Paisley, Renfrewshire Category

Rise Against Abuse

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

Rise Against Abuse

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:



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

Rise Against Abuse

“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.”


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Alcohol Demotivator

Abbeycare Launches Updated Alcohol Demotivator – What Will Your Next Drink Really Cost?

Erskine-based addiction clinic Abbeycare have unveiled their latest campaign in helping prevent alcohol abuse.

Alcohol Demotivator

The “Alcohol Demotivator” is an online tool that aims to deter people from abusing alcohol when triggered or stressed.

We all occasionally turn to a coping mechanism like food, shopping, or TV, but it’s worth thinking twice about making alcohol a regular go-to.

By illustrating the stark consequences of a drinking habit, including long term impacts on finances and health, the Alcohol Demotivator aims to de-incentivise turning to alcohol as a habit.

Results from the Alcohol Demotivator are personalised, as the feedback it provides, is based on an individual’s daily alcohol consumption.

The goal is to make people think twice before they drink. Abbeycare also utilise the tool as an alcohol deterrent, which forms part of a larger toolkit including therapeutic help and community support.

To make smarter choices about drinking, try the tool on Abbeycare’s site, here:

Beast Decoys

It’s been a fantastic Spree so far and for local venues Spree for All has been a huge success. Paisley has been buzzing since it started last Thursday and hasn’t slowed down and there is more to come starting with Hells Bells at The Bungalow tonight. Hell’s Bells are in their 20th year of rocking out! They are the UK’s finest and most entertaining tribute to the great AC/DC. For those about to Rock, HELLS BELLS we salute you. Tickets are on the door at £12 and doors are at 7pm.

Beast Decoys

Baby face and The Beltin Boys will be playing tomorrow afternoon from 2pm in place of The Byres Road Big Band who had to pull out. They are an authentic Americana, Swing, Rhythm and Blues, Country and much more. They played outside The Bungalow on Shuttle Street during the summer and attracted a lot of attention and this time they are onstage inside which will make them sound even better.


Tomorrow night The Beast Decoys play in Paisley for the first time. Beast Decoys are as would guess a Beastie Boys Tribute act and are Europe’s number one tribute to Beastie Boys. The Beast Decoys’ members all hail from Blackpool UK, and have over 20 years performance experience within the Hip Hop Scene. DJ Scott Rogan provides the platform for the performance and is a turntable veteran and Hip Hop purist, his knowledge has been key to keeping the performance on point and his attention to detail is the backbone to Beast Decoys stage show. All 3 MC’s are established recording artists in their own right and have shared the stage with the likes of DJ Premier, The Mouse Outfit, Jurassic 5 members Chali 2na and Akil, Rahzel, Skinnyman, Kalashnikiv, Ugly Duckling, Krafty Kuts, DJ Wood, DJ Format & Abdominal, Rodney P and Chuck Mosley from Faith No More to name a few. The Beastie Boys are without doubt one of the most inspirational Hip Hop acts of all time and it’s the Beast Decoys mission to bring the unforgettable energy of the Beastie Boys to the UK crowd for a full live experience. Doors 7pm and tickets are £10.

On The Beat a Youth Music Project from Loud n Proud showcases young talent from 2pm on Sunday. It is free entry. After the youngsters Fred MacAulay and Bruce Morton two of Scotland’s best know comedians are on stage from 7pm and tickets are £10.


CC’s have Killer Instinct and support on tonight. It is a free gig and doors are at 7pm CC’s. Drty Luv are at The Anchor on Sunday from 4pm.

You might recognise the name Sophie Davis from gigging at Fairfull’s Cafe during the Summer and busking at The Cross. Tonight she will be singeing from 8.30pm at Zambretto and Rock Choir Musical Director Charlene Gordon starts from 8.30pm. Dizzy Corner will be at Harvies from 9pm tomorrow night.


