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PROTECT YOUR CAT AGAINST DISEASES THAT FREQUENTLY KILL. SINCE THE MIDDLE OF MARCH CHAMPION VETS PAISLEY HAVE BEEN RUNNING OUR “CAT VACCINE AMNESTY” as part of our mission to give Paisley’s adult cats the protection from disease they deserve. Whether a pet cat is an indoor cat or goes out, be aware that cat ‘flu and leukaemia virus (FeLV) are prevalent in the community, are potentially fatal and vaccination provides excellent and reliable protection.


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This is a saving of over £25.00 on the vaccines and worming alone and was due to finish at the end of April. However, we simply to not have the consultation spaces to fulfill all the appointments that Paisley people require from us. Therefore, we are going to extend our amnesty until Saturday 7th May.

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New registrations are welcome and are free!

A new financial advice service has secured families living with the degenerative brain disorder, Huntington’s disease (HD), an extra £610K of income.


The Scottish Huntington’s Association’s three strong Financial Wellbeing team was set with help from the Big Lottery Fund a year ago and since then has worked with more than 250 families securing extra benefit income of around £2500 per family on average.

The SHA is the only charity in the country supporting HD families.

‘The debilitating nature of the disease means that people need to stop working relatively early with 67% of families affected living on an income below the national average and 33% living below the poverty line,’ said SHA chief executive, John Eden.

“This service is proving vital in helping families get money that they are entitled to, but perhaps didn’t know about.”

HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and long-term mental health issues. The average age of onset is between 33 and 45 and those living with the condition will require 24-hour care as it progresses into its later stages. Each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50% risk of developing the condition themselves. There is no cure.

It is estimated that there are around 1100 people living with the condition in the country with another 5000 potentially at risk.

The team works with individuals and families living with HD to advise them on benefits and guide them through the complex world of personal and family financial planning.

‘People living with HD have an enormous amount of stress to deal brought on by their medical condition, they should not need to worry about their financial situation on top of this,” added John.

It is not just about day to day finances either, people living with HD know that eventually they will no longer be in control of their own affairs, our team can help them prepare for this to ensure that everything is in order when this time eventually comes.”

More information available at  www.hdscotland.org.

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Pirates won the Scottish Cup for only the third time since they were re-formed in 1992, crushing the Edinburgh Capitals 9-0 in Fife to record a famous victory.

paisley piratesThey opened in fine style, and quickly wiped away the disappointment of playoff defeat the previous weekend, as they went at their opponents with a display of grit and determination which showed their intent, and they were ahead as early as the fifth minute. While shorthanded, they attacked the Capitals, and with Mallinson out of his goal at the Edinburgh end a defensive error gave Blair an open goal and he made no mistake to put the Paisley side ahead. Edinburgh were still very much in the game in the first session, with Mark Paterson having no fewer than three good chances to square the match, but he failed to hit the target with any of them, and with Pirates continuing to apply their own pressure a scoreless remainder to the period sent them in at the first break 1-0 ahead.

They quickly played off the remainder of their fourth penalty of the night and proceeded to put the Capitals to the sword. Skipper McCamley picked his spot for the second goal within a minute, before Thorp added a third with a shot from behind the defensive line, before Orr netted the first of his treble to make it four before the halfway point. The Capitals knew it wasn’t going to be their night when a Mallinson save rebounded to strike Riddell and trickle over the line for five, and before the break Orr took a pass from Miller to skate beyong the halfway line and fire an unstoppable shot past the netminder for a slightly surreal 6-0 advantage at the second interval.

Pirates continued to go forward at speed in the final session and soon made it seven on the powerplay as Orr duly flicked home to complete his hat trick. Caps replaced the shell shocked Mallinson with Rodger at this juncture, but they couldn’t stop the flow of goals and Miller took the score to eight in the final half of the session with a trademark shot from the left side of the zone. With Pirates’ youngsters also getting the chance to enjoy the moment, Haydn Bain duly completed the scoring with under five minutes remaining to round off a memorable evening for the Paisley side, to the delight of a large, not to say vociferous, travelling support, who started their celebrations long before the final whistle was sounded.

Park Mains former pupil, Lauren Lochhead, whose own career in corporate procurement is off to a flying start, has gone back to school to encourage pupils to consider a similar choice of profession. She has also visited, St Andrews, Johnstone High, Paisley Grammar, Linwood High and St Benedict’s to promote careers in procurement and has plans to speak to pupils at Glennifer and Gryffe High Schools.

Jeremi BieleckiLauren left school in 2011 and embarked on an Honours Degree in International Business with Management Science at Strathclyde University. Her studies involved learning about various problem solving and decision-making techniques but she had little opportunity to put her knowledge into practice when, after graduating, she was working part-time in a supermarket.

