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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has praised Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership staff for their care and compassion in supporting service users, carers and families at West Lane Gardens and Whitehaugh.

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Capability Scotland confirmed in July 2017 it was ending these services in Johnstone and Paisley, which support adults with learning disabilities.

Renfrewshire Council provided funding to March 2019 to enable them to continue while Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership staff worked closely with everyone affected to examine all available service and care options.

Personalised plans are now in place based on assessed service user individual care needs and the HSCP is extending its highly-regarded Community Networks service, in response to discussions with carers and their family members.

Community Networks helps people with learning disabilities to develop and maintain the skills they need to lead healthy, safe lifestyles in their local communities.

A new hub will be established in Johnstone and capacity extended at Spinners Gate in Paisley.

Councillor Nicolson said: “Since Capability Scotland announced its intention to end these services I know that health and social care partnership staff have been working tirelessly with individual service users to ensure staff are working to support the needs of those who accessed these services.

“We provided council funding to give additional time and space to consider all the options and listen to what service users, family members and carers wanted.

“Everyone has a personalised assessment and budget and I’m pleased to see that almost all those who used the services and their carers have now agreed on a support plan which will enable them meet their needs and pursue activities and interests that are important to them and ensure they lead the fullest lives possible.

“Extending the community networks service into Johnstone and expanding its capacity in Paisley is an important step, recognising the high-quality care and support this service provides and responding to what service users, carers and family members want.

“It means the established relationships between service users can be maintained and I know work is ongoing to explore all staffing options, recognising the importance of familiarity for service users.”

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The people of Paisley are getting their first glimpse at what to expect from their transformed town hall – including entirely new rooms inside the existing building, and an increased capacity allowing bigger-name performers to bring new life to the town.

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The magnificent Victorian-era town hall is currently undergoing major internal refurbishment into what will be one of the West of Scotland’s landmark entertainment venues when it reopens in 2021.

Renfrewshire Council is leading the work to turn the much-loved 19th-century architectural gem into a 21st-century facility which will drive new footfall to the area, while delivering upgrades essential to keep it at the heart of local life for generations to come.

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Some initial artist images have been released, with more to follow in the coming weeks, and features people can look forward to in the revamped building include:

– the capacity of the main hall increased to 1,200 for a standing gig, allowing the venue to attract bigger and better shows than ever before, boosting the local night-time economy;

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– entirely new rooms created inside the current building – including a new café-bar and dance studio built in currently-unused space. There will also be a smaller venue-within-a-venue – meaning more use, more footfall, and a better range of community events;

– transformed audience experience including lowered stage, new seating, better sightlines and acoustics, new reception area, and much improved access to and around the building;

– an entire replacement of the building’s decades-old electrical and mechanical equipment, and improved backroom facilities allowing more weddings and conferences;

The council is taking forward the £22m work as part of a much-bigger investment in the town centre designed to change the area’s future using its internationally-significant cultural and heritage story.

That includes a transformation of Paisley Museum which will almost quadruple current visitor numbers, a new modern home for library services on the High Street, and major investment in key outdoor spaces such as Abbey Close and County Square to create places which will keep residents, students and visitors in the town for longer.

The building’s operators Renfrewshire Leisure have already been speaking to some of Scotland’s top music promoters about using the venue when it reopens.

Mark Mackie, of Regular Music – who has worked with some of the industry’s biggest names as the man behind massive gigs including the Castle Concerts at Edinburgh Castle and Summer Nights at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Bandstand, said: “As a Paisley buddy myself, I’m really excited about the transformation of Paisley Town Hall.

“This investment is great news for gig-goers in the west of Scotland and it’s definitely a venue Regular Music would look to bring bands to. The new facilities, refurbished auditorium and café-bar will make it a must-visit venue for bands and audiences.”

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “Paisley Town Hall is a much-loved building which has been at the heart of life in the town for generations – but to keep it there the interior of this beautiful building needs the revamp now being delivered.

“The council is making a substantial investment – not just to do the necessary maintenance to keep the building viable, but to take what it can do to a totally new level.

“As a result, the revamp is predicted to double the number of people who use it each year – bringing new life to the town centre and helping anchor our ongoing wider work to use our outstanding cultural and heritage story to bring new visitors to the area.

“It also means creating a facility in which people will be able to experience world-class culture on their own doorstep, with all the opportunities that means to make people’s lives better.

“And while the renovation is happening we will be making sure everybody knows Paisley continues to remain open for business.”

The building is being redesigned by award-winning architects Holmes Miller, whose previous projects include the redevelopment of Old Trafford and reshaping Hampden for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The town hall revamp is being run by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Hub West Scotland – a Scottish-Government-backed firm who help public-sector bodies get value for money when investing in large infrastructure projects.

