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Paisley residents and visitors may struggle to come up with budget-friendly ideas for winter activities, especially as the museum and observatory remain closed until the four year renovation project finishes in 2023. While we eagerly await the grand reopening and cannot wait to see what they have done, there are still plenty of things to do in the town and its surroundings in the meantime. From family-friendly activities to outings for adults, here are our top ideas for things to do in Paisley on a budget during the winter months.

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Hiking and biking

The best way to beat winter is to get out in it, so bundle up and go for a hike or a bike ride on one of the many great walking trails in and around Paisley. If you’re with kids, or a less experienced hiker, there are plenty of easy walks including Killoch Hill at Gleniffer Braes Country Park, and Jenny’s Well Nature Reserve. You may even be lucky enough to spot some otters, since they don’t hibernate and are easier to spot with less foliage cover in the winter. For a more challenging route, you could try tackling a section of the Whithorn Way – but at 143 miles long you won’t be doing it in a day. 

Indoor play for the kids

If you have a young family, the indoor play area The Big Adventure can be a good indoor option when it’s cold outside. The centre has different zones for the various age groups from babies and toddlers up to kids aged twelve. This venue is definitely an affordable way to keep younger kids entertained, with ticket prices for kids starting at just £1.95 for toddlers. Adult tickets are just a pound each. 

For kids aged seven and up, try Climbzone in Renfrew for an activity-packed day indoors. There are climbing walls, a 60-metre aerial adventure course, and a 16-metre indoor slide that is the tallest in the UK. Climbzone is slightly pricier than The Big Adventure, but for daring kids it is a must-visit.

Paisley history and culture

Paisley has a long and interesting history, which is reflected in the many historical buildings and attractions around the town. Paisley Abbey is perhaps the most impressive structure in the area, standing on the site of the original 12th century structure. The building that stands there now is more recent, since the abbey was destroyed by the English a little over a century after its founding in 1163. 

As well as the abbey, another fascinating historical venue is the Sma’ Shot Cottages. These original 18th century buildings have been turned into a museum documenting the history of Paisley’s textile industry. Guides dressed in authentic costumes offer fascinating insights into the lives of weavers and their families at this time. Entry is free, although donations are appreciated. 

Get inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born a stonesthrow from Paisley in Townhead. The iconic artist, designer and architect is known as one of the most important figures of the British Art Nouveau movement. House for an Art Lover, located in the grounds of Bellahouston Park just outside Paisley, was built in 1990 based on an original design that Mackintosh had submitted to a magazine competition in 1901. Today the stunning building is primarily used as a venue for weddings and other events, but it is open to the public and well worth a visit.

Take in a show

Paisley Arts Centre is housed in the former parish church for the area, and hosts a roster of entertainment events in its intimate interior. The centre is right in the heart of the town, and one of the most vibrant and eclectic venues in the area. The programme of music, comedy, theatre and arts runs year-round, so there will always be something to see. The site itself also has an interesting history, so even a casual daytime visit is a fascinating activity. Warm up with a hot chocolate from the cafe after visiting the grounds. 

Treat yourself to a whisky tour

If you live in Paisley or you are just visiting, the closest distillery is less than twenty minutes drive from the town centre. The Clydeside Distillery offers a number of different tours, but for the visitor on a budget we recommend the Clydeside Tour at just £15 per adult. This is great value considering you get a full tour of the distillery plus a tasting session. Children are also welcome, and will be provided with Irn Bru in lieu of the hard stuff. Even drivers are catered for, as they offer a dram to take home. 

As you can see, you can have a great time in Paisley during the winter without breaking the bank. In the lead-up to Christmas there is even more to do, with town centre events and entertainment for families and shoppers. Even in the least inspiring months of January and February, anyone who finds themselves in Paisley can attend one-off events in one of the town’s live music venues or at the Arts Centre.

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Not much to write about this week. At this time of year every venue usually puts on extra gigs and party nights to take you through the bells. The town should be full of live music and throngs of revellers in the streets ready to have fun. The Bungalow have cancelled all their gigs and it looks like things will be back soon but in this climate it’s difficult to tell. One metre distancing, all seated, and table service has made it impossible to operate a pub or venue and those that can stay open. It’ll be a struggle to make it work.

