Paisley trust board

Paisley’s leading community focused regeneration charity, Paisley Community Trust has announced the appointment of 6 new Trustees to its board. The organisation behind the ambitious Performing Arts and Film Theatre Project, ‘Baker Street Paisley’, has made the appointments ahead of unveiling its Outline Business Case, due to be publicly revealed in March. It will outline the demand, viability and requirements to deliver the Baker Street Project.

Paisley trust board

The new Board brings together a broad range of professionals and students from a variety of sectors and international backgrounds. Joining the existing Trustees – Gary Kerr, Andy Campbell and George Gibson are:

Lisa Sinclair – Senior Legal Counsel, Chivas Brothers Limited

Shannan Flockhart – Design Student, Glasgow School of Art

Marc Frossman – Head of Marketing, Monteleone

Rebecca Kowalski – Compliance Manager, Cornerstone Asset Management LLP

Paul McGrath – Director, Consilium Contracting Services

Helena Lim – Director, HL4 Education Insights

Chairman of Paisley Community Trust, Gary Kerr said “Our Community Trust has been going from strength to strength. We are at a pivotal phase of producing the outline business case for the Baker Street project. We knew it was vitally important to expand the knowledge, skill set, experience and diversity of our Board. We advertised and we were overwhelmed with the high number of quality applications.”

“We met with many applicants and wanted to understand their motivations, what value they could add and most importantly their passion for improving Paisley and providing opportunity to our communities.”

“We are delighted to announce the six new additions to our Board taking the total number to 9. Our board now covers a broad spectrum of backgrounds, skills and experience and all will play a vital role in delivering the Baker Street Project. Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our new board through our social media channels and to our members. Please do join us in welcoming them to Paisley Community Trust.”

New trustee Shannan Flockhart said “I am a born and raised Paisley buddie and I’m passionate about the future of the town. Most importantly I am really interested in involving the youth in the growth and development of the town centre. I’m only out of High School a couple of years and studying design at the Glasgow School of Art and I want to do my bit to improve our communities and town for all. Excited to be part of Paisley Community Trust!”

live-your-dream

The idea of turning a fun hobby into a successful business might sound too good to be true. Yet, an American Express article gives us examples of entrepreneurs who have turned pastimes such as tennis, art, and board games into profitable business ventures. The list includes a tennis fan who couldn’t find the right way to keep score and decided to invent it in the form of a racket scorekeeper, and a woman who came up with a way to re-use silk yarn. 

The truth is that there are some good reasons why this can happen. If there is a hobby that you would love to turn into a career then the following points show a few of the factors that can help this to be a successful move.

live-your-dream

Be an Expert from the Start

One of the biggest problems with starting a new business is that it can take time to become an expert on the subject. The Small Business Association reports that 30% of all new businesses fail during their first two years after starting out.

This means that not everyone has the time to become an expert in their chosen field before they run out of time to make it work. Basing your business on something that is already something you enjoy means that you already an expert before you even get started.

Even if you aren’t involved in a highly technical role, this knowledge can help you feel as though you are in control at all times. This helps to avoid the situation in which you need to rely upon experts who know more about your business than you do.

Do Something That You Enjoy

Does working on something that you enjoy make a difference to your chances of success? It would seem to stand to reason that it does. After all, you are more likely to put in more hours and more effort to make it work if it is related to a pastime that you love.

With this list of motivational quotes from people such as Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, and Stephen Hawking we can see that success very rarely comes easily. However, author Paolo Coelho is quoted as saying that, ‘When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’.

Research carried out by the New York Enterprise Report found that a quarter of small business owners work more than 60 hours each week. This is likely to seem a lot less excessive if you spend all of those hours doing something that you love.

office

Understand What Other People Want and Need

The final factor is that of how you are able to understand the wants and needs of your clients. Many businesses fall down in this area due to the fact that the owner sees it as purely a financial venture and never truly gets to grips with the emotions felt by the people that they deal with.

On the other hand, if this comes from a hobby that you enjoy, you are likely to be able to relate to your customers. Some people even get their big business idea from realizing that there was a gap in the market for something they need for their own hobby.

If there is a hobby that you love then why not look at turning it into a business? It could turn out to be the best decision you ever take.

terma

Plans for one of the largest wind farm developments in Scotland have been given the green light following the installation of a state-of-the-art radar system at Glasgow Airport.

terma

Together with air traffic services company, NATS, and Banks Renewables, Glasgow Airport has introduced a new radar earlier that can mitigate the impact of the Kype Muir Wind Farm near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire. The development will generate 88.4MW of renewable energy from its 26 turbines.

