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Scotland is known for its history, its stunning landscapes, and its great quality of life. In 2016, it was ranked as the best place in the UK to live. What’s more, the Scots are more accepting of minorities, their youth have greater freedoms, and their education system welcomes in more students than elsewhere in the UK. It is also, unsurprisingly, great for its environmentalism and conservation efforts. If you want to slow down and escape to the Scottish countryside, or make a new home in one of her excellent cities, Scotland is the perfect destination to make your new home.

 

To help you settle into a new life in Scotland, consider the following steps.

 

Travel Through It

The single best way to find where you belong is to travel. How often do you truly go through all the wonder and splendour that a country has, except when you travel from place to place on a road trip? Go through Scotland, by yourself or with friends, and you will be rewarded with more than just pretty towns, but some of the best landscapes in the world.

 

Find Your Next Dream Job

Once you have travelled through the country, it’s time to find jobs in the areas you enjoyed best. By looking for jobs in Glasgow as well as the smaller towns you enjoyed, you can open up your opens and move to where you enjoy, to a job you’ll love. If you have your heart set on one specific location, however, remember that it is okay to find a job fast, even if it isn’t your dream job. Just never let yourself settle. Work on improving your skills, your CV, and keep an eye on job openings so that you can start your dream career as soon as possible.

 

Settle In

Having a great job in a city that you feel a connection with is a great first start, but settling in requires a few more steps. To start, find a flat or a home, and then work on making friends and becoming part of the community.

 

 

  • Make Friends

 

Humans are naturally very social creatures, meaning we do not survive well without the close bond of friendships. Now, though it might seem difficult to make friends as an adult, it isn’t. Start first by trying to become friends with your co-workers and meeting their friends and friends of friends. This is the most natural and simplest path to follow. The other avenue you can take to forge friendships is by becoming more involved with the community.

 

 

  • Become Part of a Community

 

Whether you are a vintage lover at heart, or you love to swim, or anything in-between, there will be a community out there for you to join. The only thing left is to join them. Find local classes, attend events, and put yourself out there. It will take time, but the more often you integrate with communities you are passionate about, the more friends you will be able to make.

 

Starting anew is never easy. It takes time and patience, but when you have found the place that feels like home, all the effort will pay off. Scotland can be where you feel like you truly belong, if you only gave it a chance.

Cutting back trees, clearing up litter and cutting overgrown grass might not sound like the ideal Sunday, but for Heather Clisset and the volunteers of the Erskine Community Garden this is what they look forward to – and not just on Sundays.

The inspiring volunteer group are working around the clock to bring a derelict piece of land back to life, as they look to create a recreational and educational space which will include a growing area for fruit bushes and trees, a sensory pleasing maze lined with scented flowers and peaceful zone for communities to relax and meet up in.

There is plenty of work ahead to make this a reality though and the group are looking forward to the introduction of a new fund designed to improve and upgrade green spaces across Renfrewshire.

Heather said: “This will be a great funding source for communities and groups like ourselves to access much needed money to get a project started, as well as pushing forward evolving plans. It makes it realistic for communities to gain land or property to enhance the lives of all who live there.

“It is an investment in a place and its people, and hopefully a stepping stone for the community to gel, work together and explore what more they can do for their area.”

The £1.87million Green Spaces, Park and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund will give community groups and volunteers the opportunity to apply for funding and support to take forward projects which will strengthen the character, identity and heritage of their local community.

This could include upgrading or developing play areas or equipment, opening up underused open spaces to create leisure or recreation opportunities, or creating heritage trails or walks which highlight local points of interest.

Heather added: “People should make a difference to their local areas because we can’t wait on someone else doing it when we might be the someone else.

“Local people know what the place they live in needs and this fund could help give us the ability to make our vision into reality.

“We want to give people a place to get together and socialise, as well as improving the area of land, so the benefit isn’t just the visual transformation but also the potential social transformation of people in the area too.”

£370,000 of the investment has been designated in support of a Villages Investment Fund which will encourage applications from smaller communities and will deliver projects that highlight and build upon the heritage and uniqueness of village life.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Erskine Community Garden have a clear vision for their project in wanting to tunr an area of derelict land into a recreational space for the community.

“This fund is designed for ventures just like this and will give people the opportunity to make a real difference to their local area.

“I would encourage all community groups or volunteers who have an idea to improve a green space to submit an application and we will closely with all applicants to provide as much support as we can to turn these ideas into reality.”

