Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is searching for community heroes across Renfrewshire as nominations open for the 25th edition of the Provost’s Community Awards.

The 2022 event will see seven categories, including one introduced last year to recognise businesses who have adapted to ensure their survival during the Covid19 pandemic.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can send in a nomination for the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by City Gate Construction)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (donated by the late Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)
  • Ingenuity in Business (sponsored by Provost Lorraine Cameron)

This year’s awards will also see the return of an in-person awards ceremony – due to take place in March – after last year’s was conducted online due to the pandemic.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “I am delighted and honoured to be able to open nominations for the 25th edition of the Provost’s Community Awards.

“A quarter of a century on from the first edition, we are living through a time which has brought so many challenges, as the pandemic continues – so it is as important as ever we honour those in our community who go above and beyond to help those around them.

“I know Renfrewshire has more than its fair share of unsung heroes and the awards are a great way for them to be recognised.

“It’s always a pleasure to be involved in and the fact the nominations come from the community themselves makes it extra special – so I’m looking forward to seeing your nominations.

The deadline for entries to all categories is Friday 7 January 2022.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit, or email

A first-of-its-kind app has been developed by Renfrewshire pupils and a hate crime charity to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Launching today (Friday 19 November), the Keep Safe Kids app is available to all Renfrewshire children and young people and allows them to report bullying and wellbeing concerns directly to their school – the first app in the UK designed to do so.

More than 60 children and young people from primary schools Arkleston, Kirklandneuk and St James’ (Paisley) and high schools Castlehead, Paisley Grammar and Renfrew worked with the award-winning I Am Me Scotland team to develop the app.

Pupils can make reports at any time of day or night, including making anonymous reports, and their school will pick them up during school hours. This gives pupils more control over how and when they report concerns to their teachers, something that pupils told the charity that they wanted.

The app also gives children and young people access to a wide range of mental health and wellbeing support, information and guidance from local and national wellbeing organisations.

Craig Orr, a sixth-year pupil, said he loved being part of the app’s development.

“As a young person, I love that I have this information at my fingertips and all in one place. I think that it is also great that you can hid that you are using the app if you don’t want others to see you are on it.

“I think being able to get support and report any issues when we are away from school is a real benefit to lots of young people. I know that some of my friends might not talk to teachers or anyone at home, but the app gives them a brand-new way to reach out.

“It also allows parents and carers to support young people with new resources that they maybe were not aware of, or just to reinforce how they are supporting them.”

Charity founder, Carol Burt, says putting children and young people in control of how they report bullying was a priority.

“Putting pupils in control of how they report bullying was essential, as ensures that they can easily access support and advice. There is a fantastic wealth of information already available, however, young people may not always know how to access it. That’s why it was important that children and young people were directly involved in the design of the app, including how it looked and what information was available, and as such they have developed a ground-breaking app that can be made available across Scotland.”

Education convener for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, praised how the team developed the app with pupils.

“There’s no doubt the pandemic has impacted many of our young people with many different challenges and as a council, we are committed to the supporting the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of our children and young people. We have a robust anti-bullying policy in place, which we developed with anti-bullying charity RespectMe, and this app is a further development of our commitment to ensuring we educate and support children and young people to treat each other with respect.”

The Keep Safe Kids app can be downloaded from iOS and Android

THE trials and tribulations of living through the coronavirus lockdown have been captured on film.

Renfrewshire Leisure is to screen the video diary style movie – 2020 – A Film By Paul Mothersole – on its Ren TV online channel.

Like many other people Paisley-based filmmaker Paul had to endure not being able to visit his mum and dad, Mary, aged 73 and 74-year-old Vincent, sister Fiona, aged 40, along with other family and friends during lockdown.

And Paul decided to ask his family to make a video diary documenting his family’s experience of living through the coronavirus restrictions. Filming took place between November 2020 and June 2021.

