AGS Airports, which owns and manages Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has marked Anti-Slavery Week by reaffirming its commitment to the Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise that works with businesses to address the growing issue of modern slavery.
The Slave-Free Alliance is part of Hope for Justice, a charity which aims to end modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring their lives. It is estimated by the charity that 40.3 million people worldwide are trapped in slavery.
Raising awareness on the issues of human trafficking and forced labour is a key pillar of AGS Airports’ sustainability strategy and its work to promote responsible procurement.
A key benefit of joining Slave-Free Alliance is to independently review, benchmark and develop responsible systems and processes to combat modern slavery.
Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, said: “At AGS we are committed to tackling the growing issue of modern slavery and human trafficking. It forms a key part of our sustainability strategy and joining the Slave-Free Alliance has helped bolster our approach in this hugely important area.
“By working with the Slave Free Alliance, we have been able to further educate our staff, strengthen our policies, and have the necessary procedures in place to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere within our business or supply chain.”
Rachel Hartley, Training & Technical Services Manager at Slave-Free Alliance, said: “AGS Airports have taken huge strides this year and I want to thank them for being one of the leaders on this issue for the whole aviation sector.
“Joining Slave-Free Alliance in the first place is an important step to ensuring that supply chains – and those who work within them – are protected. AGS Airports have been taking strong and decisive action, which really shows their commitment.
“Anti-Slavery Day is a great day for all businesses to take time to raise awareness about the reality of this crime with their staff, suppliers and customers, because there is still so much for us all to do.”
In 2020, AGS joined the Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise and membership initiative launched by anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice which aims to end modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring their lives.
The Slave-Free Alliance is the business sector’s acknowledgement that slavery in supply chains is real and a key factor driving human trafficking in the developing world and across borders to countries like the UK.
It can affect any unprepared business, no matter their sector. As a social enterprise, all profits made by the Slave-Free Alliance are reinvested into charitable anti-slavery projects around the world.
Having honed his talents on the cycle routes of Renfrewshire, Jack Carlin hopes to inspire a peloton of cyclists to follow in his footsteps after winning silver and bronze at the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.
Born and brought up in Paisley, Jack spent his younger years as a footballer but after an injury put him into the saddle as part of his recovery, football soon became a distant memory.
Using Renfrewshire’s many safe cycle routes, Jack developed his love of cycling and now, thanks to Renfrewshire Council’s new #YouDecide campaign, Jack hopes to inspire the next generation of cyclists and support those who just love getting out on their bikes.
Jack said: “I’ve been using the cycle routes around Renfrewshire since I was young and it’s on them that my love of cycling really started to develop and I believe it’s so important that all cyclists have the opportunity to get out on their bikes.
“Obviously in my case, it has led to a career and ultimately competing at the Olympics, but it’s so important that people of all ages have the chance to cycle safely around where they live ad enjoy cycling for what it brings to their physical and mental health.
“It’s great that this new campaign will give people the chance to put forward improvements to their local cycle route or even suggest new ones and I’d encourage everyone to get involved – it’s our chance to have our say and make a positive difference to our local area.”
The #YouDecide campaign is the first Community Choices project of its kind undertaken by Renfrewshire Council and gives the community the chance to decide how part of the Council’s budget is spent.
A total of £1.2million has been allocated to the campaign from the Council’s Environment and Infrastructure budget and ideas are being sought for possible infrastructure upgrades in Renfrewshire, such as road safety initiatives, new walking or cycling routes, park upgrades or outdoor gym equipment.
The ideas process open until Sunday 14 November 2021 and can be submitted online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/YouDecide or via post boxes placed in libraries, leisure centres and Morrisons supermarkets across Renfrewshire.
Officers will carry out a feasibility study on each idea and, once complete, a shortlist of all viable projects will be put to a public vote in early 2022.
Local people will then have the chance to choose the ones they’d like to see completed in their area, with the Council carrying out the work on the successful projects
Councillor Michelle Campbell, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It was incredible to see Jack’s success at this summer’s Olympics, especially knowing that he’d started his journey here in Renfrewshire.
“We’re want to ensure people are able to cycle safely throughout Renfrewshire and it just goes to show the importance of providing safe cycle routes as we may be inspiring the next Olympic athlete for Team GB.