The new fund will be open from 1 October 2018 and a dedicated section of the council website has been created to ensure local groups and residents are fully aware of how they can apply, what they can apply for and what is expected of the successful applicants.

For more information on how to access the fund and to submit your application, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fundingandgrants or contact Engage Renfrewshire’s Community & Voluntary Action Team on 0141 887 7707.

WOULD-BE fashionistas and lifestyle gurus can find out how to be trendy and trending on social media at the same time.

This year’s Autumn and Winter Fashion event at intu Braehead not only gives advice on the latest fashions, but also gives hints and tips on how to be a hit on social media.

Successful vloggers and influencers – including well-known fashion and lifestyle YouTuber, Lucy Flight – will give workshops on how to make your social media posts shine with photo and lighting tips, how best to pose for a photograph and styling dos and don’ts.

The free event is being staged over three days starting on Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23, between noon and 4pm.

Shoppers can also try out the latest ring light technology for mobile phones for taking that killer selfie, find out how to create the best flat lays and have the chance to win a £500 intu Gift Card by posting online with the #intuawfashion.

The event – hosted by Amy Irons, from Capital Radio – will also feature fashion workshops exploring the new season’s trends and tips on make-up.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “Our Autumn and Winter Fashion event will not only show you how be on trend this year, but also how to cut through in the digital marketing world.”

Communities in Renfrewshire are being encouraged to bring their ideas and projects to life after plans for a £1.87million fund to support projects for green spaces, park and play areas and villages were approved by councillors today.

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PIC SHOWS Council Leader Iain Nicolson with Alan McNiven Engage Renfrewshire

Local community groups and volunteers will have the opportunity to apply for funding and support to improve underused or neglected green spaces and take forward projects which will strengthen the character, identity and heritage of their local community.

This could include upgrading or developing play areas or equipment, opening up underused open spaces to create leisure or recreation opportunities, or creating heritage trails or walks which highlight local points of interest.

The fund will provide investment where the community can demonstrate a sustainable plan to improve and maintain the condition and use of a green space or community asset that they have a vision for.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, said: “We want to make sure we’re helping local communities take forward projects they believe will make a difference to their local area.

“It’s a real chance for residents to make a difference to where they live, including the opportunity to create or develop free to play facilities for local young people, so I would encourage everyone to discuss their ideas with us, no matter how big or small they may be.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas and projects which are brought forward and we’ll work with every group and resident to strengthen and develop their applications as much as possible.”

The council will provide support through grant funding with projects considered under three levels: small scale projects of under £5,000, medium scale projects between £5,000 and £10,000, and large scale projects requesting over £10,000, with a maximum of £50,000 per application.

There will be support for communities to carry out condition and development surveys of green spaces as well as providing officer support to assist in preparing applications for external funding.

Two dedicated officers will be recruited to work directly with local communities and provide practical support to develop, and then implement their plans, as well as engaging with the wider community to ensure access to the fund is available for all.

Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire said: “Many community groups in Renfrewshire will be excited by the potential of this funding opportunity.

“The officers at Engage regularly help our member organisations with initiatives that consider how best to produce community benefits from local assets like green space and I’m sure the support now available from Renfrewshire Council will help accelerate a range of local plans.”

£370,000 of the investment has been allocated to develop a Villages Investment Fund which will encourage applications from smaller communities and will deliver projects that strengthen the identity, heritage, uniqueness and integrity of village life.

A further £110,000 has been allocated to support the provision of a Multi-Use Games Area or alternative facility in the Bargarran area of Erskine.

The recent multi-million investment in Renfrewshire’s parks and green spaces set aside £250,000 for five neighbourhood parks and councillors agreed to support local communities to access these funds alongside the new fund.

The new fund will be open from 1 October 2018 and a dedicated section of the council website has been created to ensure local groups and residents are fully aware of how they can apply, what they can apply for and what is expected of the successful applicants.

For more information on how to access the fund and to submit your application, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fundingandgrants or contact Engage Renfrewshire’s Community & Voluntary Action Team on 0141 887 7707.

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Launch parties are great ways to open any business, whether that business is a restaurant, a boutique, or an office. They help people get to know each other, boost your visibility, and can help you make a splash that will continue to upsurge your new company’s success. The better your launch party, the better your business will do afterward. It is how you can get people in the door to try your new company out, and even build long-lasting relationships while you are at it. If you want to throw the launch party of the year, follow this easy guide:

 

Make it a Fun Event

There are so many ways to boost attendance to your launch event, and what it boils down to in the end is how fun you can make it. This applies whether your guests are locals or other professionals in your industry. If you are launching a startup, for example, hire a band for corporate event and make it feel like you have become an industry leader overnight. The more fun the event sounds, the more people will give your company a go.

