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Our Choose your Career Open Days across each of our main campuses will provide a showcase of our departments and support services.

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Come along To West College Scotland on Tuesday 25 February, and  find out more about our full-time, part-time and evening courses as well as apprenticeships, learning support and funding.

Staff and students will be on hand throughout the day to give information about our courses and career paths as well as assist with applications.

Our marketplace stalls will showcase demonstrations from our departments, and there will be an opportunity to have a tour of the campus facilities and see what being a student at WCS is all about!

The events will take place at the following dates & venues from 9am-3pm, 5-7.30pm:

TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY – CLYDEBANK CAMPUS

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY – GREENOCK FINNART ST CAMPUS

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY – PAISLEY CAMPUS

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 Introduction of new recycling stations offer sustainable solution for disposal of thousands of coffee cups – 

 

Glasgow Airport’s new recycling stations have arrived with a sustainable solution for the disposal of single-use coffee cups in the terminal. 

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Three stations have been introduced in the James Martin Kitchen, Panopolis and Starbucks catering outlets in the main departures area with a further four stations set to be installed. 

 

The stations feature three collection tubes to allow passengers and staff to the recycle single-use coffee cups, lids and their contents where previously they could only be disposed of in general waste bins. 

Glasgow Airport introduced the first station in James Martin Kitchen last summer and since its introduction more than 12,000 cups have been recycled. 

 

Kirsty Webster, Glasgow Airport’s Sustainability Assurance Manager, said: “As a responsible business we are committed to reducing our environmental impact. As disposable cups are composed of paper with a thin plastic liner to keep them from leaking, recycling them requires a specialised process. 

 

“The remaining liquid has also been a barrier to recycling as if there’s nowhere to hand to empty the contents of the cup, they are often tossed in the general waste bins. 

 

“These stations provide both staff and our customers with the means to dispose of their leftover drink and the disposable cup in a sustainable manner and they are proving really popular.”

 

The new recycling stations were introduced as part of Cup Movement® in Glasgow, a city-wide initiative from environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. It is aimed at reducing the waste associated with single-use cups through cross-sector reuse and recycling solutions. Glasgow Airport joined Cup Movement in the summer, gaining access to Scotland’s first cup collection and recycling service delivered in collaboration with Simply Cups. 

 

Kirsty added: “We are proud to be part of the Cup Movement in Glasgow, which ensures that through the support of Keep Scotland Beautiful and Simply Cups we are able to make use of the appropriate collection facilities for the segregated cups used across the airport.” 

 

It is estimated that more than 500 million single-use cups are used in Scotland each year with just 4% being recycled with the remaining amount either going to landfill or littering the country. Around 95 million are used in the Greater Glasgow area each year. 

 

Paul Wallace, Campaigns and Social Innovation Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: “Transport hubs like Glasgow Airport are a key part of our take-away coffee culture, with thousands of travellers reaching for a drink in a disposable cup each day, as they wait for their flight to board.

 

“We are delighted the airport has made a success of its cup recycling efforts and look forward to working with Kirsty and the team to further reduce single-use cup waste as part of our Cup Movement.

 

“Having an initiative like this in a key hub in and out of Glasgow helps send a strong message to locals and visitors alike about the importance of waste reduction. Every step counts as we transition towards lower impact ways of living.”

 

The introduction of the recycling stations is one of a series of sustainability-focused and waste management projects underway locally at Glasgow Airport. 

 

Last year Glasgow Airport handed out reusable water bottles to over 5000 staff with the help of pupils from Sunnyside Primary School, known as the Ocean Defenders. 

 

Glasgow became the first UK airport to introduce a fleet of full-electric buses to its long-stay car park operations and also replaced eight diesel airfield vehicles with more fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4s.

 

Thousands of pieces of crockery and cutlery that were no longer required by the airport’s Frankie & Benny’s restaurant and due for disposal were donated to Starter Pack Glasgow. The charity helps new tenants, many of whom were previously homeless, get started with household items they may struggle to afford when moving into a new home.

