Young people who made a positive contribution to Renfrewshire communities were honoured at a special awards ceremony in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew last night.
The Positive About Youth (PAY) Awards, organised by community-based youth charity Renfrewshire Youth Voice, are held to celebrate the remarkable skills and abilities of local young people aged between 12 and 25. More than 250 guests, including friends, family and sponsors, looked on as the winners were announced at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.
Trophies were presented to prize-winners in eight different categories of achievement, including Young Carer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Youth Group of the Year.
The winners from each of the categories were:
Campaign for change award
Who Cares? Scotland – Young Campaigners Group
Eilish Herron Young Sports Person
Ferran Hart Young Artist
Unsung Hero award
Young Carer award
Young Volunteer of the year award
Youth Group of the year award
Paisley Grammar S5/S6 MVP Mentors
Congratulating the winners, Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said:
“The Positive about Youth awards are a great way to showcase the fantastic achievements of young people in Renfrewshire. It’s been a privilege to witness the celebration of talent that young people in Renfrewshire have.
“We have a huge amount of accomplished and committed youngsters in Renfrewshire and these awards demonstrate the great work and results that can be achieved. It is events such as this that continue to build a genuinely favourable image of young people in the area.
“Tonight’s winners and nominees all make a positive difference to their communities and it’s essential that we continue to acknowledge their achievements.”
Commenting on the night, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, Mark Dougan said:
“The Positive about Youth awards are evidence that Renfrewshire’s youth have a voice, have talent and have an impact on their local communities. It has been great to celebrate our young people tonight and I hope the award winners will motivate and inspire others.”
Renfrewshire Council customers will benefit from services they help to develop and are delivered to meet their needs, through a new strategy approved today (Wednesday 8 November).
Councillors on the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board have backed the new five-year Customer Strategy 2017-2022.
Each year, customers get in touch with the Council three million times. Customers access a wide range of services from making council tax payments to applying for housing benefit, arranging a special bulk uplift or reporting flytipping.
The new strategy has been prepared following detailed customer insight research, which identified online access and speed of reply as the two most important features of any service.
Research also showed the Council website, email and phone are the most convenient contact methods, while those with a disability or requiring language support prefer to visit a contact centre in person.
Councillor Shaw, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board said: “Our Customer Strategy rightly puts Renfrewshire customers at its heart and has been developed through detailed customer consultation.
“It is vital that we understand who our customers are, the challenges they face and the service they require, involving them in the design of services and learning from their feedback.
“We want to provide easily accessible, simple to follow services which provide a positive experience for all our customers from the first contact through to a successful resolution. At the same time, when we get things wrong, we will acknowledge this and work with customers to put things right again and refine our approach.”
The new strategy will continue to offer face-to-face and telephone contact, and will also make more services available online, developing a single sign-on process and web chat assistance as well as greater use of social media communications channels to contact the Council.
This builds on the success of the Council’s MyAccount platform, which enables online access to a range of services and has seen more than 26,000 customers register since its launch last March.
“More and more customers are looking to communicate, interact and access services through digital channels,” added Councillor Shaw. “MyAccount has proved very popular and we will extend this and adopt more innovative ways of working to ensure we deliver a truly digital service.
“We recognise that not all our customers are able to access services digitally and that’s why we are putting facilities in place like free publically available Wifi across our town centres and self-service customer service areas.
“And we know many people are not comfortable using online services so have invested in training our staff and equipping our community partners with the right skills to support and assist customers.
“Customers will benefit from a joined-up approach regardless of how they contact us and will still be able to contact us face-to-face and by telephone. Customer expectations are changing and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work – we must tailor our services to meet our customers’ needs.”
Communities across Renfrewshire are preparing for a weekend of remembrance as the area pays tribute to those lost in service with the Armed Forces.
The proceedings will begin on Friday 10 November with Renfrewshire’s annual Children’s Remembrance Service, held at Mossvale Primary School in Paisley.
The Royal British Legion Scotland– Paisley Comrades Division will lead a joint assembly for the pupils of Mossvale and St James Primary which will give them the opportunity to ask questions about the veteran’s experiences and the work of the Legion, followed by a minutes silence at 10am.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who will be attending both the Children’s Remembrance Service and the Armistice Service in Paisley, said: “This is an important weekend as it gives the whole of Renfrewshire the opportunity to pay tribute to our Armed Forces, past and present, and give thanks for the sacrifices they have made.
“Renfrewshire has a proud military tradition and the services of commemoration are a chance to recognise those who have done so much to shape past, present and future generations.
“If you are able to attend one of the services then please feel welcome to do so and come pay your respects.”
A number of commemorative events have been arranged for Sunday 12 November at Cenotaphs or war memorials across Renfrewshire.
