Discover the superhero behind the mask at our Spring Creative Camp! Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ award winning Outreach Team are set to assemble like the Avengers to bring you a 4 day programme of activities at Paisley Museum.

Taking place during the schools’ Easter Holidays, this year’s Creative Camp is all about Superheroes, battling against baddies and unmasking your inner hero self. Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts and crafts, the four-day camp will be packed with fun filled, interactive activities designed to develop superpowers and inspire children to stand up for what they believe in.
Plus, participants can seek further inspiration from masked crusader Zorro as they attend Visible Fictions’ fantastic children’s theatre show, ‘The Mark of Zorro’ on Thursday 4 April at Paisley Arts Centre. On the last day, children will have the chance to show off their superhero themed creations to parents, friends and families at a special guest showing at Paisley Museum, 2 – 3pm.
Our Spring Creative Camp: Behind the Mask will take place from Tues 2 – Fri 5 April10am – 3pm at Paisley Museum. Each place costs £31 per child, per week (£23.50 concession for those in receipt of full working tax credit). Price includes a free ticket to see ‘The Mark of Zorro’. Suitable for ages 8 – 14, maximum of 25 places available.
To book call our Box Office on 0141 887 1010. For further information on our Spring Creative Camps, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to or follow us on Facebook

Quest4Talent Tuesdays Winners: Vocal section

(16-25yo section)

  • Jemma Stevenson,
  • Emily Cochrane
  • Decaln McLeish

(12-15yo section)

  • Summer Bain & Emily Middlemas (duet)
  • Emily Middlemas (solo)
  • Ashleigh Burns
  • Hannah Leggat
  • Gaby Humphries

*Mondays winners to follow

Paisley Photographs taken by Alex Kyle for

Renfrewshire welcomes UK wide Chamber network

Renfrewshire Chamber recently welcomed Chief Exec’s from across the accredited Chamber network for their 1st Chief Exec’ Residential of 2013 held at Mar Hall in early March.

This is the 1st time the high profile group have met in Renfrewshire and the pleasant weather ensured the visitors saw the area at its best. With CEOs from as far afield as Plymouth and Inverness, the coming together gives the Chambers from across the network the opportunity to share ideas and best practice and discuss future opportunities. Items discussed included policy, the international Chamber network, affiliation, and the potential business impact of Independence.

Commenting on the successful event Renfrewshire Chamber CEO Bob Davidson said “…it was a pleasure hosting fellow Chief Exec’s from around the whole of the UK right here in Renfrewshire, Mar Hall was a wonderful venue. Our President Tom Johnston gave the welcome speech at the dinner focusing on how the chamber has grown and developed and the work we are doing in areas such as with young people, and Renfrewshire as a place to do business with examples of some of the great companies based here.”


About Renfrewshire Chamber: Est. in 1964, based at Glasgow Airport in Paisley and with just under 600 members. It is the area’s main business organisation and holds dozens of events every year providing members with the opportunity to network & learn. In addition the well-connected Chamber provides members with a range of products, services and marketing channels designed to help them grow & prosper. For more info on the Chamber please visit

Mar Hall

Quest4Talent Competition.

There is still time to enter the competition for the following categories.

Wednesday night at David Lloyd 6th March

Catagories: Bands

Bands can turn up on the night 5.30 for a sound check. Register upon arrival. 7pm start

Call Diane for more details: 07896689816

Monday 11th March at the Wynd in Paisley

2 categories:

>Scottish traditional (gaelic / scots song, instrumental incl accordian, bagpipes, clarsach etc… open to solo, groups, folk rock etc

>Chiors / Glee clubs

Sound check at 5.30 / 7pm start. Call Diane for more details 07896689816

Find out more

New report shows 1,000% increase in Adult Protection referrals

The number of adult protection cases being reported to the Renfrewshire Adult Protection Committee (RAPC) has gone up by 1,000 per cent in the last four years.

In 2008/09 there were 153 adult protection referrals. In 2009/10 this had risen to 607. It reached 1,222 in 2010/11 and hit 1,549 in 2011/12. The figures are contained in the RAPC’s 2012 biennial (every two years) report.

Tim Huntingford, the Independent Chair of the RAPC, said, “Child Protection is well rooted in the public consciousness and the police inquiries into the activities of Jimmy Savile have moved child abuse to the top of the media agenda. The Adult Support & Protection Act only came into force in October 2008 and Adult Protection doesn’t yet have the same profile.

“However, there are many adults who are just as vulnerable as children. The most striking development of the past two years has been the growing acceptance of the concept that sometimes adults need protection too.

“The number of referrals has continued to increase as knowledge and understanding of the vulnerability of many people in our communities has grown. One example of this has been the rising number of cases highlighting the financial exploitation visited on vulnerable people, most commonly by their relatives. About 10% of all the Adult Protection referrals in Renfrewshire are because of suspected financial abuse.

“While we have achieved a great deal over the last two years there remains a lot to be done. The level of knowledge of abuse and neglect among adults is still too low and victims often don’t receive the understanding that they need and deserve.”

