

Renfrewshire residents enjoyed family fun at the weekend when Sma’ Shot Day kicked off the summer town centre events programme.

The popular annual event took place in the usual venue of Abbey Close and saw a crowd of thousands turn out over the course of the day.

The day – one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – kicked off with a traditional parade from Brodie Park to the town centre, led by the beating of the Charleston Drum.

PACE theatre group

There, attractions included funfair rides in Bridge Street, as well as stalls such as the Slug in a Bottle market, offering vintage clothes and accessories.

The outdoor stage featured local bands from Create and Loud N Proud, as well as performances from PACE Youth Theatre Group, including an original piece called ‘Paisley: My Hopes My Dreams’.

Older people were also able to escape the crowds with a tea dance on in Paisley Town Hall.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was among the crowds on the day, and she said: “Once again, Sma’ Shot Day was a big hit with young and old alike. It’s always a pleasure to get out and about at these events.

“Sma’ Shot Day provides a link with the area’s proud past at the centre of the world’s textile industry.

“It is important we keep that history alive for future generations, which is why it is great to see the kids from PACE on stage doing just that.

“The council’s town centre events programme is key to the work we are doing to help regenerate the area, and we have a packed calendar of events over the next few weeks.”

Sma Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma Shot Day.

Renfrewshire will play host to several other big events this July. The Renfrewshire leg of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will tour the area on Thursday 17 July, with the Paisley Pipe Band Competition two days later.

On Saturday 26 July, County Square will host the world’s only pop-up track cycle race event, when StreetVelodrome makes its debut in the town.

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New coaches have the right stuff for Street Stuff

An award-winning scheme which uses football to help reduce youth crime has made a few summer signings, with help from a council employment programme.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various local agencies, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren FC, running a number of free activities for teenagers at youth disorder hotspots.

And Street Stuff has just recruited another five coaches from a group of unemployed young people who took part in a sports coaching programme.

Street Stuff jobs (caption in release)

The positions are being financially supported through the council’s flagship Invest in Renfrewshire programme to tackle unemployment, which offers financial support to help local businesses grow and create jobs.

A total of 13 young people took part in the 10-week sports and employability programme run by St Mirren, with funding from the SPFL Trust, which gave them an SFA football coaching qualification as well as practical work experience.

Five of them – Joe McNally, Scott Britt, David Anderson, Lauren O Donnell and Chris Burns – have been awarded full-time jobs, while the other eight will all be able to pick up sessional work with Street Stuff.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan and the council’s Street Stuff champion, Councillor Eddie Devine, attended an end-of-programme awards ceremony at St Mirren Park, where they were joined by Street Stuff staff and Saints captain Steven Thompson.

Councillor Macmillan said: “Street Stuff has been running in Renfrewshire for a few years now, and has contributed to a dramatic fall in the rate of youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“The council has a focus on creating jobs and providing opportunities for young people through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme, and we are delighted to be able to help expand the scope of Street Stuff in this way.”

St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell added: “The value of these programmes is in the difference you see in the young people.

“They have come on quite a journey – you see a real change in their confidence and self-esteem over the ten weeks.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff sessions include street football and a mobile youth club called The Box, and the summer timetable sees them take place at five locations across Renfrewshire six nights a week.

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Exhibition opens at Paisley Museum as part of nation-wide contemporary art festival

A contemporary art exhibition, called Information, will open at Paisley Museum on 11 July as part of the Generation festival, a nation-wide celebration of Scottish Contemporary Art.


This exhibition re-visits an earlier Information exhibition that was held at the Museum 25 years ago and included works by then-students of Glasgow School of Art, who went on to win or be short-listed for the prestigious Turner prize.

In 1989 a group of 17 emerging artists from Glasgow School of Art staged a ground-breaking exhibition at Paisley Museum, called Information. The majority of these artists were to become key practitioners of their art and included Dave Allen, Claire Barclay, Martin Boyce, Roddy Buchanan, Nathan Coley, Jackie Donachie, Douglas Gordon, Michael McDonagh, Craig Richardson, Ross Sinclair and Karen Vaughan.

The 2014 exhibition showcases the work of an international group of artists studying on the Masters of Letters in Fine Art Practice at Glasgow School of Art. Working across four medium specificities: painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking, these artists respond to the theme of Information through a range of diverse practices and approaches.

Information will also feature a gallery dedicated to archive material from the 1989 exhibition, including original artworks by Ross Sinclair and former Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley.

