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Drama project takes centre stage with Glasgow Airport support.

A theatrical production which educates young people on the devastating effects of disability hate crime will be delivered in Renfrewshire schools.

An award of £4,900 from the Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund will allow the Paisley-based PACE Theatre Company to carry out the first phase of its ‘I Am Me’ initiative.

PACE founder and executive director David Wallace received the cheque from Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at an event in Renfrew Town Hall to celebrate the success of the Fund.

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Mr Wallace spoke at the event about how the FlightPath Fund supported a previous PACE project to raise awareness of cyber bullying. Representatives of other organisations which have received financial support in the past also addressed the audience, which included MPs, MSPs and councillors.

The I Am Me play will be accompanied by discussion workshops and the intention is to raise awareness of what constitutes a disability hate crime, reduce the number of incidents and encourage more reporting of incidents.

PACE is working with partners Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland on the project, which will be delivered in schools, community groups and disability support groups. A steering group will be set up to seek the views of young people and disabled people which will influence the design and direction of the productions and workshops.

David Wallace said “More than a fifth of the population of Renfrewshire is classed as disabled or having a long-term illness. Too often people with a disability become the victims of crime because of that and appear to accept abuse as part of daily life.

“It is estimated that 97% of disability hate crimes go unreported and the purpose of I Am Me is to bring about a clearer understanding of the effect that incidents have on individuals, perpetrators and communities. We are extremely grateful to Glasgow Airport for the financial support which allows us to get this project off the ground.”

Archie Hunter said: “I Am Me is a fantastic initiative and one that we are very proud to support. PACE is an extremely innovative organisation which uses theatre to engage with young people in Renfrewshire, raising awareness of serious issues in a way they can relate to. Disability hate crime is undoubtedly a big problem in our society and the PACE Theatre Company is to be commended for tackling it in a creative way.”

Amanda McMillan added: “It is important that the population around the airport can share in our success and it was very encouraging to hear from some of the groups who have benefitted from the Flightpath Fund. Listening to representatives of these organisations speak passionately about their work makes us even more determined to continue supporting our communities.”

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6000 used car complaints reported a month.

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A new campaign has been launched urging people who thinking about buying a used car to ‘check it, don’t regret it.’

Renfrewshire Council’s Trading Standards & Licensing Team and Citizens Advice Scotland, are steering Renfrewshire residents in the right direction this month when it comes to buying a used car.

Second-hand cars are the most complained about product to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service. Nationally, the helpline receives around 6,000 complaints each month with faulty cars being among the most common problems. renfrewshire council logo .JPGrenfrewshire logo

The organisations have teamed up to urge people buying a used car to ‘check it, don’t regret it’ by taking simple steps to assess whether it is safe, legal and what it seems.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convenor of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said, “Buying a second-hand car can be bit of a bumpy road. Whether you have £500 or £5,000 to spend, it can be difficult to make sure the car you buy is ‘as described’ by the dealer.

“If consumers don’t carry out appropriate checks they can find themselves out of pocket or with a string of unexpected expenses. They may even find they’ve bought a car which isn’t safe or roadworthy. Renfrewshire residents buying a used car should follow our top tips to ensure they make an informed purchase.”

Consumer Minister Jo Swinson said, “Last year over seven million used cars were sold in the UK. As Citizens Advice’s figures highlight, too many consumers end up footing the bill when their car needs repairs or, worse still, ends up on the scrap heap just weeks after purchase.

“Consumers need to know what to look out for when buying a used car. The ‘Check it, don’t regret it’ campaign during National Consumer Week is an excellent way of making people think about some of the basic checks they should be doing before parting with their hard earned money and stop those traders looking to exploit buyers in their tracks.”

Nationally the Citizens Advice consumer service helped with over 84,000] problems with second hand motors in the last 12 months – making it the most complained about problem to the Citizens Advice consumer service. Nationally drivers spent over £363 million on these complained about cars.

An analysis of 2,519 complaints about second hand cars, made to the Citizens Advice consumer service in the first two weeks of September 2013, finds 83% were about faults, of which:

– more than half (53%) developed faults within a month of buying the car

– 4 out 5 cars required essential repairs

– 139 cars were worthy of the scrap heap.

Essential repairs include smoke emerging from the engine, corroded break pipes and snapped clutch.

