Oran Kearney - St Mirren Manager

Young footballers are being given the opportunity to sample life as a professional and take to the field at the Simple Digital Arena, home of St Mirren Football Club.

Part of the celebrations to mark Street Stuff’s ten-year anniversary of working in the Renfrewshire community, aspiring footballers will have the opportunity to cross the white line and play on the pitch as part of a festival of football.

Oran Kearney - St Mirren Manager

The five-a-side football event is free for all Street Stuff participants, aged 8-16, and will take place in the evening of Wednesday 15 May.

Players can register individually or as a team, with all consent forms to be returned to St Mirren in advance of the tournament taking place.

St Mirren FC Manager, Oran Kearney, said “The people of Paisley and Renfrewshire have given the team brilliant support in my time at the club so it’s great that the young people of Renfrewshire will get the opportunity to play on the pitch at the stadium and have the chance to emulate their heroes.”

Since its inception in 2009, Street Stuff has seen more than 200,000 young people come through its doors, each having the opportunity to take part in sport, make new friends and engage in social activities.

A firm fixture of the community for a decade, the programme has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65% in reported youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff provides activities such as football, dance and gaming six days a week, as well as hosting four holiday camps throughout the year where a healthy meal is provided to each young person who attends – with more than 26,000 healthy meals provided in the last four years.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “What a fantastic opportunity for our young people to make it out of the stands and onto the pitch at St Mirren and hopefully we can inspire the next generation of footballers for the club.

“Street Stuff works hard to provide opportunities for sport and exercise for young people that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience and the work of our staff, coaches and volunteers really is changing the lives of young people in Renfrewshire.

The project runs in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

For more information on how to sign up, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/StreetStuff.

who cares scotland

Who Cares ? Scotland Renfrewshire  is an organisation that supports care experienced young people. We offer free quarterly  training  and information sessions and the next one is being held at the Lagoon in Paisley . We are trying to reach all those who support children and young people across Renfrewshire whether paid or voluntary.

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We have our own Facebook page and it is the pinned post on here  https://www.facebook.com/whocaresscotlandrenfrewshire/

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*Free training and information session*

Do you work with children and young people either paid or voluntary?
Do you support, teach or coach young people in any capacity ?

Then you hold important relationships with our care experienced people. They would like you to understand more about their lives and invite you to a free training and information session.

Our next Listen and Learn is being held at Paisley Lagoon on 9th May – click below to find out more and for FREE registration .


Cllr Marie McGurk, Oran Kearney, Gordon Scott and Street Stuff participants

Street Stuff celebrated the start of its 10-year anniversary in style with more than 1200 young people took part in the free Spring Break programme.

Hundreds of young people flocked to activities every day of the two-week holiday camp, as football, gaming and more was made available at venues across Renfrewshire.

Cllr Marie McGurk, Oran Kearney, Gordon Scott and Street Stuff participants

A free healthy meal was provided to all participants at the afternoon activities, meaning 675 young people were refuelled throughout the duration of the programme.

Stevie Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “We’re delighted to see more and more young people spending their school holidays with us.

“Our holiday programmes are so important as they provide an opportunity for young people from all walks of life to take part in sport and exercise while they don’t have school as an outlet.

“To see so many young people leave with a smile on their face is brilliant and we have our fantastic coaches and volunteers to thank for making it so enjoyable.”

The spring programme marked the start of Street Stuff’s 10th anniversary celebrations which will be marked with a series of events throughout the year.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “What a fantastic start to Street Stuff’s tenth anniversary celebrations and to see more than 1200 young people taking part is a great achievement.

“By providing the programme for free, we are giving all young people the opportunity to take part in sport and exercise and this can be vital in keeping them on the right track in life.

“The programme has changed so many lives over the past ten years and we’re proud of the work carried out by our staff, coaches and volunteers to provide these opportunities for young people.”

Street Stuff is a diversionary project run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

The programme began in 2009 in Renfrewshire and has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65 percent.in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour.

The programme runs six days a week, all-year-round, at venues across Renfrewshire and young people aged 8 to 16 are encouraged to turn up and take part for free.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff or follow @SMFCStreetStuff on Facebook and Twitter.

Wright Street

Renfrew was the latest area to benefit from a Big Spring Clean as volunteers headed out over the weekend on community clean-ups.

More than thirty volunteers turned out to two litter picks in Renfrew as inspired teams tackled the banks of the Clyde from Wright Street as well as the Blythswood Woods.


