Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has congratulated all the UWS students who graduated recently, including his wife, Lynn.

Gavin Newlands attended the UWS Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 4th July in the Paisley Abbey to support his wife, Lynn, who graduated with a first class honours degree in Human Management.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Congratulations to all the student who graduated from UWS. It’s a fantastic achievement to have reached this stage and I hope all the student and their families had a memorable day in the Paisley Abbey.

“Graduation days are always special occasions for the student, but they’re probably more memorable for the wider family who are in attendance to celebrate this special occasion. I know this as I am incredibly proud of my wife Lynn who joined her fellow students in graduating.

“I am extremely proud of Lynn’s success and she has worked incredibly hard to graduate with a first class honours degree. Not only is she a full-time mother, who has to put up with me being in London for most of the week, but she also works part-time as well. She’s put in the effort and the whole family is proud of her.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said:

“I was pleased to welcome MP Gavin Newlands to our ceremony at Paisley Abbey on Wednesday 4 July to celebrate the achievements of all our graduates, but in particular his wife Lynne, who I know he is incredibly proud of.”

The chief executive who transformed Renfrewshire Leisure into a multi-million pound business creating jobs and new facilities has announced she is to retire.

Joyce McKellar, 56, who has been chief executive since 2005, will step down from her role at the end of October. The position will be advertised later this month.

With the recent birth of her first grandchild and the health of her father deteriorating, Joyce had decided to spend more time with her family.

She explains: “I have been with Renfrewshire Leisure for 13 years and in that time I’ve been proud of the way the organisation has grown to provide hugely expanded sport, leisure and cultural facilities.

“I now think it’s time for me to concentrate more on family matters and I want to help with my father’s care and spend more time with my grandchild.

“Health and well-being will always be important to me and I’ll now also have more time to up my fitness regime by doing more cycling, running and swimming.”

Joyce has spent 38 years service with local government and leisure trusts and since she became chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, the number of people employed has risen from 250 to almost 800 and the annual turnover doubled from £6 million to £19 million.

She has led major changes in the organisation, which includes the transfer of cultural and sports services from Renfrewshire Council to the leisure trust.

Joyce was also seconded to the council to lead the development of their leisure facilities strategy, which saw a £42 million investment in building a brand new sports and leisure centre – The ON-X, in Linwood – and the creation of a new sports hub, in Johnstone.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure’s board of trustees, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Joyce has been a fantastic chief executive for Renfrewshire Leisure and the people of Renfrewshire.

“It’s thanks to her forward thinking, expertise and determination that we have seen such huge improvements in sports and leisure facilities locally.

“She has modernised and expanded sports and leisure services in Renfrewshire in the face of increased competition from the private sector.

“Joyce will leave an organisation that is fit for purpose and thanks to her efforts, whoever picks up the baton as the new chief executive will be starting from a high point as they take the company forward.”

The longest-running major sponsor of St Mirren, intu Braehead has signed up for another season.
The shopping and leisure destination has pledged a five-figure sum of money to the club in what will be the 13th year in a row they have been a Saints sponsor.

The intu Braehead logo will be on the back of the away shirt and also on signage around the stadium.
St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott said: “We’re grateful for the financial support intu Braehead has given the club over so many years.

“The centre plays a massive role in the local economy providing jobs that pay wages that people can spend in towns and villages throughout Renfrewshire.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“And intu Braehead has also been a great supporter of local charities and organisations, as well as being a major backer of St Mirren since 2005.”

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

Peter Beagley, regional centre director with responsibility for intu Braehead said: “We’ve always been a supporter of St Mirren who are synonymous with Paisley and Renfrewshire.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“A successful St Mirren gives a huge boost to the morale of the local community and you can see that’s what happened when Saints were promoted to the Scottish Premiership last season.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“I’m looking forward to seeing St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership this year and a successful and growing intu Braehead means we can support organisations like St Mirren and other good causes even more in the future.”

Renfrewshire Council is cracking down on businesses illegally dumping commercial waste – by bringing in a permit scheme at the area’s five Household Waste Recycling Centres.

In a move to stop commercial operators using the centres, anyone driving a van, pick-up, mini bus or towing a trailer must from 16 July register online for a free permit by 4:30pm the day before they plan to visit a facility.

Permit holders must ensure they bring photo identification and proof of residency to the centre when they visit.

