A new fund designed by and for young people will support individuals, groups and organisations to take forward projects which will directly benefit their fellow young people in Renfrewshire.

As part of the Local Partnerships in Renfrewshire, the fund provides a chance for young people to shape the activities and opportunities available for them in the local area.

Previously known as the Youth Challenge Fund, youth groups across Renfrewshire have come together to form a steering group which will facilitate the fund, as well as renaming it the ‘Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund – by young people, for young people’.

It will allocate £150,000 to projects which will make a real difference to the local area, such as removing the barriers to participation or the stigma around mental health, with the maximum award to each project being £3000.

Successful projects must focus on at least one of five priorities decided by young people, which include increasing youth involvement and participation; making sport and physical activity more accessible; improving health & wellbeing; creating a positive image of young people, and community and road safety.

Adrian McKechnie, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice said: “This gives young people the exciting opportunity to decide how public funds are spent, putting them in control.

“I think the participatory budgeting process is a fantastic opportunity for young people to be engaged in the distribution of public money particularly through this new Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund.”

The fund is open to anyone aged 12-25 as an individual, although they would need a guarantor, as part of a group, or as an organisation who works with young people, to submit ideas for projects that would benefit the young community in Renfrewshire.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, said: “What a fantastic chance for young people to shape their local area and create opportunities for their peers to benefit.

“It is a chance to make a real impact on what is available in the area, with the real key being that the younger generation are able to choose what matters most to them and turn their ideas into reality.

“It can often be thought that we know what’s best for young people, when really they should be afforded the opportunity to tell us what will benefit them most and, more importantly, make it happen.

This fund is a chance to do exactly that and I’d encourage anyone who has an idea to get in touch now.”

The application period is now open and the deadline to apply is Tuesday 27 August 2019.

Voting will be open to all young people to choose which projects they believe will make a difference to Renfrewshire on the Young Scot Website from 16-25 September.

Gavin Crosby, Young Scot Local Partnership Development Manager, said: “Young Scot are delighted to support the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund using our accessible online voting platform and our website, young.scot.

“We know that young people in Renfrewshire will create innovative project ideas and make decisions that will benefit Renfrewshire for years to come.

“When the vote is open in September, young people can vote using their own device in their own time, or if they need support they can vote in their school or youth group.“

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/celebratingrenfrewshire.

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THE festive season may be months away, but it’s never too early to plan a party.

Fun-loving revellers are being encouraged to book early so they don’t miss out on a choice of three fantastic Christmas Party Nights, at Johnstone Town Hall, in December.

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The party nights are being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure and as well as great music to dance to a free glass of bubbly and a four-course meal is included in the ticket price.

The first event features Ultimate Jersey Boys group, on Thursday, December 12, between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.

The popular four-piece vocal harmony group will wow partygoers with their brand of musical nostalgia singing hits by artists like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons along with songs from the Jersey Boys musical.

Early-bird tickets at only £27, plus booking fee, are available before October 30, which is a saving of £3 on the normal ticket price.

The following night, Friday, December 13, between 7pm and 1am, it’s a Back To The 80s Party Night and everyone can look out the shoulder pads for some live entertainment from The Rubix Cubes followed by a DJ set.

Tickets booked before October 30 cost only £30, plus booking fee, compared the normal price of £35.

On Saturday, December 14, between 7pm and 1am, a Nineties and Noughties Throwback Party is being held at the town hall. The entertainment comes from Fever Pitch, who are a retro-tastic live band playing all the hits from the 1990s and the start of the new millennium.

Tickets booked before October 30 cost only £30, plus booking fee, compared the normal price of £35.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our Christmas party nights are very popular and there has always been a big demand for tickets.

“Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us, so I would encourage people to get their tickets early, whether it’s for a office party or a night out with friends and family.

“And with everything organised to get into the Christmas spirit, they can look forward to a fabulous night of good food, good company and a great night’s entertainment.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on or call 0300 300 1210 to book tickets for the Ultimate Jersey Boys Christmas Party Night.

The 2019 Distinction Certificate recipients with Provost Cameron

Renfrewshire’s hidden stars have been given civic recognition for their work in the community by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.


The inspiring community members were rewarded with a Provost’s Distinction Certificate at a special ceremony in the Glynhill Hotel.

The 2019 Distinction Certificate recipients with Provost Cameron

The Distinction Certificates provide the Provost the opportunity to recognise community members who have made a positive difference to their communities in Renfrewshire.

Provost Cameron said: “One of the most satisfying parts of my role as Provost is being able to recognise those who make a real difference to the lives of those around them and every one of these winners is deserving of the award.”

“I’m delighted to be able to recognise those who make Renfrewshire a better place for us all to live.”

The Distinction Certificate award winners are:

Renfrew Burgh Band – Formed in 1991, the band offer invaluable support to the local community in Renfrew, performing at local gala days, churches and ceremonies such as the Remembrance Day service. Over the years, the band have organised and supported several local concerts, carol services and fundraising events within the community.

