Rise Against Abuse

Woman teams up with her niece to form a survivors’ group for domestic abuse victims

Rise Against Abuse

Aunt and niece team Lynne MacKenzie and Amy MacDonald have launched Rise Against Abuse Community Interest Company, a new survivors’ group for domestic abuse victims based in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. Rise Against Abuse offers support and advice to women trying to free themselves from abusive partners and offers a new ‘one stop shop’ to help women tormented by sexual, physical or emotional abuse.


“We want to give women caught in this cycle a way out and access to the justice system” says Amy MacDonald, Managing Director at Rise Against Abuse.


Rise Against Abuse offers:



Legal Advice

Practical help

Access to the Freedom Programme


The women say discovering the Freedom Programme, a self help method created by Pat Craven, helped them to move on. The course examines the attitudes and actions of abusers, as well as the responses of victims and survivors, to help people understand what is happening to them. 


The Freedom Programme is available now on zoom and Rise Against Abuse are looking into venues for face to face meetings in the new year. The Freedom Programme is free to everyone. For more information on the Freedom Programme, visit http://www.riseagainstabuse.com.

Rise Against Abuse

“We understand because we have been through this ordeal ourselves” says Lynne MacKenzie, Managing Director at Rise Against Abuse. “We are a survivor led organisation, all staff have been through abuse.”


For more information:

✉️ Email us – info@riseagainstabuse.com

🖥 www.riseagainstabuse.com

🐥Twitter – @AgainstAbuseCIC

📷 Instagram – @RiseAgainstAbuse

👻 Snapchat – @RiseAACIC

💙 Facebook – Rise Against Abuse Community Interest Company

Beast Decoys

It’s been a fantastic Spree so far and for local venues Spree for All has been a huge success. Paisley has been buzzing since it started last Thursday and hasn’t slowed down and there is more to come starting with Hells Bells at The Bungalow tonight. Hell’s Bells are in their 20th year of rocking out! They are the UK’s finest and most entertaining tribute to the great AC/DC. For those about to Rock, HELLS BELLS we salute you. Tickets are on the door at £12 and doors are at 7pm.

Beast Decoys

Baby face and The Beltin Boys will be playing tomorrow afternoon from 2pm in place of The Byres Road Big Band who had to pull out. They are an authentic Americana, Swing, Rhythm and Blues, Country and much more. They played outside The Bungalow on Shuttle Street during the summer and attracted a lot of attention and this time they are onstage inside which will make them sound even better.


Tomorrow night The Beast Decoys play in Paisley for the first time. Beast Decoys are as would guess a Beastie Boys Tribute act and are Europe’s number one tribute to Beastie Boys. The Beast Decoys’ members all hail from Blackpool UK, and have over 20 years performance experience within the Hip Hop Scene. DJ Scott Rogan provides the platform for the performance and is a turntable veteran and Hip Hop purist, his knowledge has been key to keeping the performance on point and his attention to detail is the backbone to Beast Decoys stage show. All 3 MC’s are established recording artists in their own right and have shared the stage with the likes of DJ Premier, The Mouse Outfit, Jurassic 5 members Chali 2na and Akil, Rahzel, Skinnyman, Kalashnikiv, Ugly Duckling, Krafty Kuts, DJ Wood, DJ Format & Abdominal, Rodney P and Chuck Mosley from Faith No More to name a few. The Beastie Boys are without doubt one of the most inspirational Hip Hop acts of all time and it’s the Beast Decoys mission to bring the unforgettable energy of the Beastie Boys to the UK crowd for a full live experience. Doors 7pm and tickets are £10.

On The Beat a Youth Music Project from Loud n Proud showcases young talent from 2pm on Sunday. It is free entry. After the youngsters Fred MacAulay and Bruce Morton two of Scotland’s best know comedians are on stage from 7pm and tickets are £10.


CC’s have Killer Instinct and support on tonight. It is a free gig and doors are at 7pm CC’s. Drty Luv are at The Anchor on Sunday from 4pm.

You might recognise the name Sophie Davis from gigging at Fairfull’s Cafe during the Summer and busking at The Cross. Tonight she will be singeing from 8.30pm at Zambretto and Rock Choir Musical Director Charlene Gordon starts from 8.30pm. Dizzy Corner will be at Harvies from 9pm tomorrow night.


One of the most energetic and talented young bands around The Best Bad Influence are at The Cave from 9pm. Tomorrow there is a double header starting with Drty Luv at 6pm Followed by The Black Triangles at 9pm. The |Jim Keilt Blues Jam Sessions back on Sunday from 6pm. Anyone is welcome to turn up and sing or play along in what has got to be the best around.


Absolute Unit will be starting at 9.30pm tonight and going on till late at The Keg. Warren Capaldi the younger brother of the well known Scottish singer Lewis will be playing at The Keg from 9.30pm.


