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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  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.

Paisley First BID company will deliver a spectacular Arts installation project during the summer of 2016.


They are currently inviting artists to submit designs for the painting of individual sculptures which will sited near or by sites of historical significance in Paisley Town Centre. Each artist whose design is chosen will be invited to paint their sculpture and will receive a fee for doing so. Full information and an artist pack are available from


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Paisley Pirates prepare for another huge game this weekend as they go back to Fife for the second time in a week to take on the Edinburgh Capitals in the final of the Scottish Cup (face off 6.45pm), and fresh from the massive disappointment of going out to eventual playoff winners Aberdeen Lynx on penalty shots after a 2-2 draw.

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“To say we were disappointed to go out to the Lynx would be to grossly understate how we all felt after that game,” said coach Ian Turley. “I know the boys in the squad were gutted to lose a match which in all fairness we thought we had a decent chance of winning. We had loads of chances, but couldn’t put enough of them away, and that cost us dearly at the end of the game. Credit has to go to Aberdeen, they did much more than us with a lot less, and took their chances. They progressed to the final and won it, so you have to say they earned it.”

We have to get back on the horse and ride it this weekend-we can be absolutely sure that the Capitals won’t be feeling sorry for us, and you don’t get any trophies for being unlucky runners up in this sport, so we have no other option other than pick ourselves up and get on with the job in hand, which is to win the Scottish Cup for the first time since 2005.”

“We know we’re a good team, so now we have to go out and prove we have the resolve to come back after a huge disappointment and make something out of the season, as a Scottish Cup win would make it a decent year for the club. Equally, however, Edinburgh will be disappointed to have missed out on a League title they looked to be running away with early on in the season, and failing to make the playoff weekend, so they, too, will be looking to end the campaign on a high.”

“The main job this week will be to get the heads raised, before we go into one of the hardest games we can expect to end the season with and, fingers crossed, we’ll have even more fans through this weekend as their vocal support will be vital in keeping the heads up as soon as the puck is dropped.”

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Pirates were knocked out of the playoffs in the cruellest of fashions, drawing 2-2 with Aberdeen Lynx in regulation time before losing 2-1 on penalty shots, thus ending their dream of winning the SNL playoff weekend for the first time.

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They got off to a slow start and were behind with just under three minutes on the clock as with Thorp sitting out an Elbows call, McIntosh was sent clear with the extra space and he wasted no time in burying the puck behind Meechan to put Lynx in front. Pirates retaliated immediately, but with Chalmers in excellent form for the team from the North they found it extremely difficult to create a scoring opportunity, the closest effort in the first period coming from D man McMillan who broke forward, only for his shot to rebound from the netminder’s post with the goalie, for once, beaten, and thus the teams went for the first break with Lynx ahead.

Pirates came out for the second session with renewed vigour and, with the benefit of misdemeanours by their opponents which gave them a number of powerplay opportunities in the period, allowed them at times to lay siege to the Aberdeen goal, where once again Chalmers was proving equal to the efforts of the Pirates’ players, as his team mates were only able to break forward occasionally.

However, just before the halfway point, and with Pirates again moving forward, the equailser finally came as Wilson took a pass from Turley to create space for himself before firing an unsaveable shot beyond the netminder to tie the scores on the powerplay. The Renfrewshire side continued to have by far the better of the exchanges, although Aberdeen did look dangerous on the breakaway, and with just over three minutes remaining in the session Wilson again broke down the left wing, and his shot appeared to deceive Chalmers as it hit the back staunchion before rebounding out to give his team a lead which, on the balance of play, was fully deserved, and perhaps the least that might have been expected over the 20 minutes.

Pirates were now looking for a third insurance marker to give themselves some breathing space, but instead they were caught cold with only seven seconds of the session remaining, and Dyer was left unmarked in front of the net to score with the simplest of opportunities to tie the scores at 2-2 on the powerplay and leave the Paisley side wondering how, having been in almost total control at times during the session, they were in fact going into the final period all square.

Into the final session, with a place in the final beckoning both sides, and chances went abegging at either end of the ice as both sides went for the place in the final. During the session Campbell went down after a hefty challenge, and as he was eventually helped from the ice it was clear that he would be unable to continue, with an injury which looks likely to rule him out of next weekend’s Scottish Cup Final. With only minutes remaining, Pirates gave up a powerplay advantage to their opponents, handing them the initiative, and while they played off the numerical disadvantage, their chance for a grandstand finish was lost, and thus the tie entered a 3 shot per side penalty shoot out.

Scott Cowan missed for Pirates, McIntosh converted for Lynx, and while Miller then tied the score again a Wilson miss, either side of a Carnegie miss and Johnson conversion, was enough to give the tie to Lynx, and leave Pirates ruing a host of near things……

Scorers: Wilson (2+0), Turley & Orr (both 0+1)


Community groups and voluntary organisations from across Renfrewshire will be able to find out about opportunities provided by Paisley’s 2021 UK City of Culture bid at a special evening event at Paisley Town Hall on 9 May from 5.30 to 8.30pm.


The event is the second of a series of community planning conferences organised by Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership taking place between now and the end of June.

