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Proposals to repurpose existing funds to support Renfrewshire’s culture sector recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 have been approved by councillors.

The proposals, which were presented at today’s Leadership Board (Wednesday 16 September), recommended that £200,000 previously allocated to Renfrewshire’s Culture Heritage and Events Fund be adapted to become Renfrewshire’s Cultural Recovery and Renewal Fund to support local cultural organisations and artists impacted by the pandemic.

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The changes recognise that the focus of the previous Culture Heritage and Event Fund no longer fits the need of the sector as individuals and organisations are unable to deliver projects effectively due to ongoing lockdown restrictions.

Renfrewshire’s Cultural Recovery and Renewal Fund will now be split across three strands; Cultural Organisations Support – grants for cultural and creative not-for-profit organisations facing significant threat which are ineligible for the Business Support Fund; Arts development grant – aimed at freelance artists living and working in Renfrewshire to help develop new work and Town Centre & Neighbourhood Creative Installations –  supporting artistic interventions across Renfrewshire that add value to public and civic outdoor spaces.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “The value of culture and creativity has been one of the defining elements of the pandemic – a time when it has never been more challenging for the sector.

“Renfrewshire’s Culture Sector has responded with innovation and care helping to support the community and lift our spirits in a number of creative ways including delivering online content like classes, exhibitions and concerts, and by making  projects like creativity boredom boxes available.

“This sector has been such an important part of the area’s history and is a key part of the vision for its future and this is why we must do what we can to support it at a time when it is experiencing its greatest challenges.”

Renfrewshire Leisure, on behalf of Renfrewshire Council, will now move on to develop the eligibility, criteria and assessment processes – aiming for applications for the funds to be open by the end of 2020 and distributed in the early part of 2021.

Renfrewshire’s Cultural Recovery and Renewal Fund is supported by Future Paisley – a programme of economic, social and physical regeneration building on the work already done to use Paisley’s internationally significant culture and heritage story to change its fortunes.

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Volunteers are making it a Spotless September in Renfrewshire after more than 250 bags of litter were collected in the first two weeks.

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Hundreds of volunteers have taken part in an incredible 75 litter picks so far as inspired individuals and community groups do their bit to make their local community cleaner and brighter.

Litter picks have taken place all across Renfrewshire, including Erskine, Renfrew, Paisley, Johnstone, Linwood, Bishopton, Houston and Bridge of Weir.

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Local volunteers have been provided by the Renfrewshire Council with sanitised litter pickers and equipment to take part in their litter picks, as well as information on how to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic while litter picking, and the council’s StreetScene team have collected each bag of litter afterwards too.

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Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s incredible how devoted our volunteers are and their dedication to keeping their community clean continues to amaze me.

“We are all working together to not only make where we live cleaner and brighter, but also to change the behaviour of those who think it’s okay to drop litter.

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“The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has created a community of local people who want to make a difference and, slowly but surely, we will make real environmental change here in Renfrewshire.

“I’ve been out litter picking as part of Spotless September and I can’t wait to get out again. Please come join me and hundreds of others as we work hard to make Renfrewshire a nicer place to live, work and visit.”

The award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign sees the council and community join together to carry out enhanced cleaning of Renfrewshire’s local environment, with additional road sweeping, litter picking, and gully cleaning assisted by the local community’s litter picks.

For more information, and to find out how to take part, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SpotlessSeptember.

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  • Landmark partnership with Renfrewshire Council will cover the historic towns of Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone, turning Renfrewshire into one of the best-connected regions in Scotland

14 September 2020: Renfrewshire is celebrating a major milestone in its digital transformation, with work now underway to bring full fibre infrastructure to homes and businesses across the region as part of a £40million private investment from CityFibre.

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Building on its long-standing strategic relationship with Renfrewshire Council to upgrade its digital connectivity, CityFibre’s existing network, serving council buildings including schools, local libraries and community centres, will be extended by approximately 700km.

Construction work has officially commenced in Paisley, with the first homes and businesses expected to be able to connect to the network from early 2021. Across the UK, CityFibre is working with an increasing range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to deliver next generation broadband services.

PMK is delivering the construction programme on CityFibre’s behalf and is following social distancing protocols to ensure the safety of the build team and the wider community.

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CityFibre has appointed David Cannon, formerly of the David MacBrayne Group and Scottish Enterprise, as its City Manager with responsibility for ensuring close communication with the Council and stakeholders across the region, as well as delivering maximum benefit for the wider community.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre, said: “The £40million investment we are making in the area is the result of years of close collaboration with Renfrewshire Council. Full Fibre connectivity will put the region at the forefront of the digital transformation we are driving across the country. As the world adapts to COVID-19, the importance of delivering world-leading digital infrastructure for residents and businesses could not be greater.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “I am delighted to see work well underway on developing this state-of-the-art Full Fibre network which will make Renfrewshire one of the best connected regions in Scotland and bring benefits to residents and businesses alike.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has underlined how much we all need fast, reliable broadband connections and demand for better bandwidth continues to grow year on year so it’s vitally important for our businesses, for our schools and for our residents that we have a resilient, future-proofed network to be proud of.”

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board, added: “This is an important first step in our plan to transform connectivity in Renfrewshire. We are taking a strategic long-term approach which has prompted this fantastic private investment by CityFibre, with the benefits to reach Renfrewshire doorsteps early next year.

“The Full Fibre network will bolster business as we recover and restart from the impact of Coronavirus and greatly improve connectivity to our schools, tackle digital exclusion and enhance the experience at local libraries, town halls, community centres and care homes.”

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A BRAVE gran celebrated her 56th birthday by having her head shaved for a cancer charity.

Wilma Daley raised £2290 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the charity’s Brave The Shave fundraising initiative.

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She decided to have her blonde shoulder-length locks shaved to raise money after her own mother, Violet McCall had to have her hair shaved as she battled lung cancer with gruelling sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Sadly, Violet died from the disease and cancer also took her dad James’s life.

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Wilma – whose hairdresser sister-in law, Pauline Dailey took an electric shaver to her head as she sat in the garden of her Renfrew home, on Saturday, September 5 – explains:

“I got the idea to have a sponsored head shave as I remember my mum shaving her head shortly after she started her cancer treatment and her hair began to fall out.

“And afterwards people were saying I look just like my mum when she lost all her hair.

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“I’d wanted to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support for some time as they do a phenomenal job helping people affected with cancer.

“I’d been toying with the idea of having my head shaved for about a year. What pushed me to finally do it was when one of my friends took part in Brave The Shave.”

Wilma continued: “I was sitting in my garden when Pauline turned on the electric shaver and I felt the hair falling off my head, I thought there’s no turning back now.

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“I felt excited, because it was actually happening and the money on my donation page for Macmillan Cancer Support kept rising. It felt surreal.

“It doesn’t bother me that I’ve got no hair just now because having my head shaved was something I decided to do and thankfully I didn’t have to do it because I wasn’t going through treatment for cancer. Anyway, my hair will soon grow back in.”

Wilma had set a fundraising target of £750 and has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have donated.

“The support I’ve had is amazing and people I don’t even know have been handing in money. I can’t thank them enough.”

Wilma’s daughter, Jen works in the business support team at intu Braehead where colleagues there have been generous with their donations.

Jen said: “My mum is the most selfless person I know and I feel so lucky to have her. I’m so proud of her for what she has done. She has a heart of gold and is absolutely beautiful inside and out.

“Cancer has taken the lives of many of our family over the years and affected many of our friends.

“Macmillan Cancer Support provides vital support to people living with cancer, whether it’s financial, physical, or emotional. All the money my mum has raised will be donated to them as they are a really great cause.”

If anyone would like to support Wilma’s fundraising efforts they can go to

https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/wilma-daley to make a donation.

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Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire is now in week 14 and we would like your help in promoting yet another fantastic activity enabling anyone across Renfrewshire to take part and be creative.

Big thank you to Erskine Arts for coming up with this week’s activity and for a ‘how to’ video to run along with it – it’s a good yin! Tune in to watch the ‘how to’ video here.

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Please find attached (Facebook/Twitter and Instagram) promotion for week 14 activity for Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire. More information on the creative project and the new activity can be downloaded every Friday by following this link – https://bit.ly/TinyRevRen (All previous activities are available here to!).

We would be grateful if you will support us in sharing with you communities, groups and networks? Participants are asked to share their creativity via social media using #TinyRevolutionsRen

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We have posts on the project coming out at various time through the week on our Facebook and Twitter pages for Paisley Arts Centre should it be easier for you to share information that way.

FUN PALACES – We are taking part in this year’s Fun Palaces on the weekend 3rd/4th October, for more information and to hear how you can take part click here.

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Access to gyms, fitness classes and swimming pools will be via pre-booked time slots only

Bookings for sessions at gyms and swimming pools being reopened by Renfrewshire Leisure can be made from today (Monday September 7th).

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The local leisure charity’s online booking system has gone live ahead of the first phase of services restarting at its leisure centres from next Monday (September 14th) following their Covid-19 lockdown closures.

