ACCORD Hospice has joined forces with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall to ask you to sign up to her charity zip slide this September.

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent's Hospice, Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent’s Hospice, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

The Provost- and as many willing fundraisers as possible- will fly across East End Park in Paisley on Doors Open Day weekend to raise money for her charity fundraising scheme.

The money raised will go towards maintaining the extensive and vital service that ACCORD provides in Renfrewshire.

Kenneth Mathie, Accord Hospice Fundraising Manager, said: “Over 1000 members of our community receive care from ACCORD each year and every one of our patients has a unique story to tell.

Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall with Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

“We provide specialist palliative care to people in Renfrewshire who are living with a life limiting illness and all the money we fundraise goes towards helping our ACCORD nurses continue to make a difference in our patients lives.”

The charity are part of the Provost’s charity fundraising scheme which has so far raised over £25,000 through a series of challenges- including a wing-walk, a skydive and an abseil- for ACCORD and also St Vincent’s Hospice, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Kenneth added: “Our total running costs are in the region of £3million each year and almost two thirds of this has to be raised from our community.

“The Provost’s goodwill towards the Hospice has helped greatly to raise funds to help ensure the on-going stability of our service- along with an enhanced public awareness of what we do within Renfrewshire.

“Please sign up to take part as it will make a big difference to the lives of our patients in Renfrewshire.”

The event coincides with Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day which offers the general public the chance to step inside and explore Renfrewshire’s historic and beautiful buildings.

The zip slide will add to the buzz which surrounds the weekend each year and will provide an opportunity for those in the community to raise money for four local charities- while also utilising the day to take in Renfrewshire’s remarkable architecture.

Provost Hall said: “ACCORD provide our community with an important service at a very difficult time in the lives of the patients and their families.

“I am proud that they are one of my chosen charities during my term as Provost and I’m determined to raise as much as possible to help them continue to improve the lives of those who need it in Renfrewshire.

“I’m asking everyone to find the thrill seeker inside them, sign up and join me in taking the leap across East End Park on the 3rd of September this year.”

All the money raised will be split evenly between the two hospice’s ACCORD and St Vincent’s, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

There is a registration fee of £20 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

For more information and to sign up contact Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794 or donna.gallagher-pt@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Fundraisers can join the event on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest information via: https://www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil/events

The local Ferguslie community turned out in their hundreds to support a memorial football tournament for those lost to suicide.

The winning team Lucy’s Angels with Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell

The winning team Lucy’s Angels with Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell

17 teams- including two walking football teams- took to the pitch to battle it out for the trophy which sees 7-a-side teams play in a group stage format- with the top teams in each group advancing to the knock out rounds.

And it was Lucy’s Angels who retained the trophy they have won for the last two years after a nail biting penalty shoot out victory against Adam’s United in the final.

The annual No Substitute for Life tournament was taking place for the fifth time and brings the community together to raise awareness of the issue among men and women of all ages.

The tournament, held at Ferguslie Park Sports Centre, is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life and Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH).

The family friendly event also provided plenty for the kids to get involved with including face painting, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts and a magician- while the Street Stuff coaches were on hand to pass on tips to any budding young footballers who weren’t able to take part in the tournament.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost, John Caldwell, said: “I was delighted to see so many people turn out for this event yet again and congratulations to all the teams that took part.

“The tournament brings the community together through the medium of football to discuss what can still be a complex and taboo issue in today’s society.

“We need to challenge this perception and ensure that those who are in need of help are aware that it is available and that there are ways to move forward- meaning suicide never becomes an option.”

The event provides an opportunity for those who have lost a loved one to suicide to remember them and also meet others who have faced similar heartbreak.

Lisa Aitken, Choose Life Young Person’s Development Officer, said: “The Choose Life team appreciate the role that community activists like Paul Cardona, Anna Hampson and Kate Sharkey play in helping us to create Suicide Safer Communities in Renfrewshire- and to get across the message that ‘Suicide is everyone’s business’.

“This event takes us into the heart of the community and allows people to see the human face of services such as RAMH’S FIRSTCrisis, Breathing Space and Samaritans- and so hopefully reduces the barriers to people seeking help from them.”

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, Paisley from 7pm-8:30pm.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email  elizabeth.aitken@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Local Ferguslie resident Paul Cardona is urging the Renfrewshire community to support a memorial tournament for those lost to suicide.

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2015 winners Lucy’s Angels

The annual No Substitute for Life tournament held in Ferguslie is now in its fifth year and brings the community together to raise awareness of the issue among men and women of all ages.

