Paisley and renfrewshire Events

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We have 2 new online workshops starting next week for EVOLVE. Priority will be given to Seedhill residents or those with a strong connection to Seedhill, but we’d be happy to welcome residents from elsewhere in Paisley if numbers allow.


On Mondays for 4 weeks, local textiles artist Sharron McGrady will be leading sessions on how to design fabric prints and make a personalised lampshade. On Tuesdays for 6 weeks, Katherine Macfarlane will be facilitating a memory mapping workshop. Both sessions run from 1-3pm and I’m happy to give you more info if you like. Below are the Facebook event links.

Sharron, Mondays: https://fb.me/e/6CVlhtwLZ
Katherine, Tuesdays: https://fb.me/e/1TZs97rDE

If you wouldn’t mind sharing this info on your blog and social media channels, we’d really appreciate it. If you wanted to tag us, we’re @RIGArtsInverclyde on Facebook and @RIGArtsGreenock on Twitter and Instagram.

West College Scotland (WCS) has become the first Scottish college to achieve the Carers Federation Quality Standard in Carer Support (QSCS) accreditation.

WCS is committed to ensuring young adult carers in the west of Scotland have the same opportunities and access to high quality Further Education as those without care responsibilities. Young adult carers make a huge contribution to their families and wider society, but in doing so can miss out on other life chances. The changes West College Scotland has introduced are aimed at ensuring local young adult carers have the chance to achieve their full potential.  

 

Working with the Lottery-funded Driving Change Project, which aims to improve the support available to young adult carers in Further Education across the UK, West College Scotland has actively removed some of the barriers that can prevent young carers from accessing continued education, developed new policies and procedures, improved access to bespoke support and raised awareness – including demonstrating good practice in supporting carers in the wider community. 

 

Iain Forster-Smith, Assistant Principal Student Life and Skills at West College Scotland said:

“We are delighted to have achieved the Carers Federation Quality Standard in Carer Support accreditation.   Student Carers must cope with the extra pressure of caring for a loved one and this award acknowledges that we recognise their contribution and have robust Student Carer support services in place and a fantastic team supporting our students.”

 

He added, “WCS works closely with local services such as Carers Trust Scotland, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire Carers Centre, and Y-Sort It in West Dunbartonshire which provide wraparound support for Student Carers covering finance, networking and physiological needs. This really is a fantastic recognition of the hard work, commitment and innovation which has been going on across the College.’

 

The Quality Standard in Carer Support (QSCS) assessment report on WCS observed “West College Scotland has implemented effective systems and processes to support early identification of student carers and ensured cross-college uniformity in provision. The Student Services team show a clear commitment to developing support for YACs alongside other vulnerable student groups. There is clear evidence of wide cross-college commitment and understanding of processes and responsibilities, and staff recognise the benefits of new developments for students.”

 

Naomi Sykes, QSCS Development Worker, Carers Federation Limited said:

“The Carers Federation Quality Standard in Carer Support (QSCS) accreditation demonstrates West College Scotland’s commitment to improving access to education for young and young adult carers.” 

 

The Quality Standard criteria helps schools, colleges and universities develop effective processes to identify student carers and to improve their wellbeing, learning experiences and educational outcomes. Importantly, the process helps participating organisations to provide consistent provision of support and enables them to monitor the collective and individual outcomes for their students with caring roles.  

 

Naomi added, “West College Scotland has developed comprehensive systems to ensure student carers are recognised and supported to achieve their aspirations and goals, raising awareness of young and young adult carers across the college and increasing understanding of the additional challenges they face in education.”

 

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute said:

 “Many congratulations to West College Scotland for becoming the first college in Scotland to achieve the Driving Change quality standard in carers support. Young adult carers make a huge contribution to their families and society, yet they too often miss out on vital opportunities and support. The changes that the college has put in place will give local young adult carers the chance to pursue their talents and achieve their potential. We look forward to working with many other colleges in Scotland to build on the achievements of West College Scotland so that young adult carers across the country get the opportunities they deserve.”

