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An award-winning youth programme is seeing record numbers of young people through its doors thanks to a Renfrewshire Council investment to combine free hot meals with fun activities.

The new approach to give healthy food as part of the innovative Street Stuff programme has dished up 1,500 hot meals to local kids since being launched eight weeks ago – with hundreds more free meals set to be served up during the Christmas school holidays.

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More than 500 healthy lunches were enjoyed by young people in Paisley’s Gallowhill and Glenburn areas during the October week. This was so successful, meals have been since offered at several evening drop-in sessions with the finishing touches being put to the festive Street Stuff menus.

Renfrewshire Council’s Depute Leader, Councillor Mike Holmes, said: “A £250,000 investment from our £6m tackling poverty fund means we’ve been able to boost the successful Street Stuff youth diversion programme, which is great news for young people.

“Our new approach to offer free, hot lunches during the October holiday sessions was so successful, we’ve since been offering hot meals in the evenings too – twice a week in Gallowhill and twice in Shortroods. The feedback we’re getting from the kids is fantastic.

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“And we’re gearing up to expand this over the Christmas holidays with lunches planned again for Gallowhill and Glenburn with evening activities including a hot meal at The Paisley 2021 Stadium – all completely free of charge. This will be the first time we’ve taken this approach over the festive holidays.

“We estimate our new and enhanced Street Stuff service will have offered local young people around 2,100 free, healthy meals between October and the end of 2015.”

The boost from the tackling poverty fund has also delivered two brand new Street Stuff youth buses.

Activities set to be delivered during the festive period will include football, dance, table tennis, FIFA tournament, and the youth bus, with lots of prizes to be won including St Mirren match day tickets, signed shirt, and match day footballs.

For the full Street Stuff timetable visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff

Street Stuff is an award-winning youth diversion programme, delivered in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Engage Renfrewshire and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

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  • 7.7% increase in November passenger numbers
  • One million additional passengers in 2015

Glasgow Airport is on track to record its busiest year since 2008 after welcoming 618,583 passengers through its doors in November, representing an annual increase of 7.7%.

International traffic grew by 12.2% due to strong demand for new routes to eastern European cities, including Wizz Air’s services to Budapest, Vilnius and Lublin and Ryanair’s new service to Berlin.

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Domestic traffic also grew by 4.5%, with Flybe’s newly reinstated service to Exeter proving popular. easyJet responded to strong demand for its London routes by increasing capacity on its Gatwick and Stansted services.

November was also a month of celebration for the airport after it was crowned Best Airport in the UK with 3-10 million passengers by airport trade body, the Airport Operators Association. The win followed the airport’s success in securing both the UK and Scottish Airport of the Year titles in 2015.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2015 has been a fantastic year in terms of passenger growth. Our November figures not only guarantee we will end the year on a high, they will ensure we are in a strong position as we prepare to enter 2016, the airport’s 50th anniversary year.

“In addition to gearing up for the Christmas getaway, we have already seen a new service to Milan launch this month with easyJet and there is more to come before the end of the year.  Later this month Blue Air and Wizz Air will both begin a new service to the Romanian capital of Bucharest and British Airways will start a new Saturday service to Salzburg for the ski season.

“An added bonus to round off the month was being named the Best Airport in the UK by our trade body, which makes us the first UK airport to hold the top three industry awards at the same time.”

Over the past 12 months, Glasgow Airport has secured 26 new routes and services. In November, easyJet announced a new service to Marseille for summer 2016 and Ryanair launched a route to Berlin.

 

Traffic summary

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Year on year passenger growth
618,583 7.7% 8,661,431 13.24% 1,012,396

SHOPPERS at one of Scotland’s busiest malls will now be able to see a unique tapestry showing 600 years of history about the Royal Burgh of Renfrew.

