Join the 1st Kilbarchan Boys’ Brigade and LEAP at our Bike Swap and Bike Maintenance Workshops, at the Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall.

Old, outgrown bike lying unloved in the garage?

Looking for a replacement bike?

Donate your old bike to be used by someone else, or bring it along to SWAP for another.

No bike to swap?  Come along at 1.30pm to see if we have what suits you.

While you are there, learn how to do the basic M Check on your bike to ensure it is in top condition to ride.  Soul Riders (www.soulriders.org.uk) will be coming along to run the free workshops and give you tips on how you can look after your bike.

For more information, email susie@myleapproject.org or phone 01505 842530

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Advice organisations from across Renfrewshire have come together to improve the public’s access to free and effective advice through the creation of an easy to use, informative website and dedicated phone line.

Back Row: Claire Strong – Shelter, Fiona McCrae – RAMH, Joe Ferrie – Engage Renfrewshire, Paul Henderson – RAMH, Debs Allan – Connect4 Renfrewshire, Scott Duncan – LEAP, Kay Taylor – Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau
Front Row: Liz Willis – Advice Works, Cllr Michael Holmes and Fiona Brown – Shelter.

Advice Renfrewshire, a one-stop-shop website linking citizens with the appropriate organisation to assist with their issues, has been created through the Advice Partnership Renfrewshire; a group of trusted advice organisations operating in Renfrewshire who are working  to ensure advice services in the area are easy to access and meet client’s needs. The website is designed to help those looking for guidance on a wide variety of issues, including welfare benefits, money and debt management, health and housing advice as well as legal, consumer energy and more, by signposting them to the organisation that is best equipped to help with them. A dedicated, free phone line has also been created as part of Advice Renfrewshire for clients who are not online, or who would rather speak to someone about their problem.

Denise McCole, one of the website’s testers recruited by ROAR – Connections for Life said: “The website is easy to use and full of useful information.  I would be happy to recommend that people use it.”

Renfrewshire Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Mike Holmes, said: “The launch of Advice Renfrewshire is a result of the collaborative efforts of the Council and our partners to realise our goal of improving advice services in the area, to ensure that everyone has access to free, quality, relevant information that meets their needs and addresses their concerns.

“Improving access to advice services was identified as a key recommendation by the Tackling Poverty Commission and the launch of Advice Renfrewshire demonstrates our commitment to delivering this.

“By creating a place where citizens are able to confidently identify the right help we are providing them with the information they need to help to improve their circumstances.”

Organisations supporting the site include Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, local mental health service Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH), Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union for savings advice, Renfrewshire Law Centre, Engage Renfrewshire, Shelter and Renfrewshire Foodbank as well as the Council’s own Advice Works service.

Stephen McLellan, Chief Executive, RAMH, commented: “RAMH welcomes the opportunity to link with partner organisations, particularly where this provides a speedier, more responsive service to service users.

“We know that speedy, accurate advice greatly benefits people and minimises the stress and anxiety which too often adds further complications to someone’s situation.”

Kay Taylor, Manager/Director at Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “At Renfrewshire Citizens Advice we see on a daily basis how difficult it can be for individuals to find the right support when they need it. That’s why we are delighted to work in partnership with Renfrewshire Council to support Advice Renfrewshire: a collaboration between a number of agencies who together provide a referral network to ensure people get the support that they need quickly.

“Renfrewshire Citizens Advice will manage the telephone service for Advice Renfrewshire, so clients can be sure to receive the usual free, impartial and confidential experience that they have come to expect from their local CAB. Anyone looking for advice in Renfrewshire can call 0808-1642922 where we will clarify which agencies deal with their particular issue then provide an instant referral to the clients preferred agency”

Further information visit www.advicerenfrewshire.org or call Freephone on 0808 1642922.

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A RECORD number of works of art by school pupils has been put on show at the annual Inspired exhibition, at Paisley Museum.

From left artistic pupils, Beth Daly, Ola Muir and Sophie Thompson

The exhibition features more than 120 drawings and paintings from children at local nursery schools to young adults in their final year at secondary school.

It runs from until Tuesday, April 18


Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “The aim of the exhibition is to showcase the art and design skills of pupils in Renfrewshire’s nursery, primary and secondary schools.
“And this year we have a record number of exhibits, which further enhances Paisley’s reputation as a place of culture.
“The exhibition displays how the artistic skills progress from the early works of three and four year olds through to the sophisticated and talented pieces which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupil’s folio for national qualifications.
“The exhibition is called Inspired as that’s exactly what it shows – a reflection of the personal perspective of the young artist and the things which inspire them.”