Lauren Lochead at Park Mains High

Keen to kick-start her career, Lauren applied for an 11 month paid graduate internship with Invest in Renfrewshire and joined the Corporate Procurement Team at Renfrewshire Council.

Of her own specialism, Lauren said; “I had never considered a career in procurement prior to my internship and, in all honesty, did not have much of an idea what procurement even was!”

In fact, procurement involves buying goods, services and works that the council needs to deliver high-quality services to the people of Renfrewshire. The Procurement Team works to get the best value for Renfrewshire’s residents and to generate fair opportunities for suppliers. The team also seeks to secure further benefits – like job opportunities – for our communities.

As a result of her experience, Lauren said; “Now I know that this profession has a lot to offer young people. I have enjoyed my work and have been involved in promoting careers opportunities in procurement; developing a leaflet, networking with professionals at different levels, and engaging with young people at various careers events.

“Procurement offers many exciting and rewarding career options and it was great to into schools and spread the word about these opportunities.”

Lauren is not the only graduate intern working with the Procurement Team. Jeremi Bielecki who attended Paisley Grammar School, James Watt College, and the University of the West of Scotland, graduated with an honours degree in Music Technology. He was working in a pub and developing his career in music when he applied for an internship and now feels that he is firmly on the path to a successful career in procurement. He said; “The best thing about my internship is that it helped me to discover a specialism that I might not otherwise have considered and now I have real professional experience and a strong interest in this growing field.”

The council’s Corporate Procurement Manager, Fiona Hughes said; “Because this is such a fast-growing profession, we have to recruit and develop talented people to meet the demands for our work. Both Lauren and Jeremi have been brilliant additions to our team and I really hope that they will pursue careers in procurement. Graduate internships have proved a really effective way for us to bring people into the profession.”

Invest in Renfrewshire, the council’s employability and business growth initiative runs a graduate internship programme for residents who are younger than thirty and who are unemployed or under-employed in jobs that are unrelated to their degree. Interns work on projects for either five or eleven months and are paid the Living Wage. So far, almost 200 Renfrewshire graduates have completed internships and four out of five of them have gone straight into jobs.

Local businesses interested in employing an intern or graduates who would like to become one can call 0141 618 7490 to talk to t Invest team. People with an interest in building a career in procurement can read Lauren’s ‘Quick Guide to Careers in Procurement’ on the council’s website, www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/jobs

Ferguslie Prince’s Trust Team 25 celebrates success!

A huge congratulation go to The Prince’s Trust Team 25, whom have just completed their 12 week personal development programme at West College Scotland’s Paisley Campus. The course, which is designed to help young people identify their hidden talents and improve their confidence, as well as gain a nationally recognised qualification has been immensely successful since the first team started just a year ago at the Ferguslie Learning Centre.


Pictured (L-R): James Pearson, Stuart Blythe, Lewis Gillies, Sean O’Donnell Koren Taylor, Paul Wilson

The team celebrated their achievements at an award presentation with family and friends last week in the Abercorn Conference Centre.

Jackie Shirley, Princes Trust Team Leader said, ‘Team 25 worked hard to complete all projects as well as putting back into their community.  All team members have developed and worked on their skills which has allowed them all to progress onto further training and/or education.’

Koren, 19 from Paisley who was the sole female on the Team this time around said, ‘It was a really worthwhile experience as I pushed myself to do things I didn’t think I could do. The residential and placements were my favourite parts as we got to help in the community.

Lewis, 17 from Paisley said, ‘I enjoyed it because I really lacked confidence in group situations. I feel happy in myself that I’ve been able to cope a lot better – the outdoor activities such as abseiling, zip wire and rock climbing were great to do.’

Both Koren and Lewis have applied to study NC courses at the College this August with Koren also securing a part-time job.

If you are looking for the chance to improve your confidence and self-esteem, make new friends and learn new skills through a range of outdoor activities, community activities and work experience, then don’t wait a minute longer!  The next Prince’s Trust Team programme starts on Monday 16 May from the Ferguslie Learning Centre and you can apply via the College website www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk or call Jackie for more information on: 07881 783790.

A record-breaking number of pipers are set to descend on Paisley next month – with 147 bands heading to the town for the British Pipe Band Championships.

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The championships – one of the biggest dates in the worldwide piping calendar – are on their way to Renfrewshire for the first time on Saturday 21 May

And event bosses have confirmed this year will see the highest number of entries in the decades-old history of the competition after the deadline passed last week.

