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Find out how you can join in this year’s Halloween festivities by decorating and lighting up your windows 🎃👾
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As part of Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of This World, you can get involved by registering your otherworldly decorations and creations as part of a special Window Wanderland trail.

It’s free to take part and you can create whatever you want, from lights in the window, a cutout silhouette, simple to spectacular it’s up to you!

Plus, spread the word with your friends and neighbours – we’d love to see your streets transformed into magical outdoor galleries.

Head over to our website to find out more on how you can register your window 👉 https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/renfrewshire-2021/

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From Paisley First:

Have you seen the latest edition of our Love Paisley magazine?

This special autumn and winter issue has you covered for the festive season with our Paisley town centre Christmas Gift Guide!
We also have all you need for winter fashion so you can stay warm and on-trend!

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And we’ve got the latest from our hair and beauty businesses who will make sure you are looking fabulous for the festivities!
If thoughts of the dark nights have you heading to the kitchen for some feel-good food, our independent food retailers have you covered!

Or, if you’re looking to stay social and get creative, we have the latest on classes and activities for adults available in our town centre businesses.
Plus. we take you on a tour of Paisley’s much-loved pubs and bars!

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Move or improve? If your home is top of your to-do list at the moment, we have a special section devoted to helping you take that next step up the housing ladder or turn your current house into your dream home.

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So, if all that’s whetted your appetite for more, you can see the digital version of the magazine here! https://bit.ly/30NiUDs
Or why not head into town and pick up your copy from our leaflet racks in either the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley or The Paisley Centre!

Remember, 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.

Love Local, Love Paisley!

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Volunteers from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign are set to have access to £40,000 for environmental projects across the area.

If approved by councillors, volunteers will be able to apply for funding to carry out environmental improvements such as sowing wildflowers, installing planters or improving green spaces for local wildlife and would allow them to work with landscapers or purchase small items of equipment to carry out the work themselves.

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It would be allocated from the Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund which has funded community-led projects worth more than £1.7million since it was created in 2018.

Of the 62 projects supported, 34 have originated from Team Up to Clean Up volunteers and numerous parks, community gardens and nature reserves have benefitted from the coordination of the campaign and the fund.

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our Team Up to Clean Up campaign continues to be a fantastic example of how we can work together with the community as a Council, as is the Green Spaces Fund which has helped deliver improvements within almost every community in Renfrewshire.

“This funding would give volunteers the opportunity to carry our small environmental projects which they believe would make a significant difference to their local green spaces and I look forward to this being brought forward to the forthcoming board for consideration.”

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The award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign brings the Council and community together to improve Renfrewshire’s local environment, with a £2.5million investment by the Council in additional road sweeping, fly tipping removal, litter picking, and gully cleaning enhanced by litter picking carried out by dedicated volunteers from the local community.

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Since it launched in 2017, the area’s street cleanliness has improved significantly – with the area now being well above the Scottish average and moving from 26th in Scotland to 13th last year.

For more information on the campaign, including how to take part, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup or join more than 3,200 members of the Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/teamuptocleanup.

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Powerful impact of writing project in forging friendships highlighted as Renfrewshire Leisure and Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group secure grant to continue creating cultural connections

Children from diverse ethnic and migrant communities have described how finding pen pals has made them feel loved as they build lives in Renfrewshire.

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A group of six to 11-year-olds have forged new friendships while taking part in a project aimed at encouraging understanding and creating new cultural connections.

Ten children of Syrian refugees living in Renfrewshire have been paired with 10 youngsters of African heritage, writing to each other – sharing all kinds of experiences and feelings – so that they can learn more about the background of each other’s families.

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The scheme, led by the region’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group – comprising, Renfrewshire Leisure, Pachedu, School of African Cultures, Jambo Radio, Inspiring Families and the University of the West of Scotland – aims to create a greater understanding of the diverse cultures that make up modern communities, particularly “new Scots”, whether they be those whose families have lived in the country for many years or those who are new to the country.

Its success is attracting national interest, with a pilot project launched as part of Refugee Week securing £4,420 to continue it through this year.

Describing how the work made them feel, one of the children who took part said: “It helps create love, friendship and respect for people from all countries, fighting racism everywhere.”

Another said: “I want to make a new friend – someone who can relate to me but who is completely different.”

