Improved A&E performance this winter.

The number of people experiencing long waits for A&E treatment has dramatically reduced since last winter, according to new statistics.

Figures released today (Tuesday) show that the number of people attending A&E who were seen and treated within four hours was 93.5 per cent for December 2013, which has increased from 90.3 per cent in December 2012.

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Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:
‘This is good news with improved waiting times over the busy period during winter. We all know that our NHS is put under added strain with winter illnesses and slips and knocks during the cold period. We must never be complacent though, we must always strive to improve how patients are dealt with in our health service. Statistics are a way of understanding how an organisation is working and it must be remembered that these statistics relate to people and their individual experience. When we or our loved ones are experiencing for themselves the care of the NHS then statistics seldom come in to it.

‘£50 million of additional funding has been provided to NHS boards in the form of the emergency care plan in order to target additional requirements needed during winter. No doubt this has helped to reduce waiting times at accident and emergency departments this year.

‘We know how hard our NHS staff work and under additional stress during winter we should appreciate all their efforts.’

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Paisley’s Recycling Super Hub opens.

Residents in Paisley will be able to recycle their waste at the new Recycling Super Hub.

The renovated recycling site at Underwood Road will reopen on Friday 28 February at 8am.

Benefiting from a £1.25 million revamp, the Super Hub layout has been redesigned to improve road access. A new one-way system round the site will reduce traffic queues and allow cars to easily access the site.

Better recycling facilities at street level and clearly signposted recycling facilities will make it easier for residents to recycle their waste.


The Recycling Super Hub is one of the busiest recycling centres in Renfrewshire and the site is expected to see significantly improved recycling performance.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of the Environment Policy Board, said, “It is vital that a facility like the Recycling Super Hub is available to residents. As the most popular recycling site there was a definite need to improve the site’s access and recycling facilities.

“The £1.25 million overhaul of the site has enabled us to offer a better laid out site that has improved road access, is easier for cars to drive through the site and is clearly signposted.

“Recycling our waste is an important step towards a greener Renfrewshire. We have big targets to meet for recycling our waste and reducing how much is sent to landfill.

“I’d encourage residents to come along on Friday 28 February to see the improvements at the Recycling Super Hub for themselves.”

Significant investment was made at Renfrew, Erskine and Linwood Household Waste Recycling Centres between 2005 and 2007. The recycling rate at each site improved to 60% following the renovations.

Currently, 50% of all waste must be recycled to achieve the Zero Waste Scotland targets.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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St Mirren in the Community would like to announce that bookings are now being taken for the ever popular Easter Football Camps.

The Camps will run on both weeks of the Easter school holidays (7th to 11th April and 14th to 18th April) from the club’s exclusive Carbrini@JD Airdome and will cater for boys and girls aged 3 to 12 years old.

Bookings can be made by downloading and printing the booking form, completing it in full and returning it to Football Development Officer, Ross Paterson at the address provided.

The booking form can be found at the foot of this e-mail.


For further information please contact Football Development Officer, Ross Paterson on 07702 287 693 or email


Tickets are currently on sale for our game against Kilmarnock on 1st March, kick-off 3pm.

The tickets details are as follows:


Adult – £20

Adult (Padded Seat) – £22

Concession – £10

Concession (Padded Seat) – £12

Under 12 – £5 (£2 in the family stand)


You can purchase your ticket from both the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop.



Ross County – Saturday 22nd February 2014

Tickets for this match are now on sale and can be pre-purchased by calling the Ross County Ticket Office on 01349 860 860 during normal office hours.  Alternatively tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day from Ross County’s Online Shop.

Normally pre-sales close at 8:00am on the day of the game for online purchases and 12:00pm (noon) for sales over the phone, but for almost all matches you are able to turn up at the Stadium on the day of the game and purchase a ticket from the Ross County Matchday Ticket Office right up until kick off (3:00pm).The ticket prices are as follows:


Adult – £20
Over 65 – £12
Under 18 – £12
FT Student – £12
Under 16 – £10

Celtic – Saturday 22nd March 2014

Tickets for this match are now on sale.  The prices are as follows:


Adults   £26

Concession (Over 65 or Under 16)  £17

Under 13  £10


Adults   £23

Concession (Over 65 or Under 16)  £14

Under 13  £10

We also have 6 sets of wheelchair/ambulant disabled plus carer tickets – priced at £5 each, therefore £10 for both.

We have been allocated 6 carpark spaces for disabled away fans. Names and addresses need to be submitted to the Ticket Office prior to 20th March.