The Renfrew 600 Tapestry has found a new home at the intu Braehead shopping centre after it had been originally displayed and then stored in Renfrew Town Hall.
But yesterday local schoolchildren helped Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall unveil the colourful eight feet by 25 feet tapestry in the walkway between intu Braehead’s upper mall and their Blue multi-storey car park.

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The tapestry – depicting many historical events in the town from 1397 – was created by local residents in 1997 to commemorate 600 years of Renfrew as a Royal Burgh.
Renfrew Common Good Fund donated £15,140 to meet the cost of a suitable protective case and re-location after Renfrew Community Council worked tirelessly to have the tapestry on display again. Then intu Braehead stepped in to offer it pride of place in the mall.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said:  “The production of The Renfrew 600 Tapestry was a tremendous achievement and it is great news that the work will be permanently on show to local people and visitors alike.

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“I would like to thank everyone involved from the original creators, to those community representatives who have maintained interest in the tapestry, and the school pupils who have added their insights in the accompanying storyboards.

“Now with support from Renfrew Common Good Fund and intu Braehead that original vision is accessible for all. Renfrew has a proud heritage and it is a proud day for our community that its story can again be told in such an innovative and inspiring way.”

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Jim Gamble from Renfrew Community Council said: “This is excellent news for the community of Renfrew that the tapestry will now have a permanent home where it can be seen by the many thousands who pass through Braehead on a daily basis.”

Community development manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “The tapestry is a wonderful way to show Renfrew’s rich history and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to provide a permanent home for it.

“I’ve no doubt shoppers will be very impressed by the tapestry and will spend time to stop and admire it.”

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A team of unwavering big-hearted fundraisers are facing their biggest challenge of the year as they bid to lift Scotland’s famous last passenger paddle steamer – The Waverley.

A squad of resolute men and women are determined to succeed in the massive test of strength and fitness in an attempt to pull in a pile of cash for Renfrewshire’s s two hospices ACCORD and St Vincent’s.

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The “Lift the Waverley” event on Wednesday, December 16, is being organised by Renfrewshire Sports Charity which is run by Paisley’s Pro-Life Fitness Centre with every penny profit from the gym going to help the local community.

Members and their friends are queuing up to take part in the challenge which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

From 4am in the morning until 10.30 pm the contestants will work on shifts in six areas to complete bench presses, deadlifts and squats until all together they have lifted the full weight of the Waverley which is a colossal 670,000 kg.

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive at the charity, said: “This is a massive challenge and the response we have had from Pro-Life members, their family and friends has been incredible.

“Everyone taking part realises the enormity of the task at hand but we are all preparing well and up for this mammoth 18 hour plus challenge because we know that the money we raise through sponsorship is going to such worthy causes.”

Gayle added: “No-one believes it will be easy, every lift will be observed and recorded by Army staff so that we know when we have managed to lift the Waverley. So many people have got on board I am confident that by working together we will achieve our goal and make a few waves ourselves.

We are super excited about this challenge and are really looking forward to the day. We will be providing plenty of refreshments to keep all those taking part re-fuelled as some hop to do two or three different sessions throughout the day.

“If there’s anyone out there who would like to join us as we steam ahead we would be delighted to see them. You don’t have to be a member here to join this challenge just simply be happy to raise some money for the charity.”

The lift weights are as follows: Male – Bench Press – Option 1 – 50KG, Option 2 – 70KG;Male – Squat – Option 1 – 60KG, Option 2 – 80KG; Male – Deadlift – Option 1 – 80KG, Option 2 – 100KG; Female – Bench Press – Option 1 – 25KG, Option 2 – 35KG; Female – Squat – Option 1 – 30KG, Option 2 – 50KG; Female – Deadlift – Option 1 – 40KG, Option 2 – 60KG.

PS Waverley is the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle-steamer in the world. Built in 1946, she now operates passenger excursions around the British coast. Since 2003 Waverley has been listed in the National Historic Fleet by National Historic Ships UK as “a vessel of pre-eminent national importance”. She appeared in the 2011 film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

If you would like to back the challenge to raise money for the hospices but would rather just use your fingers to make a difference then you can donate by going to the special just giving page which has been set up. https://www.justgiving.com and search for Lift the Waverley.

