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Enthusiastic pupils took the chance to clean up their community as part of Team Up to Clean Up’s Spotless September.

Pupils from Arkleston Primary and St Benedict’s High hit the streets around their schools on litter picks as they set out to make a difference to their local area.

Bibs, bags and litter pickers were provided to make it easy for the young volunteers and the council’s StreetScene team removed all the collected litter afterwards too.

It was all part of Spotless September, a month-long challenge to every community in Renfrewshire to host a litter pick and show their support for the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

More than 35 litter picks have taken place so far by volunteers, community groups, schools and businesses which has made communities brighter, more inviting places to live, work and visit.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm of our young pupils who recognise that littering is wrong and want to make a difference to where they go to school.

“It’s all our responsibility to ensure that we do whatever we can to keep our communities clean and our pupils are learning from a young age to put their litter in the bin as it can hurt the environment if they don’t.

“These litter picks are just two of the many that have taken place throughout September and I want to thank everyone who has taken part so far.

“Let’s keep this up until the end of Spotless September and beyond, the campaign doesn’t stop here!”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has benefitted from a five-year, £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment which has seen an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

The investment has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove the collected rubbish at the end.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

The Diane Mitchell Music School offers one to one lessons for kids and adults of all ages and levels of experience.

New classes are available in Barrhead and Paisley such as Musical Maestros, for kids ages 3-5 years. Musical Tots, for kids ages 1-3 years and A new Choir called Go Gospel for kids and young people ages 8-16 that are interesting in singing and performance!
Contact us on 0141 328 6983 – 07896689816 or email us at info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com

Involved in a Renfrewshire community group? Fancy coming along to some of the shows at this year’s Spree festival? Then be our guest!

Festival organisers Renfrewshire Council have teamed up with Engage Renfrewshire to offer a limited number of free tickets to local groups for this year’s festival, between 11 and 19 October.

We want as many people as possible to experience this exciting cultural event, especially those who may otherwise struggle to attend. This is a scheme we have successfully run in previous years.

How to get tickets

Just get in touch to tell us – in your own words – how your group would benefit from the experience.

Please email info@engagerenfrewshire.com with a short description of what your group does, why you would benefit from the experience, how many tickets are requested and for which event by Friday 27 September 2019.

You can see what is available for the main Spree shows and the Wee Spree shows for kids here.

Tickets are for service users/group members only, however if you require staff to support the group, please let us know.

We will try to accommodate your first choice of event where possible but may not be able to do so depending on demand and will allocate on a first come first served basis. Please indicate your second choice of event.

Here are some things people who came last year had to say:

“Had the best night, I really enjoyed myself and felt at ease with the group”

“I wasn’t going to come to the event, as quite nervous being out in public myself, but so glad I did”

“Really lifted my mood, had such a good night, singing along”

“I don’t get out often due to my difficulties…I had the most amazing night”.

“This is something I wouldn’t have been able to attend otherwise, thank you”.

Ambitious plans to grow Renfrewshire’s visitor economy have been boosted – as the Scottish Government confirmed £2million support for the ongoing transformation of Paisley Museum into a world-class destination.

(l-r) James Lang, Chair of Renfrewshire Economic Leadership Panel and Director of Scottish Leather Group; Derek Mackay, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work; Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop and Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, with a model showing what Paisley Museum will look like once reopened in 2022.

Today saw the launch of Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy 2020-2030 which lays out plans to grow the area’s economy over the next decade and includes tourism as one of its key sectors.

Paisley Museum will reopen in 2022 as a leading European museum telling the town’s internationally-significant story, expected to draw audiences from Scotland, the UK and abroad and almost quadruple visitor numbers to 125,000 a year.

The Scottish Government’s support for the museum was revealed during the launch of the strategy by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop at an event also attended by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work Derek Mackay.

It comes as Renfrewshire-based Scottish Leather Group – already the UK’s largest leather manufacturer – announced they are to open a new Paisley hub by autumn 2020, creating 100 new skilled manufacturing jobs in the town.

Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy 2020-2030 has been developed by the region’s Economic Leadership Panel, which draws together leaders from across the private and public sector, enterprise agencies and education and skills experts.

It sets out how the area will benefit from a £1.4billion investment in economic infrastructure, innovation and skills, and details a series of actions to add more than 9,000 jobs to the economy and reduce economic inactivity by 15% by bringing 3,000 local people into the workforce.