The Swan has a Live Acoustic Session from 5pm and tomorrow Blackout are playing in the ‘Shoppers Slot’ from 4pm tomorrow followed by Kirk Strachan at 8pm.The Casual Swans will be back on Monday for some jamming and entertainment from 4pm.


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 from 8.30pm.


There is an otherworldly air to the bosky, half-forgotten Leethland Estate, tucked away like a hidden treasure on the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city, and now being brought to market by Baird Lumsden, the rural property specialists at DM Hall Chartered Surveyors.


Eight and a half rolling acres of mossy and mature trees, studded with brooding ruins and criss-crossed by meandering burns, glassy pools and tinkling waterfalls are being offered, remarkably, for the price of a one-bedroom flat in nearby Glasgow.


The former historic estate is being presented as a residential development and investment opportunity, and while its buildings are now in a state of terminal dilapidation, it is surrounded by open countryside and fringed on two sides by the Patrick Water.

It lies in the heart of the Green Belt at Elderslie, Renfrewshire – birthplace of Scottish warrior William Wallace, and in a county in which house prices have soared as a consequence of the pandemic and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax holidays.

The only remaining structures at Leethland are the remains of a once-grand estate house built in the Thirties which ran to 21 rooms, a ruined lodge house and the remnants of what was once a gardener’s cottage.

Leethland was bought in 1931 by James McMurchy Greenlees, a wealthy coal exporter and his wife Grace McFarlane Darling. Greenlees was related to the J&P Coats dynasty of Paisley. The rambling villa, in an L-shaped plan, was built by architect Harry Cook, of Paisley.

Leethland was previously listed but the listing was removed in 2019 by Historic Scotland. It is not the subject of any biodiversity or landscape designations. It does, however, contain many mature trees, which may limit the scope of development on the site.

Because the site is in the Green Belt, this also limits its development prospects. However, as a previously developed site, it does have potential, and the extent of this can be discussed with Renfrewshire Council, or by contacting Paul Houghton, Director of Planning at DM Hall.

Offers over £175,000 are invited and should be directed to Jennifer Campbell, of Baird Lumsden at DM Hall.

Mirren Court Three

A bright 470 sqft top-floor office to let at Mirren Court Three on Renfrew Road in Paisley! The office comprises two rooms and has central heating, double glazing and lots of natural daylight. Car Parking, 24 Hour access, On-Site Management, All-inclusive Deals, Flexible Lease Terms!

Mirren Court Three

Call on 0141 843 4211 or email mail@dpgroup.org.uk to get more details.

Tel. 0141 843 4211
Em. mail@dpgroup.org.uk
Web. www.dpgroup.org.uk

You Decide

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.

You Decide

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.

Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre

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.

Dementia Friendly Shopping 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.

world mental health day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.

Mental health in an unequal world

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘Mental health in an unequal world’.

world mental health day

From the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been tracking its impact on people’s mental health. Our research has shown that some of the people struggling the most are those who were already facing considerable challenges – people with long term health conditions, or facing discrimination, or parenting on their own. That is why we are launching a £2 million Covid Response Programme to work with partners to help some of the people who have been hardest hit.

World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

Get involved by sharing our social media graphics or show your support and #PinItForMentalHealth with a green ribbon.

Five Pound Message

Save money and grab yourself a bargain in Paisley town centre with great £5 offers from our local businesses as part of our October FiverFest Fortnight! 

Paisley is joining with hundreds of High Streets across the UK, and thousands of independent businesses, to put on special £5 deals across two weeks, starting this  Saturday, as part of the Totally Locally FiverFest Fortnight! 

Five Pound Message

We have a great range of £5 offers across the town’s retail shops, food and drink venues, and beauty salons. 

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by going for lunch, buying that gift or treating yourself to some pampering, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses. 

Shop Like Your High Street Depends On It

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Get your Christmas shopping started early or enjoy a day in town with friends, or treat the kids during the October school holidays.  

“Our independent shops and businesses are what helps to make Paisley town centre special. These offers are to say thank you to the community for their support during these challenging times and to show just what great value our local businesses are. 

“Spending just £5 every week in Paisley town centre can make a big difference to  our local businesses and helps keep our town centre alive!” 

Fiver Fest [social] - taking part

So, come and show Paisley town centre some love and take advantage of our great FiverFest offers! 

October FiverFest runs from Saturday 9th – Saturday 23rd October 2021. 

Pick up a FiverFest leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks in the Paisley Centre or the Piazza Shopping Centre or see the full deals online at www.paisleyfirst.com

Love Local, Love Paisley!  

More details on all Paisley First projects and events can be found at  www.paisleyfirst.com or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst

Spree Mini Manoeuvres

Family fun in October

Wee Spree

Don’t miss Wee Spree activities over the October holidays

There’s lots of family fun to be had over the October holidays as The Wee Spree returns to Paisley.