Problems with second hand cars are a massive issue for consumers and many of them lose out because they don’t know their rights. On average, consumers have to fork out £425 each, around £85 million a year in total, because they have had to fix faults on newly bought second hand cars which should have been repaired by the dealer.

Top tips for buying a used car

* Check the MoT certificate – indicates if the car is roadworthy. You can also check MoTs online at www.motinfo.gov.uk The website allows you to view a vehicle’s MoT history, including the recorded mileage at the time of the test,

* Check service history – shows if the car has been maintained,

* Check V5 registration document – shows if the car is stolen,

* Check if car is a write off – helps you know what you are buying,

* Check finance history – ensures the car doesn’t have an outstanding hire purchase agreement,

* Test drive and walk around to check – for signs the car isn’t what it seems,

* Get an engineer’s check – shows condition of the car and any hidden dangers,

* Check price value guide – indicates a reasonable price to pay,

* Check the car has not been recalled – details of all recalls and safety issues are listed on the Vehicle & Operators Services Agency (VOSA) website www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp

Under the Sale of Goods Act, when consumers buy a car from a car dealer or an online car dealer it must be:

* Of satisfactory quality.

* Fit for purpose

* As described

If a car doesn’t meet any of these points, the consumer will usually have the right to:

* Repair.

* Replacement.

* Refund.

Clearly the age of the car and its mileage will have a bearing on the remedy available. If a consumer buys a car from a trader online or over the phone, they also have the right to a ‘cooling-off’ period. This means they have seven working days once the car has been delivered to cancel their order and get their money back.

If a consumer buys a car from a private seller or at a car auction, they have fewer rights. The car only has to:

* Match the description given by the seller.

* Be theirs to sell (eg, the car isn’t stolen and doesn’t have any outstanding finance on it).

Some car traders try to use disclaimers such as ‘sold as seen’ or ‘no refunds’ to limit a consumer’s rights. This is against the law and any trader that tries this should be reported to Consumer Direct, the Government’s consumer advice service.

If you have a problem with a second hand car, you can get help from the Citizens’ Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

For more information contact Renfrewshire Council’s Trading Standards & Licensing Team on 0300 300 0380 or by email on ts.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Councils team up to help out heroes.

East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire councils have teamed up for a new initiative helping Armed Forces veterans.

The three councils, working with the Veterans Support Service, have introduced a new customer service initiative designed to make sure veterans get the help they need.

Customer service advisors at all three authorities have been trained to ask the right questions to identify veterans and ‘signpost’ them to specialist advice in housing, employment, benefits or medical treatment.

Lt Col Neil Russell with Renfrewshire customer service advisor Stacey Stuart

The initiative was given a significant boost this week when the UK Government announced that it will receive £87,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund.

Monies raised from fines imposed on UK banks which manipulated LIBOR – the interest rate at which banks lend to each other – is used to support the Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge from public services to do what they can to ensure veterans are not disadvantaged.

Each of the three councils has signed the covenant in the past year and all participate in the Firmbase initiative to co-ordinate veterans’ support across the west of Scotland.

The customer service initiative was launched this month when elected members from the three councils met with Lt Col Neil Russell of the Army Personnel Centre. Lt Col Russell also spoke with Stacey Stuart, customer service advisor at Renfrewshire Council, to try out the new service.

Lt Col Russell said: “I’m in uniform today so it’s immediately obvious that I’m with the Armed Forces. But if someone walks in off the street and into a council office, how would you know if they’ve served in the forces? It seems so simple, but unless an advisor asks, then they might not get to the heart of what the person needs.”

“The enthusiasm and interest shown by all of the advisors trained has been to their credit and it’s clear they want to do what they can to help.

“Initiatives like this are so important to supporting veterans and I’m very appreciative of the resources all three councils have invested in making this happen.”

Brian Finch, Scottish regional manager for the Veterans Welfare Service, part of the MoD, said: “We provide advice to the ex-service community and service personnel. Young or old, they can get advice and help from us.

“It’s crucial that people in other agencies coming into regular contact with veterans understand this and can signpost them to us. We’re delighted to be contributing to this initiative and believe it will be of real benefit to our veterans.”

Cllr Anne Hall, Renfrewshire’s Provost, said: “Renfrewshire has a proud tradition of support for the Armed Forces and for service veterans. We’ve been home to the Erskine veterans’ charity since 1917 so we know how difficult it can be for those who have served to make the adjustment to civilian life.”