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

“This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to look back on the wealth of talent that has been presented at Paisley Museum through the years. It has also given us the opportunity to further develop our successful partnership between Paisley Museum and Glasgow School of Art and to be part of the nation-wide Generation Festival further establishes Paisley Museum as an important venue on the Scottish art scene.”

Generation is a major nation-wide exhibition programme showcasing some of the best and most significant art to have emerged from Scotland over a period of 25 years. Generation offers access to world-class art on an unparalleled scale with over 70 venues ranging from small galleries to national institutions across Scotland taking part.

Information will be on display at Paisley Museum, High St, Paisley PA1 2BA from 11 July – 5 October. Admission is free.

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Sporty pupils go for gold at school games

Around 80 athletic pupils from across the central belt have taken part in a special Inter-Authority Games.

On-X Linwood hosted teams from Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow and Renfrewshire.

Inspired by the Commonwealth Games, the four local authorities got together to create a special event giving youngsters an opportunity to get involved in sport.

Winning teams were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for their podium places, which were presented to the pupils by delegates from national governing bodies.

Each event also had an overall winning team who were awarded a special trophy. Inverclyde won best netball team, best athletics team award was won by Renfrewshire, best badminton team went to Glasgow and East Renfrewshire won best rugby team.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Sports, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “The first Inter-Authority games were a huge success and I’m delighted that Renfrewshire was able to host the event. Together with our neighbours Glasgow, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire, we have started the ball rolling to get more of our young people to get active and get into competitive sport.

“With the Commonwealth Games about to start, it’s never been a better time to get youngsters involved in sport, developing their sporting skills, building their confidence and helping them to keep active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

“We want to give our young people the opportunity to get involved in sport and we are supporting the goal with a wide range of sporting programmes.”

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Free Ice Cream Offer

Free Ice Cream Offer – whether your celebrating Sma Shot Day this Saturday, enjoying the sun or keeping the weans happy during the school holidays.

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Flavour Fusion ‘Quality Ice Cream Bar’ is the first of a growing chain offering the very finest of Ice Cream and Milkshakes, Smoothies, Waffles, Crepes, & Desserts. It is situated at 69 High St, Paisley. PA1 2AY. Opposite Paisley Museum @ the UWS main entrance. It trades 7days a week, 11am / 10pm.

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Flavour Fusion offers a trendy place to enjoy the very best of award winning ice creams, smoothies, milkshakes, crepes & waffles oh, loadsa good stuff actually. Fresh Popcorn, to Candy Floss & Caramel Apple Pie to Chocolate Fudgecake – crikey theres loads.

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Countdown is on to Sma Shot Day

The first big date in Renfrewshire’s summer town centre events calendar arrives at the weekend with the return of family favourite Sma’ Shot Day.

The popular annual event – one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – will take place on Saturday 5 July in the usual place of Abbey Close.

Sma' Shot Day - Tony Lawler and Provost Anne Hall

The fun begins at noon when the parade, headed by the beat of the Charleston Drum, sets off from Brodie Park.

Attractions at Abbey Close include funfair rides and stalls including the Slug in a Bottle market, featuring a mix of traditional and vintage clothing and accessories.

There will be performances throughout the day on the outdoor stage from PACE Youth Theatre Group as well as various local bands from LNP Promotions.

The day will culminate with the spectacular Burning of the Cork – which marks the victory of the 19th-century weavers over the mill owners – at 5pm.

Elsewhere, older folks can step away from the crowds at a tea dance in Paisley Town Hall from 1 to 3pm.

A full schedule for the day can be viewed at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

To help promote the event, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall met up with Freeman of Renfrewshire Tony Lawler, who will take up his usual place beating the drum at the head of the parade.

Sma' Shot Day - Tony Lawler and Provost Anne Hall

Provost Hall said: “Sma Shot Day is always a popular family favourite and we hope to see a big crowd come out and enjoy the day.

“Last year’s event took place in blazing sunshine so fingers crossed the Paisley weather is kind and we get more of the same this year.

“Sma Shot Day is important because it helps keep alive a link to the area’s proud past at the heart of the world’s textile industry.

“The council has recently announced big plans to use Paisley’s heritage and culture to drive regeneration and tourism over the next decade, and events like Sma Shot Day will be part of that.”

Sma Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls.

Sma' Shot Day - Tony Lawler and Provost Anne Hall

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma Shot Day.

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