Have you seen the latest edition of our Love Paisley magazine?
This special autumn and winter issue has you covered for the festive season with our Paisley town centre Christmas Gift Guide!
We also have all you need for winter fashion so you can stay warm and on-trend!
And we’ve got the latest from our hair and beauty businesses who will make sure you are looking fabulous for the festivities!
If thoughts of the dark nights have you heading to the kitchen for some feel-good food, our independent food retailers have you covered!
Or, if you’re looking to stay social and get creative, we have the latest on classes and activities for adults available in our town centre businesses.
Plus. we take you on a tour of Paisley’s much-loved pubs and bars!
Move or improve? If your home is top of your to-do list at the moment, we have a special section devoted to helping you take that next step up the housing ladder or turn your current house into your dream home.
So, if all that’s whetted your appetite for more, you can see the digital version of the magazine here! https://bit.ly/30NiUDs
Or why not head into town and pick up your copy from our leaflet racks in either the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley or The Paisley Centre!
Remember, around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.
First currency collection since relaunch raises fantastic amount for the FlightPath Fund
Glasgow passengers have raised an incredible £6124.47 for the airport’s FlightPath Fund despite the pandemic almost grounding air travel.
The fantastic amount was collected through the six FlightPath Fund collection globes positioned across the airport in which passengers can donate any left-over currency.
All monies raised through the globes make up the £70,000 total made available last month to ensure the FlightPath Fund could resume following its suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The FlightPath Fund supports a diverse range of local groups, charities and organisations across the Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas.
The Fund’s committee is urging neighbouring groups and organisations to submit applications and is also keen to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport.
The total amount collected came from dozens of different global currencies including Croatian Kunas, Turkish Lira, Polish Zloty, Singaporean Dollars, Latvian Lats, South African Rands, Ukrainian Hryvnia and Israeli New Shekel. Currencies new to the collection globes included Malawian Kwacha, Ethiopian Birr, Macau Patacas and Costa Rica Colons.
The top five currencies collected were:
Outwith the weird and wonderful currencies of the world, the globes also collected donations in pre-Euro currencies including Irish Punts, Portuguese Escudos, Dutch Guilders, Austrian Schillings and German Deutsche Marks.
Archie Hunter, Chair of Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, said: “The generosity of the passengers who travel through Glasgow Airport plays a central role in the important work of the FlightPath Fund and is so gratefully received, particularly given the challenges we have all faced since last March.
“We’re thrilled to be able to resume our work and this amount will allow the Fund to help serve community groups, clubs and charities that neighbour the airport.
“I’d like to offer my sincere thanks on behalf of the FlightPath Fund committee and indeed the people who will benefit greatly from the donations made via the globes.”
The closing date for applications is Friday 29 October. The FlightPath Fund’s committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authority areas, will meet on Thursday 11 November during COP26 to consider all applications made and to allocate any agreed financial support.
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Volunteers from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign are set to have access to £40,000 for environmental projects across the area.
If approved by councillors, volunteers will be able to apply for funding to carry out environmental improvements such as sowing wildflowers, installing planters or improving green spaces for local wildlife and would allow them to work with landscapers or purchase small items of equipment to carry out the work themselves.
It would be allocated from the Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund which has funded community-led projects worth more than £1.7million since it was created in 2018.
Of the 62 projects supported, 34 have originated from Team Up to Clean Up volunteers and numerous parks, community gardens and nature reserves have benefitted from the coordination of the campaign and the fund.
Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our Team Up to Clean Up campaign continues to be a fantastic example of how we can work together with the community as a Council, as is the Green Spaces Fund which has helped deliver improvements within almost every community in Renfrewshire.
“This funding would give volunteers the opportunity to carry our small environmental projects which they believe would make a significant difference to their local green spaces and I look forward to this being brought forward to the forthcoming board for consideration.”
The award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign brings the Council and community together to improve Renfrewshire’s local environment, with a £2.5million investment by the Council in additional road sweeping, fly tipping removal, litter picking, and gully cleaning enhanced by litter picking carried out by dedicated volunteers from the local community.
Since it launched in 2017, the area’s street cleanliness has improved significantly – with the area now being well above the Scottish average and moving from 26th in Scotland to 13th last year.
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Natalie Don MSP has slammed the UK Government for its decision to increase National Insurance for 117,115 working age people across Renfrewshire and then cut the tax surcharge for banks.
The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West has condemned the decision by Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak to cut the tax surcharge for banks by more than 60 per cent, less than a month after his announcement that thousands of hardworking families would face a 1.25 per cent increase in their National Insurance contributions.
Natalie Don MSP said: “It is absolutely shameful that this out-of-touch UK Tory Government is giving tax breaks to their rich pals in the banks whilst putting up taxes for hardworking families in Renfrewshire and across Scotland.
