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All aboard as Street Stuff buses get back on road

Two buses used to help give the young people of Renfrewshire somewhere to go in the evenings are back on the road and coming to a venue near you.

The award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project runs a programme of activities – such as street football – at various sites in the area.

Street Stuff buses launchUntil last year, the Street Stuff timetable included a youth bus and gym bus, which went temporarily out of use when Arriva – which operated the vehicles – was taken over by McGill’s.

But the two buses have since been given a makeover by McGill’s and are now back on the road.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, met up with Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s, to help show off the revamped vehicles at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Devine said: “Over the last few years, Street Stuff has been doing fantastic work around Renfrewshire, with a clear trend showing a reduction in youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“While many young people will enjoy taking part in the street football, it is important we offer a range of activities which will be of interest to everyone.

“The youth bus and gym bus have plenty which will help give those aged 10 to 18 something to do in the evenings and we are pleased they are back on the road.

“While Street Stuff has already won a series of awards, we are keen to build on its success, and the return of these buses will help us to do that.”

Ralph Roberts of McGill’s added: “McGill’s is delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative as the Street Stuff programme.

“The buses offer easy access to great facilities for teenagers across the McGill’s operating area and we were only too happy to get involved. We wish the team every success.”

The youth bus boasts Playstation and Xbox games consoles in its computer area, as well as musical equipment. The gym bus has six pieces of cardiovascular fitness equipment and Wii Fit computer games.

As well as street football with coaching from St Mirren, the Street Stuff timetable includes The Box, a multi-functional games area.

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

The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.

The current Street Stuff timetable can be viewed at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk

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Have your say on vision of the future

Renfrewshire residents are being encouraged to have their say on the masterplan for how the area’s land can be used over the next five years.

A draft version of Renfrewshire’s Local Development Plan is being published for public consultation for six weeks as of Monday 14 January.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1The local plan is the key blueprint used to help guide council planning decisions.

It sets out the different purposes designated for each section of land in the area; for example, retail, residential or office use.

Copies of the plan will be available for public viewing until Monday 25 February at council HQ, at all local libraries, and online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/localdevelopmentplan

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Board, said: “The local plan is a hugely-important piece of work, as it lays down guidelines for councillors to consider in any future planning decisions.

“Our aim is to make the area a more attractive place to live, do business and visit, with land assigned in the right places to take account of all of the above.

“The publishing of the proposed plan gives residents and businesses a chance to look at how the plans will affect them.

“All feedback we receive will be taken into account before the final version is published and I would encourage all interested parties to have a look at the plan.”

For the first time, those who own property next to sites which the plan earmarks for new development will be directly notified by the council.

Notifications are being sent to community councils and other local organisations and individuals who took part in the development of the draft.

The publishing of the plan is the culmination of months of work for council planning officials, who have been working on the contents since 2011.

Once all comments have been received and considered, the final version of the plan will be drafted.

The plan will only be fully approved after a final period of consultation and a review of any objections to its proposals is conducted by the Scottish Government.

Members of the public with any comments or questions can get in touch by emailing localplanconsultation@renfrewshire.gov.uk, or by calling 0300 300 0144.

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A New Year, a New Start….

Renfrewshire Chamber is offering local businesses a great start to 2013 with 25% off membership ‘til the end of January. The Paisley based Chamber is almost 600 members in size and has won several awards in the last year including:

  • Investors in People Silver
  • UK Chamber of the Year Runner up 2012 ( & 2011)
  • Renfrewshire Council Quality Awards finalist 2012

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceCommenting on the opportunity, Chamber chief executive Bob Davidson said “our January offer is always very popular, allowing businesses of all sizes and sectors the chance to join the areas main business organisation and save money”.

The Chamber provides companies with access to a wide range of products & services designed to help them grow & prosper, including:

  • Networking events – lunches, forums, business breakfasts & seminars
  • Marketing channels – magazine, eNews, app, website & social media
  • Chamber HR & Legal, Health, Finance and Merchant Services
  • The ROCCOs – annual business awards
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Export Documentation
  • Business Mentoring
  • Graduate Recruitment Incentive

New members also get to attend their 1st networking lunch for free. To take advantage of this offer please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com or call Bob Grant, Membership Manager on  0141 847 5455

Zaction Man’s wishes come true thanks to Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport has helped a young boy who suffers from rare genetic condition live out some of his wishes.