The popular programme takes place from Saturday 9 – Saturday 16 October.

Music is at the heart of the programme with a Family Silent Disco and thrilling dance classes for early years and older age groups.

The Refs will entertain with fun warmups and obstacle courses, while the Comedy Club 4 Kids brings an exciting workshop to get kids learning hilarious jokes before a show for families from top comedians.

See all the great family events and ticket information on The Spree website.

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Arkleston pupils win gold award

Arkleston Primary School pupils

Arkleston kids are delighted their school has got their second gold UNICEF Rights Respecting School award.

Here’s what some of the pupils had to say.

Zohaib: “I am amazed at how much hard work and time that we put in and we have been recognised for it. I feel proud.”

Olivia: “I was talking to my mum about how I felt. I was writing letters to the council about climate change and now I feel proud of the whole thing.”

Learning about climate change

St Fillan's Primary School pupil

P6 pupils at St Fillan’s Primary School in Houston have been learning how to monitor the health and biodiversity of local rivers.

On a trip to River Gryffe, the pupils tested the water for salmon and invasive species. The samples they collected will be sent to the Smithsonian Museum in the USA to be analysed ahead of the COP26 climate change conference.

Adam, one of the pupils, said: “I enjoyed seeing all of the different species and I learned it is very important to keep fish safe so they can stay in our rivers for many years to come.”

Free school meal payments


By Friday 8 October, we will make two payments to parents and carers of children and young people attending primary or secondary school who are entitled to a free school meal on the basis of low income.

If you’ve already applied for free school meals, you won’t need to do anything. For pupils in P1 to P4, you will only receive a payment if they are entitled and you have applied.

You can find out more about the payments on our website.

Rising gas and electricity bills

Woman on laptop

Gas and electricity bills rose at the end of September and it could put you into debt.

If you are struggling to pay for your gas and electricity, help and support is available from us. Email emu@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 07958 011104.

You can also get additional help and support from Home Energy Scotland. Call 0808 808 2282 or search for their website.

Energy advice

COVID-19 vaccines for 12 to 15s

Young woman

If your child is aged 12 and older, they can get the coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine.

Information on clinic dates, including any drop-in centres, are available on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website.

NHS website

robert tannahill

The Braes o’ Gleniffer

Keen blaws the wind o’er the Braes o’ Gleniffer.
The auld castle’s turrets are cover’d wi’ snaw;
How chang’d frae the time when I met wi’ my lover
Amang the broom bushes by Stanley green shaw:
The wild flow’rs o’ simmer were spread a’ sae bonnie,
The mavis sang sweet frae the green birken tree:
But far to the camp they hae march’d my dear Johnnie,
And now it is winter wi’ nature and me.

Then ilk thing around us was blithesome and cheery,
Then ilk thing around us was bonny and braw;
Now naething is heard but the wind whistling dreary,
And naething is seen but the wide-spreading snaw.
The trees are a’ bare, and the birds mute and dowie,
They shake the cauld drift frae their wings as they flee,
And chirp out their plaints, seeming wae for my Johnnie,–
‘Tis winter wi’ them, and ’tis Winter wi’ me.

Yon cauld sleety cloud skiffs alang the bleak mountain,
And shakes the dark firs on the stey rocky brae,
While down the deep glen bawls the snaw-flooded fountain,
That murmur’d sae sweet to my laddie and me.
‘Tis no its loud roar on the wintry wind swellin’,
‘Tis no the cauld blast brings the tears i’ my e’e,
For, O gin I saw hut my bonny Scotch callan,
The dark days o’ winter were simmer to me!

Read more about Robert Tannahill here.

paisley first halloween

There’s plenty of Halloween fun to be had in Paisley town centre this October with our Paisley Witches and Wizards Halloween Trail!

Just follow the trail around town and name all our Witches and Wizards for your chance to be entered into our Spooky Spectacular Prize Draw!

paisley first halloween

This free, fun Halloween Trail will be running in the town centre from Friday 8th October until 31st October – just pick up a leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks inside the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre.

Or if you prefer, you can download a copy of the leaflet from the Paisley First website HERE.

Remember to pick up your free Halloween activity sheet too from our leaflet racks for even more fun!

All the witches and wizards will be on display inside business windows so it’s the perfect activity to help the kids have some fun whilst getting some fresh air in Paisley town centre, especially during the October school break and Halloween weekend.

And if you are dressing up, don’t forget to send us your pictures via our social media channels.

Whilst we can’t promise the sun will always be shining, we will do our best to make sure everyone has a great day out so please come and show our town centre businesses your support this October.

More details on our Paisley First projects and events can be found on our website HERE or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst