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Renfrewshire Council services win recognition at excellence awards
Four Renfrewshire Council services have won runners up prizes at this year’s annual Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards.

The awards saw over 300, UK, local authorities competing to show how they deliver the goods for local customers.

Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive of APSE said, “These are not awards that recognise obscure or meaningless targets or initiatives. These awards are about the services that local councils deliver on the frontline, day in and day out, to local residents. From emptying bins to serving up nutritious school meals these awards are about the frontline services that matter to the public.”

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1“APSE is celebrating the very best in service delivery and rightfully recognising the contribution that workers within local councils make to frontline public services in the UK.

“These awards not only recognise and promote individual achievement, but also provide an invaluable opportunity for information to be shared with other authorities and bodies that recognise the hard work and dedication involved in delivering continuous improvement.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said, “Our goal is to provide the best possible services that we can to the people of Renfrewshire. It is a credit to our staff that we secured a place in the finals in four key categories against tough opposition from virtual every other local authority in the UK.

“These awards are about excellence and innovation. We are consistently looking for new ways to deliver the top quality services that local people deserve and our success in these awards is a welcome recognition of that hard work.”

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body which works with over 300 councils throughout the UK. It promotes excellence in public services and hosts a network for front line service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

The following Renfrewshire Council services made it to the finals of the APSE Awards:

Category 6a Best Partnership Working Initiative (Public/Private) – Kick and Collect
Kick & Collect is a community involvement reward scheme. It is a new development of the Street Stuff programme which was successfully established to tackle problems with young people not connecting with services and being antisocial. Kick & Collect encourages disaffected and hard-to-reach young people to take pride in their local communities. Reward activities are run across West Central Scotland. On average approximately 3,500 young people attend the youth activities each quarter. Strathclyde Police attributes a recorded 20% drop in disorder (aged 10 to 18 years old) to the project.

Category 6b Best Partnership Working Initiative (Public/Public) – Safer Renfrewshire Partnership
The Safer Renfrewshire Partnership works to tackle the causes of violence and antisocial behaviour and build safer and stronger communities. A range of innovative initiatives over the last three years have led to significant reductions in violent crime, antisocial behaviour, disorder and vandalism. Police Statistics show a 42.1% drop in violent crime across Renfrewshire since 2008.

Category 10c Service Team of the Year – Building FM Cleaning Services
For the last two years, Renfrewshire Council’s Site Services have been rigorous reviewing of their services, challenging existing methods and considering whether they provide Best Value.

The objectives of this review were to:
1. Develop and introduce new specifications for services
2. Introduce new working practices, and
3. Identify £600,000 efficiencies to contribute to the council’s overall efficiency targets.

The submission identified how these goals were achieved.

Category 10g Service Team of the Year – Streets Cleansing and StreetScene
The StreetScene Services undertook the same review process as Site Services.

The objectives of this review were to:
1. Develop and introduce new specifications for services
2. Introduce new working practices, and
3. Identify £2.1 million efficiencies to contribute to the Council’s overall efficiency targets.

The submission identified how these goals were achieved.

APSE Award categories
· Best Employment and Equality Initiative
· Best Local Democracy Initiative
· Best Housing & Regeneration Initiative
· Best Efficiency Initiative
· Best Health and Well-being Initiative (inc. Social Care)
· Best Partnership Working Initiative
· Best Community & Neighbourhood Initiative (inc. Community Safety)
· Best Information Technology & Communication Initiative
· Best Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Initiative
· Internal Service Team of the Year.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Create Paisley

The “See through Fashion” Video was shown at the launch of the Paisley launch of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

To find out more about the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival click here

To find out more about Create then please click here.

