Top authors book into Foxbar Library

Three top childrens’ authors are set to visit a Paisley library this month.

Simon Puttock, Margaret Ryan and Lynne Rickards will all pop into Foxbar Library to read from their books and talk about what inspires them.

Simon Puttock, author of Mademoiselle Gorilla will appear on Saturday 12 November between 10.30am and 11.30am.

Simon, who was born in New Zealand and now lives in Edinburgh, has written over 20 books for younger children including “Little Lost Cowboy” which was the winner of the 2006 Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards.  His books are well known as being funny and engaging, and loved by children. Read more

Stacey set to switch on Paisley

Singing sensation and TV star Stacey Solomon is set to light up Paisley as the headline act at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On event.

Stacey, who shot to fame on the X-Factor and finished third overall, will perform to thousands at the event in Paisley town centre on Saturday 5 November.

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Roadshows take winter readiness message to Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire residents who want to prepare for winter can get the information they need when out shopping this week

The Scottish Government’s Winter Resilience Roadshow will visit Asda Linwood on Thursday 10 November and Sainbury’s Braehead on Friday 11 November.

Advisers from the Scottish Government will be on hand to speak to the public about preparing for winter in their home, their car or their community. They will be distributing wallet cards and magnets which highlight where people can get more information.

From Renfrewshire Council, wardens, environmental services staff and roads staff will be available to let residents know more about what is being done locally to prepare for and cope with severe weather conditions this winter.

The Scottish Government team will be there from 9am-5pm each day, with Renfrewshire Council staff available from 2pm – 4pm.

Cllr Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “Our Ready for Winter campaign is getting the message out there that everyone needs to start thinking now about how they’ll cope if the weather worsens.”

“Supermarkets are one of the best places to engage with large groups of people so we welcome the opportunity to join the Scottish Government in these roadshows.”

“I’d urge anyone shopping on these days to stop by and find out more.”


Renfrewshire residents who are feeling the pinch or just want to make their most of their money have the chance to get all their questions answered under one roof.

Make The Most of Your Money Day, Wednesday 9 November, will see a host of advice and information on offer on everything from claiming benefits to rising fuel bills, or even just running a home.

Pop in to Paisley Town Hall any time between 10am and 7pm on the day for the chance to speak to:

  • Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Council Tax Benefits teams
  • The Pension Service
  • Advice Works
  • Trading Standards
  • JobCentre Plus
  • FLAIR Welfare Rights Service
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Energy Advice Centre Scotland advice centre, and many more.

Councillor Allan Noon, Renfrewshire Council’s Finance Spokesperson, said: “In the current economic climate we all need to be managing our money as best we can. Particularly if you are facing redundancy or are newly unemployed, it is vital to plan your next steps. The good news is that there’s loads of help at hand and we’ve brought it all under one roof to make it as easy as possible for local residents to speak to the right people for advice.

“You can get help with all sorts of money queries, including a full benefit check to find out if you’re receiving everything you’re entitled to, advice on heating bills and ways to save energy. Renfrewshire-wide Credit Union will be there with information on low-cost loans, pre-paid debit cards, help with paying bills and discounts on energy-saving household goods. There’s no need to make an appointment just pop in for a chat and a cup of tea.”

Make The Most of Your Money Day is being held as part of Renfrewshire Money Week, a series of events running throughout Renfrewshire between Monday 7 November and Friday 11 November.

Local residents are also being reminded to look out for the Renfrewshire Money Bus, which will be out and about throughout the week with information and advice on issues such as benefits, debts, energy efficiency, housing costs and managing your money.
For more information on Money Week or managing your money go to

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Provosts Awards Launch 2011

Renfrewshire’s Provost Community Awards are back

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Renfrewshire Provost Community Awards.
Businesses, individuals and community groups across Renfrewshire are being invited to put forward their local heroes for these long-running awards.

Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate those in the community who have made special achievements and gone out of their way to make a difference to the lives of others.
The awards, which will be held in the Glynhill Hotel on Saturday 25 February, hosted by STV’s Sean Batty, who is himself from Paisley.
They are also set to be Provost Celia Lawson’s last as host in her role as Renfrewshire’s civic leader.There are seven award categories:


  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services)
  • Adult Achiever, sponsored by Diageo
  • Special Needs (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns)
  • Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK)
  • Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza)
  • Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)

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social media

Are you involved in a Paisley organisation or business that would like to learn more about how to use the internet and especially social media? The internet is an immense tool and can bring lots of new customers to your website, or be a powerful platform for you to promote your business, idea, product and/or event.

At Paisley on the web, we have been using social media for years and know the best way to use it easily and how to make sense out of what can seem useless and sometimes overwhelming information.

social media

If you are interested in us either coming to your place of work and training your staff, or coming to one of our classes, then please email and just ask. We can tailor something around your available time and level of experience.

