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Renfrewshire Fairtrade Campaign

Renfrewshire will celebrate a major milestone in its Fairtrade campaign with a weekend of events at the end of the month.

Two days of events will be held in Paisley to mark the tenth anniversary of Rainbow Turtle, Paisley-based Fair Trade charity, social enterprise and a key member of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group.

Over Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September, a series of events will take place in Paisley Town Hall including the Scottish Fairtrade Forum’s national Campaign Day.

fair tradeThere will also be a business lunch, workshops for schoolchildren, a session on churches supporting Fairtrade and an evening celebration for volunteers and supporters which will feature Rainbow Turtle’s producer partners from the organisation Families Especiales (Special Families) from Nicaragua.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who will open the weekend of events, said: “Renfrewshire has a strong reputation for being one of the leading areas in Scotland for supporting Fairtrade. Over these two days we’ll be celebrating that, in particular by marking the 10th birthday and major contribution of one of our key Fairtrade partners and champions, Rainbow Turtle.

“As well as looking back on the achievements so far, the weekend will aim to keep pushing Fairtrade forward by reaching out to new partners and supporters from all areas of the community particularly local businesses.”

As part of the celebrations Traidcraft will be bringing their Autumn roadshow to the town hall and CEO Paul Chandler will be speaking to local business representatives at the business lunch about the benefits of involving Fairtrade in the workplace under the topic ‘How being good can be good for business’. The lunch will be made with Fairtrade ingredients by local catering company Redss.

Also on Friday 31 August, local schoolchildren have been invited to workshops which will include a talk on Fairtrade from Rainbow Turtle’s Nicaraguan producer partners Families Especiales.

Paul Chandler will also be speaking at a churches event on Saturday 1 August which will explore the role of churches in Fairtrade.

Rainbow Turtle was established in 2002 by a group concerned with the promotion and development of Fair trade. It is made up of two distinct areas of activity. Rainbow Turtle Just Trading runs the shop in Paisley town centre as well as supplying Fairtrade products to schools, workplaces and other organisations across Scotland. Rainbow Turtle Charity works in partnership with developing world producers to raise the profile of fair trade.

Liz Cotton, of Rainbow Turtle said: “When we started Rainbow Turtle 10 years ago fair trade was hardly on the spectrum. Little did we know how far things would go over the last decade. Thanks to the many volunteers, customers, schools, churches, village and town groups and the local council who not only caught the vision but also took fair trade forward  Renfrewshire  is now seen as one of the flag ship regions in the Scottish fair trade campaign. Fair trade is such a simple concept  but makes a huge difference to people on the other side of our world and is something we can all buy into. RainbowTurtle is more than just a shop, it changes lives and we need your continued support.”

To find out more details about all the events visit www.rainbowturtle.org.uk

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme

Superb line-up of Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme:

Autumn has arrived in Renfrewshire with a new and exciting arts programme jam packed with music gigs, plays, film screenings, stand-up comedy, exhibitions, dance pieces and outreach classes and events taking place at venues across the region.

The music programme kicks off with Heidi Talbot sharing a stage with John McCusker, Kris Drever and Ian Carr, quickly followed by a new series of Paisley Underground gigs which returns for its third year focusing on artists from 3 of the country’s most dynamic record labels as well as developing and promoting emerging talent.

Again the theatre programme boasts a diverse mix of themes, from the heart-warming and hilarious ‘The Matchmaker’ to the wonders of witchcraft, Wi-Fi and wild imagination in ‘The Scarlett WWWeb’. Moreover, the newly refurbished Renfrew Town Hall will play host to ‘The Monster in the Hall’ by award winning playwright David Greig and come November you are encouraged to lose control as ‘Sing-a-long-a Grease‘ hits Paisley Town Hall with an electrifying performance.

The countdown to Mòd 2013 is now well underway and as a taster, Gaelic musicians Mairi Morrison and Alasdair Roberts take to the stage to perform their stunning new recording of ‘Urstan’ during The Spree festival in October.

Renfrewhire Arts and Museums is again working with The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival to bring you insightful discussions, films, such as ‘My Name Is Joe’, and a drama performance called ‘Piece of Mind’; which brings to life the experiences of young people suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

Two exhibitions not to be missed at Paisley Museum this season are Paisley Artists 100th Annual Exhibition and ‘Paisley’s River’, a presentation of the role that the White Cart Water has played in the town’s development over the years.