It looked like The Old Swan was having to fully cancel their New Year Party but a bit of moving and shaking by Jac McCaig the owner it looks like it is now two parties instead of one.  I spoke to Jac and here is what she said “Good news our NYE gigs are going ahead. Firstly, I’d just like to apologise for having to refund everyone’s NYE tickets it was the only way as we had sold 180 tickets and as from 27th December the capacity will be reduced down to 79, secondly, I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who told me to keep their NY ticket money for the staff that was so so kind, 

I now have another plan for NYE but for us not to run it at a loss, we need to split the day into 2 sessions, and we’ve had to up the ticket price. You know this is the musician’s chance to get a bit more money and quite rightly so as they play for next to nothing. So, I’m proposing two sessions 

An afternoon with Maria McAveety Music & Lori live at 12-5pm with haggis, neeps & tatties and a half £5 or an evening with The Dead Flowers 5:30pm- 10pm also with haggis, neeps & tatties and a half £8”

She explained to me that this was the only way to come to some compromise and have some sort of celebration. It means that The Old Swan stays open, and the bands don’t lose their gig. If you phone The Old Swan on 0141-562-0908 the staff will issue everyone’s refunds and can sort out new tickets. 

The Cave Hogmanay Bash is full booked tonight. Wreckless are the band taking them into the New Year. I know they will play a blinder in their favourite wee venue and the atmosphere will be great. I might just pass by and peer in the window or that might be torturing myself a bit too much. Black Triangles are playing at Kennedys on Sunday from 6pm till whenever they stop.

The Keg have the perfect Neerday hangover cure and a great start to the New Year of 2022 with some light-hearted comedy compered by host Billy Kirkwood. Headlining is the master storyteller and regular headline act of Scottish comedy, Gary Little. There are more acts TBC and it kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets are £10.

It has been a rollercoaster of a year when we were all shut down, then opened, a bit then opened a bit more, then all but shut down again. To be honest I have hated it so much and another year of ups and downs will be torture for people who like me who want to get out and see live music, meet old and new friends and check out new talent. However, I can only look back at some of my best gigs in our Paisley venues of 2021 and here they are:

Wreckless at The Cave, The Dead Flowers at The Old Swan, Proposal at The Anchor, Nightfly at Kennedy’s, Horse at The Bungalow, Johnny Barr’s Open Mic Night at The Keg, Frankly the Smiths at Rocknrollas and Scunnart at CC’s. That’s mine what are yours? I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope it is better than this one.

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Residents are being encouraged to recycle their real Christmas trees at one of six locations in Renfrewshire.

Two recycling centres and four public parks are available to ensure that trees are recycled correctly.

Local people can recycle their real Christmas tree from 3-9 January at the following places:

  • Barshaw Park, Paisley
  • Paisley Recycling Centre, 52 Underwood Road
  • Linwood Recycling Centre, Middleton Road
  • Lochwinnoch Public Park
  • Thomas Shanks Park, Johnstone
  • Barwood Park, Erskine

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s never fun having to take down the Christmas tree, but when you do please make sure it’s recycled correctly at one of the six locations in Renfrewshire that we’ve made available.

“Recycling is so important so let’s work together to ensure that all the trees are recycled correctly and make it your New Year’s resolution to recycle as much as you possibly can throughout the year – starting with your tree.”

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Taking a vacation in the UK with your pet would be a welcomed distraction with so much uncertainty. Fortunately, it’s a pet-friendly nation, and you can take your furry four-legged friend pretty much everywhere. 

All you need to do is to perform a search ahead of traveling for hotels, resorts, and restaurants that are guaranteed to allow pets to stay with you. 

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We have listed some of our favorite spots that will be perfect for both of you.

  1. North Wales 

Taking your pet on holiday is often cheaper and safer than kennels, and with North Wales welcoming pets, it makes it a perfect destination for both of you. They have plenty of pet-friendly beaches, accommodations, pubs, and green spaces with cultural attractions. 

Most dog-friendly holiday parks in wales have water bowls, dog bins, welcoming signage, and great walks. In addition, most of the accommodations have plenty of treats, and for activities, both you and your pet can climb, mount Snowdon, chill at Conwy Klater Gardens, swim in Conwy Morfa Beach, and take a stroll in Greenwood Forest Park.

  1. Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales is considered a dog walker’s paradise with stunning views, fresh air, and wind flapping through their ears. Most cottages here have features for dog owners, including boot rooms, enclosed gardens, and cozy wood burners. 