 

Other ways you can boost attendance is to offer discounts or deals. In the restaurant industry, this is known as a “soft-launch” where meals can be discounted by as much as 50% to get people in and talking about your store. If you work in the retail, have a special on one of your best lines.

 

Advertise on Social Media

Social media is one of the most powerful tools in the world, and you need to use it to your advantage. Use a mixture of organic marketing tactics as well as PPC marketing to boost your event’s visibility. The more people who go, the more successful your event will be.

 

Contact Local and Niche News Agencies

Local news and niche news agencies are a great place to go to get some free PR. They want to advertise to their readers and followers what’s going on in their area or niche, and a big launch event is right up their alley. Not only can you expect to enjoy greater visibility and reach, these efforts actually help in the long run. Local SEO is one of the best ways to get to the top of Google, and getting a little coverage from these sites is a white-hat way to go.

 

Hand Out Special-Code Flyers

In some cases, you might want to offer discounts during your launch event to help convince people not only to go but to try out your product. Restaurants often have soft launches to great success, and retailers can benefit from having a special discount code for certain lines or products.

 

Remember to Focus on Who is Going

Regardless of what kind of event you are throwing, you can never lose sight of who your ideal guest is. This is what will help you gear the event towards the people who will use your company the most. If you are a new fashion brand, getting fashionistas and fashion bloggers involved is the goal. If you are a restaurant, then local foodies are your dream guest. By knowing who you want, you can better cater the event to them.

 

Launch parties are great ways to boost your business. Don’t run the risk of your business failing within the first year. Paisley needs new small companies to make its community thrive, and you can be that business.

Residents looking for help and advice on Universal Credit can get the support they need from Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council launch Universal Credit advice in Johnstone and Ferguslie 18.9.18

Council Leader Iain Nicolson says staff have been preparing for when Universal Credit goes live – on Wednesday 19 September – and have made sure support is in place for residents.

Advice Works staff can offer residents advice on their benefits and changes in circumstances that might mean they need to claim Universal Credit.

The Council’s customer services team can also direct residents to where they can get digital support to make or maintain their claim, but residents are also advised to get in touch with their work coach at their nearest Jobcentre Plus.

Councillor Nicolson met with Kevin Campbell, an advisor in the Advice Works team, and Maggie Smith, a Renfrewshire Libraries digital volunteer – known as a Digiteer – at Johnstone library.

He said: “It’s important residents know where they can get support. Residents should speak to their work coach at their local Jobcentre Plus, but they can also speak to us if they need advice about their benefits or support to make their claim in the first place.

“Universal Credit is the biggest change yet to the welfare system. Not only do residents need to make their claim online, they also need to check for tasks set by their work coach and update their journal online.

“It’s a major change to how people access benefits, but residents should know they can still pop into their local Jobcentre Plus should they need support.”

Adviser Kevin Campbell said: “Many people will be unsure what the implementation of Universal Credit will mean for them. If anyone is adversely affected by Universal Credit and need advice, they should call Advice Works who will be able to support them.

“Our advisers have been through Universal Credit training and can offer residents the advice they need to decide what they should do for their own situation.”

Residents can also learn the basics of getting online ahead of needing to make a claim for Universal Credit.

Digiteer Maggie McAlistair said: “Renfrewshire libraries are a great place to build your digital skills. Residents can book an appointment with a Digiteer by calling 0300 300 1188 or can simply book a computer at one of the libraries.”

Residents can also drop into their local Jobcentre Plus if they need to access a computer.

Computers will also be available at Renfrewshire House and 5 High Street in Paisley as well as Johnstone Town Hall.

Residents can contact the Council’s Advice Works on 0300 300 1238 and Customer Services Centre on 0300 300 1124, Advice Renfrewshire on 0800 164 2922 or Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121.

For more information on Universal Credit, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/universalcredit.

Tetra-Decathlon (age 12+), which will be performed at Paisley arts Centre Thursday 20th September at 7.30pm.

Tetra-Decathlon | Trailer from Showroom on Vimeo.

Ticket information here (https://tetradecathlon.com/dates/) and more information about the show below:

Tetra-Decathlon By Lauren Hendry

Having never set foot on a running track in her life, Lauren Hendry decided to sign up for the Tetra-Decathlon, a gruelling 14-event track and field competition. This audacious solo show charts Lauren’s journey as she trains for and competes in this most taxing of sporting events, whilst asking pertinent questions about the psychology of sport and what drives us to compete.

