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YOUNGSTER Ide MacNeil had a wizard time dressing up as Harry Potter at Braehead shopping centre at the weekend.

The five-year-old from Paisley was at the mall when it played host to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity for a Harry Potter Weekend of fun-filled activities including a treasure hunt and some magical arts and crafts.

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Kids also had their photograph taken in front of a green screen and thanks to some Harry Potter magic, when the pictured is emailed to them, the backdrop will make it look like they have been in Hogwarts.

The three-day event was held to raise much-needed funds for the charity’s life-changing projects and services for children in hospital and their families.


Anyone taking part was asked to make a minimum of a £1 donation for each activity to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown said: “We had a magical weekend of wizards and witches and everyone enjoyed becoming Harry Potter – even for just a little while.”

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William McGowan, Head of Partnerships and Events, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said “We are incredibly grateful to Braehead for their continued support and generosity.

“Funds raised through our Harry Potter Weekend activities will help to continue our charity-funded play and events programme, family support services and well-being support for NHS staff, giving children and their families the best possible hospital experience.”

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It’s a kinda magic the way Braehead shopping centre plans to raise money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital charity.

The mall is hosting a Harry Potter Weekend with lots of wizard activities to raise much-needed funds for life-changing projects and services for children in hospital and their families.

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The Harry Potter Weekend at the Braehead mall takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29, 30 and 31, between 10am and 6pm, in the central atrium.

Witches and wizards of all ages are invited to come along to the fun-filled weekend and take part in some magical arts and crafts.

Families can have their photograph taken in front of a green screen and thanks to some Hogwarts’ magic, when the pictured is emailed to them, the backdrop will make it look like they have paid a visit to Hogwarts.

Anyone taking part is asked to make a minimum of a £1 donation for each activity to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

William McGowan, Head of Partnerships and Events, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said: “We can’t wait for our Harry Potter Weekend, at Braehead and look forward to bringing the spirit of Hogwarts to the shopping centre.

“We are incredibly grateful to Braehead for their continued support and generosity.

“We rely entirely on fundraising and donations to fund our life-changing hospital projects to make sure that young patients and their families receive the extra special care they deserve.

“Funds raised through our magical Harry Potter Weekend activities will help to continue our charity-funded play and events programme, family support services and wellbeing support for NHS staff, giving children and their families the best possible hospital experience.”

Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown said: “We hope lots of Harry Potter fans will come along to our special weekend dressed as their favourite characters from the books and films.

“Not only will everyone had lots of fun, they’ll also be helping a very worthy cause. Now that is something magic!”

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BRAEHEAD shopping centre has helped the police and local community wardens support this year’s Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week.

The mall hosted police officers and members of Renfrewshire Council’s Community Wardens initiative as they pledged to do all they can to stamp out anti-social behaviour in the community.

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The aim of ASB Awareness Week, from July 18 to July 24, is to highlight the problems of and take action against anti-social behaviour, particularly when young people are the victims and engage with the public in ways they can help tackle anti-social behaviour.

The awareness week is being organised by the Resolve organisation whose aim is to encourage police and other agencies along with the local community to work together to find solutions to anti-social behaviour.

The week is supported by key stakeholders including the Home Office, Local Government Association (LGA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).

Resolve chief executive, Rebecca Bryant OBE said: “I hope partners will take this opportunity to work with their networks to pull together the examples of best practice they would like to showcase.

“Last year we secured huge amounts of publicity and moved the need to tackle ASB up the public and political agenda. This year we plan to go even further – but we will need your help.”

Peter Beagley, Braehead Centre director added: “People deserve to feel safe where they live and we’re happy to give any support and assistance we can to get the message out there that anti-social behaviour is not to be tolerated and needs to be tackled in the strongest possible way.”

Climate Cooking Challenge, fashion upcycling and community gardens part of £50,000 award for climate change projects in Renfrewshire

Communities in Renfrewshire will reduce food waste and emissions, recycle old clothes and textiles, and create community gardens, biodiversity areas and food growing areas thanks to funding awards from Renfrewshire Council.

The Community Climate Fund was created by Renfrewshire Council to offer local communities the chance to make environmental changes in their local area that will contribute to the target of Renfrewshire reaching net-zero by 2030.