Its team will provide 110 fitness classes, 4,800 fitness class slots, 4,011 swimming slots and 10,665 gym sessions at its reopened venues every week. 

By logging on to https://bookings.renfrewshireleisure.com/ people will be able to book slots for sessions and classes up to seven days in advance. These will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.

Renfrewshire Leisure has repeatedly stressed that the safety of customers and staff is its top priority. Pre-booking ensures that all Scottish Government guidelines on social distancing and hygiene are adhered to.

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know how much our services have been missed since their closure in March and are very much looking forward to their return.

“The pre-booking system will ensure that we can manage numbers in our venues at any one time to ensure that social distancing will be maintained. When each booking is made, we will issue advice on the measures we have put in place for people’s safety and instructions of what to do at the venue when they arrive.

“Our team has been working incredibly hard to prepare to welcome everyone back in the safest way. While things will operate differently to what we are all used to, by working together, we are sure that everyone will enjoy being able to benefit from our on-site services once again.”

For those without internet access, bookings can be made by calling 0300 300 0250.

On September 14th, ON-X in Linwood, the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Renfrew Leisure Centre, Renfrew Victory Baths, Erskine Sports Centre and Erskine Swimming Pool will reopen, complying with all Scottish Government guidance on hygiene and physical distancing. 

 

Shared leisure facilities at Park Mains High School in Erskine and at the Johnstone Community Sports Hub will open in a second phase, with strictly controlled public access. This will involve detailed health and safety reviews and will ensure there has been sufficient time to settle pupils and staff safely back to school. Planned investment work in maintenance of the swimming pool at Johnstone means that this part of the venue will not be ready to reopen alongside other areas of the site, but will follow later.

It has previously been confirmed that members will not be charged any membership fees until November.

Details on restarting the Learn to Swim programme are being reviewed. An update on this will be provided shortly.

 

Information about all Renfrewshire Leisure services and how they are operating can be found at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/coronavirus.

 

Throughout lockdown, Renfrewshire Leisure has been operating an innovative programme of online services to help people stay fit and healthy. For more details about how to take part in them, go to  www.renfrewshireleisure.com or follow the charity’s channels on social media.

West College Scotland’s Ferguslie Learning Centre is not just a place to learn – but a family away from home! Don’t take our word for it though….Thirty-eight-year-old single mother of three Heather Wallace had some inspiring things to say about her community learning experience.

Heather who studied several courses at Ferguslie said, ‘I would definitely recommend the Learning Centre to anyone that wishes to further their education. The Centre isn’t just a classroom to learn in or all about exams or assessments, it’s also a place to gain new friendships, it’s a place to gain confidence and a sense of achievement. It’s a place where you can push yourself to be the best you possibly can be.

After studying at Ferguslie Heather felt ready to take the next step and is studying at College’s Paisley campus next term. Well done Heather!

To read more about Heather’s Ferguslie Journey and view the new course portfolio click:  https://bit.ly/3i4EWFn

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Volunteers from across Renfrewshire are set to make it a Spotless September once again as they head out into their communities to brighten up the area where they live and tackle litter.

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A mainstay of Renfrewshire Council’s award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign, the month-long campaign saw more than a thousand people take part last year – with community groups, schools, businesses and lone volunteers all heading out on litter picks.

Hundreds are expected to head out again this year either individually or in small groups to ensure they can continue to do their bit, while remaining safe at all times during the ongoing pandemic.

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Anyone who wants to take part can get in touch with the team to be provided with sanitised equipment including litter pickers and bags, as well as having the collected litter taken away by the Council’s StreetScene team.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that despite the current situation we find ourselves in, our volunteers are still able to take part in what they love – making their community a better place to live and visit.

“We’re seeing more and more people joining the Team Up to Clean Up community every week, with more than 300 people joining our Facebook group during lockdown, and Spotless September is a chance for everyone to come together, albeit not in the big groups they previously have, and show that they care for where they live.

“It’s fantastic to see how the campaign continues to grow and I’d encourage anyone who has an interest in keeping where they live clean and tidy to join us, meet like-minded others and take part in Spotless September.”

Team Up to Clean Up is a joint initiative between the council and the community and aims to improve the area’s local environment and change the behaviour of those who think it is acceptable to litter.

The council is running an increased litter picking, road sweeping and drain clearing programme, while the community are supported with equipment and the collection of rubbish to take part in litter picks.

The campaign has also expanded to include community caddies, which allow volunteers to trim and tidy local green spaces, as well as the creation of children’s book ‘The Clumps’ Big Mess’ which every primary school child in Renfrewshire received to inspire them to be a part of the campaign.

