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Access to gyms, fitness classes and swimming pools will be via pre-booked time slots only

Bookings for sessions at gyms and swimming pools being reopened by Renfrewshire Leisure can be made from today (Monday September 7th).

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The local leisure charity’s online booking system has gone live ahead of the first phase of services restarting at its leisure centres from next Monday (September 14th) following their Covid-19 lockdown closures.

Its team will provide 110 fitness classes, 4,800 fitness class slots, 4,011 swimming slots and 10,665 gym sessions at its reopened venues every week. 

By logging on to https://bookings.renfrewshireleisure.com/ people will be able to book slots for sessions and classes up to seven days in advance. These will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.

Renfrewshire Leisure has repeatedly stressed that the safety of customers and staff is its top priority. Pre-booking ensures that all Scottish Government guidelines on social distancing and hygiene are adhered to.

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know how much our services have been missed since their closure in March and are very much looking forward to their return.

“The pre-booking system will ensure that we can manage numbers in our venues at any one time to ensure that social distancing will be maintained. When each booking is made, we will issue advice on the measures we have put in place for people’s safety and instructions of what to do at the venue when they arrive.

“Our team has been working incredibly hard to prepare to welcome everyone back in the safest way. While things will operate differently to what we are all used to, by working together, we are sure that everyone will enjoy being able to benefit from our on-site services once again.”

For those without internet access, bookings can be made by calling 0300 300 0250.

On September 14th, ON-X in Linwood, the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Renfrew Leisure Centre, Renfrew Victory Baths, Erskine Sports Centre and Erskine Swimming Pool will reopen, complying with all Scottish Government guidance on hygiene and physical distancing. 

 

Shared leisure facilities at Park Mains High School in Erskine and at the Johnstone Community Sports Hub will open in a second phase, with strictly controlled public access. This will involve detailed health and safety reviews and will ensure there has been sufficient time to settle pupils and staff safely back to school. Planned investment work in maintenance of the swimming pool at Johnstone means that this part of the venue will not be ready to reopen alongside other areas of the site, but will follow later.

It has previously been confirmed that members will not be charged any membership fees until November.

Details on restarting the Learn to Swim programme are being reviewed. An update on this will be provided shortly.

 

Information about all Renfrewshire Leisure services and how they are operating can be found at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/coronavirus.

 

Throughout lockdown, Renfrewshire Leisure has been operating an innovative programme of online services to help people stay fit and healthy. For more details about how to take part in them, go to  www.renfrewshireleisure.com or follow the charity’s channels on social media.

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Volunteers from across Renfrewshire are set to make it a Spotless September once again as they head out into their communities to brighten up the area where they live and tackle litter.

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A mainstay of Renfrewshire Council’s award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign, the month-long campaign saw more than a thousand people take part last year – with community groups, schools, businesses and lone volunteers all heading out on litter picks.

Hundreds are expected to head out again this year either individually or in small groups to ensure they can continue to do their bit, while remaining safe at all times during the ongoing pandemic.

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Anyone who wants to take part can get in touch with the team to be provided with sanitised equipment including litter pickers and bags, as well as having the collected litter taken away by the Council’s StreetScene team.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that despite the current situation we find ourselves in, our volunteers are still able to take part in what they love – making their community a better place to live and visit.

“We’re seeing more and more people joining the Team Up to Clean Up community every week, with more than 300 people joining our Facebook group during lockdown, and Spotless September is a chance for everyone to come together, albeit not in the big groups they previously have, and show that they care for where they live.

“It’s fantastic to see how the campaign continues to grow and I’d encourage anyone who has an interest in keeping where they live clean and tidy to join us, meet like-minded others and take part in Spotless September.”

Team Up to Clean Up is a joint initiative between the council and the community and aims to improve the area’s local environment and change the behaviour of those who think it is acceptable to litter.

The council is running an increased litter picking, road sweeping and drain clearing programme, while the community are supported with equipment and the collection of rubbish to take part in litter picks.