£50,000 was allocated from the Council’s £1million Climate Change Action Fund, with up to £3,000 available to community organisations for each project – and a total of 18 projects have been successful.

One of a range of innovative ideas was a Climate Cooking Challenge devised by the Tannahill Centre in Paisley, which will reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills with the local community around making the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food.

Jamie Mallan, Business Transformation Manager at the Tannahill Centre, said: “This funding is going to make a big difference to families and individuals in Ferguslie as it will enable us to support local families by helping them to reduce food and energy costs at home at a time when the cost-of-living crisis is hitting really hard.

“Author Lorna Cooper will run workshops for residents from Ferguslie where she will share some of the recipes detailed in her book ‘Feed your Family for £20’ and some of the advice and tips she shares on social media which help families make leftovers go further, whilst also reducing their energy costs.”

Lorna will also work with the local sewing group, The Feegie Needlers, to produce non-electric slow cookers.

She said: “Made from a duvet and some fabric, non-electric slow cookers are a popular way of slow cooking all over the world. After bringing a pot of food to the boil and placing it inside the slow cooker, the retained heat will continue cooking for up to eight hours without any additional energy source.”

Renfrew YMCA SCIO plan to teach young people in the community about the effects of ‘fast-fashion’ on the environment and support them to carry out upcycling of clothes and textiles, with the aim of hosting an eco-friendly fashion show.

Taylor Smith, Renfrew YMCA Youth Development Worker, said: “Our project is an upcycling project that provides children and young people with the skills to take old clothes and make something new as we try to tackle the fast fashion problem and help with climate change.

“We are so excited that we have received this funding and have already started making upcycling hair bands and bangles in our summer programme.”

The Council’s Climate Change Action Fund provides initial funding to pilot new ideas and approaches, to support engagement and partnership working across Renfrewshire, and to accelerate the pace of change already being delivered through existing initiatives.

It is one of a variety of initiatives in place to support Renfrewshire’s aim of reaching net-zero by 2030.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Climate Change Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see the level of enthusiasm and creativity from our local communities as they help to tackle the climate change emergency in any way they can – and these projects are a shining example of what can be done.

“As a Council, climate change is considered in every decision we take and we are reducing our carbon emissions at every opportunity, but we know that we need our communities and businesses to do the same.

“We’ve set an ambitious target of reaching net-zero by 2030, but I am confident that as a Council we can lead from the front with the initiatives we have in place now and to come.

“Climate Change is a key priority of this administration, and we will continue to do all we can to reduce our emissions and support all of Renfrewshire to do the same.”

Other projects which received funding include food growing initiatives in Lochwinnoch, Williamsburgh Primary; community gardens in Kirklandneuk Primary, Langbank Primary, The Good Shephard Centre in Bishopton, Johnstone Castle Community Centre, Bishopton Community Centre and the Finding Your Feet centre in Paisley; biodiversity improvements in Ferguslie and Lochwinnoch; funding for bike repairs to support active travel; environmental improvements to the Howwood Park pavilion and Ferguslie Cricket Club; ‘Repair, Make Do and Mend’ sewing workshops, videos and a Mending Skills toolkit by Mossvale Community Church; and a community dye garden in Paisley.

All applicants whose projects did not receive funding have been supported by the Council and Engage Renfrewshire to identify other possible funding opportunities.

For more information on climate change projects in Renfrewshire, visit

The projects awarded funding were:

The Tannahill Centre (£2,953)

  • Climate Cooking Challenge
  • Reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills to make the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food
  • Reduce energy consumption through more efficient preparation of food
  • Produce non-electric slow cookers using recycled household materials

Lochwinnoch Sustainable Community Garden (£1,000)

  • Rewilding Lochwinnoch
  • Improve biodiversity in the area by sowing wildflower seeds
  • Interactive project aimed to be accessible for all

24th Paisley Boys Brigade (£3,000)

  • Climate Challenge 2022
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Learning how to grow food through a community garden
  • Turning over church lawns to wildflower meadows

Kirklandneuk PS Parent Council (£3,000)

  • ‘Mon the Weans, Mon the Bees, Mon the Community’
  • Outdoor space for pupils to be creative
  • Used for community food growing and preparation
  • Biodiversity area in the school grounds