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board said, “Renfrewshire Council has been working hard over the past two years to highlight the problems faced by vulnerable adults. We have taken the lead in organising a series of national TV advertising campaigns designed to make the public more aware of the issues.

“Vulnerable children draw an immediate response but vulnerable adults, who may be at risk because of substance abuse, mental health issues or dementia, often aren’t treated with the same sympathy.

“Our aim is to change those attitudes and promote the message that every member of our community, old or young, is due our help, consideration and protection.”

Under the Adult Support & Protection Act social workers can enter any place where they think an adult, who is unable to protect him or herself, may be in danger of being harmed. The council can also apply to the Sheriff for a protection order where it believes that further action is needed to safeguard a vulnerable adult. These orders can take the form of a removal order, an order banning a person from where the adult is or a temporary banning order.

The Act also allows the council to investigate cases where adults are capable of making their own choices but aren’t doing so, possible because they are being put under pressure by someone else.

A vulnerable adult is someone who is over 16 years old and is in danger of being harmed or abused because they have a disability, an illness or a physical or mental condition which incapacitates them.

Street Stuff thinks outside The Box

Youngsters involved in Renfrewshire’s highly-regarded Street Stuff initiative are boxing clever – thanks to four new mobile youth clubs.

The award-winning youth diversionary scheme offers a range of activities for young people around the area, including The Box – a moveable venue packed with computer-game equipment, and street football with coaching from St Mirren.

And thanks to a recent cash boost, Street Stuff bosses have been able to up the number of Boxes from one to five.

The Boxes come equipped with Xbox, Playstation and Wii computer games as well as karaoke machines.

They will be stationed in areas which don’t already have similar facilities, or which have above-average rates of anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff champion, met up with St Mirren player Marc McAusland at Skye Crescent in Glenburn to see the scheme in action.

And Marc provided an extra treat for the youngsters by bringing along the Scottish Communities League Cup, ahead of St Mirren’s Hampden showdown with Hearts later this month.

They were joined by Street Stuff staff, and representatives from Strathclyde Police and Renfrewshire wardens.

Councillor Devine said: “Street Stuff really is a superb project, and deserves the praise it has been getting.

“Recently, it was the subject of discussion in the Scottish Parliament, where a motion praising it received cross-party support.

“There have also been calls for the Scottish Government to look into extending the programme nationwide, which is a great tribute to all involved.

“I would like to thank the many people who make this programme happen – both the volunteers who give up their time to help, and staff from the various organisations behind it.

“Their energy, hard work and innovation have given Renfrewshire a programme to be proud of.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, McGills Buses and Reid Kerr College.

The programme attracts up to 20,000 young people a year and – working with police and council wardens – has helped reduce youth disorder by up to 40% in areas where it operates.

It also operates a Kick and Collect programme, where youngsters who take part in community clean-ups are rewarded with prizes such as tickets to sporting events.

The current Street Stuff timetable can viewed online at

The Scottish Communities League Cup has been on a nationwide tour, visiting community initiatives and promoting the three values of the cup: respect responsibility and tolerance to football fans and families across Scotland.


Recruits show their Steel in engineering trip

Sparks were flying for Renfrewshire’s latest batch of Recruits when they paid a week-long visit to a local engineering firm.

The teenagers on the popular youth employability scheme were given a welding masterclass by staff at Steel Engineering in Renfrew.

The Recruit is a council-run programme loosely based on TV favourite The Apprentice, where young people take part in a series of challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Currently, there are two editions of the scheme, set to run until March – one for school leavers aged 16 to 17 and one for unemployed young people aged 18 to 24.

The younger set of Recruits were given a tour of Steel’s site at Westway Park, and were trained in how to operate some of the equipment in the workshop.

And some of the youngsters put their new-found skills to good use, welding together some scrap metal to make a creation they called Robbie the Recruit Robot!

Two of the youngsters – Connor Barr, 17, and Skye Donnelly, 16, both of Paisley – were judged as the best-performing Recruits over the week.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, added: “Tackling youth employment is one of the council’s top priorities.

“This is why we have included an extra £4.5million to support jobs and the economy in the most recent council budget.

“The Recruit is a key part of our strategy to help equip young people for work and has gone from strength to strength over the few years it has been in operation.

“As always, we are grateful to local companies such as Steel Engineering, who give up their time to give the Recruits an insight into their work.”

Peter Breslin, managing director of Steel Engineering, said: “We were delighted to sign up for The Recruit.

“The engineering and renewable energy sectors offer wonderful career opportunities and The Recruit gives young people the change to experience real work environments and see what is involved.

“As an Investor in People company, we are extremely passionate about supporting youth employment initiatives and firmly believe in giving young people every opportunity to flourish within our expanding business.

“We are committed to providing top-quality training through our renewable energy training academy, TRESTA, and also employ 34 modern apprentices from our base at Westway Park.”

Steel Engineering is one of Scotland’s leading engineering companies, with a long-established base in Renfrewshire.

The company has developed a solid reputation within the expanding renewable-energy sector with a range of major contracts.