 

West College Scotland students can receive confidential support by contacting info@wcs.ac.uk. The Student Carers team assess each carer’s personal situation and identify what support mechanisms are available through the College and includes bespoke induction programmes, support services and financial support. 

 

As a nationally recognised accreditation, it is hoped that both prospective and current students will feel more comfortable disclosing that they are carers and are more aware of what support mechanisms are possible to make sure that the College recognises their unique circumstances. West College Scotland welcomes students from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds and will offer appropriate, discrete support.

Transition to level 0 allows for further gradual expansion of cultural, leisure and sport services for the local community.

Renfrewshire Leisure is making plans to further expand its range of services in the wake of the Scottish Government’s confirmation that Renfrewshire moves to level 0 COVID restrictions. With the long period of restrictions gradually easing, the charity wants to extend delivery gradually to support local people in living lives which are healthy, happy and fulfilled.

The return will be aiming to reinforce community well-being as the charity’s priority. Ever since COVID restrictions were introduced, the organisation has maintained safety as its top priority for those using its facilities or benefiting from its services. 

The latest extension of services provided will be phased in over the coming weeks and follows a gradual reopening of facilities since the most recent period of enforced lockdown closure came to an end on April 26th.

The next developments will be:

  • Indoor leisure services further expanding to include the recommencement of indoor contact sports in line with information from Sporting Governing Bodies
  • Swimming pool capacity constraints easing to allow us to introduce a 25% increase at the Lagoon and ON-X leisure centers in booking slot availability next month, although COVID precautions will remain in place. 
  • The Active Schools programme and the schools’ library service is set to recommence at the start of the new school term.

 

Locals are being urged to monitor the charity’s social media channels and website (www.renfrewshireleisure.com) for up to date confirmation on individual activities.

 

Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, emphasised the importance of moving to build capacity to meet the needs of local people and help them rebuild their physical and mental health after the long period of restrictions since March of last year. She said:

 

“We take very seriously our commitment to local people who depend on our range of services to support their wellbeing, so we are gradually and carefully expanding provision to meet that need. However, it will inevitably take time to do so in a way which ensures that members and users of our services and facilities can continue to do so safely, whilst we monitor infection rates in the community.

 

“We know how much local people have missed our wide range of activities, and how important it is to their physical and mental welfare so we will be constantly reviewing demand, usage and local infection rates to meet people’s needs as quickly as we can.

 

“We look forward to continuing to welcome you back, safely.”

 

Information about all Renfrewshire Leisure services and how they are operating can be found at www.renfrewshireleisure.com, where details can also be found about the innovative programme of online services, which staff have been running help people stay fit and healthy during all phases of lockdown and the route map out of it.

We began last week with a fantastic turnout and are looking forward to getting going again this week in the lovely sunshine!

Our 4:30pm – 6:30pm workshop will now be taking place from 4pm – 6pm.

We have updated our flyers and our plain text which I have attached below to be shared.

RIG Arts are super excited to announce the launch of the EVOLVE project with 2 FREE weekly outdoor arts workshops, open to all. Join artists Marie and Seamus and the RIG Arts team to get creative in Seedhill.

Where:
McKerrell Street Playpark

When:
Every Friday starting 9th July for 6 months.

Times:
– 1pm-3pm

– 4pm-6pm
What to expect:
– arts, crafts and fun!
– masks and costumes
– creative map-making
– exploring Seedhill in a new way
– creative planning for the future
– have your voice heard – your thoughts count!
Just drop in and get involved. Stay for as long as you like.
Covid precautions will be in place and we’ll have plenty of hand sanitiser and surface cleanser on hand.
For more info, contact Rebecca on rebecca@rigarts.org or info@rigarts.org

Find us on FB: @RIGArtsInverclyde, IG and T: @RIGArtsGreenock
@CultureColSco @CreativeScots #EvolveSeedhill #CultureCollective

YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to go wild… and read lots of books this summer.

When they sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at any Renfrewshire library, they can also find out how they can help to save the planet and receive a colourful poster pack with stickers.