We are super excited about this challenge and are really looking forward to the day. We will be providing plenty of refreshments to keep all participants re-fuelled as many wish to do 2 or 3 different sessions throughout the day. The Bench Press, Deadlift & Squat stations will be used throughout the entire day for the challenge only.

 

Paisley party-goers will be well looked after this festive season thanks to additional services provided by Renfrewshire Council, the police and other local partners.

The Renfrewshire Safe Bus will be located in Paisley town centre at High Street and New Street on 11, 12, 18, 19 and 31 December. The bus will provide a safe space for party-goers and offer support to the public if required.

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The bus will be staffed by Renfrewshire Wardens and paramedics and will be supported by an ambulance vehicle.

Taxi marshals will be present at the main ranks in the town to help people to get home safely and as quickly as possible and volunteers from the Street Pastors organisation will be out and about, providing care and support.

Renfrewshire Wardens and the police will carry out their usual street patrols.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said:

“This time of year is always a busy time for nights out and partying in our town centres.

“While it is important to have a good time it’s also important to take care of yourself and your friends.

“It’s great for our local pubs and restaurants to be busy, but it does mean that there is extra pressure on local services to make sure everyone is kept safe.

“By having additional services like the Safe Bus at this time of year, it makes it easier for the public to stay safe.

“Most people who are out in the town will enjoy themselves without any need for help, but it is reassuring to know that assistance will be on hand if people need it.”

Four local charities will be boosted this Christmas as money raised for Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall’s charity fundraising scheme passes the £25,000 milestone.

Over £11,000 has been raised through the charity scheme this year with almost £6,000 alone raised by a team of charity daredevils who took part in the Provost’s skydive stunt during the summer.

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Other charity fundraising activities include two working challenges in Kwik Fit Paisley and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, the Provost’s raffle, two large donations from Donna Haveron of the Slug in a Bottle Market and raffle winner Fraser Carlin, and tickets to Kevin Bridges donated by Lambert Contracts, which raised over £5,000 in total.

The money will be shared equally amongst the Provost’s four chosen charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

Provost Hall said: “I am delighted at the total I have managed to raise so far and extremely grateful to the people and workplaces of Renfrewshire for their generosity.

“My four chosen charities complete incredible work in Renfrewshire and the money raised helps to make a real difference within our communities.

“Passing £25,000 raised is terrific and I am determined to raise as much as possible during my term as Provost. After this year’s skydive I am already thinking of my next big challenge to take on.”

Previous fundraising activities include a Hollywood-themed Charity Ball (raising almost £12,000), a charity abseil from the roof of Renfrewshire House (raising almost £5,000) and a number of working charity challenges with local businesses – Piazza Shopping Centre, Phoenix car dealership, Bridge of Weir Leather and Glasgow Airport (raising £1400).

Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre Manager, Diane Goodman, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by the Provost and will greatly benefit carers in Renfrewshire. We are extremely thankful for her continued fundraising which allows us to support carers in their role and provide them with opportunities to have a life outside of caring through a range of high quality services”

Stephen McClellan, Chief Executive of RAMH, said: “We are deeply grateful to Provost Hall for including RAMH as one of her chosen Charities. Not only will all the money she has generated help us to deliver our services, but she has raised the profile of mental illness through her commitment and dedication. We’re not sure what challenges she has up her sleeve next, but we are looking forward to finding out!’’

Kenneth Mathie, Fundraising Manager at Accord Hospice, said: “‘We at ACCORD are absolutely thrilled to be one of the beneficiaries of the Provost’s on-going charity work, and to have the opportunity of working with three other worthy local causes. We would also like to thank everyone who continues to support this project as their support really makes a difference to our patients and their families.’