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Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

The 1st of October saw the start of the 6th annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, and as usual Renfrewshire is hosting a huge variety of events for all interests and ages. The Festival is one of the largest arts and social justice festivals and the theme this year is Walk in My Shoes, promoting the empathy and understanding that comes with really thinking about our own and others’ mental health and wellbeing.

scottish mental health arts and film festival renfrewshireThere are events taking place between now and October 24th in various venues across Renfrewshire, so over the next 3 weeks, each Monday you will get an e-mail highlighting the coming week’s events. There are brochures in various locations including Council offices, libraries, leisure centres and the Charleston Centre, and a pdf version of the brochure is attached. There is also lots more information on www.mhfestival.com
Tue 2nd Oct, 6.30pm – ‘Walking in my Shoes – from Prada to Primark’ – multi media event about the impact of materialism on our culture delivered by Dr Carol Craig from the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing, Reid Kerr College (£5)

  • Wed 3rd Oct, 12.30pm – Poetry at the Museum – Read Raw Ltd share poems and readings during lunchtime, Paisley Museum (free)
  • Wed 3rd Oct, 2pm – My Name is Joe – Film starring Peter Mullan followed by panel discussion exploring issues in the film, Paisley Arts Centre (free)
  • Wed 3rd Oct, 7pm – Walk the Line – Film about the late great Johnny Cash, followed by live music in the style of the man himself! Paisley Arts Centre (free)
  • Wed 3rd Oct, 7.30pm – Positive Renfrewshire Pubs – Live music and mental health info in the Bungalow Bar, Paisley (free)
  • Thus 4th Oct, 10am – My Story, My Rhythm, My Shoes – expressive arts workshop for adults, Life Church, Paisley (free)
  • Fri 5th Oct, 1pm – ‘On Edge’ – film about how young people cope with the pressure of their lives, Abercorn Centre, Reid Kerr College (free)
  • Fri 5th Oct, 2pm – ‘Mind Games’ – interactive drama focussing on depression, Abercorn Cemtre, Reid Kerr College (free)
  • Fri 5th Oct, 7.30pm – Loud’n’Proud 10th Year Anniversary Showcase – music extravaganza featuring singers and musicians of all ages, including a rock orchestra and rock choir, Paisley Town Hall ((£12.50, £9.50)

Ongoing events

Poetry Windows – Discover poems displayed in shop windows and pick up a copy of the Walki in My Shoes contemporary poetry collection, throughout Paisley

‘Walk in My Shoes’ – Art Exhibition, Paisley Arts Centre and Sunshine Art Gallery in the Paisley Centre

The Road to Wellbeing – Interactive public art project, Sunshine Art Gallery, Paisley Centre
Photography Exhibition – created by members of the DRC Photography Group, Disability Resource Centre, Paisley

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Historical Adventures Youth Theatre

Johnstone Class

Hello there and welcome to another update from the Historical Adventures Youth Theatre.  During the past couple of weeks the children and teenagers of Johnstone have been very hard at work with our upcoming winter panto ‘Cinderella’.  Poor Cinders is being forced to work away all day and night while her horrible stepmother and stepsisters are always out enjoying themselves (I’m pretty sure the parents of Johnstone can empathize with Cinderella).  After a session or two, we have the cast members in place which everyone is happy with and we are steadily on our way to show our performance come sometime soon in early December (details will be available soon, please check our Facebook and our blog for updates).

historical-adventuresWe also had a new influx of new members to our Monday nights and as always with any Drama group, the more the merrier!   This has brought our Johnstone register to just over twenty members! Meaning more performers which in turn means bigger things for the group which all adds up too lots more fun for all involved!

For more details or inquiries, please contact David O’Rorke by email at:

historical-adventures@yahoo.co.uk

Or alternatively, contact by phone at the following number: 07812437559

The Historical Adventures Johnstone Youth Theatre takes place on a Monday night, in St Aidan’s Church Hall, starting at 6:00pm and finishing at 7.30pm.  The first night for new members is free and each following class after that is £3.50 per person.

