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Eunice Muir and Volunteers

St Vincent’s Hospice, which supports people across Renfrewshire and in neighbouring areas of North Ayrshire, officially launched its new corporate identity this month.

Chief Executive, Kirsteen Murray, said “We had incredibly positive feedback from supporters and team members who saw the new logo and strapline during their development who felt that the new branding exactly reflects what we are as an organisation – the little hospice with the big heart!”. 

Chairman Eunice Muir, seen here at the unveiling of the new logo, said “St Vincent’s Hospice has a proud history and is much loved by the communities we serve in Renfrewshire and Ayrshire. The launch of the new identity represents the start of the next chapter in our development”.

Eunice Muir and Volunteers


AN event at the Braehead Centre is just the job for those looking for work.

A Recruitment Fair is being held in the centre between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31 with dozens of new jobs up for grabs.


There is a wide selection of full-time, part-time roles to be filled across centre management and retailers either on temporary or permanent contracts. Shops will also be hiring staff for the busy run-up to Christmas.

The Recruitment Fair is being held on the Level three of the mall, which can be accessed via the glass scenic lifts in the central atrium.

Braehead centre director, Peter Beagley said: “Braehead is a great place to work and there’s a wide variety of job vacancies available working for both the centre’s team and in many different kinds of stores we have in the mall.

“If anyone is looking for a work or fancies a change of job, it will certainly be worth their while coming to our Recruitment Fair. It could be the first step in a new career.”

For more information, contact braehead.information@savillspm.co.uk .

Ferguslie Learning Centre - Open Day 2022 Social Media

Pop along to the Ferguslie Open Day on Thursday 18 August (10-2pm) and sign up for a community course starting this month!

Ferguslie Learning Centre - Open Day 2022 Social Media

They’re offering courses in: IT – Media – Wellbeing – Criminology – Early Education – Horticulture – Fashion & Textiles – Creative Writing and MORE!

Take a look at the full range of courses available here: bit.ly/fergusliewcs – alternatively, call Kathleen on 07980 696139 for further info.

Upile Mary's Meals Superhero

This International Youth Day (Friday, 12 August), children in Renfrewshire are encouraged to find their inner superhero with an amazing free activity pack from school feeding charity Mary’s Meals.

Upile Mary's Meals Superhero

Mary’s Meals serves nutritious school meals in 20 of the world’s poorest countries, many of which are impacted by conflict and natural disasters. The promise of a nutritious meal attracts hungry children into the classroom where, instead of working or looking for food, they can gain an education and hope for the future. The charity feeds 2,279,941 children every school day.

The Mary’s Meals Superheroes pack is full of activities designed to teach children about life in the countries where Mary’s Meals works, such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and Yemen – making it perfect for International Youth Day!

The pack was inspired by a young girl named Upile, 13, who eats Mary’s Meals at her school in Malawi.

She says: “When I grow up and finish my school, I want to be a nurse. I want to help people.”

The activity pack includes a film featuring Upile – as well as a colouring sheet, a word search and materials for little ones to design their own superhero mask.

Dan McNally, head of grassroots engagement at Mary’s Meals, says: “This fantastic pack is full of activities that will keep kids entertained this International Youth Day. Visit our website to download your free copy today!”

It costs just £15.90 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year. Visit www.marysmeals.org.uk/get-involved/childrens-resources to download the free Mary’s Meals Superheroes activity pack.

Councillor Cameron CAB visit

A new group has been set up to focus support for residents tackling the cost-of-living crisis in Renfrewshire.

Depute Leader, Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, will chair the new Fairer Renfrewshire sub-committee which will focus on tackling inequalities and the rising cost of living as well as the issues communities face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Cameron CAB visit

The new group meets for the first time next week (Tuesday 16 August) and will also bring together Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty, Social Renewal and Alcohol and Drug Change programmes.

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron said: “Tackling the cost-of-living crisis is one of our administration’s top priorities. The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone, but the current cost-of-living crisis is adding to the struggle for many with increased costs putting real pressure on all household budgets. Inflation is at its highest level for 30 years impacting on food and fuel costs and the increases to energy bills are a real concern.

“We know the impacts of this are particularly worse for low-income families. Boosting household incomes is vital, both through supporting people to access quality work as well as accessing benefits and support they are entitled to.

“We’re working hard with our partners to respond to the immediate challenges of the pandemic and cost of living crisis, while developing longer term plans to support those on low incomes.”

Councillor Cameron visited Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau yesterday in Paisley to meet advisors who have been supporting people through the current crisis.