The cultural steering group is spearheaded by community charity Renfrewshire Leisure, which works with communities across the region.

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Cultural Development Officer Heather Paton said: “A rich diversity of cultures make up modern Renfrewshire and Scotland. We want to build relationships between and celebrate them all, encouraging understanding. It’s so important. Families will have shared experiences that each can relate to.

“It has been fantastic to see the difference this has made to the children. Particularly during lockdown, we could see the difference that these connections were making, tackling loneliness while allowing them to learn about each other and what they enjoy about being in Scotland.

“This project will play an important part in shaping their outlook on life here while celebrating their family’s roots as well. This is something we can all embrace.”

The project is run in alliance with Pachedu – a charity which promotes dignity and tolerance – and its School of African Cultures, established to enhance cultural identity for children of African descent born in Scotland and to redress stereotypes in wider society.  

Young people of African Heritage from The Redeemed Assemblies church also took part in the pilot scheme.

Explaining more about Pen Pals, Regine Bews, Founder and Project Coordinator at the School of African Cultures, said: “We want to build bridges between different ethnic communities in Renfrewshire – Polish, Chinese, Syrian, African, Asian – and find ways to connect with each other.

“Children are a great way to break down barriers and reach adults. Introducing the Pen Pal Project to the Syrian Community was a way for the African Community in Renfrewshire to say ‘welcome’. 

“The theme of Refugee Week 2021 was ‘we cannot walk alone’. This connection has demonstrated that the Syrian children who are settling in our communities are not walking alone.

“Children from all of the communities in Renfrewshire love Scotland.

“Through these letters, young people connect with other ethnic community groups, they learn about other countries and cultures, they present their own country and culture, they improve their art and English writing skills, contributing to removing cultural barriers and stigma.”

Rahaf Sharif, who coordinated the Syrian children who took part and works closely with Syrian families living in Ferguslie,  said: “The children really enjoyed it.

“It was something new that made a difference for their lives during the restrictions in the pandemic. It helped them socially to make new friends, gave them confidence, meant less screen time and more positivity and self-expression through creativity.

“They learned to do something their parents had before the internet which helped improve their English writing, communication skills and encouraged them to learn about other cultures and be creative.”

It is hoped that the new Scottish Government grant will further strengthen connections across communities, allowing the team to work with up to 40 children over four months. News of the support has been welcomed.

Aneel Singh Bhopal, Regional Integration Coordinator for the South West of Scotland with the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “It’s great to see Renfrewshire Leisure’s Pen Pal project receive funding to build on the positive work done with children from refugee and other minority ethnic communities from across Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland.

“I am confident that the project will continue to help strengthen connections, improve integration and enhance the artistic skills of a diverse group of young people living in Scotland at a crucial time.”

The stories and artwork that the children share with each other will be collated into a book so that everyone who takes part has a copy to keep. That book is set to be shared with the public as part of Paisley Book Festival in February, where all of those who took part will be invited to an event to celebrate the work.  Copies will be shared in Renfrewshire’s libraries.

The project is supported by Future Paisley and part-funded through the European Union Asylum Migration Integration Fund, making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

Its successes are also being highlighted as part of Black History Month events in Renfrewshire throughout October. More details about those can be found at https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/renfrewshires-black-history-month-cultural-programme-2021/

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Rise Against Abuse

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

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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:

 

Counselling

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.

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“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

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🐥Twitter – @AgainstAbuseCIC

📷 Instagram – @RiseAgainstAbuse

👻 Snapchat – @RiseAACIC

💙 Facebook – Rise Against Abuse Community Interest Company

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The Beat the Street challenge taking place across Renfrewshire has entered its Go Active-themed week on Wednesday, 13th October to encourage participants to find new activities and sports to try out.

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This week, players can celebrate Go Active week from 11am-2pm on Wednesday, 13th October at Thomas Shanks Public Park to try out free sporting activities with coaches. There will be a mobile Beat Box for bonus points, and players can also have their bikes checked over by Dr Bike.

 

The idea of the Go Active themed week is that people will find something that they might not have tried before to help them continue to keep up their new active habits after the Beat the Street competition comes to an end on Wednesday 27 October and to explore the sports and leisure options on offer.