We can start to make your business, organisation or product noticed on the web and with the help and support of then you will have an excellent platform to start from.

We can do one to one tuition, distance learning, tutorial based, or classroom based lessons and the only pressure is the desire to promote yourself using all the available tools in the social media sphere.


How do we help?


  • Use Facebook better, set up Groups, Facebook Pages and manage them.
  • How to deal with customers, and respond to them in the best way.
  • Set up twitter and get the right followers, target your audience and use the right tools to monitor your time and effort to see if it’s working.
  • Tweak your website, or get help to set one up, (still very important).
  • Deal with criticism and negative remarks on social media.

We can cover everything and help you succeed! Contact us if you’re interested and we can arrange to phone or come out and see you. We know everyone is busy, especially in the lead up to Christmas, but can you imagine how social media can transform your business into a powerful and effective marketing tool that drives business to you? Priceless, and all it take is a bit of time!

Contact Brian by email or use our contact page


sno zone xscape

Street Stuff kids enjoy ski slope visit

A group of young people from Renfrew enjoyed a visit to Xscape’s Sno!Zone recently as reward for their community spirit.

The youngsters carried out a clean-up of the King George V playing fields after being inspired by their involvement in Renfrewshire’s Street Stuff programme.

In appreciation of their efforts, a visit to Xscape was organised for a session on the ski slope provided free of charge by Sno!Zone.

The Street Stuff initiative provides a wide range of community and sports activities. The aim is to give youngsters things to do that divert them from antisocial behaviour and also help them contribute to the communities they live in. Read more

It is now even easier to vote for Paisley on the web rbs project just call 0800 2100 245 project no 208

This is the last day

takes two minutes and you can get everyone you know to call up, as loads have had problems with the online voting..

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to register and vote for Paisley on the web on the RBS Community Force website, its step by step so please pause it if necessary, your vote really does matter to our organisation for some desperately needed equipment to promote the town of Paisley, its events, its buildings and its people.

The RBS Page direct link is here 

but please follow this video which is much easier. Read more


A week of events is being held to help
Renfrewshire residents make the most of their money



Renfrewshire Money Week, 7 – 11 November, will include advice sessions, training events and workshop activities all designed to help people manage their finances.
The events will cover everything from budgeting properly for the cost of living and building up savings to knowing what benefits are available and knowing who can help if people run into financial difficulties or just need some advice.

Events will include:

  • Make the Most of Your Money Day, Paisley Town Hall, Wednesday 9 November. This event is open to everyone and will include stalls and sessions on a range of topics including claiming benefits, welfare reform, energy efficiency, claiming benefits and the rising cost of fuel bills.
  •  The Renfrewshire Money Bus will visit locations across Renfrewshire throughout the week with information and resources on issues such as benefits, debt, housing costs, handling your fuel bills, energy efficiency, and managing your money.
  • Children and Families Health Fair, Johnstone Town Hall, Friday 11 November. There will be fun activities for children and information for parents and grandparents on keeping children Healthy and Active, budgeting with a family and Healthy Start benefits.
  • Be Benefit Wise sessions for older people run by Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR). A Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau income adviser will run benefit checks to make sure people are receiving the full income they are entitled to, as well as providing advice and help filling in benefit claim forms.
  • Managing Money as a Student, Reid Kerr College, Tuesday 8 November. Local money advice agencies team up with Reid Kerr College to offer advice on student budgeting, managing overdrafts and shopping around for a student bank account.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said: “There’s never been a more important time to make the most of your money.

Whether we’re young or old, in work or not, and whatever state our finances are in we all need to make sure we know how to make it go as far as possible.

“This will be the third Renfrewshire Money Week and it’s proved really popular in the past but this year in particular more people are facing financial difficulties.

“There are events for everyone providing a huge range of information and some great resources to help people. We’re even taking support out directly to communities with the Renfrewshire Money Bus.”

A range of organisations are taking part in Renfrewshire Money Week including Advice Works, Education Scotland, Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, Job Centre Plus, the Money Advice Service, Reid Kerr College, Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership and Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union.

For full details of all the events taking place pick up a programme for any Renfrewshire Council building or go to

Paisley MOD 2013

Paisley wishes Western Isles well for the Mòd 2011

Representatives from Renfrewshire Council and Meur Phàislig have been in Stornoway this week for the Royal National Mòd 2011.

The team have made the trip to the Western Isles to wish this year’s organisers and competitors well and also to give visitors a preview of what they can expect when Paisley hosts the Mòd in 2013.

Paisley MOD 2013Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said: “We wish the organisers and all of the competitors well in this year’s Mòd and congratulate them on delivering what is sure to be a successful event.

“The Mòd is a huge, much-loved festival which has brought the focus of Scotland and Gaelic music lovers across the world to Stornoway.  It takes years of planning to achieve this and they have done a fantastic job.” Read more