 

An unused airfield passenger bus that would have been scrapped was also donated to the charity Help the Homeless Glasgow to be converted into a mobile support unit. 

 

To find out more about Cup Movement visit: keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cup-movement

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A campaign is set to get underway to tackle contaminated recycling bins as part of a drive to further improve the quality of recycling in Renfrewshire.

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From 17 February, collection teams will be checking blue recycling bins for anything that isn’t paper, card or cardboard in a bid to reduce the cost of processing and to improve the environment.

If bins are found to be heavily contaminated, then a red tag will be placed on the bin outlining that it will not be collected until the contaminating items are removed.

Residents will then have two days to contact the council, in line with the missed bin process, to advise it has been cleared and it will be collected from outside their home within the following five days.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Firstly, I want to thank our residents for the way they’ve engaged with the new bin collection service as they’ve recognised the difference that recycling can make to our local environment.

“This is the next step is improving the recycling we collect even further, and we want people to recognise that they need to use their recycling bins correctly – with an initial focus on the blue bin before moving onto our other recycling bins in the near future.

“By ensuring you only place paper, card and cardboard in your blue bin, you will be making a real difference to our local environment as well as lowering the cost to process recycling and allowing us to reinvest this money in our key public services.

“More and more, people are recognising the importance of recycling and we’re here to support you with whatever you need to recycle effectively.”

The introduction of a new recycling bin in December 2018 for plastics, cans and glass has seen the recycling rate in Renfrewshire increase in every quarter since, although contamination remains a costly issue with the cost of disposal increasing depending on the level of contamination.

The campaign to tackle contamination is just one of a number of ways that Renfrewshire is improving its environment and tackling climate change, with the Clyde Valley Waste Project ensuring that at least 90% of Renfrewshire’s non-recyclable waste is turned into energy and diverted from landfill.

For more information on recycling in Renfrewshire, and an indicative list of what should and should not go into the blue bin, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/mybins or contact the team via mybins@renfrewshire.go.uk.

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Airport’s chaplaincy service and staff to raise funds for stroke charity this year – 

 

Stroke Association Scotland has today (Monday 3 February) been chosen as the Glasgow Airport Chaplain’s Charity for 2020.

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Chaplain Chris Connelly and his team will be supported by staff from across the Glasgow Airport campus in raising vital funds throughout this year for Scotland’s national stroke charity. 

 

Chris Connelly, who took over as Glasgow Airport’s chaplain following the retirement of Keith Banks last year, said:This year’s chosen charity Stroke Association Scotland has a special significance for me personally.

 

“I suffered two Trans Ischemic Attacks and a mini stroke 10 years ago. It was due to the diligence of the doctors and nursing staff, as well as being educated on the causes of why this happened to me, and what I could do to prevent it from happening again, that I can say without hesitation that Stroke Association Scotland is a worthy choice as the Chaplain’s Charity for 2020.

 

“There are over 15,000 cases of individuals suffering from strokes every year in Scotland that could be prevented by a campaign of education and health awareness. The aim of the Chaplain’s Charity 2020 is to raise as much money as possible to support the ongoing work of Stroke Association Scotland to help achieve this goal.”

 

Andrea Cail, Director of Stroke Association Scotland, said: We are delighted to have been chosen as Glasgow Airport’s Chaplain’s Charity for 2020 and we are really looking forward to working with staff at the airport. 

 

“Strokes kill around 4000 people every year in Scotland. There are currently over 128,000 people in Scotland living with the effects of their stroke, with about 27,000 of these people live in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde area. 

 

“Our partnership with Glasgow Airport will allow us to support more people to rebuild their lives after a stroke and we are very thankful to have been chosen.”

 

Last year the airport’s chaplaincy raised a record £8,476.47 for Children 1st. Stroke Association Scotland together with Chris and his chaplaincy team are hopeful the total can top £10,000 this year.