Crisp packs, bottles, a shoe and even some skateboard wheels were collected as the volunteers filled their bags and made the local area a little brighter.

The Big Spring Clean is one of the flagship events of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign which aims to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, more attractive place to live, work and visit and is running throughout April, with more than 50 litter picks arranged so far.

Neil Paterson, Renfrew to Paisley People and Nature Corridor, said: “Clean up activities are key towards re-naturing the old railway and path and making it more pleasant for people and wildlife.

“Doing this through organised events is a great way to enable community involvement and for like-minded folk to meet and enjoy each other’s company.

“The Big Spring Clean is a good way for the council to promote and encourage people to get involved in improving  the environment throughout Renfrewshire.”

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, hosted the clean-up in Blythswood and was delighted with the support of the local community.

Councillor McEwan said: “It’s brilliant to see everyone coming together to make a difference to their own local area and I was delighted to join my neighbours on a litter pick at the weekend, where we even had volunteers from Elderslie make the trip across to join us.

“If we all take the time to make our neighbourhoods cleaner then the whole of Renfrewshire will benefit and that’s what Team Up to Clean Up is all about.

Wright Street

“We’ve made a significant investment as a council to ensure we can increase the level of work we do ‘behind the scenes’ as we recognise that we need to work with the local community to ensure the campaign is a success.

“We’ve seen amazing things happen so far with the support for the Big Spring Clean surpassing all our expectations.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has benefited from a £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 all rubbish following the completion of the litter pick.

For more information visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/BigSpringClean2019 or call 0300 300 1375.

sports awards

SCORES of secondary pupils have shown they are real good sports after graduating from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education.

Paisley Abbey was packed with families and friends for the graduation ceremony and the presentation of certificates to 70 students by Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron.

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The School of Sport Education Initiative run by Renfrewshire Leisure and gives students over the age of 16 training for leisure and sports coaching awards and qualifications that could help them find work when they leave school, college or university.

Each pupil taking part has completed 20 weekly after-school sessions, child protection training and a placement to gain volunteering experience by coaching and delivering 60 hours of sports activities to younger children.

 Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We’re very proud of what the young people in this year’s intake have achieved.


“It’s not just how they have developed their own skills and expertise, but what they have done for younger pupils by inspiring them and showing them the benefits of sport in maintaining an active lifestyle.

“The students have become role models and heroes to the children they have coached.

“What the students have learned and experience by taking part in the initiative will stand them in good stead as they make their way into adult life.”

Students from Renfrewshire’s Young Ambassadors programme helped organise the awards event. There were 22 students from local secondary schools who planned and hosted the graduation awards at Paisley Abbey on the night.

The Young Ambassadors – chosen from all 11 secondary schools in Renfrewshire – promote sport in their schools and are involved in various events throughout the year.


THE big-hearted team at intu Braehead has made sure youngsters from a disadvantaged background get a chocolate Easter egg this year.

The shopping and leisure destination has donated more than 200 Easter eggs to Renfrewshire Foodbank for distribution to kids who otherwise might not have received the chocolate treat this year.


Peter Beagley, the regional centre director with responsibility for intu Braehead personally delivered the Easter eggs to the foodbank’s warehouse, in Renfrew.

And he took the time to hear about the vital work of the volunteers there in helping feeding families who can barely afford food for their children and themselves.

Peter said: “As we’re coming up to Easter many parents and carers won’t be able to afford to buy a chocolate egg for their children, which is something that many better-off people just take for granted.


“We don’t want children to feel left out when all their friends are talking about the Easter egg they got, so we decided to buy all these Easter eggs and give them to the good people at Renfrewshire Foodbank.

“The chocolate eggs will now be distributed to children who, through no fault of their own, wouldn’t get an Easter egg this year.”

Renfrewshire Foodbank manager, Elizabeth Alexander said: “We can’t thank intu Braehead enough for this kind gesture.

“This will mean so much to a child who otherwise wouldn’t have been given an Easter egg.

“They will see their friends getting Easter eggs and they can feel very left out and disappointed if they don’t get a chocolate egg as well.

“And it will also be a relief for the parents that their child will get an Easter egg.”

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YOUNGSTER Max Belshaw won a competition to design and draw his very own insect.

And now his creation has been turned into a model bug that will go on display at Wallace Primary School, Elderslie.

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Max, aged seven and his fellow pupils had visited the intu Braehead shopping centre to see a display of larger-than-life models of insects, including honeybees, ladybirds and grasshoppers.