Joyce added: “The pieces on display are both humorous and sophisticated. Some of the drawings of the very young children will certainly raise a smile and the work of the older pupils are very impressive and are of a professional standard.”

Organisers of Inspired are also working in partnership with The National Gallery of Scotland, as after the exhibition closes, much of the work featured will be sent for consideration in their National Tesco Bank Art Competition.
And 13 pieces of work will be chosen to feature in the Renfrewshire Provost’s 2018 Calendar

A new feature of the exhibition this year is a cardboard model of an imaginary Paisley City created by students, young people and their families as part of the Made in Paisley programme under the direction of West College Scotland and Ice Cream Architecture.

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has had some more high-level backing – after local MSP Derek Mackay threw his weight behind the town’s ambitions.

In the latest show of cross-party support for the bid, Renfrewshire North and West MSP Derek says the town deserves the title and believes the Paisley 2021 campaign has ‘captured the imagination’ of people across the area.

Derek – also the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution – was speaking during a series of videos now available on the Paisley 2021 YouTube channels.

He said: “I am very positive about Paisley and always have been – it’s the town I was born in. I think Paisley is very deserving to win UK City of Culture 2021– it has the passion, the pride and the people.

“The events that are taking place are wonderful and they’ve grown over a number of years – there is a sense of that cultural renaissance making a difference.

“The bid has captured the imagination of many people right across the county – and indeed across the country eyes are on Paisley and Renfrewshire.

“It’s a fantastic, positive, energised campaign which is all about people, and people should be involved in whatever way they can.

“Be part of it and enjoy it as well because the bid is about being positive about Paisley and it’s great fun too.”

Paisley’s bid is due to be lodged at the end of April with the competition organisers, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport – and the town will find out if it has made the shortlist in the summer.

The bid has already received cross-party political backing at well-attended parliamentary receptions at both Westminster and Holyrood.

Over the next few months, bid leaders will be pushing ahead with plans to generate as much local-level support for the campaign as possible.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council Leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, added: “From the start we said this bid would be by the people of Paisley for the people of Paisley.

“Over the past year, thousands of local people have taken part in conversations around the bid to help shape it, and we recently saw the 2021st person ‘push the button’ on our website to support for the campaign.

“A successful bid could help transform Renfrewshire’s fortunes – but for that to happen we need even more of you to help show the judges that Paisley wants the title, needs the title, and can deliver it.

“You can find out more about how you can get involved at paisley2021.co.uk.”

A NEW charity launched in Paisley to provide school uniforms for disadvantaged children has been given a boost by intu Braehead.

Lynne Gilday, left and Lydia Brown, intu Braehead community development manager with school uniforms.

The shopping and leisure destination’s Community Fund has donated a £500 intu Gift Card to the Back to School Bank Paisley fundraising effort.

The charity set up by primary teacher, Lynne Gilday aims to buy and distribute school uniforms, PE kit, shoes, coats, hats and scarves along with pens, pencils, calculators and other stationery to youngsters whose families may be struggling financially.

Back to School Bank Paisley is run by a group of 12 volunteers and requests for help are made to the charity by schools, social workers, GP surgeries and organisations like the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

A teacher at Lochfield Primary, in Paisley, Lynne said: “When I began to see that some families needed help to provide a good school uniform for their kids, I was shocked there was nothing in the whole of Renfrewshire for them.
“So, after talking with colleagues, I decided to set up the charity to help the thousands of children locally who are living in poverty.
“We’ve seen children coming to school either not wearing a uniform, or wearing clothes that are hand-me-downs that are either too small or too big.
“This impacts on their confidence and self-esteem, which in turn, affects their ability to learn.
“Kids having a school uniform is something you tend to just take for granted, but it can be really expensive and lots of families are under severe financial pressure.”

Lynne added: “We send out the uniforms in plain bags, so the youngsters won’t know where the clothes have come from and they can wear their uniform with the same sense of pride as other kids in their school.”

Community development manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “The Back to School Bank is a very worthy cause and will be a great help to less well-off families.
“There are plenty stores at intu Braehead where the charity can use the Gift Card to buy school clothes and other items and we know our donation will be put to very good use.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the Back to School Bank should email backtoschoolbankpaisley@gmail.com

Those lost to suicide were commemorated in a special service held at Renfrewshire House yesterday (26 Jan).

(L-R) Douglas Johnston, Choose Life Co-Ordinator, Deacon Jack Gallacher, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Reverend Alan Birss

Renfrewshire support group Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) hosted the annual service at the memorial tree which resides in the council grounds.