Zac Borland from Cumbernauld, or ‘Zaction Man’ as he has become known among staff at the airport due to the items on his wishlist, is on a strict programme of medication but was able to forget his troubles during a day of fun with his family.

Asked what he would like to do most, Zac’s responses included: fly in an aircraft, put out a real fire with some firemen, and dash round Hamley’s toy store.

He and his family – mum Trudi, dad Ronnie and sisters Kim and Jenny – were collected from their home by in a chauffeur-driven limousine. At this stage Zac had no idea what was in store.

They were driven to Glasgow Airport where they were taken out on the airfield by the fire service. Zac and his sisters got behind the wheel of the airport’s new ‘Panther’ fire appliances and doused a real fire with the powerful hose.

The family then had lunch at Frankie and Benny’s before heading into Glasgow where Zac, Kim and Jenny dashed round Hamley’s, grabbing whatever they wanted.

After the excitement had died down, mum Trudi said: “It was amazing. Zac went into school the next day and one of the teachers asked him about it. His answer was something along the lines of ‘there are no words to describe it’.

“He absolutely loved being out with the fire crew and he has not stopped talking about it. His prized possession is the helmet they gave him. The girls loved it too.

“The whole day was fantastic from start to finish and although Zac was quite shy to start with, his smile got bigger and bigger as the day went on. It was lovely to see him just being a wee boy having fun, without having to worry about his condition.

“We would like to thank everyone, including those behind the scenes, who made this possible as it made our family feel so special.”

Unfortunately Zac was unable to fly on an aircraft due to unfavourable weather conditions, but is set to return in 2013 to fulfil this particular wish.

Flybe has also gifted the family, who have never flown before, complimentary flights to any of their UK destinations in 2013.

Trudi added: “Zac is so looking forward to that as well. The first thing he tells everyone is ‘I’m going to have a flying lesson’ and he has started to wind up one of his friends, who wants to be a pilot.”

Visit www.glasgowairport.com or Follo Glasgow Airport on Twitter twitter.com/GLA_Airport

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Penny Lane Homes

Penny Lane Homes is a well-established estate and letting agent in the West of Scotland with branches in Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone and Barrhead.

pennylane-homesWe pride ourselves in the reputation we have built up and offer our clients a comprehensive package for a simple low fixed fee’

Websitewww.pennylanehomes.com
Emailenquries@pennylanehomes.com
Phone – 0800 652 3131

Paisley Business

If you run your own business in Paisley then why not advertise on our Blog? This is a one off in the run up to Christmas and we will feature it via our network of websites FREE OF CHARGE! (one off present from paisley.org.uk)

Email brian@paisley.org.uk with your logo or a photo of the store, your location, what you do or what you sell, any website or contact details and that’s it!

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Get up-to-date council news…through your telly

Renfrewshire residents can now keep up with the latest updates from their council this winter – through their TV!

People can log on to the Renfrewshire page of Looking Local – an information service which is free to view for Sky and Virgin TV customers.

Councillor Mike Holmes checks out Renfrewshire's Looking Local page.Renfrewshire Council will update its Looking Local pages throughout the winter months with news of any services affected by the weather.

This could involve updates on road gritting, changes to bin collections, warnings over severe weather, or notice of closures to schools or other public buildings.

Renfrewshire’s Looking Local microsite has been active since September, and already features information on and contact details for all major council services.

It also lets users report problems such as road faults and litter directly to the council, and access national services like NHS information and Jobcentre Plus vacancies.

Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader Michael Holmes said: “Local residents can get information from the council in a number of ways, such as our website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

“But research shows there is a large number of people out there who have Sky, Virgin or an-internet-connected Freeview box, but do not have access to the internet through a computer or smartphone.

“These people can use Looking Local to keep in touch with the council from the comfort of their own couch – and this is particularly important through the winter months when people need up-to-date information about vital services.”

To access Looking Local through Sky TV, residents should go to the Community Channel (channel 539) and press the red button.

To do so through Virgin, users should press the News button, then choose Interactive, then select ‘News & Info’ and then ‘Looking Local’.

From there, they can follow the instructions to find the Renfrewshire microsite, or they can use the quickcode 788 to get there directly.

Residents can also access Looking Local through Nintendo Wii, PC or web-enabled mobile phone by going to http://lookinglocal.gov.uk

The council’s customer contact centre can be reached on 0300 300 0300.