Foxbar Class

Hello and welcome to another update from Thursday nights here at Historical Adventures Youth Theatre.  While planning to do our upcoming pantomime ‘Cinderella’ (dates to be announced please check our Facebook and continue following our blog for upcoming details) and the standard is really high with all the rehearsals we’ve been having, it really shows.  The children have all been very hard at work and for a newly founded group they are learning the arts of stage craft very quickly.  Parents of Foxbar probably have a hard enough time trying to keep their young actors sitting still for five minutes, well our job is to teach them how to stand still on stage for an entire performance (you can imagine how well this activity went during our first time trying it).  Although, they are getting there and we have no doubt they will be more than capable when it comes to show time.  The progress is there in leaps and bounds with every single scene we rehearse every week.

In saying that, just because we are working on our panto, does not mean we are full up.  In drama, the motto will always be ‘the more, the merrier’ and that rings more than true for us here at Historical Adventures.  Our Foxbar class takes place in the Foxbar Community Centre and begins at 5.30pm, finishing at 7.00pm.  The first night for new members is free and each following class after your free trial is £3.50 per person.

For more details or inquiries, please contact David O’Rorke by email at:

historical-adventures@yahoo.co.uk

Or alternatively, contact by phone at the following number: 07812437559 or go to our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd   

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Historical Adventures Youth Theatre

Over the October holidays, Historical Adventures Youth Theatre will be helping children to write, rehearse and perform 2 spooky, original and exciting plays.
At the end of the Day you will have the chance to watch the amazing show that the children have put together.
The workshops will run from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00p.m. and will cost £12.
Suitable for ages 7-14 years
To book a place on Spooky October Theatre 2012 please e-mail us at david.ororke@historical-adventures.co.uk or phone/text us on 07812437559. Please book early to avoid disappointment. All staff are enhanced disclosure checked (P.V.G. checked also). Please remember to bring a packed lunch and a snack!

1ST PLAY. VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE CAMP
TUESDAY 16TH OF OCTOBER 10.00A.M -4.00P.M. £12
A winter get away goes awry as a camping resort turns out to be a place for Vampires who want to turn vegetarian, but not all are as keen as others… In addition, the rival camp next door, “Camp Zombie” they are up to their own ghoulish tricks and pranks. How will our heroes cope with being stuck between fangs and zombies?

2ND PLAY. CHILDREN OF HALLOWEEN
THURSDAY 18TH OF OCTOBER 10.00A.M -4.00P.M. £12
Ghouls, Goblins, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Warlocks are all simply terrified of the scariest thing of all… children!
How will they deal with Halloween night when their most dreadful nightmares all come true? Will they be able to work together to deal with their common fear? Or will they be helpless against sugar-crazed school children in costumes? Only time will tell…

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO 2012 Shortlist

The 9th ROCCOs – the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber – are the largest business event in Renfrewshire and one of the top corporate events in Scotland. Held this year on Friday 16th November at The Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel, the ROCCOs are a great way to celebrate and gain recognition for your business success.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerce2012 seen Renfrewshire Chamber receive its highest ever number of entries. Commenting on the shortlist Chief Exec’ Bob Davidson said “thank you to all that entered and congratulations to all the shortlisted companies. The sheer number and quality of entries shows that Renfrewshire is a thriving business community with great companies old & new – all with outstanding potential. We are looking forward to the ROCCO Awards, as the Chamber to will be celebrating following another year of growth and commercial success. Plus having recently been awarded Investors in People Silver, successfully passed our 3 year export documentation audit and finally finding out this week that we have been shortlisted for the 2nd year running in the prestigious British Chambers of Commerce “Chamber of the Year 2012”. Thank you to all our members for their continued support”.