NATS will manage the dual Terma SCANTER 4002 radar system which is capable of supporting air traffic control requirements and mitigating the impact of the turbines. The system is now operational and NATS has secured the contract to operate and maintain the service for the 25-year life of the wind farm.

Due to their height and movement patterns, wind turbines can have a range of impacts on navigational systems, including being detected by Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR) and appearing on air traffic control screens. This can have a number of impacts including distracting controllers, masking ‘real’ aircraft and mimicking the appearance of actual aircraft to the extent that they must be avoided by other aircraft. Such impacts can have a detrimental impact on the safety, efficiency and capacity of the airspace surrounding airport.

As a statutory consultee, Glasgow Airport must assess wind farm development proposals up to 50 kilometres away. Importantly, it must ensure any proposed development will not pose a risk to the safety of the 30 airlines who fly over nine million passengers to and from the airport every year.

Glasgow Airport Managing Director Mark Johnston said: “We are very pleased to announce that the system is now fully operational. For the last three years, the Airport’s planning team has been worked extremely hard with our partners from NATS and Banks Renewables to develop this wind turbine mitigation solution in what is a very complex and safety critical environment. Talking about the biggest ambitions for the UK there is also consult the UK’s biggest sports betting community for help with betting tips.

“As well as resolving the issue with Kype Muir, the mitigation may also have the potential to resolve issues with other future wind farm proposals, which can only be of benefit to Scotland’s renewable energy sector.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:  “It’s great to see Glasgow Airport hosting the launch of this new radar system, which is a significant development for aviation safety.

“The new radar is able to distinguish between aircraft and wind turbines situated at Kype Muir Wind Farm, and this technology will be invaluable with the ever-growing sustainable energy sector.”  

Andrew Liddell, Technical Director with Banks Renewables, said: “We’re especially thankful to Glasgow Airport for engaging with us to deliver the new radar. This means that not only will our new wind farm stay clear of any radar detection – but other new wind farms may also benefit from this regional solution.

“We also acknowledge how proactive and instrumental the Scottish Government has been in helping deliver such a positive outcome.”

Paul Beat, NATS General Manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ““We’re delighted to have worked with Glasgow Airport, Banks Renewables and TERMA to deliver a mitigation solution that both supports safe and efficient air traffic services, while also allowing this important wind farm development to be built and make a major contribution to the Scottish Government’s renewables strategy.”

Glasgow was one of the first airports in the world to deploy large scale wind turbine mitigation in the form of infill radar and has continued to innovate by deploying single turbine blanking in response to the increasing number of developments.

As a result, it has approved 90% of the 495 wind turbine applications it received between October 2012 and August 2016. These projects have the potential to generate more than 700MW of energy.

rosalind carr

St Mirren football legend Tony Fitzpatrick’s autobiography is being read in all corners of the globe.

He’s been sent photographs of people reading his book Fitzy – The Story of My Life, in faraway places like New Zealand, the Caribbean and Bangladesh.

rosalind carr

Tony says he’s been “overwhelmed” by the reaction to his autobiography and people have even been stopping him as he leaves church on a Sunday, at St Mirin’s Cathedral, in Paisley asking him to sign a copy of his book they’d brought with them.

Lifelong St Mirren fan, Richard Bradbury works for the Salvation Army, in Bangladesh and he was sent a copy of Tony’s autobiography. He wrote on Twitter:

richard bradbury bangladesh

“Fitzy was one of my boyhood heroes following St Mirren. The more I read, the more my admiration and respect I have for Tony. Stories are full of inspiration and motivation.”

Paisley Buddie, Martin Wallace was on holiday in New Zealand and sent home a photo of himself reading Fitzy’s book on the other side of the world.

martin wallace new zealand

Martin and Rosalind Carr are well-known Saints fans and when they recently went on holiday to the Caribbean, they packed TWO copies of Fitzy’s book in their cases. That was so they could both read the autobiography at the same time as they soaked up the sun.

martin carr

Reviewing the book on Amazon, Stuart Hall said: “A very well written account.

“From the start, it was obvious that Fitzy has lived no ordinary life and the hard upbringing he had brings nothing but admiration for what he has achieved.

“This book is a real mix of tough stuff, heartache and inspiration – so an emotional roller coaster and well worth a read whether or not you’re a supporter of the black and white.”

People who have bought the book have also been in touch with Tony on social media.

