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Kids competition at Renfrewshire Libraries

Libraries across Renfrewshire want local kids to help name some friendly little monsters who live among their books!

The ‘Skoobs’ are a bunch of colourful characters designed to attract children to the library.

Kids up to the age of 12 can enter a competition to name the Skoobs. The winner will have their picture taken with a life-size Skoob in May.

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Younger kids can pop into the library to help the staff colour in some of the smaller Skoobs.

Franzeska G Ewart will be on the judging panel. Franzeska is a Lochwinnoch-based children’s author who has written over 20 novels.

Franzeska said: “The Skoobs are a great idea – the competition should give children a feeling of involvement with books, and that has to be good!

“It’s a real honour to be judging the competition and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of names we get in.”

Competition entry forms can be picked up from any Renfrewshire Library from 8 April onwards. Completed entries can be posted in the Skoob postbox in each library. The closing date for entries is Saturday 27 April.

More information is available online at www.renfrewshirelibraries.info

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St Vincent’s Hospice Press Update

Door to Door 

Will you help us make a difference?

Can you spare 2 hours to help someone living with a life limiting illness?

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2013 – Bishopton, Johnstone, Howwood and Bridge of Weir.

All this involves is you posting a donation envelope through the doors in your street or surrounding streets and returning at the end of the week to collect them and send them back to the hospice.

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire.

Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

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Collections

Can you spare 2 hours to help us with a collection?

During April we have the following collections:

* Monday 8th April – Bucket Collection – Asda, Linwood – 10am to 4pm

* Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April – Bucket Collection – IKEA Glasgow – 10am to 4pm

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire.

Buckets and tabards are provided.

Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now. T: 01505705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

Bowfield 5k Road Race

There is still plenty of time to come and join the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club for their first ever 5k Charity Road Race in Howwood in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

For all you local runners, joggers and walkers this is an event just for you! Take part in this local road race for your local Hospice.

For more information and to register please contact the Leisure Team at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club on enquiries@bowfieldhotel.co.uk or call 01505 705225.

If you are not taking part in the race but would like to be involved, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Marshalling on the day. If you can give a couple of hours to help with this event please contact the fundraising team at the hospice on 01505 705635 or email Ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

Strictly Come Prancing 2013

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th April at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew.

Be involved in our exclusive, fast selling dance event as a member of the audience.

Enjoy a 2 course dinner with coffee, plus the very best quality live entertainment complete with Brucie, Tess and professional judges.

Tickets are still available for the Friday night, so get yours reserved now to avoid disappointment. Contact Lorraine on 01505 705635 or email Lorraine.jaffrey@svh.co.uk.

Zumbathon

Join St Vincent’s Hospice for our ‘Back to the 80’s Zumba Party’ on Sunday 28th April 2013 at the Lagoon Leisure centre.

Be 1 of 200 lucky participants taking part in this 80’s influenced, fun-filled retro Zumba Party hosted by Instructor Cheryl Stevenson from Zumbawithcheryl and joined by local instructors.

Only £5 registration fee then raise £20 minimum sponsorship giving a total of £25 to help mark our 25th Anniversary year.

For more information contact 01505 705635 or email Lorraine.jeffrey@svh.co.uk.

For more information please visit svh.co.uk

Games Fund enters home straight

The race for applications to a Commonwealth Games-inspired fund for local sports clubs, organisations and athletes has entered the home straight.

Renfrewshire Council’s Commonwealth Games funding programme has grants of up to £5,000 for coaching, training, equipment, transport and marketing.

Councillor James Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Renfrewshire is the ‘Gateway to the Games’ in 2014 and we’re looking to use this opportunity to build a legacy of sporting activity and achievement.

“Whether you’re an individual or a sporting club, it can be expensive to take part in your chosen sport so this funding could be a big help.”

“This money will help nurture local competitors and allow them to reach their full potential at next year’s Games. And for those of us who don’t compete at the elite level, it might just help in getting some great fun out of sport.”

Grants are available to any voluntary or not-for-profit organisation or club which delivers sport or physical activities within Renfrewshire. They are also open to elite athletes.

Individual awards of up to £5,000 are available although more may be on offer in exceptional circumstances.

Application forms are available now at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or from the Active Renfrewshire team on  0141 889 1110

Applications must be returned by Friday 5 April 2013.

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Plenty for kids this Easter break

Wondering what will keep the kids busy during the school holidays?

The answer might be a packed programme of sports and leisure activities from Renfrewshire Council.

The Active Renfrewshire team promise Commonwealth Games-themed activities, sports ‘taster’ sessions and outdoor activities such as fishing and cycling. Other less-sporty types might prefer the arts, dance and multimedia activities the StreetStuff team bring with them on the Youth Bus.

The team will be out and about across the towns and villages from 1-14 April.