“With local families facing a cost of living crisis through increasing food and energy bills, and many enduring lower incomes due to the Tories’ callous cut to Universal Credit, it is clear that Westminster Ministers living in their world of unfettered privilege are happy to make decisions which devastate the lives of people who can least afford to absorb such hits.
“It is becoming clearer by the day that the only way to protect people in our communities from Tory cuts is by becoming an independent country, with the full powers to build a fairer and more equal society.”
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Powerful impact of writing project in forging friendships highlighted as Renfrewshire Leisure and Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group secure grant to continue creating cultural connections
Children from diverse ethnic and migrant communities have described how finding pen pals has made them feel loved as they build lives in Renfrewshire.
A group of six to 11-year-olds have forged new friendships while taking part in a project aimed at encouraging understanding and creating new cultural connections.
Ten children of Syrian refugees living in Renfrewshire have been paired with 10 youngsters of African heritage, writing to each other – sharing all kinds of experiences and feelings – so that they can learn more about the background of each other’s families.
The scheme, led by the region’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group – comprising, Renfrewshire Leisure, Pachedu, School of African Cultures, Jambo Radio, Inspiring Families and the University of the West of Scotland – aims to create a greater understanding of the diverse cultures that make up modern communities, particularly “new Scots”, whether they be those whose families have lived in the country for many years or those who are new to the country.
Its success is attracting national interest, with a pilot project launched as part of Refugee Week securing £4,420 to continue it through this year.
Describing how the work made them feel, one of the children who took part said: “It helps create love, friendship and respect for people from all countries, fighting racism everywhere.”
Another said: “I want to make a new friend – someone who can relate to me but who is completely different.”
The cultural steering group is spearheaded by community charity Renfrewshire Leisure, which works with communities across the region.
Cultural Development Officer Heather Paton said: “A rich diversity of cultures make up modern Renfrewshire and Scotland. We want to build relationships between and celebrate them all, encouraging understanding. It’s so important. Families will have shared experiences that each can relate to.
“It has been fantastic to see the difference this has made to the children. Particularly during lockdown, we could see the difference that these connections were making, tackling loneliness while allowing them to learn about each other and what they enjoy about being in Scotland.
“This project will play an important part in shaping their outlook on life here while celebrating their family’s roots as well. This is something we can all embrace.”
The project is run in alliance with Pachedu – a charity which promotes dignity and tolerance – and its School of African Cultures, established to enhance cultural identity for children of African descent born in Scotland and to redress stereotypes in wider society.
Young people of African Heritage from The Redeemed Assemblies church also took part in the pilot scheme.
Explaining more about Pen Pals, Regine Bews, Founder and Project Coordinator at the School of African Cultures, said: “We want to build bridges between different ethnic communities in Renfrewshire – Polish, Chinese, Syrian, African, Asian – and find ways to connect with each other.
“Children are a great way to break down barriers and reach adults. Introducing the Pen Pal Project to the Syrian Community was a way for the African Community in Renfrewshire to say ‘welcome’.
“The theme of Refugee Week 2021 was ‘we cannot walk alone’. This connection has demonstrated that the Syrian children who are settling in our communities are not walking alone.
“Children from all of the communities in Renfrewshire love Scotland.
“Through these letters, young people connect with other ethnic community groups, they learn about other countries and cultures, they present their own country and culture, they improve their art and English writing skills, contributing to removing cultural barriers and stigma.”
Rahaf Sharif, who coordinated the Syrian children who took part and works closely with Syrian families living in Ferguslie, said: “The children really enjoyed it.
“It was something new that made a difference for their lives during the restrictions in the pandemic. It helped them socially to make new friends, gave them confidence, meant less screen time and more positivity and self-expression through creativity.
“They learned to do something their parents had before the internet which helped improve their English writing, communication skills and encouraged them to learn about other cultures and be creative.”
It is hoped that the new Scottish Government grant will further strengthen connections across communities, allowing the team to work with up to 40 children over four months. News of the support has been welcomed.
Aneel Singh Bhopal, Regional Integration Coordinator for the South West of Scotland with the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “It’s great to see Renfrewshire Leisure’s Pen Pal project receive funding to build on the positive work done with children from refugee and other minority ethnic communities from across Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland.
“I am confident that the project will continue to help strengthen connections, improve integration and enhance the artistic skills of a diverse group of young people living in Scotland at a crucial time.”
The stories and artwork that the children share with each other will be collated into a book so that everyone who takes part has a copy to keep. That book is set to be shared with the public as part of Paisley Book Festival in February, where all of those who took part will be invited to an event to celebrate the work. Copies will be shared in Renfrewshire’s libraries.
