Paisley and renfrewshire Events

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi

Paisley & District U3A members will remember this 5 November thanks to guest speaker Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi.  Senior lecturer Dr Mavroeidi from the University of Strathclyde is going to share that it’s never too late to keep your bones healthy whatever your age.  Those watching her live zoom talk at 2pm will be invited to put their own questions and discuss these points further in small breakout rooms.

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi 

Local U3A chair, Kathy O’Donnell commented: “Many of our members are retired from full time work but not from living a full life.  Dr Mavroeidi at the School of Psychological Sciences and Health has scanned all the latest research about bone density and aging.  The evidence clearly shows that if we spend more time standing up than sitting down as we get older, this will strengthen our bones and help our balance.  This is especially important for older people so that we know how best to exercise during the Covid 19 era.”

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi remarked: “The beneficial effects of regular weight bearing physical activity on bone health are well documented.  What is currently emerging is evidence that breaking up prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour (sitting time) with light activity when physically possible, or at least with standing, also has distinct health benefits for older people.  During this talk, we will explore this topic further with particular reference to bone health.”

For more details on how to watch this free live talk, please visit the U3A website: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome

Pumpkin trail

There may be no Trick or Treating allowed this year but why not get dressed up and head into Paisley for some free family fun with our Paisley Pumpkin Trail!.🎃🎃

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

Pick up a leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks inside the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre to get started or if you prefer, you can download a copy of the leaflet from the Paisley First website HERE.

All the pumpkins 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.

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This Saturday also sees the launch of our Christmas Golden Ticket competition!

We’ve joined forces with Renfrewshire Council to offer not one, not two but 14 prizes of £250 of town centre gift vouchers!

Receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre, post it in one of the Golden Post-boxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre and you could be one of 14 lucky winners!

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons.

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

Remember, the more you shop, the more Golden Ticket chances you will have!

We have everything you need for all your Christmas shopping to please even the fussiest recipient and the majority of our businesses across retail, health, hair and beauty and food and drink all sell gift cards too if you want to give the gift of choice this Christmas.

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

Plans to open up Paisley town centre car parks for free throughout December are set to be considered by councillors next week.

As part of a drive to support local businesses and encourage people to Spend Local during the festive period, all council-owned car parks in the town centre would be free to park in from 1 December to 3 January.

With the current Coronavirus pandemic causing reduced visitor footfall, Renfrewshire Council is proposing the festive initiative to encourage residents to visit their local town centre and support local businesses.

If the plans are approved, parking would be free in all Paisley off-street council car parks although charges would still apply in on-street spaces.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “At this time, we want to do all we can to support local businesses in Renfrewshire as we recognise the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic has had on them.

“We’re working hard to support them to access the funding provided by the Scottish and UK Government, as well as creating the £1.3million Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support Fund which was developed following detailed discussion with 500 local businesses and provides a package of interest free loans and grants for businesses affected by the pandemic.

“Therefore, by providing free parking in Paisley town centre as part of our Covid-19 response, we would hope to encourage people to shop in the town centre and recognise the value of local products, people and produce at this most difficult of times.”

The offer of free parking would build on the current parking pilot running in Paisley town centre which sees people given their first three hours of parking free at six of the town centre’s car parks, and this pilot was recently extended for six months at the Leadership Board in September.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Our businesses need all the support possible during these difficult times and this proposal would give people further opportunity to visit Paisley town centre and spend locally during the festive period.

“The pandemic has made it hard for businesses as they’ve had reduced income and footfall for a sustained period of time so this proposal aims to make it as easy as possible for local people to visit the town centre and give those businesses the much needed support they require.

“Please continue to follow the restrictions in place to avoid any further measures required for Renfrewshire and ensure that retail businesses can remain open in advance of and over the festive period.”

The proposal will be considered by the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board on Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Paisley First has joined forces with Renfrewshire Council this Christmas for the Paisley town centre Golden Ticket Competition!

Launching this Saturday, 31st October, there’ll be not one, not two but fourteen prizes of £250 of town centre gift vouchers up for grabs!

Receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre, post it in one of the Golden Post-boxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre and you could be one of 14 lucky winners!

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons.
Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.
Remember, the more you shop, the more Golden Ticket chances you will have!

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Local businesses need your support more than ever so we would urge locals to put Paisley first when it comes to Christmas Shopping.

“We have everything you need for all your Christmas shopping to please even the fussiest recipient and the majority of our businesses across retail, health, hair and beauty and food and drink all sell gift cards if you want to give the gift of choice this Christmas.

“So please shop like your High Street depends on it, because it does!”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We encourage residents to support Renfrewshire’s town centre traders by considering how they can Spend Local this festive season.

“Money spent in the local economy stays in the local economy, so by supporting local traders we are supporting each other – and that’s never been more important than this year, when our businesses need your help more than ever.

“The Golden Ticket competition is a great incentive to spend money in Paisley town centre and is just one of the many innovative ways the team at Paisley First are helping showcase the range of great businesses and attractions the town has to offer.”

Draws are currently scheduled to take place in early December, just one of the perks of shopping in Paisley town centre this Christmas!

Love Local, Love Paisley!

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

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This is a really simple ‘make at home’ project. Follow the video or download our instructions!

Make Packs with everything you need are available for £5 from ReMode on Paisley High Street – open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

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Green Halloween

At Halloween about 30 million people in the UK opt to dress up and more than 90 per cent of families will consider buying costumes. However, seven million of those costumes will get thrown out each year, with only a small number getting recycled.

As quoted in the Guardian, Chris Rose of the Fairyland Trust* explained:

“the scariest thing about Halloween now is plastic.”