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Details of where they will be and when are available online at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk or from the Youth & Sport Services Team on 0141 889 1110.

Sports centres operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, including the new On-X Linwood centre, will host Spring Activity Camps during the holidays. These highly-popular camps are available for four or five days and are designed around ‘early risers’ or ‘afternoon kidz’ to suit parents’ needs.

Places can be booked online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or on 0300 300 0250.

Councillor Jim Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “With the weather being so bad lately, I’m sure the kids are raring to get outside and have some fun. But even if it stays as bad, we’ve got plenty going on, from the activity camps to the Youth Bus, which the weather won’t beat!

Benefits are changing day

Residents turn out for welfare reform info event

Renfrewshire residents turned out to a special event to spread the word over wide-ranging and controversial changes to the benefits system.

The council-run ‘Benefits are Changing Day’ was held at the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie Park, Paisley to raise awareness of UK Government’s welfare reform programme.

These include changes to housing benefit – dubbed the ‘bedroom tax’ – which will see cuts in housing benefit for social housing tenants deemed to have more bedrooms than they need.
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It is thought that the changes – due to come into effect on April 1 – will affect around 3,000 households in Renfrewshire.

Those affected will include council and housing association tenants, who could find themselves with less money to go towards their rent.

Visitors to Benefits are Changing Day were able to speak to a range of advisors about the help available to them.

Groups represented at the Tannahill Centre included the council’s housing, benefits and AdviceWorks teams, Renfrewshire Employability Partnership and Ferguslie Park Housing Association.

Councillor Michael Holmes, Renfrewshire Council’s deputy leader and welfare reform spokesman, said: “The UK Government’s welfare reform agenda will take around £22 million out of the area’s economy.

“Many of the people worst-hit by these changes will be the ones who most need help, with more people at risk of being pushed into poverty and homelessness.

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“As the council is the body responsible for administering these benefits, we are doing everything we can to make people aware of the changes and what they should do.

“Renfrewshire Council has created a 45-strong team to support and advise local people about the changes, and to help them with financial issues.

“Events such as the Benefits are Changing Day are part of that process, and I was pleased to see so many people turn out to take advantage of the help on offer.”

For more information about the changes, tenants should call their landlord. Anyone wishing advice about housing benefit entitlement can call 0300 300 0204 for more information.

More information is available on the council website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/benefitchanges

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Bowfield 5k Charity Road Race

Will you help St Vincent’s Hospice at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club 5k by volunteering to be a Marshal for the race?

Can you give just 2 hours of your time from 10am to help line the race route for all our runners?

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If you are available to help please contact Ashley on 01505 705635 or ashley.moran@svh.co.uk.

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Easter activities for all the family at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums.

With the Easter Weekend and the school Spring Holidays fast approaching, what better way to keep the kids entertained than by paying a visit to Paisley Museum or catching a performance at Paisley Arts Centre.

Starting on Good Friday and running throughout Easter Weekend, Paisley Museum will embark upon its annual Easter Egg Hunt around the galleries and Observatory with help from Museum mascot ‘Easter Buddy’. Plus, visitors can create their very own masterpiece by decorating an egg to be added to our growing Easter Tree or submit an entry for our new Buddy the Lion drawing competition. All Easter activities at Paisley Museum are FREE. The Museum will be open 11am – 4pm on Good Friday, 30 March and Easter Monday. Open 2pm – 5pm Easter Sunday.

Beyond Easter Weekend, our arts programme at Paisley Arts Centre is jam-packed with eggsellent, boredom-busting performances guaranteed to entertain spring chicks. Easter marks the start of the Puppet Animation Festival, the country’s largest performing arts event especially for children. Paisley Arts Centre will be hosting two events in conjunction with this festival; glow-in-the-dark puppet adventure ‘Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl’ on April 10, plus a matinee showing of the hand-crafted, animated film ‘A Cat in Paris’ on April 13. Then, for ages 8+, we have the swash-buckling superhero adventure ‘The Mark of Zorro’ swooping on to the stage on April 4.

The Mark of Zorro is on 4 April at 1.30pm. Suitable for ages 8 +, tickets cost £5. Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl is on 10 April at 2pm. Suitable for ages 4+, tickets cost £4. A Cat in Paris (PG) will be screened 13 Apr at 2pm. Tickets cost £4 (£2 concession). Tickets can be booked online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking or by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

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

 

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St Vincent’s Hospice Press Update

Door to Door

Will you help us make a difference?

Can you spare 2 hours to help someone living with a life limiting illness?

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2013 – Bishopton, Johnstone, Howwood and Bridge of Weir.

All this involves is you posting a donation envelope through the doors in your street or surrounding streets and returning at the end of the week to collect them and send them back to the hospice.