“I’m glad to see that we’re still finding new ways of helping our veterans and I hope this new initiative goes from strength to strength.”

Cllr Jim Fletcher, leader of East Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Libor Funding is a welcome boost and a recognition of our community covenant pledge and the innovative work we are doing with public, health and voluntary sectors to help service personnel, families and veterans access support.

“This funding will enable us to continue to assist our community fully and further strengthen the support given to East Renfrewshire’s in-service and ex-service personnel.”

Cllr David Wilson, depute Provost of Inverclyde Council, said: “We have a long and proud association with the armed forces in Inverclyde so I am delighted we are part of this service offering help and support.

“It is also an opportunity to promote better understanding and awareness of the issues facing veterans and their families and will be of real benefit to them.”

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Renfrewshire Council procurement team celebrates success.

Renfrewshire Council’s procurement team is celebrating after its performance was recognised at its industry Oscars.

The team – which oversees the council’s purchasing needs – was highly commended in the Team of the Year category at the Government Opportunities (GO) Awards Scotland this month.

The council established its procurement team in 2009 and since then has achieved significant financial savings by introducing more efficient practices.

Cllr Eddie Grady with the council's procurement team

Councillor Eddie Grady, who attended the GO Awards ceremony with the team, said: “The council spends more than £200 million a year on a massive range of goods and services from thousands of different suppliers, both big and small. It’s crucial that we get value for taxpayer money in all our dealings.

“The job of the procurement team is to co-ordinate all contracts and spending as efficiently as possible. For the team to be recognised by their peers is testament to how well they are doing.

The team was also shortlisted in award categories for excellence in collaboration and corporate social responsibility.

The team may be in line for further success with the recent news that Julie Welsh, Head of Procurement and Business Support for Renfrewshire Council, has been shortlisted for the national award of ‘Procurement Professional of the Year’ by the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO).

The corporate procurement unit’s innovative structure – with one centralised team dealing with all council spending – is considered rare within local government.

Scottish Property Valuation Rolls for 1920 Go Online.

‘Homes fit for heroes’? New historical records offer a fascinating snapshot of Scottish society in the wake of the First World War

The names and addresses of more than 2.6 million people living in Scotland during the post-WW1 period will be published online at 10am on Monday 28 October, as records of Scottish properties in 1920 are released on ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, the government’s family history website.

scotlandspeople_logoComprising over 76,000 digital images taken from 169 volumes, these new records – known as Valuation Rolls – cover every type of property in Scotland that was assessed as having a rateable value in 1920. As the records contain details for the owners and occupiers of properties, they will offer genealogists and historians fresh insight into Scottish society in 1920.

Each Valuation Roll entry on the website is fully searchable by name and address, with the records listing the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property – in many cases occupations are also included. As the Rolls include all types of property, from castles and mansions to crofts and tenements, in turn, the records also include people from across the whole social spectrum.

The Rolls also reveal some fascinating trends in Scotland’s social history at this time, such as the building of the first council housing estate, and the growth of urban allotments and gardens cultivated by working-class gardeners to achieve self-sufficiency. The Rolls also reveal the widespread disposal of land by owners who faced new tax and other burdens from 1918 onwards, and the opportunities for tenant farmers to buy their own farms.

Researchers at the National Records of Scotland have also been spotting celebrities (and family ancestors of famous people) in the records, and have highlighted entries for Muriel Spark’s father, Sir William Burrell, Sir Harry Lauder, Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Samuel Peploe and the great-grandparents of The Proclaimers. The researchers have even found a quirky entry for a cottage in Dunblane, named for a poem by Robert Tannahill, the contemporary of Burns.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government, said:

“ScotlandsPeople is a wonderful resource that enables Scots, those of Scottish descent and anyone with an interest in Scotland to discover more about our nation’s fascinating family and social history. The release of the Valuation Rolls for 1920 strengthens the digital tapestry of Scotland’s story that is available through Scotland’s national archive.”

Tim Ellis, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

“The release of the Valuation Rolls for 1920 will be of enormous help for family and local history research, enabling people to discover ancestors and where and how they were living almost a decade after the Census of 1911. The newly-available records are part of the commitment by the National Records of Scotland to improve our service to the public and provide researchers with the resources that they need.”

