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New coaches have the right stuff for Street Stuff

An award-winning scheme which uses football to help reduce youth crime has made a few summer signings, with help from a council employment programme.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various local agencies, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren FC, running a number of free activities for teenagers at youth disorder hotspots.

And Street Stuff has just recruited another five coaches from a group of unemployed young people who took part in a sports coaching programme.

Street Stuff jobs (caption in release)

The positions are being financially supported through the council’s flagship Invest in Renfrewshire programme to tackle unemployment, which offers financial support to help local businesses grow and create jobs.

A total of 13 young people took part in the 10-week sports and employability programme run by St Mirren, with funding from the SPFL Trust, which gave them an SFA football coaching qualification as well as practical work experience.

Five of them – Joe McNally, Scott Britt, David Anderson, Lauren O Donnell and Chris Burns – have been awarded full-time jobs, while the other eight will all be able to pick up sessional work with Street Stuff.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan and the council’s Street Stuff champion, Councillor Eddie Devine, attended an end-of-programme awards ceremony at St Mirren Park, where they were joined by Street Stuff staff and Saints captain Steven Thompson.

Councillor Macmillan said: “Street Stuff has been running in Renfrewshire for a few years now, and has contributed to a dramatic fall in the rate of youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“The council has a focus on creating jobs and providing opportunities for young people through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme, and we are delighted to be able to help expand the scope of Street Stuff in this way.”

St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell added: “The value of these programmes is in the difference you see in the young people.

“They have come on quite a journey – you see a real change in their confidence and self-esteem over the ten weeks.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff sessions include street football and a mobile youth club called The Box, and the summer timetable sees them take place at five locations across Renfrewshire six nights a week.

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Countdown is on to Sma Shot Day

The first big date in Renfrewshire’s summer town centre events calendar arrives at the weekend with the return of family favourite Sma’ Shot Day.

The popular annual event – one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – will take place on Saturday 5 July in the usual place of Abbey Close.

Sma' Shot Day - Tony Lawler and Provost Anne Hall

The fun begins at noon when the parade, headed by the beat of the Charleston Drum, sets off from Brodie Park.

Attractions at Abbey Close include funfair rides and stalls including the Slug in a Bottle market, featuring a mix of traditional and vintage clothing and accessories.

There will be performances throughout the day on the outdoor stage from PACE Youth Theatre Group as well as various local bands from LNP Promotions.

The day will culminate with the spectacular Burning of the Cork – which marks the victory of the 19th-century weavers over the mill owners – at 5pm.

Elsewhere, older folks can step away from the crowds at a tea dance in Paisley Town Hall from 1 to 3pm.

A full schedule for the day can be viewed at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

To help promote the event, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall met up with Freeman of Renfrewshire Tony Lawler, who will take up his usual place beating the drum at the head of the parade.

Sma' Shot Day - Tony Lawler and Provost Anne Hall

Provost Hall said: “Sma Shot Day is always a popular family favourite and we hope to see a big crowd come out and enjoy the day.

“Last year’s event took place in blazing sunshine so fingers crossed the Paisley weather is kind and we get more of the same this year.

“Sma Shot Day is important because it helps keep alive a link to the area’s proud past at the heart of the world’s textile industry.

“The council has recently announced big plans to use Paisley’s heritage and culture to drive regeneration and tourism over the next decade, and events like Sma Shot Day will be part of that.”

Sma Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls.

Sma' Shot Day - Tony Lawler and Provost Anne Hall

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma Shot Day.

Any residents planning a trip into the town centre on Saturday are reminded that parking is free in all council-metered bays every weekend.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Suicide Memorial Football Fest

Ferguslie once again hosted the annual football tournament as part of a drive to raise awareness of suicide within the community.

Budding football enthusiasts signed up their 7-a-side teams to the No Substitute for Life event on Sunday 29th of June. The memorial event also hosted a variety of entertainment for children and adults of all ages including arts and crafts activities and also a bouncy castle within the Tannahill Centre.



The tournament is part of a campaign to raise awareness of suicide among young men and provide an opportunity for survivors of bereavement by suicide to commemorate their loved ones. It was the vision of Paul Cadona that reached out to organizations to create this support for the community and with help the help he received he did just that, making this the 4th year the event has been run. They have accomplished so much, great respect for everyone involved.