Once again our talented outreach team will be running an extensive programme of creative art, fashion design and animation classes, as well as family favourites Playdays! @ the Museum and themed Baby Discos.

The new Autumn What’s On brochure, complete with the full arts programme is available from various venues and hotspots across Renfrewshire and Glasgow.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts and Museums by following www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts, logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or signing up to their e-newsletter by emailing rem.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk where you have the chance of winning a £50 Amazon gift card if you do so before 2 November.

On your marks: Phil Packer MBE will help kick off Paisley 10k

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry because Renfrewshire is gearing up for the biggest event in its sporting calendar.

Paisley 10k and Fun Run will take place this Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest yet with keen runners and beginners alike set to flock to the town.

Not only that but Phil Packer MBE who’s spending the month of August walking in every county in Scotland as part of his 2012 BRIT challenge – will reach Paisley just before the 10k starts.

The fundraising hero will meet Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in County Square ahead of the race starting before he sets off on the Renfrewshire leg of his walk with the Scouts and the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark.

Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s 10k which is shaping up to be the best yet and what a fantastic coincidence that Phil Packer MBE will reach Paisley on the same day as the event.

“This summer has been all about Olympians inspiring the country and Phil Packer MBE, is also an inspiration to us all. After being told he’d never walk again following a rocket attack while serving in Basra, he took part in many challenges including rowing the Channel and finishing the London Marathon.

“Now he’s walking 2,012 miles around the country to raise £15m to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.  It will be an absolute pleasure to meet him in Paisley ahead of the 10k starting, as he continues on this amazing challenge.”

The 10k starts at 10am and the Fun Run kicks off at 12.15pm. Phil will meet the Provost at 9.30.

Many roads in and around Paisley town Centre will close from 8am until 2pm. The full road closure notice and route maps are on the homepage of the council website.

The cut off for online registrations is Friday 24 August. Register at www.paisley10k.com

If anyone has registered in the last fortnight – they’ll need to pick up their race pack on the day.

For more information about the 10k or Fun Run please contact Youth and Sport Services, by phone on 0141 889 1110 or email spdev.els.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Image copyright of Phil Packer website www.philpacker.com

Glasgow Warriors scrum down with Glasgow Airport in new partnership

Glasgow Warriors will have the chance to attract an army of potential new supporters after it was today confirmed they are to join forces with Glasgow Airport in an innovative new partnership.

Some seven million passengers travel through the airport every year and the Warriors will now be able to tap into this mix of travelling Glaswegians and visitors as part of the partnership agreement.

Glasgow Airport will display good luck messages to the Warriors team throughout the terminal area when they fly out for matches in the RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup, and will also provide lounge access for key coach and commercial meetings.

To enhance the partnership, Warriors players plan to stage skills drills and signing sessions in the terminal, the first date intended to coincide with the airport’s Best of Scotland campaign which is currently showcasing the best of what Glasgow and Scotland have to offer.

 

The partnership was announced as the Warriors prepare to take on Exeter Chiefs in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly at Millbrae, home of Ayr RFC.

Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys told www.glasgowwariors.org: “We’re delighted to welcome Glasgow Airport as an official partner of Glasgow Warriors.

“Nearly every weekend of the rugby season Glasgow Warriors and opposition teams and supporters travel through Glasgow Airport to destinations across Europe as part of our schedule in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup.  As we grow and achieve greater success in these competitions, more home and away supporters will be travelling through Glasgow Airport to watch the Warriors.

“With the move to our new home at Scotstoun Stadium, increased investment in our squad from Scottish Rugby, and record season ticket sales, we believe that we are on the verge of achieving something that has never been done before at Glasgow Warriors and give Glasgow and the west of Scotland a successful and thriving professional rugby team.

“But we know we can’t achieve this without support, and Glasgow Airport’s official partnership is a great example of a business seeing the opportunity to get behind what we are trying to achieve.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The Glasgow Warriors are regular travellers through the airport, as are their many competitors and legions of supporters, so it is a natural fit for the two of us to come together in this way.

“With Gregor Townsend at the helm and the move to the fantastic Scotstoun Stadium complete, this season promises to be an exciting one for the Warriors and we are looking forward to working with Nathan Bombrys and his team as they strive to bring more success to Glasgow.”

