[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For the first time Renfrewshire residents will take part in a special procession to echo the international call to end to violence against women.

The Reclaim the Night procession, which takes place on Tuesday 25 November, will launch Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action, a local version of the UN’s international campaign.


Supported by Renfrewshire Council and local and national voluntary and community groups, the procession will start at West College Scotland at 6pm and progress through the streets of Paisley. The event will finish at Paisley Town Hall, where attendees will be invited in for an evening of entertainment.

In 2013, 2276 residents in Renfrewshire were victims of domestic violence, a 44% increase from ten years ago when 695 residents reported an incident of domestic violence.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “It’s unacceptable that so many women in Renfrewshire should be subject to violence during their lives. Renfrewshire should be a safe place for women to live, work or visit.

“The aim of the Reclaim the Night march is to raise awareness of these issues and show our commitment to ending violence against women.”

Reclaim the Night is a free event and there is no need to register.

Parking is available at West College Scotland or at Renfrewshire Council’s HQ after 4.30pm.

For more information, please visit

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are fast approaching one of our biggest supermarket food collections of the year which will take place at the Tesco stores in Renfrew and Paisley, and now also the new Linwood store for the first time across three days – 27, 28 & 29 November.


We are in need of volunteers to sign up for usually 90 minute shifts to do a variety of roles – either handing out leaflets to the public as they enter the store, collect food as people leave or sort the food for transport in the van at the end of the day. Our amazing collections team are coordinating the volunteer rotas for the 3 days and they have a simple online sign-up link which we’re asking people to complete if they are able to help at all.

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Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hundreds of Renfrewshire residents enjoyed a community event with a difference at Paisley Town Hall this week.

Visitors to the Renfrewshire Council’s Your Home, Your Street, Our Community event walked through a series of model home, garden and street exhibits, receiving expert information and advice on their journey.

Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

The event was designed by Community Resources at Renfrewshire Council to showcase services whose aim is to make the area “safer, stronger and greener”.

Advisors from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and other public sector agencies joined council officers to speak with local residents about everything from internet safety to microchipping pet dogs.

Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

Local business owners took an opportunity to walk down ‘Commerce Street’ and find out more about e-commerce, trading standards and more. And workshops with local school children explored various issues around staying safe.

Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall opened the event and said: “At the council, we work every day with partners in community safety and public protection to make Renfrewshire safer, stronger and greener. That’s the message we wanted to get across with this event, and I think we did so in a very interesting and engaging way.

Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

“We had almost 700 people brave the terrible weather on the day to visit us and I think that shows the appetite out there for information about services.

“Lots of agencies are dedicated to helping communities and businesses in Renfrewshire thrive. Everyone plays their part, and it was so encouraging to see them all represented and event and so keen to help local people.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley is gearing up for a fantastic festive party in the town centre when chart-topping boyband Union J lead the bill at the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The Xmas extravaganza – set to attract a crowd of tens of thousands – takes place on Saturday 15 November and will see a full day of entertainment in the town centre.

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The fun starts at noon with the annual reindeer parade, led by Santa himself, before Clyde 1 DJs get the fun under way on the main stage in Gauze Street at 1pm.

Acts set to appear during the afternoon include children’s entertainers The Singing Kettle at 1.30pm, with the much-loved group on their farewell tour.


Next up at 3.30pm are Glasgow’s electropop sensations Prides, who have had a momentous 2014, including an appearance in front of a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.


And the headline act will be Union J, who have had three top-ten hits since finishing fourth on the X Factor in 2012, and will take to the stage at 5.30pm before helping Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall switch on the lights at 6pm.

And Union J’s Jaymi Hensley had a special message for his Renfrewshire fans, saying: “We are really looking forward to coming to Paisley.

“We’ve been told it’s always a really fun day so we’re looking forward to doing a big outdoor gig in the town centre for thousands of people.

“And it will be lovely to catch up with our Scottish fans as they’ve always given us great backing.”

Elsewhere in the town centre there will be a snow beach, funfair, Christmas craft workshops, face painting and children’s entertainers, as well as the chance to shop for craft, design and vintage clothing at the Slug in a Bottle market.

The event is being held by Renfrewshire Council as part of its town centre events programme.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Over the past few years, Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch-on has grown and grown into a massive event – and one which attracts people into Paisley from outwith the local area.

“Our whole events programme is geared towards using our town centres as venues, thus ensuring local traders can soak up the benefits of having such big crowds on their doorsteps.

“This year we have again put together another programme of top-quality entertainment along what is already a winning formula.

“I am sure the event will again be popular so I would encourage people to come along be part of it, we look forward to seeing you there.”

There are two other Christmas Lights Switch-on events still to come locally, in Renfrew on Saturday 22 November and Johnstone a week later.

Residents are reminded there will be a series of road closures in Paisley town centre on the day of the event, and these can be seen at[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The ‘Wee Red Dot’, Renfrewshire’s first-ever Youth Voice Film Festival proved very popular with budding local film-makers and their families when it took place at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 1 November.

