Marks & Spencer has today announced it will be opening the doors to its newest Foodhall in Paisley, on Thursday 26th May at 9am.

Located in the Renfrew Road Retail Park, the store will be led by Store Manager, Kirk Russell alongside his team of 80 colleagues. In line with the opening, the M&S Paisley Outlet in Paisley Centre will close the day before, with all colleagues moving across to the new store. The M&S team will continue to offer the community the very best service to make sure they can get everything they need when shopping at Paisley.


Store Manager, Kirk Russell, who has worked at M&S for almost 29 years, said: “M&S has served customers in Paisley for the past 90 years and my team and I are really excited about our new store. We’ll be working hard to provide outstanding service and help make every penny count for the community. Our new Foodhall will offer all the everyday essentials, as well as seasonal inspiration and innovation such as a pick your own eggs section and a huge cheese barge, which really adds to the store’s marketplace feel!

“Customers will also be able to shop for M&S’s full Clothing & Home collections via M& using our next day Click & Collect service. Cutting the ribbon and welcoming customers in for the first time will be a great moment for the team and I hope lots of local residents will pop down and join us.”

The new store will offer thousands of M&S’s quality and great value food products, perfect for the whole family. From Fresh Market favourites supplied by some of M&S’s Scottish suppliers – such as juicy Scottish strawberries and Scottish salmon – through to all the daily essentials. Offering the opportunity to try something new with family and friends, customers visiting the store will also be able to enjoy the recently unveiled Chicken Feast Family Dine-in for £15, with mains including Southern Fried Chicken Burgers and the crunchy yet succulent Coated Buttermilk Tenders!

M&S Paisley will also offer the full range of M&S Clothing & Home products via its Click & Collect service. Customers can opt for free next day collection when they order online at M& by 8pm. With free car parking spaces, including six accessibility space in front of the store, M&S Paisley is ideal for family shopping.

The store will be located at Renfrew Road Retail Park, and will be open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm, and on Sunday, 9am – 6pm.


Young people returning to work are being urged to check if they are eligible for Job Start Payment.

Over 1,000 young people have already benefited from this support since it launched in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s more than £277,000 invested so far in helping those whose job prospects have been hardest hit over the past year.


Many businesses will be recruiting again as restrictions lessen in many local authority areas, and 16-24 year olds beginning or returning to work may be eligible for money to help with the cost of starting a new job.

Job Start Payment is now £252.50, or £404 if the applicant has children and is available to young people who have been on certain benefits for six months or more. Money can be spent on anything they need including travel costs, new clothes or childcare.

Figures released today cover the period from 17 August 2020, when Job Start Payment launched, to 31 March 2021.

Cabinet Secretary for Social Security Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“We don’t want the costs of starting a new job to be what stops people taking up opportunities. COVID-19 has had a major impact on the job market and it has had a significant impact on prospects for many young people.

“As we emerge from lockdown, I strongly encourage any young people who have recently started a new job or about to start a new job to check if they are eligible for Job Start Payment and apply now.”

People can apply for Job Start Payment for up to three months after their start date.

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An independent report has praised Renfrewshire Council’s work to close the poverty-related attainment gap between the least and most deprived children and young people over the past five years.

The Education Scotland five-year impact report, which will be put in front of councillors at the next Education and Children’s Services Policy Board on Thursday 21 May, said that Renfrewshire schools had made significant progress in raising attainment for pupils living in the most deprived areas.

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Key to their success is how schools and the central education team analyse data to direct teaching and evidence-based programmes to where they will make the most impact to pupils.

Attainment in literacy and numeracy continues to improve and the area’s schools continue to have higher attainment rates than the national average.

Renfrewshire’s poverty-related attainment gap has reduced for pupils in all year groups over the past five years, with more young people living in the most deprived areas heading into positive destinations when they leave school.

The report also praised the professional learning for teachers and classroom assistants, classing it as sector leading.

Councillor Jim Paterson, the council’s education convener, said: “Renfrewshire continues to build on its excellent progress on closing the poverty-related attainment gap while also improving attainment for all. This report highlights the positive outcomes we have achieved as part of our Scottish Attainment Challenge journey over the past five years. It’s welcome news to have it confirmed that we are on the right track.

“We have made significant investments into high-quality professional development programmes for our teaching and support staff as well as working with Stanford and Strathclyde universities to evaluate our evidence-based literacy and numeracy programmes. This has enabled us to develop high-quality learning and teaching that has led to improved attainment and achievement in all our schools.

“A huge part of our success has been prioritising the health and wellbeing of all pupils, and the work we have put in over the years has been pivotal to how we are supporting children and young people to recover for the pandemic.

“Ultimately, our use of data to assess what is working, to build on evidence-based programmes, to provide staff with high-quality professional development, and our work with partners has made these improvements in attainment possible.”

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Home movies often arouse nostalgic memories.  This feeling of wellbeing is what University of Southampton Professor Tim Wildschut explores further with Paisley & District u3a members on Thursday 20 May at 7pm.  He shares his research into nostalgia and explains how it impacts on wellbeing.  Historic footage produced by members of Paisley Camcorder Club will be shown.  This free event is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, in collaboration with Renfrewshire Leisure and Paisley & District u3a.  Current or potential members can book via Eventbrite.

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Said u3a chair, Kathy O’Donnell: “Given the pandemic’s effect on people’s mental health generally, we all welcome healthy feel-good factors to help us cope with Covid.  This ‘Projecting wellness’ talk is a timely event for us given it follows on from Mental Health awareness week.  There are three short home movies to watch and include ‘Doon the water’, ‘Burma during the war’ and ‘A lost relative’.  Afterwards we can share what memories these different films evoked.  It’s still a film night so bring popcorn if you want.”