Stephanie Hampsey, from Paisley wrote to Tony and said:

“I would highly recommend the book to anyone.

“Your story proves that you can and will be anything you want in life if you believe in yourself, like you did when you were a child.

“A wee boy from the Possil area of Glasgow now a legend and current CEO of St Mirren Football Club.

A lot of humour and football banter and few surprising stories along the way to keep you wanting to read more.”

And a Tweet from the Rays of Hope cancer support group charity Tweeted: “Great read, takes you through all the emotions, happy, sad, joyful, mad and back to happy again.”

Mark Nicholas posted on Twitter: “Reading the Fitzpatrick book and would highly recommend it.”

And Jed McCabe said on Twitter: “Just finished reading the book. 10/10 Fantastic!”

Tony Fitzpatrick said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction to the book especially as people have been saying they have taken inspiration from my life story.

“It’s very humbling to think that by telling my story I’ve been able to help people.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has bought the book and those who have taken the time to contact me and say how much they have enjoyed reading it.”

Fitzy – The Story of My Life is published by Macdonald Media Publishing and is available from www.fitzybook.co.uk for only £11.99.

Glasgow Airport exterior

PARTNERS working to deliver a new transport link to Glasgow Airport are developing plans for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) scheme, as a potential alternative to a tram train.

Glasgow Airport exterior

PRT – which operates at a number of other airports, including Heathrow – was identified as one of two options for airport access in an original Strategic Business Case in 2016.

Partners now believe that it is likely to emerge as the preferred option and will ask the City Region Cabinet to approve work on an Outline Business Case, to be completed later this year.

A meeting of the project’s Executive Steering Group, on Wednesday, heard that the scheme could be delivered within the existing budget and timescale, being operational 2025.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Susan Aitken said: “Improved connectivity to Glasgow Airport is a key priority; however the advice from officers and consultants is that significant questions remain about the deliverability of the current tram train option, particularly in relation to capacity at Central Station.

“As a result, the Executive Steering Group has agreed that additional work should be done to establish an alternative Outline Business Case for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) option. This work was not advanced by the previous City Deal Cabinet, but it is now crucial in order to allow us to make a fully informed choice about which of the options in front of us should be progressed.

“I remain committed to a solution that delivers improved public transport connectivity to Glasgow Airport – but I am determined that it should also provide value for money for the city, and deliver the widest possible inclusive economic benefits. I’m confident that we have made significant progress towards that outcome today.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This is a really positive step forward and recognition that a transport link between Glasgow City Centre, Paisley and Glasgow Airport is critical to the success of the city region economy.

“It is important we get the right solution which takes in to account competing demands on the existing rail network and delivers for the whole of the City Region. In order to ensure we get the right solution, we now have a clear way forward and agreement to look at a business case for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, which can be delivered quickly and finally make the connection between the Airport and the city that business leaders and investors are crying out for.

“Renfrewshire Council is fully supportive of this approach and will be seeking Cabinet approval in the next few weeks to develop an outline business case to deliver a PRT for 2025.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “The Scottish Government is committed to the Glasgow City Region Deal and wish to see it succeed, so I’m pleased we have agreement on the way forward for this important project from all members of the Executive Steering Group.

“It’s crucial that improving access to Glasgow Airport is balanced with the needs of the region’s existing transport network. The Personal Rapid Transit system option potentially meets this aim, and I look forward to seeing the revised business case once it’s completed.”

Mark Johnston, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said: “We welcomed the opportunity to meet with the councils and the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson MSP, who convened the meeting to discuss the Glasgow Airport Access Project.

 

“Over the course of the past 10 years, we have been working with partners to address the long standing issue of access to and from Glasgow Airport. With the recent Jacobs report having confirmed congestion on the M8 has reached record levels there is an acceptance by all involved that doing nothing is not an option.

 

“We were informed that due to issues around rail capacity the project partners are developing an alternative option. This will be evaluated and we will of course work with the partners to promote the delivery of an effective solution within the agreed timescale.”

 

Although the detail of a PRT scheme would be developed through the new business case, it would be likely to see passengers use the existing rail network between Central Station and Paisley Gilmour Street – and a second shuttle or pod vehicle between Paisley and the airport.

90_scotrail

Call for Scotrail fares to be cut as passenger satisfaction plummets

Neil Bibby MSP has called for Scotrail fares to be cut after an annual survey revealed passenger satisfaction with Abellio-run ScotRail has plummeted to a 15-year low. Overall satisfaction with ScotRail is down six percentage-points on last year to 79 per cent, well below the franchise target of 88.5%.