Hundreds of footballers and supporters have turned out each year and similar numbers are expected again when the competition takes place on Sunday 26 June, 12pm-4pm.

Paul said: “It is a great day which brings families together to talk about their experiences- with the added bonus of the football competition.

“While there are teams there wishing to enter then I’ll run the tournament as it gives people the chance to open up about what are they are going through.

Paul first helped establish the tournament after losing close friends to suicide with the wish he wouldn’t see another person lost to the issue.

“I just wanted to help to create something which would bring people together to not only remember, but to highlight the problem and show that there is help available.

“There is an ignorance from those who haven’t been affected by mental health issues and that people who suffer from these issues need a service, they need help.”

The tournament will be held at Ferguslie Park Sports Centre and has 17 teams currently signed up- as well as two walking football teams.

The event has been growing year on year and is a day for all the family. There will be face painting, glitter tattoos, a magician and the Street Stuff team will also be on hand to entertain the crowds.

This year St Mirren F.C. Manager Alex Rae will be attending to show his support- as will Chief Executive of Pro Life, Gayle Brannigan-McLaughlin.

Paul added: “If anyone has been affected by suicide, or is having suicidal thoughts, then I would encourage them to come along.

“There is no pressure to speak about anything you are not comfortable with but there will be people there to listen and provide information on a local and national support available.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “Paul has been an inspiration with the level of commitment that he has put in to establish the tournament.

“It provides a terrific opportunity for young men and women to come together through sport and gives them the chance to open up about any issues they may be experiencing.

“I would encourage everyone to go along, support the tournament and share your experiences with those in a similar situation.”

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life and Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH).

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, Paisley from 7pm-8:30pm.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email  elizabeth.aitken@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has shown her charitable side once again- working at a local funeral directors to raise money for her charity fundraising scheme.

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Provost Hall spent the day at Co-operative Funeralcare in Paisley- undertaking a number of daily duties to learn what it takes to be a part of their specialised team.

Beginning work at 8:30am, Provost Hall attended the staff briefing to find out what was in store for her and her colleagues for the day.

And they proved hard taskmasters, putting the Provost through her paces by helping to wash their extensive fleet of limousines and hearses- some of which can reach 19 feet long.

Provost Hall also attended a funeral on the day to see how the Co-op cares for families and ensures the occasion is handled with dignity and professionalism.

Other tasks included the furnishing of coffins, seeing how the funeral arrangers work closely with families to arrange a service and taking a full tour of the facilities.

Provost Hall said: “I was delighted to be asked to spend a day working with the Co-operative Funeralcare and I am grateful for their donation to my fundraising scheme.

“I learned the lengths they go to in order to ensure families receive a sensitive, professional and efficient service at such a difficult time.

“I am determined to raise as much as I possibly can during my time as Provost to ensure the maximum benefit to my four chosen charities- and I’m always on the lookout for new challenges.”

Gordon Powrie, Principal Funeral Director, said: “We, at Co-op Funeralcare Paisley, were delighted to welcome Provost Anne Hall to assist and take part in our daily general duties which are carried out by our Funeral Directors for the community.

“Paula Mitchell, Hub Manager, and the team in Paisley are fully committed to Provost Hall’s charity endeavours throughout the year and have sponsored Anne for this work experience day with the funds to go directly to a charity nominated by Anne herself.”

Provost Hall carries out a number of fundraising activities each year to raise funds for her chosen charities- and her latest challenge is a zip slide across Paisley’s East End Park.

She is seeking as many fellow thrill-seekers as possible to join her on Saturday 3 September to fly through the air and add to the £25,000 she has managed to raise so far.

The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices- Accord and St Vincent’s- chosen by Provost Hall to feature in the special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

For more information visit  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provost or call 0141 618 6794.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is seeking fellow daredevil fundraisers to fly through the air with her in her latest charity exploit.

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Provost Hall is heading for the clouds again as she undertakes a special zip slide across East End Park to raise vital funds for her chosen charities.

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And she’s looking for as many people as possible to conquer the heights with her in order to add to the £25,000 she has already raised during her time as Provost.

The event will coincide with Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day celebrations and fundraisers will fly across Paisley’s East End Park on Saturday 3 September.

Provost Hall said: “I can’t wait to get my feet off the ground once again to raise money for my charities.

“After undertaking a wing-walk, a skydive and an abseil during my time as Provost, a zip slide seemed the natural next step.

“I’m determined to raise as much as possible for my four charities and I hope as many people as possible can join me to take part.”