The shortlist for each category is:

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls Royce
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire- sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Cosmopolitan Hotels Group
– Fission Creative
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition- sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
– Accord Hospice
– Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health
– The Star Project

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Fresh Cleaning
– Meso
– SIP PMC Ltd

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
– Caledonian Industries
– Life Technologies
– Rolls-Royce plc

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport
– Caledonian Industries
– Chivas Brothers
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group
– Gillies Gas Services
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Reid Kerr College
– Anna Devitt – Direct Devitt
– Mark McShane – Training Developments Scotland
– Nick Cohen – PCR Business

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Braehead
– Enchanted Forest Nurseries
– Glasgow Airport
– NS Design

ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste – sponsored by The William Tracey Group
– Consult Lift Services
– Scottish Leather Group
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre
– Caledonian Industries
– IRW Systems Ltd
– Meso

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Phoenix Car
– Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport
– Scottish Leather Group
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorship tbc
– ChemTech
– Fresh Cleaning
– Sarkar Defence Solutions Ltd

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo – nominees and winner announced on the night

Fred MacAulay returns as ROCCO host and the Chamber encourages companies to book a table / seats as early as possible as the event will sell out. For more info please visit www.roccoawards.com

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Paisley Competition Who’s Who

We have a fantastic chance for someone to win a Pair of tickets the LNP Promotions ‘Who’s Who’ Gig on the 17th November in The Union on Storie Street, Paisley.

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All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this question.

Who was the lead singer for the band The Who?

  1. Pete Townshend
  2. John Entwistle
  3. Roger Daltrey
To enter simply send an email with your answer
  • i.e 1. Pete Townshead
  • The Draw will take place on Friday the 28th of September picking one name at random
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Glasgow Airport puts Renfrewshire children on road to recovery

A charity which helps young victims of domestic, physical or sexual abuse has received a cash injection from Glasgow Airport.

CHILDREN 1st has been awarded £4,621 to support its Paisley-based Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma service, which supports children aged from 5 to 18 who have been affected by either domestic, physical or sexual abuse.

The service is funded jointly by Renfrewshire Council and CHILDREN 1st. However the donation from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will “enhance the service significantly” according to the charity.

It plans to invest in materials for a gardening project which will provide the children with an outdoor space to relax and play, as well as a range of materials for art and play therapy.

A total of £1,300 will also go towards travelling expenses to ensure that children from all over Renfrewshire continue to benefit from the service, and that distance from Paisley does not prevent children from attending.

The number of support sessions required by each child is based on their individual needs, with some having only a few appointments while others can receive support over a period of several months. On average, the service provides support for 50 children every year.

Service manager Fiona McBride said: “We believe that childhood abuse should not be allowed to cloud the rest of a child’s life. Children who have been betrayed need to learn to trust again and many of those we work with don’t always feel they can tell us what is wrong straight away.

“Our staff offer children a safe environment in which they can learn to build trusting relationships through a range of therapeutic activities including counselling, art, play, role play and storytelling. It helps them to understand, express and cope with fear and anger, make sense of their experiences and build self-awareness and self-esteem.”

Campbell Mackinnon, Glasgow Airport’s operations director, said: “This is a fantastic project which provides real and tangible long-term benefits for some of the most vulnerable children in our community. It is exactly the type of project we look to support through our FlightPath Fund.

“Children who have been the victims of abuse often find it difficult to open up, interact with others and find their calling in life. Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma provides a safe and stimulating environment in which they can make sense of their world.”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, added: “CHILDREN 1st does outstanding work to help children who need our support. Renfrewshire Council has recognised the importance of the charity’s work and it’s very encouraging that Glasgow Airport’s well-established community programme is also contributing significant funding to help young people across Renfrewshire benefit from this vital service.”

CHILDREN 1st is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC), which was founded in 1884.

For more than 125 years, it has worked to safeguard children and young people, support them within their families and help them recover from abuse, neglect and violence.

The organisation speaks out for childrens’ rights and campaigns to change attitudes towards children. It currently has more than 300 employees and more than 1,000 volunteers working in Scotland. For more information go to www.children1st.org.uk 

The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure that surrounding communities share in its success. In 2011 it distributed over £170,000 to 60 organisations.

For more information please visit Glasgow Airports website.

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Tunisian Market Paisley

101 Arabian delights on offer at Tunisian Market

Don’t worry if you can’t get away this September weekend, because you can get a taste of Tunisia right here in Renfrewshire.

tunisian marketExperience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous crafts when the popular Tunisian market returns to Paisley town centre.