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire.

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Charleston Centre between 7pm and 9pm.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.
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Photographs from the day.

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Contact the Elderly has declared a state-of-emergency as the number of socially isolated older people reaches breaking point.

Spurred by concern over the speed at which the government is tackling the problem of a million neglected older people in the UK who are off the radar, and the rate at which these numbers are growing, the charity is taking the issue into its own hands as it heads into its 50th year.


Supported by a network of volunteers across Scotland, England and Wales, Contact the Elderly offers a vital lifeline of friendship to those aged 75 and over, who live alone. The charity’s monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties enable older people to receive much-needed human contact.

Now the charity is calling for more volunteers to get involved to host a tea party in their home once a year or to drive older guests to and from the parties once a month.

A new study conducted by independent research agency Qa Research reveals that almost one in five (19%) of the older people Contact the Elderly supports joined the charity because they rarely saw another person.

In Scotland, 14% of respondents joined the groups because they ‘rarely saw another person’ and 17% only see friends and family ‘a few times and year or less’.

With almost 50 years’ experience, Contact the Elderly knows that the solution to loneliness can be as simple as a regular face-to-face chat over a cup of tea. Some 78 per cent of the older people surveyed feel less lonely as a result of the monthly tea parties. A total of 96% said the tea parties give them something to look forward to.

Margaret Oliver, West of Scotland Development Officer, says, “We offer a vital lifeline of friendship to some of the loneliest people i. By its nature, social isolation often means that the loneliest people are the hardest to reach. By spreading the word we can encourage more local people to give up just two hours a month as a driver, or a few hours a year as a host.”

With the survey identifying key loneliness triggers as marital bereavement (22%) and lack of mobility (51%); 80 per cent of guests said they felt happier after joining one of the charity’s groups.

Contact the Elderly Founder and Chairman, Trevor Lyttleton MBE, says “Loneliness amongst older people has reached a state of emergency and must not be ignored. For almost 50 years we have been focussing on providing a cost-effective solution, yet the demand for our service has never been so high.

“We know our formula of tea and conversation works, but we simply cannot reach out to the people that desperately need our help without increased volunteers and funding.”

If you want to volunteer for Contact the Elderly or join as a guest, please Margaret on Margaret.oliver@contact-the-elderly.org.uk or 01389 605915.


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Multi-million-pound Paisley Transformation plans officially launched

Ambitious plans to use Paisley’s internationally-significant cultural and heritage assets to turn the town into one of the key destinations on Scotland’s tourist map were officially launched today in the town.

Key figures from the local community and national cultural scene heard how multi-million-pound regeneration proposals to transform the town over the next decade will be brought to life.


It is thought the plans could create 800 jobs and be worth an extra £45m a year to the local economy – and if successful they could lead to a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

The launch of Paisley: The Untold Story saw several hundred people gather in the spectacular Thomas Coats Memorial Church to hear speeches and theatrical and musical performances.

The steps of the church – known as the Baptist Cathedral of Europe – were dressed with 30 vibrantly-coloured handmade trees on which almost 1,000 ‘wishes for Paisley’ written by local schoolchildren were attached.

Meanwhile, members of the local PACE youth theatre group – the largest in the UK – formed a Paisley Pattern shape, the globally-recognised symbol of the town’s textile industry.

The event, hosted by Paisley-born TV star Tom Urie, saw speeches from Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, author and one-time local writer-in-residence Ajay Close, Creative Scotland’s Director of Strategy Philip Deverell, and PACE Theatre Group director David Wallace.


The proposals contained within the Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy, approved by local councillors earlier this year, would use the town’s outstanding cultural, architectural and industrial heritage as the basis for a wide-ranging programme of regeneration to benefit all of Renfrewshire.

Plans include the refurbishment of Paisley Museum to become a national museum of textile and costume, the building of a Paisley fashion and design centre on the town’s High Street and a study into a new theatre space.

The infrastructure projects would take place alongside an expansion of the area’s existing cultural and events programme, which last year saw Paisley host the Royal National Mòd for the first time.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “It is no exaggeration to say this launch could mark a turning point in the recent history of the area, leading to lasting positive change for all of Renfrewshire.