There is a major focus on growing the tourism and visitor sectors through projects like the museum and by expanding Renfrewshire’s creative industries. The area already attracts around 2.25million day visitors each year – worth a combined £62.5million to the local economy.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “I am pleased to announce that the Scottish Government is contributing £2 million to the ambitious Paisley Museum project, which will engage the local community and showcase the design heritage of this town to the wider world, while contributing to the overall regeneration of Paisley.”

The £42m Paisley Museum Reimagined project is being taken forward by Renfrewshire Council and includes Round One support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

The project is expected to create a £79million boost for the local economy over 30 years, with 138 jobs supported during construction, and more than 48 jobs per year through revenue and visitor spending.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Paisley Museum Reimagined will enable us to share our story with the world and create a world-class destination that will attract more visitors to Renfrewshire.

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government is fully behind the project and welcome their support as we invest in our unique culture and heritage to transform our future.

“Growing our tourism and visitor numbers is a key focus of our work to create a strong, thriving local economy, bringing more people into work, with more secure jobs and better wages.

“We have set out our ambitions in a new economic strategy developed through close collaboration between the private and public sector and this partnership approach will be central to achieving Renfrewshire’s inclusive economic growth.”

The museum is being redesigned by international architects AL_A – led by Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete, and the first images showing what it will look like were revealed last month.

The transformation includes a new wing to the existing building and attractive outdoor garden – opening up access to the Coats Observatory and reconnecting it and the museum to the town’s High Street – as well as internal renovations to improve accessibility and allow the museum to double the number of objects on show.

The museum is part of Renfrewshire Council’s £100million investment in venues and outdoor spaces aimed at using Paisley’s unique and internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to transform the area’s future.

That includes turning Paisley Town Hall into a landmark entertainment venue to preserve its place at the heart of life in the town, and finding new cultural uses for former retail units – including a new learning and cultural hub offering library services at the heart of the town’s High Street.

YOUNG people will be made aware of the dangers of becoming addicted to video games in an innovative new programme being launched by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The eSports Athlete initiative will be launched early next year after the Scottish Government announced the Public Library Improvement Fund would give a £7450 grant towards the programme.

The project will be run in the Central Library, next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre with young people between the ages of 12 and 18 taking part.

As well as making young people aware of the potential of becoming addicted to video games, they will also be shown how they can use their computer skills to make a career in eSports and its associated industries as content creators.

They will take part in workshops on art and design, photography, filmography, streaming, casting and improving their performance through planning and training.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Sports Services team will also join with Renfrewshire Libraries to encourage the young people to stage workshops on health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We appreciate the opportunity we’ve been given by the Scottish Government funding to be able to run with this innovative programme.

“The eSports Athlete Program gives young people a healthy way to enjoy computer games as part of a balanced lifestyle and hopefully, spark inspiration about pursuing a career in the gaming industry.”



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Confirmation that the UK’s largest leather manufacturer will open a new facility in Renfrewshire is being hailed as ‘the first step’ in ambitious growth plans to add more than 9000 jobs to the local economy by 2030.

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Scottish Leather Group employ more than 800 people at its Bridge of Weir, Paisley and Glasgow sites and today announced they are opening a new Paisley hub by autumn 2020, creating 100 skilled jobs to provide high-end car seat upholstery.

This comes as Renfrewshire business leaders set out the strategy to grow the local economy and seize on £1.4billion being invested in infrastructure, innovation and skills across the region.

Welcoming the new jobs, Derek Mackay, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work said: “Scotland is an attractive place to do business with a skilled workforce and companies like Scottish Leather Group expanding their operations is testament to this.

“Our Programme for Government sets out ambitious commitments in areas such as trade, manufacturing, skills and innovation which will also help to boost productivity growth across Scotland. Our Economic Action Plan will also be relaunched later this year to reinforce this work and will be the central point for both businesses and individuals across Scotland to access the information demonstrating the work that is being done by this Government to drive sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

“I welcome the publication of Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy which will help develop the local economy further.”

Together with the jobs pledge, the strategy aims to increase GVA by £400million a year and expand Renfrewshire’s manufacturing sector by 30%.

