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Pupils serve up success to reach Scottish badminton competition

Forty six talented young badminton players from 13 high schools swung into action at a recent Renfrewshire badminton championship.

The players came together to take part in the Renfrew Area Schools Badminton Association (RASBA) competition with a team of top players now set to represent Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde at the Scottish Secondary Schools Championship at Perth in March.

badmintonThe pupils took part in singles and doubles events in under 14, under 16 and under 19 age groups at the end of January at the Lagoon Sports Hub.

The winners were:

  • U19 boys: Luke Fossett, St Ninian’s
  • U19 boys doubles: Luke Fossett and Leon Masia, both St Ninian’s
  • U16 boys: Leon Masia, St Ninian’s
  • U16 boys doubles: Graeme O’neil and Matthew Ross, Mearns Castle
  • U16 girls: Sarah Findlay, Park Mains
  • U16 girls doubles: Julie Eve and Soumya Lanke, both Williamwood
  • U14 boys: Calvin McGrory, Eastwood
  • U14 boys doubles: Calvin McGrory and Scott Johnston, both Eastwood
  • U14 girls: Julie Eve, Williamwood
  • U14 girls doubles: Hannah Cumming and Lucy Ross, both Williamwood

And the team that’s been selected to represent the area is:

  • Luke Fossett, St Ninian’s
  • Dean Kennedy, Glennifer
  • Allan Cowan, Glennifer
  • Leon Masia, St Ninians
  • Sarah Findlay, Park Mains
  • Graeme O’neil, Mearns Castle
  • Matthew Ross, Mearns Castle
  • Emma McAughtrie, Williamwood
  • Rebecca Mayer, Williamwood
  • Julie Eve, Williamwood
  • Sean McCallum, St Andrews
  • Jonathon Paris, Gryffe
  • Scott Johnston, Eastwood
  • Calvin McGrory, Eastwood

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “This fantastic event brought together pupils from three areas to showcase their talent in badminton and give them a chance to go forward and compete at national level. Badminton is a great sport that helps our young people be more active while developing a range of physical skills. My congratulations go to all who took part and I’d like to wish those who will represent the area at national level the very best of luck.”

Eight Renfrewshire schools took part in the competition (Bt Bennedict’s, Gryffe, Park Mains, St Andrew’s, Glennifer, Linwood, Castlehead, Paisley Grammar); four East Renfrewshire schools took part (Eastwood, Mearns Castle, Williamwood, and St Ninians) and one Inverclyde school took part (Notre Dame).

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Wanted: Young people with important opinions
Renfrewshire students are being urged to come along and have their say on local issues that are important to them later this month.

Renfrewshire Council is urging Reid Kerr College and University West of Scotland students to drop in to the UWS Brough Hall on Wednesday 20 February and voice their opinions during an interactive question and answer session.

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Information stalls will also provide advice on community safety, student services, career and job opportunities including internships, volunteering, health, equality and human rights.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Young people are our future and it’s so important that their views help to shape the next community plan for the area. The plan will set out the key areas that the council and our partners need to focus on to make Renfrewshire a better place to live, learn, work and do business. I would urge all young people who go to university or college here to some along and tell us what’s important to them.”

The drop-in session will be open from 12noon until 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.

There will be a free return bus service every half an hour between the main entrance of Reid Kerr College and Brough Hall from 12pm until 4.00pm.

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Job-seeking Recruits reach for the skies

A group of young jobseekers are hoping their careers will soon take flight after they were given clearance for take-off from a senior airport boss.

The latest batch of hopefuls in Renfrewshire Council’s highly-regarded Recruit programme packed their bags for Glasgow Airport, where they were given a glimpse into the world of high-flying.

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The Recruit is a youth employment programme loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice, where entrants take part in a series of challenges, with a job on offer at the end for the overall winner.

This version of The Recruit is for people aged between 18 and 24 who have found themselves out of work and are looking to improve their CVs to get back in.

Also running is a programme for unemployed 16 and 17 year-olds. Both programmes started in January and will conclude with a grand finale in March, where the overall winners will be revealed.

Craig Martin, head of human resources for Glasgow Airport, gave the 18-to-24-year-old Recruits a presentation showing how staff there hit the heights of customer service.

He said: “We focussed on customer service skills, as we have had a major focus on that in the airport, and wanted to share our experiences with them.

