MEETING THE DEMAND FOR A SAFE SOCIAL NETWORK FOR CHILDREN
Dizeo is the first ever safe, social networking site for children in the UK. All 8 to 16 year
olds across the country are invited to join up and ‘do it with dizeo’. With as many as one
in ten children having been solicited online (1), the fully monitored dizeo site
(www.dizeo.com) aims to make the internet a safer place for the under 16s. Dizeo
provides children with their own online social community, giving them an alternative to
other social networking sites which could potentially put them in danger.

Dizeo o!ers users all the features found in other social networking sites while o!ering
parents piece of mind. Dizeo also comes with the added bonus of professional, online
homework assistance and a range of educational videos teaching users useful real life
skills.

Dizeo’s Managing Director Christopher McCann said: “Social networking has grown
massively over the last few years and is now part of everyday life with over 45% of the UK
population using a social networking site. However, despite most social networks having
a minimum age restriction of 13, children as young as 8 are known to be using social
networks. In doing so these children are putting themselves at serious risk. Dizeo’s
priority is online child safety and we’ve specifically designed and developed dizeo to o!er
under 16s a safe alternative to the sites they’re currently being using. Throughout
development we conducted several focus groups with parents, children and education
professionals to ensure dizeo meets the needs of UK families.”

“As well as being a social site to encourage sharing and friendship, we’ve also created
dizeo as an educational tool, providing online homework assistance. At our focus groups
we found this was a much sought after service from both parents and children and so
we’ve recruited a team of subject specialist tutors to assist our users should they need
help with any part of the curriculum. The dizeo tutors are available online from 9am to
10pm every day with professional knowledge across the P4 – S4 curriculum. Our tutors
aim to respond to all homework enquiries within the hour, including help with essays to
helping with maths problems.”

“Dizeo also prepares children for the real world by providing a range of short
instructional videos on subjects from learning to play guitar to avoiding cyberbullying. We
have focused on skills we know children want to learn and we let them upload their own
videos so they can share with friends.”

(1) One in ten children have been sexually solicited online: Cox Communications, US Department of Justice

Joyce Fullarton, Psychologist said: “Given the increasing numbers of young people using
social networking sites, dizeo has filled a potentially dangerous gap in the market, by
o!ering a fun, ‘cool’ but, crucially, safe alternative. With dizeo, parents can have
complete peace of mind that their child is safe online.” Dizeo is accessible for free at
www.dizeo.com with users only having to pay for homework help when required.
Homework help is paid for by using dizeo homework tokens which cost 50p per
token.

www.dizeo.com
Twitter: @DizeoNew

One of our visitors has some very beautiful Dogue De Bordeaux pups for sale in Renfrewshire.

KC registered pups, vet checked, micro chipped, innoculated, puppy starter pack and insured, pups will be ready end of March, for more details please check their page on Gumtree http://glasgow.gumtree.com/glasgow/74/73669874.html

Paisley.org.uk is a valuable way for your organisation or business looking to advertise your latest product or service to a local audience.

Our monthly stats show that we had 1478463 hits on the website for the month of January 2011 that is on average 47692 hits every single day.

Our analytics shows that we have had 14,518 unique page views and 70% of our traffic is new visitors to the site.

A lot of website owners and marketers pay people to create back-links to their website thus improving their overall search ranking in Google if you advertise with Paisley.org.uk you get 2,400 instant back-links to your website and if we promote your website “this is going with past experience” that you can get 90,000 impressions on your URL or product in one month, the rest is down to you.

If you would like to advertise on Paisley.org.uk then please use our contact page, we can help boost instant traffic towards your website instantly. We also use social media to good use too promoting events, business’s and organisations.

Our rates are fair and we have one aim “To Promote The Town Of Paisley” and promoting your business is part of that aim.

We use Paisley Web Design for all our social media marketing and management to find out more about their products and services please visit http://www.paisleywebdesign.co.uk

Paisley Film Society is very much looking forward to kicking of another great year at the fantastic Paisley Arts Centre. 2010 was a cracking year, with 2011 lining up to be just as good.