The innovative short film – funded by Creative Scotland’s Venue Recovery Fund and supported by local charity Renfrewshire Leisure – has been described as “incredibly moving” is being broadcast on Ren TV at 8pm on Thursday 25th November.

It can be viewed free of charge by logging on to

Paul said: “Like many others, my family were communicating via video conferencing and social media.  It occurred to me that collecting these videos, calls and clips and photos would be a great way of documenting this unique time in our history. 

“Though this is my family’s experience of lockdown I imagine that many people experienced something similar and I hope that my film will remind people of what we have gone through.  Hopefully in future years it will be a reminder of what we have survived.”

Paul continued: “My 50th birthday was at the end of lockdown and that was the first time our family could get together after lockdown.

“The film’s final scenes are of my birthday celebrations, so we were able to end the film on a positive and hopeful way.

“When my mum and dad saw the film, they were quote emotional as it showed everything they had to go through during lockdown.”

Richard Weeks Film Project Producer at Renfrewshire Leisure said: “Renfrewshire Leisure has been working with local filmmaker Paul Mothersole to document this important part of Paisley’s history. 

“Paul’s family have shown great courage in telling their story. The film is incredibly moving, is told from multiple perspectives and provides a valuable reminder of the pandemic which may otherwise be lost in the mists of time.”

A new consortium has been formed to support the deployment of renewable technology that can produce carbon-neutral energy from previously unharnessed power. The Scottish wind energy consortium between Katrick Technologies, AGS Airports Limited (AGS) and the University of Strathclyde will enable a faster transition to clean power by exploiting low-level wind energy.

The newly-formed wind energy consortium will see the development and deployment of a new type of wind technology, created by Katrick Technologies and supported by AGS and the University of Strathclyde. This will involve the installation of Katrick Technologies’ dual-purpose wind panel and sound barrier, which can produce carbon-neutral energy from ground and low-level wind

AGS, encompassing Glasgow, Aberdeen International and Southampton airports, has long been committed to carbon reduction. In 2020, the group achieved carbon neutrality status and earlier this year it launched its Sustainability Strategy which set out its commitment to achieving net zero by the mid-2030s.

The University of Strathclyde boasts its own impressive green credentials. The University’s Sustainability team has developed a bold climate-neutral districts vision, which will see renewable technologies used across its central Scotland facilities. The team is already helping to deliver the University’s first carbon-neutral building.

Among the University of Strathclyde’s alumni is Katrick Technologies founder and Co-CEO, Karthik Velayutham. Velayutham is an accomplished renewable engineer who holds four patents for renewable technologies. He launched Katrick Technologies as a green energy start-up in 2016 and is supported by Co-CEO, Vijay Madlani, to bring these technologies to the market.

One of these technologies, which is core to the consortium, is Katrick Technologies’ dual-purpose wind panel and sound barrier, which can produce carbon-neutral energy from ground and low-level wind. These energy-harvesting wind panels have been designed to tackle the decarbonisation challenges common to both airports and highways — unlike traditional wind turbines they can capture wind power, without needing significant height or scale.

As part of the consortium, Katrick Technologies’ wind acquisition systems will be installed on the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Airport estates. Initial wind-mapping on these sites will kick-off a phased approach for development of the wind panels. The ultimate goal is roll-out of this technology to support both estate’s net-zero goals and launch it to the wider market.

“Katrick Technologies and the University of Strathclyde have just been awarded Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) funding for a collaborative R&D project for the wind panel and noise barrier technology,” explained Vijay Madlani, Co-CEO of Katrick Technologies. “This is an initial step that will provide a catalyst for development by attracting large funding and investment opportunities. Not only will this support the development of our own technologies, but can help the group realise its shared vision by unlocking unharnessed wind power.”