“Customer service skills will be important in any job. I was impressed by the group – they are all volunteers who are trying to improve their situations.

“The Recruit is a fantastic programme and it is great they have an involvement with so many local employers.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “Tackling youth unemployment is one of the key priorities of this council.

“The Recruit is an innovative and fun programme which has been a fixture in the council calendar for a number of years now.

“During this time, it has provided a direct route into work for many local young people, while equipping plenty more with the skills to do so.

“As always, we are grateful to the individuals and organisations such BAA who give up their time to help run challenges. Their help and input is hugely valued.”

The Recruit is run by Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Employability Services.

Since January, the fifteen young people in the 18-to-24-year-old programme have enjoyed a variety of business-related tasks, helped by organisations such as St Mirren and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

They have also been given training relating to CVs and interviews, and taken part in a challenge to create their own team logos.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Warning over public entertainment licence switch

Renfrewshire licensing chiefs are warning anyone planning an event locally not to be caught out by upcoming changes to the rules governing public entertainment.

Anyone planning to run a live performance or a fireworks display, among other things, will require a public entertainment licence as of this summer.

The rule-changes are set to come into force on 3 June of this year – meaning anyone organising events for the summer should think ahead now to make sure they get the licence they need.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1Current examples of events which need a public entertainment licence include outdoor concerts, circuses, fairgrounds or large fetes, other than those run and hosted by schools, churches or voluntary groups.

As of June, licences will also be needed for video machine arcades, concert halls, fireworks displays, live performances, musical shows, paintball games, bungee jumping and motor shows.

Councillor John Hood, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Board, said: “We want organisers to be aware of these changes now so they can make sure all the paperwork is in place for any events they hold in the summer and beyond.

“We are keen to avoid a situation where we have to take action to stop events from happening because those running it weren’t aware the rules had changed and hadn’t got the proper licence.

“Organisers should bear in mind any application for a public entertainment licence will have to go through a four-week-minimum statutory notice period during which the public can make objections.

“Depending on the circumstances, the period for finalising an application could be significantly longer than four weeks – which is why we would encourage potential applicants to find out what they have to do ahead of any summer events.

“The council’s licensing staff can offer advice on what the rule-changes mean. They be reached by calling 0141 842 4499 or by emailing licensing.cs@renfrewshire.gov.uk.”

Award winning black comedy SLICK to play Paisley Arts Centre.

Using remarkable sleight of hand and ‘human puppets’, multi award winning SLICK is a hilarious, dark and dirty exploration of greed, corruption and loss of innocence. The story is told through the eyes of Malcolm Biggar, a nine year old with a passion for his skateboard, a harrowing fear of his lunatic neighbours and a growing realisation that perhaps his parents don’t always have his best interests at heart. 

SlickImage2013Malcolm’s sole aim in life is to convince his neglectful parents to buy him a helmet for skateboarding. But one day that all changes when crude oil begins pumping out of the Biggar family bathroom. Elation soon turns to desperation as they attempt to keep their new found wealth a secret from their depraved landlord and outrageous next door neighbours; ultimately leading to an explosive showdown that little Malcolm gets caught in the middle of.

Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First (2008) and a Critic’s Award for Theatre in Scotland (2008/2009), Vox Motus’ SLICK combines absurd comedy, visual storytelling, puppetry, object theatre and physical performance to create a unique ensemble show with comic-strip visuals.

SLICK will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Tuesday 5 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking . Suitable for ages 14+

For further information on SLICK, future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Newmains PS crowned Fairtrade champions

Pupils at a Renfrew primary school are going bananas after being crowned the area’s top Fairtrade school.

Newmains Primary was presented with the McDowell Trophy for 2012 – awarded to the school which has done most to promote Fairtrade in their community.

John McDowell and Councillor MacmillanThe trophy was handed over by former Renfrewshire Provost John McDowell, who was heavily involved with the promotion of Fairtrade during his time as a councillor.

He was joined by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who chairs the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering group.

They spoke with some of the pupils about their work, and saw the displays which have been put up around the building.

Fairtrade products are those which ensure producers in the developing world get a fair price for their goods, such as fruit, coffee and rice.

Councillor Macmillan said: “I would like to congratulate all at Newmains Primary, who were very worthy winners of this accolade.

“There is a lot of work going on around Renfrewshire to help promote Fairtrade products and show the difference it can make to the lives of people on the other side of the planet.