You can hit the trails at either Thwaite, Hawes, Aysgarth, falls, Hardraw, or Muker for excellent walks and have a drink at a dog-friendly pub of your choice. For a piece of world-famous eponymous cheese, visit gorgeous Hawes and enjoy little antique shops, art galleries, and cafes with your pet.

  1. North York Moors And Coast

This place has the best views and is extremely dog-friendly. You can stay in any gorgeous cottage in Robin Hoods Bay that’s located next to a dog-friendly beach. 

The North York Moor National Park is an excellent destination with sandy beaches, ruins, and the magnificent Helmsley Castle with nine-hundred-year-old histories. And for a refreshing time, you can pop into any dog-friendly pubs that will let your furry friend in with you.

  1. Lake District

When traveling to the lake district, you can visit Keswick, considered the most dog-friendly town in Britain. This town offers fabulous pet shops, water bowls along with the street and doggie menus. 

You can take and enjoy a walk in the park or the shores of Dealer. You can also enjoy taking lake cruises with your pets as you visit various attractions. There are also Ullswater steamers and cruise on the Coniston water launch.

  1. Heart Of England

You can enjoy the picturesque countryside, beautiful towns, and villages in the Heart of England. Explore the magnificent terrain with your pet in different parks and country walks that your pets can let loose. You can also journey on a dog-friendly train along the Gloucestershire Warwickshire railway for traveling purposes.

  1. Northumberland

In Northumberland, your pet will have the best time playing on beaches and enjoying the countryside all year long. These places include North Pennines, Northumberland National Park, and Kielder Forest Park. 

You can stay at numerous dog-friendly holiday cottages that may offer dog sitting. Most cabins have access to dog-friendly beaches, are close to the dog-friendly place to eat and drink, and are sites with wood burners to ensure that your pet friend can enjoy cozy naps.

  1. East Anglia

This region is one of the more popular choices thanks to its incredible coastline, beaches, countryside, and bustling cities. You can take a riverboat and enjoy the Norfolk broads or ride on the Bure Valley Railway to the country with your pet. 

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There are also many galleries, festivals, and theaters you can enjoy as a family together with your furry friend. You can also enjoy a Tudor moated mansion, Sutton, Framlingham, and Oxford tour. And for action and adventure-filled days, set off for go-carting, forest rides, jungle swimming adventures.

Conclusion

Traveling as a family can be fun, and ensuring that your pet can come along will save you from paying for a kennel. If you want a destination with dog-friendly facilities, then the UK has plenty to offer. 

You can travel to North Wales with plenty of beaches, accommodation that are pet-friendly. And for stunning views with cottages and a taste of the famous eponymous cheese, both you and your pet will be comfortable in Yorkshire Dales. 

Lake District, North York Moors, and Coast, you can get water bowls along the streets, doggie menus, and a unique fabulous pet shop. For picturesque countrysides with lots of space for your pet, Heart of England, Northumberland, and East Angalia will be the perfect location.

An innovative enterprise centre helping start-ups is part of a fantastic package of support for Renfrewshire businesses.

Start-Up Street is already helping more than 30 new local businesses by providing low cost workspace and specialist support.

Created by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with youth enterprise charity Launch It, the centre on Paisley’s George Street lets businesses rent commercial space for up to two years, with lease costs incrementally increased until they are ready to move to an alternative commercial space in Renfrewshire.

It’s the latest council initiative to support local firms alongside everything from grants and loans to retail shopfront improvement funds, a renowned programme for creative entrepreneurs and a dedicated Business Gateway team.

For Troon-born artist Indie McCue, Renfrewshire is now his adopted home, with Indie leasing workspace at Start-Up Street as he looks to establish his community interest company Bide.

The 26-year-old previously worked with charities and organisations, carrying out roles in creative organising, assisting and community outreach.

Since going freelance two years ago, Indie has been drawn to the creative scene in Renfrewshire and earlier this year ran the community art project Scope, showcasing the work of his and 20 local artists at a pop-up gallery within a vacant retail space in Paisley town centre.

He said: “Start-Up Street has been phenomenal at connecting me with resources, directing me into business finances and funding and it’s given me the opportunity to meet with people that have become very influential and vital to the success of Bide.”

He is now running a monthly meet-up for creative-minded people in Renfrewshire to support the community ethos of local artists while dedicating his efforts to secure funding and support for Bide, a company he hopes will have a positive, long lasting influence.