The campaign has also expanded to include community caddies, which allow volunteers to trim and tidy local green spaces, as well as the creation of children’s book ‘The Clumps’ Big Mess’ which every primary school child in Renfrewshire received to inspire them to be a part of the campaign.

For more information, including how to take part, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SpotlessSeptember.

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Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and RAMH (recovery across mental health) have created a direct access free telephone support line to help people talk about how they are feeling during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new support line 0800 221 8904 is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and adds to the collaborative ongoing localised support already available across Renfrewshire.

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Stephen McLellan of RAMH said: “We are aware that many people are worried about the effect of Coronavirus as well as the practical, emotional and financial effects and are looking to speak to someone about their feelings.

“They may not want to trouble their GP or even loved ones with their concerns. This support line aims to make speaking with someone who understands their anxieties that little bit easier.”

For the last few months, Renfrewshire HSCP and RAMH have worked together to make speaking about concerns simpler.

Stephen added: “We are now introducing a direct, freephone contact number, to enable as many people as possible to get in touch without cost. Trained and experienced staff will be on hand to offer a supportive ear and can assist with putting people in touch with resources, information and added assistance throughout Renfrewshire.”

Renfrewshire HSCP has been working with other local organisations to focus on what could improve wellbeing across Renfrewshire, recently launching the Renfrewshire Bereavement Network.

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, Chair of the Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board said: “It is important that we always put the people of Renfrewshire first in our minds, especially at a time like this.

“This support line is a good example of where we are working with community organisations and locally based charities to help support those who need us most.

“A collaborative community response will have a bigger impact on people’s wellbeing than any one organisation can make alone and we are exploring further opportunities to make this happen in Renfrewshire.”

Find out more at: www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot/ramh

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Safety the priority as Renfrewshire Leisure confirms the careful restart of services at gyms and swimming pools after Covid-19 shutdown

Local leisure charity, Renfrewshire Leisure, will begin the safe and phased reopening of its leisure centres from Monday, September 14th.

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Details of the plans for gyms and swimming pools have been confirmed, along with news that members will not be charged any membership fees until November. This delay to restarting payments is to cover payments made in March but has been extended to thank supporters for their loyalty as the organisation moves into a significant phase in its recovery from the lockdown triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

On September 14th, ON-X in Linwood, the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Renfrew Leisure Centre, Renfrew Victory Baths, Erskine Sports Centre and Erskine Swimming Pool will reopen, complying with all Scottish Government guidance on hygiene and physical distancing. 

Renfrewshire Leisure graphic showing two-metre distancing between gym equipment

Shared leisure facilities at Park Mains High School in Erskine and at the Johnstone Community Sports Hub will open in a second phase, with strictly controlled public access. This will involve detailed health and safety reviews and will ensure there has been sufficient time to settle pupils and staff safely back to school. Planned investment work in maintenance of the swimming pool at Johnstone means that this part of the venue will not be ready to reopen alongside other areas of the site, but will follow later.

 

Some outside synthetic sports pitches will reopen to pre-existing club bookings on August 31st, although changing room facilities as well as smaller pavilions and gym facilities (at Seedhill, Ferguslie and Ralston) will remain closed for now as a result of challenging physical distancing requirements. Wider bookings – which must be made by phone – will be opened from September 14th. Full details are available at www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

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Entrance to indoor leisure facilities and services will be by online pre-booking of time slots only. Clearly indicated hygiene measures will be in place at each venue, with details emailed to members and customers once bookings are made. More details about the online booking system will be provided ahead of opening.

 

Details on restarting the Learn to Swim programme are being reviewed. An update on this will be provided shortly.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last week that the earliest possible date from which gyms and pools could reopen was August 31st. This confirmation has allowed the Renfrewshire Leisure team to review the latest Government guidance and enter the final phase of preparations to ensure customer and employee safety.