Annelies van den Belt, the CEO of DC Thomson Family History (formerly known as brightsolid online publishing), who enable the ScotlandsPeople website on behalf of the National Records of Scotland, said:

“We’re very pleased to add this fourth set of Valuation Roll indexes and images to the ScotlandsPeople website – bringing the current total of index entries on the website to over 94 million. These new records will complement the 1895, 1905 and 1915 Valuation Rolls, which have been published over the past 20 months, and will also help family historians who are looking to fill in gaps after the 1911 Census.”

The 1920 Valuation Rolls will be available on the ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk), at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh, and at local family history centres in Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Hawick and Inverness.

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“Jessie the Flower o’ Dunblane” – Jenny Tennant, the sweetheart and muse of Robert Tannahill

One of Scotland’s finest love songs is undoubtedly “Jessie, the Flower o’ Dunblane”. The words were composed by the famous weaver-poet, Robert Tannahill. On Tannahill’s untimely death in 1810 at the age of 36, a search began to identify the girl immortalised in the poem. Although there were many contenders, it is believed that the real ‘Jessie’ was Jenny Tennant.

Jessie/Jenny had in fact been Tannahill’s sweetheart and muse for some three years, yet the poet believed she had been unfaithful. Tannahill then composed another poem to Jessie, this time entitled ‘Farewell’.

Jessie/Jenny was born in Braeport, Dunblane. A cottage, erected in 1808 on the site of her birthplace, can still be seen.

In the Valuation Roll entry included below, it’s possible to see the title of the poem in the ‘Description’ column (line number 504). The description reads:

“Cottage site of Birthplace of ‘Jessie, the Flower of Dunblane’, Windyhill Cot.”

We think this is the only Valuation Roll entry for 1920 (or any other year) that contains the title of a poem.

Valuation Roll entry for “Jessie, the Flower o’ Dunblane” – VR113/66/592

The ScotlandsPeople Media Website

To download images and stories for the launch of the 1920 Valuation Rolls, as well as background information and statistics, visit the ScotlandsPeople Media Website:

– http://media.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

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Renfrewshire searches for community champs to star in Queen’s Baton Relay.

Renfrewshire’s Provost wants residents to nominate their local heroes to have a starring role in the final leg of a global journey – as the area gets set to host the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

The baton will travel across the globe through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before a final 40-day lap the length and breadth of Scotland.

On Thursday 17 July it will make a visit to Renfrewshire – the official ‘Gateway to the Games’ – with a day of special events and sporting taster sessions arranged in each of the area’s towns and villages.

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Renfrewshire Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland need up to 100 people to be given the honour of carrying this unique symbol of the Commonwealth Games through Renfrewshire towards the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said; “The Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland is a hugely exciting prospect and we look forward to seeing the Queen’s Baton travel through Renfrewshire.

“The organisers are looking for those who have made a contribution to their community to have the honour of carrying the baton and I know there are many deserving examples in the area.

“I would encourage everyone who thinks they know of a suitable candidate to put their name forward to be a batonbearer.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to try each of the 17 Commonwealth sports and five para sports at venues and sports centres throughout the area. Venues and clubs already signed up include the Linwood ON-X Sports Centre, Victory Baths in Renfrew, Paisley Rugby Club and the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club.

An evening of cultural entertainment, from each of the countries involved in the 2014 Games, is planned for Paisley Town Centre, featuring live music, food, drink and more.

Until 22 November anyone can nominate their own local champions to be batonbearers.

To be a batonbearer, people are required to:

  • Be 12 years or older at the date of nomination
  • Have made a positive contribution to the lives of others through community sport
  • Undertaken voluntary work or contributed to schools or youth organisations
  • Contributed towards greater inclusion for disadvantaged or marginalised sectors of the community
  • Been a role model or mentor to youth through sport
  • Displayed a level of individual achievement against the odds
  • Made a significant contribution to their local community

Nominations can be made online from today on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website on www.glasgow2014.com.

A judging panel including representatives from a wide cross section of Scottish community organisations will assist to select the successful nominations for each local authority area.

Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman Michael Cavanagh said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its arrival in Scotland gives an important signal to both the athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner.

“It’s important as many people as possible feel part of this special moment and from today there’s a chance for everyone to nominate the people in their street, village, town or city that they would like to see honoured as batonbearers.

“This is a real chance to recognise the efforts everyday champions that make a real difference to their and we look forward to seeing them centre stage in their communities when Glasgow and Scotland’s Queen’s Baton Relay makes its memorable final journey to the Games.”