You can purchase your ticket from both the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop.



On Sunday 18th May 2014, the prestigious St Mirren Player of the Year Awards Dinner will take place in the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.

Spend an evening in the company of the St Mirren first team and management at this illustrious dinner.

The ‘Player of the Year Awards Dinner’ is now without a doubt the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of this famous old club’s social activities and this year will be no different.

Our speakers are simply “top drawer”… prepare to laugh the night away thanks to the best after dinner speakers on the circuit, former Motherwell and Morton winger John Gahagan and keeping everything in order for the night former Govan Police Superintendant, John McKelvie.

The evening will consist of:

* Sumptuous Three Course Meal
* St Mirren Player of the Year Awards 20013/14
* Young Player of the Year Awards 2013/14
* Official Website Player of the Year Award 2013/14
* Black & White Magazine Player of the Year Award 2013/14
* Every guest will also receive a souvenir event brochure and corporate gift to commemorate the event.
* Raffle
* Grand Auction

Individual places are available at £75 + VAT  per person, with a minimum of two places on a shared table basis. Tables are available in multiples of TEN at £750 + VAT or TWELVE at £900 + VAT.

To reserve packages, please contact Commercial Manager, Campbell Kennedy on (0141) 840-1337 or e-mail

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High expectations for food waste.

People living in high flats and maisonettes are now able to recycle food waste.

Residents will be able to do their bit for the environment by recycling cooked and uncooked vegetables, meat and even teabags.

Supplies of food waste recycling caddies and bio-degradable liners have been delivered to flatted homes throughout Renfrewshire which have communal waste services.

Residents are urged to use their free liners and 7 litre caddies to recycle all their kitchen food waste. Communal food waste bins will be emptied weekly.

Cllr Devine with recycling collection team

Most residents in Renfrewshire are already using the food waste service, and this last phase will complete the rollout of the programme.

Over 8 tonnes of food waste are currently recycled every day in Renfrewshire, which means less food going to landfill and lower landfill taxes.

The collected food waste produces electricity and fertilizers for crops.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of the Environmental Policy Board, said, “It is fantastic to see that residents in  high flats and maisonettes are now able to recycle in the same way as householders can.

“Recycling food waste is a really important step towards a greener Renfrewshire. Instead of dumping foods and it ending up in landfill, we are able to produce electricity and fertilizer for crops by recycling it.

“I’m delighted to see so many people recycling all their food waste. Renfrewshire’s really getting behind these environmental values.”

Food waste advisors will be supporting the Scottish Government’s food waste campaign next month. To find out more on preventing and recycling food waste visit Morrison’s Anchor Mill, Paisley on 1 March and Tesco, Renfrew, on 2nd March.

For more information on food waste recycling, you can call 0300 300 0300 or visit

The Creation Station Renfrewshire.

The Creation Station Renfrewshire – Paisley is pleased to announce new art activity sessions for toddlers and children (18 months – 5 years) on weekday mornings, run by Sally Martin as part of the national franchise The Creation Station.

Sally is thrilled to be able to offer these “Little Explorer” art classes in Paisley to children with any level of ability, along with the support of their parent/carer.
These award winning sessions with an educational basis are wonderfully engaging and interactive and focus on nurturing young imaginations with term time themes and a structured programme of classes. Each week the class explores a different topic related to the theme using the exciting “Magic Ideas Box”, a parachute for a quick game and a sing-a-long before getting started.

The sessions include exploring and experimenting with different art materials and there are no “rights and wrongs”, the aim is to just get stuck in and make the mess you’d rather not have at home! Splashsuits are provided to keep clothes clean and dry and all materials are non-toxic and safe to use.
The emphasis of the sessions is that there is no pressure to produce a “pretty picture” but rather that mum/dad/grandparent share the moment together with their little ones, just getting stuck in and stimulating little imaginations. It is a wonderful shared bonding experience whilst having some creative fun.
Currently, there is a class on Tuesday mornings at The Wynd Centre (off next Tuesday, back on Feb 18th) at 10am. Sally hopes to be adding a Friday class in the very near future which will be announced on the Facebook page when a second venue has been confirmed. Sessions cost £5 per child, half price for siblings. Try a class for £5 and get your 2nd class for free. Everyone is welcome and Sally would love to see lots of little Paisley artists come down and join in the fun.

The Creation Station Renfrewshire – Paisley will also be offering “Family Funs” Sessions in the holidays and they also run Arty Parties for children up to age 11 years old. For more information or to register your interest in classes please visit the Facebook page, the website or email

The Butterfly Trust.