“As thrilling as it is enjoyable… the production is a great tribute to the determination of the human spirit.” – Across The Arts

“A lovely, affecting piece… Hendry, in an energetic solo performance, leads us through the highs and lows of her training and competition.” – Fest Magazine

Directed by two-time Fringe First Winner Jenna Watt. Presented by Showroom in association with Macrobert Arts Centre. Supported by Festival 2018, the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, Creative Scotland and Tron Theatre.

Here is a little photograph for you. A certain generation will remember, and probably have fond memories of, the Paisley Public Baths at the bottom of Storie Street. 

As you can see we are looking up from the bottom of Storie Street, you can see the building on the left and main entrance to the baths (just where the people are standing to the side of the car).

Unfortunately, the Public Baths were closed and demolished in the mid 1980’s as well as the buildings on the right-hand side of the street and both sites were left vacant for many years. 

The only buildings in this picture that remain are the building at the top of the street (High Street) which is now shared by a cafe, “Deli Malatso” and what was an insurance broker and the building top right, “Leisureland”.

Fortunately over the years there have been major developments, mainly by the University of the West of Scotland. From top right (next to the Leisureland building) is the University’s Students Union building – a big multi-level purple building and further down is the Paisley Shopping Centre multi-storey car park.

Also to the left, what was the Paisley Baths is now the impressive new student library complex which along with (out of shot) the new dormitories for students, which would be to the right of the picture.

The side entrance to the University also has a brand new shop called ReMode and this is what brings us to why we have combined an old photograph with the new.

ReMode is a youth-focused organisation aiming to raise awareness of the environmental impact of the textiles industry.  They started originally in Lochwinnoch and have now opened new premises in the university in Paisley.

Both venues serve as learning hubs where local communities can access information about climate change and decide on actions they can take to tackle it.

They run a programme of free workshops and events for ages 11 up to adult, from classes in upcycling and clothing alteration, natural dyes, and screen printing to hands-on learning from local artists and makers. You can find out more about their programme of events here.

You can also visit their facebook page by visiting https://www.facebook.com/remodeyouth/.

We hope you liked the mix of old and new to show you exactly where ReMode is and have a wee blast of the past too.

Image of old Baths Copyright of David Douglas, modern day (right-hand side Brian McGuire) and Front entrance Copyright Danielle McGuire

After a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Made in Scotland and fresh back from a run at this year’s AWESOME International Arts Festival in Perth, Australia, Indepen-dance 4 is delighted to be back out on tour this autumn with Four Go Wild in Wellies.
 
Four Go Wild in Wellies is for children aged 3-5 years and is a playful look at the joy of inventiveness and curiosity; the negotiation of social structures; how friendships are built, broken and mended; the spectrum between collaboration and competition; as play emerges from interaction with each other and with the world around, including particularly the natural world.
 
The performance has been created with the company by director Anna Newell (2017 Tonic Theatre Award winner for ‘women who are changing the face of UK Theatre’), award-winning composer David Goodall and choreographer Stevie Prickett, who have worked together for more than 20 years creating work for younger audiences that has toured as far afield as South Africa and off Broadway.
 
Indepen-dance 4 are the professional inclusive performance company wing of Indepen-dance, Glasgow’s leading inclusive dance organisation. The company is quickly growing a reputation for innovative and high quality touring productions with its four dancers – Hayley EarlamEmma SmithNeil Price and Adam Sloan and over the years, have worked with some of the UK’s leading choreographers and musicians. Julie Spence will replace Emma Smith for the performances on Saturday 20 October at the Aros Centre, Isle of Skye and on Sunday 28 October at Mossblown Community Centre.
Wed 24 Oct | Paisley Arts Centre |  1.30pm
£3 | 0300 300 1210 | renfrewshireleisure.com/arts

Paisley is set for a ‘festival of family fun’ when The Wee Spree comes to town this October.

The popular programme of activities for kids will take place from 12-21 October with thousands set to be entertained during the school holiday period.

