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SCORES of secondary pupils have shown they are real good sports after graduating from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education.

Paisley Abbey was packed with families and friends for the graduation ceremony and the presentation of certificates to 70 students by Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron.

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The School of Sport Education Initiative run by Renfrewshire Leisure and gives students over the age of 16 training for leisure and sports coaching awards and qualifications that could help them find work when they leave school, college or university.

Each pupil taking part has completed 20 weekly after-school sessions, child protection training and a placement to gain volunteering experience by coaching and delivering 60 hours of sports activities to younger children.

 Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We’re very proud of what the young people in this year’s intake have achieved.

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“It’s not just how they have developed their own skills and expertise, but what they have done for younger pupils by inspiring them and showing them the benefits of sport in maintaining an active lifestyle.

“The students have become role models and heroes to the children they have coached.

“What the students have learned and experience by taking part in the initiative will stand them in good stead as they make their way into adult life.”

Students from Renfrewshire’s Young Ambassadors programme helped organise the awards event. There were 22 students from local secondary schools who planned and hosted the graduation awards at Paisley Abbey on the night.

The Young Ambassadors – chosen from all 11 secondary schools in Renfrewshire – promote sport in their schools and are involved in various events throughout the year.

NEW ICU ROYAL ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL, PAISLEY.

Seriously ill patients in Paisley will now be cared for in a new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The £5 million unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital was officially opened today (Friday 12th) by John Brown, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and was commemorated with a special dedicated plaque.

NEW ICU ROYAL ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL, PAISLEY.

The new unit has nine bed spaces and meets the very highest levels of specification in line with the Scottish Intensive Care Society guidance and clinical standards for intensive care units.

The first patient passed through the doors in February and the unit will provide the highest standards of care for the most critically unwell patients following illness or surgery and who need various types of life and organ support.

John Brown said:  “I was delighted to have been asked to officially open this new Intensive Care Unit.

“I am confident that these new facilities will significantly enhance the quality of care and available for patients, families and staff, both in the immediate future and in the years come.

NEW ICU ROYAL ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL, PAISLEY.

“The unit looks spectacular in design and the air of space, light and calm will be of great comfort to pateitns and families at such an anxious time.”

The old Intensive Care Unit (ICU) opened initially as a High Dependency Unit in 1986 and ten years later evolved into an ICU.

The initial space and design posed limitations to service development over the years and despite the challenges the care and services provided in the old unit were known for excellence in patient and family focused care.

In 2016 the Board supported a £5 million investment to replace the old ICU and work got underway in 2017.  The first patient passed through the doors on the 19th February this year.

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8-year-old- Malcolm Tarbert has raised more than £400 for St. Vincent’s Hospice in a very unique way – by wearing shorts every single day since September 2018.

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Malcolm, a pupil from Ralston Primary School, decided to support the local charity after they took care of his Grandpa and always made him feel welcome when he came to visit. After seeing a similar idea on television, he took up the challenge and lasted an incredible 181 days through the Scottish winter wearing shorts every day to raise sponsor money.

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Malcolm’s Mum, Abigail Tarbert, said: “We are so proud of Malcolm. Honestly, it has been all him! When he first said he was going to wear shorts every day, we just assumed he would lose interest, so we just left it to see if it fizzled out. It didn’t – all through winter and right into spring, he was adamant he was wearing shorts for the Hospice.

“St. Vincent’s looked after his Grandpa towards the end of his life, and we all remember how welcome and comfortable we were made to feel any time we came in to visit him. The place holds a special place in all of our hearts, we already have a tree and a brick on the Woodland Walk in his memory. Malcolm decided he wanted to do something on his own and he’s already trying to think of what else he can do for his next ‘challenge’…I heard something about breaking a world record, but we’ll take it one at a time.”