The Butterfly Trust provides support in the community for people affected by cystic fibrosis throughout Scotland. Our team of trained volunteers provide face to face support services that include emotional support, help to negotiate official systems in regard to housing, education and employment issues, mentoring for young people with cystic fibrosis, massage therapy for young adults with the condition and transport to hospital appointments for people who are not sick enough to qualify for mobility help and cannot afford a car.


The Befriender role is a role which involves offering support to a young person living with Cystic Fibrosis. Befrienders share social activities and support to explore concerns so the person can grow self confidence and develop life skills.

Young people living with this progressive and debilitating condition can face a variety of challenges that disadvantage them socially, financially and in the workplace. Their restrictions on their lifestyle can leave them isolated and sometimes struggling to cope. A befriender will meet with a young person regularly to build a trusting one to one relationship. This will allow the young person space and a suitable environment to explore their feelings, discuss their fears and grow their self-esteem.

A befriender must have access to a car and held their driving licence for a minimum of two years.

If you require any further information, please contact me on or call 0131 445 5590.

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Council pledges £150,000 to help residents in hardship.

Renfrewshire Council has pledged £150,000 towards a crucial support fund to make sure vulnerable residents facing hardship continue to receive help when they need it.

The Scottish Welfare Fund will be given the vital top up in the hope it will now last until the new fund arrives in April.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “Benefit changes and the spiralling cost of living have pushed families who were already struggling to the brink and we’ve been able to help many in need through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

“However without this £150,000 top up, the fund was likely to run out before the new allocation arrived in April, and leaving vulnerable people facing hardship without the support of the fund was absolutely not an option for this council.”

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Holmes is also warning that the Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) fund that’s helping to ease the ‘bedroom tax’ burden for local people could run out because a recent UK Government addition to the fund “is not enough”.

In November the council feared the fund would run out in January and asked the UK Government for £250,000 to ensure the safety net would last until the new fund arrives in April.

But in December the UK Government said Renfrewshire’s DHP pot would only be given an extra £105,000.

Councillor Mike Holmes added: “We’ve been doing all we can to help and support those who are struggling as a result of the bedroom tax – and our DHP fund plays a vital role in that. But the UK Government didn’t properly distribute DHP money among councils, and as a result they set our fund too low to cope with the pressures of benefit reform.

“We topped up this year’s fund with the maximum amount we’re allowed, but since bedroom tax was introduced, we’ve seen an unprecedented number of people coming to us for a DHP to help them cope.

“The DHP fund is not a solution to a policy which should be scrapped, but it has given vulnerable families short-term relief and if we continue to receive applications that meet the criteria at the same rate as we have, the current fund will run out before the new one begins. So the recent addition we received from the DWP is not enough.”

People who are facing crisis or hardship and would like to apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund; or who receive Housing Benefit, are struggling to meet their housing costs and would like to apply to the DHP fund, should call 0300 300 0204.

The Finance and Resources Policy Board approved the £150,000 top up of the Scottish Welfare Fund; and was given an update on the position of the DHP fund at its meeting on Wednesday 22 January.

Council officers will continue to work with the DWP to find out if there will be a further opportunity to bid to the DHP reserve fund over coming weeks.

Between April 2013 and November 2013 the council received 3,351 DHP applications. For the same period during the previous financial year we received 310 DHP applications.

Paisley gets set to host Monte Carlo Classic Car Rally.

Paisley is preparing to roll out the red carpet for some very special visitors when one of world motorsport’s most glamorous events rolls into town this week.

This Thursday 23rd January, up to 100 classic cars from through the decades – including vintage Porsches, Jaguars and Mini Coopers – will assemble outside Paisley Abbey for the only UK start leg of the Monte Carlo Classic Car Rally.

Thousands are expected to turn out for the event, which will see live entertainment during the afternoon before the cars start to depart for France at 6pm.

Legendary racing driver Paddy Hopkirk and Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will wave the cars off on the 2,688km journey to Monte Carlo, via the Channel Tunnel and over the snow-covered Alps.

The Renfrewshire town has been chosen as one of five start points for this year’s event – with the others being Barcelona, Stockholm, Oslo and Reims.

This year’s event will also feature a special display of Hillman Imps – built at former Rootes car plant in Renfrewshire – which will be returning home 50 years after the first Imps took part in the Monte Carlo Rally.

Since the event returned to Scotland in 2011, more than 30,000 spectators have turned out to see the cars off. This year’s event is being hosted by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the Rally Start Committee.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome this prestigious and world-famous event to Paisley and are anticipating a great day for the area.