The focus of the conference will be on how the culture bid can provide a platform for local groups and charities to achieve their goals.

Representatives from charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and local businesses across Renfrewshire are encouraged to attend.

Attendees will hear from guest speakers about opportunities for community groups and take part in discussion groups and workshops.

Jean Cameron, director of Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid, said: “The 2021 UK City of Culture bid will provide many opportunities for communities across the whole of Renfrewshire, not only those that are Paisley-based.

“I would urge local community members and organisations to come along and find out how they can benefit their own organisation at the same time as backing Paisley’s bid.”

Anyone who would like to attend should call 0141 618 4168 (9.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday) or email

To book a place online, go to:

Further details of these and other community planning conferences running in May and June can be found on the Renfrewshire community planning website

Further information about Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 can be found at


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FOOD LOVERS can look forward to sampling Paisley’s finest restaurants and eateries this April with the launch of Paisley Restaurant Week. From 11th-17th April foodie fans can celebrate Paisley’s delicious food scene and enjoy special offers in Paisley town centre restaurants.

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The weeklong celebration of dining is brought to you by Paisley First – Paisley’s Business Improvement District and will give Buddies and visitors the opportunity to rediscover the range of good food that is available in Paisley. Firm favourites and newcomers are getting involved with the event and the town centre businesses are looking forward to showcasing the developing food scene in Paisley.

Paisley Restaurant Week Town Hall

Cardosi’s, Saporito Wine Bar, Trattoria Genova, Hamishes Hoose, Allan’s Snack Bar, Castlevecchi and Grill in the Park are all preparing for a week of great offers to ensure Buddies can sample the best food, drinks and atmosphere Paisley has to offer.

Joining Ian Henderson, Chairman of Paisley First, to launch Paisley Restaurant Week were Gary McCaw and Lyndsey Hyslop from Saporito Wine Bar along with Chris Smith and Besnik Ndoj of Trattoria Genova.

Commenting on Paisley Restaurant Week, Colette Cardosi of Cardosi’s Restaurant said:

“Cardosi’s Restaurant and Allan’s Snack Bar support Paisley Restaurant Week as it allows us to showcase and highlight the high level of restaurants that Paisley has to offer as well as our continued passion for fresh food and commitment to excellent service, giving our customers a memorable and first class dining experience.”

Piero Pieracinni of Paisley High Street’s, Hamishes Hoose is delighted to be involved and said:

“Restaurant week is a great business led initiative that everyone in Paisley should take part in, we certainly will. Visit our town for a wide selection of top quality food outlets and enjoy everything Paisley has to offer”

Paisley First is excited to deliver the initiative which will promote Paisley businesses and the town’s food and drink scene.

To celebrate Paisley Restaurant Week, you can follow all of the action on social media using the hashtag“#PaisleyRW16”. Information of all the week’s offers will soon be available on Paisley First’s website. Please visit for updates.

Local girl Stephanie Bain has been selected to compete for a place in an exciting beauty pageant being held in Disneyland Paris!
Stephanie from Erskine has been chosen to represent Scotland by the Face Of The Globe organisation to compete at the Grand World Finals being held between 2nd – 9th April 2016 in London and Disneyland Paris.
The contest has four age categories ranging from 5 years with no upper age limit!, and Stephanie who is 21 years old, will be in the adult category to compete against girls from all over the World!
Stephanie is a very adventurous, bubbly, and ambitious young girl who hopes that the interviews with the judges during the week long contest will show that side of her personality – as the finalists will be judged not just on looks, but also their personalities, and awards such as Miss Publicity and Miss Charity in aid of Rainbow Child Foundation.
Unbelievably Stephanie has only been taking part in beauty pageants for less than a year and the Scottish heat of the Face Of The Globe beauty pageant was her very first pageant. She said, “I only got into beauty pageants last year when I seen the Face Of The Globe beauty pageant advertised online. I have quite a girly princess personality so the thought of being in a beauty pageant with all the fancy dresses and glitter and rhinestones wowed me! I never knew until last year beauty pageants were a thing in Scotland!! I applied for the Scottish heat of Face of the Globe but to be honest I wasn’t even expecting to be offered a place in that so when I was offered a place I was thrilled and to place runner up in my first beauty pageant was a dream come true. I’m so blessed to have been given this opportunity and to have come this far. The reason I want to continue competing in beauty pageants now is to be a positive real role model for girls in my local community – I want to show girls you don’t have to look or act a certain way to achieve something. I want to show girls that you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it. I am so looking forward to meeting amazing girls from all over the world and coming away from the world finals with friends for life!”
When not competing in pageants or modelling, Stephanie splits her time working fulltime with Renfrewshire Council and volunteering as a first aider for St Andrew’s First Aid in her spare time.
Stephanie is a very charitable person in the past raising awareness of Help For Heroes by doing a wingwalk, raising money for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland by abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge and completing her first 10k race.
You can follow Stephanie’s progress in the contest at as full results will be published on their website, or purchase tickets online to come along and support Stephanie at the finals.
Face Of The Globe is organised and managed by Pageants UK Limited registered company number 08049145 in England and Wales. Face Of The Globe registered trademark number: 2634856. Rainbow Child Foundation Charity Number: 1158348