This year’s Reading Challenge theme is Wild World Heroes and local libraries have partnered with the Reading Agency and WWF – one of the world’s biggest nature conservation charities – to give children between the ages of four and 11 an exciting summer of reading and fun activities that are centred around environmental issues.

There’s also the chance to learn even more about the nature with access to a Wild World Heroes online platform.

Youngsters are being asked to read six books during the summer holidays to complete the challenge and when they do, they’ll be entered into a prize draw to win cinema tickets thanks to local IT consultancy, Consilium.

When youngsters are halfway through the challenge having read three books, they’ll receive a free swim pass from Renfrewshire Leisure.

Ambassadors for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge are teenage naturalist, writer and broadcaster, Dara McAnulty and explorer, presenter and writer, Steve Backshall.

Andrew Givan, Renfrewshire Libraries’ Children and Young People Co-ordinator said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming children back to our libraries to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

“It’s a really exciting challenge this year with lots of reading and activities about the environment the children can take part in.”

Go to www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk for lots more fun online activities and book recommendations.

Paisley Museum’s £42million transformation is now underway as construction work starts on campus to redevelop the four buildings which make up the site.

Kier is delivering the main works phase on the campus which includes two grade A listed buildings, including Scotland’s first public Observatory. Construction is likely to be completed by late 2022, with the museum reopening to the public in 2023.

This marks a significant step forward in the Paisley Museum Reimagined project – the signature project in Paisley’s radical regeneration which also includes the £22million refurbishment of the town’s A-listed Town Hall and a new learning and cultural hub housing library services on the town’s High Street.

The project will see the overall museum campus grow by 20 per cent delivering a 27 per cent increase in public space and 26 per cent increase in gallery space, allowing for Paisley’s internationally-significant collections to be re-interpreted and the number of objects on display to be more than doubled.

The Garden Gallery, which will be located in a new-build extension housing an accessible visitor reception and café, will deliver a true ‘wow’ moment for visitors with spectacular views and a unique social space connecting the Museum with the outdoor landscape. New images of the Museum’s Garden Gallery and exterior have been released to coincide with the start of construction.

As part of the redevelopment, there will be two dedicated learning spaces, a makers’ space and a revamped heritage centre which will introduce users to its key resources in an engaging way, encouraging interaction, research and participation. Other notable additions to the campus include new facilities such as a revitalised shop, multifaith prayer room, improved access with new lifts and a public courtyard. There will also be a museum café with capacity for 60 covers providing a social space for families, groups and individuals to enjoy. A picnic area will also be located close by.

The museum transformation project is an important part of Paisley’s economic recovery from lockdown, both in terms of the on-site activity that will take place during construction and the increased footfall that will follow when the museum reopens to the public. When Paisley Museum opens its doors, it is expected to attract 128,000 visitors each year from Scotland, the UK and overseas and provide a £79million economic boost to the area over the next 30 years.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The beginning of work on site is a major step forward in our journey to transform Paisley Museum into a world-class destination, bringing in visitors from across Scotland, the UK and abroad.

“The project is part of a wider investment by the council in Paisley’s venues to transform the town centre and take the work already done to make the town a key cultural destination within Scotland to a new level.

“The project team have already worked with hundreds of local people and groups to capture their stories. And we will continue to work with neighbours and surrounding businesses to make sure they are involved throughout the project and are ready to benefit from the massive boost this will bring to the town.”

Architects AL_A have radically reimagined the museum and its campus, reshaping it into a cultural hub of discovery, skills development, creativity and innovation. Working with an international team, including exhibition designers Opera Amsterdam, their design will allow the number of objects on display to be increased by 150%.

Matthew Wilkinson, Project Lead for AL_A, said: “The new museum will have a profound impact on Paisley’s future and it’s testament to the commitment and hard work of the whole community that we’ve reached this point. We’re extremely excited to be starting construction at Paisley Museum and to see our ambitious proposals coming to life.”