 

Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know how eager people are to enjoy the services in our venues once again and are looking forward to welcoming members and customers back as we work to help improve residents’ wellbeing across Renfrewshire. That’s why I am so pleased that we are able to help people invest in their health by continuing our freeze on members’ direct debit payments until November.

 

“While arrangements at our venues will be different to that which our communities are used to, we are sure that by working together and adhering to all of the guidelines in place that the gradual restart of our services will be enjoyable for everyone.”

 

Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The safe and phased restart of on-site services at our leisure centres and swimming pools is a major milestone in not only our charity’s careful route out of lockdown, but that of the communities we are proud to serve.

 

“Safety remains our number one priority. The dates and phased approach we have planned for the restart of our services reflect that, ensuring we will be in the strongest position to welcome people back in the safest way.”

 

Throughout lockdown, Renfrewshire Leisure has been operating an innovative programme of online services to help people stay fit and healthy. For more details about how to take part in them, go to  www.renfrewshireleisure.com or follow the charity’s channels on social media.

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Young people are set to create, design and deliver projects in Renfrewshire thanks to a £150,000 fund which aims to make the area a better place to live for young people.

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Applications for the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund – by young people, for young people – opened on 24 August and aim to give young adults and teenagers a voice in their community and a chance to shape how life in Renfrewshire will be for them.

Last year, there were 43 successful projects and these included a new changing facility for St Mirren YFC to support local young people into football, a music library for Erskine Music and Media to aid tuition and support their commissions, and funding for Lamont Farm Project to continue to provide a wildlife experience in Erskine.

Also successful were Renfrewshire Carers Centre as they continue to support local young carers, Braehead Junior Ice Hockey Club to ensure young people can try and take up the sport and Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sports Hub to ensure improve access to sport and exercise for young people in the area.

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Renfrewshire Youth Voice Vice Chair, Gavin Stewart said: “This is an incredible opportunity to get involved and get funding to make a real change to your local community. If you have any ideas, please be sure to apply!”

Anyone aged 12-25 can apply to a maximum of three Local Partnerships for up to £2,000, ensuring they meet at least one of five priorities set out by local youth group Renfrewshire Youth Voice.

These include youth involvement & participation, sport & physical activity, promoting positive mental health & wellbeing, employability & youth development, and new projects in response to Covid-19.

Cllr Michelle Campbell, Young Persons Champion

Applicants can also be a group that works with young people aged 12-25 and this includes schools – if they can show that the project will benefit the whole community.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, said: “I’m delighted that this fund has reopened for another year as it gives young people a real opportunity to design a community that they want to live in.

“They come up with the ideas and it is other young people who decide what to take forward to make Renfrewshire a better place to live as a young person.

“An award of up to £2,000 can make a real difference and will empower young people to make change in their lives now and in the future.

“I can’t encourage young people enough to take the leap and submit their applications – you won’t regret it.”

The deadline for this year’s applications is 13 September 2020.

Support sessions provided by Renfrewshire’s Youth Services team will be available online for young people who need assistance with their application and can be accessed via the council website.

Once applications close, young people will be able to vote via the Young Scot platform for their favourite projects and these will be awarded funding as part of the participatory budgeting process.

For more information, and to submit an application, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CelebratingRenfrewshire.

Victoria Hollows, Renfrewshire Leisure Chief Executive

Detailed planning is underway to prepare for the reopening of leisure centres

Renfrewshire Leisure has welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Government that leisure centres can begin reopening from August 31 as part of the nation’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Victoria Hollows, Renfrewshire Leisure Chief Executive

The latest guidance from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon means that the independent charity can move to the final stage of preparing its plans and procedures for the gradual and safe reopening of services at the gyms and swimming pools it operates, although with access only on the basis of pre-booked time slots.

Details will be shared as soon as they have been finalised in line with Government guidance.

Meantime, details about how all Renfrewshire Leisure services are affected by Covid-19 restrictions, can be found at www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “Today’s confirmation from the First Minister of a date from which leisure centre reopenings can begin is an important step in allowing us to finalise our preparations for the careful restart of our on-site services.