Billed as ‘the essential young person’s guide to film in Renfrewshire’, the day-long event had something for all kids and young adults aged 6 – 21; screenwriting, animation and directing masterclasses, free animation workshops plus a Q&A opportunity with Youtubers ‘Brucefinity Bruce’ and ‘Infinitecrafted’.

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The big screen in the theatre also showcased films created by participants from Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Club Animate, students and recent graduates from University of West Scotland’s Creative Industries course, the award-winning youth group ‘Project Z’, Into Film and youngsters from Kibble School.

Kilbarchan teenager Morgan Spence also presented his latest LEGO® animations – fresh from the success of his ‘Brick Wonders’ film series specially created for Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ LEGO exhibition of the same name, which is currently on display at Paisley Museum. To date, the seven Brick Wonders films have been viewed on Morgan’s Youtube channel over 60,000 times.

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The event was supported by CREATE Paisley and LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) based in Lochwinnoch.

Councillor James Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said:

“The Wee Red Dot Festival is a great way to introduce creative youngsters to the world of film and new media.

It highlights the number of local groups and individuals who currently contribute to Renfrewshire’s vibrant film-making scene and gives young people the chance to try out a number of specialist film-making techniques from an early age.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A unique service to give Renfrewshire’s children the best start in life through a stronger focus on early years intervention and more support for families has reached its first anniversary.

Families First ‘core teams’ were set up by Renfrewshire Council in Linwood and Ferguslie 12 months ago to take forward a neighbourhood-based approach to helping families build a better future for their children, with a focus on 0-8 years.

One year on, Advice Works staff based within the teams have generated a total of £347,400 across both areas in support and income that local families didn’t know they were entitled to.

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And more than 200 families have received one-to-one support from member of the Families First teams across the two areas on issues ranging from parenting support and health and well being to maximising household income and budgeting.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Education Convener, said: “Our Families First Core Teams provide responsive, on-the-ground support for families in Linwood and Ferguslie who have young children. The teams offer a support package that starts with our staff building trust with the families and quickly moves forward to helping the families achieve their potential.

“No two Families First stories are the same. Some families have a key worker working very closely with them for months and this can include support from health visitors and Advice Works also. Some have a key worker for a shorter time with added support from a Homestart volunteer. While other families come along to the drop-in sessions that the teams run for an informal cuppa and chat with staff and other families – and they know the teams are there if they need them.”

As well as the two core teams, 10 extra early years teachers have been recruited across Renfrewshire as part of the £14m Families First programme, and a looked after children mentoring team has been set up.

And all P1-P3 pupils across Renfrewshire who receive free school meals are invited to take part in the Families First Clubs during school holidays. The Clubs, which have also reached their first anniversary, offer a free meal and free activities every day during school holidays.

Clubs are also offered to children who attend additional support needs schools and children under five who attend a council pre-five centre during school holidays.
Councillor Henry added: “One year on, I’m delighted to say that investing heavily in our early year’s strategy and developing it into the Families First programme has had an extremely positive impact. We’ve heard first hand from families who tell us the core team support has been invaluable to them, and also from parents who value the extra support which the free clubs offer during school holidays.

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“The core teams and the clubs are an important part of an overall Families First approach that aims to give our children the best possible start in life and my thanks go to everyone who has made the first year such a success.”

Case Study:

Louise Fraser, 27, from Ferguslie, is a single mum to three boys: Paul, 6; Aiden, 3; and Jason, who is 4 months old.

After Jason was born in June 2014, Louise’s health visitor put her in touch with Families First team. Frances Robertson, the Ferguslie Team Co-ordinator, went to Louise’s home to chat with her and assess where support for the family could be brought in.

From there Frances made an appointment for Louise with Karen Ewing, the Families First team’s Advice Worker.

Karen checked that the family was receiving all the support and benefits it was entitled to. Karen was able to get the family Healthy Start Vouchers to buy Jason’s formula every week; found that Paul was entitled to free school meals, which he’s now receiving; helped Louise re-apply for her tax credits to take account of the new baby, and her Child Tax Credits increased as a result.

David Kennedy, the Families First team’s energy adviser also worked with Louise and made a successful application to the Warm Home Discount Fund, meaning she now receives £140 a year towards the family’s energy bill. David also switched Louise’s tariff – a move that will save her around £40 a year.

And because Paul started receiving free school meals – he became entitled to attend the Families First clubs which offer (free school meal entitled children) a healthy lunch and fun activities from 12noon until 2.30pm, every weekday during the school holidays.

Frances was also able to get Aiden extra nursery time over the summer (2 days a week during the school holidays) which meant Louise had extra time to bond with her new baby. During this time, Louise took Jason to the free baby massage sessions the Families First team were running in Ferguslie.

Louise said: “The Families First team has been absolutely fantastic. I can’t thank Frances and her team enough for the support that me and the boys have received.

“Now that the free school meals are in place for Paul, it saves me £10 a week on his lunches and he can now attend the holiday clubs. The clubs are great for him because he has activities to take part in, social interaction with other children, and a free lunch, all through the school holidays.