To see us off to a flying start, we have been invited to attend a very special screening of Sweet Sixteen. Hosted by Radio 4, we will be in the comany of director Ken Loach, and writer Paul Laverty. It is also anticipated cast members will be in attendance for a question and answer session and a good old chat with the audience. It will take place on Monday 17th January at the Pearch Institute, 840 Govan Road, Govan, 1900 (doors open 1830). It is free but ticketed, with tickets strictly limited to 2 per person. For your chance to be a part of the audience, please reply by Friday 7th January with your details (name, email address noted, contact telephone number) and we’ll get it organised. Just a reminder that this film is a Certificate 18, and sadly we can’t have tickets issued for under 18’s.

Also coming up this year, other than a fantastic selection of films, is our quiz night. Think you know your De Niros from your DeCaprios? Your Laurel from your Hardy? Then get your team* together and head to the Paisley Arts Centre Bar for The Film Quiz on the last Thursday of the month (February – June). The Film Quiz start at 7.30pm.
(*team to be a maximum of 4 people).
Thursdays: February 24th, March 24th, April 21st, May 19th and June 23rd.

Our first screening of 2011 at the Paisley Arts Centre will be Breakfast at Tiffanys on Tuesday 15th February. Check our website for more details (www.paisleyfilmsociety.com).

It has been officially announced that Renfrewshire CVS is to mobilise an army of charities and volunteers to help residents make the switch to digital TV in Renfrewshire.

Starting in November, Renfrewshire CVS will work with other charities and voluntary groups to prepare people for the switchover, which starts in Renfrewshire on 8th June. The appointment has been made on behalf of Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the switchover.

Renfrewshire CVS will mobilise local charities across Renfrewshire to hold events and presentations, giving advice on how to switch over to digital TV. Charity staff and volunteers will be invited to attend free briefing sessions to understand the process and learn about the Switchover Help Scheme. Thousands of people are expected to benefit from the advice and support given at these events.

Renfrewshire CVS is a local organisation that provides support to voluntary organisations, charities and community groups in the area to help them to achieve their aims and empower others. Their extensive networks, membership and partners make them ideally placed to take part in a programme of this type.

Janis McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Renfrewshire CVS, said: “Switching to digital TV will be straightforward for many people, but some others will need help, practical advice or reassurance.

“We look forward to working with our fellow charities to provide that support in Renfrewshire and help prepare the local community for switchover. We will also encourage those who are eligible to apply for the Switchover Help Scheme.”

Local charities can apply for free briefing places, and for funding through a Small Grants Scheme set up to encourage extra events locally. Materials developed to help run events and explain switchover will also be provided.

Russell Keene, Digital UK’s Regional Manager in Scotland, welcomed the announcement saying “the outreach work planned to reach into the community is essential and will help to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of digital TV when switchover arrives”.

Digital UK will soon be holding road shows across the central belt to provide further face-to-face advice for anyone who needs it.

The Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, has also been set up to make it easier for older and disabled people to switch to digital TV. It is writing to eligible people in the area. People are eligible for the scheme if they are aged 75 years or more, have lived in a care home for six months or more, get (or could get) certain disability benefits, or are registered blind or partially sighted.

Hundreds of people turned out this weekend for Johnstone’s Christmas Lights switch on.

The event in Houston Square saw celebrity designer John Amabile join Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and twins Abbie and Blaire Monkman, from Houston, to officially light up the town for the festive season.

Gryffe High pupils Abbie and Blair, 11, switched on the lights in memory of their mother Debbie who passed away recently at St Vincent’s Hospice.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with St Vincent’s, a charity which John is patron of.

Entertainment was provided by Clyde One’s Gina McKie and Kevin Cameron with lucky locals winning tickets to see Peter Andre, Pixie Lott and Mamma Mia.

There were performances by 22-year-old pop act GeO, who has supported many acts including Westlife, Alesha Dixon and Peter Andre, and Renfrewshire’s own Jamie McArthur. Local groups Dans-scene and Per4mance Stage School also took to the stage.
There was a snow beach provided by SnoZone at Braehead, a St Vincent’s Hospice Christmas Cafe and Santa’s Grotto within a marquee in Houston Square.
Provost Lawson said: “Johnstone switch on was a fantastic day and definitely the best turn out we’ve had in recent years. There was a real family atmosphere and great to see performances from such talented local youngsters.”