The Wee Spree festival, Paisley – Musician
Colin Hyson rehearses for The Wee Spree festival, with school kids Gordon McCallum, 8 (blonde hair, blue t-shirt) Callum Gemmell, 9 (glasses and check shirt), Holly Beggs, 9 (pink tshirt), Imogen Hunter, 9 (rainbow tshirt)

The festival coincides with The Spree festival of music and comedy set to take over the town centre and will be bigger and better than ever, marking Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

The internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra will bring their free Fun Day to the festival (18 October) and promise some ‘bewitching musical fun’ inspired by Julia Donaldson’s much-loved children’s story, Room on the Broom. Orchestra members will perform for a family audience before kids get the chance to try music and craft workshops and join a special multi-coloured orchestra themselves.

Chamber musician Colin Hyson visited Paisley this week to speak to P5 pupils Gordon McCallum, Callum Gemmell, Holly Beggs and Imogen Hunter from Williamsburgh Primary School.

Kirsteen Davidson Kelly, SCO Connect Director, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Wee Spree in Paisley, bringing Julia Donaldson’s much-loved book Room on the Broom to life through musical storytelling.

“Scottish Chamber Orchestra violinist Aisling O’Dea will lead an interactive musical workshop before performing Room on the Broom with three other SCO musicians. Afterwards, children can take part in themed craft workshops and try out our colourful musical instruments. This Family Day is the SCO’s first event in Paisley since 2015 and our first visit to the Wee Spree.”

National Theatre of Scotland will bring the fascinating DO’S AND DON’TS to Paisley (12-14 & 16-21 October) as part of Futureproof – a radical new festival of ten productions across the country marking Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. Developed in partnership with award-winning documentary theatre makers Rimini Protokoll (Germany) and local young people, this event will see the audience led on an exciting and unusual tour around Paisley on a mobile auditorium, with an accompanying soundscape provided by local choirs.

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Theatre of Scotland, said: “DO’S & DON’TS has been co-created by the young people of Paisley and German theatre-makers Rimini Protokoll and it is great that it is a part of the Paisley Spree Festival.

“It is a very exciting project which is also part of our bigger Scotland wide Futureproof festival celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. We are delighted to be part of the Paisley Spree and the Year of Young People 2018 and working alongside our partners Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure.”

Paisley’s strong tradition of commitment to Gaelic music and culture will be celebrated during the festival when the popular local Fèis Phàislig bring their ‘ceilidh trail’ and music workshops (13 October), while Paisley Arts Centre hosts a free Gaelic singing and music workshop with Gillebrìde MacMillan (18 October) ahead of his ‘Paisley Connection’ evening performance celebrating the Paisley Bard, Donald MacIntyre.

Family celebrations of music are at the heart of the programme’s opening weekend with the Sprog Rock (13 October) andMini Manoeuvres (13 October) shows letting families have ‘a gig experience’ together.

Cosmopot (13-21 October) is a new multi-sensory show for pre-schoolers from Paisley Arts Centre’s Artist-in-Residence, Claire McGarry, and the free and popular Bookbug (15 & 16 October) from the Renfrewshire Libraries team lets toddlers enjoy songs, rhymes, music and stories.

Youngsters can try out a variety of Circus Skills (16 October) from hula hooping and juggling to tightwire with the team from Glasgow’s Aerial Edge and families can get active together with two sessions of Family Yoga (19 October) led by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The free Comedy Club 4 Kids (19 October) puts some of the best stand-ups and sketch artists on the circuit in front of an audience of kids. Entertainment of another kind comes from the Computer Xplorers (20 October) who will teach kids how to create their own games using coding skills and augmented reality.

The Wee Spree and The Spree festivals are organised by Renfrewshire Council.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Wee Spree is always a huge hit with families and this year’s October week looks amazing. We have had great fun designing the programme with all of our venues and artists and we are delighted to see places booking up fast. We have music, comedy, storytelling, acrobatics and song, all taking place in the heart of the town centre – 10 minutes from Glasgow City Centre by train. So, for anyone looking for ways to fill the October holidays – we can guarantee a great day out at this year’s Spree festival.”

The Spree festival is now in its seventh year. Acts appearing this year include Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, London African Gospel Choir, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, The Orb, Gang of Four, Wolfgang Flür (ex Kraftwerk), Big Minds, The Wandering Hearts, Tracyanne & Danny, The Pastels, Vieux Farka Touré, The Leisure Society, Duke Special, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, Gillebrìde MacMillan, Des Clarke, Janey Godley and Stuart Mitchell.

A Spree for All fringe programme will celebrate live music from local acts in Paisley and across the wider Renfrewshire area.

Details of full programmes and ticket information for The Spree, The Wee Spree and the Spree for All are available online at www.thespree.co.uk or from the festival box office at 9b Gilmour Street, Paisley PA1 1DG.