The service was attended by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Reverend Alan Birss and Deacon Jack Gallacher as well as members of the local community.

Reverend Birss and Deacon Gallacher led a short set of readings, followed by a procession to the memorial tree at which Provost Hall laid a wreath of remembrance.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall lays a wreath of remembrance

Community members were then able to place a purple heart on the tree to commemorate the loved one they have lost.

A community member places a purple heart onto the tree

Following the service all those attending were invited to join the Provost, the local SOBS support group and the Choose Life team for light refreshments in Paisley Abbey.

Provost Hall said: “The memorial tree is an opportunity for those who have lost a loved one to remember them- whilst also providing a place for them to visit throughout the year.

“I encourage anyone who is having suicidal thoughts or has lost someone to suicide to seek the help that is available- such as the local SOBS group or the Choose Life team.

“Seeking help can make all the difference and it is important to know that you are not alone.”

The memorial tree was first dedicated in 2010 as a permanent memorial to those who have died through suicide and is believed to have been the first of its kind in Scotland.

The service aims to provide an opportunity to remember those who have been lost while providing an arm of support to the survivors. It’s also an opportunity to connect with others who have faced a similar situation.

Lisa Aitken, Choose Life Resource Worker, said: “The annual service has become crucial to the local community and it’s important that those who need it have this outlet.

“The local SOBS group provides a safe place for those who have been affected by suicide to find support from others who have faced similar heartbreak and can offer guidance to those who are feeling low.

“All are welcome to come along to our next meeting and become a part of the group.”

The local support group meets on the last Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm-8:30pm, at the Wynd Centre, Paisley and new members are always welcome.

For more information contact the Choose Life Team on 0141 849 2200 or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/sobs.

If you are feeling suicidal, or you know someone that might be then please call one of the helpline numbers: Samaritan’s 116 123, Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87, RAMH First Crisis 0141 849 90 90 or 0500 829 093

Below are comments from Mhairi Black on the proposed closure of Yorkshire Building Society on Paisley High Street.

Mhairi Black MP said:

“In the wake of Clydesdale Bank announcing closures of branches across Renfrewshire it is extremely disappointing to hear that Yorkshire Building Society are planning to close their only branch in Renfrewshire. This change means all Yorkshire Building Society customers will have to travel to Glasgow to access branch facilities.

“I know some local organisations bank with Yorkshire Building Society, and travelling into Glasgow to access branch services will make it significantly more difficult for them to conduct their business.

“It is also deeply that upsetting that yet more people in Renfrewshire are facing job losses, and my thoughts are with all of those who are now facing this awful uncertainty.

“I am currently arranging a meeting with Yorkshire Building Society to see if there is anything that can be done to avoid this closure going forward.”

Below is a Statement from Mhairi Black MP on the closure on Lonend DWP administration centre.

Mhairi Black MP said:

“This is yet more bad news for Paisley. This will be devastating for all those who work there.

“I think it is deplorable that the Minister for Employment did not bother alert MPs ahead of this announcement, and instead left us to find out this information through the media.

“There are already concerns that DWP staff are under pressure with increasing workload and I do not understand how closing yet more facilities will rectify that.

“This closure will impact directly on those who rely on our security system.”

Further details to follow.

So far in 2017, six new drivers have passed their tests with M8 Driving School and we still have a few more to go up for the test before the end of the month of January.

As March approaches we find the influx of pupils rises quite considerably at this time of year and only gets busier as the summer approaches. Get in before others do and before the waiting lists get out of hand. We are looking for another instructor to join us due to the popularity of the school so we can keep up with the demand for lessons. Anyone wanting to join us either as a pupil or an instructor call Steven on 07747 600 672

Free Function Hire with Free DJ.  Various buffet options are available.

Below is also a list of upcoming events:

Comedy night last Thursday of every month next one is 23rd of February.

Friday and Saturday night entertainment is always either a DJ or karaoke, resident DJ is The DJ Barron.

Or why not try our valentine menu which is available from 10th February to 14th February.

*SUNDAY ROAST SPECIAL OFFER**

Roast of the day, seasonal vegetables, potatoes and yorkshire pudding £7.95. 

Sunday roast family deal – family of four (2 adults 2 children under 10) £19.99.

Please get in touch to book a table.

Or why not enjoy 2 large margherita pizzas and 4 bottles of lager or 4 house cocktails, or bottle of house wine all for only £14.95.

We also have 3-course business lunch Mon to Frid 12-4 for only £5.95