Kier have worked on a number of high-profile heritage construction projects throughout the UK and are currently helping to deliver the refurbishment of The Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

Phil McDowell, regional director for Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, states: “We know that Paisley museum is important to the local community as well as being a significant cultural destination in Scotland and we are delighted to start on site to expand and transform the building.

Over the duration of the project, we will work collaboratively with Renfrewshire Council and local supply chain partners to deliver this project. As part of our commitment to leaving lasting legacies in areas in which we build, we will also be providing job, training and apprenticeship opportunities.”

The project is being taken forward by Renfrewshire Council and led by a project team based within charitable arts and leisure trust, Renfrewshire Leisure. The project is being funded by Renfrewshire Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

The museum’s final phase of fundraising is now under way, with the museum website reimagined.paisleymuseum.org showcasing the project’s ambitious vision.

West College Scotland August Clearing Days: 2-7pm – Pre-Register Now!

Greenock (Finnart): 10 August

Clydebank: 11 August

Paisley: 12 August

Whether you are a school leaver or an adult returner looking to upskill or retrain, West College Scotland’s Clearing Days are the perfect opportunity to chat with staff and sign up for an August Start course that’s right for you!

Over the three events they have over 25 curriculum departments attending alongside our Student Services Department, who can guide you through your application.

They’ll also have representatives from Student Funding, the Student Association, Student Wellbeing, Enabling Services and  Digital Device Support, who’ll be able to give further advice and support available to you whilst you study at College.

If you’re a school pupil in the Senior Phase they have some options available to you to enhance your school experience. Go along and chat to their Schools Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship Team!

To minimise queuing on the day and to receive Clearing Day updates direct to your inbox:

PRE- REGISTER HERE

Nominations sought for Scotland Loves Local Awards to recognise and reward those working tirelessly to secure a stronger future for people and places

People across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are being urged to make their voices heard to honour inspirational and innovative work making the regions better places to live.

Nominations are being sought for the Scotland Loves Local Awards, which will see awards presented to people including a high street hero, place leader and those leading the charge to tackle climate change.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the awards will celebrate all that is great about towns and neighbourhoods – recognising creativity and commitment towards shaping a sustainable, successful future

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Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur, Scotland’s Minister for Community Wealth, is leading the calls for nominations.

He said: “Over the past year our communities have come together to support each other through the pandemic, from supporting local businesses to helping vulnerable neighbours.

“The Scotland Loves Local Awards importantly recognise those who have gone above and beyond. If you know of a person or organisation that has made a difference, I would urge you to nominate them to receive well-deserved recognition.

“The Scottish Government has committed to a £10 million Scotland Loves Local programme to help revitalise our town centres. As we recover from the pandemic we are pushing forward with an ambitious agenda of economic transformation by building wealth in local communities and delivering greater, greener and fairer prosperity.”

The award categories are:

  • High Street Hero (a business, organisation, constituted charity or social enterprise – including individuals associated with the organisation – which has gone above and beyond to support those around them)
  • Place leader
  • Climate Town
  • Creative Town
  • Innovative Town
  • Streets and Spaces
  • Town Centre Living

Scotland Loves Local, spearheaded by STP with the support of the Scottish Government, is the campaign encouraging everyone to strengthen their community by supporting the businesses and people around them. It has backed work across the region.

STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice said: “Day in, day out people are working tirelessly to make communities across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire better places to live, improving the lives of those around them. The Scotland Loves Local Awards are a chance to say thank you for all that they do.

“We need you to help us highlight the people, places and projects making the region cleaner, greener, stronger and fairer whether through design, delivery or sheer determination.”

Nominations can be made at www.lovelocal.scot/awards, where full category criteria can also be found. There, you can briefly share the details of your nominee and why you would like to see them recognised.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, September 10 2021. Winners will be announced in a virtual celebration to be broadcast on Thursday, November 25, as the culmination of Scotland’s Towns Conference – this year being staged as an online showcase in a series of events over three days.

RIG Arts are super excited to announce the launch of the EVOLVE project with 2 FREE weekly outdoor arts workshops, open to all. Join artists Marie and Seamus and the RIG Arts team to get creative in Seedhill.

