RAMH logo

RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) are excited to announce a newly developed mental health awareness training programme aimed at local businesses, agencies and organisations.

In addition to the safeTALK, ASIST and Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid courses we currently offer, we have a few new additions. There is now a half-day “Introduction to Mental Health Awareness” as well as full-day “Mental Health Awareness” and “Mental Health Awareness for Managers” courses.

RAMH logo

We hope these courses will help local businesses, agencies and organisations to not only improve and promote positive mental health within their workplaces, but also equip their staff with skills they can carry over into their personal lives.

We are inviting any interested parties to attend an informal, no-obligation Breakfast Meeting at our Head Office (41 Blackstoun Road, Paisley, PA3 1LU) from 8.30am-9.30am on Tuesday 11th June. The instructors will be there to provide more information on the different courses, and answer any questions you may have. To reserve a space and allow us to account for catering, or for more information, please email jade.gallagher@ramh.org.

You do not need any previous knowledge or training in mental health to benefit from these courses – mental ill health can affect anyone at any time, and it’s our aim to ensure as many people as possible are equipped to provide the appropriate support.

yoga

Morning yogis, it’s me again, blethering about mental health and why it matters, and, of course, how yoga can help.

So, there’s two parts to your nervous system – the sympathetic Flight or Fight part that’s the reptile brain the bit that saves you from being eaten by a bear, and the parasympathetic Rest and Recover, the bit that helps you heal, digest your food, maintain your mental and physical health, for want of a better term – the useful bit.

Sympathetic is good but I’m not likely to get eaten by a bear, and my reptile brain hasn’t evolved to realise that just because the man in front of me has put his fish at a weird angle on the conveyor belt and if he’d just straightened it slightly I could get my whole basket laid out neatly and properly and I wouldn’t have to still have this cheese in the basket and now someone’s put their stuff down on the end of the thing and I can’t….

yoga
Anyway,
Breathe…
That sympathetic response is fine, muscles are primed for running or fighting, pupils dilated to take in any movement and make full use of the available light, breath is shortened, blood pulls back to support the muscles, heart rate increases, adrenalin floods the system.
All done unconsciously, led by the wee lizard at the controls.


So how does yoga help, baldy? you ask.
I’ll tell you, but don’t call me baldy, I was just about to fight a bear in Morrisons, you’ve no chance.


Yoga puts You back in charge, not the wee lizard, not the wee bunny that runs the parasympathetic either, YOU, the essential being that is YOU.
What? How? Who’re you calling YOU? 


You can control the body’s response to stress, breathing, controlled and moderated, releases the tension brought on by the stress response, conscious mindful control of what’s going on inside will calm the system and put you back in charge.
There are loads of helpful strategies to bring you back from the edge of a panic attack, the most effective one is breathing, Take Control of your Breath and you take back control of your body and of your self.
A wee free exercise for you: breathe in for a count of two, then out for a count of four, keep going, if two’s not enough try three in and six out, controlled, breathing through the nose deep into the lungs, keep going, increase it to four if you have to but that’s a long exhale at eight, if you’re going for five in try five out, feeling calmer? how about six and six, too much, go back to two and four, or anywhere in between, you’re in control.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL.
That’s yoga.
Namaste.

www.iconic.fitness

Steven Quinn

Renfrewshire has announced its new Director of Children’s Services, with former Chief Education Officer Steven Quinn being appointed to the role.

Steven Quinn

Steven will help shape and develop the council’s ambitions for its young people, as it looks to ensure all children and young people reach their full potential, regardless of their background.

He is responsible for education services, from early years through to secondary, children’s social work and the criminal justice service, with the main priorities being to raise educational attainment, tackle child poverty and address social and health inequalities in Renfrewshire.

Steven Quinn

He takes over at an exciting time in Renfrewshire with the local authority recently achieving the first ‘excellent’ rating in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Attainment Challenge.

The inspection identified significant year-on-year improvements in listening, talking, reading, writing and numeracy, with the poverty-related attainment gap closing across all measures.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted to appoint Steven to the role of Director of Children’s Services, where he will work to ensure all children and young people reach their full potential, regardless of their background.

“Steven has been a driving force for embedding improvements that support children and young people into positive and sustained destinations, and our recent ‘excellent’ rating in raising attainment from Education Scotland was recognition of his and our education teams work in this area.

“I look forward to working closely with him as we work to make opportunities for all our young people to succeed in Renfrewshire.”

Steven Quinn

A maths teacher by profession, Steven joined Renfrewshire Council as Chief Education Officer in 2016, before becoming Interim Director earlier this year.

Steven will take up his new role immediately and is looking forward to continuing the wide range of exciting initiatives already started.

Steven said: “I’m delighted to take up the role of Director on a permanent basis at what is an exciting time to be involved in education and social work in Renfrewshire.