Plans are also in place to grow the working age population by 5000 people and reduce economic inactivity by 15%, bringing 3000 local people into the workforce, while Renfrewshire businesses will benefit from targeted actions to reduce skills gaps and shortages.

Scottish Leather Group Director James Lang chairs Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, which led development of the ambitious economic strategy.

He said: “Renfrewshire offers the perfect environment for businesses to flourish and as a locally-based business we can trace our Renfrewshire roots as far back as the 18th century. We are delighted to be expanding our Renfrewshire operation further with this important new facility in Paisley, which will create new jobs and enable us to deliver on our expanding portfolio.

“These jobs are an important first step in our ambitions for Renfrewshire. We are at an exciting time with major economic investment taking place right across Renfrewshire, a region which has strong foundations upon which to build, with a high employment rate and businesses exporting £2billion of goods and services worldwide.

“Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy sets out how we will seize upon the opportunities brought by this new investment and achieve inclusive economic growth. It is the culmination of close partnership working between the private and public sector and achieving its ambitious aims will require our continued collaboration, drive and passion.”

The strategy identifies key sectors of strength in manufacturing, construction, transport and storage, together with emerging sectors in creative industries, tourism and care.

It acknowledges the importance of the work now started on construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) – a partnership project with Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise to develop a 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport into a base for manufacturing companies to harness new technologies and access cutting-edge research.

The first opening road bridge over the River Clyde at Renfrew, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, will enhance connectivity and transform the Clyde waterfront.

Major investment is being made in Paisley’s venues and outdoor spaces, including the transformation of Paisley Museum, as part of plans to attract more tourists and visitors to the region.

And the strategy cites the critical importance of the house building programme, with 5000 homes being built in Renfrewshire over the next 10-years, including at Dargavel Village, one of the UK’s largest privately-funded brownfield regeneration projects.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire is a place of culture, creativity and design, a region that is globally connected and a place that is investing in its economy.

“I am confident we will deliver a thriving Renfrewshire and we are already making great progress. Guided by this strategy and through the private and public sector working together, we will achieve a strong and inclusive economy, bringing more people into work with more secure earnings and greater earning power.

“We will bring education and skills provision closer to the needs of the local economy and we will improve our economic infrastructure, with better public transport and new digital connectivity. We will grow our working age population by retaining and attracting more people to live, learn and work here and we will grow our tourism and visitor numbers as we make Renfrewshire a destination of choice.”


Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy 2020-2030

The strategy sets out our ambitions and actions to achieve sustainable, inclusive growth of the Renfrewshire economy over the next 10 years. Its development has been led by Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, which draws together leaders from across the private and public sector, enterprise agencies and education and skills experts.

The strategy has six ambitious aims:

  • Add more than 9000 jobs to the economy
  • Add an additional £400million GVA per annum
  • Grow the working-age population by 5000 people
  • Reduce economic inactivity by 15% bringing 3000 local people into the workforce
  • Reduce by 60% the businesses reporting skills gaps and shortages impacting on performance
  • Grow Renfrewshire manufacturing GVA by 30%

It also sets out eight economic challenges and a series of actions to address these, including development of a Renfrewshire Skills Plan and an agreed Renfrewshire Inclusive Growth approach.

Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel will now support the development of a detailed action plan, with sectoral groups focusing on manufacturing, creative industries, tourism, care, transport and infrastructure.

The panel will monitor progress against the strategy ambitions, considering any changes as the context and circumstances for economic growth change.

ModStuff is always a Spree festival favourite – and this year’s event is now the latest sell-out show on this year’s bill.

The celebration of all things Mod – run by LNP Promotions – returns to The Spiegeltent on Saturday 12 October, and the last tickets for the evening show have now been snapped up.

But if you missed out you can still take in the ModSuff afternoon show – it’s free, no ticket is needed, loads of bands are playing, and includes the spectacle of the annual scooter rideout. Both shows are being run in support of Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Gary Kerr of LNP Promotions said: “ModStuff has been a big part of The Spree for a few years now and the event has grown in popularity with the festival as a a whole. We are delighted to once again take over the Spiegeltent on the first Saturday of the festival in aid of a great cause.

“We are thrilled to be bringing some incredible bands to Paisley for you to enjoy… we look forward to seeing you all there!”