The project is supported by Future Paisley and part-funded through the European Union Asylum Migration Integration Fund, making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.
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The Southmartins are back at The Bungalow tonight. John Lyon of NNE said “After one of the best gigs of 2019, we’ve managed to convince Andy, Naomi and the band to head back to Paisley for 2021” The Southmartins give you the hits and bits of the Beautiful South and the Housemartins. It is the best sing-along night of the year belting out Happy Hour, Old Red Eyes is Back, Song For Whoever, Me and the Farmer, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10, Caravan of Love and many, many more.
The band has toured the UK at sell out venues and was invited to play at Paul Heaton’s own venue in Salford for the launch of the “comeback” album with Jacqui Abbott. Lead singer Andy is about as close as you’ll come, vocally, to main man without it being himself and the night will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
In support is and up and coming young talent Robyn Red. She is a singer-songwriter from Airdrie. She spoke to me last week and told me “I write country-pop-rock music and my influences are Amy Macdonald, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice” Robyn started learning keyboard when she was five years old, then later when she was 13 she bought her first guitar and learned how to play it from you tube videos. In 2019 at only 14 she travelled to LA to represent UK in the World Championships of Performing Arts. She won gold for self-accompanied pop and silver for self-accompanied country. Although only 16 she was on the bill for Party in the Palace and Gig in the Goil. She is the one to watch. Tickets are on the door and opens at 7pm
Tomorrow afternoon The Bungalow has a fantastic lineup of local singer-songwriters with host Johnny Barr Free event and starts at 2pm.
If you remember the days of The Sweet, T Rex, Slade, Mott the Hoople and Roxy Music, Hot Love are bringing their nostalgic show to The Bungalow tomorrow night. The band has brought together some of the finest musicians and singers around to create this upbeat, exciting and ultimate 70s tribute show. Performing hit after hit from the 70s, Hot Love can guarantee that you will know every song and every lyric too. You will be taken on a journey back in time when flares, double denim and perms were a thing. Tickets on the door and opens at 7pm.
The Cave has another fantastic Four in a Row for you again this weekend. Starting tonight at 9pm it is Mojo Filter, then in the early slot tomorrow at 6pm it is The State Blues Band followed by Blackout at 9pm. Sad Ida is playing on Sunday at 6pm and the night isn’t over because Grant Cherry is back with his After Show Party from 9pm.
Local singing trio Feeva are putting on The Ultimate Motown Show tonight at The Old Swan. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £10. Arizona plays tomorrow from 4pm followed by Esquire at 8pm then Emma Nailen at 9pm. . The Swing afternoon on Tuesday starts at 2.30pm. Tonight Proposal are at Tannahills from 8pm. Jenna Milroy is singing at The Glennifer Hotel from 8.30pm tomorrow night. Old Bohemia are at The Keg tonight from 9.30pm.
Rocknrolla’s is back with a bang with a superb 80’s tribute doubleheader featuring the hits of synth legends Erasure and The Pet Shop Boys. Tickets are only £10 to get the hits from Sometimes, A Little Respect, Drama, It’s a Sin, Always on my mind and maybe a wee Abba cover in there somewhere. Doors 7pm.
The Anchor has Moonshine Mojo in at 4.30pm on Sunday. Mr Brightside 9pm at Harvies tomorrow night.
Open Mic Nights this week are Sunday: The Columba Club 2pm, Monday: Dunky Hunter at The Abbey 8.30pm, Tuesday: The Anchor with Andy Lindsay 8pm, gantry at 9pm, Wednesday Andy again at The Patter Bar 8pm, The Keg with Johnny Barr 8.30pm.
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Natalie Don MSP is encouraging Renfrewshire residents to share their views on a draft national plan by the Scottish Government to end the need for people to use food banks.
The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West is urging local people to input their ideas and opinions via a consultation about the plan, which is supported by food bank operators including the Trussell Trust and Independent Food Aid Network, to prevent food insecurity.
The Scottish Government’s proposals are weighted towards strengthening incomes through fair work and social security to ensure everyone can afford food that meets their needs and preferences, and supporting joined-up local responses seeking to make food banks the last port of call for people experiencing hardship by promoting emergency financial assistance and money advice first, alongside holistic support services.
Natalie Don MSP said: “The staff and volunteers at food banks in Renfrewshire and across Scotland provide a vital service, thanks to generous donations, to support many people in our communities experiencing poverty to the extent that they cannot afford to feed themselves or their families.
“Food banks, however, are not a long-term solution to poverty and I welcome the Scottish Government’s draft plan to end the need for food banks, which aligns with the SNP’s national mission to eradicate poverty.
“Rising energy and food prices, along with the UK Tory Government’s callous cut to Universal Credit, ending of the furlough scheme and failure to use wage-setting powers to ensure household incomes keep pace with the cost of living, is increasing financial hardship.
