Renfrewshire:  11 September 2010 – 12 September 2010

This is a great 2-day event across Paisley and Renfrewshire with over 60 buildings taking part.

Children’s Passport Scheme – Children collect a passport highlighting buildings taking part in DOD.  If they visit at least 5 buildings and get their passport stamped they will receive a prize.

Paisley Abbey Cluny 2010 – This year towns and villages throughout Europe have been celebrating the eleventh hundred anniversary of the founding of the Cluniac Order.  Paisley Abbey is one of only two Cluniac monasteries (the other being Crossraguel) and a series of events have taken place to celebrate the anniversary including a medieval fair, concert, coach tours, historical talks, a conference on Scotland’s Cluniac Heritage and an exhibition ” Charters and Chamber Pots: Aspects of Medieval Paisley” at Paisley Museum.

Celebrating Tannahill – 2010 marks the 200th Anniversary of the death of Robert Tannahill and to mark this a series of events focusing on  and celebrating his life and work has been taking place including poetry readings,performances, talks, guided walks, exhibitions, concerts and the creation of two poetry walls.  Tannahill’s Cottage will be included in the DOD programme.

Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Renfrewshire Carers Centre provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers living in the Renfrewshire area. A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help.

It’s important to provide support for carers as taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression. Carers have to juggle their work life with their responsibilities as carers, with many having to lose income and job opportunities. This can in turn lead to them feeling isolated, ill and struggling to cope. Thus organisations like Renfrewshire Carers Centre play a vital role in combating these problems and making sure carers can continue to do their good work.

Here’s just a sample of the impressive range of services the Centre provides:

Information and Advice

The Centre offers carers information on a wide range of topics, such as carers’ rights, welfare benefits, housing issues, care assessments, accessible holidays and a lot more. Their website ( is packed with info and they also offer one-to-one sessions with their staff, information leaflets and packs.

Support Groups

Support groups allow carers to talk to each other, sharing their knowledge and discussing the news and issues that affect them. These social occasions also combat the social isolation that many carers feel.


A range of training courses is provided for free by Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Their aim is to create opportunities for carers to improve their ability and confidence in taking care of someone and in turn improving their quality of life.

Respite Service

The Centre’s home based respite service is free and provides trained, committed and reliable respite workers who will take over a carer’s responsibilities and give them an invaluable break.

Young Carers Project

Children and young people who care for a member of their family are offered support with concerns at home and school. The Project offers group work and one-to-one support for young carers and aims to give them the chance to have some fun an opportunity to meet other young people in similar situations.


They are always eager to recruit new volunteers who will be given the opportunity to help other people, access training courses, learn new skills, socialise with other volunteers, become involved in the community, have fun and make new friends.

Volunteers can provide one-to-one befriending, support carers/young people within a group setting, help with the Centre’s telephone help line, provide admin support in the office or raise awareness about the Centre and the services they provide.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Katie or Marie on 0141 887 3643.

Further information:

0141 887 3643

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Celebrate summer festivals in Scotland

Summer is a fantastic time to visit Scotland when regions across the country come alive with events. Every year the capital city of Edinburgh hosts several exciting festivals showcasing everything from opera to comedy, art, jazz, literary giants and music. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere in bars and cafes or book a week of fabulous entertainment. Agricultural shows are great for those who enjoy the country air while the Year of Food and Drink celebrates an array of sumptuous local produce.

Football Tournament Launches Knife Campaign

Teenagers from all over Renfrewshire flocked to the home of St Mirren to play in a street football tournament and back the launch of a national knife crime campaign.
Hundreds of young people attended the Safer and Stronger Street Football Tournament at St Mirren Park to play in the five-a-side tournament and enjoy a host of other activities including, skateboarding, climbing walls, basketball, Renfrewshire youth bus and youth gym bus.
The event was also attended by Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill who joined members of Renfrewshire Youth Voice to launch the local No Knives Better Lives campaign on the day.
No Knives, Better Lives is a national youth engagement initiative which aims to give young people good reasons not to carry a knife, showing them that it’s not worth the risks or consequences, and helping to shape positive attitudes and influencing positive life choices by promoting diversionary activities.

Mr MacAskill said: “We are working in partnership with the council, police, schools and young people in Renfrewshire to create a very local No Knives Better Lives campaign that is tailored to the community and supporting the good work they are already doing.

“Far too many lives are lost and people injured though mindless acts of violence – often because of the knife culture that blights some communities. That is why we are working to change the culture around violence in Scotland.”

The initiative is being rolled out to Renfrewshire after a successful pilot in Inverclyde and launches in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Clackmannanshire this month.

