Paisley, Renfrewshire Category

Cllr Iain Nicolson

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has paid tribute to the work of council staff for their dedication in providing essential services and support throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Iain Nicolson

In a report set to go to the full Council meeting on 24 June, the work of council staff to deliver essential frontline services and the resilience of residents who have volunteered to help their local communities has been outlined.

The national response to the pandemic has been led by the council and its partners to ensure that local people have had quick, direct access to the support that is available, and this work has spanned across every service within the Council.

The newly-established Local Assistance Team supported hundreds of people across Renfrewshire as they helped to arrange food supplies, delivery of medicines and supported those shielding to access supermarket deliveries – with more than 6,200 calls received to the local helpline and contact made with 94% of local people who are shielding. In addition, more than 250,000 food packages have also been supplied to local residents.

Staff at Renfrewshire’s seven childcare hubs have supported more than 250 children of key workers and vulnerable families every week during the lockdown period, with this support set to be extended throughout the summer.

More than 6,600 children have received an £11.25 payment every week in lieu of free school meals and, to facilitate learning at home, 500 Chromebooks have been given to pupils in Renfrewshire who need them.

More than 2000 Scottish Government grants have been processed for local businesses totalling £23million and community and third sector organisations have been supported to access more than £600,000 in grant funding.

Staff have prioritised maintaining services to protect the most vulnerable children and adults in Renfrewshire, including a 24/7 response for anyone made homeless, safe visits to older adults in sheltered housing and the concierge and caretaking service has continued in all high-rise blocks in the area.

The Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership continue to support around 1,600 people through its Care at Home service, providing care packages for vulnerable residents, and staff are supporting care homes to recover from the impact of the virus.

Through the Connecting Scotland programme, vulnerable residents have also been provided with laptop or tablets, an internet connection, and training and support to help them stay connected – with 230 devices available for people in Renfrewshire.

Street cleaning and waste collections teams have continued to work a full schedule, with other key services such as emergency repairs, essential vehicle maintenance, catering and burials continuing to operate round the clock.

The council’s Customer Services team are answering thousands of calls each week to ensure that residents are able to access the services they need, as well as providing vital behind the scenes support for every council service.

Councillor Nicolson said: “The resilience of every one of our teams and their ability to adapt to this ever-changing situation has been incredible.

“Without the work of the council, and the incredible community spirit we have in Renfrewshire, we would not have been able to come through this testing time so successfully and the report set to go to Council outlines the scale of the work undertaken to support the people of Renfrewshire – it’s clear that that everyone has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“Around 1,000 staff members have been fulfilling a different role than normal during this crisis, learning new skills and being an invaluable support for local people.

“I can’t praise them enough and we will continue to do all we can to give people the support that we know they’ll require now, and in the future, as we recover from this pandemic.

“We will do all we can to ensure that everyone in Renfrewshire can access the support they need so please if you need us, get in touch and we’ll help you through this difficult time.”

For advice and guidance on Coronavirus and the support available from the Council, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

A NEW creative arts project has been launched for children and grown-ups.

It’s aimed at people looking to be part of a creative community, to pass the time creatively in lockdown, or to encourage and motivate friends and family to try new things.

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Called Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire, the initiative aims to encourage everyone to get creative in an easy and fun way and be able to share their artistic endeavours with the wider community.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team and joined with the Fun Palaces – Tiny Revolutions of Connection organisation to engage with the local community and stimulate creativity.

Every Friday Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire will post an activity card on the Renfrewshire Leisure website – www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts-projects – for people to download and complete, with activities such as collage, colouring, animation, singing and dancing.

And when the arts project is completed, those taking part are being asked to share photographs of their creations by emailing artsteam@renfrewshire.gov.uk or posting on social media using #TinyRevolutionsRen.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team is also planning to organise a future display of artwork from the project in Paisley and the wider Renfrewshire area.

The first two weeks’ arts projects have been to create a rainbow from all kinds of everyday items and to make a two-metre long message paper message made from a single sheet of A4 paper to send to family and friends, re-connecting people who haven’t been able to see each other in a while.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Friday is fun time for people of all ages, who like being artistic and trying new things.

“The Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire brings together everyone in our community who like to be creative and it’s an ideal activity during the current lockdown.

“Why not encourage your family and friends to take part and then let everyone see how creative you are by sending us photos of your artistic efforts.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson

Grant support for Renfrewshire businesses to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus has now topped £23million, with 98% of all applications having been considered.

Renfrewshire Council’s business teams have awarded 2075 grants from the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus Business Support fund.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson

Some 1876 small business grants have been issued, totalling £18.5million and 199 retail, hospitality and leisure business grants have been awarded, providing £4.8million in relief for companies to counter the impact of Coronavirus.

