Paisley and renfrewshire Events

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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

Renfrewshire-Leisure

Renfrewshire Leisure will suspend all of its indoor fitness classes for 16 days from 6pm on Friday (October 9) following the Scottish Government’s latest steps to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

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The independent leisure and culture charity is also suspending all outdoor contact sports for over-18s to comply with measures outlined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Gyms and swimming pools will remain open, operating with safety as the priority and within all Government guidelines.

Staff will also offer as much content as possible digitally, at www.renfrewshireleisure.com via the RENTV channel and across the organisation’s social media platforms.

Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The safety of our staff and customers is our key focus. As an organisation, we are committed to doing everything possible to support our communities through this pandemic.

“We want to continue helping people with their health and wellbeing while they are unable to attend classes, which is why we will look to do all that we can online. We would also encourage anyone who normally enjoys our classes to try a session at our gyms or swimming pools, where we will be happy to welcome them in the safe environment we have created.”

Details of sessions available digitally will be shared via Renfrewshire Leisure’s social media channels and website, where information about all of the charity’s services and booking arrangements can also be found.

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Renfrewshire experienced a Spotless September as hundreds of volunteers joined the Team Up to Clean Up campaign once again, with the aim of making their community a little brighter.

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The now annual Spotless September event saw 1,233 bags of litter removed from the local environment as 225 litter picks were undertaken by dedicated volunteers and community groups – equating to more than seven litter picks every day throughout the month of September.

Volunteers took to the streets in almost every community in Renfrewshire, including Erskine, Renfrew, Paisley, Johnstone, Bishopton, Houston, Bridge of Weir Foxbar, Elderslie, Inchinnan, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch – and some even took to the water to clean the River Cart in Paisley.

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Erskine volunteer Stephen Hughes said: “I really just wish people would stop dropping litter and take more pride in where they live, especially our school children.

“I would rather be doing something else with my time, but I really do value living in a clean and attractive neighbourhood and helping clean up keeps me busy and active.

“The Team Up to Clean Up Facebook community is also a pleasure to be part of, it’s great to see so many people making a difference.”

Working with the community, Renfrewshire Council provided volunteers with litter pickers, bibs, bags and any other safety equipment they required, and volunteers were provided with health and safety advice for carrying out litter picks, including group sizes and physical distancing.

The council’s StreetScene team took away the collected rubbish too and this took place alongside the council’s increased litter picking, gully clearing and road sweeping which forms a key part of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “What a month it has been and another fantastic Spotless September.

“While the current situation meant we couldn’t hold any large-scale events, it’s been heartening to see the desire of our Team Up to Clean community to continue making a difference.

“Hundreds of volunteers have headed out on their own or in small groups to clear hundreds of bags of litter from our communities and each with the same goal of making Renfrewshire a better place to live, work and visit.

“We’re working hard to change the mindset of those who think it’s acceptable to litter so please let’s keep working together to make Renfrewshire litter-free.”

The award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign has grown substantially since it was launched in 2017 and now boasts more than 1,500 members in its online Facebook community group.

The campaign brings the council and community together to help tackle littering, dog fouling and a range of other environmental issues and the joint approach continues to thrive in Renfrewshire.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

Following on from the success of its inaugural Festival, Paisley Book Festival is delighted to add a new strand to its 2021 Festival.

Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland’s Sustaining Creative Development Fund, the Festival is inviting submissions from an experienced writer for its new Digital Writer-in-Residence scheme. It is looking for a published writer who will work with local communities and help the Festival reach wider audiences.

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This residency is open to all forms of writing including prose, poetry, playwriting, writing for children, and genre writing, as long as it is inspired and influenced by Paisley and the 2021 Book Festival theme, Radical New Futures. Writers must have a proven track record of publications (at least one book/collection published) as well as a history of community engagement and of delivering writing workshops.

Keira Brown, Producer, Paisley Book Festival said: “We are so thankful for the support from Creative Scotland to allow us the opportunity to introduce this new programme, which is not only a great opportunity for a writer but one which the local community will reap benefits from also. Connecting to Paisley and its people, as well as our book festival theme Radical New Futures, which addresses this idea of new narratives emerging from this pandemic, this will be a fantastic addition to the Book Festival.”

The first-ever Paisley Book Festival took place in February 2020, with a diverse programme of events exploring contemporary ideas around radicalism.

Headline names included Jackie Kay, John Byrne, Kirsty Wark, Janice Galloway, and the Fun Lovin ’Crime Writers. Acclaimed writers from across the UK engaged local audiences in a love of reading and writing, and took part in a variety of events, from discussion panels, masterclasses, and workshops to storytelling performances. The Festival exceeded all expectations with many events selling out.

The Writer-in-Residence will be contracted on a part-time basis for ten weeks from November 2020 – March 2021 and would be expected to be present at the Book Festival to host or chair events, which have been curated by them as part of their residency.

For further information contact: Wendy Niblock PR | wendyjniblock@btinternet.com | 07961 814834

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Outdoor screen-printing workshop  – T-shirt slogans

What do you want to say? Design and create your own slogan, or choose an existing template to print on a T-shirt using screen printing techniques.  No experience necessary, all equipment provided.  Workshops take place outside in the backcourt of our Paisley shop. Wear weatherproof clothing!

