Paisley Buddies heading out to Lesotho to help build homes.

A few of our Paisley residents will be travelling all the way to the small country of Lesotho in South Africa this September to help villagers build better homes for those in need of them. This really is a great cause. If you would like to donate please visit their just giving page below and help them meet their target!

Anything at all that anyone can spare is greatly appreciated, thank you for your support!

www.justgiving.com/teamRenfrewshire

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Talented Paisley Girl wows judges at TeenStar auditions!

Rachel Patrick, 17 and stays in Paisley has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the TeenStar auditions. Along with other impressive acts, Rachel has made it through to the Regional Finals of the UK’s only singing competition specifically for teens and pre-teens, and will now be performing live showcases of the competition.  Rachel wil be performing in City Halls, Candelriggs in Glasgow’s Merchant City on the 5th of April fighting for a place in the Area Finals.

TeenStar is an exciting national singing competition searching for the UK’s best teens and pre-teens singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material. TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, and Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music, meaning TeenStar is an exciting singing competition for teens and pre-teens to get involved in.

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One contestant who has evidently caught the judge’s eye is local talent Rachel Patrick, who is now in the running to follow in the footsteps of previous winner Luke Friend and compete for a place in the Grand Final. Thousands of hopefuls entered TeenStar nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in a live Regional head-to-head battle alongside the best talent in their area. They’ll be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the National Grand Final.

Chris Grayston, Events Coordinator for TeenStar comments “We are looking to find an act that has something unique to offer, another Birdy or Luke Friend that can go all the way, with both the ability to deliver a strong live performance but also potential to become a professional recording artist. There is so much talent out there I’m sure we can find that star again!”

The competition is divided into age categories – ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category searching for the stars of tomorrow, the Pre-Teens! All types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter TeenStar. All entrants are aiming to make it to that prestigious Grand Final where the spotlight will be shone on them and they’ll have the chance to be signed.

Previous Future Music competition winner Birdy’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since winning Open Mic UK, after securing a deal with Warner Music and watching her debut album achieve Gold status in the UK and platinum status throughout Europe, and receiving a 2014 BRIT award nomination.

Rachel Patrick’s Regional Final is 5th of April 2014, doors open at 7:30pm at The Old Fruitmarket, City Halls, Candelriggs, Glasgow. Tickets are £8 and available from Rachel or from www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk. Rachel is a very talented and pleasent girl who will do her very best to do everything in her power to make her dreams come true. She hopes to get as much support as possible from other people in her local area.

For more information go to the website www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk, or better still come down and support your local talent performing!

For press enquiries please contact Miche Pears on 02380529966 or email office@openmicuk.co.uk.

Contact the Elderly.

Contact the Elderly is a national organisation which aims to relieve the acute loneliness and isolation of people over the age of 75.  We organise small groups of volunteer drivers who take elderly members to a host’s home for tea one Sunday a month.  The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.  Our service is free.

While for some, living alone is a lifestyle choice and one they very much enjoy, for others, it can sometimes lead to feelings of social isolation and loneliness, especially as people grow older, mobility and health declines and social circles narrow.

We are now looking for volunteer drivers who can drive once a month on a Sunday (or be a reserve driver), or host a couple of times a year in their own homes.  Drivers must have their own cars, and hosts must have easy access to their homes and a downstairs toilet.

www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

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PO Box 5207
DUMBARTON  G82 9AP

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PACE Theatre Company – Making the right Connections!

On the 13th, 14th, & 15th March PACE Theatre Company will be performing at The Wynd Auditorium as part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.

Each year new plays are commissioned for and about young people from some of the best contemporary playwrights, for performance by youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland, making Connections one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre.

Last year PACE’s production of “The Guffin” by Howard Brenton was invited to perform at the National Theatre in London where it wowed critics and audiences alike and this year they will be hoping to emulate that feat with their production of “Heritage” by Dafydd James.

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Mayday has dawned in Northbridge, and a group of misfit Youth gather to rehearse their heritage anthem to sing at the celebration. It soon becomes clear however that they have been chosen for a far darker purpose. What has Tubbsy hidden in his bag, why is Mark dressed as a stegosaurus and greater than all what does the Provost know!? Northbridge – a place full of whispers ready to reveal its ‘bloodiest’ secret

PACE’s Mhairi Gilbert who directs the play said “This has been a fantastic opportunity to work with the young actors on a new play and to create a completely original piece of theatre. What the audience can expect is an exciting and vibrant new piece of work which will showcase the talents of these young actors.”

Book now to see PACE Theatre Company perform “Heritage” at The Wynd Auditorium, Paisley 13th – 15th March 2014. Contact the box office on 0845 130 5218. Tickets £8/£6.

The cast will also be performing “Heritage” on Wednesday, 4th June at The Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh as part of a double bill for the NT Connections Festival. Tickets can be purchased from The Lyceum Box Office on 0131 248 4848.

For more information about National Theatre Connections visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections

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.’

Courtesy of www.paisleysmsp.org

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.

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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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EASTER CAMPS

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.

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For further information please contact Football Development Officer, Ross Paterson on 07702 287 693 or email ross.paterson@saintmirren.net.

HOME GAMES

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.

 

AWAY GAMES

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:

FULL VIEW

Adults   £26

Concession (Over 65 or Under 16)  £17

Under 13  £10

RESTRICTED VIEW

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.

 

ST MIRREN PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS DINNER

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 commercial@saintmirren.net.

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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.

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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 www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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 sallymartin@thecreationstation.co.uk

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.

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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 miles@butterflytrust.org.uk or call 0131 445 5590.

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