This small business grant has now been extended to support tenants and occupiers of premises such as shared office spaces, business incubators and shared industrial units

Local businesses are urged to apply now if they require support, with the Scottish Government confirming new applications to this fund will close on Friday 10 July 2020.

A further £380,000 in hardship grants has helped 190 people newly self-employed.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Coronavirus is having a huge impact on all communities across Scotland and upon the local and national economy.

“Our business teams are working tirelessly to approve and award government grants and provide local businesses with support and guidance at this tremendously difficult time.

“I would encourage local employers and employees to visit our support for business web page which is being constantly updated with all the available funding schemes, including sector-specific support and employability advice too.”

The council web page www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-businesses will also have details of additional funding being made available for small B&Bs from Monday 15 June.

Throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, Renfrewshire business leaders, enterprise and education agencies have been in regular contact to consider the current situation and collaborate on the steps needed towards recovery.

Councillor Nicolson said: “The recent news of the potential for major job losses at Rolls-Royce is a devastating blow for everyone affected, including many Renfrewshire residents employed at the Inchinnan site.

“Our priority is to identify how we can support those at risk of losing their jobs and we are in contact with Rolls Royce and working with Government and national agencies to help mitigate the impact of this decision wherever possible.

“I know many more businesses big and small are struggling and we must be ready and able to tackle the social and economic harm now and in the months ahead.”

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Nik Makeup Artist is overwhelmed and honored to have won two top tiles at this years Scottish Makeup Awards 2020.

She took home Best in Glasgow award as well as regional Creative Makeup Artist of the Year 2020 (south west).

More for the awards team below…

 

Creative Oceanic is delighted to announce the winners of the first ever Scottish Make-Up Awards 2020.

The 1st Scottish Make Up Awards 2020 celebrate the talent within the country’s make-up sector that has shown no sign of shying away during these challenging days. Some of the most successful businesses and professionals from all over the country are amongst the winners in The 1st Scottish Make-Up Awards 2020.

The winners are chosen by members of the public and are a true reflection of the talent, creativity and impeccable customer service that flow within the profession- three key features that enhance the reputation of the Scottish make-up industry nationally.

Several of the awards were split into regions to ensure the diverse establishments from across the country are recognised for their exceptional work.

A spokesperson for The 1st Scottish Make- Up Awards, said: “The make-up industry plays a vital role in the country’s economy by employing thousands of staff and it is time to show our appreciation to those who have dedicated their career to making people feel beautiful.

“The Scottish Make-Up Awards provide a platform to reward those who stand out amongst the rest with their commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction.

“We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their achievements!”

https://creativeoceanicblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/the-winners-of-the-inaugural-scottish-make-up-awards-2020-are-announced/?fbclid=IwAR01haUzy_nG-MmJOwH64YsraCEWmPqERLO6EyOoN9kw7floDeCmaj8Fzmk

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It’s game-on for the team at Renfrewshire Libraries who are taking part in the Nintendo Animal Crossing New Horizons video game.

Now they’re inviting youngsters with Nintendo Switch to join the fun on the RenLibrary Island to pick up items and make a virtual visit to their museum and library.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons is a video game that allows Nintendo Switch players to create and escape to their own desert island paradise, where they can collect materials to make furniture for their new living quarters, meet new friends and even go fishing in the ocean without having to leave the comfort of their own home.

The RenLibrary Island gates will be open Monday to Friday, between 2pm and 4pm and a friendly virtual librarian will be on hand to meet and help visitors. The friend code needed to access the island is SW-7364-6035-8713.

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Even if youngsters don’t have a Nintendo Switch console they can download the free Animal Crossing Pocket Camp app, which allows players to add Renfrewshire Libraries as a friend with the ID code of 33390233280.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “This project will be great fun for young people and also for the grown ups from our libraries who are taking part.

“Our libraries are far from being places where all you do is borrow books, as we provide a wide range of services on and offline. Getting involved in video games like Animal Crossing New Horizons shows that we are in tune with the digital age and are relevant to people of all ages.”

The project is supported and funded by the Scottish Government’s School Library Improvement Fund and is an expansion on Renfrewshire Leisure’s popular Dip Into Digital Schools’ sessions, which took place in Trinity High library and Paisley Grammar school library between January and March.

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Renfrewshire School Libraries received funding in December 2019 to increase digital participation with digital workshops, which were already successfully being run in Renfrewshire public libraries.

Go to www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk for more information on taking part in the Animal Crossing New Horizons video game.