90_scotrail

Fewer than half of passengers, 39 percent are satisfied with how the privately run firm deals with delays – a 12 per cent drop on last year.

Meanwhile  just 51 per cent of passengers feel they are getting value for money – an 8 per cent fall compared to the year before.

Neil Bibby MSP said the survey also highlighted the need to end the failing Abellio ScotRail franchise and bring ScotRail back into public ownership.

Neil Bibby MSP said:

“This survey shows that passengers are fed up with the poor service they are receiving from Scotrail and backs up what people having been telling me. I know commuters in Paisley are particularly fed up with the levels of delays, cancellations and overcrowding they are experiencing. It is disappointing that despite repeated calls, the Scottish Government have failed to act and take enforcement action against Scotrail for its poor performance.

Passengers shouldn’t have to be pay more for a service that is getting worse. But that’s exactly what is happening. At the start of this the Scottish Government let ScotRail hike up ticket prices by 3.2% despite this shoddy service. This shouldn’t have happened and the fare increases should be reversed to give hard-pressed commuters a break.

The Scottish Government should use the current budget process to deliver a fare cut for hard pressed passengers and back my call with unions and the public, for public ownership of our railways, so we have a transport system that works for passengers not private profit.”

Gavin Newlands MP

NEWLANDS SPEAKS OUT FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IN IMMIGRATION BILL DEBATE

On Monday night, Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, opposed the UK Governments divisive Immigration Bill which seeks to bring an end to Freedom of Movement in the UK and for British citizens.

Gavin Newlands MP

Freedom of Movement allows every British citizen, including every Scottish person, to work and travel freely across the EU’s 27 countries.

During his speech, Newlands told the stories of many who had reached out to tell him about his positive experiences of Freedom of Movement:

“My constituent Emma Hendrie, a 21-year-old student, studied for a semester abroad at Ghent University, Belgium as an exchange student in 2018. Once her fellow students got past her apparently strong Paisley accent, she became friends with people there from Europe and beyond.

Alison Ruthven Hughes lived in the Netherlands on two different occasions, which was a great experience for her children, who got the chance to meet other children from all over the world. Alison says that she is Scottish and European.

Mark Harold emigrated to Lithuania in 2005 to work on music projects and he stayed for many years. Mark was eventually elected by the City Council- he cites the raver community as the source of his popularity- and he is now the Night Mayor Vilnius and is the only known Non- Citizen to have sworn on the Lithuanian Constitution.

Sandra and Steve Murray wrote to me to tell me their story of making a new home in a small village on the French/Spanish border. Her village is populated by Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Belgian, English, Irish, Swedish and people from many other nations. Their daughter now lives in Barcelona and they regularly cross the Pyrenees to visit regularly. They wrote that in their village, ‘everyone is much more aware of what we have in common, rather than what separates us.’ And that ‘they only wish that the UK would adopt the Scottish view that we all want the same things – peace, equality and opportunity.

Others also told me how much EU Citizens in Scotland have enriched their lives:

Stewart Everett wrote to me and said that he didn’t study abroad but thought his university experience in Glasgow was made better by the European students being here as he would often be the only Scottish person at a party, he counts many interesting conversations and said that he learnt much about the world and how Scotland relates to it.

And David Kidd said that just because he may not have used freedom of movement himself that doesn’t mean he didn’t feel the benefit of it through others.”

GLA Future Birdseye

Study underlines Glasgow Airport’s economic importance to Scotland –

A study published today (Wednesday, January 30) confirms the valuable contribution Glasgow Airport makes to the Scottish economy.

The economic impact study reveals the airport, which welcomed 9.7 million passengers in 2018, generates in excess of £1.44 billion (GVA) annually and supports more than 30,000 jobs across Scotland.

Produced by economists York Aviation, the study also outlined that if Glasgow continues to grow as forecast in its Master Plan the airport would contribute £2.54 billion (GVA), support over 43,000 jobs and welcome 17 million passengers annually by 2040.

GLA Future Birdseye

The study also confirms Glasgow’s critical role as a gateway for global exports and imports, with the airport handling more than £3.5bn in goods in 2017.

Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director, said: “This study confirms the huge economic benefits the airport generates for the city and Scotland each year. With a total annual economic impact of £1.44 billion supporting over 30,000 jobs nationwide, the findings are very encouraging and show that when Glasgow Airport succeeds Scotland shares the benefit.  