The programme will be championed locally by Renfrewshire Youth Voice (RYV), which provides a platform for young people, aged between 14 and 25, to express their views and opinions on the issues that affect them.

On the day members of RYV ran a No Knives Better Lives stand to give out information to other young people about the campaign and encourage them to sign No Knives Better Lives pledges.
RYV are planning a year of action on No Knives Better Lives and have been raising awareness of the issues associated with knife crime at local Gala days and recently marched at the Sma’ Shot day with a No Knives Better Lives banner.
The Safer and Stronger Street Football Tournament was part of the award-winning Investing in Future diversion activity project.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “Investing in Future has been a massive success with these activities going out to different communities every week to provide young people with fun, healthy activities to get involved in. This was the first time we’ve had an event like this where all those activities, and more, are going to be in one place and it was a massive success.”

Investing in Futures is a partnership project supported by Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company, St Mirren FC, Strathclyde Police, Arriva, Scottish Football Association and Ferguslie Sports Centre.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon said: “We were delighted to host the Street Football Tournament at St Mirren Park. Since my arrival at the Club, I have heard a lot about the amount of excellent programmes that are done by St Mirren within the local community. The Street Football programme has already been given a community award and is a fantastic programme and is well known throughout the whole Renfrewshire area.
“Over the years, football skills have been developed through practice and many a quality player has come from playing street football in their youth. St Mirren FC is delighted to be heavily involved within the programme and it is only fitting that St Mirren Park hosted this tournament.

Street Football Tournament and Fun Day at St Mirren

Young people from all over Renfrewshire are set to pack in to St Mirren Park for a world cup style tournament and fun day later this month.

Less than a week after the World Cup final, teams of young people from Renfrewshire’s communities will take part in the Safer and Stronger Street Football Tournament.

The massive event takes place on Saturday 17 July and as well as the football there’s a whole host of activities on offer for young people.

Friends and families are also invited to come along and enjoy the huge range of entertainments on offer including street rugby, street hockey, two climbing walls, skate ramp, basketball, tennis, and a bouncy castle.

As well as these there will also be the Renfrewshire Youth Bus, Youth Gym Bus, the Box entertainment unit kitted with dance mats, and a DJ booth.

The Safer and Stronger Street Football Tournament is part of the award-winning Investing in Future diversion activity project.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “Investing in Future has been a massive success with these activities going out to different communities every week to provide young people with fun, healthy activities to get involved in. This will be the first time we’ve had an event like this where all those activities, and more, are going to be in one place. We’re inviting young people, and their families, to come from all over Renfrewshire. You don’t have to be playing in the football tournament as there’s so much going on on the day, there is going to be something for everyone.”

Teams taking part in the football tournament have been made up from young people who take part in St Mirren’s street football programme in local communities.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Street Football Tournament here today at St Mirren Park. Since my arrival at the Club, I have heard a lot about the amount of excellent programmes that are done by St Mirren within the local community. The Street Football programme has already been given a community award and is a fantastic programme and is well known throughout the whole Renfrewshire area.
“Over the years, football skills have been developed through practice and many a quality player has come from playing street football in their youth. St Mirren FC is delighted to be heavily involved within the programme and it is only fitting that St Mirren Park hosts today’s tournament.
“I am sure everyone attending will have a great day whether playing or watching the action.”
As well as the young people the organisations involved in the project will be getting in on the act with their own mini tournament which will see teams from the police, fire service, Renfrewshire Wardens Service, and others go head to head.

The event is free to attend and kicks off at 10am at St Mirren Park, Greenhill Road, Paisley, on Saturday 17th July.

Reducing antisocial behaviour is one of the key targets of the Safer and Stronger Partnership which sees Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and other organisations working together to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.

Investing in Futures is supported by St Mirren FC, Arriva, Scottish Football Association, Ferguslie Sports Centre.

Introduction by Cllr Derek Mackay and Cllr Eileen McCartin, Leader and Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council

“The UK recession we’re only now emerging from has significant consequences for all of us, and the public sector is no different.

“Scotland receives a share of UK public spending in the form of a block grant, which is then allocated by the Scottish Government to fund the NHS, local government and public services.

“One of the major consequences of the recession is that councils will receive less money from central government in coming years.

“This will happen at a time of increased demand for council services, with a growing elderly population, more young people requiring care and more of our residents affected themselves by the recession.

“Renfrewshire will have to make tens of millions of pounds of savings in the coming years. The challenge will be to continue providing affordable and sustainable services with fewer resources. Some difficult decisions will have to be made and we have asked council officers, led by Chief Executive David Martin, to fully investigate the choices available to us. Read more


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    Lets get ready to Go! Renfrewshire

    Renfrewshire residents are being invited to take part in two-week festival to celebrate the great outdoors of Renfrewshire.

