On Behalf of one of the Scottish Casting Producers working for the award-winning TV production company Studio Lambert. We are currently casting for the new Netflix reality competition series, Squid Game: The Challenge which will be filmed in the UK.
With both the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history, 456 real players will enter the game in pursuit of a life-changing reward of $4.56 million. Real-life players will be immersed in the iconic Squid Game universe to compete in a series of heart-stopping games in order to become the sole survivor* and walk away with a huge cash prize of $4.56 million!
*Please note: Win or lose, all players will leave unscathed.
We’re looking for smart, dynamic and tenacious individuals from all over the UK, who are up for competing to win a life changing amount of money! It is open to everyone over 21yrs, terms and conditions apply.
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Applications are being accepted for the latest round of two cultural funding grant programmes designed to strengthen and support Renfrewshire’s cultural sector.
The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF) launched in 2016 and has supported 135 creative projects, including festivals, events, murals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and tours. The fund supports projects that develop practice, engagement and participation in cultural and heritage activities and events in Renfrewshire.
Applications for the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund are being accepted until Tuesday 26 July 2022.
The Cultural Organisations Development Fund (CODF) is reserved for established or developing organisations in Renfrewshire that have a cultural and creative purchase. The fund supports organisational development activity to strengthen and build capacity and has supported 7 local cultural and creative organisations in Renfrewshire since 2019.
Applications for the Cultural Organisations Development Fund are being accepted until Tuesday 30 August 2022.
Renfrewshire’s cultural funding programmes are a part of Future Paisley, a far-reaching cultural regeneration programme that harnesses the power of the arts, heritage and culture for social and economic change.
Since 2016, £1.72m has been awarded in grants to Renfrewshire’s cultural sector and creative communities through Future Paisley funding programmes.
Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of the Future Paisley Partnership Board said: “It’s great to see the return of our long-standing CHEF and CODF grant programmes as our cultural community continues to move forward and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The ongoing work to expand our creative capacity goes hand in hand with our £100m investment to transform our cultural spaces, allowing Renfrewshire to attract a wider range of cultural activity and events, and cement our place as a cultural town and as one of Scotland’s key destinations.”
Prospective applicants for CODF are strongly encouraged to seek information and advice from the OneRen Cultural Services team before applying. The team will be running a series of online advice surgeries on the following dates:
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Improving life chances for children and young people is the top priority for Renfrewshire’s new Education Convener, Councillor Emma Rodden.
Visiting Glenburn Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELCC), Councillor Rodden saw first-hand how putting health and wellbeing at the heart of learning and teaching ensures children to get the best start in life and helps them to develop resilience that supports them throughout their life.
The nursery has been praised recently in the Scottish Education Awards, achieving the Making A Difference award for their holistic approach to health and wellbeing, which includes supporting families and staff as well as children.
They have also become the first nursery in Renfrewshire to gain a ruby level by Renfrewshire Council’s education psychology team for their work to nurture and support children’s wellbeing.
During her visit, Councillor Rodden said the holistic approach taken by Glenburn ELCC was supporting everyone to thrive.
“It’s been a difficult few years for everyone. We know that many young children haven’t had the same opportunities for socialisation like their older peers had. On top of that, their parents have also had limited opportunities for meeting up with friends and family as well as financial worry, all of which has an impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Staff have also had a challenging time supporting themselves and their own families as well as the children they look after.
“Walking around Glenburn ELCC, you can really see the positive impact focusing on everyone’s mental health and wellbeing has had. By removing the stigma of looking after your mental health and wellbeing, people feel empowered to reach out for support when they need it. Everyone in the nursery was introduced to positive wellbeing activities and resources, meaning that they can talk about how they are feeling as well as find the resources they need without feeling judged for having done so.”
Health and wellbeing is one of the cornerstones of Renfrewshire’s drive to improve attainment for all, alongside developing a love of reading and numeracy, and supporting care-experienced young people.
Councillor Rodden says that providing family support and focussing on early intervention is how the council will ensure young people reach their potential.
She said: “Prevention is key to ensure that children and young people have the right skills that will enable them to cope when faced with adversity in their lives, whether that is during their younger years or when they leave school.
“It’s also important that we support families who have had a tough time during the pandemic and are now faced with the cost of living crisis and rising energy bills. We need to do everything we can to ensure that children have everything they need to do well in school and in life. That means we need to ensure their families have everything they need, too.”
The council has launched a community mental health initiative, known as Ren10, that provides early help services for those in need. It includes Togetherall, a web-based peer-to-peer support forum where young people can get advice and talk about how they are feeling.