The new system does not apply to residents using a car unless they are towing a trailer.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We are unfortunately having issues with commercial businesses and traders attempting to use our Household Waste Recycling Centres free of charge to dump their trade waste.

“This is illegal and is not fair to other Renfrewshire residents who are using the sites correctly.

“Under the new system, drivers of commercial-style vehicles will need to apply for a permit each time they visit a site, and the permit will only be valid for the date and vehicle applied for.

“Waste brought to any of our five centres may be subject to inspection and, if deemed to be commercial waste, the person will be refused access to the site.

“This change brings us into line with other local authorities and aims to stop illegal commercial dumping and free up our centres for residents who are using the service correctly.”

Residents can apply online for a free permit by filling out an application on the Council’s website at

The website also includes detailed information and frequently asked questions to help residents familiarise themselves with the new permit system.

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Residents are set to see a change to their bin collection service later this year as part of a drive to improve recycling across Renfrewshire.

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With evidence showing 69% of rubbish being placed in the general waste bin could have been recycled, the new service aims to encourage people to be better recyclers and help Renfrewshire fulfil the national Household Recycling Charter objectives.

As part of the changes, residents will be provided with an additional bin to help separate out their recycling and reduce the amount of waste produced ahead of a ban on sending untreated biodegradable waste to landfill by 2021.

The changes to collections will include:

  • A new green wheelie bin, for plastics, cans and glass and will be collected on alternate fortnights with the blue bin
  • The blue bin will now be for paper and cardboard only and will be collected on alternate fortnights with the green bin
  • The grey general waste bin will be collected every three weeks
  • There is no change to the brown food and garden waste bin which is still collected fortnightly

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The change to the bin collection service later this year will give residents the opportunity to reduce the amount of rubbish in their general waste bin and spread it out into an extra recycling bin.

“We recognise that that this is a change for residents but everyone will still receive a weekly collection and by recycling correctly they will be able to see a difference in the level of rubbish they are producing.

“Other local authorities who have moved to a similar service have seen a significant improvement in recycling, meaning there are less disposal costs and the money saved can be reinvested into other vital services including investing in our schools, our roads and caring for the most vulnerable in our communities.

“We will be launching a campaign in the next few months to ensure residents have all the correct information in advance of the changes and we will work closely with them to guide them through the new process to ensure the new service works efficiently.”

The new collection service delivery model will impact on the 90,000 properties across Renfrewshire which have a kerbside collection service and is set to be delivered in late 2018.

Approximately 30,000 Renfrewshire properties, which includes tenements, maisonettes and high flats, will see no change to their general waste collection but the service will be tailored to allow these properties access to the new service.

All residents affected by the changes will see receive detailed information in advance of the new service change on how to recycle correctly, what can be placed in each bin and the schedule of bin collections.

Information and updates will be provided via the Renfrewshire Council social media accounts and at

A ladies boxing class from Johnstone have raised £1,000 for a national charity during a funday to celebrate 100 years of Woman’s suffrage.

Boxing Coach Theresa Jack and Wellbeing counsellor Paula Adleigh, from Renfrewshire Boxing Ladies, held a special session of the popular Boxfit fitness and self-defence class on Sunday.

Supported by regular gym members, the class was able to raise nearly £1,000 by selling bonus ball numbers to win a bike, having a raffle and the ticket sales on the day.

The target was £1,000 and to push them over that amount, the Boxing Ladies will be taking part in the Paisley 10k Fun Run.

Paula Adleigh, said:  “We are celebrating 100 years since the suffragettes won the right to vote but for some women, like ourselves, what better way is there to celebrate that than in a boxing gym.

“As well as boxing and fitness, we teach self-defence in our women-only classes. Tia and myself were taught by Pat Sheridan who has been instrumental in the Paige’s Promise charity in Glasgow and surrounding areas.

“We would like to thank all the regular members of the gym, everyone who has donated raffles prizes and bought tickets and those who have shown their support for today.

“We’d especially like to thank Colin Bellshaw, owner of Saltire Boxing Gym for allowing us to take over the gym and provided the advertising and promotion for the event. We would also like to thank Pam Bellshaw who was the heart and soul of today. Pam has been up to the wee small hours and today would not have been possible without her.”

The funday was organised at Saltire Gym in Johnstone to raise money for the charity Rape Crisis Scotland where Paula works on the charity’s telephone helpline, she explained: “Rape Crisis Scotland is a feminist organisation that campaigns to raise awareness of the extent of sexual violence in Scotland and to reduce the negative impact of sexual violence on survivors and others affected by sexual violence by advocating for better service responses from the government and the public sector including the justice system.