Where:
McKerrell Street Playpark

When:
Every Friday starting 9th July for 6 months.

Times:
– 1pm-3pm

– 4.30pm-6.30pm
What to expect:
– arts, crafts and fun!
– masks and costumes
– creative map-making
– exploring Seedhill in a new way
– creative planning for the future
– have your voice heard – your thoughts count!
Just drop in and get involved. Stay for as long as you like.
Covid precautions will be in place and we’ll have plenty of hand sanitiser and surface cleanser on hand.
For more info, contact Rebecca on rebecca@rigarts.org or info@rigarts.org

Find us on FB: @RIGArtsInverclyde, IG and T: @RIGArtsGreenock
@CultureColSco @CreativeScots #EvolveSeedhill #CultureCollective

YOUNGSTERS can enjoy their summer holidays filled with fun and games – and it’s all for free.

A whole range of exciting sports and leisure activities has been organised by Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools team at venues throughout Renfrewshire.

The Get Into Summer activities, which include multi-sports taster sessions, colour runs and disability sports clubs, are being funded by the Scottish government and are taking place from now until Friday, August 13.

The Get Into Summer Multi Sports Clubs for young people from Primary 1 to Sixth Year take place between noon and 2pm every Tuesday, at Johnstone Sports Hub; every Wednesday, at Park Mains Sports Complex, in Erskine and every Thursday at the ON-X, in Linwood.

Sessions feature tasters in various sports including archery, bushcraft, orienteering, dodgeball, rounders, and many more sports and fun activities.

There is fun for all the family with two colour runs being held at the ON-X, in Linwood between noon and 2pm on July 7 and July 21.

The colour run is an obstacle course with a difference, with participants getting sprayed with various colours of powdered paint as they complete the course.

A Get Into Summer Active Families Disability Sport and Activity Club is being held at the ON-X, in Linwood, between 3pm and 4pm every Tuesday until August 3 for primary school age children.

Youngsters will be able to take part in sports and leisure activities led by qualified coaches. These include boccia, archery, football, basketball and frisbee golf. And if Renfrewshire is within Covid restriction Level 1 or 0, youngsters can play on two bouncy castles.

This club is available to any family with a young person aged between five and 12 with a disability and/or sensory impairment. Siblings are welcome to attend.

A Get Into Summer Outdoor Disability Sports Club is being held at Johnstone Community Sports Hub pitch every Thursday. The sessions for Primary school age children are between noon and 1pm and those in secondary school, between 1pm and 2pm.

The club is open to any young person with a disability and/or sensory impairment and they will take part in outdoor activities including football, archery and frisbee golf delivered by qualified coaches.

Covid-19 guidelines will be followed at all activities with temperature checks on arrival, sign in and sign out required, one way system in place inside, and a reminder that children should not attend if they are experiencing Covid symptoms.

A new summer challenge to travel the 13,503 km distance from Renfrewshire to Tokyo where the Olympic Games are being held later this month has been launched.

The Trek to Tokyo idea is for children and grown-ups to run, walk, skip, swim, pedal, or paddle as many kilometres as possible without leaving the country and added together reach the target.

Go to https://www.cognitoforms.com/RenfrewshireLeisure3/RLTrekToTokyoChallenge to register for the challenge and you will be asked to submit the distance that you have covered.

Fiona Watson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s sport and health services manager said: “We’re aiming to make this summer as active and fun-filled for everyone.

“There are plenty of sport and leisure activities to choose from and best of all everything is free, although activities should be booked in advance.”

Find out more at https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/get-into-summer/ . And to book activities go to https://renfrewshire-leisure.class4kids.co.uk/ .

The prospect of real life tales from a courtroom may lure extra viewers to Paisley & District’s monthly zoom meeting on Thursday 1 July.   Between 2-3pm, retired procurator fiscal, Stewart Houston reveals an interesting range of cases from his time served in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.  Members will be able to question him and then enjoy a ‘Call my bluff’ fun quiz to end this final session before a short summer recess.   