Celebrity designer John Amabile will make a big switch from interior to outdoor decorations when he helps turn on Johnstone’s Christmas lights this weekend.
John, well known from TV shows such as 60 Minute Makeover, GMTV and This Morning, will join Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and 11-year-old twins Abbie and Blair Monkman to turn on the lights on Saturday 27 November.
The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospice, a charity which John is patron of.
John said: “I’m so looking forward to the Johnstone switch on to Christmas and delighted to support St. Vincent hospice – a local charity much in need of our support!”

The day kicks off at 12.30pm with Clyde One Roadshow, hosted by Gina McKie and Kevin Cameron, including game, goodie bags and giveaways such as tickets to see Peter Andre and Pixie Lott. Tickets to see Mamma Mia at the Clyde Auditorium will also be up for grabs.
There will be performances by 22-year-old pop act GeO who has supported many acts including Westlife, Alesha Dixon and Peter Andre.
Local boy Jamie McArthur, who recently raised money for Cash For Kids by performing outside Braehead Shopping Centre for eight hours solid, will also be taking to the stage as well as local groups Dans-scene and Per4mance Stage School.
There will also be a snow beach provided by SnoZone at Braehead, a St Vincent’s Hospice Christmas Cafe and Santa’s Grotto within a marquee in Houston Square.
Abbie and Blair will switch on the lights in tribute to their mother Debbie, 49, who passed away recently while in the care of St Vincent’s Hospice.
Abbie and Blair said: “We’re really, really looking forward to switching on the Christmas lights in Johnstone in memory of our mum.”
Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “I’m delighted to have John, Abbie and Blair joining me for Johnstone’s Christmas Lights switch on. St Vincent’s is a wonderful and deserving charity.
“Johnstone Christmas Lights switch is getting bigger and beeter and the day promises to be great fun with lots of entertainment, games, giveaways, snow and even Santa himself. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see lots of people out in Houston Square on the day.”
Kibble will also be selling real Christmas trees on the day, with a donation going to St Vincent’s Hospice.

We wish to welcome new partners to Paisley.org.uk PACE Theatre Company.

About PACE Theatre Company

History

PACE Theatre Company was formed by David Wallace in 1988 who shortly afterwards founded PACE Youth Theatre. Since then PACE has moved to the forefront of Theatre in Education in Scotland, while PACE Youth Theatre has grown to become the largest youth theatre of its kind in the UK with a current membership of over 2000 and over 200 young people awaiting places at any given time. PACE started began with just one employee and now employees over 100 people each year including 18 full time and 4 part time staff, as well as numerous contract staff including actors and drama workers and stage personnel. The rise has been phenomenal and the company and the youth theatre are the envy of many towns and cities.



The company though evolved to such a degree that its needs far exceeded that graciously provided within Paisley Arts Centre. In 1992 the company became independent of the local authority, as a non-profit making company and registered charity. It also began to attract commercial contracts in the shape of commissioned productions for corporate and local authority or education clients, commissions to produce educational videos,. It became clear that an advanced level of independence was required and in 1997 the decision was made that the demand on the company’s services required it to expand, not only to enable it to increase the amount of projects undertaken but also to find space to rehearse, perform and undertake workshops.  In 2000 PACE collaborated with the renovation of The Wynd Centre in Paisley to manage and become the main-end user of and auditorium and youth theatre workshop space in the newly refurbished church.   PACE also makes this facility available to the community to hire for professional and amateur productions, events and conferences.

In 2002, committed to its aim of providing the benefits of youth theatre to as many young people as possible, PACE opened a new youth theatre base in Ayr, based in the Gaiety Theatre and Citadel Leisure Centre.  It is hoped that eventually this base can be as successful as its ground breaking model in Paisley.

Then, In August 2003 PACE secured a second building in School Wynd which was converted into what is now known as “Spires Drama Studios” comprising of 3 dedicated drama workshop studios, a café area and numerous offices.  This has become the organisation’s main base and administrative hub.