“Partnering with technology experts and embracing innovation is essential for AGS to meet its decarbonisation goals,” explained Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports. “Renewable technologies have the potential to power vast amounts of on-site equipment, offset energy costs and reduce the requirement for carbon-based energy supply. In addition to supporting our transition to net zero, these wind panels also have the potential to help us manage the impact of airport-related noise which we know is an important issue for the communities we serve. Managing this is an integral part of how we grow our airports responsibly and these panels could also act as noise barriers on our airfields.”

Roddy Yarr, Executive Lead for Sustainability at the University of Strathclyde, said: “As a socially progressive university with ambitious targets towards net zero, we are pleased to support this project.

“Katrick’s clean technology is a great example of an innovation that can help us to create a series of ‘living labs’ to demonstrate and enable the transition to scalar greenhouse gas emissions reduction.”

More information on Katrick Technologies pioneering wind panels can be found on the organisation’s website. Examples of the technology in action can also be seen here. To get involved in the consortium, or to find out more, please contact

Collaboration and commitment credited with making town stronger highlighted as a trailblazer for other communities to follow

The collective will which has helped power the transformation of Paisley has been hailed as an inspiration for other Scottish towns to follow.

Work to improve the community is highlighted in a recently-launched website designed to empower and inspire those determined to make the nation’s towns stronger and more attractive.

Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s (STP) Town Toolkit aims to help local authorities, community groups, social enterprises and businesses take action to build better communities. More than 200 people and organisations contributed to the Toolkit, whose development was supported by the Scottish Government. 

And Paisley will be among the communities highlighted as a prime example of success as the toolkit is discussed at the Scotland’s Towns Conference next Friday (November 26).

Nick Wright, a Johnstone-based town planner who developed the toolkit for STP, will speak of the town’s achievements.

He said: “Paisley may have had its struggles in recent decades, but now the town is leading the way in showing what collaboration, commitment and a strategic approach can achieve.”

Among the initiatives highlighted are the “inspirational” 2030 vision for the town centre, which shows how Paisley can be redesigned to re-energise the high street, mapping out how that can be achieved.

The £100m investment in the town centre – spearheaded by Renfrewshire Council – is also highlighted, with work including the transformation of Paisley Museum, revamp of Paisley Town Hall and a new library, learning and cultural hub on the High Street.

On the lessons that other communities can learn, Mr Wright added: “The council may be taking a leading role in Paisley’s transformation, but it knows it doesn’t have the power or resources to do everything.

“Much more impact can be achieved by helping everyone’s projects and initiatives to materialise. So a crucial part of the council’s role has been to support everyone involved in the town centre to work together, from the local youth theatre to the chamber of commerce.

“Collaboration helps individual projects come to fruition – such as the proposal for a community-owned cinema on the High Street to reconnect socially isolated individuals of all ages, circumstances and abilities, making cinema accessible for all.”

Mr Wright said that the toolkit is about sharing that wealth of experience from across the country – showing that communities can do it because it’s been done before.

While inspiring communities and groups, it is also hoped that the toolkit will prove useful for local authority officials working in planning, community development, leisure, transport and the economy when considering developments in their region, as well as for politicians at every level.

For more information, go to Details about how to join in the discussions at Scotland’s Towns Conference, which runs from November 22 to 26, can be found at


Tonight The Bungalow has a rescheduled event, MacMuse a Muse Tribute and they are looking forward to playing the gig in Paisley after a long wait. The band are made up of Muse fans who decided it was time for Scotland to finally have some Muse music to enjoy at a smaller scale than the real thing. From Showbiz to Simulation Theory, a blistering light and sound feast is guaranteed. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £7 on the door.

Tomorrow afternoon The Blue Mantras are back at The Bungalow for their second time and it would have been more if it wasn’t for the pandemic. So it’s nice to see them back in Paisley to play a set of classic songs from artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The quartet comprises vocals, keys, double bass and drums. They will be playing from 2pm and the gig is free. 