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend and back-row star Peter Horne were today on hand to get the partnership off to a flying start when they took to the tarmac at the airport.

The Warriors’ sponsor stable includes such renowned companies and brands as Canterbury of New Zealand, QBE, The Famous Grouse, McCrea Financial Services, The Malcolm Group, The Greenbelt Group and Hotel du Vin and Malmaison.

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t: twitter.com/GLA_Airport 

 

Did you know we offer SEO, Social Media Marketing and Management services?

We do it daily on the www.paisley.org.uk website so it’s natural for us to be able to do this for business and organisations and it helps us keep the Paisley on the web community site free and constantly updating and changing.

So what do we offer?

Search Engine Optimization

In the highly competitive world of search engine optimization, everyone wants to reach the top – the top position in search engine rankings, that is. We listen to your business’s goals and then translate them into a customized SEO strategy proven to improve rankings, traffic and leads.

Effective SEO isn’t all about the rankings though. Success is dependent on a broader range of factors, including:

  • Keyword research
  • Content creation
  • On-page optimization and usability
  • Link building

Our Approach

Over a decade of online marketing and SEO experience has qualified us to dominate search engine results. Our strategy has been tested and refined across a diverse clientele from different backgrounds and I must stress not just the Paisley area, we work worldwide.

Now, instead of attempting to outsmart the world’s best engineers with ‘black hat’ tactics, we focus on building direct and long-term relationships with major search engines. With a full line-up of experts and resources at our fingertips, we can confidently serve each of your online marketing needs. From web design and development, to creating newsworthy and shareable content, we go to work for you.

Website Review

We will perform a comprehensive, in-depth review of your website in order to develop an SEO campaign that is targeted and effective. On the technical side, we will analyze more than 50 content factors as well as the various technologies utilized on your website. Then it is time for action, with a list of strategic changes that will significantly improve search engine relevancy.

Social Media

Social media is more than a competition over who has the most friends (and of course we dont go in for that we prefer real relationships). The social media movement has grown into a powerful means for communicating with and engaging consumers, not to mention a personal fan base for your business.

With a sea of social media strategies out there, we’ll help you navigate through the options – setting up a proper campaign that complements and executes the goals of your business. Whether you’re looking for initial training, help with the day-to-day management, or you wish to optimize your current social media presence, we can help.

Social Media

Social media is more than a competition over who has the most friends (and of course we don’t go in for that, we prefer real relationships). The social media movement has grown into a powerful means for communicating with and engaging consumers, not to mention a personal fan base for your business.

With a sea of social media strategies out there, we’ll help you navigate through the options – setting up a proper campaign that complements and executes the goals of your business. Whether you’re looking for initial training, help with the day-to-day management, or you wish to optimize your current social media presence, we can help.

Which Platform is Right for Me?

There are hundreds of social networks online today, but we focus on the channels proven to be most effective in reach and SEO. One network may not be the right fit for every brand, that’s why we customize our strategy to go hand-in-hand with your initiatives. Our favourite platforms include (but are not limited to):

  • Facebook
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  • Google +
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

In the world of social media, the possibilities are endless. Discover the value of social media marketing for your business and learn how you can gain valuable insight into your consumer base by contacting us today.

Management and Marketing

Now you have a brand new shiny website and you want people to see it and buy shiny new items or to see how wonderful you are, and this is where we come in. We are adept at building partnerships via social media and of course in real face to face scenarios (never forget your customer sometimes likes to meet real people rather than deal solely with a website).

We use tools to help us process all the information and potential customers which will be seen every day on social media websites. We need to ultimately convert them to sales.

Interested?

You can find out more using the contact box below – email Brian at brian@paisley.org.uk (best and quickest method) and we can talk and work out your requirements. We look forward to doing business with you.

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Carers Picnic: Barshaw Park, Glasgow Road, Paisley, Saturday, 01/09/2012, 1pm

As you may all be aware we are having a picnic in Barshaw Park, Paisley on the 1st September 2012 at 1pm.  We would love to see as many carers and their families there as possible.

We see this as an opportunity for everyone to get together in an informal setting and hope you will join us.  You will need to bring anything you might need for the day including food, something to sit on etc.  We have been offered inside space should it rain, from the local carers centre.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 1st.  If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact;  Kathy Jagger or Katrina Adam

We at Carers Votes Count can accept no responsibility for theft, loss or damage to persons or property which should at all times be safeguarded by the owners.

