Paisley Town Hall

Council signs green pledge to promote sustainable timber

Renfrewshire Council has signed up to a new scheme committing the local authority to buy sustainable timber.

The scheme, operated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), discourages the illegal harvesting of timber products and the destruction of large parts of forest with no replanting taking place.

The council has pledged to support events that spread the message about sustainable timber and to train its own purchasing managers in responsible buying of timber products.

Figures from the WWF show that 1.5 million cubic metres of timber imported into the UK each year comes from illegal sources. New EU regulations to be introduced in 2013 will require anyone introducing a forest product into the UK to show where it’s come from and prove that it isn’t illegal.

Cllr Allan Noon, Renfrewshire Council’s finance spokesperson, said: “Last year, the council spent £95,000 on timber products for various services. And the public sector as a whole is responsible for 20% of all the timber purchased in the UK.

“As significant buyers of these products, we want to do what we can to influence and encourage responsible purchasing.

“We’ve all got a part to play in protecting our environment and a greener Renfrewshire is a major commitment of ours.”

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Provosts Awards Launch 2011

Still time to nominate Renfrewshire’s unsung heroes

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to nominate their friends, loved ones, colleagues and neighbours for Provost’s Community Awards.

The awards take place in February but the nomination period ends at the end of November so time is running out.
Businesses, individuals and community groups across Renfrewshire are being invited to put forward their local heroes for these long-running awards.

Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate those in the community who have made special achievements and gone out of their way to make a difference to the lives of others.

The awards, which will be held in the Glynhill Hotel on Saturday 25 February, hosted by STV’s Sean Batty, who is himself from Paisley.

They are also set to be Provost Celia Lawson’s last as host in her role as Renfrewshire’s civic leader.

There are seven award categories:

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

Provost Lawson said: “There are so many people around us who go above and beyond to contribute to our community or who have achieved something inspiring and these awards are a chance to recognise that. It may be someone who doesn’t even realise they difference they make or how proud their family and friends are.

“The Community Awards are one of my favourite jobs as Provost of Renfrewshire because they celebrate the real heroes on our doorsteps.”

The final date for nominations is Friday 25 November.

Nomination forms are available at all council buildings or on the council’s website www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

 

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Paisley Cenotaph

Communities across Renfrewshire are preparing to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Members of the Royal British Legion and the armed forces will join representatives of Renfrewshire Council and a wide range of organisations and community groups at services.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson, who will be attending Paisley’s Remembrance Service, said: “This is a time for all of us to honour the service given by our armed forces and their sacrifice in military conflicts past and present.

“The services of commemoration are a time to remember those who gave so much for us.”

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Provosts Awards Launch 2011

Renfrewshire’s Provost Community Awards are back

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

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

 

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

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social media

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

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

social media

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

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

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

 

How do we help?

 

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

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

Contact Brian by email brian@paisley.org.uk or use our contact page https://www.paisley.org.uk/contact/

 

stress less

StressLess is the new public education course, free to people who live or work in Renfrewshire.

The course will offer practical strategies for reducing stress in our bodies, lives and minds.

Run over 3 sessions of 2 hours, the format is:

  • information sharing
  • low-key participation activities
  • personal goal setting between sessions. Read more
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Renfrewshire residents warned to prepare for benefit changes

Hundreds of people across Renfrewshire are being urged to start preparing now for changes that will cut their housing benefit.
Last year the UK government announced changes to Rent Allowance and Local Housing Allowance which will affect the amount of Housing Benefit people who rent from private landlords receive.

Around 1500 people across the area will find themselves receiving less money when these changes come into effect in January 2012.

Changes to the way Local Housing Allowance is calculated will affect anyone living in private rented accommodation and receiving housing benefit.

Councillor Allan Noon, Convener of the Council’s General Management and Finance Policy Board, said: “Although these changes have already been brought in most people’s benefit payments have been protected so far by a transitional period. However this will come to an end in January when people may start to notice changes to their housing benefit payments and will have to pay more rent to their landlords.”

The changes will also in particular affect anyone aged between 25 and 34, living on their own in private one bedroom accommodation and receiving housing benefit.

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

This is the last day

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

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

The RBS Page direct link is here http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/208 

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

Paisley Daily Express

The Paisley Daily Express has launched a new Reader’s Pic of the Day feature and we want to hear from you. We’re looking for lighthearted snaps of everyday life in Paisley and Renfrewshire as well as photographs which highlight our beautiful towns, villages and countryside. The best way to get in touch is to sign up to our group on our Flickr page (www.flickr.com/groups/paisleydailyexpress) and upload any photos you’d like to see published. It would be great if you could include some details about the picture – where it was taken, when, and your name.

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

The RBS Page direct link is here http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/208 

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