Indie adds: “As a creative with a varying background in community arts and arts-organising, I think that it is vital to creating and sustaining a place of lasting culture in Paisley and wider Renfrewshire to have a space that nurtures and supports local creativity in a well-developed, well-managed and genuine way.”

Supporting start-ups and growing the local economy is a key focus of the Council, with the latest figures showing the progress being made.

Official figures from earlier this month show there are 3,200 fewer people claiming unemployment benefits than during the pandemic peak of August 2020, while focused work to provide 250 paid placements and apprenticeships has seen the number of young people claiming now lower than pre-pandemic levels.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s pleasing to hear how Indie and many other talented business owners and entrepreneurs are benefitting from the centre at Start-Up Street in Paisley and I know our economic development teams are working hard to progress plans for further centres in Johnstone and Renfrew.

“The ongoing impact of the pandemic has been keenly felt by Renfrewshire’s business community and we are doing everything we can to assist them at this hugely difficult time. We’ve approved and awarded more than £53million in lifeline funding and at the same time have put in place a recovery plan in partnership with our business community that takes every available action which can make the biggest difference locally and speed up recovery.”

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Despite the ongoing COVID Pandemic the this year’s Glen Cinema Commemoration Service will take place at 10:30am on Hogmanay at the new memorial in Dunn Square.

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Tony Lawler, who has led the annual Commemoration Service since 2009, said, “The COVID pandemic will not stop us from remembering the the tragic events that unfolded on Hogmanay 1929, but we have to keep people safe, as such we will observe the 2 metre social distancing between households and everyone will be asked to wear a mask or face covering. However, the current restrictions mean that there will be no tea and sandwiches after the service this year.

On the 31/12/29, 71 children died due to panic caused by smoke coming from a smouldering film reel. Since Hogmanay 2009, Paisley Buddies have been coming together at the Cenotaph in remembrance of the Children of the Glen.

Tony went on to say, “This will be the 12th year that Paisley Buddies have come together for the Commemoration Service. It is the first year where we will hold the service at the new dedicated memorial in Dunn Square. It is really important that we continue to remember the 71 kids that died on that tragic day. It’s our opportunity, both as individuals and, as a community, to offer our condolences to their families and loved ones. It is also and opportunity to show our continued support to the survivors and their families.”

The Commemoration Service this year, will take place at 10:30am in Dunn Square, Paisley poet Fred McNeill will recite his poem “Children of The Glen”, Paisley singers and songwriters, Carol Laula and Tom Urie will sing their song, “Hush Now, Happy New Year”, a song they were commissioned to write as part of the 90th Anniversary, followed by a prayer from Reverend Elspeth Mckay of Paisley Abbey.

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Dead Cells is a stunning roguelike. True to the genre, all that stands between you and death at the hands of the enraged swarm of opponents is a slew of weapons and abilities ranging from a basic blade to lightning that shoots from your fingers.

Remember that each run in dead cells will be unique. Your weapons and abilities may not quite fit into one of these designs, but each build offers an element of flexibility, with specific weapons or abilities that may be changed out for others. Without further ado, here is a list of ten Dead Cells builds that wreck hard!

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6. Assassin’s Dagger and Phaser Build

The ultimate assassin construct. Teleport behind opponent after opponent, unleashing lethal critical hits. The Assassin’s Dagger and the skill Phaser are, as the name suggests, necessary must for this setup. The most crucial mutation to have is Scheme, which grants you a damage boost after performing a skill.

Why you should use the Assassin’s Dagger and Phaser Build

It is simple to use. The Assassin’s Dagger and Phaser are easy to control. Teleportation has several advantages.

  • Damage from a burst. After teleporting behind an opponent, you can land three or four critical strikes before the adversary reacts, doing huge damage.
  • Devastates only one target. Because of the Phaser’s short cooldown, you may repeatedly teleport behind an adversary, evading many of their strikes.

5. Area of Effect Damage Build

Dead Cells is a combination of mob-infested biomes and bosses. This build focuses on inflicting pain during mob engagements. It will tip the scales in frenetic battles with adversaries on all sides. With the Powerful Grenade’s blast enough to paralyze stronger adversaries, the Symmetrical Lance’s huge range will rapidly take out the lesser foes, buying time to finish the Lance’s three-hit combination.

What Does the Area Damage Build Excel At?

  • This build performs well in enemy-infested biomes.
  • So, Area Damage. As a main weapon, the Symmetrical Lance is a strong foundation for doing damage all around you.
  • With the Necromancy mutation, this build offers strong sustain, allowing you to withstand attacks without depleting your health flask supply (important on higher difficulties).