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St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for people and families across Renfrewshire who are affected by life-limiting conditions. This includes bereavement support for relatives, as well as children and young people who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Laura McDade, said: “We are all so impressed by Malcolm and his dedication to raising money for our Hospice. For someone who is just eight to already understand how important the work we do is, and feel connected enough to our services to get sponsors and stick to a challenge for so long is amazing!

“Every year, it costs nearly £2.5 million every year to run our Hospice, and donations like this go directly towards offering real care and support for local people who are going through some very difficult times. On behalf of all of us, thank you Malcolm!”

For more information on how you can support St. Vincent’s Hospice, visit: www.SVH.co.uk. 

Pals of the Privies

Inspiring supporters of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign have been recognised at the Provost’s Community Awards for their work in the community.

The awards set out to reward the unsung heroes within Renfrewshire who go above and beyond for their community and taking home the Community Group and Community Volunteer awards were Pals of the Privies and Heather Clisset respectively.

Pals of the Privies are a volunteer group who set out with the mission of reclaiming Glencoats Park for the community and making it a welcoming area for young and old alike.

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They transformed the park from a seldom used green space into a thriving family park, achieving this by embracing the Team Up to Clean Up campaign through improving the appearance of the park and keeping it litter free.

Community events have been held in the park, primary school classes can now take place there and it is a haven for older people and dog walkers, with new benches installed for elderly residents.

Karen Campbell, Pals of the Privies, said: “Pals of the Privies all began with a simple litter pick, never did we think it would have grown to what it is now.

“Team Up to Clean up was a major part of our work from providing equipment to uplifts of large amounts of vegetation and Nicola and all the team have been a godsend, going out of their way to answer our queries or concerns.

“Winning the Provost’s Community Group Award has been a real boost to our group, giving us all some recognition and a sense of appreciation for what we are doing.”

Heather Clissett

Heather Clisset has been carrying out litter picks for more than nine years to keep her area clean and is a big supporter of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

She created the Erskine Community Garden which hosts community events and gives a safe place to rest and play, and the garden received the second highest ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ award from national environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

She has worked closely with Keep Scotland Beautiful to carry out pilot projects, including providing dog fouling bags on walking routes to measure the difference in dog mess left behind and has recently become one of the anchor groups for the ‘Upstream Battle’ campaign.

Heather said: “It was truly humbling to be chosen as the Provost’s Community Volunteer Award winner.

“The work the Erskine Community Garden is a full community effort regardless of what we do, whether in the garden or litter picks, we work as a team to make our community better for everyone.

“When Team Up to Clean Up started, this was something we very much wanted to be part of as the idea of joining with like-minded individuals in Renfrewshire meant we could support, encourage and lend practical help to each other.

“The friendships and links we’ve made with other groups are invaluable.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has benefited from a £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment which has seen an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

The investment has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove all rubbish following the completion of the litter pick.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Depute Provost and Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that both Heather and the Pals of the Privies were recognised at the Community Awards this year and they are both fully deserving of the recognition for the fantastic work they have done.

“They are prime examples of what the Team Up to Clean Up campaign is all about as they take pride in the local community and want to make it a brighter place for everyone to live and work in.

“The difference made to Glencoats Park is extraordinary and Heather has had the same impact within Erskine, and it’s great to see the local community reaping the benefits.

“We’re working hard through the campaign to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, nicer place to live, work and visit and thanks to inspiring people like these, we are making a real difference.”

The awards were chosen by a judging panel made up of the Provost, the award sponsors and various elected members from across all political parties.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup or join the dedicated Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/teamuptocleanup.

yoga

We’ve all heard about how good yoga is for our health and well-being particularly mental health but where and how do you start.

The thought of walking into a yoga studio can be enough to put anyone off so here’s a breakdown on what to expect:

What to wear?

Clothes that you can move in without causing a scandal, you’ll be stretching and maybe bending so you don’t want something so tight that it’ll strangle you but neither so loose it disappears over your head when you lean forward

I find a t-shirt tucked into long shorts works well, ladies, if you’re wearing leggings check out how opaque they stay under pressure.