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Saturday 3rd October 1 pm – 2 pm or 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm Bring along your own T-shirt to upcycle or choose from our stock to create a unique design to take away with you.   £5.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL – places limited to allow for social distancing. Book via our website www.remodeyouth/whatson

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Grasping the nettle! – A Facebook Live event

A half hour guided studio tour showing the process of transforming nettles from plant fibre to a knitted sample. ReMode’s Creative Director Gillian Steel in conversation with Peter Livingstone from EADHA Enterprises.

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Thursday 8th October 7.30pm  https://www.facebook.com/remodeyouth/

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FUN lovers of all ages are in for a treat thanks to the Arts Team at Renfrewshire Leisure.

As part of the Fun Palaces Weekend, on October 3 and 4, the team are launching an online Creative Activity Map for Renfrewshire – sharing all the ideas and activities dreamt up by their creative community partners for their Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire programme.

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By logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/creative-activity-map from this weekend people can discover an array of things to make or do; including how to make a cardboard guitar, create twisted braids with scraps of wool or make up a dance using the letters of their name.

Whatever people find on the Creativity Map that they would like to try out, they’re being urged to have a go and share what they make, by posting on social media using the #TinyRevolutionsRen or taking a photo and sending it to artsteam@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

People are also being urged to include their postcode with their photographs so their pictures can be added back into the map to build up a picture of creativity across Renfrewshire.

The Creative Activity Map for Renfrewshire is part of Fun Palaces 2020 – a free, nationwide campaign for culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture.

Each Fun Palaces event celebrates the unique skills and passions of local people – run by, for and with the local community.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We all need a bit of fun in our lives and our Creative Activity Map will give families the chance to have just that.

‘If you do join in, we’d love it if you’d share your creations with us, so we can show just how creative Renfrewshire is.’

Visual Arts Projects Producer, Kate Drummond said: “Launching the Creative Activity Map for Renfrewshire celebrates the breadth of partnerships and the involvement of artists and organisations from across the region in our Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire programme. Ideas for simple, fun, creative projects have been shared with us by Kairos Women’s Group, WhoCaresScotland, STAR Project, Erskine Arts, Right2Dance, ReMode, local NHS Arts groups and the Foxbar Men’s and Women’s Sheds.

“Being part of the UK-wide Fun Palaces project quite literally puts Renfrewshire on the creative map.”

Fun Palaces are events that bring together arts, science, craft, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities – but above all PEOPLE – to work together, create together, have FUN together, and in doing so, connect our own communities, from the grassroots up.

Since 2014 a total of 1758 Fun Palaces have been made across the UK and worldwide by over 40,000 local people (‘Makers’) with 560,000 people taking part. This year will be the seventh Fun Palaces weekend.

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The Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has opened a flu vaccination centre at St Mirren Park for those in Renfrewshire eligible for the flu vaccination.

The flu centre is located in the West Stand with access available at Drums Avenue gate.

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Every year in Scotland, thousands of people are hospitalised with flu. It can be serious and life threatening, so getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself.

With COVID-19 still with us and cases on the increase, it is vital that people’s safety is the highest priority. The facility at St Mirren Park will enable the HSCP to manage the increased number of people they need to vaccinate this year, while giving them more ability to safely control the flow of people through the vaccination process.

St Mirren Chief Executive Tony Fitzpatrick visited the facility this morning to receive his vaccination. He said: “St Mirren Football Club is delighted to make St Mirren Park available to Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership for its flu vaccination programme.

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“Having the flu centre located at St Mirren Park will allow the Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership to provide the safest possible way to deliver their service in these difficult times.”

For more information on the flu centre please visit http://www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot/Flu

Below: Tony receives his vaccination at the St Mirren flu centre

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Please find Cancer Research UK’s response to today’s cancer treatment waiting times statistics published by Public Health Scotland. These latest figures show that 1526 fewer patients (23%) in Scotland started treatment for cancer compared to the same time last year.

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The report also tells us that only 84.1% of patients with an urgent referral for a suspicion of cancer started treatment within 62 days during the last quarter April to June 2020. The target is 95 per cent.

This compares to 82.4% of patients with an urgent referral for a suspicion of cancer starting treatment at the same time last year. While the proportion of patients being seen has remained stable, the drop in the number of people being seen is of concern.

Our tweet in response to this report can be found @CRUKscotland here.

Marion O’Neill, Cancer Research UK’s head of external affairs in Scotland, said: “This report, which covers the period when the UK first went into lockdown, shows there was a sharp fall in the number of patients who started cancer treatment. This was when many cancer services were paused.

“These figures also show us that, even with fewer people being referred, the target was still missed and too many people were waiting too long for treatment to start.

“The growing backlog of people waiting is very worrying and must be tackled as a matter of urgency. The early diagnosis of cancer can significantly improve someone’s chances of survival.

“With a second wave of COVID-19 likely, everything possible must be done so patient care doesn’t suffer and waiting lists don’t get longer. This will require innovation as well as further investment in staff and equipment.

“Patients also need to feel confident of their safety so routine COVID-19 testing for all NHS staff working in cancer diagnosis and treatment areas is essential.”