“Some of the work that Rape Crisis Scotland has carried out in the past decade has included setting up the National Advocacy Project. A national prevention project delivered through local rape crisis centres across Scotland.

“The Rape Crisis National Helpline, where I work, supports anyone who is affected by sexual violence. This includes survivors, their family, friends and anyone who works with survivors. We work with survivors of all genders.”

Paula gave some examples of what she might face during a phone call on a typical day on the Rape Crisis Helpline, she said: “A worker like me will support someone who is dealing with the trauma of rape and other forms of sexual violence. Sexual violence can include childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, flashing, inappropriate touching or stalking.”

Survivors usually experience abuse from people they know, which includes partners in current relationships.

Paula added: “The impact of this abuse can be experienced as flashbacks, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, depression as well as isolation and rejection from family and friends.

“In Scotland during 2016-17, 10,822 sexual crimes were reported to the police. That is an increase of 5% on the previous year where there were 1,755 rapes and 123 attempted rapes. Yet we know that a majority of survivors do not report to the police. In 2016-17, the helpline took 5,628 calls and responded to 1,076 emails.

“I applied last year to Rape Crisis Scotland to do my counsellor training with them. I was advised when I did my first ever counselling course by my tutor that this would be the hardest training to get into and if I was successful I’d have to bring my best self to the course as the training would be hard and is the gold standard in its field.

“The advisor wasn’t lying – it is the most thorough, hardest training I have done, but it is for me the most important thing I have ever had the privilege to be part of.”

Male and female Boxfit class for all levels are held every Monday to Thursday at 9.30am & 7.30pm, Friday at 9.30am, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am at Saltire Boxing & Bootcamp, 26 Macdowall St, Johnstone.

Woman only Boxfit classes are held on Friday’s at 7.30pm. Children’s boxing classes are also available. To find out more information please contact the gym via or visit their Facebook Page here: Entry is £5 per session on a pay as you go basis. A monthly plan is also available.

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Schools may be out but the ever-popular Street Stuff activities don’t stop as the packed summer programme launches today (2 July).

Football, dance, gaming, DJ workshops and much more will be available for young people aged 8 to16 to take part in for free this summer.

With no school to look forward to each day, all young people are being invited to take part in the summer clubs at a range of venues across Renfrewshire.

Afternoon clubs will take place in Renfrew, Johnstone, Paisley and Linwood from 2 July until 11 August, with core evening sessions on each day except Sundays.

Young people attending an afternoon session will also receive a free healthy lunch as they’re sure to work up an appetite at whichever activity they take part in.

Those who attend will also get the chance to have their say on what they would like to see as part of the 10 year Street Stuff birthday celebration next year.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “With bundles of energy to spare with no schoolwork over the summer, Street Stuff provides the perfect opportunity to tire them out each day.

“Our brilliant team of coaches and volunteers will help engage them in different activities each day whether they’re a dancer, footballer or gamer.

“With the added addition of a healthy lunch to keep them going during the day, I’m sure it’ll be a struggle to get them home from each activity.

“All young people are free to come along, make friends and have a fantastic summer.”

Street Stuff is a diversionary project run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

The programme began in 2009 in Renfrewshire contributing to a reduction in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour by 75 per cent over the first five years with a sustained reduction of 65 per cent.

Find out exactly when each club is on at

Glasgow Airport will today (Wednesday, July 4) host an innovative and immersive experience designed to give staff and passengers a better understanding of some of the difficulties faced by people living with dementia.

Passengers and many of the airport’s 5000 staff will be invited to take part in the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) in a mobile unit based outside the main terminal today.

The interactive sessions are designed to give an understanding of the physical, cognitive and sensory changes a person living with dementia may experience.

During the taster sessions, staff will be asked to complete a range of daily living tasks while having their physical and sensory abilities altered.  They will feel and behave in a similar way to those living with dementia and will be able to empathise with some of the difficulties they face when they are not provided with appropriate support.

Those taking part in the Virtual Dementia Tour will learn:

  • How the environment can help and hinder a person living with dementia
  • Describe ways to make the environment conducive and promote dignity and respect for people with dementia
  • Identify ways to improve communication and challenge stereotypes and labelling of people living with dementia
  • Understand the importance of person-centred care and approaches for people who have dementia
  • Relate to how a person with dementia may feel in an unfamiliar environment such as an airport

The visit of the Virtual Dementia Tour comes one year after Glasgow became the first airport in the UK to host the Autism Reality Experience.