There will be plenty of food available including paella, Tunisian BBQ and pancakes as well as dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets.

There will also be Tunisian leather-ware handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tajines, lamps, pots, wood carved ornaments, jewellery, art, music, and traditional Tunisian clothes and slippers.

The Tunisian market is brought to Paisley by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan said: “The Tunisian Market has been a popular addition to the town’s calendar of events over the past couple of years, as well as the regular farmers markets. It offers shoppers a chance to try something a bit different and always adds a great buzz to the town.”

The market will be on Paisley’s High Street between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 September.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.

 

The Tunisian Market last year was a huge success and made for a very colourful High Street. Here is last years event in our Paisley Photographs. http://www.paisley.org.uk/events/tunisian-market/ 

 

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LNP Promotions Whos Who

LNP Promotions announce The No 1 tribute to The WhoWhos Who – are coming to Paisley on 17th November, playing a loud n proud fundraiser at The Union Storie street.
Open to everyone – students & non students.

tickets £10 each (booking fee may apply)

http://www.lnppromotions.co.uk/who-tribute-announced/

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Whos WhoSince their humble beginnings in West London in 1996 to now; Who’s Who, the longest established Who Tribute Show in the UK, have received incredible reactions across Europe and beyond for their exciting live performances. Pete Townshend’s leaping and Roger Daltrey’s microphone whirling antics have all but transformed the standard of tribute shows and set a benchmark within the industry for others to follow. Widely recognised and respected by their musical peers and acknowledged by members of (and those close to) The Who, as the group that most interprets the songs of Pete Townshend and the legendary live performances of The Who with honesty and integrity. Giving nothing less than 100% during a performance, Who’s Who ensure that a night to remember is guaranteed for those people who are lucky enough to be able to attend.

Fans of the band include Simon Townshend (The Who), Doug Sandom (The Detours), Peter “Dougal” Butler (Keith Moons’ right hand man), John Schollar (Beachcombers), Alison Entwistle and the Moon Family.

Singer Gary, has been personally praised by Pete Townshend and he also played at The Who Convention in Shepherds Bush in 1995, with Roger Daltrey and the late John Entwhistle.

The Keith Moon Blue Plaque Reception at The Grosvenor Hotel in Mayfair, London in 2009, saw Zak Starkey watch the entire set, completely transfixed by the incredible authenticity and timing of bass player Terry Wyatt; prompting Zak to single him out for the kind of praise that only members of a rhythm section can truly understand, but coming from the son of Beatle, all the more memorable.

Drummer Paul “Moonie” Kemp bears an uncanny resemblance to the late great Keith Moon and prides himself on complete authenticity when drumming styles and kit specification is concerned. The kit(s) he plays are completely identical to the original spec, all the way down to the nuts and bolts that hold it together and represent a labour of love with regard to sourcing and application. He’s very close to the Moon family and is a familiar visitor for the odd cup of tea at Kit’s house. A complete “one off” on the live circuit, his explosive application to the style of Keith Moon, has to be seen to be believed; there is no need to “close your eyes” with him!

Between the members of the band, they have three International Who Conventions under their belt, including the first ever airing to an audience of Quadrophenia at the 2006 event, which led Simon Townshend to declare, “What an absolutely brilliant band Who’s Who are!” They celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Live at Leeds” in 2010, touring extensively and performing the whole of “Tommy” to audiences in the UK and Europe, amid critical acclaim and have now racked up five appearances at the Isle of Wight Festival (2006-2010, 2012).  Just this year, they played to over 10,000 people on Bournemouth beach, finishing off the weekend proceedings of the International Bournemouth Air Show.

With the raw power, passion and soul of the members that make up Who’s Who, these guys deliver far more than your average “run of the mill” band. Their longevity is testament to the reputation they have worked extremely hard for and as history rolls on; they have proved to be an essential ingredient to fans of The Who and their legacy, highlighting a void and illustrating just what The Who have left their fans and the music world. http://www.lnppromotions.co.uk/who-tribute-announced/