“The safety of our staff and those who use our service is our absolute priority. We are  working incredibly hard to ensure that our venues are ready to welcome visitors in the safest, most enjoyable way just as soon as we are able to do so.

Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, added: “We know that our services have been missed and that people are eager to see them return – we want to restart to support the health and wellbeing of our communities.

“I would like to thank our loyal members and customers for their patience and ongoing support as we finalise our arrangements, as well as the team here at Renfrewshire Leisure for all of their work.”

Throughout lockdown, Renfrewshire Leisure has been operating an innovative programme of online services to help people stay fit and healthy. For more details about how to take part in them, go to  www.renfrewshireleisure.com or follow the charity’s channels on social media.

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Five groups will share more than £47,000 following successful applications to Renfrewshire Council’s Community Empowerment Fund.

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The £1.5milllion fund aims to empower local organisations to takeover community assets and helps to fund the creation of business plans, as well as the initial investment to ensure buildings are fit for purpose.

Councillors approved funding for five organisations, including:

  • £8,500 for local charity Finding Your Feet to carry out a feasibility study into the creation of a charity hub which would give the charity a permanent home in Renfrewshire;
  • £9,450 for Erskine Music and Media to investigate the development of an activity hub within Erskine Sports Centre;
  • £9,650 to Spateston Tenants and Residents Association to develop a business plan in partnership with Klas Care for a community hub at the former Spateston Nursery;
  • £9,625 for national disability organisation Values into Action Scotland to create a business case for a new HQ at the old nursery site on Mill Street in Linwood.
  • £10,000 to Friends of Howwood Park to carry out surveys and feasibility work on the pavilion in Howwood Park following a number of upgrades to park already.

Council officers will continue to work with each organisation to assist in the development of their plans moving forward.

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Corinne Hutton, Founder of Finding Your Feet, said: “”The feasibility study is the first step towards a project we believe could be truly ground-breaking for the third sector in the area.

“Our goal is to have a charity hub where Finding Your Feet and the amputees we support can gather, as well as providing space to other local charities who are committed to helping the community.

“The fact that Renfrewshire Council are backing the idea in its initial stages is extremely encouraging, and only the latest in a series of meaningful gestures we have received since basing ourselves in Paisley.

“We’re here for the local community, and to know the local community is here for us too is a great motivation.”

The £1.5million fund supports community asset transfers by providing up-front investment in the condition of assets prior to transfer, while putting the community at the heart of the design, delivery and sustainability of the projects.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “It’s great to see so many local organisations applying successfully to the Community Empowerment Fund and looking to take control of buildings in the local area.

“We want to empower our communities wherever we can, and this fund gives groups the financial support they need to create business plans – with the aim of taking over and then managing an asset.

“It also allows them to invest in the property to ensure it’s a viable proposition for both themselves and the council.

“I’d encourage anyone who has an idea to get in touch with us and we’ll support them to create an application.”

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CommunityEmpowermentFund.

Bereavement

Local organisations are collaborating to pilot the Renfrewshire Bereavement network, a new grief and bereavement service for families in Renfrewshire.

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COVID-19 has seen most of 2020 being spent under lockdown conditions and while the full impact of the virus is still not known – many people have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief and hardship.

In response, local organisations have this week come together to pilot a new grief and bereavement service for families in Renfrewshire.

The pilot launches today (Wednesday 19 August 2020) and is initially scheduled to run for a six-month period, until 19 February 2021.

The group of organisations, known as the Renfrewshire Bereavement Network, includes local hospices ACCORD and St Vincent’s, as well as the Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP), Renfrewshire Council and RAMH.

Collectively, the Network aims to provide support to people in the Renfrewshire area who are experiencing loss or dealing with grief – by offering access to the most appropriate advice, guidance and counselling available – all from a single point of access.