“A new cycle route is just one possible idea though that you can submit as part of the #YouDecide campaign and we want as many and as wide a range of ideas as possible so, if there’s an infrastructure improvement that you would like completed in your area then submit it to us now.
“This is another chance for the Council and the community to work together to make Renfrewshire a better place to live, work and visit so don’t miss your chance to have your say.”
For more information and to submit an idea, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/YouDecide.
BRAEHEAD has been named Scotland’s first Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre for their on-going partnership with the national charity, Alzheimer Scotland.
Staff at the shopping and leisure destination have been trained by the charity as Dementia Friends, so they can make life easier and more comfortable for people living with dementia when they visit the centre.
The team running the Braehead Centre have also placed coloured mats at the mall’s entrances instead of black mats, as they can appear as a hole in the ground to someone with dementia
The Alzheimer Scotland Purple Alert app has been downloaded on to staff phones and linked to the Braehead Centre’s control room, as a vital tool in finding someone with dementia who is lost.
And one modern wash hand basin tap in each toilet has been replaced with a traditional pillar tap, as it is more recognisable to someone with dementia. Signage in the centre has also been placed at eye level.
Staff from Alzheimer Scotland were given free mall space at Braehead every day last week between Monday, October 4 and Friday, October 8 to let people know about the many services they provide and how they can help people with dementia, their carers and families.
Dementia awareness-raising sessions were hosted by Anne McWhinnie, from Alzheimer Scotland in the mall’s central atrium every day.
Anne said: “Hats off to Braehead for everything they are doing and being hugely supportive. They are now officially the first Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre in Scotland.
“We’re really excited about what Braehead is doing for us and it’s fantastic. A recent survey we carried out showed that people living with dementia still want to go shopping and Braehead will give them a positive experience when they visit the centre.”
Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown said: “We aim to make everyone’s visit to Braehead as comfortable and safe as possible.
“And we’ll do all we can to make sure people with dementia can enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants like everyone else does.
“The staff have enjoyed their training from Alzheimer Scotland gaining more awareness of what they can do to make life easier for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends when they come to Braehead.”
Alzheimer Scotland’s 24-hour helpline is available by calling 0808 808 3000.
A new service which provides advice on employment issues to low-income households and people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will launch in Renfrewshire today (Friday 1 October).
Fair Work Renfrewshire will give help, support and advice to people who need it on employment matters including redundancy, dismissal and the end of furlough as well as benefits entitlements for those who may have had a change to their employment status.
The two-year project, which is run by Renfrewshire’s Citizens Advice Bureau and funded by Renfrewshire Council, will also work with partners, including the council, to reach people in Renfrewshire who are vulnerable to employment issues, ensuring they receive help and support when they need it.
Anyone who uses the service can also receive help for other issues, like debt and money advice, or be referred to partners and council teams for support on matters which are not related to employment.
Gavin Lovesey, Service Development Manager at Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide the new Fair Work Renfrewshire service which will deliver advice and representation on employment issues.
“At a time when we know employers face difficult decisions, it is vital employees and workers have access to free, confidential and impartial advice.
“Our team is looking forward to helping people understand their rights and what options are available to them. If you think you have been treated unfairly in your workplace or have any other work-related concerns, please get in touch.”
Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau received £100,000 funding for the service in the Council’s 2021/22 Budget.
The funding was part of the council’s Social Renewal Plan, which sets out the work the council will do with its partners to tackle inequality and poverty, and support families and communities in the wake of COVID-19.
Councillors approved £665,000 funding for the next stage of the plan, which focuses on tackling poverty and supporting communities, in June. The money is being used to fund projects which will tackle poverty, support people struggling with rising fuel costs, improve access to benefits and affordable credit, and help community organisations tackle food insecurity.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The pandemic has been particularly tough for people in Renfrewshire who are on low-incomes and facing job uncertainty, and the end of furlough will make things tougher for some households.
“Fair Work Renfrewshire will help support people during these tough times, giving them access to the advice they need on employment issues.
“The service is being funded by our Social Renewal Plan which continues to provide support for projects that help our communities and tackle the issues they are facing as we navigate our way out of this pandemic.”
The Social Renewal Plan will inform the next stage of the council’s successful Tackling Poverty programme, which generated almost £800,000 of additional income for households in 2020/21.
It also supports the council’s Economic Recovery Plan, which will help support Renfrewshire’s businesses and support people into employment and training in the wake of COVID-19.
If you think Fair Work Renfrewshire can help you, call the Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121 or visit https://www.