With its growing popularity, he says “consumers can take action to avoid buying new plastic and still dress up for Halloween by buying from charity shops or re-using costumes, or making their own from non-plastic materials.”

With the majority of costumes sold by popular retailers like Asda and Tesco made from oil-based non-biodegradable fibres like polyester, PVC, nylon and acrylic, the level of textile waste generated by Halloween contributes dramatically to the already staggering 300,000+ tonnes of clothing discarded in UK landfills. Creating an abundance of microplastic pollution.

 

 

Facebook page has full video https://www.facebook.com/remodeyouth/posts/1585511395173733

Creative Alternatives!

Craft your own costume from ReMode’s scraps and fabric donations, as well as simple household items like tin foil, cardboard, laddered tights and old curtains. Autumn is an ideal time of the year to dust off your sewing machine and get creative!

It’s only going to be worn once or twice so don’t go overboard with glues and permanent fixes. Use a needle a thread where you can then – after it’s all over – either keep it as materials for next year’s creation or reclaim the buttons and trims for your craft box, and the rags for household cleaning.

Never put fabrics in your bin – donate to ReMode, charity shops or use your local textile recycle bin.

Indoor fitness classes to remain suspended following updated Scottish Government advice

People across Renfrewshire are being urged to continue taking advantage of outdoor and online fitness classes in light of the Scottish Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance.

Indoor fitness sessions for over-18s remain suspended as part of continued measures to manage the spread of the pandemic.

Renfrewshire Leisure is operating extra outdoor and online fitness sessions, both of which have proven popular and attracted a strong following.

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We have a fantastic programme of socially-distanced outdoor exercise classes which has been tremendously well received and which we would encourage people to attend as an alternative. We have some brilliant fitness class videos online too and are continuing to build this content in response to customer feedback.

“We are also ready to support people to try something new – perhaps using the gym or going swimming. Switching up your usual routines can be a great way to boost fitness. Our team is on-hand to help in any way we can.”

Outdoor contact sports for the over-18s are also currently suspended as part of the same Covid-19 mitigation measures.

Details about the outdoor and online fitness classes – along with all other Renfrewshire Leisure services and the safety measures in place at this time – can be found at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/coronavirus

West College Scotland has some last minute availability for the following certificated classes! Classes are FREE to those in receipt of benefit or Working Tax Credits etc. To find out more about the courses, contact Kathleen on 07980 696139 – kathleen.brown@wcs.ac.uk.

Practical Fabric Skills – WCS Paisley Campus – Mondays 9.15am to 12.15pm.

Personal Development Sewing Class – WCS Paisley Campus – Mondays 12.45 to 3.45pm.

Administrative Activities – Delivered Online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Tuesdays 9.15am to 12.15pm (Learners must have reasonable IT skills)

Contemporary Families – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Wednesdays 9.15am to 12.15pm (ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT – learners must have reasonable IT skills. PC and Internet support is available in WCS Paisley Campus classroom).

Exploring Wellbeing – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams -Wednesdays 12.45 to 3.45pm.

Psychology – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Fridays 12.45 to 3.45pm (4 PLACES LEFT – PC and Internet support available in WCS Paisley Campus classroom).

Edward Reid

BRITAIN’S Got Talent singing star Edward Reid might have found himself a new theme song with Climb Every Mountain – because yesterday he was at intu Braehead doing just that!

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Edward joined shopping centre staff in a sponsored stair-climbing challenge to raise vital funds for leading mental health charity SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) as they took part in their own version of SAMH’s Virtual Stomp.

The team at intu Braehead took part in their self-organised fundraising challenge on the eve of World Mental Health Day (Saturday, October 10) and the staff raised more than £200 for the charity by climbing 16,380 stairs.

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The shopping centre is also running a series of short videos of Edward giving mental health and well-being advice and tips on their social media channels in the run-up to World Mental Health Day and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the month.

Edward said: “There definitely ain’t no mountain high enough for the big-hearted folks at intu Braehead.

“They put in a fantastic effort to climb all these steps and raise money for a very worthy cause.

And he quipped: “By the time I got to the top of the flight of steps for the umpteenth time, I thought I was on the stairway to heaven!”

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Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “It’s important everyone looks after their mental health in the same way we look after our physical health.

“SAMH do a fantastic job in supporting people with mental health problems and raising awareness across Scotland. Our team wanted to do everything we could to help support the charity with their fundraising and raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing.”

Harriet Key, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser said “We’re living in difficult times so it’s never been more important to support Scotland’s mental health. These funds will help SAMH raise awareness, promote good mental health and support those who need it most.”

SAMH has put together a dedicated coronavirus mental health information hub for anyone looking for help or support during the pandemic, which can be found on its website – https://www.samh.org.uk/.

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

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

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and  beauty salons. 

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

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Local businesses need your support more  than ever this year, our independent shops and businesses are what helps to make  Paisley town centre special. 

“We appreciate it when our community support us, so these offers are to say thank  you for that support, and to show just what great value our local businesses are. 

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

So, come and show your local High Street some love and take advantage of our  great FiverFest offers! 

October FiverFest runs from Saturday 10th – Saturday 24th October 2020. 

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 – keep checking as new deals are being added every day! 

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

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

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

This COVID-19 friendly Halloween Trail will be running in the town centre from Friday  9th 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 at www.paisleyfirst.com 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “This year’s Halloween Festival may be cancelled but that doesn’t mean there’s no Halloween fun in Paisley town centre! 

“All the pumpkins 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.” 

Colette added: “Everyone is working hard to Keep Paisley Safe and families can be assured that 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. 

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, especially our local businesses, so please  come and show our town your support this October.” 

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