Start Finish (Approx)
Renfrew 9.45am 10.30am
Houston 10.00am 10.30am
Kilbarchan 10.00am 10.30am
Paisley 10.45am 11.30am
Lochwinnoch 10.45am 11.15am
Howwood 11.45am 12.15pm
Johnstone 12.30pm 1.00pm
Elderslie 2.30pm 3.00pm
Bridge of Weir 3.00pm 3.30pm
Full details of all services can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/
Renfrewshire Council has unveiled a five-year plan to deliver more than 1000 high-quality, affordable homes across Renfrewshire over the next five years.
The new Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for the period 2018/19 – 2022/23 was approved today by Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board. The Board gave the green light to the plan which sets out the key investment priorities for affordable housing in Renfrewshire. It details how the Council will meet the objectives of the Renfrewshire Local Housing Strategy by delivering at least 1,000 new homes over the next five years.
The homes will be a mixture of council and housing association properties. As well as new housing for social rent, a mix of housing options are also being developed including properties specifically for older people, families and people with additional needs plus homes which are available to buy at below market prices.
Construction work is due to start on two Council projects in Spring 2018 where around 95 new homes will be built as part of the regeneration of Johnstone Castle and 80 new homes at Dargavel Village in Bishopton. It is also planned to bring forward further Council newbuild projects in Paisley and Johnstone over the five year period.
Construction is also underway on housing association newbuild developments in different parts of Renfrewshire. Sanctuary Scotland is building social rented housing in Renfrew (Andrew Avenue and Inchinnan Road) and homes for both social rent and low cost home ownership at Love Street in Paisley. Work is due to start shortly on the former Co-op site in Paisley West End, where around 40 new homes will be built for social rent by Sanctuary. The Link Group will start work in 2018 on the third phase of the redevelopment of the former Arnotts site – building around 26 flats on Smithhills Street in Paisley town centre for social rent. In addition, Paisley Housing Association is progressing plans for comprehensive improvement at Orchard Street/Causeyside Street following the designation of a Housing Renewal Area earlier this year.
The Council is also working with other housing associations and the Scottish Government to bring forward newbuild schemes in other parts of Renfrewshire over the next five years.
The draft investment plan was presented to Community planning partners, Renfrewshire housing associations, local stakeholder groups, Community Councils and tenants and Residents Associations for consultation in August of this year. The consultation also included meetings with housing association partners to identify potential sites and new projects in line with the Local Housing Strategy outcomes.
Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing & Planning Policy Board visited a new housing area site to see first-hand one of the new affordable housing developments in Renfrew.
Commenting on the new plan, Councillor McGurk said:
“Good quality, energy efficient, affordable housing helps to improve people’s quality of life. Renfrewshire Council is committed to providing high-calibre homes that people can afford to rent and buy.
“The Strategic Housing Investment Plan isn’t just about building more and more houses. It is about creating homes that people want to live in, in places where they want to live.
“There is a demand for affordable homes for older people, families and those with additional needs. We’re expanding the supply of homes that are the right type, the right size and in the right place to meet the needs of people in Renfrewshire. There are a number of planned developments for additional supported housing, sheltered housing and extra care housing which meet these needs.
“We are already well on track to delivering our target of 1,000 new affordable homes by 2021 and I fully expect that the Strategic Housing Investment Plan will take us beyond that.”
Gillian Lavety, Head of Development for Sanctuary Homes in Scotland, said:
“Sanctuary is proud to work in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government to develop much-needed affordable housing in the area.
“Our planned homes will provide modern, attractive and energy-efficient accommodation for local residents, just as Sanctuary’s previous Renfrewshire projects across Paisley, Renfrew and Linwood already have.”
For further information on housing and to download a copy of the Renfrewshire Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2018/19 to 2022/23 go to http://www.renfrewshire.gov.
Renfrewshire’s residents are being urged to prepare themselves for the winter weather conditions as the coldest months arrive.
Renfrewshire Council has launched its Ready for Winter campaign and has put in place its normal winter measures to ensure the area will continue to operate fully should there be severe snow, ice, wind or rain.
More than 800km of road and 1200km miles of pavement will be treated across Renfrewshire with over 4000 tonnes of salt purchased to combat the freezing conditions.
Specialist gritters will be operating on a priority basis to ensure all main bus routes and access routes to schools and emergency services remain available, providing 24 hour cover to deal with the effects of snow and ice.
Residents will also be able to access more than 400 grit bins to tackle roads which are not on essential gritting routes.
The council is also urging everyone to be #RenReady to face the winter weather by preparing in advance to keep their home, business and community safe.