“There will be a variety of local events for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight event, which will run from 25 February to 11 March.”

This is the second year of the trophy, which was won by Clippens Primary in Linwood in 2011.

John McDowell said: “The trophy is there to encourage primary pupils to learn what Fairtrade is all about and I am very pleased they have worked so hard to achieve it.

“I hope the trophy goes on for many years to come. The Fairtrade movement really helps the most deprived people in the world and does a tremendous job.”

Newmains PS head teacher Carol Cooke added: “Everyone at the school is very keen to promote the Fairtrade movement whenever possible.

“Newmains has held many events to help promote Fairtrade over the years, including barbecues, football matches, coffee morning and tuck shops.

“I am very proud of the children and staff for the hard work they have put into promoting this very important cause in so many different ways.”

For more information on Fairtrade Fortnight, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

Recruitment drive pays dividends but more foster carers still needed
Last year 15 new Renfrewshire families opened their hearts and their homes to vulnerable children by deciding to become foster carers.

The figures are contained in a new report from Renfrewshire’s Fostering and Adoption Panel. The rise saw Renfrewshire Council increase its pool of active foster carers by 19% during 2011/12.

Despite the increase, Renfrewshire still needs more foster carers and is actively recruiting potential adoptive parents and foster carers – especially for children who are 10 and over and children who need more intensive parenting.

fosterCouncillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Well-being Policy Board, said, “As of 31 March 2012 the council was looking after 794 children. While many of these children will go back to their own parents after a short time in foster care, others won’t be able to go home and may move on to either permanent fostering or adoption. This can be because of neglect or abuse or because their parents have drink or drug problems which mean they no longer put their children’s needs first.

“But whatever the reason, life has not been easy for these children and they need love and stability to grow into happy, confident people. While we have been very successful in recruiting foster carers and adoptive parents, we still need a lot more.

“We rely on foster carers to provide homes for over 200 children and young people who come into our care.”

Renfrewshire Council provides its foster carers and adoptive parents with ongoing training and full support.

Carers need to be over 21 but there is no fixed upper age limit. Carers can be married or single, home owners or tenants. They can be working or unemployed. Carers don’t need to live in Renfrewshire – they can live up to 25 miles away. Importantly, they do have to have a spare room.

Councillor McMillan said, “Our aim is to get the best possible match between the child and the person who cares for them. The most vital qualification we are looking for is someone who can offer a child a stable, loving home when they need it most.”

People who are interested in fostering or adopting should call  0300 300 1199 or email childrenandfamilies.sw@renfrewshire.gov.uk They can also visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fostering

Case study

Jim and Charlotte Telford are from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and have been fostering since 2007. They are registered with Renfrewshire Council to care for children aged 0 to 12 years old on a short term basis.

Charlotte said, “We love having children round us and are a very child minded family. Plus, having had five children and five grandchildren, we are used to our house being filled with kids running about!

“We had always thought about fostering and now that our children have grown up we have the space to start taking in foster children. Now our house feels like a home again with the hustle and bustle of family life. The foster children have been brilliant and we feel blessed that we are able to offer them a loving and stable environment for the time that we have them.”

Jim and Charlotte’s five children, who range in age from 24 to 35, have been very supportive of their parents’ decision to start fostering. “Our grandchildren have really enjoyed getting to know our foster children and the kids love to play together when they visit us at the weekends,” Charlotte said.

Although both Charlotte and Jim admit that their application process was thorough, and at sometimes quite personal, they both felt they were well supported throughout the process and received valuable help and advice from their dedicated social worker.

“I would advise anyone who is interested in child care or a career in care to think about fostering,” said Charlotte. “It is extremely rewarding to see the children you’re looking after developing and thriving, and the support we have received has been great.”

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Photos from the Paisley Museum Exhibition, read more below! Also in one of the pictures are some staff and pupils from the Clippens School, Linwood, Renfrewshire.

All photographs taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk click here for Alex’s Facebook page..

 

Inspired 2013 : Creativity from Renfrewshire’s young people 

The annual exhibition of artwork from children and young people in schools and nurseries across Renfrewshire opens in Paisley Museum and Art Galleries on Friday 1st Feb 2012 and runs until 12th April.

The aim of this free exhibition is to showcase the work developed in art and design in all education establishments and to profile how children’s skills progress from the early works of 3 and 4 year olds through to the sophisticated and talented pieces which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupil’s folio for national qualifications.