Own Yer Bike (£3,000)

  • Volunteer Training/Parts for repairs
  • Put five volunteers through cycle mechanics course to allow them to teach young people how to fix and maintain their bikes
  • Purchase of parts to repair bikes for free to support active travel

Friends of Howwood Park (£2,840.60)

  • Howwood Park Pavilion Renovation
  • Renovate the pavilion in an environmentally friendly manner
  • Insulation and low energy electrical fittings
  • Minimise energy demand and maximise efficiency

Langbank Parent Partnership (£3,000)

  • All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today
  • Establish the garden as an extension to the outdoor classroom
  • Growing ground for fruits, vegetables and herbs

The Good Shephard Centre (£2,855)

  • Community Garden
  • ‘Fork to fork’ approach
  • Follows GSC’s Young People’s Climate Change Agenda
  • In partnership with Duke of Edinburgh Award, GSC School and Wellbeing teams
  • Improve horticultural skills

Local Energy Action Plan (£3,000)

  • Diggin’ It Together
  • Food growing initiative for people in their own homes
  • Reduce carbon emissions, promote mindfulness, tackle food insecurity, promote sese of wellbeing, opportunity to bring people together at community events

Renfrewshire Rainbow Buddies (£2,220)

  • Little and Large Explorers
  • Renovate Johnstone Castle Community Centre’s garden
  • Provide active travel equipment
  • Learn new skills, such as planting, making flower beds, food hygiene

Ferguslie Cricket Club (£2,000)

  • Climate Change projects
  • Install LED lighting
  • Creation of a small garden for biodiversity

Ferguslie Community Development Trust (£2,871)

  • Sunshine on Ferguslie (schools project)
  • Improvements to front gardens to encourage interest in nature
  • Learn new gardening skills
  • Create planters and birdboxes
  • Community gardening clubs

Mossvale Community Church (£2,510)

  • Sewing2gether All Nations – Repair Make Do & Mend
  • Sewing workshops for members of the refugee and asylum seeker community
  • Create Make Do & Mend videos
  • Produce a Mending Skills toolkit

Williamsburgh Parent Council (£2,897.22)

  • Getting Williamsburgh Growing
  • Support children to grow their own food

Renfrew YMCA SCIO (£3,000)

  • Make Renfrew Green
  • Implement up-cycling into the organisation
  • Teach young people about up-cycling and the effect of ‘fast-fashion’
  • Host an eco-friendly fashion show

Bonnie Bishopton (£3,000)

  • Community Gardens at the Community Centre
  • Regenerate neglected land
  • Create a community garden for health and wellbeing

Finding Your Feet (FYF) (£3,000)

  • Turn an area of disused land into a garden and play area
  • Sensory garden, outdoor children’s accessible play area, nature walks, bee keeping and gardening

Sculpture House Collective (£2,985.60)

  • Community Dye Garden
  • Green spaces used to grow plants and trees that can be used for dying and printing textiles
  • Expand to satellite locations in Ferguslie Park area
  • Engage and educate the local community
  • Improve biodiversity
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Three new job support programmes worth £750k aimed at breaking down barriers to getting people into work and boosting Renfrewshire’s recovery from the pandemic have been launched.

Renfrewshire Council’s convener for Economy and Regeneration Cllr Andy Steel made the announcement today during a visit to the area by Scottish Government Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Richard Lochhead.

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The new programmes are mainly funded through Renfrewshire’s share of the Scottish Government £80m Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery fund, which allows councils to develop local schemes to help businesses grow, stimulate economic activity, and support low-income households.

The three new Renfrewshire programmes will target support to people and businesses to help overcome some of the issues preventing people getting back into work. They are:

Transition Fund for Parents – for parents who are out of work and on Universal Credit. This will see grants of up to £1,000 paid over the first three months in the job, where they may be waiting on their first wage and while benefits change, to help with practical costs such as travel, childcare, clothing or training.

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Skills and Training Grant Programme – a new fund for to help people on Universal Credit, either unemployed or on low-pay, gain new skills and move into better-paid work. This will see support of up to £3,500 made available to help the costs of training which will help them advance their careers.

Parental Employment Support Employer Recruitment Initiative – a pilot scheme which will pay wage subsidies to help businesses create new part-time jobs which start and finish within school hours – for parents who want back into work but for whom working 9 to 5 isn’t possible.