“I have a fantastic team throughout the council to lead and we’re passionate about putting the needs of our young people at the forefront of everything we do.

“It’s so important that every young person has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes through the care and education we can deliver, and we recognise this means more than purely qualifications when they leave the school system.

“We’re working hard to put the appropriate support and processes in place to ensure we provide a safe and nurturing environment for all our young people to succeed and I’m excited to be at the forefront of this in Renfrewshire.”

Aesthetic suites have been thriving since its opening in February.
Firstly with an interview article in the paisley daily Express and paisley Gazette.
Following on into the wedding field with an article in the wedding magazine “tie the knot” and a successful weekend at the braehead wedding exhibition
Aesthetic suites are overwhelmed with the client base in the clinic within such a short period of time and would like to thank everyone for their custom and feedback. We use our feedback to improve our service to all patients to ensure a positive and relaxing visit.
We are very proud of our recommendations and reviews.
gaming champs logo

GAMING fans will battle it out to be crowned Scotland’s first video game champ.

The Scottish Gaming Championships are being held for the first time during the massive PLAY Expo 2019 event at intu Braehead, on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9.

gaming champs logo

A trophy and a bundle of video gaming prizes are up for grabs for the winner of the hi-tech tournament. But whoever becomes the top gaming gladiator will have to beat off competition from scores of other contenders over a series of different video games.

This year’s PLAY Expo – the country’s biggest and longest-running gaming event – is almost twice the size as previous shows and the Scottish Gaming Championships are being held over two days during the event.

gaming champs logo

Described as an Olympic Decathlon of gaming, the tournament is open to everyone and the final will be streamed live around the world on Twitch and the internet.

The first rounds take place on Saturday, June 8 with contestants taking part in five classic retro games at any time during the day, with points scored being shown on a giant leader board.

The games are Nintendo NES’s Balloon Fight; PC Engine’s Super Star Soldier; PlayStation 2’s Burnout 3; Playstation’s Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo and the Sega Megadrive Super Hang On.

gaming champs logo

The top 16 scorers will then take part in double elimination knockout round the following day, with contestants going head-to-head playing from a list of ten randomly chosen video games.

Event organiser Andy Brown, of Replay Events said: “There are many talented gamers in Scotland, but we want to find out who really is the best.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge and if you pardon the pun, the winner will really need to be on their game.”

gaming champs logo

Andy added: “It’s a bit like an Olympic Decathlon event because contestants will need to excel at different types of video games to win and not just the particular one they favour and play all the time.”

“As well as being intense for those taking part, the tournament will be an exciting spectacle for the audience watching the gamers battle it out.”

Anyone who reckons they are good enough to be crowned Scottish Gaming Champion should register for the tournament on the opening day of the show.

As well as filling the giant Arena at intu Braehead, the event this year also takes over the site of the adjacent curling rink at the retail and leisure destination.

For the first time, this year’s show also features live entertainment with Australian comedian, John Robertson hosting his hilarious game show, The Dark Room, which sees members of the audience being trapped inside an imaginary retro video game.

Log on to www.playexpoglasgow.com for more details and to buy tickets that start at £16 for adults and £10 for youngsters.

Lom2

The £1.6m investment ensures Glasgow has more lounge offerings than any other Scottish airport –

Glasgow Airport can today (Wednesday, May 22) unveil the first design images of its exclusive new executive lounge.

Lom2
The Lomond Lounge will be based airside in the departures area and is due to open its doors to outbound passengers later this summer.

More than £1.6 million is being invested in the plush new facility, which will create 25 new jobs and operate between 5am and 9pm daily.

Lom2

This will be the fourth lounge facility to be based at Glasgow – the most of any Scottish airport – as the number of people looking to enjoy access to exclusive lounge facilities is on the increase. Emirates and British Airways both have their own separate facilities at Glasgow while the airport has operated its own hugely-successful UpperDeck lounge for a number of years.


Glasgow Airport Managing Director Mark Johnston said: “We’re very excited about the introduction of the Lomond Lounge later this summer and the superior customer experience it will deliver for our passengers.

“While the UpperDeck continues to be extremely popular with our business and leisure passengers, demand for lounge access continues to rise as more and more people look to start their travels in style.

“The potential for the site of the new Lomond Lounge was huge given its prime location in the airport’s departures area and the fantastic views it offers of both the airfield and the stunning backdrop of the Campsie Fells.

“The Lomond Lounge will set the benchmark in providing a premium level of service and comfort when it opens its doors and I’m sure our customers will be very impressed with everything this luxurious new facility will offer.”

 

The look and feel of the 4,500-square foot lounge has been inspired by the neighbouring Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and features a mix of table service for a la carte dining and more relaxed seating areas were passengers can unwind in comfort and enjoy a snack or drink before their flight.