After the jazz in the afternoon, The Bungalow has a double bill of rock featuring The Alex Harvey Experience and The Sell Out. The ‘Experience’ pay tribute to The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and their original trademark distinctive stage costumes: Harvey wore vaudeville-like clothes and his trademark striped shirt, while Zal Cleminson assumed the identity of a “mime” in full make-up and green-yellow jumpsuit. The set covers a wide range of songs from their succession of highly regarded albums from the 1970s such as Faith Healer, Next and Boston Tea Party. The Sell-Out are a Who tribute band and play all the best The Who has to offer with a few from the renowned operas Tommy and Quadrophenia written by Pete Townsend. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £12.

On Sunday The Bungalow are throwing open their stage to anyone that wants to perform or jam. Organisers Johnny Barr and Erin Hephzibah told me “We’re excited to announce our new Weekly Open Stage and House Band” It starts at 3pm and is Free Entry. All ages welcome to take part. If you’d like to perform, drop The Bungalow a Facebook Message.

The Bungalow Introducing Nights are attracting big crowds every week now. This week they expect over 100 on Thursday night to see Too Red headline, supported by Red Bandit and Torrs. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £5/3.

The ‘Four in a Row’ at The Cave this week is: Midnight Moses tonight at 9pm, tomorrow Sad Ida at 6pm followed by Splendid Suns at 9pm then on Sunday at 6pm it is Blue Horizon.  

Tonight at The Old Swan is Complete Madness. This gig is always popular and as ever it is a high energy bouncing night that is so in demand with the Swan regular’s year in year out. Doors are at 6pm and tickets which are running out are £10. Tomorrow in ‘The Shoppers Slot’ at 4pm is The Dughoose Ska Band. Lee James presents That Swing Thing on Tuesday at 3pm and on Thursday at the same time he ‘Takes You Through The Decades’. Cammy Miller will be in his usual spot on Monday at 4pm.

Cherry Red 53 are playing at Kennedy’s on Sunday from 3pm. If you like a bit of old fashioned rock n roll this is the band to watch. The 3 piece Rockabilly Band play some Rock n Roll, and Swing from the likes of Stray Cats, Eddie Cochran and all the early greats.  The Keg have Axis in tonight from 9pm and tomorrow night at the same time it is The O.T. Sophie is a Zambretto on Saturday from 8.30pm. Open Mic Nights this week are Dunky Hunter at The Abbey on Monday from 8.30pm; Stevie D is at 9pm on Tuesday at Gantry. Wednesday is The Keg’s Open Mic with Johnny Barr starts at 8.30pm. House guitar and Cajon provided. Also on Wednesday And Lindsay’s monthly open mic at the Patter Bar is on and kicks off at 8pm. As always Andy’s cry is “Come on doon and gie’s a tune”

Another 272,000 Scottish homes and businesses are set for a major broadband boost thanks to a £95m[1] Scottish investment by Openreach – the nation’s largest digital network provider, used by customers of service providers like BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone.

More than 50 further communities across Scotland will be upgraded following the company’s latest build announcement, with a new, ultrafast, ultra-reliable ‘full fibre’ broadband network to be built to most premises in these areas. The full list is at the end of this release.

The Highland capital of Inverness and East Kilbride are the largest locations to benefit, with Ecclefechan in Dumfries and Galloway and Stow in Scottish Borders among the smallest. The island communities of Rothesay on Bute, Whiting Bay on Arran and Port Ellen on Islay are also included, alongside places like Broughty Ferry, Portsoy, Cumbernauld, Wishaw and Garelochhead.

The digital network provider has now reached more than six million homes and businesses across the UK with ultrafast full fibre, around 480,000 of them in Scotland.

The latest plans follow news earlier this year that around 300,000 Scottish homes and businesses would get access to Openreach’s new network, mostly in rural and harder to serve areas.

Katie Milligan, Chair of the Openreach Board in Scotland, said: “As Scotland’s biggest fibre builder, we’re delighted to be unveiling another broadband boost right across the country. Good connectivity is vital – whether it’s to work from home, access education and care services, or for gaming and streaming entertainment – and that’s why we’re investing across the UK to upgrade our network to 25 million premises.