“Having the Healthy Start Vouchers to buy Jason’s formula is also a big help, plus the support the team gave me to have my tax credits re-assessed and to access the Warm Home Fund, has also made such a difference.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley Natural History Society is continuing its autumn programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Adrian Davis on Thursday 6 November, 7.30pm at Paisley Museum.

Adrian is a leading authority on Scottish Wildcats and has developed an extensive knowledge of this elusive creature. Using field signs combined with remote camera traps, he has surveyed vast areas of North West Scotland, to identify distribution, habitat requirements and localised ‘hotspots’.



Adrian previously managed the Wildcat Haven Project, based at Lochaber. The project aimed to conserve and protect the Scottish Wildcat by controlling the number of feral and domestic cats through large scale neutering, as they can easily hybridise and so dilute the pure Wildcat gene pool. This is the single, largest risk to an estimated population of only 300 – 400 individuals left in Scotland.

Come along and find out what is being done to try and conserve this enigmatic species.

About Paisley Natural History Society

This talk is free and open to everyone. For more information about the Paisley Natural History Society visit our website at or contact Lesley Hill (Club Secretary) on 0141 884 3352.

Paisley Natural History society was formed in the early 1970’s by local naturalists and is still going strong. The aims of the society are simple:

1. To encourage the study of natural history in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

2. To support the conservation of wildlife and habitats; and

3. To maintain links with the Natural History department of Paisley Museum.

Regular indoor meetings are held in Paisley Museum on Thursday evenings during the winter months covering a variety of natural history topics from butterflies and birds to fungi and fossils and outings are organised during the summer months visiting sites throughout Scotland.

You don’t need to be a member to come along to the talks, they are open to anyone with an interest in natural history.

Copies of the winter talks programme can be obtained from Paisley Museum and the talks are also listed on the Renfrewshire Council website.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Video of Paisleys Halloween Parade

Video of Paisleys Halloween Parade as it goes through the streets of Paisley which included Spark the LED Drummers as well as a parade of family’s dressed in their Halloween costumes which included members of PACE, stilt walkers, jugglers and massive flowers of fire placed along Abbey Close.

Click for Photographs of Paisley Halloween Parade…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Paisley fireworks display due to take place on Saturday has been called off due to safety risks posed by the expected wind direction.

The Paisley fireworks display due to take place on Saturday has been called off due to safety risks posed by the expected wind direction.

But the full afternoon of free entertainment planned for the main stage in Gauze Street between noon and 6pm WILL still go ahead as planned.

Council bosses have been advised the forecast wind direction and likely strong gusts on Saturday evening would make the fireworks display a risk to people and buildings.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan explained: “It is unfortunate that a key part of such a popular and well-attended event has had to be cancelled.

“But we are confident the decision is the right one and are sure that the planned live entertainment will still be a great day of free family fun.

“We have been studying the weather forecasts all week hoping the event could go ahead as planned, but we are not willing to take any risks with public safety.

“It was felt the day before was the best time to announce a postponement, as we didn’t want to call it off at the last minute.

“The issue isn’t with the possible rain – more that the wind direction and gusts on Saturday evening mean that we cannot guarantee nearby buildings might not be damaged.”

Emily X factor

The entertainment will start at noon with Clyde 1 DJs live on stage. Over the afternoon, acts set to appear include Scotland’s X Factor star Emily Middlemas and the spectacular LED drummer of Spark! among others.

Other attractions on offer will include a funfair, while we will have face painters and street entertainers out in the town centre during the day.

Please note that the Paisley Halloween Festival – due to take place tonight (Friday) is not affected by the weather and will go ahead as planned.

And fans of big town centre events can still look forward to the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on on Saturday 15 November, featuring chart-topping boyband Union J.

You can keep up to date at or by following the council on social media at @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or /renfrewshirecouncil on Facebook.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Young footballers in the popular Street Stuff programme received a timely reminder this week to ‘keep the fireworks for on the pitch’.

Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and Renfrewshire Council all attended a Friday night Street Stuff session at St Mirren’s indoor dome to deliver important firework safety messages to the players.

Young footballers in the popular Street Stuff programme received a timely reminder this week to ‘keep the fireworks for on the pitch’.

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Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and Renfrewshire Council all attended a Friday night Street Stuff session at St Mirren’s indoor dome to deliver important firework safety messages to the players.

Regular Street Stuff players were joined for the session by players from St Mirren’s Junior Academy and first team star Sean Kelly.

As a warm-up for the traditional Friday night game, players received an instructional talk of the dangers of misusing fireworks.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re getting into fireworks season and it’s important that as many young people as possible are made aware of the risks involved in misusing them. “We’ve got some brilliant players here showing some fantastic skills and the message is to keep the fireworks on the pitch! We have a spectacular display taking place in Paisley town centre, and that’s the place to watch fireworks.

“Sessions like this are great for getting the message across because we get a captive audience at Street Stuff here for the football, and they are already aware of the risks and consequences of antisocial behaviour.

“Street Stuff is very much a partnership and it’s thanks to St Mirren, the police and the fire service that we’re able to do things like this.”

Street Stuff is an award-winning programme designed to divert young people away from antisocial behaviour and low-level offending.

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