PACE is re-developing a disused town centre building as a unique venue for children and young people, and aims to create a vibrant arts hub for use by all of the community. But we want to hear your ideas!
Exchange-ing Ideas: A Community Open Day
Sat 9 Oct, 11am – 3pm
Exchange Theatre, Old Sneddon Street, Paisley
Exchange will provide a low-cost venue for performances by community groups, a free interactive creative play area for younger children and their families, and a much needed mid-size venue for Renfrewshire. It’s planned flexible-use spaces will also allow for a host of creative learning opportunities, increased community engagement and will support artist development locally. It’s anticipated that Exchange will also bring more people to Paisley and help promote the area as a cultural visitor destination, providing a boost for local restaurants and businesses, increasing employment and contributing to regeneration.
– Come along to meet our team and see the space
– Find out about our plans and how they could benefit you
– Have your say about what you think a space like this can offer
Children/young people are welcome but please be aware that the building is still under construction. Access is currently via several stairs and there is uneven flooring.
Pop in anytime between 11am and 3pm.
The Bungalow has brought Flash, one of the finest Queen tribute bands in the UK here to Paisley. Flash has been performing concerts all over Europe and the Far East for the past 15 years and have been lucky enough during this time to perform at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and events and tonight they are back in town. They were also chosen by the BBC to perform live to a primetime television audience of millions. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are £12.50
Tomorrow afternoon one of Paisley’s well known and loved talents, Tom Urie will be at the piano from 2pm. Alan McEwan of The Bungalow said “I am delighted to welcome Tom back after such a long time for a fun-filled afternoon of music. I know many of our regulars have been waiting a long time for this, so it’s not to be missed” He is one of the best entertainers around and good to see him back in his old town. Doors at 1pm and tickets are £5.
Tomorrow night the nostalgic event Area 21 is back. It is a night of 90’s dance anthems provided by original Area resident DJs Stephen Lee & Jamie Mitchell. There were some memorable nights in the old Area in the mid to late 90’s and this is a time to relive those moments and catch up with old friends. John Lyon the Area 21 promoter said “You’re all invited to AREA21 to once again help bring the spirit of the Area alive and celebrate the best of 90s house music” Doors are 7pm and tickets are £8.
On Thursday The Bungalow have a fantastic band to kick off Spree for All which is like the Fringe of Renfrewshire Council’s Spree, The Marley Experience. A spokesman for the band said “We have one aim, and that is to rekindle to fire, magic, vibe and blessing that the king of Reggae gave to his audiences” Special guests for the evening are Scotland’s UB40 tribute One in Ten. The doors are 7pm and the tickets are £12.
Tonight at The Cave has something a little different and a big bit riotous. Lola Fierce a drag queen and singer will be in the house from 9.30pm for a night of fun, laughs, dancing and singing. Tomorrow at 9pm it is Bob’s Boiler Room and on Sunday Jim Keilt is back with his talented Jam Session for all to join in or sit and watch. From 6pm.
The Old Swan has Liam Doyle in tonight from 5pm. The very popular Dead Flowers will be playing tomorrow from 4pm in ‘The Shopper’s Slot’. On Sunday Kirk Strachan performs from 4pm on Sunday then on Monday at 4pm The Casual Swans are back for some more late afternoon music and laughter.
One of the longest-running bands on the circuit, Blind Panik are back in Paisley and they will be playing at The Anchor on Sunday from 4.30pm. Harvies have a cracking band in tomorrow night from 9pm, Mod Life Crisis. One of the band posted “Folks, we couldn’t make the last one because of illness, but….We are back with a bang”. Zambretto posted “Come and join us this weekend from 8pm to enjoy our live music with Charlene Gordon (Friday) and Charlie Gorman (Saturday)” The place to go for a wee night of nice food and music.
The Keg has Deep Shining Sea in tonight. Trevor Mills told me “We are excited to have a night from one of Paisleys best up and coming bands with support by Ciaran Whyte. It all kicks off at 8:15pm and ends with a DJ set by their very own Steven Hillcoat with all your indie rock favourites”
The Paisley Open Mic sessions are: On Monday Dunky Hunter will be the host at The Abbey from 8.30pm. On Tuesday it is Stevie D at Gantry starting at 9pm, The Keg on Wednesday with Johnny Barr celebrating 5 years of Open Mic Madness.