One of the most energetic and talented young bands around The Best Bad Influence are at The Cave from 9pm. Tomorrow there is a double header starting with Drty Luv at 6pm Followed by The Black Triangles at 9pm. The |Jim Keilt Blues Jam Sessions back on Sunday from 6pm. Anyone is welcome to turn up and sing or play along in what has got to be the best around.


Absolute Unit will be starting at 9.30pm tonight and going on till late at The Keg. Warren Capaldi the younger brother of the well known Scottish singer Lewis will be playing at The Keg from 9.30pm.


The Swan has a Live Acoustic Session from 5pm and tomorrow Blackout are playing in the ‘Shoppers Slot’ from 4pm tomorrow followed by Kirk Strachan at 8pm.The Casual Swans will be back on Monday for some jamming and entertainment from 4pm.


The Paisley Open Mic sessions are: On Monday Dunky Hunter will be the host at The Abbey from

8.30pm. On Tuesday it is Stevie D at Gantry starting at 9pm, The Keg on Wednesday with Johnny

Barr from 8.30pm.

Ian Arthur Commercial Photography

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.

Ian Arthur Commercial Photography

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 More information is available on social media @RenfrewshireBTS


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


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.

Glasgow Airport

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

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There is an otherworldly air to the bosky, half-forgotten Leethland Estate, tucked away like a hidden treasure on the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city, and now being brought to market by Baird Lumsden, the rural property specialists at DM Hall Chartered Surveyors.


Eight and a half rolling acres of mossy and mature trees, studded with brooding ruins and criss-crossed by meandering burns, glassy pools and tinkling waterfalls are being offered, remarkably, for the price of a one-bedroom flat in nearby Glasgow.


The former historic estate is being presented as a residential development and investment opportunity, and while its buildings are now in a state of terminal dilapidation, it is surrounded by open countryside and fringed on two sides by the Patrick Water.

It lies in the heart of the Green Belt at Elderslie, Renfrewshire – birthplace of Scottish warrior William Wallace, and in a county in which house prices have soared as a consequence of the pandemic and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax holidays.

The only remaining structures at Leethland are the remains of a once-grand estate house built in the Thirties which ran to 21 rooms, a ruined lodge house and the remnants of what was once a gardener’s cottage.

Leethland was bought in 1931 by James McMurchy Greenlees, a wealthy coal exporter and his wife Grace McFarlane Darling. Greenlees was related to the J&P Coats dynasty of Paisley. The rambling villa, in an L-shaped plan, was built by architect Harry Cook, of Paisley.

Leethland was previously listed but the listing was removed in 2019 by Historic Scotland. It is not the subject of any biodiversity or landscape designations. It does, however, contain many mature trees, which may limit the scope of development on the site.

Because the site is in the Green Belt, this also limits its development prospects. However, as a previously developed site, it does have potential, and the extent of this can be discussed with Renfrewshire Council, or by contacting Paul Houghton, Director of Planning at DM Hall.

Offers over £175,000 are invited and should be directed to Jennifer Campbell, of Baird Lumsden at DM Hall.

Mirren Court Three

A bright 470 sqft top-floor office to let at Mirren Court Three on Renfrew Road in Paisley! The office comprises two rooms and has central heating, double glazing and lots of natural daylight. Car Parking, 24 Hour access, On-Site Management, All-inclusive Deals, Flexible Lease Terms!

Mirren Court Three

Call on 0141 843 4211 or email to get more details.

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You Decide

Having honed his talents on the cycle routes of Renfrewshire, Jack Carlin hopes to inspire a peloton of cyclists to follow in his footsteps after winning silver and bronze at the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.

You Decide

Born and brought up in Paisley, Jack spent his younger years as a footballer but after an injury put him into the saddle as part of his recovery, football soon became a distant memory.

Using Renfrewshire’s many safe cycle routes, Jack developed his love of cycling and now, thanks to Renfrewshire Council’s new #YouDecide campaign, Jack hopes to inspire the next generation of cyclists and support those who just love getting out on their bikes.