Over 248 days and 190,000km the baton visit all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth and it will be the first baton ever to visit Rwanda. The international journey of the baton will be captured by global adventurer Mark Beaumont who will report for the BBC.

The baton will be relayed on its journey by Emirates, the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay and an official Partner of Glasgow 2014.

Renfrewshire Rockin’ Rollers seek Sponsorship.

We are Renfrewshire Rockin’ Rollers! Our team name is Mirin Maulers and we are a mixed, over 18 team who play roller derby, a hard hitting, full contact sport on skates. We are a team who promote teamwork, confidence, equality and hard work.

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Roller derby is a multi discipline and inclusive sport that encourages fitness, strength and a strong commitment to furthering the team. We are looking to both raise awareness of the team and seek sponsorship.

If you can help sponsor the club then please find out more information and contact details for the team by visiting their Facebook Page here.. www.facebook.com/renfrewshirerockinrollers

Joining the team:

So…. thinking of joining? Then you’ll need the following to start training:
Quad roller skates
Helmet
Wrist guards
Elbow and knee pads
Mouth guard

You can get most things (apart from the helmet and mouth guard) second hand off ebay and the UK roller derby recyclables group. You don’t need to spend wads of cash, and if you do, your protection is most important as you’ll soon find out! Any quads to start would be great to get you rolling initially! Also, the shops 5th Blocker in Glasgow and Into the Nitemare in Falkirk are on hand to let you try on, give advice and of course purchase from!

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Happy holidays for Renfrewshire’s kids.

A new scheme from Renfrewshire Council has seen hundreds more children taking part in activities during the October school holidays.

The new local activity sessions, which keep children entertained, cared for, and fed during the holidays are part of the council’s £7 million commitment to giving Renfrewshire’s children the best start in life.

Delivered as part of the council’s wider ‘Families First’ programme, the activity sessions were available free of charge in 14 venues across Renfrewshire.

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As well as keeping kids active during the school break, the Families First sessions offered a nutritious holiday lunch to children who normally receive a free meal during the school term.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board said: “School holidays can place further strain on families who are already struggling.

“We want our youngsters to return to school after the break feeling healthy, refreshed and ready to learn again.

“These new local activities help to ensure this and are a great example of how Families First is helping to reduce the pressure on parents.

“We have to make parents aware of the support and services available to them. Over the coming months, Families First will be bringing a range of existing council, health and voluntary services together; making them easier to find and easier to use for those who need them most.”

The free local activities were piloted in Linwood and Ferguslie during the summer. The On-X and St Fergus Primary played host to 60 children for four days of play and healthy lunches. Following their summer success, the activities were rolled out for children throughout Renfrewshire during the October break.

Families First will continue to expand, offering a range of local services to families across Renfrewshire.

Parents with young children have until the 1 December 2013 to take part in a survey about the forthcoming changes to nursery provision in Renfrewshire. They can advise the council about what arrangements would suit them and their child best by logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/familiesfirst

Image: Quads, Kayam, Eshan, Anika and Rayan (left to right) aged 6 enjoy the Families First holiday activities at Renfrew High School

Energy advice service will help hard-pressed families this winter.

Renfrewshire Council and Linstone Housing Association (on behalf of FLAIR) will launch a dedicated energy advocacy service this winter to target support to hard-pressed local people.

As part of the service, residents will be able to make use of an expert adviser who can help them on a range of issues from resolving problems with energy companies to securing funding for new energy measures in their home.

The move means the previous Renfrewshire energy advocacy role that was run by the council and funded by the Scottish Government until March 2013, can be re-launched in time for winter.

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It helped many local people last year including elderly home owner, Elizabeth Kerton who had no hot water and poor insulation until an adviser stepped in.

Mrs Kerton, 64, from Johnstone explained: “The service was able to help me out during winter last year when my boiler wasn’t working properly. I was getting heat – but I’d had no hot water for over a year and had to constantly rely on my shower. The adviser was able to sort that all out for me and I got a new boiler, plus loft insulation. I’m absolutely delighted because the house is definitely holding the heat much better now. I’d recommend the advocacy service to others.”