Inspired is intended to be exactly that – a reflection of the personal perspective of the young artist and the things which inspire them.

The exhibition continues to gain in importance with the ongoing development in Scotland of A Curriculum for Excellence. The arts are now recognised as key to children and young people’s growing self confidence, self awareness and self esteem and ultimately in meeting their potential as successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors.

There are a number of special features in the exhibition this year including exciting pieces of 3D work. And thanks to an innovative new partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland, schools who submit to the Inspired exhbition will automatically have the chance to have their work considered for the National Galleries schools exhibition.

Councillor Henry will officially open the exhibition on Friday at 12.30pm, within Paisley Museum and remarked “This year’s Inspired exhibition is a fantastic showcase for the creativity of Renfrewshire’s young people. From pre-school to senior students, they have created work which is both fun and engaging.  These young artists are to be commended for their creativity, hard work and high standards; I am sure that all who visit the exhibition will find it as Inspiring as I have.”

Provost Anne Hall will also select images from this exhibition to form the Renfrewshire Council calendar for 2014.

For further information on Inspired or any of our future exhibitions and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Linwood High School: Lessons From Auschwitz

27 January marked international Holocaust Memorial Day. Across the globe, people are asked to remember and stand by those who were forced to live through these experiences of Holocaust, to honour those communities which were destroyed in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Linwood High School shot for The Holmes Partnership.Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. On HMD we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today.

As part of this ongoing learning process, students from across Renfrewshire annually participate in the Lessons from Auschwitz programme, which allows students and their teachers the opportunity to visit the former concentration camp and learn about its significance in order to then pass on the lessons in their schools and communities.

Following their visit, Fiona Lawrie and Sarah Cooper, who both attend Linwood High, have created an evocative mural containing powerful images from the former concentration camp, in Poland.

The pupils visited the site, which is now a museum in honour of victims of the Holocaust in November 2011.

John McColl, head of religious studies at Linwood High, is full of praise for the work produced by Fiona, 17, and 18-year-old Sarah.

He said: “What they have produced is a large piece highlighting the shared humanity which runs between the people who suffered during the Holocaust and themselves.”

The work has previously been displayed at St Mungo’s Museum, in Glasgow and the Scottish Parliament.

It is now being displayed at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries as part of the annual Inspired Exhibition, which showcases creative work by young people from across Renfrewshire and will be officially opened by Councillor Henry.

In praise of the young people’s work, Cllr Henry remarked:

“Inspired by their journey to Aushwitz, these young people have created a thought provoking piece of work which challenges us to reflect on the holocaust atrocities and the devastating effects it had on the various communities. This is something which has to be remember to help us move forward and to learn from the events of the past.”

For further information on Inspired or any of our future exhibitions and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Inspired 2013 : Creativity from Renfrewshire’s young people 

The annual exhibition of artwork from children and young people in schools and nurseries across Renfrewshire opens in Paisley Museum and Art Galleries on Friday 1st Feb 2012 and runs until 12th April.

Paisley MuseumThe aim of this free exhibition is to showcase the work developed in art and design in all education establishments and to profile how children’s skills progress from the early works of 3 and 4 year olds through to the sophisticated and talented pieces which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupil’s folio for national qualifications. 

Inspired is intended to be exactly that – a reflection of the personal perspective of the young artist and the things which inspire them. 

The exhibition continues to gain in importance with the ongoing development in Scotland of A Curriculum for Excellence. The arts are now recognised as key to children and young people’s growing self confidence, self awareness and self esteem and ultimately in meeting their potential as successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors. 

There are a number of special features in the exhibition this year including exciting pieces of 3D work. And thanks to an innovative new partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland, schools who submit to the Inspired exhbition will automatically have the chance to have their work considered for the National Galleries schools exhibition.

Councillor Henry will officially open the exhibition on Friday at 12.30pm, within Paisley Museum and remarked “This year’s Inspired exhibition is a fantastic showcase for the creativity of Renfrewshire’s young people. From pre-school to senior students, they have created work which is both fun and engaging.  These young artists are to be commended for their creativity, hard work and high standards; I am sure that all who visit the exhibition will find it as Inspiring as I have.”

Provost Anne Hall will also select images from this exhibition to form the Renfrewshire Council calendar for 2014.

For further information on Inspired or any of our future exhibitions and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.