There is also SHOUT where local people of any age can text 85258 and get help and wellbeing support.
The council is also working to embed the recommendations of The Promise, which is a national commitment to care-experienced children, young people and adults to ensure that no child is disadvantaged because they grew up in the care system. It means that over the next ten years, Renfrewshire will embed the systematic changes detailed in The Promise to better support all children and young people living in the area.
Councillor Rodden added: “We want to make sure that everyone has the same opportunities in life. Through The Promise, we are working to make sure care-experienced young people and adults can thrive in the same way as everyone else. On top of ensuring they have the right care and love in their lives while they are growing up, it also means providing additional support that will help them reach their potential at school and beyond.
“We are also continuing to support people living in deprived areas to ensure they have what they need to thrive. Our Cost of the School Day fund helps support families on low incomes to ensure their child has the same opportunities as their peers. We are also supporting families to maximise their income and find higher paying jobs that better support them and their family. This will help their family and children feel part of their peer group, which is important for their mental health and has an impact on how well they do at school.”
Anyone who is worried about their money can get in touch with the council’s Advice Works team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau by calling 0141 889 2121.
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Renfrewshire councillors have formally congratulated Kilbarchan Pipe Band for their incredible run of success – bringing home three of the most prestigious titles in world piping so far this year.
At their recent meeting, councillors unanimously agreed a cross-party motion praising the band – who have won their grade in all three of the ‘major’ championships contested this summer.
The pipe band’s run started in May when they won the Grade 4B title at the British Championships in Greenock, the first major championship to be held since 2019.
And the silverware continued when they added the UK title in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, in June, and then the European title in Inverness two weeks ago.
Independent councillor Andy Doig – whose ward covers Kilbarchan – proposed the initial motion, and members of the SNP, Labour and Conservative groups all spoke in favour before it was agreed.
The full text of the final approved motion was as follows:
Council sends its heartfelt congratulations to Kilbarchan Pipe Band for winning the Grade 4B Category in the recent British, UK and European Pipe Band Championships, their first major championship wins since the Band reformed just over twenty years ago.
Council further wishes them every success at the World Pipe Band Championships later this year. Council recognises the local renaissance in recent years in traditional Scottish music, culture, and the arts, across Renfrewshire, and looks forward to this trend developing following the return of the National Mod to Paisley in 2023.
The Kilbarchan Pipe Band’s next appearance will be closer to home – when they take to the field at the first-ever Renfrew Pipe Band Championships in Robertson Park, on Saturday 23 June.
The free event is organised as part of Renfrewshire Council’s major events programme and will include a day of family entertainment, with food village and farmers’ market. More event info can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk
Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who chaired the council meeting, said: “For a village pipe band to have won three of the biggest competitions in world piping in the same year is an amazing achievement, and one which really puts Kilbarchan on the map.
“I am delighted my fellow elected members were in agreement with Cllr Doig’s motion to formally recognise the band’s dedication and achievement, and to wish them all the best at the World Championships in Glasgow later this summer.”
The local area is no stranger to pipe band success, with both the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band and the Johnstone Pipe Band having won at major championships in recent years.
The British Pipe Band Championships were also hosted at St James Playing Fields in Paisley from 2016 to 2019.
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GARDENERS fromPaisleycan show off their green-fingered skills to win a popular gardening contest.
The annual Cardwell Gardenfest competition has just been launched and for the first time, it’s open to customers of Cardwell Garden Centre from all over the West of Scotland.
And since the Inverclyde garden centre is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2022, the prize for each category winner has been upped this year to £60 worth of Cardwell vouchers and a trophy to keep for a year.
The categories in the Cardwell Gardenfest are Best Hanging Baskets; Best Planted Containers; Best Junior Gardener (16 or under); Best Overall Garden; Best Community Garden (schools, churches and community groups etc.)
There will also be judges’ discretionary certificates awarded to those entrants who may not have won a category, but merit recognition for the way they have looked after their garden.
Gardeners should enter three photographs of their garden per category and they can enter as many categories as they wish.
Photographs can be submitted by email to email@example.com; via the competition posts on the Cardwell Facebook and Twitter pages; by handing in to the garden centre or my mailing to Gardenfest Competition, Cardwell Garden Centre, Lunderston Bay, By Gourock, PA19 1BB.
Entrants are asked to include address, email and phone contact details either along with their entry, or by private message on social media. Closing date for entries is Saturday, August 13.
Cardwell director, Kieran Gallagher said: “There are extremely skilled gardeners and beautiful gardens to be seen in Paisley and many of these green-fingered gurus are customers at Cardwell.