Said u3a chair, Kathy O’Donnell: “We are a nation of crime fans.  Many enjoy watching TV soaps from Rumpole of the Bailey to the real life stories in Judge Rinder’s courtroom.  It will be fascinating to hear Stewart Houston describe various aspects of cases that came before the bench in different courts.  I’m sure it’ll prove to be an insightful glimpse into the legal world.  He also brings our session to a close with a witty ‘truth or lie’ quiz.

“Our monthly meetings will restart on Thursday 7 October.  We hope to run a hybrid model where members can either get together in a public venue, if regulations permit, or they can still participate on zoom.  Several of our groups and activities will continue over the summer, with full details on our website: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome.”

Stewart Houston remarked: “I joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as I was committed to acting in the public interest in the prosecution of crime and to the investigation of sudden and suspicious deaths. It was a fascinating job and one which I enjoyed immensely for thirty four years.”

This weekend will see Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations go digital for a second year as a series of online events are planned to mark this important date in the town’s calendar.

The online event will take place this Saturday 3 July – the time when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

Last year’s digital Sma’ Shot Day was a huge success and this year looks set to be even better with a diverse programme of online performances and features planned to commemorate the historic victory of local weavers.

The move to take the event online for 2021 is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure celebrations can still take place in adherence with national guidance.

The traditional Sma’ Shot holiday in Paisley takes its name from a famous dispute between the local shawl weavers and manufacturers in the 19th century. In 1856, following a long dispute, the manufacturers backed down and an agreement was reached to pay for the Sma’ Shot, the invisible stitch which bound the Paisley shawls, with a new table of prices published on 1 July 1856.

The Burning of the Cork – the centrepiece of Sma’ Shot Day celebrations is back for 2021. People can tune in to watch the premiere spectacle of the burning effigy and enjoy an exciting an expressive telling of the ‘cork’ and ‘weavers’ story captured on film featuring captivating performances led by aerial performance company, All or Nothing, in partnership with PACE, Right2Dance and Jennifer Scott Dancers.

Other programme highlights include The Charleston Drum Rally film, funded by Renfrewshire Council’s TH.CARS2 programme. The Charleston Drum: Past & Present explores the story of Paisley’s Charleston Drum – it’s historical significance and its meaning to locals today as a symbol of the town.

Loud n Proud will be showcasing a short film version of their production, ‘Sma’ Shot, the Musical’ in the evening on the Bungalow Facebook page. This mini musical compilation will give people a flavour of the full feature musical movie to be released later in the year telling the story of the Paisley weavers fight against the power of the establishment.

The Makers Market is also back and online for 2021. Delivered in partnership with Incube – people will be able to browse and buy a range of quality handmade items by local makers including Josef McFadden, Art with Heart and The Canny Squirrel.

For those who want to participate in the day they can follow a demonstration from local maker Rosie Little of Knitting on Cloud Nine on how to create a Woolly Weave Wall Hanging. Suitable for complete beginners the weaving tutorial guides participants step-by-step through some basic weaving techniques.

Also launching on the day is the Paisley Radicals: Catalysts for Change walking tour app, acknowledging Paisley’s role in the Scottish Radical War. Part audio play, part mindfulness app and part walking tour the app, produced by Civil Disobedience with app development support from Inner Ear, will address the events leading up to and including the Radical War of 1820. Funded by Future Paisley and the Paisley TH.CARS2 programme, which is jointly funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council, the ‘Paisley Radicals’ project is a joint production between Renfrewshire Council, with support from the 1820 Society and Paisley & District University of the Third Age (U3A); and the Museums team.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron, said: “Sma’ Shot Day is such a popular date in the town’s calendar and it’s excellent that we can celebrate it this year through a fantastic programme of online activities. The return of the signature Burning of the Cork will surely prove to be the true spectacle of the festival and I can’t wait to tune in and see the film in all its glory.

“The digital programme will offer people plenty of opportunities to have fun and learn more about this important part in the town’s history.”

For all the latest information on this event please visit: www.paisley.is/featured_event/sma-shot-day/.