Do I need a mat?

Studios will usually have mats you can use, for a class at a hall etc best to check first, you can get mats pretty much everywhere but the price reflects quality, we sell great mats at iconic for less than £20.

What about feet?

You will probably need feet.

No, I mean, my feet are well -feet!

Everyone has feet, almost everyone, you can keep your socks on if you want  but you might not get enough grip on the mat, again there are companies that sell yoga socks with sticky soles but as long as they’re clean no one else is going to care about your feet. You will have to take your shoes off though.

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I’m just not very flexible.

Then maybe you should try yoga! I practice (almost) every day the first couple of stretches are the hardest anyone has ever done ever. Then it gets easier, by the time I take a class at 7:30 I can almost undo my laces without making that sound.

Honestly though, for tight joints, muscles and even swelling yoga is fantastic, it’s like getting a massage from inside never push it but just gently release the pressure and things start to get easier.

The elephant in the room?

Ganesha? He’s a groovy wee hindu god, likes fruit.

No…em…breaking wind?

Incense, essential oils, atomisers, they’re all there for a reason. It happens, some poses are designed to help it happen, some poses are designed to stop it happening, in general if you’re going to blow maybe step outside for a minute, better that than letting rip in your neighbours face in a forward bend. Or sneaking out a silent but violent and denying responsibility. Ganesha has a long nose, and a longer memory.

Ok, all of this seems fine I suppose but how do I start?

Find a class, try Google, Facebook, ask friends, check out gyms and health clubs -see what they have to offer, if you have any doubts contact the teacher of the class we’re usually pretty easy to find. Then just come and try it, but keep an open mind, most classes will be mixed ability but the teacher is there to help you get the most of the class.

The big display classes of 60+ people are fun but they’re not the best if you’re looking for some help in samasthiti ei.

What was that that’s foreign?

Relax it’s just Sanskrit, teachers use it like shorthand, that one is ‘feet together, legs straight but not locked knees slightly bent pull up on the thighs to lift the kneecaps back straight shoulders relaxed head up chin in hands up to prayer position’ or we can call it ‘mountain’.

 

For complete beginners, anyone who wants to get back into it or just spend a bit more time learning a few moves we run beginners courses at iconic yoga, once every month or so.

Next one is on 5 May at 12:30, there will be tea.

Cllr Marie McGurk, Oran Kearney, Gordon Scott and Street Stuff participants

Renfrewshire’s award-winning diversionary programme, Street Stuff, is celebrating ten years of making a difference to the lives of young people in the community.

Since its inception in 2009, the programme has seen more than 200,000 young people come through its doors, each having the opportunity to take part in sport, make new friends and engage in social activities.

Cllr Marie McGurk, Oran Kearney, Gordon Scott and Street Stuff participants

Providing activities such as football, dance and gaming six days a week, the Street Stuff team aim to offer young people, often in disadvantaged areas, with the opportunity to access exercise and social activities which they may otherwise not have the chance to take part in.

The programme hosts four holiday camps throughout the year to ensure that young people have an outlet during the school holidays and a healthy meal is provided to each young person who attends – with more than 26,000 healthy meals provided in the last four years.

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The project runs in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

St Mirren FC Chairman Gordon Scott said: “Street Stuff is a great conduit to enable the club to foster stronger links with the community and the young people within it.

“The programme has massive health and social benefits and, as the programme hits the ten-year milestone, I think the number of both local and national awards it has received speaks for itself, in terms of both its success and the efforts of those who take part and run it.”

Malcolm Gillies is the longest-serving Street Stuff coach having been part of the programme for more than 10 years and he considers joining the programme as one of the best decisions he ever made.

Malcolm said: “Street Stuff brings young people into a safe environment, gives them a sense of responsibility and plays a big part in their childhood.

“It’s a place where they can get advice, talk about anything and provides an environment where they are not judged and can be themselves completely.

“There are many examples of kids enjoying the programme, getting to do some tasks and then becoming members of staff, and it’s an honour being part of such an amazing programme.”