Preparing emergency plans and grab bags for your home, checking weather reports often and having an emergency kit in your car are just a few of the ways which you can stay safe this winter.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We recognise severe winter weather can cause issues for those who live and work in Renfrewshire and we are undertaking a variety of measures to ensure we are prepared for every eventuality.
“Every year we utilise our specialist gritting vehicles to provide a 24 hour response to snow and ice, which helps maintain our roads during the winter period.
“There is also a variety of advice available on our website to learn how to best prepare your home, community or business during an emergency situation.
“We want to ensure our communities are safe and prepared this winter to allow Renfrewshire to continue to operate as normal and ensure we are all #RenReady this winter.”
For more information on how you can be prepared for severe weather across the winter period visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/
You can follow the council’s social media campaign advising on staying safe this winter by following @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
Photographs of Paisley Fireworks Display 2017. Thousand’s turned up to tonight’s event. Paisley was packed and the 80’s music went down a storm with families with the kids being stunned by the powerful display held at the heart of Paisley’s Historic centre.
The photographs above were taken by Ian McDonald Photography and kindly allowed for use on www.paisley.org.uk
THE team at Renfrewshire Leisure has come up with a new version of a well-known proverb – a friend indeed is a friend in need of a free gym session, swim or exercise class!
And it means that this weekend, November 4 and 5, Renfrewshire Leisure members can bring a friend along to one if the gyms, sports centres and swimming pools for free.
The Bring a Friend For Free offer is available at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre, The ON-X, in Linwood, Johnstone Sports Hub, Renfrew Sports Centre and the town’s Victory Baths and Erskine Sports Centre and swimming pool and Ralston Community Sports Centre.
And any friends coming along during that weekend can become a member of the sports and leisure organisation with a ‘join now pay in January’ special offer.
Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We have some of the best sports and leisure facilities in the country and people will be doing their friends a favour by bringing them along to try out what we have to offer.
“Keeping fit and healthy is a great idea, but it’s even better when you can do it with friends.
“So, if anyone knows a friend who would like to try out a a fitness class, enjoy a workout in the gym or take a dip in the pool, just invite them along to our Bring A Friend For Free weekend.”
Thousands are expected to turn out to see Paisley’s historic skyline light up in the annual fireworks extravaganza this Saturday.
With Paisley the only Scottish place on the shortlist for the UK City of Culture 2021, the 80s themed event will show the town knows how to stage a huge event, with a silent disco, kids workshops and retro arcade games.
The twenty minute fireworks spectacular will burst into life across the Paisley skies from 7pm, accompanied by an 80s soundtrack.
Radio Clyde DJs Callum Gallacher and Grant & Amber will be playing classics from the decade from 4pm, with George & Cassi also playing 80s classics from 6pm at Paisley Town Hall leading up to the dazzling display.
The funs starts in Paisley Town Hall from 2pm, with a series of free family activities throughout the afternoon.
Remode Redesign will run workshops where participants will print fabric using a range of 80s games themed wooden blocks and create their own pencil case or make up bag.
Numbers are limited to 20 per session and the free event starts at 2pm.
The 80s themed silent disco kicks off on the ground floor at 2pm, where two sets of music fans of all ages dance to different music played through headsets.
The sessions are suitable for all ages and will run throughout the afternoon.
At the end of each one, the best dressed 80s costume or best dancer will win a prize.
Kids drop in workshops start at 2pm in the Artmania zone, with crafts suitable for pre-schoolers to kids of Primary 4 and beyond.
All of the workshops should be booked through Eventbrite.
Arcade games will continue the 80s theme, with iconic favourites like Pac- Man, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong available to pit your skills against.
Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform the whole of the Renfrewshire area.
The town is on the shortlist alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.
Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “It’s great to be able to showcase Paisley as a large scale events venue as we bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
“Big events like these show our proven capacity to host big crowds and Paisley town centre makes a unique venue, especially with the back drop of the Abbey.”
Residents should be aware that a series of road closures will be put in place from early on Saturday 4th November at Gauze Street, St Mirren Street, Cotton Street, Lawn Street and Smithhills Street until after the event.
County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street and Bridge Street will be closed in places, while Abbey Close and the Lagoon South Car Park will be closed.
From 3.30pm, Seedhill Road will be closed in places, with Causeyside Street to follow from 4.30pm onwards, while Mill Street will be closed from Lonend to Bank Street from 6.45pm.
The fireworks display follows the Halloween festival and parade in the town centre and precedes the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On on November 18.
For more information and to book go to: http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/
Our spectacular Halloween Parade is always a festival highlight!
With a Fire Monster on a Paisley Chariot, the Spark! Drummers, LED lanterns, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners Band and lots more colourful participants, this is one not to be missed.
Parade route: New Street – Causeyside Street – St Mirren Brae – Gauze Street- Cotton Street