She added: “We have invested more than £10 million in recent years helping those most in need in our communities through initiatives, including our Tackling Poverty, Social Renewal and Alcohol and Drug Change programmes. Our immediate focus now is on ways we can reduce the financial pressure on low-income households in Renfrewshire.”

Martin Fotheringham, Chief Executive Officer at Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “Our advisors have been working hard to support and advise people as best as we can to make sure they get the right support. If anyone is concerned or has any worries either about their situation now or over the coming months, I would urge people to get in touch as soon as they can either by calling us or visiting our website for free, impartial advice. The earlier you seek advice, the more we can help.”

Renfrewshire Council has been working with its partners on a number of initiatives to help support communities during the cost-of-living crisis.

  • In partnership with Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, Linstone Housing and Renfrewshire Foodbank, it launched a Fuel Insecurity Pilot which provides additional emergency fuel support to low-income families who are struggling with fuel costs.
  • Using funding from the Scottish Government’s Winter Support Fund, it launched the Financial Insecurity Winter Payment, a referral-only payment given to households who are experiencing financial insecurity, particularly due to rising energy costs.
  • Its £50,000 Community Food Fund was launched to support local organisations who are developing projects to offer food in their communities. It is now accepting applications for a second round of funding which closes on Friday 12 August.
  • Its breakfast clubs provide free breakfasts to children and free food is also available during its Summer of Fun Street Stuff holiday activities
  • In partnership with Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, it launched Fair Work Renfrewshire to provide advice on employment and related issues, including benefits entitlement and redundancy
  • It funded the appointment of an Affordable Credit Officer for Engage Renfrewshire to give help and support to people borrowing from high cost and illegal money lenders
  • It supported food pantries run by RAMH, Star Project and Active Communities in Paisley, Shortroods and Johnstone, providing £25,000 funding to each

The new committee will now look at further ways the Council and its partners can support those most in need.

This includes the launch of the Transition Fund for Parents, Skills and Training Grant Programme and Parental Employment Support Employer Recruitment Initiative which will support people and parents back into work.

The funds were created to improve access to good employment opportunities after data showed one of the main barriers to employment in Renfrewshire was living in a single parent or jobless household with dependent children.

As well as local support, a number of new national support measures have been announced by the Scottish and UK Governments to help, including the Energy Bills Support Scheme which will provide a £400 discount on energy bills to everyone with a domestic energy connection in October, the £20 a week per child Scottish Child Payment and the £150 Council tax reduction.

Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau offers face-to-face appointments as well as advice online or on the phone.

If you are unsure what benefits are available to you or need advice and support during the cost-of-living crisis, contact Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121 or www.renfrewshirecab.org.uk or Advice Works on 0300 300 1238.

Kieron Achara

Chair welcomes new directors who bring extensive experience to support charity’s mission of improving lives across Renfrewshire

An Olympian and a university executive have joined the board overseeing OneRen, the local charity providing life-change cultural, leisure and sporting opportunities across Renfrewshire.

Kieron Achara

Former professional basketball player Kieron Achara and Elaine Robertson, who heads international student recruitment at the University of West of Scotland (UWS), are looking forward to starting work to help improve the region’s health and wellbeing.

The independent directors join at an exciting time for the charity as it supports communities with the continued recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and as work progresses on major projects including the £42m transformation of Paisley Museum.

Kieron was a member of the Team GB basketball team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He went on to a professional sporting career with teams in Scotland, Italy, Spain, Greece and Bulgaria.

Since retiring as a player, he has been deeply involved in developing the next generation of basketball players across Scotland and further afield.

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Former Glasgow Rocks star Kieron, who also captained Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, said: “When people reflect on my sporting success they tend to focus on my work ethic and willingness to succeed.

“The reality is without the correct infrastructure and support, it would have been hard to achieve anything.

“I am passionate about creating the right infrastructure and environment for people to reach their full potential.

“I hope that my experiences and expertise in sports development and community projects can help OneRen’s life-improving mission to help continue to create these positive spaces.”

Elaine brings with her more than 20 years’ experience of public service, including working with community organisations. She has held her current role as the Paisley-based Head of International Student Recruitment at UWS since 2016. This has included extensive work in business development.

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Outside of work, she is a lifelong participant in sport, with interests ranging from mountain biking and open-water swimming to dance and martial arts.

Elaine said: “I have a real interest and passion for health and wellbeing and for culture, leisure and sport. OneRen’s mission to use this to create opportunities and improve lives across Renfrewshire is one which resonates strongly with me.

“Working at UWS, directly opposite the site of the Paisley Museum Reimagined regeneration project, I cannot fail to be excited by the work so evidently in progress to enhance community and economic wellbeing in Renfrewshire.