Council Leader, Mark Macmillan met Mrs Kerton recently to hear how the service helped her. He said: “I’m pleased that with our partners at Linstone, we are able to re-launch this worthwhile service to offer a wide range of support on energy issues. I was delighted to hear first hand from Mrs Kerton who benefitted previously from energy advocacy. She had a faulty boiler and no hot water and they took on her case, resulting in a brand new boiler and loft insulation. I’m delighted for Mrs Kerton and look forward to other people who need help, getting dedicated support.”

Gary Dalziel, Linstone’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services, said: “We recognise that one of the most expensive aspects of having a home are the energy costs and we are confident that the introduction of this service of will be a tremendous benefit to our residents to ensure they are receiving expert, tailored and independent energy advice on what can be an extremely complex system. We are delighted to have been able to secure funding to allow Renfrewshire Council’s energy advice team to deliver this service on our behalf and across Renfrewshire.”

Councillor Macmillan added: “With national Energy Saving Week from 21 until 25 October, we’re reminded of the importance of doing all we can to be energy efficient to not only help cut down our bills, but to also reduce our impact on the environment.

We’ve set up a dedicated energy section at our website to offer tips and useful advice, and I’d urge everyone to visit the pages.”

The new service will be up and running by the end of October. To get in touch with the advocacy team, call 0141 618 7515 or email emu@renfrewshire.gov.uk

For more information visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/energy

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GLASGOW AIRPORT PUTS £50,000 UP FOR GRABS

Charities and community groups have been granted an additional four weeks to apply for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The closing date for applications, originally Friday 18 October, has been extended to Friday 15 November.

Charities and community groups have been invited to compete for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandThe money will be given to the organisation which makes the most convincing case for a significant community project which will bring a lasting benefit to those living under the flightpath.

In order to be considered for the airport’s third Challenge Fund, applicants must demonstrate their project will lead to positive outcomes in at least one of three areas – education, employment and the environment.

On two previous occasions the Challenge Fund has awarded large sums to worthy projects. The community departments of Celtic and Rangers football clubs received £50,000 between them to enable educational youth football programmes to take place in Clydebank and Drumchapel.

This funding ensured 280 young people were able to benefit from more than 40 hours of coaching and workshops designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and sectarianism, while also increasing the number of young people taking part in physical activity.

And the charity Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) received £40,000 which allowed them to pilot a new project called Skills for Sustainable Tourism, which introduces young people to the career opportunities available in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport’s managing director, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a local community group or a national charity delivering local projects to think of a really innovative and beneficial project which would not be possible without this level of donation.

“After two successful Challenge Funds in recent years we are confident this will generate a lot of interest. Through the FlightPath Fund we support a wide range of organisations and hopefully the applications we receive will reflect this diversity.”

Bob Christie, SBC’s regional manager for Glasgow, said: “The Skills for Sustainable Tourism project was very successful and would not have been possible without the Challenge Fund money. It’s fantastic that a high-profile business such as Glasgow Airport, which directly and indirectly supports thousands of jobs in tourism and hospitality, both funded and participated in the programme.

“By committing so much of its money and time, Glasgow Airport showed it is willing to invest in the future of the young people in its community and the future of tourism in Scotland. Charities and community groups should be really excited that another Challenge Fund has been launched.”

The Challenge Fund is supported by money from the Communities Trust, formerly the BAA Communities Trust, which is the charitable arm of Glasgow Airport’s parent company.

The Communities Trust is one of the revenue streams which make up the airport’s FlightPath Fund, which was established in 2010 to ensure nearby communities share in the airport’s success.

It supports communities in those areas of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire which lie under the flightpath. Each of these four local authority areas is represented on the decision-making panel.

The FlightPath Fund has awarded in excess of £550,000 to more than 150 community groups and charities, and in 2012 made awards totalling more than £200,000.

If you are a charity or community group seeking funding and your project meets the criteria below then why not apply?

To be considered a project must:

  • Create a significant and sustainable benefit to the community.
  • Yield positive outcomes in at least one of the following areas: education, employment and the environment.
  • Benefit a significant number of people.

Applications must:

  • Provide clear evidence that the project will fulfil a local need.
  • Provide clear evidence of the financial viability of the project.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 October. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s decision-making panel will shortlist the strongest entries and the winner will be chosen by the trustees of the Communities Trust.

If you would like more information on the Challenge Fund or FlightPath Fund visit www.glasgowairport.com, e-mail flightpath@glasgowairport.com or write to FlightPath Fund, Glasgow Airport, St Andrew’s Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SW