“Nobody’s building faster, further or to a higher standard than Openreach, and we’ve already reached six million homes and businesses with ultrafast full fibre technology, including 480,000 in Scotland. It’s proving popular as well, with nearly 23 per cent already choosing to start using it.

Our engineers and build partners are reaching more communities every week and we’re not just building in cities and urban areas. Many rural and hard to reach communities are already benefitting and we plan to reach many more in the coming months and years.”     

Scottish Government Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “Digital connectivity is more vital than ever and critical to Scotland’s plans for a strong, green and fair economic recovery.

“Our Reaching 100% (R100) programme – including our investment of £600 million in the R100 contracts – ensures that everyone in Scotland can access superfast broadband. With Openreach’s latest commercial investment of £95 million, this will ensure more than 50 of our communities across Scotland will be able to access even faster full-fibre broadband.”

Across the UK, more than 1.3 million homes and businesses have already ordered a full fibre service from a range of retail service providers using the Openreach network. But this means millions more are yet to start benefiting from some of the fastest, most reliable broadband connections in the world and have yet to upgrade.

Recent research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) highlighted the clear economic benefits of connecting everyone in Scotland to full fibre. It estimated this would create a £4.5 billion boost to the local economy.

Openreach engineers have been working hard to make the technology available to as many people as possible throughout the UK – at times reaching 47,000 premises a week – and work will continue between now and 2026, with the full list of locations and timescales being updated regularly on the Openreach website

The company plans to reach a total of 25 million premises by the end of December 2026, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the country defined by industry regulator Ofcom.

Openreach employs more than 3,200 people across Scotland. Find out more about our Fibre First programme, latest availability and local plans here.


Five Carnival super fans will get unlimited access to the biggest show in town

The IRN-BRU Carnival is on the hunt for five super fans to take on the role of ambassadors as the lights go up, the music goes on and all the fun of the fair returns for 2021.


The IRN-BRU Carnival has, for over 100 years, stood as one of Glasgow’s favourite festive traditions and generations of the same families return year on year to Europe’s largest indoor funfair.

Last year, the Carnival was forced to take a break and close its doors as the SEC became NHS Louisa Jordan. But now, the IRN-BRU Carnival is back with a bang and searching for five of the biggest carnival fans in the country to join them as official ambassadors. 

The five super fans will gain free, unlimited access to Europe’s largest indoor funfair and capture pictures, videos and stories of their visits for the Carnival’s social media and their own personal channels.

Becoming an ambassador will effectively hand the five the keys to the IRN-BRU Carnival – and they will be able to visit the event as many times as they like between Wednesday 22 December 2021 and Sunday 16 January 2022 and go on whatever rides they want*

Greg Cherry, Managing Director of Carnival organisers, QD Events, said: “It seems like so long since we opened our doors for the last IRN-BRU Carnival in 2019 and everyone, from the team behind the scenes to the show-people and staff on the floor, can’t wait to welcome people back from Wednesday 22 December.

“Our ambassadors are an important part of our extended family and help showcase the IRN-BRU Carnival in all its glory. 

“There is no upper age limit for applicants – anyone can become an ambassador. All we ask is that people have a genuine passion for the event and a love for sharing their stories. 

“It’s a great opportunity for a superfan to gain unlimited access to this year’s event and help show what’s magic about the IRN-BRU Carnival.”

People can apply directly to become carnival ambassadors or nominate someone who they think is perfect for the role.

To apply, applicants (who must be 5 or over) should submit a short video of no more than 20 seconds, telling the Carnival team why they or the person they are nominating should become an ambassador. Entries should be sent to or upload their video to Instagram tagging @irnbrucarnival and using #carnivalambassador before the 3 December 2021.  