The council worked with Homes Miller and Hub West Scotland on the new Johnstone Town Hall –which has won a string of industry awards since it opened in 2015.

Initial work to clear out the building is already under way, with stonework and roof repairs taking place over the summer, ahead of main construction work starting towards the end of the year. The building is due to reopen in late 2021.

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GAVIN NEWLANDS PUSHES MUNDELL TO INTERVENE ON SANTANDER CLOSURES

SCOTTISH SECRETARY URGED TO GET ROUND CROSS-PARTY TABLE

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North has urged Scotland’s Secretary of State to make clear what steps the UK government will take to halt the earmarked closure of 15 Scottish branches of Santander.

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The bank announced plans to close 15 branches in Scotland, which will have a devastating impact on staff, customers and local firms. Branches earmarked for closure include the Renfrew Branch.

Commenting, Newlands said:

“The closure of 15 Santander branches across our country is another kick in the teeth to our high streets and local communities, I urge the bank to halt these closures and begin a proper consultation with their staff and the communities that depend on them.

“Bank branches, including the Santander in Renfrew, provide vital services that are useful to many in our community, especially those with additional needs and the elderly due to the face-to-face nature of the service. This ultimately means that the important local employment they offer can be valuable for local communities.

“David Mundell needs to get his act together, step-up, and engage with other parties to define what needs to be done by the UK Government in order to halt these closures.

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Schoolkids were buzzing with excitement when they got up close to some giant bugs.

The youngsters from Wallace Primary School, in Elderslie visited intu Braehead to see a display of larger-than-life models of insects, including honeybees, ladybirds and grasshoppers in the shopping centre.

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The Primary 3 pupils had taken part in a competition to draw their own insects and the winner, seven-year-old Max Belshaw will have his brightly-coloured bug made into a model for the school to keep. Max also won a £25 intu Gift Card.

More than 40 pupils from Wallace Primary visited Braehead to see the giant bugs and also take part in wildlife-related activities.

The Big Bugs On Tour was at intu Braehead during January before continuing a nationwide series of visits to other intu shopping centres.

The intu Big Bugs On Tour initiative is backed by naturalist Chris Packham and it aims to reconnect kids and adults to nature following a report that shows children are now better at identifying Pokemon characters than British wildlife.

Wallace Primary teacher, Lynn Stuart said: “The children loved taking part in the competition to design their own insects and they were very creative.”

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “Our Big Bugs were certainly an attraction to visitors to the mall. Lots of people were taking photographs of youngsters beside the giant models of the insects.

“The pupils from Wallace Primary did a fantastic job designing their own insects and well done to Max for being chosen as the winner.”

Log on to www.intu.co.uk/bigbugs for more information on the Big Bugs Tour.

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Join the award-winning M6 Theatre Company as they present Little Gift, a brand new family show touring to Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March.  

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Directed by Andy Manley (White, One Little Word), one of the world’s leading theatre makers producing work for children and young people, Little Gift tells an optimistic story of friendship and hope.

Ted is a lonely old soul, living all alone in the big city. One morning his life is changed forever when a mysterious helping hand steps in and disrupts his quiet routine. This playful show presents Ted’s tale with a heart-warming mix of puppetry, live music and song.

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Artistic Director of M6, Gilly Baskeyfield, created the show with Andy Manley:

“The idea for the show came from a chat with Andy about stories of redemption and helping a sad character, much like A Christmas Carol. Giving a gift is a lovely thing for both parties. It’s a way of noticing somebody and saying ‘I remember you’. ”

Little Gift is performed by actor Guy Hargreaves, who has worked previously with M6 on the original tour of their OFFIE Award-winning show Whatever the Weather. Gilly explains:

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“We knew we needed a very special actor to bring Little Gift to life and we saw a number of performers for the role. Guy’s wonderful attitude, alongside his top notch clowning, dancing and musical skills make him the perfect fit. The audiences love him.”

Founded in 1977 and based in Rochdale, M6 Theatre Company is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading touring theatre companies specialising in creating and delivering high quality theatre for young audiences. The company’s production of WHATEVER THE WEATHER (in association with Polka Theatre, created and directed by Gilly Baskeyfield) won an Off West End Theatre Award in 2016 for Best Production for Young People (0-7 years).

Little Gift is recommended for ages 3-7. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Paisley Arts Centre box office on 0300 300 1210 or visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on .

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Pirates made short work of their hosts in a one sided affair played at the Dumfries Ice Bowl on Sunday night.