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St Vincent’s Hospice said, “The Provost has become an invaluable source of support for St Vincent’s Hospice. Not only has she made this wonderful contribution to our funds but she is also very generous in offering her personal support and encouragement for so many of our own fundraising and other activities. Provost Hall’s determination to help local charities like ours is truly remarkable. We send her our congratulations on her fantastic fundraising achievement – and our sincere thanks.”

BIG-HEARTED bosses at a private hire taxi company have come to the rescue of almost 30 people who looked like missing out on a free slap-up Christmas lunch.
Renfrewshire Cab Company has agreed to transport 28 guests to and from a special Christmas Day event organised by Paisley woman Jodie Campbell.

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Jodie launched a fundraising campaign to pay for people who would either be alone, or couldn’t afford it to have a traditional Christmas dinner.
So far, the 24-year-old has collected enough money to pay for 120 Christmas dinners at £30 a head at the Holiday Inn, at Glasgow Airport.

The names of those attending the lunch – which also includes an afternoon’s entertainment – have been put forward by local food banks, housing associations, homeless support agencies and various charities.

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But 28 guests who were due to enjoy the Christmas Day celebrations weren’t going make it because they couldn’t get transport to the hotel. That was until Renfrewshire Cabs stepped in and pledged to ferry them to the Holiday Inn and back again for free.
Jodie said: “We can’t thank Renfrewshire Cab Co enough for their generosity. They got in touch with me after hearing there was a problem with transport for some folks coming to the Christmas lunch.

“What they’re doing is a real blessing as these people might not have been able to make it along to the Christmas dinner if it wasn’t for Renfrewshire Cab Co’s kind gesture.

“It’s made the difference between these people being able to go to the Christmas lunch and not being there.”
Jodie added: “I decided to organise this free lunch because I realised there were people out there who would be lonely and hungry on Christmas Day.

“The reaction from people has been fantastic and so far they’ve donated enough money for us to have 120 guests at the lunch. And I’m hoping we can raise even more and get that number up to 200.”

David McCulloch, managing director of Renfrewshire Cab Co said: “Jodie has done a fantastic job in organising and raising the money for the Christmas lunch.

“We thought it would a real shame if some people couldn’t get to the hotel because of a lack of transport, so we had no hesitation in agreeing to pay for some of our drivers to get them there and back.

“I’m sure everyone involved will have a great Christmas Day.”
Anyone wishing to donate to Jodie’s appeal should log on to her JustGiving page https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/renfrewshirexmaslunch

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Work has now started to bring one of the jewels in Paisley’s architectural crown back into use – and bring almost 80 new office jobs into the town centre.

Builders are now on site inside the A-listed Russell Institute as they kick off the year-long construction phase of the £4.5m project to restore the former health centre.

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The building on the corner of New St and Causeyside St – notable for its distinctive statues – has been empty since 2011, but Renfrewshire Council this year took on ownership from the NHS, and secured funding to restore it to its former glory.

When it opens in late 2016, the building will house a skills and training hub, with the Scottish Government jobs agency Skills Development Scotland as the anchor tenant.

They will be joined in the building by staff from the council’s successful Invest in Renfrewshire employability scheme.

Over the next year, a number of specialist contractors will be on site to help restore unique features including the stonework, statues and railings.

Scaffolding will be erected round the building in the next few weeks but access will be maintained to neighbouring businesses, and disruption will be kept to a minimum.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan visited the building to meet bosses from main contractors CBC, who have worked on other historic buildings including Paisley Town Hall.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The Russell Institute is one of the finest examples of Paisley’s outstanding architectural legacy – within Scotland only Edinburgh has a greater concentration of listed buildings than we do.

“The project to restore the Russell Institute has been years in the making and we are delighted it is now entering the construction stage.

“This is just the latest bit of good news in the ongoing rebirth of Paisley town centre, with plans moving ahead for a £56.7m revamp of Paisley Museum, development on the Arnotts site nearing completion, and the Townscape Heritage Initiative which has transformed Causeyside Street almost finished too.