The IRN-BRU Carnival returns on Wednesday 22 December 2021 and will be open until Sunday 16 January 2022. Entry tickets are available from £10 (for concessions, aged 60+) and with children under three going free. Tickets are available online now at**

* Access for ambassadors is subject to availability

*Any ambassador under the age of 12 must always be accompanied by an adult.

* Closed on Christmas Day. A booking fee applies to online bookings.

Renfrewshire will host a by-election on Tuesday 14 December 2021 to elect a local councillor for the Paisley Southeast ward.

Voters will head to the polls to choose the third elected member for the ward who will represent more than 9,700 voters in their role at Renfrewshire Council.

Following the notification of election on 1 November, a number of key deadlines are now in place, including:


  • Registering to vote – 25 November
  • New, and changes to existing, postal vote and postal proxy applications – 26 November (5pm)
  • New proxy vote applications – 6 December
  • Polling Day – 14 December

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, voters are being reminded of the opportunity to register for a postal vote if they do not wish to vote in-person.

Four polling stations will be available for residents to cast their vote in-person, and these will be situated at Glenburn Community Centre, Glenburn Resource Centre, Paisley South Church Hall and St Charles Church Hall – with robust public health measures in place at each.

Bushes Primary School is not being used as a polling station for this by-election and residents who would normally vote here will be able to cast their vote at Glenburn Community Centre.

Kenneth Graham, Returning Officer, said: “It’s important that all residents in the ward area are able to have their say and cast their vote in this by-election.

“If you’re not already registered to vote, or are in any doubt, please take the time to check in advance and register before the deadline of 25 November.

“In line with the ongoing pandemic, I can assure you that all public health measures will be in place to ensure a safe in-person voting process, but I would remind residents that they can register for a postal vote which allows them to vote in advance and reduces the numbers of people visiting polling stations on the day.” For more information on the election, including how to register to vote and for a postal vote, visit:

Local communities are having their say on Renfrewshire’s response to the climate emergency as the Renfrewshire Climate Panel met for the first time last week.

A representative panel of local citizens has been created to look at climate issues, discuss how this affects people locally and help identify what actions can be taken to support Renfrewshire’s drive towards net-zero by 2030.

Council officers took panel members though a short presentation on the actions taken in Renfrewshire so far, why the Climate Panel has been established, what the area’s plan is towards a net-zero Renfrewshire – as well as a wider presentation on the global issues around climate change.

Members were then invited into a discussion to put forward their views and opinions on Renfrewshire’s current position in relation to climate change and what could be done on a local level to improve this.

Panel member George Houstoun said: “I put my name forward to be part of the Climate Panel because I have an interest in the environment both locally and internationally, which includes keeping my local area tidy and recycling where possible.

“I want to encourage the local authority to provide more safe cycle routes and would like to encourage them to provide access to ebikes for all too. 

“I realise I am asking for a lot from my membership of the Climate Panel, but I have to start somewhere, and I might as well be ambitious for the sake of my children and grandchildren.”

Online sessions took place in the afternoon and evening to ensure as many people could attend as possible, and the panel hopes to meet on an initial monthly basis to discuss the way forward for Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s fantastic to see the Renfrewshire Climate Panel up and running as we know that for us to make a real difference, we need to have everyone with us on the journey to net-zero.

“This means the Council, the community, businesses and all others who contribute to climate change – we need to work together.

“As we prepare our Plan for Net-Zero, community involvement will be key and I look forward to hearing the views and opinions of the members of the Panel as this will help shape all our decision making moving forward.”

In 2019, Renfrewshire Council declared a climate emergency in Renfrewshire and a working group was set up with members of all political parties to make recommendations on how to make Renfrewshire net-zero by 2030, which has now been formalised as the Climate Change Sub-Committee.

The Climate Change Action Fund has been created to support innovative projects and initiatives being developed by Council services in response to the climate emergency, with an initial £1million committed to a range of research, feasibility and immediate projects.