The natural colours and contemporary styling have also been balanced with a strong appreciation of Glasgow Airport’s original Basil Spence-designed architecture, with the lounge proudly housing his renowned barrel-vaulted ceilings.

With a capacity of just 100 covers allowing for greater privacy, the Lomond Lounge will offer a wide selection of a la carte breakfast, lunch and dining options featuring Scottish produce freshly prepared by local chefs.

Lounge customers will be able to choose from a range of freshly-prepared dishes from the
breakfast and lunch/dinner menus, whether it’s eggs Benedict or an American pancake stack ahead of the morning business commute, the Lomond beef or vegan burgers for lunch or even a stone-baked pizza with Ayrshire ham or fish with triple-cooked chips with minted mushy peas for an evening meal before heading off on holiday.

Diners will also be able to take in the wonderful views of the Lomond Lounge while enjoying a pre-flight afternoon tea replete with a serving tower topped with delicious finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with clotted cream, cakes and pastries.

Further dining options will also include hot and cold self-service buffet options such as a St James’ smoked salmon platter or Navratan korma with baked paneer from the bistro area. A range of craft and premium bottled and draft beers, soft drinks, top-quality spirits, specialist cocktails and award-winning wines including prosecco and champagne will also be available from the staffed bar area.

The lounge will include a business suite area and will feature charging outlets, high-speed WiFi, flight information displays and complimentary national newspapers and glossy magazines.

Lomond Lounge can be booked in advance by visiting: www.glasgowairport.com, or payment can be made on the day subject to availability at that time. The lounge is scheduled to open early August.

The Clumps Book

More than 14,000 primary school children will be able to lose themselves in a book as they receive a copy of a new short story written by multi-award-winning children’s author Ross MacKenzie.

Ross has penned ‘The Clumps’ Big Mess’ which will be given to every primary and additional support needs school pupil in Renfrewshire with the aim of educating the younger generation on the damage littering can do to the environment, part of the highly successful Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

the clumps

The book is designed to be read by older primary pupils, with younger pupils able to read the story with their family or through in-class activities.

Interactive versions have been created to allow teachers to use the story as a teaching accessory and an audio version is also available to help bring the story to life for young people.

Ross visited his old school Kirklandneuk Primary in Renfrew to read his creation to the pupils there, two of which share the names of the main characters and just happen to be his daughters, Selina and Molly.

Ross said: “It was great fun to write this book and especially one with such an important message.

The Clumps Book

“Two of the characters are named after my own kids and when I write a book I try and look at it from a child’s point of view, so how would they look at it if the world was full of litter?

“So I hope the book achieves the message that we should look after the amazing surroundings we have and if it plays a small part in that then we’ve done our job.”

Commissioned by Renfrewshire Council as part of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, the story focuses on the Clump family who deliberately fail to pick up after themselves and their pet dog  Murphy.

Twists and turns occur as Selina and Molly learn more about the damage that can be done if people don’t take pride in where they live, and their carefree attitude leads to a world covered in litter, can they reverse it or is it too late?

Selina and Molly said: “It’s really fun having a dad as an author because we’re the first ones to hear his stories.”

The Clumps Book

The Clumps’ Big Mess has been illustrated by renowned illustrator Neil Slorance and his creations have been brought to life as cardboard cut outs which will tour the schools throughout Renfrewshire.

Neil said: “It was an absolute pleasure working with the Renfrewshire Council team and Ross on the Clumps’ Big Mess.

“It’s such a great story with a really important message and I hope all the pupils around Renfrewshire enjoy it!”

The new book forms part of a drive to educate pupils further on the aims of the campaign in a fun and inspiring way, with pupils having already been involved in litter picks since the campaign began in 2017.

The book is the latest strand of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, a five-year, £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment, which includes an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted that every primary pupil in Renfrewshire will have the opportunity to lose themselves in a book and learn the important message that Team Up to Clean Up promotes.

“While we want to make an immediate impact to the cleanliness of the area, we know that educating the next generation is just as important and we’re aiming to make binning their rubbish second nature for our young people.

“They are learning all the time in their younger years so it’s vitally important that we ensure they recognise the damage littering can do and let them lead from the front in the future.

“We’ve already seen their enthusiasm to take part in litter picks with their schools and I hope this fantastic new book will further keep the message at the forefront of their minds.”

The investment in the campaign has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove all rubbish following the completion of the community clean up.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

Old Boy. Glass Performance. Platform, Glasgow. October 2017

This award-winning company present a show about men, boys and emotion featuring a cast of real-life grandfathers and grandsons focusing on legacy, inheritance, history and ageing

Devised and Performed by a local cast of men and boys from Renfrewshire

 

Paisley Arts Centre

5th and 6TH June

7.30pm

£5

Running time: 1 hr

 

“Utterly life-affirming” ★★★★ The Herald

Old Boy. Glass Performance. Platform, Glasgow. October 2017

 

OLD BOY is a show which is re-made and performed by a new cast local to each venue it visits. It was originally created at Platform in Glasgow which was then featured as part of the Made in Scotland showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It has since toured to Northumberland, will visit Washington DC and London this summer and in June will come to Paisley Arts Centre.