Mr Lochhead was in Paisley today where Cllr Steel gave him a tour of the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire employability hub in the Russell Institute building on Causeyside Street. There, he met staff, businesses and residents who have benefitted from existing support to help people into jobs.

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Cllr Steel said: “Here in Renfrewshire, supporting people on low incomes and helping drive the area’s recovery from the pandemic are two of the central missions of this council, so I am delighted to today launch three new programmes targeted at doing exactly that.

“We know that in Renfrewshire the number of people out of work rose sharply during the pandemic but has now fallen to pre-pandemic levels, and that businesses are actively trying to fill vacancies.

“Our Invest in Renfrewshire team speak to jobseekers and businesses every day, so have real insight into the barriers which are holding those who are out of work back from getting into employment.

“So these three funds have been designed to overcome those – by helping cover the costs people will experience when starting a new job, supporting people to get the training they need to move into better-paid work, and helping employers offer more flexible and childcare-friendly hours.

“These programmes will help businesses fill vacancies and retain staff, which will in turn boost their own productivity, and hopefully create further opportunities down the line.”

Employment Minister Richard Lochhead said: “It’s great to see Scottish Government funding being used to make such a difference in Renfrewshire. This additional support shows the principles of our No One Left Behind approach to employability.

“We will continue to work with partners in local government, the third sector, private sector and others to realise Scotland’s ambitions for a wellbeing economy – tackling poverty and securing better lives for people and communities across the country.”

Invest in Renfrewshire is the council’s programme to help people find work and to support businesses to grow.

Their approach, based on integrated services and a partnership approach, has had an enormous impact on local employment figures since it was launched in 2012.

In that time, Renfrewshire has seen the biggest growth in youth employment of any area in Scotland – at 21.1% – and the area’s unemployment rates are now at an all-time low.

All three of the funds launched today are now open for applications and more information on how to do that can be found by emailing, or calling 0300 300 1180.

Other Invest in Renfrewshire projects also covered by Renfrewshire’s share of the Covid Recovery fund include an expansion of the existing business growth grant scheme, support to help employers retain trainees hired through the existing Kickstart scheme for another six months, and extra funding for the council’s net-zero business grant scheme to help businesses reduce carbon emissions.

Children from across Renfrewshire will now be able to learn their lessons while speaking and writing in Scottish Gaelic as a new education provision opens in Paisley.

For the first time, children in Renfrewshire will be able to attend the special Gaelic provision, which initially consists of one class within West Primary School, rather than going to a Gaelic school in nearby council areas.

Opening from August 2022, West Primary School will welcome children into a composite primary one-to-three class where they will be taught lessons by a principal teacher while only speaking and writing in Gaelic. As the demand grows, additional teachers will be recruited as needed.

It’s hoped that more parents will be interested in registering their child to learn using the Gaelic medium in the future.

Any child who lives in Renfrewshire can attend the Gaelic provision regardless of where in Renfrewshire they live. The school will primarily accept pupils in primary one, two and three classes, with older children needing to speak and write fluent Scottish Gaelic for their age to be able to attend.

West Primary was chosen as the location for the Gaelic class due to its central location, access and transport links.

Headteacher Lynne McGinn said teachers at the school are really excited about the new Gaelic class.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a base for the Gaelic class. Everyone at the school is ready to welcome the children from August and to help them settle into their new school as quickly as possible.

“Our school is proud of its bilingual culture and looks forward to the addition of a dedicated Gaelic provision to enhance this further.”

Convener for education at Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Emma Rodden, said:

“There has been growing interest from families in Renfrewshire who wish their children to be educated while speaking and writing in Gaelic. We have listened to these families and worked at pace to provide the learning environment requested within their own local authority area. Instead of having to travel long distances, Renfrewshire children will be able to remain in Renfrewshire and learn with others from their own communities.

“Learning while speaking and writing only in Gaelic will give our children an immersive experience, allowing them to learn the Gaelic language while completing their normal schoolwork.”

For more information on Gaelic education in schools, visit

THE team of First Responders at Braehead shopping centre have been praised for their dedication in responding to emergency calls.