 

Nearly 6,200 people have signed up to play the Beat the Street Renfrewshire game that is currently taking place across the towns and villages of Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch. Together, participants have walked, cycled, wheeled, run and scooted an incredible 42,000 miles so far in the competition. This has triggered a donation of £100 to MND Scotland. A further £100 will be donated when players reach a collective active travel mileage of 45,000 miles.

 

Teams of all varieties, including schools, community groups and workplaces have been battling it out for the past several weeks across the average and total points leaderboards to take home prizes of vouchers for books if they top the leaderboard. There are also prizes for individuals and ‘lucky spot’ prizes just for taking part.

 

Fordbank Primary School remains at the top of the total points leaderboard and The Wild Girls top the average points leaderboard with Active Communities in second place. One of their players said: “It gets me out even when it’s raining, as I want to help my team and my health is reaping the benefits.”

 

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The aim of Beat the Street is to encourage our communities to become more active and to incorporate those healthy habits into their lifestyles over the long-term so they become part of people’s lifestyles. The Go Active themed week is a celebration of all the ways you can get moving in Renfrewshire and a fantastic opportunity to try out something new without any pressure.”

 

Beat the Street Renfrewshire has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and is funded by The Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme, administered by Paths for All. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

 

Anyone of any age is invited to take part and you can still get involved now by picking up a card from one of the distribution points on www.beatthestreet.me/renfrewshire More information is available on social media @RenfrewshireBTS

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Labour’s Neil Bibby has taken his campaign for a fair deal for West Scotland back to the Scottish Parliament. 

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The Scottish Government scrapped targets requiring action to close the employment gap between Scotland’s most and least well-off regions. With mounting concern over the economic fall-out of Covid, Neil Bibby is calling for action from Ministers to force regional inequality back up the political agenda.

 

The West of Scotland is home to communities that rank among the hardest hit by the pandemic, including areas with higher than average unemployment and some of the most deprived datazones in Scotland. 

 

Neil Bibby MSP said:

 

“Crisis-hit communities cannot be left behind as Scotland builds out of the Covid crisis. The pandemic has hit parts of the West harder than the country as a whole and shone a light on entrenched inequalities holding our region back. 

 

“Parts of the West of Scotland experience the highest unemployment and the greatest deprivation in the entire country. The economy isn’t working for the West and if government is seriously going to build back to something better then it must confront regional inequalities neglected for too long. 

 

“Clear, ambitious, new targets can drive change and put the gap between Scotland’s regions back on the political agenda. The West deserves a much fairer deal from the Scottish Government, with our fair share of investment and a stronger recovery that works for the West’s left-behind communities.” 

Glasgow Airport

– AirFrance/KLM Group’s Transavia to launch Glasgow Paris Orly route next April –

Glasgow Airport welcomes the announcement of a second route to Paris Orly Airport in a week with AirFrance/KLM Group’s low cost airline Transavia.

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The low-cost carrier will operate three services per week to Paris Orly Airport from Thursday 14 April.

Operating each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, the new service will bring an additional capacity of more than 12 000 seats on the route.

Matt Hazelwood, Commercial Director for AGS Airports, which owns Glasgow, said: “Route announcements are this week following the old bus adage. We don’t have any for a while due to the pandemic and now we have a second Orly service in a week.

“The demand for Paris from our passengers has always been high, so we are really pleased to be able to deliver even greater connectivity not only to the French capital as a city destination, but Orly is also ideal for passengers heading for Disneyland Paris.”

Nicolas Hénin, Chief Commercial Officer of Transavia France, said: “We are delighted to open this new route from Glasgow to Paris-Orly. This new service will allow travelers from Scotland to enjoy their vacations in Paris during summer while benefitting from a quality low-cost offer. We look forward to welcoming our Scottish clients who are eager to travel to the French capital.”

The one hour 50-mintune flight will be operated using an Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 189 seats each.

Flight schedule

Paris Orly to Glasgow

  • Tuesday : 9:55- 10:35
  • Thursday : 14:10-15h20
  • Sunday : 16:20-17:00

Glasgow to Paris Orly

  • Tuesday: 11:20-14:05
  • Thursday : 16:05-18:50
  • Sunday :17:45-20:30

To book visit: transavia.com

Glasgow Airport enquiries:

Media enquiries from journalists can be sent via email to AgsMediaCentre@agsairports.co.uk

Please note this email is monitored between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

You can also contact the media team between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and during out-of-office hours by calling 0141 465 1931.