4. Ice Build

This build maximizes safety, keeping enemies unable to move or moving at around 50% speed. Pairing Freezing based abilities with a heavy-hitting survival weapon like the Broadsword gives you time to complete the monster (but absurdly slow) combo, capitalizing on the extra time you have to strike. This build is also compatible with heavy, two-slot survival weapons like the Heavy Crossbow or the Explosive Crossbow.

What the Ice Build Excels In

  • Versatility. This build works well in both normal biomes and boss fights.
  • Safety. This build prioritizes safety, eliminating enemies before they strike or slowing them down.
  • Combos. The extra time is perfect for dealing the hurt with a huge weapon.

3. Giantkiller Build

This is the best possible build for taking down bosses. When hitting monsters and elites, the Giantkiller is a massive blade that crits. Elites are plentiful at higher BC levels, allowing the Giantkiller to flourish. Although it slashes through elites and bosses like a hot knife through butter, it is critical to maintain another weapon on hand to cope with the riff-raff inside each typical biome.

What the Giantkiller Construction excels at

  • This build is driven by the Giantkiller, leaving slots available for another weapon and abilities.
  • Elites and CEOs are being assassinated.
  • Versatile is the name of the game. The Giantkiller has a Brutality and Survival scale.

2. Turret Barrage Build

Turrets, oh turrets. Is there a better option? In the game, there are six turrets, each with its own distinct personality. They all have one thing in common: they all kill their adversaries. Combine two turrets in whatever way you like and watch them annihilate both normal foes and bosses.

What the Turret Construction excels at

  • Similarly, there are a plethora of tactical weapons that work with this build to customize it to your liking.
  • Turrets are dependable, dealing consistent DPS to all foes.
  • Super-versatile. This design is simple to upgrade with higher level turrets available in every biome.

1.     Hokuto’s Bow/Alchemic Carbine Build

The build that started it all. The mark from Hokuto’s bow supercharging the poison of the Alchemic Carbine, a combo of some of the game’s most powerful weapons, a blend of safety and dependability. At its heart, it is a Tactics build that can be supplemented with turrets, grenades, or any number of talents to increase the DPS of this poison construct.

What the Alchemic Carbine / Hokuto’s Bow Build Is Good At

  • Damage to the safe. The DOT of the poison expands as long as foes remain in the cloud created by the Carbine bullets, allowing you plenty of time to maneuver as enemies waste away.
  • Open skill slots allow this build to gain power even when no new main or secondary weapons are available.
  • In both typical biomes and boss bouts, it is unrivaled.

Verdict

Dead Cells is a ton of fun to mess around in. Be sure to enjoy these builds, and when you’re ready to try out your newfound skills, don’t forget to check out Gamecamp.gg for some of the best prices in a gaming marketplace. You can check prices for various games, including Dead Cells and find the best deals available.

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Making a game is a form of art and just like any other piece of art, you need tools to make it. And when it comes to game development, there are quite a ton of ways to go about making your first game, and to be honest, it will give you a hard time figuring out which way you should lean if you want to create a game as a beginner.

And quite frankly, you will end up finding that Game Engines are probably the best way to create a game as a beginner. But there are a lot of game engines out there, and it can be hard to choose the one that is best for you. So, in this blog post, we will go over some of the pros and cons of each engine so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for your project.

Because there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best engine for you will depend on your specific needs and experience level. However, we will go over some of the most popular engines and discuss how they can be helpful for a beginner like you.

Unity

When it comes to game development, there are some questions that you need to ask yourself, like what type of game you want to make, is it a 2D game, a 3D game, or a combination of both, which is called a 2.5D game. Once you have got that figured out, you can start looking for a game engine that is best for the type of game you want to make.

As for Unity, the best thing about this game engine is you can create pretty much any type of game that you want. Unity comes packed with so many high-end tools that you will find yourself in a rather comfortable position when developing your first game. And there are a LOT of tutorials out there in case you find yourself in a tough spot.

I highly recommend Unity as it is easy to start with and once you get the hang of it, I am sure you will be able to create some great games, maybe not like GTA 5 account in the first one but still good enough.

Unreal Engine

The next one on this list is definitely the Unreal Engine, just like Unity this game engine has a huge following a ton of tools at your disposal to help you get the hang of game development in an easy way. Although mostly used for 3D games, the thing that I love the most about Unreal Engine is that you can use its visual scripting tools to create games without having to code.