Several members of the mall’s security staff have been specially trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service to deal with certain kinds of medical emergencies until paramedics arrive.

Now, Jason Barnes, Amy Woodcock, Muhammad Awais and Louise Reynolds have been presented with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee commemorative coins and Paul-Scott Wiggins the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal in acknowledgement of their service of their expertise, dedication and care.

Claire Duijnisveld, Paramedic Team Leader from the Scottish Ambulance Service visited Braehead to present the coins and medal.

Claire said: “I’m delighted to present a Jubilee medal and coins to the First Responders at Braehead.

“The Jubilee coins were presented to Louise, Amy, Jason and Mohammed in recognition of their dedication to responding to emergency calls over the past four years.

“The centre’s environmental and security manager, Paul-Scott was also awarded a Jubilee medal in appreciation of more than five years of commitment to responding.

“The aim of the First Responders is to reach potentially life-threatening emergencies within the shopping centre in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

“We are grateful to all of our Community First Responders who are a vital link in the chain of survival.”

Peter Beagley, Braehead centre director said: “The presentation of the Platinum Jubilee commemorative coins and medal to our staff by the Scottish Ambulance Service is much appreciated.

“It’s heartening that our staff, who have taken the time to train as First Responders, get the recognition they deserve for their hard work, skills and dedication.

“Braehead is a much safer place thanks to our First Responders.”

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Applications are being accepted for the latest round of two cultural funding grant programmes designed to strengthen and support Renfrewshire’s cultural sector.

The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF) launched in 2016 and has supported 135 creative projects, including festivals, events, murals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and tours. The fund supports projects that develop practice, engagement and participation in cultural and heritage activities and events in Renfrewshire.

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Applications for the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund are being accepted until Tuesday 26 July 2022.

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund (CODF) is reserved for established or developing organisations in Renfrewshire that have a cultural and creative purchase. The fund supports organisational development activity to strengthen and build capacity and has supported 7 local cultural and creative organisations in Renfrewshire since 2019.

Applications for the Cultural Organisations Development Fund are being accepted until Tuesday 30 August 2022.

Renfrewshire’s cultural funding programmes are a part of Future Paisley, a far-reaching cultural regeneration programme that harnesses the power of the arts, heritage and culture for social and economic change.

Since 2016, £1.72m has been awarded in grants to Renfrewshire’s cultural sector and creative communities through Future Paisley funding programmes.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of the Future Paisley Partnership Board said: “It’s great to see the return of our long-standing CHEF and CODF grant programmes as our cultural community continues to move forward and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The ongoing work to expand our creative capacity goes hand in hand with our £100m investment to transform our cultural spaces, allowing Renfrewshire to attract a wider range of cultural activity and events, and cement our place as a cultural town and as one of Scotland’s key destinations.”

Guidance and application for both funds can be found on the Renfrewshire Council website –

Prospective applicants for CODF are strongly encouraged to seek information and advice from the OneRen Cultural Services team before applying. The team will be running a series of online advice surgeries on the following dates:

-Monday 11th July, 10am-12noon
-Tuesday 12th July, 2pm-4pm.

Each advice surgery session will last 20 minutes.

For more information and to book visit the website –

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Renfrew’s Robertson Park will welcome some of Scotland’s top piping talent this July for a new event in Renfrewshire’s events calendar.

The inaugural Renfrew Pipe Band Competition, taking place on Saturday 23 July, will see pipers and drummers from across Scotland fill the town with the sound of bagpipes and the beat of drums.

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The free-to-attend event brings a full day of family entertainment to the park from 12 noon to 5pm – including aerial workshops, a food village, and a farmer’s market.

Judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association will be judging the bands on their performances across the various grades. Spectators will be able to enjoy the performances during the day, with the March Past at 5pm followed by the prize-giving with the Chieftain.

This year’s event Chieftain will be poet Shaun Moore, the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire. He said: “It’s a big honour to have been asked to be Chieftain at the first pipe band competition in Renfrew.

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“As a member of the local creative community I enjoy making links with performers from other disciplines and sharing in the great work we all do to showcase talent in our local area and encourage wellbeing and pride in our communities.

“I know how big a day it is for the competitors and how much preparation they’ll have put in and I’m looking forward to joining them for what I’m sure will be a fantastic day out.”