Spree tickets have been flying out the door this year with ModStuff one of several sell-outs. All tickets are gone for the Gerry Rafferty Songbook, Hue and Cry and Jerry Sadowitz, while The Snuts sold out The Spiegeltent within hours of going on sale in July.

But if you hurry there’s still time to get tickets for other acts including Glasvegas, Gruff Rhys, PP Arnold, Karine Polwart, Hayseed Dixie and our late-night comedy nights on Friday 11th and Friday 18th.

For the first time, this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival will feature a spooky silent disco where party-goers can show off their best Monster Mash and Thriller dance moves.

Part of the award-winning annual festival, taking place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October, the open-air silent disco, delivered by Silent Knights, is a family-friendly activity promising plenty of dancing, DJs, singing and a whole lot of Halloween fun.

Taking place in the heart of the town in Dunn Square, there will be a series of 40-minute sessions for families and festival-goers to head along to over the two-day event. They will be provided with wireless headphones and can select their tunes of choice.

There will also be two relaxed disco slots suitable for those with additional support needs and their families and carers. During these time slots the music will be turned down in the headphones and there will be more room to dance around. These sessions will take place on Friday from 5pm to 5.40pm and Saturday 2pm to 2.40pm. A walk-in Sensory Safe Space will also be available in the POP store in the Piazza Shopping Centre during the festival. This will be a relaxed space specially created for individuals with additional support needs and their carers.

Event DJs will be spinning tracks over three channels from Halloween hits to classic Ibiza dance anthems and pro-dancers will be on hand with classic dance moves that will keep everyone moving all day long.

The festival is being delivered in partnership with acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou. There will be plenty of opportunities for people to join in the fun with a huge range of Halloween-themed activities including the dark circus style Halloween parade, aerial performances, workshops, street theatre and musical performances, scary movie screenings, live stage acts, creepy installations and a Halloween Fun Fair.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The popular Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in Renfrewshire’s annual calendar. Every year it gets bigger and bolder and this year is no exception.

“The Silent Disco is sure to be another exciting addition to the creative programme, drawing festival-goers right into the heart of Paisley town centre and offering a fantastic, fun, family experience.

“The support of partners like EventScotland has helped us grow our ambitious major events programme and establish the town as one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years. We look forward to continuing to deliver top class events in Renfrewshire in the future.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate for this year’s event.

The Silent Disco is accessible for all abilities and is recommended for ages 4 and over but all ages are welcome. Under 2s do not require a ticket but cannot be provided with headphones.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £5 for adults and £3 for kids (under 14 years old). A family ticket (two adults and two kids) is available for £14. Prices include booking fees.

To book tickets for the Paisley Halloween Festival Silent Disco please visit: www.paisley.is/discover/silentdisco/.  To find out more about the event please visit www.paisley.is/halloween.

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A leading cancer charity is urging people in Renfrewshire to raise millions of pounds for cancer services – by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Macmillan Cancer Support wants people across the county to take part in the event to help raise millions of pounds to fund local cancer services.

In 2018, Renfrewshire raised a fantastic £78,000 in total with a variety of fantastic Coffee Morning’s happening across the county.

But this year the charity is hoping even more people will get involved to raise even more to help fund local cancer services such as the Macmillan Library Information & Support Services, Macmillan Move More Classes and the 5 Macmillan Cancer Nurse Specialists based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Renfrewshire Julia Perrie, said: “Macmillan is there to help from the moment someone is diagnosed with cancer and the support we provide is vital.

“From the nurses we fund within the NHS, to the benefits advisors we fund in local communities, we want to be there for everyone who needs us.

“It’s only thanks to the incredible generosity of people taking part in events like the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning that we’re able to be there for people at the toughest time of their life.

“The people of Renfrewshire have always got behind the event and we hope to see even more of them taking part this year.”

The official date of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Friday, September 27, but people can sign up and host their own coffee morning whenever suits them.

“We’re taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning as every day we see how cancer impact people’s lives.

“It doesn’t just affect people physically. It can affect every aspect of their lives. We want to make sure we can continue to be here for people who need us. Enjoying a coffee and a cake with the community is also a great way to let people know we’re there for them.”

To get a free fundraising pack visit https://coffeeregister.macmillan.org.uk/ or call 0330 102 7810.

To get support from Macmillan visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call the support line on 0808 808 0000.