The Primary 3 pupils had been asked to create and draw their own bugs and Max’s was chosen as the winner. As well as having his drawing turned into a plastic replica model, he also received a £25 intu Gift Card.

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The Big Bugs On Tour was at intu Braehead earlier in the year as part of a nationwide series of visits to other intu shopping centres.

The intu Big Bugs On Tour initiative is backed by naturalist Chris Packham and it aims to reconnect kids and adults to nature following a report that shows children are now better at identifying Pokemon characters than British wildlife.

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Max was presented with his model bug by intu Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown who said:

“Max had done really well when he created his own insect and it looks even better now that it’s been turned into a replica model.”

Outgoing MSYPs - Maria Alam, Josh Kennedy and Stirling McGee

Renfrewshire returned the highest average votes cast per constituency in Scotland as more than 6000 young people in Renfrewshire exercised their right to vote in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections – the second highest amount nationally and accounting for almost a fifth of all valid votes cast.

Outgoing MSYPs - Maria Alam, Josh Kennedy and Stirling McGee

Thousands of young people from across Renfrewshire have voted to elect their new Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) in the 2019 Scottish Youth Parliament elections.

Renfrewshire returned the highest average votes cast per constituency in Scotland as more than 6000 young people in Renfrewshire exercised their right to vote, the second highest amount nationally and accounting for almost a fifth of all valid votes cast.

Following almost three months of campaigning from candidates across Scotland, young people aged 12-25 were asked to cast their vote to elect their local MSYP – with Renfrewshire electing five candidates in total.

The candidates elected for Renfrewshire are:

Lewis Givan (Paisley)
Gary Murdoch (Paisley)
Rebecca McAleney (Renfrewshire North and West)
Josh Kennedy (Renfrewshire North and West)
Gavin Stewart (Renfrewshire South)

The MSYP-elects will officially take up office at the Scottish Youth Parliament’s National Sitting in June 2019.

Sandra Black, Returning Officer for Renfrewshire, said: “It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm and desire that these young people have as they strive make a difference for their peers in Renfrewshire and I congratulate our new MSYPs on their election.

“The Scottish Youth Parliament gives them an opportunity to have their voice heard on a national level and the next two years will be invaluable life experience for them as they look to pursue a possible future career path.

“My thanks go to the outgoing MSYPs for their hard work and dedication and I’m sure our newly elected members will live up to the same high standards as they take on the role.”

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. It provides a national platform for young people to discuss issues important to them and affect the change they wish to see.

Speaking after the 2019 SYP election results, Suki Wan MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said: “I’m delighted to announce that thousands of young people made their voices heard by casting their vote in the Scottish Youth Parliament’s 2019 national elections.

“Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed fantastic campaigning taking place all over the country, with passionate debates and hustings inspiring Scotland’s young people to get involved in the democratic process by voting in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections. I’d like to congratulate all of the candidates and wish the best of luck to the newly elected MSYPs.

“Through our work at the Scottish Youth Parliament, we know that young people want to be involved in political decision making and want their voices to be heard so that they are at the forefront of shaping society.”

A full list of the newly elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament can be found www.syp.org.uk/elections, with information on Renfrewshire’s MSYPs being available via www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SYP.

paisley pirates

Pirates progressed to the SNL playoff final, but not before encountering some late night drama which kept spectators, literally, on their feet.

Kestrels made the better start and were on the board only three minutes as Pitcaithly beat Meechan to put his side ahead. Pirates responded immediately, and with Walker equalising within a minute, and ace sniper Abercrombie scoring with a peach of a flick three minutes later, Pirates were ahead 2-1 before the halfway point in the period. In spite of there being chances at both ends, and with a few niggly hits thrown in for good measure, there was no further scoring and Pirates headed for the dressing room nursing a narrow lead.

paisley pirates

Pirates added to their lead after 26 minutes as Walker score an unassisted goal to stretch the advantage to two, and in spite of several powerplay chances to increase their lead, they were unable to do so, and were hit by a two goal burst from Kirkcaldy in the final two minutes of the session through Simpson, then Floyd, to bring the score back to 3-3 and set the scene for a nervy final 20 minutes.

With both teams going for the crucial go ahead goal, it was Pirates who made the breakthrough after 46 minutes as Abercrombie was again on hand to shoot past Jackson and give his side the vital edge. However, in a match which had already started late, there was further unexpected drama as with less than four minutes remaining, the fire alarm sounded and the building had to be evacuated, with players, officials and spectators alike obliged to stand outside the ice rink until a fire engine arrived. Eventually, after nearly an hour’s wait, the all clear was given, and Pirates safely negotiated the final few minutes to reach the final for the fourth time in the last six years, but still awaiting their first success in the competition.