Visitors should note there will be no public parking at the event. Free parking will be available a 5-10 minute walk away at Trinity High School, Glebe Street.

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Public transport to the park is also available with a number of bus stops conveniently located around Robertson Park on Inchinnan Road and Paisley Road. McGill’s run a number of services through Renfrew, including the environmentally friendly Switch 26 and Switch 23 services.

More information about the event can be found at

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As part of International Women Into Engineering Day on 23 June 2022, West College Scotland is launching the next phase of activity in their Women into STEM project.


The project – which is led by West College Scotland in partnership with Forth Valley College and Equate Scotland – is gearing up for an exciting second phase after a full year of encouraging more female representation into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles.!

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Funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) the dynamic initiative were quick to welcome Equate Scotland and Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) on board after launching in April 2021.  Equate have been busy engaging with employers and apprentices and YES have delivered engagement activities in secondary schools in Renfrewshire and Forth Valley. 


During February and March 2022, YES ran eight virtual STEM workshops (four in Renfrewshire and four in Forth Valley) for S5 and S6 pupils. The workshops were interactive, with guest speakers from STEM related sectors. The overall purpose was to raise awareness and encourage the pupils to create marketing messages to help their peer group consider STEM subjects and career pathways with confidence.


The sessions culminated in an online ‘Women into STEM’ showcase and schools involved  included: Trinity High School and Paisley Grammar School in Renfrewshire and Braes High School in Forth Valley – whose fantastic and thought provoking STEM Marketing Campaigns will be available on the new landing page.


The Women into STEM Project – which will run to 31 march 2023 – has been working with Equate Scotland to work with stakeholders, employers and partners to develop awareness, access, and participation for young women to thrive within STEM activities and pathways. The initiative also hopes to develop sustainable Apprenticeship Pathways, and recruit, prepare, and progress female pupils aged between 16-24 into STEM careers – including into Engineering Modern Apprenticeships – across the West of Scotland and the Forth Valley area.


Working alongside local employers such as Howdens, Scotrail, Diodes, Alexander Dennis Ltd, Ineos, and Petrofac, Women in STEM has been looking to understand and challenge stereotypes and develop the early years parts of this pipeline, to impact upon attitudinal and cultural change. The project hopes to make inclusive workplaces the norm not the exception and support female apprentices to build their peer support network with access to role models at the very start of their career, encouraging the apprentices to think about the challenges and opportunities, developing their confidence and the skills to succeed.


Morven McColl, Programme Executive, Young Enterprise Scotland, said: “Over the course of four weeks of the virtual STEM workshops, I delivered workshops to support the girls in developing a marketing campaign that would encourage more young women into STEM based careers. It was a delight to work with these fantastic, driven young women through the project and I was so impressed by the levels of dedication, creativity and enthusiasm shown. The final marketing campaigns were of a high standard; I think this demonstrates why getting young people themselves to create messaging that will attract their peers is so valuable. Who better to influence girls interested in STEM than their peers?”


Shona Darroch, HR Business Partner, Diodes Semiconductors GB Ltd, said: “I was delighted to be asked to be part of the Women in Stem project.  We must do all we can to support more women into and returning to STEM related careers and this project gave me and Diodes a chance to work with other companies to share ideas and best practice.  It also was a great way to support our current female engineering apprentices, in what is still a male dominated environment.  But with projects like this, we can hopefully start to even out the gender gap that engineering has.” 


Paul Fagan, Head of Employability, West College Scotland said: “Our Partnership recognises that there is an acute gender imbalance in the Scottish manufacturing sector and engineering workforce.  Whilst the gender imbalance is extreme, there are significant opportunities within manufacturing and engineering trades, with the latest Regional Skills Assessment forecasting demand for 5,700 jobs in the west region alone by 2027.  Our project can empower women to access and develop in these valuable jobs, through the development of robust skills pipelines.  For our College and our partners, this positive action reflects a commitment to putting equality and diversity at the core of our delivery.”


William Forrest, Operations Manager for Engineering, Forth Valley College, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting initiative in order to encourage more women to consider a career in engineering.  Our world needs engineers to innovate and make changes which improve our lives and reduce our harm to the planet.  This partnership will raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities out there and encourage more young women to be a part of the fourth industrial revolution.”