“Making the most of Paisley’s built heritage will be a crucial component of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, as that is all about using unique elements of our past to transform the town’s future.”

CBC Managing Director James McAlpine added: “Following the successful delivery of the Paisley Town Hall refurbishment project, we are absolutely delighted to be working with Renfrewshire Council to bring new life to another of Paisley’s architectural gems.”

The work is being funded by Renfrewshire Council, the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. The Paisley Development Trust kicked the project off by commissioning an initial feasibility study into its use.

The Russell Institute was opened in 1927 and was gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic as a memorial to her two brothers.

The 11 strong all-female management team at St Vincent’s Hospice in Renfrewshire is celebrating today after being given the chance to learn from some of the country’s top businesses, including Chivas Brothers – Pernod Ricard, Q Hotels Cameron House Lodges and Scottish Enterprise, as part of a £60,000 leadership training programme which was generously gifted to the hospice by Stirling-based consultancy, The Leadership Factory.  It is believed to be the first donation of its kind to a hospice in Scotland.

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Over the past six months, the St Vincent’s Hospice management team has benefited from over 600 hours of time and expertise from a total of 28 consultants and business mentors, providing a mix of workshops, coaching and mentoring.

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St Vincent’s Hospice, said: “We feel very fortunate to be the recipients of such a unique gift.  We have learned so much about ourselves and our business and the way in which we can work together more effectively for the benefit of the hospice and all those whose lives are touched by the care services we deliver.

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The team at the Leadership Factory has been outstanding throughout the programme, and their expertise together with the commercial advice and guidance gained from the network of business mentors has been invaluable.  We feel truly honoured that directors and senior management from some of Scotland’s top businesses and organisations, including Brewdog Bars, Cancer Support Scotland, Chivas Brothers – Pernod Ricard, Flex Medical Solutions, Jumpstart UK, Lindsays, McDougall Johnstone, ML Photography, Q Lodges at Cameron House, Scottish Enterprise and Tractus, should give up their time to share their knowledge with the team at St Vincent’s Hospice.”

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While many businesses help to fundraise for charities by scaling Ben Nevis or abseiling down buildings, this is believed to be the first time a Scottish hospice has been gifted a development support programme for its management team with the opportunity to gain invaluable commercial skills from top industry professionals.

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The ambitious project was the brainchild of Victoria Russell, Principal Consultant at The Leadership Factory, Scotland’s fastest growing business management consultancy:

“The idea to offer our time and expertise rather than simply participate in fundraising activities came about after speaking with St Vincent’s Hospice Chief Executive, Kate Lennon.  Kate was keen to put a leadership programme together to help her team develop and implement a new strategy for the hospice but with a limited budget, the programme would only have been able to scratch the surface of what was required.

After speaking to The Leadership Factory directors, Andy Kelly and Brian Glennie, we agreed to donate a full-service programme and we’ve been very fortunate to be able to tap into our extensive network of business professionals, all of whom have been delighted to gift their time and expertise for such a worthy cause.”

For further information, please contact Lesley Miller, Fundraising & Communications Manager at St Vincent’s Hospice on t: 01505 705635 m: 07552 127109

or e: Lesley.miller@svh.co.uk

 

Due to the amount of enquiries regarding a Paisley calendar we are pleased to announce we have a partnership with photographer Raymond Robertson and Ta Ta Bella`s tearoom on Paisley`s high street to bring you a calendar for 2016. All calendars are A3 (300mmx420mm).

Below are some examples of the calendar which are priced at £15 and can be picked up in person at Ta Ta Bella`s tearoom, directly across from Paisley Museum.

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As you can see the calendar has photographs from all around Paisley showing some of the wonderful scenery and architecture of the town, including Raymond`s favourite spot down by the Hammil`s.

Get down to Ta Ta Bella`s as stock is limited.