“Being able to attract an occasion of this calibre is a reflection of Paisley’s growing reputation as a home for top-class events and the distinctive architecture of Paisley Abbey and Town Hall will provide a unique backdrop to the Rally.”

Councillor Macmillan was able to pick up a flavor of the Rally during a preview event this week, held on the Gleniffer Braes overlooking the town.

There, he met rally competitors including Malcolm Oswald, who is marking his 60th birthday by travelling to Monte Carlo in a 1.5 Riley which had been lying in bits in a garage for 37 years before being lovingly rebuilt and restored.

Malcolm said: “”My father was mad keen on the Monte Carlo rallies in the 1950s and I grew up with it. I always wanted to do it so I put my application in this year.

“The car was basically days from being scrapped. It lay in an awful state in a garage under dust and the last tax disc was 37 years beforehand. We’ve done quite a bit of work on it, and, if we can make it, it will be a wonderful feat.”

The event will see road closures in place in Paisley’s Bridge Street and Cotton Street. The cars will travel along the town’s Barrhead Road to the M77, then take the A76 though Mauchline and Cumnock on their way south.

Clyde One DJs will host the live entertainment from 4pm on the stage in Cotton Street, which will also feature the Kennedy Cupcakes dance troupe as well as music.

Free event parking will be available at Wallneuk and at West College Scotland.

Article courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.


Keep Safe Initiative.

Police Scotland and community group I Am Me are working together to set up a Keep Safe Initiative. The Keep Safe initiative is the first of its kind in Scotland and aims to encourage disabled people to live an ordinary life and to raise awareness of, and increase reports of disability hate crime. The Keep Safe initiative will work with a network of local shops, businesses etc to create safe places for disabled people to go if they are lost, scared or if they are the victim of crime.

Keep Safe places can be easily recognised with an I Am Me / Keep Safe window sticker. Staff within premises will assist in any way they can and will be encouraged to report any crimes or incidents to the police.


Keep Safe launched on 23rd August 2013 and was piloted in Paisley town centre. Early feedback from everyone involved indicates that the initiative is making a positive difference in Keeping People Safe.

Due to its initial success Police Scotland are now rolling Keep Safe out to all of Renfrewshire and would like to invite you and staff members along to a free training event on either;

Tuesday 21st January 2014 – 7.00pm or
Tuesday 28th January 2014 – 6.30pm

at the Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB.

The event will last around 1hr 15mins and will include the opportunity to see the hard hitting drama production ‘I Am Me’, performed by PACE Theatre Company. This production highlights what disability hate crime is and the effects that incidents have on individuals and communities. The performance will be followed by a short talk from Police Scotland with information on how your business can participate in the Keep Safe initiative.

All Keep Safe premises will be advertised on a variety of websites and literature distributed across Renfrewshire. Spaces are limited and we would be delighted if you could join us.

To book your place, please contact Ewan Smith (details below). To secure your place we would advise booking early. Refreshments will be provided.

If you require any further information please don\’t hesitate to get in touch with PC Ewan Smith at or 0141 532 6029.

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Award-winning activities for young people kick off the new year.

Young people in Renfrewshire can kick start the new year with FREE evening activities taking place across the area as part of the award-winning Street Stuff programme.

Street Stuff will be running sessions on Monday to Saturday evenings providing young people aged between 10 and 18 with a range of free activities including Street Football with coaches from St Mirren FC and The Box multi-purpose activity space among others.

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There will also be activities taking place in the fantastic Carbrini@JD Airdome facility at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “The Christmas holidays may be over but there’s still plenty of fun to be had for young people in Renfrewshire thanks to the Street Stuff programme .

“These sessions are a great way for young people to get out and have fun in a healthy, positive environment with access to high quality facilities and top class coaching from St Mirren Football Club. The new timetable has activities running in lots of locations across the area which I’m sure will be as popular as ever.”

Street Stuff is a diversionary project providing young people with an opportunity to have fun, get fit and active and meet other people their age.

The new timetable will run from January to March with activities taking place in Gallowhill, Linwood, Bargarran, Foxbar, Shortroods, Ferguslie, Johnstone and St Mirren Park.

Street Stuff sessions will take place on

Mondays 6.30pm-9.30pm at:
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School , Linwood,
·       Shortroods MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone

Tuesdays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood
·       Amochrie Road MUGA, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre MUGA, Johnstone

Wednesdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley

Thursdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre, Johnstone

Fridays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Saturdays 5.30pm -8.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Street Stuff is run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.