    Over the course of the two week festival it is hoped to that people will walk, run, cycle , row or horse-ride the equivalent of the 66 mile boundary of Renfrewshire many times over.

    Go! Renfrewshire 2010 will be the area’s first ever outdoor activities festival.

    As well encouraging people to get out and have fun, the aim of the festival is to promote what Renfrewshire has to offer and how it can be enjoyed responsibly using the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

    A packed programme of activities has been organised including walks, cycles, horseriding, picnics, treasure hunts and even Tai Chi.

    A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “GO! Renfrewshire 2010 is a two week festival to celebrate Renfrewshire’s great outdoors. We want to see as many people as possible getting out and getting active as part of the festival so have a huge range of activities on offer. Events are taking place throughout the area and to suit people of all abilities so there really is something for everyone.”

    Go! Renfrewshire 2010 kicks off on Saturday 22 May with a launch event including music and activities in County Square, Paisley. A group of walkers will then lead a walk from Paisley town centre to Elderslie to join the village gala day parade.

    Other programme highlights include a Paisley Mystery Tour, a walk to the old Barytes Mine at Clyde Muirshiel, an introduction to horseriding at Ingliston Equestrian Centre in Bishopton, a picnic on Gleniffer Braes, and Tai Chi.

    There are also a number of groups aiming to walk or run the equivalent of Renfrewshire’s 66 mile boundary in the four weeks leading up to the festival and during the festival itself.

    As well as Renfrewshire Council, other local groups taking part include, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, Paisley District Scouts, Lochwinnoch and Paisley Kayak Club, Castle Semple Sailing Club, Clyde Muirshielf Regional Park, Finlaystone Estate, and Ingliston Country Club.

    The Go! Renfrewshire programme is available in council buildings, libraries and leisure centres. You can also see what’s going on by logging on to

    download go renfrewshire  pdf


    £30,000 study aims to find a future for world’s oldest machine factory

    A £30,000 architectural, structural and financial investigation could be the key to restoring a crucial piece of Scotland’s industrial heritage to its former glory.

    Renfrewshire Council has commissioned The Prince’s Regeneration Trust to carry out a major feasibility study into finding a new future for Paton’s Mill in Johnstone.

    The 227 year old mill, believed to be the world’s oldest surviving machine factory, has been empty and increasingly derelict since production stopped in 2004. The Category A Listed mill was the first building to be constructed in the new town of Johnstone in the 18th century.

    The feasibility study follows a £25,000 investment by Renfrewshire Council to seal the mill’s windows and doors. The move is designed to protect the iconic building from fire-raisers and thieves, who had started to remove lead flashing from the roof.

    The Prince’s Regeneration Trust was invited to get involved by the Council following its highly acclaimed regeneration work at the Anchor Mill and Seedhill Bridge in Paisley. The £12million project saw the historic mill and surrounding area comprehensively regenerated into a vibrant hub for the local community.

    Cllr Iain Nicolson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board, said, “The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is unique. It is the only agency in Scotland that has the capacity and the remit to undertake a feasibility study of this nature on such an important part of our built heritage.

    “Renfrewshire Council worked very closely with The Prince’s Regeneration Trust on restoring Paisley’s Anchor Mill and we hope that we can achieve a similar success with Paton’s Mill.”

    Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said, “We at the Trust have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Renfrewshire Council working on the magnificent £12 million restoration of the 19th-century Anchor Mill and Seedhill Footbridge in Paisley. Together we have really set the gold standard for heritage regeneration work of this type. We’re thrilled to be able to help rewrite the future for Paton’s Mill which is part of Scotland’s industrial soul and of enormous historical significance.

    “The options appraisal is the first step on the ladder for the mill and will hopefully bring forward a scheme that results in the sensitive regeneration of this fantastic building that will help revive the area and give a boost to the local community, as well as help save one of the world’s oldest mills.”

    Paton’s Mill is the earliest surviving cotton mill in Scotland and one of the earliest in Britain. It was built on the banks of the Black Cart River in 1782 by the Corse and Burns Company.  The mill was a fully operational textile factory continuously for nearly 220 years.
    It is also known as the Bootlace Factory due to its most recent use making shoe laces. At its peak, the mill produced around 25 million pairs of laces a year. Production finally ended in 2004 when Paton’s moved its operation to a nearby business park.

    The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is a charity established by HRH The Duke of Rothesay which focuses on heritage-led regeneration.  The Trust’s projects enable under used or redundant buildings to perform a new function, unlocking a regeneration of the wider community.

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