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

Collections

Can you spare 2 hours to help us with a collection? During April we have the following collections: * Monday 8th April – Bucket Collection – Asda, Linwood – 10am to 4pm * Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April – Bucket Collection – IKEA Glasgow – 10am to 4pm Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Buckets and tabards are provided. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now. T: 01505705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

 

Bowfield 5k Road Race

There is still plenty of time to come and join the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club for their first ever 5k Charity Road Race in Howwood in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

For all you local runners, joggers and walkers this is an event just for you! Take part in this local road race for your local Hospice.

For more information and to register please contact the Leisure Team at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club on enquiries@bowfieldhotel.co.uk or call 01505 705225.

If you are not taking part in the race but would like to be involved, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Marshalling on the day. If you can give a couple of hours to help with this event please contact the fundraising team at the hospice on 01505 705635 or email Ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

 

Silver Anniversary Ball

2013 sees St Vincent’s Hospice celebrate 25 years of providing care in Renfrewshire and the surrounding areas. As part of our 25 anniversary year celebrations we are holding a special Silver Anniversary Ball on Friday 10th May in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. You’re in for a night of glitz and glamour starting with our champagne reception followed by a 3 course dinner plus coffee. Our celebrity hosted evening includes music from our live band followed by a DJ to get you on the dance floor. There will also be plenty of opportunities to help raise funds for the hospice in our exclusive auction and luxury raffle, full of prizes and surprises. Tickets are £48 and dress code for the evening is black tie. For more information and to book tickets please contact Karen Milne on 01505 705635 or email karen.milne@svh.co.uk.

Challenge Yourself

One of our brand new events for this year is ‘Challenge 25’; an exclusive weekend cycle and trek on the Isle of Arran. One of the first people to sign up for this was our very own Director of Fundraising & Communications Karen Milne. She has jumped at the chance to get her cycling gear on and put pedal to the metal in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

“After such a long, dark winter I needed something to get me motivated and out into the fresh air; I thought Challenge 25 was a great excuse to get back on my bike and shake the dust off my walking boots. Signing up for Challenge 25 is a great way to get exercising, attempt a new challenge and raise funds for local patients and their families.

Karen’s enthusiasm has been inspiring lots of supporters to sign up to take part in this fantastic challenge! Places are starting to fill up so if you would like to take part please visit www.svh.co.uk or email info@svh.co.uk for an information pack and booking form.

 

 

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Welfare Reform Act 2012

Introduction

The UK Government is changing the benefits system. In Renfrewshire many people could be affected, if you are of working age and receive benefits. There may be a need for individuals to apply for a new type of benefit or people may receive less money than before. We know this could be worrying for your clients and customers.

Like us I’m sure you will feel it is important that as local service providers we all understand what could change and what we need to do to when planning services which may be influenced by these changes. Some of the changes to who the system of benefits work have already taken place but some of the most significant changes – the ones that affect local Council services – begin in April 2013.

This survey has been put together in a bid to capture local service delivery and will be used to inform the local third sector and local public bodies.  It will also be used to help identify the changing needs and demands being made on your service provision as a result of the implementation of the duties of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. In addition it will also hopefully provide a starting position for:

·         exchanging ideas on how to support existing services,

·         leading change where required and

·         sharing good practice.

We very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey – thanks!

Click Here to take the survey

Douglas van Henten

Quality and Resource Officer

 

Engage Renfrewshire

10 Falcon Crescent

Paisley PA3 1NS

Tel: 0141 887 7707

Fax: 0141 887 8808 dvanhenten@engagerenfrewshire.com

 

New textile recycling service goes live

Renfrewshire’s new textile recycling service has ‘gone live’ – and a local councillor was on hand to personally make one of the first collections.

The area’s new on-demand service came into operation on Monday 18 March, meaning residents who wish to recycle their old textiles and shoes should call a special number to arrange uplift, rather than using their blue bins.

And to help publicise the launch, Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, popped round to the home of Paisley resident Thomas Burke, who was one of the first to call the number.

Councillor Devine said: “This new service will make it easy for residents to recycle their textiles and shoes.

“With just one call, our contractors will come round and pick the bags up from your door, or from an agreed place.

“We are grateful to all residents who are helping the area work towards its recycling target of 50% of household waste for 2013.”

To book an uplift, call the Greener Renfrewshire helpline on 0300 300 0300 and choose the option for ‘textile recycling collection’.

Or, you can book it online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/recycling

Items will be collected by staff from the council’s contractor, European Recycling Ltd, who will carry cards identifying them as working on behalf of the council.

Please make sure all items are dry, shoes are tied in pairs, and there is a knot in the top of the bag to ensure items are kept dry.

Clothes, shoes, curtains, bed linen, blankets, handbags and belts will be accepted but pillows, duvets and cushions will not.

Residents can also take textiles to any one of 17 recycling banks across the area.