The programme encourages and supports young people who attend to become volunteers and coaches and almost 80% of volunteers are former participants of the programme.

Stephen Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “The volunteers and staff take immense pride in the success of the programme and the difference being made to the lives of young people in Renfrewshire.

“We are actively working to engage with young people, ensure they have positive activities to take part in and aim to guide them into positive destinations which they may otherwise not be able to achieve.

“I’m delighted to see the number of attendees who go from taking part in the activities to helping to deliver them to the next generation of young people and we’ll continue to give young people the skills and experience they need for the future.”

The programme has been a firm feature in Renfrewshire for a decade and has contributed to the delivery of a sustained 65% reduction in reported youth disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “We’re extremely proud of our Street Stuff programme and the success it has achieved since it was introduced in 2009.

“The sustained reduction in anti-social behaviour makes a real, tangible difference to our communities and we are seeing young people actively seeking out the activities Street Stuff provides.

“The success of the programme is down to the fantastic staff who run it, the wonderful coaches and volunteers who give their time every week, but also to the young people who have embraced it.

“Street Stuff gives young people access to facilities and experiences within local communities they may otherwise not be able to access and we’re committed providing opportunities for everyone within Renfrewshire, regardless of their background.”

The success of the programme was recognised with more than 20 awards, including three high-profile awards in 2017 at the COSLA Excellence Awards, ROCCO Business Awards and Scottish Public Sector Awards.

For more information on Street Stuff and how to get involved, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff or follow the team on Twitter @SMFCStreetStuff.

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A team of intrepid experts will go underground to solve a centuries-old mystery this summer during the biggest exploration yet of Paisley’s unique medieval Abbey Drain.

The intricate underground structure is believed to have carried material from Paisley’s 850-year-old Abbey to the nearby River Cart – but no one has ever established where and how it met the river.

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Now, a team of archaeologists will excavate an area next to Abbey Close to try to answer that – with the hope their findings could help the drain become a bigger visitor attraction in future.

The two-month project (running from May until July) is being managed by Renfrewshire Council and includes an extensive programme of activity to involve the local community.

The dig is being run by Guard Archaeology with volunteers from Renfrewshire Local History Forum, supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.

Paisley’s Abbey Drain is an ornate underground passageway, around 100m long and believed to be more than 700 years old, which was discovered in the 19thcentury and rediscovered in the 1990s.

Previous archaeological digs have revealed carved slates featuring the earliest written polyphonic music – and largest collection of medieval pottery – ever found in Scotland.

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Community activity planned for during the Big Dig will include a series of short films and a documentary made by students from the University of the West of Scotland, school visits, volunteering opportunities, and free talks and workshops for the general public.

The drain itself won’t be accessible to the public during the dig – but there will be a chance for residents and visitors to go inside it, as in previous years, during Doors Open Day in September.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Paisley’s Abbey Drain is a hidden treasure and people are rightly fascinated by it – so we are delighted to be able to run a project which will engage the community and bring the stories of the Abbey Drain to life for residents and visitors.

Ope Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

“The team behind the Big Dig hope to solve some of the unanswered questions around it and that may lead to further exploration or even a more permanent visitor attraction in future.

“If so, that would be a perfect fit for the wider push to use Paisley’s rich heritage and culture to bring new footfall to the town and build on our growing reputation as one of Scotland’s top visitor destinations.”

Riona McMorrow, Acting Head of The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to think that the Big Dig might uncover the long held mysteries of Paisley’s Abbey Drain.

“It is thanks to National Lottery players that we have been able to help fund this innovative programme of activities which will nurture and build the community groups interested in improving Paisley through their heritage.”

Caroline Clark, Acting Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), said: “We’re delighted to have contributed funding to support the Paisley Abbey Drain Big Dig through our Historic Environment Support Fund.