OLD features real-life grandfathers and grandsons aged 2 – 82 as they perform this tender performance about making memories together, exploring what men and boys have meant, might mean and do mean to each other, what has been difficult and perhaps not talked about before. OLD BOY reflects on the legacies passed down through generations, received notions of masculinity and how these ideas impact on real lives lived.

Jess Thorpe, Co-Artistic Director, said: “We are delighted to be bringing OLD BOY to Paisely Arts Centre as every time we make it in a new place it feels new and we learn loads from the men and boy we get to work with. We are excited to introduce audiences in Renfrewshire to the real-life relationships of three local sets of grandfathers and their grandsons and to share the stories of love, legacy and tenderness in their family relationships. OLD BOY is, amongst its many aspects, a show about love, tenderness and care between men. This is a side of masculinity which we rarely get to see on stage and something that feels important to celebrate.”

Old Boy. Glass Performance. Platform, Glasgow. October 2017

Glas(s) Performance is an award-winning Glasgow based theatre company run by performance directors Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore. Glas(s) Performance work with real people in the place of fictional characters to tell human stories that resonate with audiences of all ages and experiences. They have been making this work for 14 years now and have produced over 30 pieces of new work inspired by the people they have met.

 

Past shows include: Life Long (2010) a show about love featuring Tillie and Ronnie Jeffrey, a couple who have been married for 55 years. Hand Me Down (2011) about the things women pass down to each other in families with Margaret Hendy, her daughters, granddaughters, sisters, nieces and cousin.

Albert Drive (2013) A large-scale project looking at the idea of neighbours from the perspective of one street in Pollokshields, Glasgow. GLIMMER (2014) The story of two sisters at Christmas with Rosie and Megan Reid. Recent co-production include The Happiness Project (2015) with the Roundhouse and SPOTLIGHT (2015) with Rogaland Teater in Norway.

Glas(s) Performance also produce award-winning Junction 25, a company of young performers aged between 11 -18 based at Tramway. www.junction-25.com.

 

Company

 

Devised and performed by local cast of grandsons and grandfathers from Renfrewshire

Designer Rachel O’Neill

Sound Design Harry Wilson

Lighting Design Kate Bonney  

 

Web and social media links: www.glassperformance.co.uk | @glassperform | #OLDBOY

 

 

Listings information

 

Old Boy  – a coproduction between Glas(s) Performance and Paisley Arts Centre

Paisley Arts Centre

5th and 6TH June

7.30pm

£5

Running time: 1 hr

MFG

Several thousand of the world’s best pipers and drummers today turned Paisley into a sea of tartan as the town hosted one of piping’s biggest and most prestigious events.

 

The British Pipe Band Championships saw huge crowds flock to the town’s St James Playing Fields for the first of the five annual ‘majors’ in the piping calendar.

MFG

A total of 123 bands from across the UK and Ireland took part across the day and in the spectacular final march-past, with individual competitors from as far afield as the USA, Denmark and Belgium.

The big winners on the day were the St.Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band who picked up the top prize in the prestigious Grade One competition

Local interest on the day included the Johnstone, Kilbarchan and Renfrewshire Schools Pipe bands.

MFG

Visitors enjoyed a day of free family entertainment including a Highland Games competition with caber-tossing and a Scottish Open Strongman contest featuring World’s Strongest Man competitors.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. This was the fourth year the championships have taken place in Paisley – with the area contracted to continue to host until 2021.

Previous events had generated more than £300k for the local economy, with half the attendees visitors to Renfrewshire and 7% from outwith Scotland.

Free transport had been organised to and from the event site in partnership with bus firm McGill’s.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We were delighted to welcome the British Pipe Band Championships to Paisley for another year of what has been a really successful partnership.

“Hosting an international event like this generates a massive economic boost for the area and brings huge volumes of footfall into the town. It also helps further cement Paisley and Renfrewshire’s place as one of Scotland’s premier destinations for major events.”

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: “The British Championships are the first of our five major championships taking place throughout the summer and we saw a top-class display of piping and drumming from the world’s best.

“Once again, the people of Renfrewshire came out in numbers to support the event – Paisley is a great location and host venue, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the town over the next two years.”

MFG

Thousands of people soaked up the sound and spectacle of the world’s best pipe bands – as the British Pipe Band Championships takes place in Paisley today.

MFG

The event – one of world piping’s biggest events – has attracted a huge crowd to the town’s St James Playing Fields to see pipers from as far afield as the USA, Belgium and Denmark.

Visitors also enjoyed a day of free family entertainment laid on by organisers Renfrewshire Council.