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In 1993, 1st Choice ChemDry began trading across Paisley, Greater Glasgow, and Renfrewshire. The business is a local franchise of international company ChemDry.

Director Peter Moir and the whole team pride themselves on providing a professional, caring, and friendly service to domestic and commercial customers. They are passionate about the job they undertake and will always aim to ensure you are satisfied with their service. The team’s extra mile approach is clearly popular, and they recently won the ‘International Franchise of the Year 2019’ award.

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The team offer domestic cleaning of curtains, carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Their technique and process remove dust, dirt, and grime build-up, plus bacteria, pet odour, and potential allergens.
( Find out more: https://www.1stchoicechemdry.co.uk/domestic-cleaning )

1st Choice ChemDry also offers commercial cleaning services, understanding that a clean working environment is essential to the health and productivity of your employees. From carpet and upholstery care to fire-retardant application, the team’s got you covered.
( Find out more: https://www.1stchoicechemdry.co.uk/commercial-cleaning )

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The team is currently offering hospital-grade fog sanitising to ensure a sanitised workplace, so that you can give your staff peace of mind when returning to work after lockdown.
( Find out more: https://www.1stchoicechemdry.co.uk/return-to-work )

The 1st Choice ChemDry staff area all DBS checked, so you can have peace of mind when allowing them into your home or business to carry out work.

 

Find out more about 1st Choice ChemDry at www.1stchoicechemdry.co.uk

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AGS Airports, which owns and manages Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has introduced a series of health measures to provide a safe environment for staff and passengers. The measures are being introduced as a number of airlines prepare to relaunch key domestic routes later this month. 

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Passengers travelling through the airports will be asked to come prepared with their own facial coverings whilst all staff will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks. Protective screens have been installed in key areas, including the check-in and security halls, and passengers will be asked to observe safe, physical distancing wherever possible.

AGS has also enhanced its already thorough cleaning regimes with a specific focus on the regular disinfecting of all hard surfaces. Other additional health measures include:

 

  • The use of electrostatic fogging machines which disinfect surfaces within two minutes. 
  • Passenger touchpoints, including security trays, are being treated with an antimicrobial product which kills germs and lasts for up to 30 days on surfaces. It has been tested to be more than 99.99% effective against COVID-19.  
  • Self-cleaning stations for trollies have been set-up in baggage halls.
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers have been installed throughout the terminals.
  • Floor markers are in place across the terminals to help passengers physically distance where it is possible to do so.
  • Staff have received training on how to protect customers and colleagues against COVID-19.
  • Clear signage is in place advising of the measures.

 

Crucially, anyone who is displaying Coronavirus symptoms is being asked not to travel to the airports.

Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports, said: “Our airports have remained open throughout this pandemic to provide crucial lifeline services. During this time, we’ve worked closely with both the UK and Scottish governments, and their officials, to ensure we follow all health guidance. 

 

“As the lockdown begins to ease and airlines start to confirm plans to restart domestic connectivity, it’s important we do everything we possibly can to keep our airports clean and safe for our staff and for our passengers. These measures, which are in place at all three of our airports, will ensure we help each other to travel safely through our terminals at a time when we are working to get our country and the economy moving again.”

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Residents receiving food and medicines from Renfrewshire Council will soon see little cards of kindness appear in their deliveries to help bring a little joy to their day.

Around 1,500 households in Renfrewshire will receive postcards in their support parcels, offering a sense of connection at this difficult time and the wider community is also being encouraged to get involved, with more cards being distributed by Neighbourhood Hubs.

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The cards, known as Postcards from Home aim to encourage people to keep in touch in a creative way. The first postcard residents receive is a positive, illustrated poem, which can be coloured in, that evokes summer and better days to come, from Brian Whittingham, Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire.

The public are being asked to share their drawings, poems, quotes and art on social media using the hashtag #KindnessCounts which may then be turned into postcards to be shared in the coming weeks.

The support parcels, which include items such as freshly prepared meals, toiletries and dry goods like cereal and tea bags, are delivered to residents by teams from across the council. The teams which includes redeployed staff, have been prepping and cooking fresh meals, packing bags and delivering food parcels to the doors of those most in need in the community, all while adhering to physical distancing guidelines.

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This is a combined effort by teams and individuals across the council and Renfrewshire Leisure coming together to provide this vital service to the community.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron, said: “In times like these a little kindness can go a long way and that’s the inspiration behind Postcards from Home.

“For those receiving the support parcels, who may be feeling isolated at the moment, I hope these little cards of kindness will help them feel more connected to their community.”

Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, said: “Creativity has the power to inspire and lift people’s spirits.

“The first of the postcards featuring a poem from Brian Whittingham, Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire, will, I’m sure, help brighten people’s day with its uplifting message of better times to come.”

Postcards from Home is part of Renfrewshire Council’s Kindness Counts campaign which aims to share uplifting stories about the acts of kindness that are currently taking place throughout Renfrewshire during the pandemic.

The public are encouraged to share their uplifting stories and creations on social media using #KindnessCounts.

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Commenting on the job losses announced at the Rolls-Royce base at Inchinnan, the SNP MP for Paisley & Renfrewshire North Gavin Newlands said:

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“The workforce at the Rolls-Royce Inchinnan base have been integral – both in the UK and abroad – to the success of the firm over many years. The job losses announced today is devastating news which will hit workers, their families and the wider community during these difficult times.

“Throughout the period since the proposed job losses were first announced, the Scottish Government has made clear many times that it is keen to sit down with Rolls-Royce and support the operation at Inchinnan in whatever way it can. That remains the case and it is vital that the firm engages meaningfully and in good faith to protect jobs and people’s livelihoods.

“Even at this late stage, there is still time for management to have substantive discussions with unions and the wider workforce about what action is needed to weather the current economic storm.

“There is no denying the unprecedented challenges the aviation and aerospace industry finds itself in during this health pandemic. However, those challenges are best met by a collective effort by management, workers and unions to map out a future that secures employment and potential long-term growth once we are through the worst of the current crisis.

“It is also extremely disappointing that since the start of the difficulties facing the workforce, not a single UK government minister has contacted me to discuss the future of the plant.

“I urge the UK government to roll up its sleeves and join in efforts to work out a strategy that encourages high-skill, high-value jobs to be safeguarded rather than allowing them to be slashed.”

Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, added:

““Many of my constituents work at the Inchinnan site, and I have written to the Scottish Government’s Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills urging the government to do all that it can to support employees at the site.

“The workers at Rolls Royce are highly skilled and we must work to retain their talent and skills sets as the Scottish economy moves forward following this pandemic.  My office is ready to help any workers affected by this news.

“It is imperative that the Scottish and UK Governments engage with employees to ensure that they are redeployed and repurposed so that we retain their enormous talent and skill.”

Walter McCorrisken

A new film on the life of Walter McCorrisken – who called himself the World’s Worst Poet – is being premiered on a recently-launched internet TV channel.

The film, called The Renfrew Rhymer will be broadcast on Renfrewshire Leisure’s online channel, Ren TV on Sunday, June 7 at 7pm.

Walter McCorrisken

With the help of Walter’s son, Richard, filmmaker, Paul Russell tells the amazing story of the Renfrew poet and writer’s life and how his eccentric verse brought national attention when he was a guest on the Parkinson and Barrymore TV shows among many other TV and radio appearances over three decades.

Walter worked at Glasgow Airport, but spent much of his spare time writing hilarious poems and published ten books of poetry including A Wee Dribble of Dross, which sold thousands of copies.

Walter McCorrisken

The Renfrew Rhymer film is the highlight of this year’s Renfrew on Film event, which is usually held in Renfrew Town Hall as part of Renfrew Gala Week. But because of the current coronavirus lockdown, the festival of film has been moved online to Ren TV.

As well as the Walter McCorrisken story, Renfrew On Film will also give people a nostalgic look into the past with films showing life in days gone by.

Walter McCorrisken

Paul Russell said: “As a film-maker, and with this specific Renfrew on Film event in mind, I’m always looking for interesting local stories to tell, and Walter appealed as an intriguing local character.  Walter was very much in the Bud Neill and Chic Murray style of gentle, parochial humour that I already adored so much, self-effacing, clever with language, slightly surreal, immediately disarming and hilarious.
“Walter passed away in 2004 and I felt his brilliantly funny poetry was at risk of being lost to future generations.  Hopefully this film will help people remember his poems but also learn a bit more about the man behind them.
“Renfrew on Film is a very popular and much anticipated feature of Renfrew Gala Week.  It is was the natural place to launch this film, being Walter’s home town, and the film shall be the centrepiece of a suite of local films screened online in place of this years Town Hall event.”

Renfrewshire Leisure chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Renfrew on Film has become a much anticipated staple of the Gala Week and hopefully this year’s event will help people celebrate Renfrew, its rich traditions, special days, past memories and its people.

“We are particularly delighted to be premiering Paul Russell’s fabulous Walter McCorrisken Film, which shines a light on the life and work of one of the wonderful characters who makes Renfrew the great place it is ”