Piero Pieraccini – Alongside a successful career running many of Paisley’s favourite pubs, Piero has been continuously striving to improve Paisley. He was a founder member of the Paisley Development Trust which worked alongside the Council on a number of projects including the plan to save the Russell Institute building.

Robert Pope – Robert Pope, now 97, served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He is a stalwart of the British Legion and has been a standard bearer for many years – carrying out his duties at funerals, Remembrance Sunday and other public events. In 2017, he raised the Armed Forces Day flag outside Renfrewshire House. As one of the only living survivors of the Glen Cinema disaster in 1929, Robert was invaluable in the development of the annual commemoration event, organised by Paisley Development Trust. His willingness to provide descriptions of what happened that day and how it affected the local community supported the formation of the event which has been running annually for ten years.

Harrison Lovett, Alison MacKenzie and Andrew Macintyre – Harrison, Alison and Andrew represented Great Britain at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, arriving home with an impressive 14 medals between them.

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) – The PSYV promotes a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the police in their local area through volunteering. The Renfrewshire group volunteer at a variety of local events and are encouraged to be positive citizens in their communities.

Janette Lynch – After undergoing a liver transplant in 2014, Janette recognised the need for a liver transplant support group in Renfrewshire and was successful in establishing this. Following encouragement, Janette signed up to compete in the British Transplant Games in 2017 where she won a gold medal in the archery division. At the age of 74, Janette is currently competing in the 2019 British Transplant Games and will compete at the World Transplant Games next month.

Alongside the Distinction Certificates, community members can be rewarded through the Provost’s Community Awards in a variety of categories.

Nominations can be made for anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire and the nomination period will open later in the year.

For more information on the award winners, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provost.

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Johnstone Fire Engine Rally is set to attract huge crowds to the town centre when it returns on Saturday 10 August.


Fire engines from days past and present will kick start the fun at 11am, parading from Johnstone Fire Station to Houston Square where there will be a host of activities on offer for all the family until 4pm.

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The event is being hosted by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust who will undertake a variety of dramatic demonstrations to give an insight to how they respond to emergencies.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron will be in attendance and will welcome all to the event.

Provost Cameron said: “I always look forward to the Fire Engine Rally. It’s a firm family favourite in Johnstone with something for everyone right in the heart of the town.

“Events like this really benefit the local community, bringing visitors in and increasing the footfall to local traders.

“The fire engine parade through the town is always spectacular and I’d encourage everyone to come down and experience it for themselves.”

Ahead of the rally, kids will get to piece together their own fire engine by taking part in the Town Trail. There are 8 puzzle pieces to collect from different shops and businesses across the town, and all participants will be entered in to a special prize draw.

Worksheets for the trail will be available to collect from The Pet Shop (Houston Square, Johnstone) and Johnstone Coffee Co. (71 High Street, Johnstone) from Monday 29 July.

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HUNDREDS of tickets to meet the stars of a popular children’s animated TV show at the intu Braehead shopping centre were snapped up in only THREE HOURS.

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Lucky youngsters will now meet PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall and be shown how to move like their favourite characters by taking part in Pup-Pup Boogie dance masterclasses.

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There were 600 tickets available for the free event – taking place on Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 2.30pm – and each ticket allowed entry for two children and one adult.

The fun PAW Patrol experience is visiting the shopping centre as part of a tour of intu destinations across the UK.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “The reaction to our Paw Patrol visit has been incredible. It’s been one of the fastest selling events we’ve ever had.

“Although all 600 tickets have been quickly snapped up, I’ve no doubt lots of other families will turn up to catch a glimpse of Chase and Marshall.”


YOUNGSTERS will be doing cartwheels when they hear about activity camps being organised by Renfrewshire Leisure.

And they can step up to the mark if they come along to dance and gymnastics camps for children of primary school age.


The camps are being held between 10am and 3pm at Renfrew Sports Centre from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26; Park Mains High School, from Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2 and St Benedict’s High School, in Linwood, between Tuesday, August 6 and Friday, August 9.

The camps will see youngsters being coached in a variety of dance styles including ballet, majorette, street and hip-hop, cheerleading and rock ‘n’ roll.

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And they will be shown gymnastic moves including handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, splits and bridges, rolls, runs, jumps and dismounts as well as skills using balls, ribbons and ropes.

Qualified coaches and co-ordinators lead all the sessions, which are part of a wide range of activities and summer camps organised by Renfrewshire Leisure during the school holidays.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Not only are these dance and gymnastic sessions great fun for the children, they’ll be taught new skills and improve their confidence.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com to book a place on any of the camps.


Are you worried about inviting traders into your home? Are you unsure who to use? Maybe you are new to the area and don’t know any tradespeople? trusted trader

The Renfrewshire Trusted Trader scheme is a joint Council and Trading Standards initiative to help you choose a reliable local trader. 

It is the only official trader scheme across Renfrewshire that is backed by the Council, with all members fully vetted by Trading Standards and is supported by Police Scotland.

All Trusted Traders agree to conform to a strict code of practice, including a Trading Standards monitored complaints process. In the unlikely event of a major issue, the scheme has an impartial Alternate Dispute Resolution service, who can provide legally binding judgements and acts as an alternative to court proceedings.