“This is a fantastic project that will not only explore the hidden history of Paisley Abbey and help enhance our understanding of this fascinating site, but also provide an opportunity for the local community to get involved in archaeology and engage with the rich heritage on their doorstep.”

You will be able to keep up to date with the Big Dig and see the full programme of activity via www.paisley.is

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THE Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine is in the running to raise thousands of pounds.

It has been chosen as the official charity partner of this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

Last year, almost 3500 people took part in both the Paisley 10k and shorter Fun Run through the streets of the town.

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And organisers, Renfrewshire Leisure are expecting a similar big turn out this year on Sunday, August 18.

Many of the runners raise thousands of pounds for their favourite charities and good causes. Now those taking part are being encouraged to also raise money for Erskine, which is Scotland’s foremost provider of nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for veterans and their spouses.

And previous winners of the Paisley 10k – Derek Hawkins and Gemma Rankin – paid a visit to Erskine to promote the fundraising partnership.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “As well as being a great event for athletes, the Paisley 10k and Fun Run is also great fun for local people to take part in.

“But there’s other benefits to the local community from the event and that is the huge amount of money raised for charities and good causes each year.

“It’s fitting that such a well-known and respected charity like Erskine that has been in Renfrewshire since 1916 has been chosen as our official charity partner.”

Erskine’s Head of Fundraising and Communications Sara Bannerman said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to be the charity partner for the Paisley 10K Road Race and Fun Run 2019.

“Erskine has a strong bond and a long history of community support from the people of Renfrewshire.

“As one of Scotland’s largest and most popular 10k races family fun runs, we would like to thank all the participants and volunteers for supporting our veterans.”

There is more than £2000 in prize money up for grabs in the 10k race and trophies for the both boys and girls fun runners who are aged seven and under, eight to 12 years old and 12 to 15 year olds.

You can register for the race by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0300 300 1362 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean continues to go from strength to strength as another community group took to the streets to show their support.

Volunteers young and old from the Our Place, Our Families community group in Renfrew picked up a litter picker to make a difference to their local area, while spreading the message that littering isn’t acceptable.

More than 35 dedicated volunteers tackled the area around Kirklandneuk Community Centre and collected 25 bags of litter in the process.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

The group is run by volunteers from the local community to provide low cost family fun days and a wide range of family activities to help bring the local community together.

Diane Booth, Project Manager, said: “Our Place Our Families run a sport and play project throughout the main school holidays.

“Within this project, the kids get involved in Team Up to Clean Up where they clean up the local area. Not only does this stop the kids from dropping litter in the community, but it prevents them from sitting about the house on social media and games consoles.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

“We hope to continue this for the foreseeable future and believe it can show that, with the help of the community, kids can make a difference.”

Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean, part of the wider Team Up to Clean Up campaign, takes place throughout April and aims to replicate the success of the same event last year which saw more than 1000 volunteers take part over one weekend.

The Our Place, Our Families litter pick is one of more than 50 clean ups arranged so far as community groups, schools and volunteers set out to clean up their neighbourhoods.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, joined the litter pick and was full of praise for the work to the volunteers.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

Councillor McEwan said: “What a fantastic job these volunteers have done to clean up the local area, while also putting forward the message that littering is not acceptable.

“Events like the Big Spring Clean, and our wider Team Up to Clean Up campaign, aim to bring the local community together to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, brighter and more attractive place to live, work and visit.

Cllr McEwan with the Our Place Our Families team

“It also aims to show those who litter that their fellow community members are taking action to make a difference and we want to reduce the amount of litter dropped in the first place.

“There’s still plenty of events left during the Big Spring Clean so please go along to any of them or get in touch and we’ll help you arrange your own.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has benefitted from a £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment which has seen an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

The investment has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove the collected rubbish at the end.

All interested volunteers are invited to any of the arranged litter picks and are free to turn up on the day to take part, as well as being able to arrange their own by contacting the council directly.

For more information on the Big Spring Clean, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bigspringclean2019 or call 0300 300 1375.

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