People who need support will be able to contact a new helpline where they can discuss the help they need. After an assessment, staff who have been trained to manage calls, will aim to make sure they receive the most appropriate support for their individual circumstances.

The service is available to adults in the Renfrewshire area, regardless of their gender, social group or location. Following a review of the pilot and depending upon demand, there is potential for the service to continue beyond the initial period to become a more permanent feature.

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, Chair of the Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board, said: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that more people and families than normal have sadly had to experience grief or loss. This comes in different forms, such as losing loved ones, or even the loss of freedoms, which previously helped maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.

“We aim, through this pilot, to make a bigger impact by working collaboratively to help those who are experiencing loss or grief at this time.”

Jacki Smart, Chief Executive at ACCORD Hospice added: “This joined-up approach enables us to mobilise quickly and effectively, responding to the needs of local people.”

If you or somebody you know needs to get in touch with the Renfrewshire Bereavement Network, call the helpline number on 0800 038 6020 or email: support@renfbn.org.uk.

For more information visit: www.renfbn.org.uk

A FILM about the legendary Communist MP from Paisley, Willie Gallacher is being premiered on an online TV channel.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s internet channel, Ren TV will show the 50-minute film, called A Lion Rose in Paisley, on Wednesday, August 12, at 7pm – 55 years to the day Gallacher died.

The docudrama by local filmmaker, Alex Cathcart stars TV and film actor, Steven Duffy as the left-wing firebrand Gallacher.

Alex Cathcart: Film maker Alex Cathcart made the film, A Lion Rose in Paisley

The film also features Renfrewshire Council’s Labour leader, Eddie Devine who ironically plays the famous Tory Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. And fellow-councillor, Bill Brown plays an MP asking a question in the Houses of Parliament.

Paisley Abbey was used as the film location for Parliament, as was the Beechwood Community Centre, in the town’s Shortroods area, when scenes were shot of a stormy public meeting involving Gallacher and the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George.

Gallacher was one of the famous Red Clydesiders at the beginning of the 20th century and campaigned against the First World War. He was twice jailed for his political activities, but remained steadfast in his socialist principles and continued campaigning on behalf of the working class.

In 1920, Gallacher travelled to Moscow and met the Bolshevik leader of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin, who encouraged the Paisley Buddie to form a communist party in the UK. On his return, Gallacher was one of the founding members of the Communist Party of Great Britain.

Gallacher, who was born into poverty in Paisley’s Back Sneddon, on Christmas Day 1881, became the Communist Party MP for West Fife in 1935 and served his constituency until 1950. But he remained active in politics all his life and was known by political leaders throughout the world.

When he died on August 12, 1965, it was estimated that 30,000 people lined the streets of Paisley for his funeral procession.

A street in Foxbar – Gallacher Avenue – was named in his honour in the mid-1980s along with Gallacher Court, a sheltered housing complex in Paisley’s West End. A cairn in Paisley’s High Street to commemorate Gallacher was also erected in 2016.

Filmmaker Alex Cathcart said: “I only knew the barest of facts about Willie Gallacher, but after the cairn was erected I was curious and wanted to find out more.

“I soon realised that his life was incredible, he was globally feted, but remained one of Paisley’s own – a true Buddie we can be proud of.”

Labour Councillor Eddie Devine revealed he had taken a lot of ribbing about playing the part of a Tory Prime Minister after the filming had been completed. “And I’ve no doubt there will be some more Mickey-taking when the film is shown on Ren TV,” he said. “But I want to assure everybody that I’m definitely not a Tory!”

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “This is a great film, and I’m sure local people will enjoy learning more about Willie Gallacher and his principles, particularly his lifelong commitment to improving workers’ rights.”

“It’s a good way of paying tribute to one of Paisley’s most famous sons and even just as a piece of drama, the film is well worth watching.”

Renfrewshire Council’s Culture Heritage and Events Fund supported the making of A Lion Rose in Paisley. The film can be seen by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/rentv at 7pm on August 12.