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On a night which few Paisley fans will ever forget, Pirates swept aside pre-tournament favourites Murrayfield Racers, who had been unbeaten by an SNL side for the entire season, and made history in the process as they picked up the SNL Playoff title for the very first time with their best display of the season.

Underdogs Pirates went for their more fancied opponents from the first whistle, in spite of their semi-final having finished less than 18 hours before,  and were ahead in less than four minutes as Walker beat McGill on the powerplay to give his side a lead that they never lost. Pirates continued on the front foot and were rewarded with another goal in 18 minutes as Martyn Guy scored a trademark second, with assistance from Sarginson and Thorp, to give them a 2-0 advantage by the break, Racers heading for the dressing room in the hope of regrouping.

paisley pirates

With Murrayfield looking for a quick goal to haul themselves back into the game in the middle period, it duly arrived within four minutes, but at the other end as Abercrombie, a Racer at the start of the season, took great delight in beating McGill to increase the lead to 3-0 in front of disbelieving fans in the arena. Pirates continued to control the play, combining sharp attacking play with a “they shall not pass” approach at the back, where Meechan and the defence kept the best efforts of the Edinburgh side at bay.

Pirates came out for the final session in a comfortable position, and with there possibly being an expectation that they would hold what they had, killed off any lingering hopes of a fightback, as first Walker, with his second of the night, and then skipper Chris Turley, on the powerplay, took the score to 5-0 in the first two minutes. A scuffle between Andreucci for Pirates and Richards Grigors for Racers broke up an otherwise scoreless final session, both taking extended breaks in the penalty box, but by that time the match was over as a contest, and the Pirates fans were celebrating in the stands on a famous night.

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After the match, Head Coach Ian Turley commented, ”It’s hugely satisfying to be the first team to beat the Racers this year. We’ve beaten Edinburgh/Murrayfield 3 times in recent years in major finals, all of them without losing a goal.”

Player/Coach Adam Walker said, “It was a fantastic weekend. We knew coming into it we were peaking at the right time, so to come in and get the job done on back to back nights against two of the best teams in the league is a huge achievement. We knew that Murrayfield had a lot of fire power and a solid all round game and to have as much success as we did is a massive credit to the players and the way they carried themselves.”

“History has been made at the club and we couldn’t have hoped to do it with a better bunch of guys.”


All Photographs courtesy of Al Gould.

MFG intu Braehead Soar Astronaut

YOUNGSTERS can spend the school spring holidays in outer space if they take off and land at intu Braehead.

MFG intu Braehead Soar Astronaut

The free activities for kids at the shopping centre and in Soar at intu Braehead are truly out of this world from now until April 22.

A Mission to Mars is the theme for would-be space travellers in the central atrium with dressing up, arts and crafts and ride-on rockets. And a 50-feet high artificial giant sun will be hanging above their heads to shine a light on everything going on below.

Over in Soar at intu Braehead youngsters are invited to come along to an Astronaut Academy and witness the amazing pop-up planetarium where they can learn about the galaxy and take part in arts and crafts.

MFG intu Braehead Soar Astronaut

Free shows at the planetarium run throughout the day at various times from 12.15pm until 4pm and kids can find out about different things on each day of the week.

On a Monday it’s astronomy; Tuesday, the solar system; Wednesday, exoplanets; Thursday, Mars; Friday, spacecraft; Saturday, human space exploration and on Sunday, it’s sci-fi in space.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’re getting ready for take-off and the countdown is well and truly on for youngsters to come along and conquer the galaxies.

“Our activities are certainly fun and enjoyable, but there is also an educational element and the kids will certainly learn something.”

These events are organised in association with the intu Braehead Family Club and are open to everyone for children and their families to enjoy. You can sign up to join the intu Braehead Family Club at www.intu.co.uk/braehead and you’ll receive exclusive offers and discounts.

Meanwhile, here are some interstellar space jokes to keep everyone amused as they jet along to intu Braehead.

How does a man cut his hair on the moon?
Eclipse it.

How can astronauts get more protein in their diet?
They make it meteor.

If athletes can get ‘Athletes foot’, what can astronauts get?
Missile Toe.

How does NASA organise a birthday party?
They planet.

And finally….
I was up all night wondering where the sun had gone for so long, but then it finally dawned on me.

MFG intu Braehead Soar Astronaut