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Graduate Career Zone & Recruitment Workshop – Paisley

Renfrewshire Chamber, who deliver the Graduate Recruitment Incentive, (a wage subsidy of £3k to companies that recruit a recent graduate into a new position) is holding a free Graduate Career Zone Workshop to bring graduates and potential employers together. Graduates will be able to access the latest thinking in how to secure that ideal job, including:

·         How to prepare your CV & cover letter to make you stand out from the crowd.

·         How to prepare for different formats of interview, e.g. competency based interview techniques.

·         How to network and find positions that aren’t advertised.

graduateSMEs will discover how to find the best young talent for their organisation and: 

·         Register for free access to our unique online recruitment support program.

·         How and where to advertise to attract the best graduate candidates.

·         How to prepare a job spec.

·         How to sift & match CV’s.

·         How to structure your interview questions.

Following the workshops there will be the opportunity to network between local companies and potential candidates in an informal setting. A light buffet & refreshments will be provided.

Graduates and employers from all over Scotland are welcome.

The event will be held at UWS Paisley Campus, P Block on Thursday 28th February 5PM-7PM (parking available via Lady Lane entrance)

To register your free place please email Bob Grant, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce on bgrant@renfrewshirechamber.com or tel. 0141 847 5455

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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FREE Business Health Surgery

Every business understands the importance of the constant need to change, whether it be sales, marketing, people, financial or operations. Business Doctors, in association with Renfrewshire Chamber, will be hosting complimentary Business Health Surgeries on Tuesday 26th February and Tuesday 5th March in the Chamber Offices at Glasgow Airport.

business doctorThe surgery will be held between 9am and 4pm when businesses will receive a free 45 minute one to one session with Business Doctor, Gordon Barraclough. The consultation will provide a sounding board to discuss the key challenges and opportunities that currently exist in your business. Business owners who exhibit high levels of entrepreneurial spirit and ambition will benefit most from these sessions, whether striving to achieve sustainability or moving the business up to the next level.

 

To book a place please visit the events section of www.renfrewshirechamber.com or contact Gordon direct on 07803 586180 /gordonb@businessdoctors.co.uk

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West End Wurdz

West End Wurdz presents Upside Down Heart – An afternoon of poetry & song at the Ashtree House Hotel, 9 Orr Square, Paisley PA1 2DL Sunday 10th February, 2-4pm

Featuring Graham Fulton reading from his new collection, “Upside Down Heart”, Derek McLuckie poet and playwright shares his unique take on romance and Gwen McKerrell gives a lyrical look at love. Music from Pauline Vallance and Coleslaw. Open mic with prize and raffle.

Contains adult material.With support from Weaving Musical Threads & Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

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Paisley Photographs of the Paisley Museum Exhibition..

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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Inspired by a true event, new drama ‘In an Alien Landscape’ will play Paisley Arts Centre.

Birds of Paradise are back out on the road with their new production, In an Alien Landscape, by Liverpool writer Danny Start. 

In an Alien Landscape enters the world of brain injury, consciousness, memory and creativity and uses humour and irony to tell the story based on a true event. Albie is an ordinary man who experienced ‘a scuffle with death’ which unleashed his inner creative genie. He can’t stop painting since emerging from his coma. The extraordinary chaos of Albie’s life and the sound of a continuous rushing white noise in his head drives his compulsion to paint. What is happening to him? There’s no escaping who he was as his past still haunts him; but what lies ahead?

in an alien landscapeThe cast includes Paul Cunningham who plays the central role of Albie. David Toole plays Klang/Dad and Morag Stark plays Suze/Dr Jill. Scottish audiences will be familiar with both Cunningham and Stark’s work. Actor and dancer, David Toole, recently performed as part of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and has worked with a large number of theatre companies including the RSC.

This performance will be surtitled and an audio description programme will be available for the visually or hearing impaired.

In an Alien Landscape will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Tuesday 26 February at 2pm. 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 

For further information on In an Alien Landscape, 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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THE COTTON STREET SINGERS – JAZZ CHOIR

OPEN REHEARSAL NIGHT 1ST FEB

We would like to invite you to come along to our open rehearsal for a brand new Jazz Choir, drawing on the excellent jazz singing talent to be found in the West of Scotland. We have worked hard over the past few months to get the background work done, and we are now recruiting singers!

We are looking for strong voices, people who can read music fairly well, have a good sense of rhythm (and humour) and work well in a group.

jazzThe aims of the choir are  to bring great jazz songs to a wider audience, and also, very importantly, to have fun creating high quality music together.