Professor Tim Wildschut remarked: ““Nostalgia has suffered a bad reputation.  For centuries it was seen as a form of physical or mental dysfunction.  But over the past twenty years psychological research has rehabilitated the emotion, and it is now seen as an adaptive way of responding to, and bouncing back from, negative experiences.”

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron will be raising much needed funds and awareness for MND Scotland throughout 2021.

Provost Cameron has pledged support to three charities during her time as Provost, focusing on one charity each year, and returns to fundraising for MND Scotland in her final year after raising over £23,000 for the charity in 2018.

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MND Scotland was founded as the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association in 1981 by John Macleod, a Strathclyde police officer and his wife Peigi.

At the time, services were limited, and health professionals had little or no knowledge of the condition.

Today, MND Scotland strive to reduce the impact of motor neurone disease (MND) on the lives of those affected, by offering services such as benefits advice, equipment loans, counselling, advocacy, and a grants programme. They also campaign for the rights of people living with MND and fund vital research to find a cure.

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. It can cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe unaided.

There are over 400 people in Scotland currently living with MND and almost 200 people are diagnosed each year. The is currently no cure and on average people die less than two years after their diagnosis.

Provost Cameron said: “MND Scotland is a charity very close to my heart as I lost my mum to Motor Neurone Disease in 2011. I am honoured to be able to continue raising both funds and awareness for the charity.

“Charities across the country have struggled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it’s more important now than ever to support them.

“We had a great year in 2018 raising awareness of the work MND Scotland undertake in our communities, from travelling around Renfrewshire by train with collection buckets as part of MND Awareness Week, to taking a team of daredevils to Garry Bridge in Killiecrankie to complete the Highland Fling Swing.

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“I know we might need to do things a little differently this year as we recover from the impacts of the pandemic, but I am up for the challenge and I hope you are too.”

Iain McWhirter, Interim Chief Executive, at MND Scotland said: “Over past year we have all faced many challenges, but for people with MND the worries and challenges have been amplified many times over.

“Thanks to supporters like Provost Cameron, we have been able to adapt our services to continue supporting families when they need us most, and to make sure no one goes through MND alone. Last year, we launched a video support group, one-to-one phone support and emergency financial grants, to ease some of the emotional and financial worries people experienced as a result of Covid-19.

“I would like to thank Provost Cameron for her continued support.”

You can stay up to date with Provost Cameron’s fundraising activities and how you can get involved on the Renfrewshire Council website and social media pages.

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Residents of Renfrew are being urged to find out if they have Covid-19 when a temporary testing site for people without symptoms of the virus is set up in the area.

The testing site will be open from Wednesday 19 May until Tuesday 25 May – helping to stop the spread of the virus.


The facility will be in Renfrew Town Hall and will be run on a drop-in basis – no booking is needed.

It is being targeted at anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Renfrew and is only for those who are not displaying any symptoms.

Anyone who does have Covid-19 symptoms – a new persistent cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell – should book a test for an NHS-run centre instead.

The facility will use lateral flow tests – which are quick tests processed on site and see results returned via text message within 45 minutes.

People will also be able to collect free testing kits to take home with them and don’t require a booking or to take a test at the facility to receive these.

It is being run and staffed by Renfrewshire Council as part of the national community testing programme and follows successful deployments of temporary COVID-19 test sites in Johnstone, Paisley and Linwood.

The testing site will be open 9am-5pm on Wednesday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday; 11am-7pm on Thursday and 11am-3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader Jim Paterson said: “Cases of Coronavirus are falling and we are starting to see restrictions relaxed which is great news, testament to everyone’s efforts in following the rules and helping to stop the spread of the virus.

“The temporary testing site at Renfrew Town Hall is part of the national community testing programme and I would encourage anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Renfrew to visit and take a test.

“By doing this, you are helping yourself, your loved ones and your community – helping to keep cases low and further reduce transmission of the virus.”

Anyone who tests positive will be required to self-isolate – along with the rest of their household – for ten days.

Financial support is available and people may be eligible for a Self-Isolation Support Grant which can be applied for through the Council.

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New benefit to tackle child poverty pays out £3.6 million since February.

A total of 3.010 Scottish Child Payments have been made in Renfrewshire since its launch.

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The benefit, which is unique to Scotland, is intended to help low-income families with the costs of raising a child. It gives qualifying parents and carers £40 every four weeks for each child under six.

A total of 92% of the applications processed have been approved, and payments started in February.

Applications were received from people living in all 32 local authorities in Scotland, including 3,460 from Renfrewshire.

By end of March, 3,010 payments were made – meaning a total of £113,080 has been paid to applicants from Renfrewshire.

Across Scotland, an estimated 78,775 children have already benefitted from Scottish Child Payment. More than £3.6 million has been paid out overall.

Parents and carers are able to apply for all eligible children in their household in a single application and can also apply for Best Start Grants and Best Start Foods at the same time.

Scottish Child Payment is in addition to the UK wide Child Benefit.


Cabinet Secretary for Social Security Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“It is great to see so many families benefitting from the Scottish Child Payment and that it is making a positive impact on the lives of so many children.  We are working hard to tackle child poverty and it is fantastic to see the number of households being supported so quickly after the payment’s launch.

“It is a benefit unique to Scotland within the UK, and has been hailed as a potential ‘game-changer’ in the fight against child poverty.

“It shows how, with the welfare powers we have gained, we are making a real, positive difference to the lives of young people and their families, boosting the life chances of children across the country.”


Nationally, more than 104,000 applications were made between 9 November 2020 and 31 March 2021.

To get advice on what benefits may be available ,parents and carers can access free, confidential advice through Money Talk Team. Visit to find out more.

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