That means the St James Playing Fields will be turned into a spectacle of sight and sound, with anywhere between 3,500 and 4,000 pipers and drummers from across the UK and abroad set to compete on the day, across 200 live performances.

The 2016 event will be the start of a three-year run for the championships in Paisley, having taken place in Bathgate for the past three years.

A crowd of tens of thousands of spectators is expected, with attractions including a food and drink village featuring international cuisine and Scottish fayre as well as a fully-licensed bar.

Other entertainment will include a Highland dancing competition, and other sporting activities and family fun.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall – who will take on the role of chieftain at this year’s event – said: “We are delighted to be able to host this prestigious event here in Paisley and are ready to offer a warm welcome to the world’s pipers.

“Paisley already has a proven track record in hosting big events but attracting one of this size is a huge boost as momentum builds on our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“That bid is part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and culture to attract visitors and change perceptions – and I would encourage visitors on the day to get out and about in the town and discover all it has to offer.”

The British Pipe Band Championships are one of five major championships run each year by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. The running order for the day is now online at www.rspba.org

RSPBA chief executive Ian Embelton said: ““The RSPBA is absolutely delighted that Paisley will be hosting our British Championships for the next three years.

“One of the highlights of the day will be the massed pipes and drums playing together to salute the chieftain of the day Provost Anne Hall.”

There will be designated event parking on the day at West College Scotland and St Mirren’s Paisley 2021 stadium, with free shuttle buses running directly to the event site throughout the day from both of these locations.

Visitors should be aware there will be no on-site parking at the St James Playing Fields for the public – this will be for pipe bands and event officials only.


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An aspiring politician who campaigned to change a curfew on child bus tickets has won a top award for his work in the Renfrewshire community.


Osama Nadeem won Achievement of the Year at the recent Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) Awards- in his role representing Paisley as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP).

Osama lobbied local councillors, MSPs and MPs for their support to challenge local bus company McGill’s on their policy which saw a child’s all day ticket become invalid after 7pm.

Young people were disadvantaged by being unable to take advantage of the reduced fare in the evening which caused issue for those attending after school and evening sports clubs.

Osama met with the bus company who responded positively and advised they would extend the curfew to 10pm for the use of child tickets.


He said: “”I’m delighted to receive this award from the Scottish Youth Parliament and it has inspired me to continue to campaign for change.

“The curfew had been a big issue with young people who use the bus service so it has been great to solve this problem for my constituents.

“As a representative of Paisley, and Renfrewshire as a whole, it is great to have a successful campaign which benefits all of Renfrewshire’s young people.”

Peter McLeod, Director of Children’s Services, said: “This is a great achievement. Osama listened to what his constituents had to say and took it to the highest level of decision makers in order to make change.

“Not only has Osama achieved a great financial deal for Paisley’s young people he has in fact eased the financial burden for all of Renfrewshire’s young people who use the local bus service.”

Renfrewshire has five MSYPs – two for Renfrewshire North West, two for Paisley and one for Renfrewshire South – who represent their peers at a series of sittings throughout the year.

In June last year, Renfrewshire hosted the first SYP Sitting since the Scottish Youth Parliament elections held in March which around 150 MSYPs attended.

The SYP is a politically-independent organisation that seeks to represent the views of young people in Scotland. MSYPs represent young people aged 14 – 25 in their constituencies and national voluntary organisations.

Katie Burke MSYP, Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said: “Osama embodied what being an MSYP is all about by listening to his constituents, and tackling the problems affecting the lives of young people head-on.

“Osama says there is still work to be done, and would like to see more fare discounts available with a Young Scot card.”

“We can’t wait to see what the next stage of his campaigning will lead to.”

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Renfrewshire’s election team is urging local residents to ‘act now’ to make sure they will be able to vote at the Scottish Parliamentary election.

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Renfrewshire voters will help select seven MSPs for the West of Scotland Region, and one MSP from each of three local constituencies: Paisley; Renfrewshire North and West, and Renfrewshire South, at the election on Thursday May 05.

To be able to vote, people must first be on the electoral register.

The deadline to register to vote is April 18, with the deadline to apply to obtain a postal vote a day later.

Election officials are reassuring anyone who hasn’t yet secured their vote that there is still time to do so.

“We would stress that it is a quick and simple process to register to vote either online or in person,” said a spokesperson for Renfrewshire’s election team.

“People can check if their name is on the electoral register by asking in any local library.

“If they still require to register, they can do so online at  www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.  Renfrewshire residents can get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 0300 300 0150.”

While the first batch of postal votes will be issued later this week to those who have already requested them, anyone requesting a postal vote between now and April 19 will receive them from April 25 onwards.