It is a bit expensive overall but it also has a HUGE library of free assets that you can use to create your games from scratch. Definitely a great choice for game developers who are more into 3D gaming.

CryEngine

Onto a more sophisticated game engine, coming from Crytek, CryEngine uses its own programming language called C++ (similar to Unity and Unreal), which is great in terms of coding. But the problem with CryEngine is that there are not many people out there using CryEngine, for many reasons.

But the lack of community also means there aren’t many tutorials out there to back this game engine, which in turn makes it hard for beginners to learn how to make games using CryEngine.

GameMaker Studio

Last but definitely not least, we have the GameMaker Studio, which is personally my favorite game engine for developing mobile games as beginners. GameMaker Studio has dedicated tools and features that make it super easy for the newcomer to create 2D mobile games with ease. I am sure you all would have spent hours grinding to make your Clash of Clan account better than others, why not create something like that?

GameMaker Studio also offers a code-free experience that is even better for people who rely on visual coding rather than the traditional one. So if you just want to start out with something that’s easy and lightweight, I definitely recommend you go with GameMaker Studio.

Verdict

Choosing the right game engine is an important decision, and it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you without knowing the pros and cons of each of the game engines. And now that you know which game engine is good for what, you can make an educated decision of what game engine would suit you the best as per your own skills.

Local people are urged to seek help if they experience domestic abuse over the festive period.

Reports of domestic abuse incidents often rise during the Christmas and New Year period, with abuse taking many forms: physical, mental, emotional, financial or sexual.

Abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, sexuality or wealth. Women and men can be victims of abuse, and abuse can happen in all relationships: heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Anyone suffering from domestic abuse is urged to get help as soon as they can by calling:

-999 in an emergency, or 101 to report a crime

-0800 027 1234 for Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage 24-hour helpline.

Louise Moore, who works in the council’s women and children’s first team, said domestic abuse can happen to anyone.

“Most commonly, domestic abuse is perpetrated by men against women, but men can also be victims of domestic abuse and it can happen in same sex relationships too. There is no ‘typical’ victim of domestic abuse, it can happen at any time in a person’s life no matter what their background, beliefs or circumstances are. One in five women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.”

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of communities, housing and planning for Renfrewshire Council, said it is important people reach out during the festive period.

“We often see an increase in domestic abuse incidents taking place over the Christmas and New Year period. Abusers can use the festive period to further exert control over their partner, similar to how they may use finances, alcohol, mental ill-health or blame to control them.

“With the current coronavirus restrictions in place, we expect more people to stay at home than normal and this could exacerbate domestic abuse incidents. It also means fewer opportunities for victims to report the abuse.

“If you are a victim of domestic abuse, if you are a woman or a man suffering from violence in your home, please reach out and get support. The long-term effects of abuse can be hugely damaging to victims and survivors, so I urge you to get help and support that’s available.”

For more advice, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/domestic-abuse

Residents and visitors are being urged to stay safe over the festive and New Year period by preparing for journeys in advance.

Revellers are being asked to consider pre-booking their taxis to and from their night out and ensuring only licensed taxis or private hire vehicles are used to get home safely.

Renfrewshire Council has advised that only vehicles that have a Council taxi or private hire plate on the front and rear of the vehicle should be used and the driver should be displaying a badge within the vehicle, with private hire vehicles also having window stickers displaying the licence details on rear passenger windows.

The Council is providing taxi marshals on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the Paisley Gilmour Street taxi rank next to County Squareto manage the queue and support people to get home safely after a festive night out.

Councillor John McNaughtan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Board, said: “We know that people are out and about more often over the festive period which can mean a high demand for taxis.

“We’re providing taxi marshals at the Gilmour Street rank to ensure that people are safe while waiting for a taxi and the queue is managed appropriately, but if you can, pre-book your taxi home as this is the best way to ensure you get home quickly and safely over the festive period.”

Taxis for public hire in Renfrewshire are all white in colour, can be hailed in the street or pre booked, and rank at Glasgow Airport and Paisley Gilmour Street Station.

Private hire vehicles must be pre booked in advance through a private hire car company, of which there are several in Paisley, Johnstone, Linwood, Renfrew and Erskine, and cannot be hailed down in the street.

For more information visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/taxisandprivatehires.

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