 

Introduced in 2010, the Chaplain’s Charity has raised almost £77,000 in total for a number of national and local good causes. Previous beneficiaries of the Chaplain’s Charity programme include The Teddy Bear Foundation, CHAS, Robin House Children’s Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust, The Salvation Army, Wish upon a Star, Make a Wish, the British Heart Foundation, Funding Neuro and ROAR.

 

This year’s fundraising got off to a flying start with a launch day donation of £1,000, which was raised through an annual staff survey with Glasgow Airport donating £1 for every person who took part. 

To find out more about Stroke Association Scotland visit: www.stroke.org.uk. If you’d like to support the Glasgow Airport Chaplain’s Charity in 2019 contact chaplaincy@glasgowairport.com

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MEMBERS of the LGBT+ community network group working for Renfrewshire Council have chosen two films to be shown at Paisley Arts Centre as part of LGBT History Month.

The film, But I’m A Cheerleader is being screened on Thursday, February 13 and the following night the movie, Pride is being shown.

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The Renfrewshire Council LGBTQIA+ staff network group aims to improve the opportunities for LGBT+ staff to be involved in how the local authority supports and celebrates its diverse workforce.

The staff network group chose But I’m A Cheerleader as it highlights the fight against discrimination using creativity and humour.

And the film, Pride has been described as ‘an inspiration’ to members of the network group. The film celebrates the power of community and how two very different communities can work together to overcome prejudice and persecution.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We support both the council’s LGBT+ staff and the wider LGBT+ community and these films are excellent choices for people to see.

“It’s well worth everyone coming along to Paisley Arts Centre to see these thought-provoking films.”

Visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com or call 0300 300 1210 to book tickets for these film showings.

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FAMILIES can be scientists for a day when they come along to the intriguing activities being held in Soar at intu during the February mid-term break.

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Demonstrations that everyone can get involved with include – how to make a cloud, a lava lamp, a hot air balloon, how to create electricity and how to make a volcano.

The free fun science-inspired events – from Saturday, February 8 till Tuesday, February 11 between noon and 5pm – will astound youngsters and grown-ups alike.Presenters will give easy-to-understand explanations of the science behind each of these experiments.

Those taking part are asked to bring an empty plastic bottle so they can make their lava lamp, which they can take home.

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Places on the activities will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. And there’s a special treat exclusively for intu Family Club members, who are invited to come along each day from 11am till 11.30am to find out how to make slime.

The intu family club in partnership with Playmobil is free to join and members receive exclusive offers and discounts, a child’s gift, a membership pack, a magazine and more.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’ve got some amazing science demonstrations lined up that are not just interesting and informative, but they’re great fun as well.

“This is something all the family can get involved in and everyone will be amazed when they see the results of their scientific experiments.”

David added: “We own and manage the most popular destinations and our aim is to create compelling experiences for our visitors.”

Go to www.intu.co.uk/braehead for more details and to sign up for the intu Family Club.

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PARENTS and carers now have an even bigger choice of fitness classes they can bring their babies along to while they work out.

Renfrewshire Leisure has recently decided to make many of their regular fitness classes buggy friendly and that means those attending can take their babies along and have them by their side.

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The sports and leisure trust has increased more than tenfold – from six to 68 – their buggy friendly classes within their new fitness class schedule. It’s the first time in Scotland these types of sessions have been incorporated into a regular fitness programme.

One mum, Lauren Maynard who takes her one-year-son, Spencer to her classes reckons people looking after babies should keep going to their favourite fitness sessions – for the sake of their sanity.

Lauren, 28, from Inchinnan, in Renfrewshire, who aims to attend up to four fitness classes a week, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for new mums like me.

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“Spencer comes with me to classes so I can work out as normal while he is sitting next to me in his buggy and I know he’s safe.

“New mums need to keep active and get out of the house and mix with people, as that’s very important for their mental health.