For more information on the Council’s work to tackle climate change in Renfrewshire, visit

Christmas is coming to Paisley town centre with a whole host of activities for all the family to enjoy!

In association with Renfrewshire Council, Paisley First will be hosting free family entertainment each weekend leading up to Christmas in December with Festive Stilt walkers, Magicians, Jugglers, Balloon modellers, face painting, music and lots more!

Get your skates on for our roller rink! County Square will be home to a festive roller rink in the town centre from Saturday 4th – Sunday 19th December.
Plus, Santa’s Reindeer will also be in town on Saturday 4th and Saturday 11th December.

Make the most of our weekend Christmas Market or enjoy our free family trail – find all our Christmas characters for your chance to win prizes!

Or why not book our Pop up Panto, Wee Red Riding Hood, taking place on Saturday 18th December at Coats Venue.

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “We are making up for last year and bringing festive fun for the whole family to enjoy back to Paisley town centre!

“We’ll have entertainment for the kids, a chance for you to get your Christmas shopping sorted and plenty of food and drink venues to help you make the most of festive family get-togethers.
“And don’t forget, Paisley’s Christmas Golden Ticket Competition is back with £500 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers up for grabs for four lucky winners!
“Paisley is the only place to be this Christmas!”

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted to be working with local businesses through Paisley First and to have helped make Paisley’s Big Christmas Weekends possible.
“The team at Paisley First have put on a great programme of activities, which gives families lots of reasons to come into Paisley town centre in the weeks running up to Christmas this year.

“Money spent in the local economy stays in the local economy – Paisley is home to a great selection of local businesses and we encourage Renfrewshire residents to see what’s on offer and Spend Local wherever they can.”

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so you can support the local community and its businesses while enjoying a great day out for all the family!
See for details and how to book our Roller Rink and Pop-up Panto.

Love Christmas, Love Paisley!


Working in partnership with local people who have lived or living experiences of mental health, alcohol or drug related issues, Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has opened a new recovery service, CIRCLE (Continuing in Recovery Changes Lives Entirely) on Glasgow Road in Paisley.

CIRCLE has been developed to provide enhanced support to local people who are on a recovery journey. The newly refurbished site opens today (Monday, 15 November 2021). It will act as a central recovery hub for individuals referred to the service, with recovery activity delivered across local communities throughout Renfrewshire.

The service will provide a wide and varied programme of activities, aimed at encouraging, involving and supporting people in recovery.

This development aims to address a key gap within Renfrewshire’s mental health and alcohol and drug services, where a lack of recovery opportunities for people in treatment was previously identified. As has been evidenced in other areas in Scotland, enhanced recovery opportunities do contribute to better outcomes for individuals.


CIRCLE is fully supported by the Alcohol and Drug Partnership and builds on the work of the Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drug Commission to further strengthen the support in Renfrewshire for people in recovery.

CIRCLE will provide people with improved recovery opportunities and improved links to and from other related services, ensuring individuals feel sufficiently supported throughout their journey. This will increase opportunities for people to have more independence and choice on how they manage their own recovery.

It will have a different look and feel to anything else in Renfrewshire, having been designed with input from a group of peers at every step of the way. Access to professional support will be available from a staff team who will be operating alongside people with living experience of mental health, drug and alcohol recovery.  

Our Peer Recovery Group said: “It’s amazing, this place is a complete blank canvas and it’s all about what the service users want to see. Being in recovery, we know that you can feel invisible, but CIRCLE aims to reiterate that our service users are here and they’re contributing to society again.”

Christine Laverty, Interim Chief Officer of Renfrewshire HSCP added: “I am excited by this innovative and unique approach to both mental health and alcohol and drug recovery in Renfrewshire. In collaboration with partners, people with lived and living experience have been at the heart of the design and planning of CIRCLE – and this will continue as the service develops and expands. Enhancing recovery opportunities is a key priority in Renfrewshire and CIRCLE will play a major part in doing so.