“These findings are hugely significant and we want to continue to grow in a sustainable and responsible manner. We have invested more than £130 million in our facilities since 2011 and have a strategy in place through our Master Plan to put us on the path to becoming a 17-million passenger airport by 2040. By this point the airport would also support a further 13,000 jobs and generate an additional £1.1 billion annually.

Glasgow Airport exterior

“We can’t do this on our own and it is imperative that through the ongoing support of our city and national partners we ensure Glasgow Airport continues to thrive and deliver for Scotland. To do this we also need to address the current constraints such as motorway congestion and delivering the planned rail link.”

A new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) next to the airport is also set to create up to 10,000 additional jobs. To date, two anchor tenants have been confirmed – the £56-million Medical Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) and the £65-million National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS).

The study has been produced to inform Glasgow Airport’s 2040 Master Plan, which will be published for public consultation later this year.

MarkPic Peter Devlin

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said: “Renfrewshire benefits hugely from having Glasgow Airport on our doorstep, forming a vital part of our local community.

“The economic growth and jobs the Airport brings to the local area, and to the wider West of Scotland region, is massive, and has had a huge positive knock-on effect throughout Renfrewshire and the surrounding areas.”

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Stuart Patrick said: “The results of this study further reinforce the view that Glasgow Airport is the West of Scotland’s most important transport hub and strengthens the case for it having a nationally-funded direct rail connection.

“Glasgow’s economic strategy is aiming for one million new inbound tourists every year and is planning for a growing population, 100,000 new jobs and the same number of new houses around the region. This needs a successful airport with a wide range of direct flights.

“So, the ambition is there, and the Glasgow Airport team does a first-class job in pitching the city as a strong investment destination for the world’s airlines.”

Bob Grant, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, said: “This report brings into sharp focus the value of Glasgow Airport as a key infrastructure asset to the Scottish economy. There is huge potential to increase GVA to 2040 via the Master Plan.

“Government, along with public and private sector partners can support that growth by understanding the challenges of competing in a global marketplace. In today’s economic climate growth is never guaranteed.

“Thousands of jobs are coming to Renfrewshire and the City Region with the development of innovation hubs such as AMID. An enhanced transport infrastructure is required to facilitate this expansion.

“Delivery of the planned rail-link is an essential component of that strategy and will support Glasgow Airport as they continue to invest many millions for the benefit of our economy.” 

In December last year it was announced that Emirates would introduce the iconic A380 aircraft to the airline’s Dubai service – a first in Scottish aviation history. Glasgow Airport is currently investing more than £8 million to upgrade its facilities in preparation for the arrival of the world’s largest commercial aircraft in April this year.

paisley from drone

Choosing the right casino can be a difficult task, even for seasoned players. Here are some tips that will allow you to choose the proper casino with the games that you like.

 

Tip Number 1: Understanding how RNG works in every game

Probably somebody has already told you to choose the right casino game all you have to do is understand how a live casino works and memorize the winning patterns. Someone might have also told you that “Play this game, it can be hacked easily”. To put it forward in plain language – there is no such thing as a winning pattern in online casino games. Why? Because every online casino game has a Random Number Generator or RNG.

 

The RNG is present at the heart of every online casino game. It is present there to make sure that every outcome the casino game delivers is random and hence, the possibility of winning the game by cheating is basically next to none. The complex formula of the RNG pushes out random numbers every time and there is no known method to beat the system till now.

 

Tip Number 2: Do not pick flashy games or which offers huge jackpots

When you open an online casino, you can find a number of games at the top of the homepage. These games offer huge prizes and are placed strategically on the screen for players to click on them. This might be a bit controversial, but do you think that these games will pay you the most? The developers of these games have put a lot of money to the online casinos and live casinos to push these games at the top of the screen.

 

To be honest, the online casinos, as well as live casino studios, are here to take money from you, not give you. If everyone won the huge prize, the casinos have to pack up their business for the time being. Our thinking is that choose the underdog game. Research them. It may surprise you!

 

If you want to pick up relevant games as mentioned, you can click https://www.liverouletteinfo.com/. Our experts have researched dozens of casino games to come up with the best ones available in the market.

Tip Number 3: Check which game offers the best casino bonuses

You can always use the online casino or live casino bonus efficiently even when you pick the less flashy or popular games. It is legit to enhance your chances of winning and casino experiences.

 

Make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully emphasizing on maximum cashouts and wagering requirements.

 

Tip number 4: Research the volatility of each game

The risk involved in playing a particular game is measured by volatility. If a game has low volatility, then the wins are more common but smaller. Higher volatility signifies rarer wins, but bigger rewards.