“After a fitness class you feel much happier, less stressed and generally it lifts your mood.”

Lauren added: “Some new mums may feel trapped or isolated if they are stuck in the house after their baby is born.

“Their husband or partner goes off to work and gets to mix with their work colleagues, but a new mum can lose contact with their circle of friends.

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“So, it’s very important for a mum’s well-being to have a social contact with other people and mix with their friends. These buggy friendly fitness classes are ideal for that.

“Not everyone has family members they can rely on for baby-sitting duties during the day as they might be at work, but the buggy friendly classes can let you do this.”

Lauren continued: “What Renfrewshire Leisure has done is fantastic and a Godsend to mums with babies. They have given us a huge variety of classes you can attend with your baby.

“Some of their sports centres also have swimming pools where you can take your baby for free if they are under one year old.

“When I attend these buggy friendly classes it’s great to meet new people. Everyone is really friendly. Spencer is no bother and doesn’t make much noise, but if he does, everyone makes me feel really welcome even though I have a baby with me in the class.

“The babies seem to enjoy it as well and there is always plenty going on around them to keep them interested.”

Renfrewshire Leisure chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We are the only local authority or leisure trust in Scotland to have opened up an existing fitness class programme to new parents who want to bring their babies in buggies along with them to a fitness session.

“We took this ground-breaking step after one of the mums who came to one of our previous buggy-friendly spin classes asked us if we could extend the idea to other types of fitness classes, so we decided to take a radical approach.

“We have gone from having six, mainly spin classes that were buggy-friendly to 68 fitness activities for parents and their babies covering most types of classes.

“We wanted to make it as easy as possible for new mums to get the benefit both physically and psychologically of taking part in fitness classes.”

The Renfrewshire Leisure buggy friendly fitness classes are held at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre; ON-X Linwood; Erskine Sports Centre; Renfrew Leisure Centre; Johnstone Sports Hub and Ralston Community Sports Centre.

Classes include Body Pump, Attack and Combat; Zumba; Sosa Fitness; Yoga and Pilates; Spin Cycle; Metafit and even Ballroom Fitness.

Visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com for more information on the buggy friendly classes.

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Renfrewshire’s top schools for the promotion of fair trade have been announced, with Mary Russell and Bargarran Primary taking home the glory for 2019.

The awards aim to recognise the outstanding work carried out by local schools to promote fair trade in Renfrewshire and ensure young people have the opportunity to learn about how they can make a difference to the world.

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First-time winners of the John McDowell Award, which is named after the former Provost of Renfrewshire who established the campaign for fair trade in the area, are Bargarran Primary School.

They’ve established a Fair Trade Parliament consisting of 25 pupils from Primary 2-7, outlined their own fair trade policy for the school, run tuck shops and coffee mornings to promote the issue, and held whole school assemblies to talk about fair trade.

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The school also renewed its FairAchiever status in 2019 with the Fairtrade Foundation – the highest award that a school can receive.

Liz Mackenzie, Depute Head Teacher at Bargarran Primary, said: “All our pupils are delighted to receive this year’s John McDowell Award for their commitment to Fair Trade.

“Having successfully renewed our FairAchiever Status in May 2019, the pupils from this year’s Fairtrade Parliament are continuing to promote Fairtrade by raising awareness within the school and local community.“

Mary Russell Primary were highly commended for their commitment to the campaign.

Their peers in Mary Russell Secondary though have taken home the Renfrewshire Secondary Schools award for the first time after their committed group achieved FairAchiever status from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Their monthly group hosted regular coffee mornings and events, including the visit of a Rwandan coffee producer, worked with fair trade organisations including the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Rainbow Turtle, have embedded the issue into the school curriculum with all pupils having the chance to learn about fair trade in class and at school assemblies.