Jack said: “I’ve been using the cycle routes around Renfrewshire since I was young and it’s on them that my love of cycling really started to develop and I believe it’s so important that all cyclists have the opportunity to get out on their bikes.

“Obviously in my case, it has led to a career and ultimately competing at the Olympics, but it’s so important that people of all ages have the chance to cycle safely around where they live ad enjoy cycling for what it brings to their physical and mental health.

“It’s great that this new campaign will give people the chance to put forward improvements to their local cycle route or even suggest new ones and I’d encourage everyone to get involved – it’s our chance to have our say and make a positive difference to our local area.”

The #YouDecide campaign is the first Community Choices project of its kind undertaken by Renfrewshire Council and gives the community the chance to decide how part of the Council’s budget is spent.

A total of £1.2million has been allocated to the campaign from the Council’s Environment and Infrastructure budget and ideas are being sought for possible infrastructure upgrades in Renfrewshire, such as road safety initiatives, new walking or cycling routes, park upgrades or outdoor gym equipment.

The ideas process open until Sunday 14 November 2021 and can be submitted online at or via post boxes placed in libraries, leisure centres and Morrisons supermarkets across Renfrewshire.

Officers will carry out a feasibility study on each idea and, once complete, a shortlist of all viable projects will be put to a public vote in early 2022.

Local people will then have the chance to choose the ones they’d like to see completed in their area, with the Council carrying out the work on the successful projects

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It was incredible to see Jack’s success at this summer’s Olympics, especially knowing that he’d started his journey here in Renfrewshire.

“We’re want to ensure people are able to cycle safely throughout Renfrewshire and it just goes to show the importance of providing safe cycle routes as we may be inspiring the next Olympic athlete for Team GB.

“A new cycle route is just one possible idea though that you can submit as part of the #YouDecide campaign and we want as many and as wide a range of ideas as possible so, if there’s an infrastructure improvement that you would like completed in your area then submit it to us now.

“This is another chance for the Council and the community to work together to make Renfrewshire a better place to live, work and visit so don’t miss your chance to have your say.”

For more information and to submit an idea, visit

Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre

BRAEHEAD has been named Scotland’s first Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre for their on-going partnership with the national charity, Alzheimer Scotland.

Staff at the shopping and leisure destination have been trained by the charity as Dementia Friends, so they can make life easier and more comfortable for people living with dementia when they visit the centre.

Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre

The team running the Braehead Centre have also placed coloured mats at the mall’s entrances instead of black mats, as they can appear as a hole in the ground to someone with dementia

The Alzheimer Scotland Purple Alert app has been downloaded on to staff phones and linked to the Braehead Centre’s control room, as a vital tool in finding someone with dementia who is lost.

And one modern wash hand basin tap in each toilet has been replaced with a traditional pillar tap, as it is more recognisable to someone with dementia. Signage in the centre has also been placed at eye level.

Staff from Alzheimer Scotland were given free mall space at Braehead every day last week between Monday, October 4 and Friday, October 8 to let people know about the many services they provide and how they can help people with dementia, their carers and families.

Dementia awareness-raising sessions were hosted by Anne McWhinnie, from Alzheimer Scotland in the mall’s central atrium every day.

Anne said: “Hats off to Braehead for everything they are doing and being hugely supportive. They are now officially the first Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre in Scotland.

“We’re really excited about what Braehead is doing for us and it’s fantastic. A recent survey we carried out showed that people living with dementia still want to go shopping and Braehead will give them a positive experience when they visit the centre.”

Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown said: “We aim to make everyone’s visit to Braehead as comfortable and safe as possible.

“And we’ll do all we can to make sure people with dementia can enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants like everyone else does.

“The staff have enjoyed their training from Alzheimer Scotland gaining more awareness of what they can do to make life easier for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends when they come to Braehead.”

Alzheimer Scotland’s 24-hour helpline is available by calling 0808 808 3000.