 

Tip number 5: Choosing the games which give higher payouts

Beginners usually make the mistake of going to best live casinos without prior knowledge about the online games. To begin with, the player needs to find a machine that offers them more money than the other casino games.  This is usually measured by RTP or Return to the player percentage.

 

The RTP helps the player to calculate the percentage of the total wagered money that a game pays back to the player. This does not imply the amount of money the player will get back.

mirren business centres

With Mirren Business Centres you will find the perfect modern space for your business, at highly competitive and affordable prices.

Offices at Mirren Business Centres are available in two handy locations:

Mirren Court, 119 Renfrew Road, Paisley and Mirren Chambers, 41 Gauze Street, Paisley.

Both locations offer great value affordable space for let with car parking.

Contact details:

Mirren Court, 119 Renfrew Road, Paisley, PA3 4EA

0141 843 4211

www.dpgroup.org.uk

mail@dpgroup.org.uk

st-vincents

On Wednesday 6th February, St. Vincent’s Hospice is offering confidential legal advice sessions completely free of charge. This service is being provided courtesy of the voluntary support from trusted local solicitors. Sessions are open to any adult, however, as places are limited, priority will be given to people living in Renfrewshire.

Legacy and Trust Officer at St. Vincent’s Hospice, June Burgess, said: “We have received some extremely generous and kind offers of support from local solicitors, and we are very pleased to welcome them to St. Vincent’s to help anyone who needs legal advice and guidance.

st-vincents

“The sessions will provide an introduction to professional advice and information to help with planning for the future – such as writing Wills, arranging powers of attorney and other legal matters. The service is provided without obligation or commitment. We know that people are often worried or anxious about discussing these issues, and we hope that this service will alleviate some of the pressure for individuals and families.”

Sessions are held in a private, comfortable, meeting room next to the Reception area of the Hospice, with appointments of up to 30 minutes available. Anyone who feels they could benefit is invited to get in touch and make an appointment between 11am and 1.30pm. Other dates will become available throughout the year.

Places are limited, so please contact:
June Burgess, St. Vincent’s Hospice
Midton Road, Howwood, Renfrewshire PA9 1AF
Tel: 01505 705635  Email: June.burgess@svh.co.uk

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a local charity, providing specialist palliative and Hospice care for people impacted by life-limiting conditions all across Renfrewshire.

paisley from drone

Throughout your life, there may be many situations that give you a fright, everything from a horror movie to a car speeding down the road. However, it is the persistent fears, the ones that recur again and again, that need to be faced head-on.

A fear of heights is, first of all, very common, so if you suffer from this, you are not alone. Secondly, a fear of being high up is not what would be classified as an essential irrational fear, because there is sometimes a risk presented from being, for example, on the top of a tall building.

What you need to do is find a way to overcome this fear so you can live your life as care-free as possible and not have to worry anymore, which is why this helpful guide has been put together.

There are three essential steps that you need to go through to start confronting this issue:

  1. Understand where the fear you have is coming from.
  2. Find a form of therapy/a therapeutic activity that is going to help you practically deal with this.
  3. Employ certain methods in your day to day life to get through moments where fear feels like it is going to take over.

Understand where the fear is coming from

Understanding what causes a fear of heights is important in dealing with this problem because, once you can down a logical thought process of why heights scare you so much, you can take the sting out of the tail of this phobia.

Sometimes this can be an easy task if, for example, you had a bad experience with heights as a child and this has simply stayed with you into adulthood. If a child in the school playground tried to push you down some stairs, something as simple as this, could be the source of your fear.

If not, then you need to consider the more primal fear of protecting yourself from harm has simply been exaggerated when it comes to heights.

Explore your fears in a safe environment

The researchers at Oxfordvr.org are combining their expertise in psychology with the immersive experience of virtual reality (VR) technology. In this way, automated therapy treatments use a virtual coach to enable quicker, cost effective and high quality access to therapy services. They work because the therapies are designed to trigger the same psychological and physiological responses as a real-world situation, while the patient knows that they are safe and secure.

The effect of this means that people are able to learn from VR therapy to give them practical coping methods in the real world.

Keep your cool

As you work through your fears, it is a good idea to find practical things to do when confronted by your fear in the meantime so that you can establish some control over a scary situation.

Simple things such as breathing techniques, closing your eyes, or having some water, can have a calming effect and get you back to feeling like yourself.

It is also important to remember not to push yourself too hard at the beginning as this can actually make your fear worse if you spook yourself.