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NEWS FROM THE ROTARY CUB OF PAISLEY

QUEST4TALENT 2013

Have you got what it takes?

The Rotary Club of Paisley is gearing up to launch the 2013 Quest4talent competition for young people.
Now in its fifth year this has become a popular established competition which has already helped some of the areas most talented young performers on the road to success.

Q4TlogoThe competition is open to young people from 6 to 25 years with categories in vocal, instrumental, soloists and groups, choirs, bands,dance, and entertainers.
This year there are two new categories- musical theatre and Scottish traditional music.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April 2013 in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March.
The competition aims to give as many young people as possible a chance to perform on the stage and at the same time raises money for charity.
In the past the charities which have benefited have included Rotary’s End Polio Now, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, and Paisley YMCA.

www.quest4talent.org.uk

Santa visits St Vincent’s patients

Patients at St Vincent’s Hospice are in for a real treat on Friday 21st December when Santa is due to visit, followed by Christmas lunch and a pantomime performed by staff and volunteers.

Day Hospice patient Eric Burns, from Johnstone, said “I feel like a school kid again; I’m all excited because I know Santa is coming.”

st-vincents-hospiceJohn Hair of Johnstone, who also uses Day Hospice services, said “I get picked up by the hospice, brought in and taken home at the end of the day and I couldn’t make it here unless that was the case.”

“I was sent to St Vincent’s Hospice for my breathing; to learn to breathe again. I enjoy it because it’s not a big clinic, it’s welcoming and there is always somebody to listen to you. We get exercises to do and I feel I’ve really improved since coming.”

It costs £5,000 per day to run services at St Vincent’s Hospice. Specialist care is provided to all those living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses; hospice teams support the physical, psychological and emotional needs of patients and their loved ones.

Chief Exec Kate Lennon said “Christmas is such an emotional time for many people; the care provided here offers a real lifeline to local families who may find it difficult coping with illness at this time.”

“The generosity of our local community is greatly valued at this critical time, our supporters are very special people and we need their continued help to maintain the care we are providing for all our patients and their families.”

To donate to St Vincent’s Hospice visit www.justgiving.com/stvincents/Donate or call 01505 705635 for debit/credit card donations.

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Lunch with Santa in the Barn Tearoom

This year’s Lunch with Santa which took place on Sunday 16th December, was another successful day with 20 children from age 2 years – 7 years attending. A great day was had by all enjoying an afternoon of singing, dancing and games.

We raised a fantastic £158.00 and are looking forward to it all again next year.

Flo Ferguson from the Barn Tearoom front of house team said “It was a great afternoon and all the children enjoyed spending it with Santa. Santa did a great job, well done Santa!”

www.stvincentshospice.co.uk

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New Partners: What’s on Renfrewshire

We are always looking at ways to improve our service to our visitors and to do that, aim to partner up with other organisations. We can then provide added value to areas where, as volunteers, we can’t put in the resources and time needed to make those sections as informative as we would like.

whats-on-ren-bannerWe have an excellent events section, however it’s extremely hard to provide up to date events information as it takes time to do the research. What’s on Renfrewshire do an excellent job in finding local events not only in Paisley but in the whole of Renfrewshire and sometimes beyond.

We are happy to announce that our websites will now be working together to update everyone with all the latest events. You can still send your events in to us at paisley.org.uk or alternatively send them direct to What’s on Renfrewshire, who will display the events. Our team of volunteers can turn up to the event, take some photos, write a review and promote it on our social networks, giving double exposure to your event.

We welcome What’s on Renfrewshire to our partnership of sites promoting Paisley and Renfrewshire to the wider public.

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Our single aim at What’s On Renfrewshire is to make sure local events are promoted throughout the community for free! We understand that not every event being held has a budget for marketing, we also know that there are thousands of Renfrewshire residents who want to know what’s going on locally to them and that’s where we come in.

Part of our strategy is to build strong ties with other community groups and organisations allowing us to reach an even wider audience with our event listings, which is why partnering with Paisley.org.uk was a no brainer!

Paisley.org.uk has such a strong presence not just in Paisley but throughout the West of Scotland and beyond and we’re proud to be working alongside Brian and the team to make sure local events get the best coverage they can!

Keep up to date by following and visiting What’s on Renfrewshire via the website www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk or via Facebook www.facebook.com/WhatsOnRenfrewshire