The key aims of the scheme are to:

  • increase consumer confidence
  • promote good practice within local businesses
  • help prevent doorstep selling and doorstep crime

Trusted Trader was originally started by Dundee Trading Standards in 2005, arriving in Renfrewshire in 2012, and official Trusted Trader schemes now cover many areas across Scotland.

To find a Renfrewshire Trusted Trader, visit www.trustedtrader.scot/Renfrewshire/ or you can call the Edinburgh based Trusted Trader Helpline on 0131 513 9921.


Are you a Renfrewshire based business? 

If you have been trading for a minimum of six months, are happy to be vetted by Trading Standards and would like to see if membership would be a good fit for your business, please get in touch. You can contact the membership team on 0333 444 0375, email info@trustedtrader.scot or visit the website www.trustedtrader.scot/Renfrewshire/ to learn more.


Our business is expanding rapidly and we are in need of freelance makeup artist assistants and interns to work alongside us. Our interns will have a love of the art of makeup and be in or looking to gain qualifications in this area. Successful candidates will train and shadow on a variety of industry jobs in the hope of gaining employment after the internship. In return, you will gain a diploma in makeup artistry and receive ongoing one to one training with one of Scotlands leading Artists.


Several freelance Hairstylists required for paid bridal and hair ups. As we are expanding we are looking to hire a hairstylist for many upcoming bookings.

Hairstylist assistants required to assist and train with our hair team.

Please message me CV and cover letter to apply.

Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff programme has served almost 1000 healthy meals to young people already this summer – with three weeks of the school holidays still to go.

The programme has been holding summer clubs every weekday afternoon throughout the summer at venues across Renfrewshire, with every young person who attends receiving a free meal to go along with the activities.

Football, gaming and the Street Stuff Youth Bus have been entertaining the young people as they make new friends, get active and count down the days until they’re back to school.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our Street Stuff programme is only becoming more and more popular and I was delighted to visit the Airdome to meet the young people taking part.

“It’s important for many young people to have a place to go during the holidays where they can feel safe, but also where they are given a healthy meal to keep them going as this can be extremely important during the holiday period.

“The programme supports families across Renfrewshire by giving young people the chance to stay active and make new friends so send them along this summer – you’ll have a hard time stopping them coming back once you do.”

Activities are available at venues across the area including the St Mirren FC Airdome, Knockhill Park, Gleniffer High and Our Lady of Peace Primary.

Any young person aged 8 and over is welcome to take part in as many sessions as they would like to attend.

Street Stuff Manager, Stevie Gallagher, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people taking part in our activities during the summer holidays and we’re delighted to have them.

“Our coaches and volunteers are doing a fantastic job of keeping them entertained, while also being there to listen to any problems they’re having and supporting them as best they can.

“We’re only halfway through so I can’t wait to welcome even more to our activities across Renfrewshire and I’d encourage anyone to come along as often as they like for the rest of the holidays – and don’t forget our regular evening programme is still on too!”

The summer clubs will continue every weekday at various venues until the final session at Gleniffer High on Friday 9 August.

For more information, and to download a consent form, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/summerclubs.

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SPORTS stars of the future are being given a helping hand to achieve their dreams.

A new initiative has been launched to support aspiring athletes in Renfrewshire with free access to the first-class Renfrewshire Leisure sports facilities, discounts for physiotherapy treatment and the chance of grant funding worth up to £1500.

The Renfrewshire Aspiring Athlete Scholarship (RAASP) is a partnership between Renfrewshire Leisure, Renfrewshire Council, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Physiotherapy Centre and West College Scotland.

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Sportsmen and women can apply for an Aspiring Athlete Leisure Card to get the benefits of the initiative and there are two different types of card.

The first is a Tier 1 card for an international athlete who has represented Scotland, or Great Britain in the past year. And a Tier 2 card is for athletes who are part of an international training squad or a recognised high-performance programme.

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Successful applicants for the RAASP Scholarship Programme can receive a grant of up to £1500 for Tier 1 cardholders and £250 for Tier 2 athletes.

Athletes applying to join the programme must live in Renfrewshire and be a member of a Renfrewshire sports club. However, athletes who stay outside of Renfrewshire, but are members of a local sports club, can apply for a Tier 2 card.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We have many talented sports people in Renfrewshire with huge potential to get to the top of their chosen sport.

“Our aim is to give them a helping hand to realise their potential and achieve their individual aims and aspirations.”

Renfrewshire Council is providing the £50,000 funding for the initiative and Councillor Jim Paterson, convener of the Education and Children’s Services Policy Board said:

“Along with our partners in this initiative, we want to encourage our young sportsmen and women to be all they can be.

“We’ve got first-class facilities in Renfrewshire for those participating in sport at all levels to use. And with the free use of these facilities, our aspiring athletes have a great opportunity to develop and improve in their chosen sport.”

Athletes and sportsmen and women should log on towww.renfrewshireleisure.com to apply for an Aspiring Athlete Card and to join the RAASP Scholarship Programme.