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The visitors were ahead with only 31 seconds on the clock as Thorp linked with Henderson and Abercrombie to give his side a lead which they never lost, and Pirates continued to have all the pressure as they doubled their lead after 9 minutes through McLaughlin. There was only the briefest of respites for the home side until the 13th minute when Pirates scored four goals in four minutes through Johnston, Sarginson, Abercrombie and Dobson and, with two periods remaining, the game was over at 6-0 for the visitors after only one session of play, netminder Meechan being a virtual spectator, turning away only three shots while Carmichael in the home goal was given a breather after facing no fewer than 20 attempts on goal.

Solway had a slightly quieter time of it in the middle session, with Morris replacing Carmichael in the home goal, and it wasn’t until just after the halfway point that Pirates took their score to seven through Sarginson’s second goal of the evening, and with Donaghy having replaced Meechan at the away end. It looked as if the score might remain at seven to the end of the session, but with less than half a minute remaining up popped Abercrombie to net his second, and his team’s eighth, with seconds left.

In the final session, Pirates restricted themselves to scoring in bursts, Walker and Wallace netting either side of the 45th minute to take the scoring into double figures, the goals from Huber and a rare marker from Wilson rounding off the dozen in less than sixty seconds at the 50th minute. A final hat trick goal for Abercrombie two minutes later made it a very unlucky 13th goal conceded by the home side, and the easiest of victories for Pirates, a 66 shots to 12 margin telling its own story.

Pirates are on the road again this weekend, heading to the other end of the country as they take on a difficult looking fixture .in Aberdeen


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Fresh on the heels of their thumping 13-0 win in Dumfries against Solway last Sunday, Paisley Pirates head in the other direction this Saturday as they travel to Aberdeen for a difficult looking tie against the local Lynx. Pirates have not had the best of records at the venue in the last few years and will be looking to build upon a confidence boosting result when they go to the north east.

Coach Adam Walker said, “The team played well last time out and it was good for our guys to inject some confidence into the team and give some guys a chance to step up and claim a place in the line up. Scoring throughout the team is always a good thing so we’ll take that into Saturday’s game  and hopefully put in a good performance in Aberdeen.”

Pirates are still chasing one of the top four places in the league to guarantee themselves a seeded berth in the end of season play offs, the winning of which has so far eluded the club, so every point gathered between now and the end of the season is critical if they wish to progress to the weekend tournament in early Spring in Dundee.

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GLASGOW Airport is today ramping up its efforts in the battle against single-use plastic by offering staff free refillable water bottles.

More than 5,300 people work in and around the airport and each one, from pilots to aircraft engineers and cabin crew to security guards, will be encouraged to pick up one of the reusable bottles.

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Pupils from a Glasgow primary school, known nationwide as anti-plastic campaigners the Sunnyside Ocean Defenders, visited the airport to help hand out the branded bottles.

Kirsty Webster, Glasgow Airport’s Sustainability Assurance Manager, said: “There’s a heightened awareness of single use plastics and the devastating effects they are having on our environment and oceans.

“As a responsible business we are committed to reducing our environmental impact. We do this by offering a number of re-usable solutions as part of our own drive to reduce single-use plastics across the airport.

“Many of our catering outlets within the terminal have already moved away from the use of plastic straws and we are keen to keep pushing this forward.

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“The introduction of the reusable bottles builds on the other waste management initiatives we already have in place, including the provision of free water refill stations in the airport. Our retailers will also fill up water bottles on request.”

The Sunnyside Ocean Defenders have made the headlines nationwide through their ‘#NaeStrawAtAw’ campaign. The pupils were invited to the airport back in May last year to spread their message and highlight the many alternatives to plastic straws to our caterers, staff and passengers.

“The Sunnyside Ocean Defenders’ visit last year was really popular and I’m a huge fan of their campaign, so I was thrilled they were able to come back in again to help hand out the reusable bottles and reinforce the message,” Kirsty added.

In 2014, Glasgow Airport formed an action group involving all retailers to develop a Charter which became known as ‘Keep It Clean Behind the Scenes’. Through the Charter, more than 600 retail staff from over 30 businesses receive regular training on how to manage waste effectively and increase recycling.

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Loganair cabin Crew, Jaymie Elliot and Linda McClean pictured with pupils from Sunnyside school, Artur Wrobel and Kennedy Brown.
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Lisa Perrie, Principal Teacher at Sunnyside Primary School, said: “The children were really excited about coming back to help support this campaign. Kirsty and the airport team deserve real credit for making what is a significant commitment to fund the introduction of more than 5000 reusable bottles for staff. It sends a powerful message that we can each take steps to help to cut down on single-use plastic.”

A single plastic bottle will take 450 years to degrade. According to Zero Waste Scotland, approximately 15,000 tonnes of plastic bottles are currently sent to landfill each year across the country.