Songs of Praise recording at Paisley Abbey on Monday 1st April 2013

Churches, schools, choirs and keen singers from Paisley & surrounding areas are invited to sing hymns in a ‘combined choir’ for a Songs of Praise recording on Monday 1st April 1-5pm at Paisley Abbey. You are also invited to join the congregation for Holy Communion on Easter Day, Sunday 31st March at 10am. This service which we will broadcast live on BBC One.


To apply for tickets for the Easter Monday Songs of Praise recording follow the instructions below. The 10am service on Sunday 31st March is not ticketed but please arrive early and be seated by 9.30am.

  • Via email:
  • Or via post: Songs of Praise (Paisley Tickets), 1st Floor, Dock House, MediaCityUK, Salford M50 2LH

Paisley-Poster-2 FINALPlease be sure to include the following:

  • Full name
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address (if applicable)
  • Number of tickets you would like to apply for
  • Whether you would like Congregation or Choir tickets (N.B. for Choir – please also remember to state how many Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass tickets your require)
  • Any access requirements

Deadline for ticket applications is Wednesday 6th March

Please note that our recordings are often very popular and therefore we ask that you only apply for tickets that you will be able to use. We do try to accommodate everyone, but in the event that we are oversubscribed we will allocate on a pro rata basis.

Download the Application Form to take part in Paisley

For more information please visit

Recruits with James (left) and Mark (right)

Recruits get trained up in blaze of glory

A group of young people from Renfrewshire’s Recruit programme were put on red alert when they took part in a day of fire warden training.

The Recruits – all aged 18 to 24 – are taking part in the latest edition of the popular youth employability scheme – loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice.

The two-month-long programme sees them take part in vocational training while competing in a series of challenges designed to help them improve their skills.

The fire training was hosted by Paisley-based company Code Red, which helps educate organisations about fire safety and first aid.

The young people were given a presentation on fire safety and took part in some group exercises – including using extinguishers to tackle a real fire!

James McMahon, director of Code Red, said: “We are a local firm so it is an honour and pleasure to be part of The Recruit and to give something back to the community.

“This was the first time we have been involved with The Recruit but we enjoyed the day immensely.

“We talked to them about the importance of fire training and about what the role of a fire warden involves.

“This means the Recruits now have all they need to be fire wardens at any future employer – they know how to use extinguishers and evacuate buildings.”

Recruit Kathryn Ingram, 20, originally from South Africa, but who now lives in Paisley, said: “The Recruit is really fabulous and I would recommend it to anyone.

“It is tough to get a job, as you often find you can apply for things and never hear back.

“But this is a great way to improve your skills and knowledge. Even getting the chance to meet new people is good too.

“I really look forward to it – sometimes the days where we aren’t in seem boring in comparison!”

Currently, there are two editions of The Recruit – one is for 16 and 17-year-old school leavers, and the other for unemployed young people aged from 18 to 25.

Both programmes are set to conclude with a grand finale at Renfrew’s Glynhill Hotel in March, with the winners on the night to receive job offers.

Fairtrade at Kilbarchan PS

Fairtrade Fortnight events kick off around area

Schools and organisations across Renfrewshire have been trading fair as part of the nationwide Fairtrade Fortnight extravaganza.

The event – designed to raise awareness of the scheme, which guarantees fair prices for producers in the developing world – kicked off on Monday 25 February and runs until 11 March.

Many of the area’s primary and secondary pupils are being asked to think about how they can help improve conditions for poor farmers on the other side of the planet.

Among them were pupils at Kilbarchan Primary, which is running a rice challenge, where pupils will sell Malawian rice to help raise awareness of farmers in the impoverished African country.

Head teacher Liz Somerville said: “The children on the school’s Fairtrade group came up with their own plans and we had a special assembly.

“Every child went home with a Fairtrade balloon, weighted down with an order form for Malawian rice.

“That way, they would be walking about the village with the balloons, meaning people would see them and ask what they were for.”

Other activities taking place at local schools include tuck shops, food taster sessions and Fairtrade-based learning activities.

Elsewhere, various Fairtrade groups around Renfrewshire are banding together to help promote the scheme.

Saturday 2 March will see the second annual big banana walk, in the form of a ‘relay’ from village to village, with members of each local group passing on the banana-shaped ‘torch’.

It starts at Lochwinnoch cross at 9.45am, and moves on to Kilbarchan, then Bridge of Weir and other villages. Along the way, walkers will visit local businesses which serve Fairtrade products.

The Lochwinnoch Fairtrade group will host a special coffee morning on Thursday 28 February at the Junction, while their Bishopton counterparts will do the same at The Cornerstone on Saturday 9 March.

Also, Paisley’s Piazza Shopping Centre will play host to a Fairtrade Fine Fare cookery demonstration on Friday 8 March.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who chairs the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, added: “Fairtrade Fortnight is a fun way to be part of a very worthwhile scheme.

“The recent announcement of Scotland as a Fairtrade nation shows how much people have taken the cause to their hearts.

“There is more information on how you can get involved at”

Renfrewshire Council is also running a Fairtrade Business of the Year competition, with all local firms invited to show their ethical trading credentials.

Application forms can be downloaded at