We are going to start building our repertoire with jazz standards,and move soon onto original arrangements and compositions.We will sing both a cappella and accompanied pieces and will use a variety of musicians as and when the need arises.

Our founding members of 4 voices performed as the support act for the wonderful Liane Carroll  at Brookfield last November, and they did it after only 3 rehearsals!

Here is a link to one of the songs they sang that night

http://youtu.be/ums62yd-VxY

The open rehearsal  on Friday is in Pace Theatre Company’s rehearsal studios in the Spires Building, School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DA  at 7.30 pm.

In the future the rehearsals will be held on Monday nights, starting on Monday 18th February, and will be based in both Paisley and Glasgow.

Hope to see you on Friday and do spread the word, the  more the merrier!

If you fancy getting involved but next Friday is no use to you, then let us know and we’ll take a note of your name – contact details are below.

…..and of course get in touch if you have any other questions with either of us :)

 

Outi Smith

outi.smith@hotmail.com

07935085244

 

Carol Smith

cfsmusic@btinternet.com

Paisley Museum

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.

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Council calls for employers to pay the living wage

Renfrewshire Council is calling on all its suppliers to pay their employees a living wage of at least £7.50 an hour.

In November, 800 council workers saw their pay increase to the level of the living wage and councillors believe that the benefits of this should be extended to the wider work force.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1Councillor Mike Homes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, is a strong advocate of the living wage. “It’s the right thing to do,” he explains. “Pay less than a living wage and you force people onto benefits and lead them to look for work elsewhere. Pay a living wage and research shows that you get a more loyal, productive and flexible workforce.

“At a time when the UK government’s welfare reform will see household incomes shrink and as much as £22million withdrawn from the local economy, we will do everything we can to protect and improve livelihoods in Renfrewshire.

“We’ll work within the legal framework to encourage our suppliers to pay a living wage and we have already included that question in our tender documents.

“Renfrewshire’s residents and workers deserve a fair deal and our businesses need their commitment and flexibility.”

Four out of five people who earn less than £7.20 an hour work in the private sector. Public organisations, such as the council, are taking the lead by ensuring that they pay the living wage.

It is clear though, that if unfeasibly low wages are to be eradicated in Renfrewshire, it will take a combined effort from all sectors of the economy and every part of our community.

Employers and employees can find out more about the campaign for living wages at www.livingwage.org.uk/about-living-wage.

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Hillington Park shows support to Invest In Renfrewshire

Companies based at Hillington Park have shown support for a council initiative committed to reducing youth unemployment and growing the Renfrewshire economy.

Invest in Renfrewshire held an event at Hillington Park’s Innovation Centre in November, which attracted business owners representing a variety of industries who were interested in learning how they can play their part in helping young people in the area prepare for the workplace.

Hillington_InnovationTwelve of the companies who attended on the day have since signed up to take part in the £2.5million programme offering a range of support including work placements, work place visits, staff time and graduate internships.

The delegates were very positive about working in partnership with Invest in Renfrewshire with an ultimate aim to create jobs suitable for a young person.

Invest in Renfrewshire representatives were invited to host the event by MEPC, Hillington Park’s majority owners.

“The feedback from the event has been extremely positive,” says Roz Bird, Head of Business Development at MEPC. “At MEPC we are committed to Renfrewshire and we understand that further investment will be crucial to ensure the region continues to be a major contributor to the Scottish economy. Our customers share this vision, and this was evident at the event.

“We will continue to support Invest in Renfrewshire because its work will bring great benefits to young people and assist business growth in the region. MEPC is also in the process of preparing plans for a substantial investment in Hillington Park and we will be working closely with Renfrewshire Council and our other partners to help deliver our vision.”

The Invest in Renfrewshire initiative was officially launched earlier this year and already has 163 companies and organisations signed up.

The programme includes funds for wage subsidies and apprenticeship grants as well as grants to support business growth and improving shop fronts. There is also funding available for graduate internships.
Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Employment and Economic Development Policy Board, said:  “The Invest in Renfrewshire programme is about growing the local economy as well as supporting young people into work and training.  It’s very encouraging to see such commitment and support from companies based at one of Renfrewshire’s economic success stories.  Tackling unemployment among young people is a key priority for Renfrewshire Council and this practical support for young people from leading companies will give a tremendous boost to their career prospects.”

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