“Paisley has a wealth of assets to be proud of – the second-highest concentration of listed buildings in Scotland, our historic place at the heart of the global textile industry, and our thriving events, arts and cultural scene to name just three.

“Those assets will be used as the engine to drive regeneration throughout the whole area – and all of Renfrewshire will share in the economic benefits.

“But what we are aiming at is bigger than anything the council could do by itself. Paisley’s biggest asset is its people – and this process will be led by them, for them.

“When the Paisley Pattern was invented, the town was known the world over. We are ready to tell the town’s story to the world again and to bring the world to Paisley.”

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St Mirren Youth Girls FC

St Mirren Youth Girls FC, are a team of girls ages 10 and upwards, with mixed ability who are based in the heart of Paisley.These girls all hold one thing in common and that is a unquestionable passion for football.

We train twice a week, Tuesday evening, 7 – 8:30 & Sunday afternoons, 2 – 3:30. With it being summer we are outdoors at our home ground, Jenny’s well, Paisley.

Over the past few months we have been playing in a variety of tournaments across the central belt and have had outstanding success. We are now working hard to prepare for the start of our League in August.

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With the team being a fairly new section within St Mirren Youth, we recently held a race night to generate funds to buy the girls brand new kits, equipment and help with the general costs of running a team. The night was an outstanding success, raising a staggering £2300!! The generosity and support we received from family, friends, local Paisley business’s and Scottish based companies were second to none, all of which we will be forever grateful too.

We are always looking for new players, in particular for our under 15’s squad at present. So if you know of anyone that would love to come and share there passion and skills with us please get in touch with, our email is smygfc@yahoo.co.uk, look us up on Facebook St Mirren YFC-Girls or text or call us on 07765363223. We look forward to hearing from you.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]LOCAL AIR CADETS RECRUITMENT EVENING

On Saturday the 14th of June, 12 members of local air cadets, 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron, attended Barshaw Park Gala Day. The cadets were on hand to do face painting for local youngsters with camouflage paint, a skill they learned during many exciting fieldcraft training camps at Garelochhead Army Training Base and Dechmont Ranges. The local kids loved being made up to look like the older cadets.



The cadets also took the opportunity to spread the word about their New Recruitment Induction Evening being held at their Headquarters on 81 Glasgow Road (opposite Iceland, next to Capability Scotland) on Wednesday 18th June, starting at 7pm. It’s open to anyone aged 13 – 17, and there you can find out more about the air cadets and join in some fieldcraft training exercises, even if you missed meeting them at the Gala Day. You can also bring along your parents and friends, everyone’s welcome to find out about all their fun activities like flying, gliding, target shooting and sports. The cadets also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, first aid, camps and leadership.


For local Cadets Jack Patton (14) and Bethany Patton (15), cousins from St Andrews Academy in Paisley, this was the first time recruiting new members since they joined themselves nearly one year ago. Jack said, “In the past year I’ve been flying 3 times, once in a Sea King Search and Rescue Helicopter and twice in a Grob Tutor which is used to train real pilots in the RAF.”


Bethany added,” I’ve been taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with the squadron and have completed the skills, volunteering and sports sections. I’ve also done my practice hike and am looking forward to my assessed hike later in the year. Then, I’ll be awarded with my Bronze badge.”


Both will be attending an Outward Bound Course with the air cadets next week. They’ll be taking part in activities such as hill walking, climbing, abseiling and mountain biking. These are just a few of the great activities you could be taking part in too.


Recruitment Officer Claire McKenzie said, “I’d like to thank the staff and cadets for all their hard work today. We’ve spoken to many local people, spreading the word about the great opportunities we offer and we’re all looking forward to seeing them again at our induction evening on Wednesday Night at 7pm on Glasgow Road.”


2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron are currently looking for new members aged 13 – 17 to join them. They offer flying, gliding, target shooting, sports, camps, adventure training and much more. If you’re interested in joining the air cadets, please pop into their recruitment evening on Wednesday night. Alternatively, call 0141 889 5906 and leave a message or email 2175@aircadets.org. You can also get more information from their website www.2175atc.co.uk and on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/2175RollsRoyceSqn.