“Unfortunately, as 85 per cent of benefit spending in Scotland is still decided by out-of-touch Westminster politicians, the Scottish Government has limited powers and budget to mitigate the impacts for people being driven further into poverty and requiring to use food banks, but has set out these proposals to use existing powers to minimise food insecurity.
“I urge people in Renfrewshire – especially those who are or have been directly impacted by poverty – to take the opportunity to get involved and help shape this national plan as everyone should have the right to an adequate standard of living, including the ability to access food that meets dietary, social and cultural needs.”
For more information about the government’s plan and to participate in the consultation, go to consult.gov.scot/housing-and-social-justice/ending-the-need-for-food-banks before 25 January 2022.
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Location: McKerrell Street Play Park, McKerrell Street, PA1 1NJ
Free: trick or treat bags Halloween game starts activities bouncy castle face painting film tent food
There will also be a wheelchair accessible portaloo on site. We’re delivering the event with our project partners, Williamsburgh Housing Association and Renfrewshire Leisure, which is part of the Culture Collective funded through Creative Scotland. We’re also delivering the event in conjunction with ROAR – connections for life. Food is being provided by Ladyburn Diner, is free and will have vegan and vegetarian options, and the free food packs for cooking at home are provided by the Darkwood Crewe.
The final push for points has started as the interactive travel game Beat the Street Renfrewshire draws to a close.
From today (Wednesday, 20October) until the end of the game, 27October, players will take part in Go Celebrate week where every Beat Box in the game will be giving out double points.
The game comes to an end at 7pm on 27 October when the leaderboards will be taken down and the winners announced shortly afterwards.
More than 6,230 people from Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch have taken part and have together walked, cycled, wheeled, run and scooted an incredible 45,000 miles so far in the competition.
Fordbank Primary School leads the total points leaderboard and Thorn Primary School leads the average points leaderboard for schools. The teams that top both leaderboards will each win £300 in book or sports vouchers and a trophy.
It is hoped that the game will have a lasting impact on local people and they continue to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board said: “I can’t believe ‘Go Celebrate Week’ is here and we’re into the final week of Beat the Street.
“The game has really been the talk of the participating towns and villages for the past few weeks, and it has been fantastic to see everyone getting active as a community.
“We’ve heard heart-warming stories of communities coming together, of people telling us how they’ve got chatting to neighbours and of players getting to experience green spaces and parts of their towns that they might not have known about before.
“The Beat the Street game itself is just the start though – when the game comes to an end, we’ll then continue to work with the local community to ensure that these healthy lifestyle habits are put into action and players are signposted to activities and community groups that they might not have known about before.”
Beat the Street Renfrewshire has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and is funded by The Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme, administered by Paths for All. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.
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AGS Airports, which owns and manages Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has marked Anti-Slavery Week by reaffirming its commitment to the Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise that works with businesses to address the growing issue of modern slavery.
The Slave-Free Alliance is part of Hope for Justice, a charity which aims to end modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring their lives. It is estimated by the charity that 40.3 million people worldwide are trapped in slavery.
Raising awareness on the issues of human trafficking and forced labour is a key pillar of AGS Airports’ sustainability strategy and its work to promote responsible procurement.
A key benefit of joining Slave-Free Alliance is to independently review, benchmark and develop responsible systems and processes to combat modern slavery.
Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, said: “At AGS we are committed to tackling the growing issue of modern slavery and human trafficking. It forms a key part of our sustainability strategy and joining the Slave-Free Alliance has helped bolster our approach in this hugely important area.
“By working with the Slave Free Alliance, we have been able to further educate our staff, strengthen our policies, and have the necessary procedures in place to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere within our business or supply chain.”
Rachel Hartley, Training & Technical Services Manager at Slave-Free Alliance, said: “AGS Airports have taken huge strides this year and I want to thank them for being one of the leaders on this issue for the whole aviation sector.
“Joining Slave-Free Alliance in the first place is an important step to ensuring that supply chains – and those who work within them – are protected. AGS Airports have been taking strong and decisive action, which really shows their commitment.
“Anti-Slavery Day is a great day for all businesses to take time to raise awareness about the reality of this crime with their staff, suppliers and customers, because there is still so much for us all to do.”
In 2020, AGS joined the Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise and membership initiative launched by anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice which aims to end modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring their lives.
The Slave-Free Alliance is the business sector’s acknowledgement that slavery in supply chains is real and a key factor driving human trafficking in the developing world and across borders to countries like the UK.
It can affect any unprepared business, no matter their sector. As a social enterprise, all profits made by the Slave-Free Alliance are reinvested into charitable anti-slavery projects around the world.