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 http://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

St Fillan’s Primary School step into the Dragon’s Den for Fairtrade

Pupils and staff at St Fillan’s Primary in Houston are celebrating after achieving Fairtrade status.

The primary seven class celebrated the news with Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group. He said: “I am delighted that St Fillan’s Primary has become a Fairtrade primary school. This is a fantastic achievement and I’d like to congratulate all the staff and pupils for their hard work.” Read more

Signature Strength

Are you aspirational for Paisley? Do you want it to be a better place to live and work?

Take a minute just now and brainstorm 5 good things about where you live now – things you have enjoyed recently.

For me it would be:

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  • our back court (love the trees & bushes),
  • my neighbours, family & friends (can’t beat a blether)
  • the wee Italian restaurant I had lunch in yesterday (La Trattoria, yum!)
  • the Lagoon for swimming with the kids (can’t wait to see it when it’s refurbished) and finally…
  • Barshaw Park (great free entertainment & exercise… and great for people spotting!)

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Paisley Abbey

The Renfrewshire Doors Open day programme of events has been released (please see the bottom of this post for the area wide pdf). This is a great weekend for gaining access to some of our amazing visitor attractions. Take your camera and the family and you will be in for a treat. Read more