The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices– Accord and St Vincent’s– chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

There is a registration fee of £20 and participants- who must be 16 or over- will be expected to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

To sign up contact: Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794.

Pro Life Fitness Centre is teaming up with local charity RAMH to help raise funds for mental health services.

 

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RAMH Chief Exec Stephen McLellan (back) & personal trainer Stewart Money (front) beginning Stephen’s training for September at Pro Life Fitness Centre

Every person registering for the RAMH Arran Bike and Hike will be given a free month’s membership and entered into a prize draw for 6 month’s free membership at Pro Life.

The 2 day Bike and Hike challenge takes place on Saturday 3rd– Sunday 4th September, 2016 and kicks off with a good luck breakfast in Paisley, transfers to Ardrossan and the ferry to Brodick. The challenge then begins with a 42 mile cycle circumnavigating the island towards Lochranza, followed by a celebratory dinner and overnight in Lochranza. Sunday begins with a 13 mile cycle to the foot of Goatfell followed by a hike of Goatfell at 874m, fish supper and ferry home, returning to Paisley for sunset.

RAMH is holding an Information Evening on Thursday 9th June at 6.30pm at their offices at 41 Blackstoun Road (PA3 1LU) to answer any questions and give participants good advice for fundraising and training. You don’t have to have registered to attend the Information Evening, just pop along to find out more about what it’s about.

Alex Whelan from Pro Life said “it’s crucial that we support mental health in our communities supporting conditions such as depression, self harm, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.”

“RAMH services are so important. Anyone who commits to the Arran Bike and Hike can use the gym and relaxation facilities for a whole month with no charge. Plus there’s a 6 month membership up for grabs in the prize draw.”

RAMH Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said “we welcome everyone on this fantastic weekend away on Arran, it’s a great opportunity to challenge yourself, meet new people and have a brilliant bike and hike experience.”

He added “We’re very grateful to Pro Life Fitness Centre for their kind support which means a great deal to us, the work of Renfrewshire Sports Charity is proving very important for health and wellbeing in the local area.”

All meals, transport and overnight accommodation are included and all you need is a bike, helmet and walking boots. RAMH ask for a £50 registration fee and £300 minimum sponsorship, with all money going directly towards services for those affected by mental ill health.

Places are limited so register NOW at  enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900

Charity’s new look will bring fresh support for local mental health

Local mental health charity RAMH have unveiled their new look branding and website along with the opening of their social enterprise in Johnstone.

PrintThe ribbon was cut at the new charity shop in Houston Square Johnstone by Cllr Iain McMillan as the organisation also went public with its updated brand. Long term supporter Mhairi Black MP also attended the grand opening and joined in the celebrations.

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The new logo incorporates the celtic symbol of inner strength to show the importance of self belief in the recovery journey. It is accompanied by an updated website which includes an A-Z of mental health and information on how to access local services.

Chief Executive, Stephen McLellan, said “We’re delighted with the new look of RAMH and hope it will encourage more people to talk openly about mental health.

“We know that positive relationships and connectedness are key to recovery and sustained mental health. Being more visible, more accessible and clearer about who we are and what we do will ultimately mean we can help more people.”

The charity say every one in four people experience mental ill health each year. RAMH helps over 5,000 local people by providing support for all mental health diagnosis from depression to self-harm, bipolar disorder to anxiety issues.

Stephen added “We’re inviting everyone to visit the new Johnstone shop for a browse and to pick up great bargains. Plus we’re asking everyone to visit the new website and take a look at the information on offer.

“Mental health affects almost all of us at some point, be it a personal experience or someone close to us. The RAMH website has all sorts of information for everyone.”

The RAMH shop in Johnstone is close to the Town Hall and is now open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1.30-4.30pm with a wide selection of good quality and affordable furniture, white goods, clothing, vintage and collectibles.

Visit the new look RAMH website for more information on www.ramh.org

If you would like to get involved in fundraising or volunteering for RAMH contact 0141 847 8900 or enquiries@ramh.org

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Local mental health charity RAMH will unveil their new look branding and website along with the opening of their social enterprise in Johnstone on Saturday 2nd April at 11am.

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The ribbon will be cut at the new charity shop in Houston Square Johnstone by Cllr Iain McMillan, as the organisation also goes public with its updated brand.

Last year RAMH celebrated 25 years of service provision locally. The charity say every one in four people experience mental ill health each year. RAMH helps over 4,000 local people by providing support for all mental health diagnosis from depression to self-harm, bipolar disorder to anxiety issues.