“I am genuinely excited about the increasingly influential role that OneRen has to play in the region’s life.”

The new directors were appointed following an open recruitment process.

OneRen Chair, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, said: “I am delighted to welcome Kieron and Elaine to the Board and am looking forward to working with them. We have a high-calibre team around the table.

“Both bring a tremendous amount of experience with them, which I am sure will help influence and inspire us as we strive to help improve health, wellbeing and opportunities for people across Renfrewshire. Exciting times lie ahead.”

OneRen is the operating name of Renfrewshire Leisure Limited.

2. 17 Park Mains High School pupils celebrate their exam results outside their school
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Lochwinnoch musician and TikTok star, archie, 18, sets out to follow in the footsteps of musicians like Paulo Nutini and Oasis as he headlines the main stage at King Tut’s in Glasgow on Sunday 7th August. The gig will also launch his debut solo single, “Everything She Does Is Beautiful” which will be released on Friday 5th August on all major streaming platforms.

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Super-talented archie, who sings and plays 11 different instruments, has already performed at iconic venues such as the Barrowlands and the Glasgow Green main stage for the 2018 European Championships. His first major hit, “Nicotine” – which he wrote and sang for Drum and Bass DJ/Producer Goddard – made the top 10 on the iTunes dance charts with nearly 5 million streams – winning archie the honour of closing out London’s Tobacco Docks music festival to a sell-out crowd of over 2,000 people. His new song is the first release from a forthcoming EP showcasing two years of solo writing and recording with top Scottish and London producers, with much of his inspiration coming from walks in the Renfrewshire countryside.


Ahead of his gig, archie will be supporting the Summer Jam 2022 fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Three Churches in Lochwinnoch on Sunday 31st July and he’s also performing at the Cycle Arts Festival at Castle Semple Visitor Centre at 3:45pm on Thursday 4th August.


archie said:


“I’ve always had amazing support from my local community, helping me grow in confidence and improve, and it’s a real privilege to give something back by supporting local charities such as the Teenage Cancer Trust and St Vincent’s Hospice.


“My debut single had its very first airing in the cancer ward in Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital when I sent it to a friend who was having treatment there. She said it made her cry – hopefully because she loved it!”


“I’ve been writing and recording for over two years and I’m looking forward to finally starting to share my music with a wider audience.  It’s always great to see local faces in the crowd at a gig and I hope to see lots of friends at my King Tut’s debut.”


Tickets for the King Tut’s gig are available at  www.kingtuts.co.uk/artist/archie.

Group shot Convener M McGurk with kids and staff at St James' summer club in Renfrew - 27 Jul 2022 (2)

Hundreds of children and young people are having a whale of a good time at Renfrewshire Council’s summer clubs.

Taking place across the area, the Summer of Fun clubs and activities are available both during the day and evening to help kids aged between 5 and 16 have a good holiday break.

Group shot Convener M McGurk with kids and staff at St James' summer club in Renfrew - 27 Jul 2022 (2)

From sports, art and crafts to field trips and wall climbing, children and young people have lots to keep them occupied over the six-week break. Those who go to an activity over lunchtime also receive a free healthy meal.

All the activities are supported by the council’s community learning and development team, Children’s Services, OneRen, St Mirren Football Club and Class4Kids.

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Communities and Housing Convener, Councillor Marie McGurk, visited St James’ Primary School, Renfrew, to see firsthand how the clubs were going.

She said: “Having time to socialise with friends and others of the same age is important for all of us, but especially for children and young people after the experiences of the last few years with lockdown and restrictions due to the pandemic.

“The Summer of Fun activities are part of a large programme that supports children and young people of all backgrounds to enjoy the holiday period. With funding from the Scottish Government, we have put additional activities into targeted areas to support low-income families. We also have our regular summer playscheme for children and young people with additional support needs (ASN) and provided our regular activities like StreetStuff and Duke of Edinburgh.”

Convener M McGurk with a kid under a rainbow parachute at St James' summer club in Renfrew - 27 Jul 2022 (1)

Summer of Fun daytime activities are taking place in Gallowhill, St Paul’s, St James’ (Renfrew), Woodlands and Glencoats primary schools as well as West Johnstone Campus and the King George V in Renfrew. Most places are booked out.

StreetStuff will be at different areas each Monday to Saturday. Visit https://renfrewshire-cld.class4kids.co.uk/term/4 for information and to book.

Young people aged 10 to 16 living in Erskine, Foxbar and Glenburn can also go to local activities each night. Visit https://renfrewshire-cld.class4kids.co.uk/term/7 for information and to book.

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