Glasgow Airport’s Terminal Compliance Manager Paul Scott said: “The Autism Reality Experience was a fantastic success last year for a number of reasons.

“Prior to its visit we would normally receive between four or five requests a month for assistance to support a passenger with autism. Following the visit, and the exposure it received, we now receive more than four or five requests every week.

“These drop-in sessions really excel in providing passengers and the wider airport staff with a much better understanding of the difficulties people with hidden disabilities face.

“It’s important our staff are aware of this and that’s where the Virtual Dementia Tour really works well – it gives them an understanding of the challenges a person living with this dreadful condition has to overcome on a daily basis.

The VDT has been developed by world-renowned geriatric specialist P.K Beville with an aim to increase empathy and insight into living with dementia.  Training2Care UK Ltd is the sole UK license holder offering structured training sessions to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK.

This includes care and nursing homes, day centres, hospitals, hospices, local authorities, universities and the retail sector.

Training2Care’s Managing Director Glenn Knight said: “An airport can often be a daunting and overwhelming place for someone with dementia.  We are pleased to be working with Glasgow Airport as the first airport in the UK to offer the Virtual Dementia Tour to its workforce and passengers.

“Staff working in various areas in the airport will gain a better insight into what dementia might be like. As a result they will be able to enable people with dementia to have a better experience at the airport with support from staff who have seen the world from their perspective.

“We see this training experience as a positive step from Glasgow Airport towards building on its existing special assistance service by also creating a dementia-inclusive environment.”

Glasgow Airport has been working with a number of different charities to improve staff training and awareness of hidden disabilities and to improve the assistance it provides. If travelling with have a hidden disability the airport can provide a lanyard which will discreetly identify a passenger to airport staff as requiring additional support.

The airport’s front line staff have been trained to recognise these lanyards and offer special assistance to passengers. To obtain one, passengers and/or their travel companions can visit the special assistance desk on the ground floor in the main check-in area.

To request assistance of any kind, passengers can call 0141 842 7700 (24 Hr) or email

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  • More than 200,000 expected over weekend


  • Busiest weekend of 2018




Glasgow Airport is preparing for its busiest weekend of the year so far as tens of thousands take to the skies for the summer holidays.

More than 200,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport this weekend as the school holidays get underway.


The majority of travellers will be heading for popular sunshine hotspots such as Palma, Alicante, the Canary Islands, Crete, Florida, Dalaman in Turkey, Bourgas in Bulgaria. Other popular city break destinations include Paris, Munich, New York, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Rome and Dubai.


Additional staff will be on hand at peak times over the weekend to provide support and assurance for passengers as they prepare for check-in and security.


The airport will also be providing plenty of entertainment for young departing travellers to ensure their holidays get off to a flying start.  This will include a kids’ zone in the departures area featuring arts and craft activities including face painting, while sweet-toothed youngster can also enjoy a cone from our ice-cream cart.   


Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport Managing Director, said: “The recent great weather will hopefully have ensured our passengers travelling through the airport this weekend are in the holiday spirit. There’s always a great atmosphere in terminal, particularly as the school term has come to an end and thousands of families arrive at the airport ahead of their holidays.


“This weekend is sure to be one of our busiest ever and we’ll have plenty of activities in the main departure lounge to help occupy the children.


“Given that the airport will be busier than usual we would encourage passengers to allow enough time for check-in and to ensure they are prepared for the security area and have their boarding passes ready.


“All liquids, gels and pastes carried in hand luggage should be 100ml or less and carried in a 20cm x 20cm clear plastic bag, which should be presented out with their hand luggage at the security check point.


“Passengers should also organise their hand luggage appropriately before they go through our X-Ray machines, which means removing laptops and other large electrical equipment from their bags and placing them flat and unobstructed in the tray along with smaller items such as keys, coins, watched and phones.


“Small steps such as these really help to ensure our passengers pass through security as quickly and smoothly as possible so they can relax and enjoy the start of their holiday.”


Glasgow Airport completed a £1.4 million project earlier this year to increase the central search security area by 20 per cent. This investment was part of a wider £24 million terminal transformation programme, which included a number of enhancements to the airport’s retail offering including new Fat Face and JD Sports stores.