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Well after another great summer of circus skills, murder mysteries and comedy workshops, the time to go back to our regular classes has come.

The Johnstone class will commence on Monday the 20th of August 2012 from 6.00 p.m. till 7.30 p.m. at St. Aidan’s church hall, Tower Road, Johnstone and the Foxbar class will commence on Thursday the 23rd of August 2012 from 5.30 p.m. till 7.00 p.m. at Foxbar community centre, Amochrie Road, Foxbar.

The classes are £3.50 per session and your first night is free. This is suitable for ages 7- 14. We will be starting work soon on our winter 2012 panto “Cinderella” which should be a lot of fun to put together and a lot of fun to watch. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me at historicaladventures@yahoo.co.uk or phone me on 07812437559.

Visit our Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd

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Education and training providers in Renfrewshire are teaming up for an event aimed at helping young people aged 16-24 find out about local opportunities to develop their skills and careers.

FuturesFest will take place in Paisley Town Hall on August 22 from 11am – 4.30pm.

The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council, SDS (Skills Development Scotland) and Jobcentre Plus.

The aim is to provide in one place on one day, the information and advice needed by 16-24 year-olds on training, education and employment opportunities in Renfrewshire.

Although not a jobs fair, some employers who are about to embark on seasonal recruitment drives will be represented.

In addition to the event organisers, other organisations participating will include Reid Kerr College, UWS, Kibble, AM2PM (Amazon Recruitment), Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Engage Renfrewshire, and Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union.

“Everyone involved is aiming to give as much practical advice and information as possible to young people aged 16-24 about their future options,” said Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Employment and Economic Development Task Force.

“Recently there was very encouraging performance by Renfrewshire pupils in the national exam results and advice will be available for those who are looking to build on their exam achievements.

“Equally, we want to assist those who may have been out of school or higher education for some time and want to look again at the opportunities available to them.

“There’s lots of up to date advice available in an informal setting and we’d urge young people to come along.  It could make a real difference to their futures.

“Renfrewshire Council is already doing a lot to assist 16-24 year-olds into employment through the £2.5million Invest in Renfrewshire programme to support and grow the local economy.  FuturesFest is another example of a joint approach which is putting support in place for young people in these difficult economic times.”

Event organisers stressed that no pre-booking is required and that anyone aged 16-24 is welcome to turn up on the day.

In addition to the general guidance on offer, there will also be half-hour sector-based workshops on childcare, hospitality and construction.

Sessions will also be hosted by SDS on social media awareness.  The council’s community learning and development team will also run a workshop to help participants improve their employability.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Top cyclists from across the country will head to Paisley to compete in a national competition against the backdrop of the historic town centre.

The Scottish Cycling Circuit Race 2012 will be back in Renfrewshire for the fourth year in a row.

Cyclists, ranging from under-eights to the fastest adult riders in the country will compete in their respective categories on this fast and technical course.

The popular event will take place on Sunday 19 August, starting at 10am with the youth events. As well as the races, The Clan cycle stunt team will be showing off their skills, making a great family day out.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “This will be the fourth time the Circuit Race Championship will be held in Renfrewshire and the second year in a row that it will be taking place in the heart of Paisley. It’s a challenging course and a great backdrop for all the excitement and fun on the day. This is a major cycling event and a great family day out, so I hope to see lots of people heading into the town to cheers on the competitors.”

The event will incorporate the 2012 Scottish Circuit Race Championships, the Youth Road Race Championships and the West of Scotland Circuit Championships.

Starting on Gauze Street at Paisley’s Town Hall the circuit turns left at Paisley Cross, down St Mirren Brae, left onto Orchard Street, left again onto Bridge Street over the White Cart River, past the Council HQ Building on the right, the historic Paisley Abbey on the left, before sweeping round the final bend and the finishing straight up to Paisley Cross.

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We are actively recruiting for volunteer to befriend young teenagers leaving care. By spending just two hours per week of your own time with a young person you will be able to make a difference in their lives.

We will provide full training and expenses.

Please find attached further details.

If you would be interested in finding out more about how you can help, please get in touch.

Best regards

Lisa Carberry

Befriending Project Coordinator
Throughcare Team

Craigielea House
Blackstoun Road
Paisley
PA3 1NB

Tel: 0141 581 0500
Fax: 0141 581 0505