“This is a great opportunity for gardeners to get some recognition for their hard work and the photographs sent in will be testament to just how well people’s gardens grow.
“We’re keen to have lots of young gardeners enter and we hope this will encourage them to get involved in gardening, which is very positive for our physical and mental health.
“In previous years the Gardenfest competition was only open to gardeners from Inverclyde, but we were getting so many requests from folks living outwith that area we decided to open the contest up to the whole of the West of Scotland.
“We can’t wait to see the photographs of everyone’s garden.”
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Renfrew’s Robertson Park will welcome some of Scotland’s top piping talent this July for a new event in Renfrewshire’s events calendar.
The inaugural Renfrew Pipe Band Competition, taking place on Saturday 23 July, will see pipers and drummers from across Scotland fill the town with the sound of bagpipes and the beat of drums.
The free-to-attend event brings a full day of family entertainment to the park from 12 noon to 5pm – including aerial workshops, a food village, and a farmer’s market.
Judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association will be judging the bands on their performances across the various grades. Spectators will be able to enjoy the performances during the day, with the March Past at 5pm followed by the prize-giving with the Chieftain.
This year’s event Chieftain will be poet Shaun Moore, the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire. He said: “It’s a big honour to have been asked to be Chieftain at the first pipe band competition in Renfrew.
“As a member of the local creative community I enjoy making links with performers from other disciplines and sharing in the great work we all do to showcase talent in our local area and encourage wellbeing and pride in our communities.
“I know how big a day it is for the competitors and how much preparation they’ll have put in and I’m looking forward to joining them for what I’m sure will be a fantastic day out.”
Visitors should note there will be no public parking at the event. Free parking will be available a 5-10 minute walk away at Trinity High School, Glebe Street.
Public transport to the park is also available with a number of bus stops conveniently located around Robertson Park on Inchinnan Road and Paisley Road. McGill’s run a number of services through Renfrew, including the environmentally friendly Switch 26 and Switch 23 services.
More information about the event can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk
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Renfrewshire is the place to be for family days out and events this summer.
With the school summer holidays underway, there are lots of ways to keep the kids entertained at the many great attractions, events and outdoor spaces the area has to offer.
Summer events in Renfrewshire begin on Saturday 2 July with Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day.
The event, which is one of the world’s oldest workers’ festivals, will see a bumper programme of live performances, family entertainment and workshops.
Enjoy the colourful parade from 12noon as it makes its way from Brodie Park through the town centre. Once it arrives at Abbey Close, visitors can see the spectacular Burning of the Cork – a highlight of the day’s celebrations.
Then, get ready for the skirl of the bagpipes and the beat of the drum at Renfrew Pipe Band Competition on Saturday 23 July.
Renfrew’s Robertson Park will play proud host to its first ever pipe band competition, which will also feature aerial workshops, a farmer’s market, food village and much more.
The beautiful Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park has an extensive calendar of activities, including its Summer Kids programme of events for young people every Wednesday during the school holidays.
Each week will feature different practical outdoor events, including a variety of guided nature and wildlife walks with park rangers.
The park also offers sailing courses and paddle sport sessions for varying levels of experience.
The nearby RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve is home to stunning scenery and equally brilliant activities to go wild with the family.
The reserve is hosting a range of events across several weeks, including scavenger hunts, self-led activity trails and even a special dinosaur hunt.
Guided wildlife walks and pond dipping events will also take place on select days in July and August.
This summer, the Paisley First Business Improvement District is bringing BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom to Paisley for a fun, free family day out.
Find amazing brick models located around the town centre on this magical trail, including knights, princesses, wizards and deadly dragons.
BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom will run each day over the school holidays until Sunday 14 August. Collect a trail leaflet from The Paisley Centre or Piazza Shopping Centre and begin the quest.
Family favourites Funbox are coming to Johnstone Town Hall on Saturday 16 July for a Jungle Party.
Full of classic singalongs from Anya, Kevin and Bonzo (formerly of The Singing Kettle), this show will be jumbo-sized join-in fun for all the family. Tickets can be purchased via the OneRen box office.
The Paisley.is website is a one-stop shop to see the best things to do across Renfrewshire, including spectacular events, attractions and places to visit over the summer.
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As part of International Women Into Engineering Day on 23 June 2022, West College Scotland is launching the next phase of activity in their Women into STEM project.
The project – which is led by West College Scotland in partnership with Forth Valley College and Equate Scotland – is gearing up for an exciting second phase after a full year of encouraging more female representation into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles.!
Funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) the dynamic initiative were quick to welcome Equate Scotland and Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) on board after launching in April 2021. Equate have been busy engaging with employers and apprentices and YES have delivered engagement activities in secondary schools in Renfrewshire and Forth Valley.
During February and March 2022, YES ran eight virtual STEM workshops (four in Renfrewshire and four in Forth Valley) for S5 and S6 pupils. The workshops were interactive, with guest speakers from STEM related sectors. The overall purpose was to raise awareness and encourage the pupils to create marketing messages to help their peer group consider STEM subjects and career pathways with confidence.
The sessions culminated in an online ‘Women into STEM’ showcase and schools involved included: Trinity High School and Paisley Grammar School in Renfrewshire and Braes High School in Forth Valley – whose fantastic and thought provoking STEM Marketing Campaigns will be available on the new landing page.
The Women into STEM Project – which will run to 31 march 2023 – has been working with Equate Scotland to work with stakeholders, employers and partners to develop awareness, access, and participation for young women to thrive within STEM activities and pathways. The initiative also hopes to develop sustainable Apprenticeship Pathways, and recruit, prepare, and progress female pupils aged between 16-24 into STEM careers – including into Engineering Modern Apprenticeships – across the West of Scotland and the Forth Valley area.
Working alongside local employers such as Howdens, Scotrail, Diodes, Alexander Dennis Ltd, Ineos, and Petrofac, Women in STEM has been looking to understand and challenge stereotypes and develop the early years parts of this pipeline, to impact upon attitudinal and cultural change. The project hopes to make inclusive workplaces the norm not the exception and support female apprentices to build their peer support network with access to role models at the very start of their career, encouraging the apprentices to think about the challenges and opportunities, developing their confidence and the skills to succeed.
Morven McColl, Programme Executive, Young Enterprise Scotland, said: “Over the course of four weeks of the virtual STEM workshops, I delivered workshops to support the girls in developing a marketing campaign that would encourage more young women into STEM based careers. It was a delight to work with these fantastic, driven young women through the project and I was so impressed by the levels of dedication, creativity and enthusiasm shown. The final marketing campaigns were of a high standard; I think this demonstrates why getting young people themselves to create messaging that will attract their peers is so valuable. Who better to influence girls interested in STEM than their peers?”
Shona Darroch, HR Business Partner, Diodes Semiconductors GB Ltd, said: “I was delighted to be asked to be part of the Women in Stem project. We must do all we can to support more women into and returning to STEM related careers and this project gave me and Diodes a chance to work with other companies to share ideas and best practice. It also was a great way to support our current female engineering apprentices, in what is still a male dominated environment. But with projects like this, we can hopefully start to even out the gender gap that engineering has.”
Paul Fagan, Head of Employability, West College Scotland said: “Our Partnership recognises that there is an acute gender imbalance in the Scottish manufacturing sector and engineering workforce. Whilst the gender imbalance is extreme, there are significant opportunities within manufacturing and engineering trades, with the latest Regional Skills Assessment forecasting demand for 5,700 jobs in the west region alone by 2027. Our project can empower women to access and develop in these valuable jobs, through the development of robust skills pipelines. For our College and our partners, this positive action reflects a commitment to putting equality and diversity at the core of our delivery.”
William Forrest, Operations Manager for Engineering, Forth Valley College, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting initiative in order to encourage more women to consider a career in engineering. Our world needs engineers to innovate and make changes which improve our lives and reduce our harm to the planet. This partnership will raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities out there and encourage more young women to be a part of the fourth industrial revolution.”
Laura Smith-Gulliver, Training and Development Manager, Equate Scotland said: “The jobs of the future will rely on STEM skills, driven by an innovative and diverse workforce – vital to navigating a post-COVID world, climate change and other global challenges. Improvements in workplace equality are being made – but still persists in the attitudes, actions and processes of employers and society including how girls are encouraged to view their future workplaces and how women in STEM are supported and empowered when they get there. With STEM industries still dominated by men, women can face a challenging working environment – building networks, have fewer role models, and less peer support.”
Anyone wishing to find out more about the Women into STEM initiative, should contact Gillian Gray, West College Scotland’s Development Funding Executive – Business, Enterprise & Innovation, on firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Renfrewshire Council Leader reaffirms commitment to create conditions for growth during visit to leading local company
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson saw first-hand the critical role apprenticeships are playing in supporting skills development and local business growth during a visit to City Gate Construction (CGC).
The Council provides support to 85 Modern Apprentices working in local businesses and with the Council itself across a wide variety of roles including in construction, mechanics, administration and early years education.
CGC are continually recruiting apprentices to support their business growth and encourage young people to join the construction industry.