Laura Smith-Gulliver, Training and Development Manager, Equate Scotland said: “The jobs of the future will rely on STEM skills, driven by an innovative and diverse workforce – vital to navigating a post-COVID world, climate change and other global challenges. Improvements in workplace equality are being made – but still persists in the attitudes, actions and processes of employers and society including how girls are encouraged to view their future workplaces and how women in STEM are supported and empowered when they get there. With STEM industries still dominated by men, women can face a challenging working environment – building networks, have fewer role models, and less peer support.”


Anyone wishing to find out more about the Women into STEM initiative, should contact Gillian Gray, West College Scotland’s Development Funding Executive – Business, Enterprise & Innovation, on .

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The bitcoin trading market in Tonga is still relatively small, but it is growing rapidly. In the last few months, more and more people have been buying and selling bitcoins in the country. There are a number of reasons for this, but the most important one is that Tonga is one of the few countries where you can trade bitcoins without having to worry about government regulation. Do some research if you want to become an bitcoin prime amazon.


This has made Tonga an attractive destination for investors and traders alike. However, it is important to note that the bitcoin market in Tonga is still very volatile and subject to sudden changes. This means that you should always be careful when investing in bitcoins.


In general, the best time to buy bitcoins is when the price is low. This allows you to buy more coins for the same amount of money. However, you should always be aware of the risks involved in trading bitcoins.


The best way to trade bitcoins in Tonga is through a broker. There are a number of reputable brokers who can help you trade your coins safely and securely.


If you are looking for a good broker, you should check out LocalBitcoins. This website allows you to find and trade bitcoins with people in your local area.


Another option is to use an exchange like Bitstamp or Kraken. These exchanges allow you to buy and sell bitcoins without having to worry about government regulation.


You can also use a service like Changelly to convert your fiat currency into bitcoins. This can be a good option if you want to avoid government regulation.


Whatever option you choose, make sure that you do your research before investing any money. The bitcoin market is still very young and there are a lot of risks involved.


Tonga is an excellent place to start trading bitcoins because it is one of the few countries where you can do so without having to worry about government regulation. However, you should always be aware of the risks involved in any investment.


Tonga is a small island country located in the South Pacific Ocean. The country has a population of about 106,000 people and a land area of about 747 square kilometers. Tonga is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. The head of state is the king, Tupou VI, who ascended to the throne in 2012. The prime minister is ʻAkilisi Pōhiva, who has been in office since 2014.


The economy of Tonga is heavily dependent on agriculture, tourism, and remittances from Tongans working abroad. GDP per capita was estimated at $5,821 in 2017. The unemployment rate was estimated at 4.2% in 2016.


There is no formal stock exchange in Tonga. However, there is a growing market for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin trading volume in Tonga has been on the rise in recent years.


The most popular way to buy and sell Bitcoin in Tonga is through cryptocurrency exchanges. Some of the most popular exchanges used by Tongans include Bittrex, Kraken, and Coinbase.


LocalBitcoins is also a popular option for Tongans looking to buy or sell Bitcoin. The peer-to-peer platform allows for users to trade directly with each other.


Tonga does not have any specific regulations relating to cryptocurrencies. However, the Reserve Bank of Tonga has issued a warning to the public about the risks associated with investing in digital currencies.


The latest trend of Bitcoin trading in Tonga is that more and more people are investing in this digital currency. This is because the Tongan government has recently legalized the use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This move by the government has made Tonga one of the most attractive investment destination for Bitcoin investors.


Another reason why Tonga is becoming a hot spot for Bitcoin trading is that the country offers a very favorable tax regime for cryptocurrency investments. In fact, the Tongan government has even exempted Bitcoin and other digital currencies from capital gains tax. This makes Tonga an ideal destination for those looking to invest in cryptocurrencies.


With the increasing popularity of Bitcoin, it is no surprise that more and more businesses are now accepting this digital currency as a form of payment. In fact, there are now a number of Tongan businesses that allow their customers to pay using Bitcoin. This includes restaurants, hotels, and even real estate agents.


Overall, the latest trend of Bitcoin trading in Tonga is very positive and it seems that the country is well on its way to becoming a major player in the cryptocurrency market.