Julie McCallum, Mary Russell Head Teacher, said: “Our school is firmly committed to promoting the fair trade and sustainability agenda and we are delighted that this year the work we have been undertaking in Mary Russell has been recognised.

“Our Fairtrade committee led by our principal teacher Susan Hamill have worked hard to ensure that we continue to raise the profile of Fairtrade across our school and within our partnerships.”

Previous winners Gryffe High were highly commended for their fantastic ongoing work.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson presented the awards to both schools and praised their commitment to the cause.

Councillor Nicolson said: “It’s fantastic to see our young pupils learning about the importance of fair trade and both schools have done so much throughout the year to deserve their awards.

“Their work within their school is ensuring that our younger generation recognise the difference that can be made by supporting fair trade and they’ve raised awareness in the local community too by hosting regular events.

“As a council, we are committed to promoting fair trade having become the first in Scotland to sign up to the International Fair Trade Charter in May last year and we will continue to support it wherever possible as we move forward.”

The Renfrewshire Fair Trade Steering Group meets regularly to discuss the issue of fair trade and outline how it can be supported within the council and more widely in Renfrewshire, and new members are always welcome.

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

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Two artists have been commissioned to create a public artwork to remember the victims and survivors of Paisley’s Glen Cinema disaster of 1929.

Artists Kerry Stewart, originally from Johnstone, and Rachel Lowther, who were appointed in the 90th year of the tragedy, have been chosen to work with community groups to develop a tribute to the disaster as a reminder of its lasting impact on the town.

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The Glen Cinema tragedy took place on 31 December 1929 when a smoking film canister caused a panic during a packed children’s matinee where more than 600 children were present. The main exit doors had a metal gate that had been pulled shut stopping it from opening leading to a crush where 71 children died, and more than 30 children were injured.

Commenting on the commission Rachel said: “As a mother, I was immediately moved by the terrible story of what unfolded at Glen Cinema on Hogmanay 1929. From silent film to the town’s stunned silence, the lack of any memorial beyond that in the cemetery tells of a pain and loss so great it could barely be spoken.

“As an artist, I am drawn to this project because it is both potent and sensitive. It is a challenge to make a work of art that can speak to this event, that can carry the sadness but also transform it.”

Kerry added: “It is possible to mark great loss in a way that is meaningful and particular to those lost and those affected. I hope that together Rachel and I can achieve such a monument.”

This appointment is Kerry and Rachel’s first public commission as a partnership. Both women studied at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art in London with Kerry’s background being in sculpture, performance and Fine Art and History of Art while Rachel’s focus is largely in sculpture. They have also both worked with Glasgow School of Art on separate projects.

They will shortly begin to reach out and engage with local community groups about the project with the ambition that the artwork would be unveiled by the end of 2020.

The artists said: “We are keen to create work within communities, that speaks directly to human experience. We intend to start the project by holding a series of workshops with different groups in Paisley, young and old; to try to understand the impacts of the disaster on the town, as it moved through time, transforming Paisley.

“We also intend to start conversations about what makes a good memorial and how tragedy can be marked with love, dignity and spirit. We have several ideas that we intend to put to the community for scrutiny and discussion, until a project emerges that we hope will have the support of the people of Paisley.

“We are extremely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to getting to know the people of Paisley.”

The project is supported by Future Paisley – a radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment which uses the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural story to transform its future.

Paisley Partnership Strategic Lead on Cultural Regeneration for Renfrewshire Council, Leonie Bell, said: “The Glen Cinema disaster is such a tragic part of Paisley’s history. The 90th anniversary at the end of last year was a major milestone and it’s important that it continues to remain in the public consciousness in Paisley and beyond.

“We’re delighted to have artists of Kerry and Rachel’s calibre onboard to engage with survivors, their families and community groups to create a truly collaborative, sensitive and lasting commemoration of a tragedy which had such devastating and lasting impacts both locally and globally.”

The artists were commissioned at the end of 2019 as part of a wider programme of events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Glen Cinema disaster.