Formed in 2003 in Renfrewshire, CGC now employ more than 225 people across six UK offices, with an annual turnover in excess of £30million this year.
Re-elected last month, Councillor Nicolson, visited the workshop at CGC’s Linwood headquarters, meeting second year apprentice joiner Liam Russell, from Bishopton, and first year apprentice polisher Danny Dempsey, from Paisley, as well as Toby Roughton, from Barrhead, who is completing work experience prior to starting his apprenticeship in August.
“It was really enjoyable to meet the apprentices and hear about the skills they’re learning and projects they are working on,” said Councillor Nicolson. “It’s fantastic that companies like CGC and others across Renfrewshire continue to take on apprentices, recognising the benefits it brings to the young person and their business growth too.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure the workforce in Renfrewshire have the skills, knowledge and talent they need to support local business growth and bolster the local economy. It’s undoubtedly been a very challenging time for business and throughout the pandemic we worked hard to deliver more than £55million in lifeline grant support.
“Now, we are continuing in our commitment to help local businesses by creating the conditions for growth. Major investment is taking place right across Renfrewshire in skills, innovation and infrastructure.
“This includes the establishment of AMIDS, Scotland’s home of manufacturing innovation and new transport and active travel links to better connect communities to employment. Realising this investment will deliver huge benefits, not least a strong, productive economy, with more jobs and opportunities for local people.”
Since its formation, CGC has recruited around 180 Renfrewshire residents and is offering a further seven apprenticeships from August.
Walter Matthews, CGC Facilities Management Operations Director, said: “CGC are committed to nurture young talent in our local communities, offering opportunities for apprenticeships, work placements, training and mentoring to join us on our journey to continued growth and success.”
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Renfrewshire and Inverclyde residents are being encouraged to attend a ceremony to celebrate our serving military men and women.
Serving troops, veterans and their families will join the Provosts of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, as well as the Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Colonel Peter McCarthy, to mark Armed Forces Day with a service in Paisley Abbey on Saturday 18 June at 10am.
A collection will be held after the service with donations going to Bravehound, a charity providing companion dogs and support in training them to former servicemen, women and their families.
Following the service tea and coffee will be provided within the Abbey.
Both Provost’s and the Lord-Lieutenant will then move on to Hawkhead cemetery where they will lay wreaths at the memorial.
Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Armed Forces Day is an important event within the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde communities and I’m glad we are able to come together again this year in recognition of the contribution made to our country by members of our Armed Forces.
“I have been honoured to speak with many ex-servicemen and women over the years who have shared their stories and memories and I know how much this event means to them.
“It’s important to show our support and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend.”
As well as the joint service with Inverclyde, Renfrewshire will host a flag raising ceremony on Friday 17 June, at 11am, outside Renfrewshire House.
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Residents, businesses and community groups can back a funding bid for a new community hub in Renfrew town centre.
Renfrewshire Council has developed initial proposals which are now being shared with the public ahead of an application to the Levelling Up fund this summer.
The plans set out the refurbishment of the vacant former police station and enhancements at Renfrew Victory Baths to create a combined community facility.
Included in the hub proposals are better pool facilities and a spa and wellness centre to upgrade the offer at the popular baths which celebrated its centenary last year.
There are also plans for the hub to have a regional dance, gymnastics and fitness centre open for all ages and groups.
And alongside new community spaces, it could house a library and learning centre with digital facilities, relocating Renfrew Library into the town centre.
The public’s views will feed into a funding application in the second round of the UK Government fund, which supports investment in local infrastructure and community assets.
If successful, further detailed public consultation would be carried out to refine the proposals.
Chief Economic and Regeneration Officer George Hunter said: “Development of this town centre community hub would be a fantastic facility for local residents and visitors to Renfrew alike and we are keen to hear what people think about the initial plans.
“Complementing what’s on offer at Renfrew Town Hall, the hub would provide inclusive, modern town centre facilities everyone can access, giving people more reasons to spend local in Renfrew and importantly ensure the long-term future of two well-known, historic buildings.
“The Levelling Up fund is a competitive bid process so we are looking for local residents, businesses and community groups to complete the feedback survey and send their support.”
A public exhibition is also open at Renfrew Victory Baths including weekends from Tuesday 24 May until Monday 6 June (closed Thursday 2 June), with a drop-in session scheduled from 12pm to 5.30pm on Wednesday 1 June where members of the project team will be available to discuss the proposals in person.
The Council secured more than £38million in funding in the first round of the Levelling Up fund towards improved transport links between Paisley and the manufacturing district AMIDS, which represented the third highest award across the UK.
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