For more information, including how to take part, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SpotlessSeptember.

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Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and RAMH (recovery across mental health) have created a direct access free telephone support line to help people talk about how they are feeling during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new support line 0800 221 8904 is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and adds to the collaborative ongoing localised support already available across Renfrewshire.

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Stephen McLellan of RAMH said: “We are aware that many people are worried about the effect of Coronavirus as well as the practical, emotional and financial effects and are looking to speak to someone about their feelings.

“They may not want to trouble their GP or even loved ones with their concerns. This support line aims to make speaking with someone who understands their anxieties that little bit easier.”

For the last few months, Renfrewshire HSCP and RAMH have worked together to make speaking about concerns simpler.

Stephen added: “We are now introducing a direct, freephone contact number, to enable as many people as possible to get in touch without cost. Trained and experienced staff will be on hand to offer a supportive ear and can assist with putting people in touch with resources, information and added assistance throughout Renfrewshire.”

Renfrewshire HSCP has been working with other local organisations to focus on what could improve wellbeing across Renfrewshire, recently launching the Renfrewshire Bereavement Network.

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, Chair of the Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board said: “It is important that we always put the people of Renfrewshire first in our minds, especially at a time like this.

“This support line is a good example of where we are working with community organisations and locally based charities to help support those who need us most.

“A collaborative community response will have a bigger impact on people’s wellbeing than any one organisation can make alone and we are exploring further opportunities to make this happen in Renfrewshire.”

Find out more at: www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot/ramh

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Safety the priority as Renfrewshire Leisure confirms the careful restart of services at gyms and swimming pools after Covid-19 shutdown

Local leisure charity, Renfrewshire Leisure, will begin the safe and phased reopening of its leisure centres from Monday, September 14th.

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Details of the plans for gyms and swimming pools have been confirmed, along with news that members will not be charged any membership fees until November. This delay to restarting payments is to cover payments made in March but has been extended to thank supporters for their loyalty as the organisation moves into a significant phase in its recovery from the lockdown triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

On September 14th, ON-X in Linwood, the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Renfrew Leisure Centre, Renfrew Victory Baths, Erskine Sports Centre and Erskine Swimming Pool will reopen, complying with all Scottish Government guidance on hygiene and physical distancing. 

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Shared leisure facilities at Park Mains High School in Erskine and at the Johnstone Community Sports Hub will open in a second phase, with strictly controlled public access. This will involve detailed health and safety reviews and will ensure there has been sufficient time to settle pupils and staff safely back to school. Planned investment work in maintenance of the swimming pool at Johnstone means that this part of the venue will not be ready to reopen alongside other areas of the site, but will follow later.

 

Some outside synthetic sports pitches will reopen to pre-existing club bookings on August 31st, although changing room facilities as well as smaller pavilions and gym facilities (at Seedhill, Ferguslie and Ralston) will remain closed for now as a result of challenging physical distancing requirements. Wider bookings – which must be made by phone – will be opened from September 14th. Full details are available at www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

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Entrance to indoor leisure facilities and services will be by online pre-booking of time slots only. Clearly indicated hygiene measures will be in place at each venue, with details emailed to members and customers once bookings are made. More details about the online booking system will be provided ahead of opening.

 

Details on restarting the Learn to Swim programme are being reviewed. An update on this will be provided shortly.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last week that the earliest possible date from which gyms and pools could reopen was August 31st. This confirmation has allowed the Renfrewshire Leisure team to review the latest Government guidance and enter the final phase of preparations to ensure customer and employee safety.

 

Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know how eager people are to enjoy the services in our venues once again and are looking forward to welcoming members and customers back as we work to help improve residents’ wellbeing across Renfrewshire. That’s why I am so pleased that we are able to help people invest in their health by continuing our freeze on members’ direct debit payments until November.

 

“While arrangements at our venues will be different to that which our communities are used to, we are sure that by working together and adhering to all of the guidelines in place that the gradual restart of our services will be enjoyable for everyone.”

 

Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The safe and phased restart of on-site services at our leisure centres and swimming pools is a major milestone in not only our charity’s careful route out of lockdown, but that of the communities we are proud to serve.

 

“Safety remains our number one priority. The dates and phased approach we have planned for the restart of our services reflect that, ensuring we will be in the strongest position to welcome people back in the safest way.”

 

Throughout lockdown, Renfrewshire Leisure has been operating an innovative programme of online services to help people stay fit and healthy. For more details about how to take part in them, go to  www.renfrewshireleisure.com or follow the charity’s channels on social media.