Jill Farrell, Chief Operating Officer, Zero Waste Scotland said: “Single-use plastic bottles are one of the most recognisable symbols of the throwaway culture we live in. We applaud Glasgow Airport’s decision to hand out re-usable water bottles as these will give their staff the joy of using them again and again, while saving single-use plastic bottles from ending up in the landfill.

“If we are serious about putting an end to single-use plastic pollution, then we must find sustainable alternatives, such as re-usable water bottles, and recycle as much as we can. Eco-friendly alternatives such as these not only help to protect the environment, but also save consumers money.”

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/.

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LOCAL MP CONRATULATES LEADING SMALL BUSINNES ON ROCCO SUCCESS

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, met with FE Live to discuss their business, which provide full audio and event solutions for Concerts and Festivals, Touring, Conferences, Corporate, Sporting Events, and Theatre and Entertainment.

The Renfrew based team won two ROCCO Awards in 2018, awarded by the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. They took home Outstanding Business of the Year Under 5 People and two of their staff, Andrew McMillan and Ryan McIlravey won Young Business Person of the Year.

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Newlands discussed their recent success, their business model, and how the company may be affected by Brexit.

Newlands lodged an Early Day Motion to give recognition to their success as an SME. Commenting on his visit, Newlands said:

“It was great to meet the team at FE Live, and I am proud to have their operation within my constituency of Paisley and Renfrewshire North. FE Live are just one example of Renfrewshire’s diverse economy, which has SME’s in every field as well as leading international companies like Terumo Aortic and Glasgow Airport. I wish them all the best in continuing to provide their leading service across Scotland and beyond”

Ryan Mcilravey, Managing Director from FE Live commented on the visit and recognition received:

“It’s always nice to be recognised for the things you’ve worked hard for but I think our success really just comes from a desire to see our customers receiving the best end product that we can possibly provide. Our mantra has always been to invest in the best equipment and the best people so that we can provide a superior service for the end client. Receiving recognition from the local Chamber of Commerce and in the House of Commons I suppose is testament to the success of that mantra! We’re excited about what’s coming next however with our recent investment yet again in the latest technology from d&b audiotechnik and the year ahead is already looking very busy. Our customer base is so diverse from small scale corporate events to huge arena shows – this diversity arguably presents our biggest challenge.

“It’s one that we love to meet head on though as we provide the best service that we possibly can for all of our customers.”

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We are excited to announce that we will be running our School Of Rock during the Easter holidays for age 7 to 12 years from Monday the 1st of April to Thursday the 4th of April with our teacher Johnny Barr. The week is suitable for children who already play an instrument or those who have no experience but are interested in taking up an instrument.

The week will take place in Brick lane studios from 10am to 3pm daily with an end of week performance. Places are very limited, so to book a place, send a pm contact Diane on 07896689816 or Laura on laura@dianemitchellmusicschool.com🥁

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NEW MUSICAL TOTS CLASS 

Age 1-3 years

Saturday in Paisley at 9.15am with our tutor Anna Burns. Enjoy an interactive music session with your child, enjoy learning about beat, rhythm and pitch and develop your child’s social skills, language skills and confidence.

Anna also runs our Music Adventurers class for children with additional support needs, as well as teaching piano, voice and violin. To find out more or to enrol send a pm or call/text 07896689816

Spaces are limited.

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Go Kids

We are now taking enrolments for our new sessions of Go Kids Music Club. If your child enjoys singing and would like to learn some ukulele then pm me or text 07896689816 for more information. We restart on Thursday 10th January 4.30pm and Saturday 12th January at 11.15am

ADULT UKULELE GROUP

Our NEW adult ukulele group starts next Tuesday 15th January in the Life Church, 35 Moss Street Paisley from 7pm -8.30pm. First class only £5 Contact Diane on 07896689816 or send a PM to book a place

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Planning to get married will be a piece of wedding cake thanks to an event taking place at Johnstone Town Hall.

All you need when planning for the big day will be on hand at a Wedding Fayre being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure on Sunday, February 17 between 11am and 3pm.

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The event will feature a wide variety of local wedding suppliers, from photographers to kiltmakers and florists to candy carts.

It will also give future brides and grooms the chance to view a wedding set-up in Johnstone Town Hall, which has hosted many such receptions.

They will also be able to experience the award-winning venue’s state-of-the-art technical facilities and have a look around the dedicated marriage suite. Free consultations will also be available with wedding co-ordinators on the day.

Visitors to the Wedding Fayre will receive a complimentary drink, a goody bag and a range of special offers and discounts.

For more information contact Renfrewshire Leisure on 0300 300 1210.