Location: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/81+Glasgow+Rd/@55.8469349,-4.4061884,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4888492f43f2d0b3:0xe404be916c9f6370




With almost 49,000 members, aged from 13 to 20 years, within around 1,000 Squadrons, the ATC is one of the country’s premier youth organisations and the world’s largest youth air training organisation. www.aircadets.org

For further information contact:


Flight Lieutenant Suzanne Callan RAF VR(T) BSc PGCE

Commanding Officer

2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron


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Toot, toot! The PlayTalkRead bus heads back to Renfrewshire

The PlayTalkRead bus returns to Renfrewshire this month – giving local families the chance to get creative, sing songs and tell stories.

The big purple bus will call at Erskine Library before touring Renfrewshire for two weeks from Monday 16 June, making a total of 12 fun-filled stops.


The Scottish Government-funded PlayTalkRead bus travels up and down the country to show the positive impact of play. It introduces parents and carers to fun activities they can try at home with their child.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener, said: “Often the best play ideas are simple and don’t cost a penny. Interaction with children really helps build the child/parent bond while developing essential social skills and motivation that can make lifelong learning easier.

“Admission to the bus is free for Renfrewshire families and there’s no need to book. Whenever and wherever parents and carers see the bus they can hop on board with their children to discover a world of fun and engaging activities to do together.”

The PlayTalkRead bus offers parents and children the opportunity to join in with BookBug storytelling, rhymes and songs sessions with young passengers also receiving a free book or playcube to take home.

Details of the tour can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk and for hundreds of playtime ideas visit: www.playtalkread.org

  1. PlayTalkRead bus timetable:
Date Venue Timings
16 June


Erskine Library, Bridgewater Place, Erskine


  • 10am – 12.15pm


16 June


Bishopton Shops, Greenock Road, Bishopton
  • 1.45pm – 4pm
17 June Gallowhill Shops, Netherhill Road, Paisley
  • 10am – 12.15pm



17 June


Kirklandneuk Community Centre, Ness Road, Renfrew
  • 1.45pm – 4pm
18 June Blackstoun Road, (Near police station), Ferguslie
  • 10am – 12.15pm


18 June Houston Square, Johnstone
  • 1.45pm – 4pm
25 June Foxbar Community Centre, Amochire Road, Paisley
  • 10am – 12.15pn
25 June Glenburn Community Centre, Fairway Avenue, Paisley
  • 1.45 – 4pm
26 June Langbank Village Hall, Middlepenny Road, Langbank
  • 10am – 12.15pm
26 June Linwood Library, Ardlamont Square, Linwood
  • 1.45pm – 4pm


27 June County Square, Paisley
  • 10am – 12.15pm
27 June Barshaw Park, Glasgow Road, Paisley
  • 1.45pm – 4pm


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Barshaw Park Gala Day 2014

Fun for all the family at Barshaw Gala Day

Barshaw Gala Day on Saturday 14 June marks the start of a summer of fun for local residents.

The popular annual event is set to attract thousands of people to Barshaw Park in Paisley’s East End from 12pm to 4pm.

A varied programme of attractions includes main-stage music and entertainment provided by young people from the Erskine Music and Media Studios.

Throughout the day, a variety of local talent will take to the stage looking to catch the eye of the crowd, with varying musical styles sure to provide something for every musical taste.

Across the day there will be a variety of attractions on offer including fairground rides and stalls, while there will be plenty of family activities on display with face painting, children’s entertainers and magicians on hand to keep the entertainment continuing all afternoon.

Those with energy to burn can take part in football competitions or show off their talents on the microphone, with karaoke available to give visitors the chance to steal the show.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “This free event is a terrific opportunity for all the family to get involved in their local community and enjoy the attractions set up on the day.”

“It should be a cracking summer of fun across Renfrewshire with lots of different fun events and activities for families, and Barshaw Gala Day will get us off to a great start!”

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Renfrewshire Carers Balloon Race/Funday on Saturday 26th July 2014.

On this day we will also have various stalls a tea room, face painting, hook a duck, tombola, and many more activities. It will be a fantastic day and we would love you to come along especially to see the Balloons in full flight. This is for an excellent cause as any monies raised will be put directly into Renfrewshire Carers Centre to benefit the lives of unpaid carers in Renfrewshire.


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