Ethos

The basic ethos of PACE is to provide a service to all of the community, using theatre, in its broadest terms, to educate and entertain.

i)      EDUCATE: To enable the user to gain personal and social skills, communication, confidence and self awareness amongst others, and to stimulate through active and passive participation an interest in the Arts and therefore create and enhance the audiences of tomorrow as well as allowing young people and others to examine and explore contemporary issues.

ii)    ENTERTAIN: To stimulate the user to think in broader terms out with their own environment about issues and concerns they and others will have and to enable them to see quality touring children’s shows, T.I.E., and participatory theatre shows and to stretch the creative and cultural horizons of young people who hitherto had little or no experience of live theatre, participatory drama and interactive workshops.

PACE Youth Theatre

PACE Youth Theatre has become the largest, most successful youth theatre in the UK, with over 2000 young people aged 3-18 attending weekly workshops in drama, music and dance, with an aim to increase confidence, communication skills and self expression as well as teach performance skills, since 1988.  Ex-members of PACE Youth Theatre have included actor James McAvoy (Shameless, Last King of Scotland), singer Paulo Nutini, actor Gordon McCorkell (River City), actress Shauna McDonald (Spooks, The Descent),  Fame Academy winner David Sneddon, TV presenter Kate Heavenor, as well as many other lesser known actors and actresses currently working in theatre, TV and film, and thousands of others who have used the confidence and communications skills learned at PACE in successful careers in other industries.

Workshops are run by fully trained full time staff, under the guidance of the Artistic Director, Director & Deputy Director of Drama, and our senior drama workers.

Members also receive additional benefits such free casting agency representation for TV & Film work and discounts for ‘Fest!’ events.

Fest!

Fest! is PACE’s hugely popular school holiday performing arts festivals for young people aged 3-18 and are open to PACE members and non members.  Fest events generally involve a cast of young people coming together for one week to devise and rehearse a new production based on a fun theme.  The are designed to challenging as well as great fun and are a great way for young people to make friends and spend their school holiday time.  There are over 3,000 fest participants each year, performing in over 60 different performances.

Theatre in Education

TIE and peer education has been at the centre of PACE’s work since it’s inception in 1988.  Our unique Participatory Performance Projects have toured thousands of schools, allowing primary school pupils to perform to their peers on issues such as bullying, drug awareness, healthy living, sectarianism and other topical subjects which complement the current curriculum.  The combination of original music, peer education and a day of rehearsals that’s great fun, has proved immensely popular with primary schools.  PACE have also been commissioned by clients such as Scotland Against Drugs, Drinkwise, Strathclyde Police and Fire Brigade, various local authorities and many others.  Many of these projects have involved performances to school children of various ages by professional actors, along with participatory follow up workshops.  The company has used theatre as a means of educating and training adults with commissioned plays for clients such as the NHS, STUC and Scottish Executive, at venues from the Borders to the Shetland Isles.  Finally, the company has provided the principal theatrical input to Strathclyde Police’s annual Choices for Life event, performing to over 50,000 P7 pupils every year through Scotland, at venues such as the SECC and AECC.

PACE also undertakes hundreds of community workshops each year in school, libraries and other venues, including drama workshops for those with disabilities.

PACE Theatre Company

PACE is also renowned for producing spectacular theatrical productions as entertainment.  It has produced the professional pantomime at Paisley Arts Centre since 1988, performing to over 10,000 people every year with over 99% of available tickets sold every year.

It has also produced many other professional theatre productions that have toured venues throughout Scotland, plus many large scale shows for events such as Renfrew 600, and Barrhead 100, with casts of over 1000 people.

PACE Media Productions

PACE Media Productions was formed to provide a different medium for the dramatic work produced by PACE Theatre Company.  It has produced educational dramas for clients such as Drinkwise, Scotland Against Drugs, Scottish Executive, NHS 24, West Dumbartonshire Council, and many others.

Casting

PACE Casting is the casting agency set up by PACE to represent its youth theatre members in TV, film and advertising productions.  It provides licensing and chaperoning services to production companies as well as audition facilities, and also produces an annual casting directory book, with over 1,000 professional photos and CV details, distributed to all major UK production companies.  All this is provided to our youth theatre members for no additional charge our agency fee. This has resulted in it being one of the largest suppliers of young actors to the TV and film industries in Scotland, with our members appearing in productions such as Still Game, River City, Rob Roy, Small Faces, Taggart, Young Adam, and commercials for BT, The Herald, Ikea, RBS, Scottish Executive, AOL and Hovis.

To find out more about PACE Theatre Company
click www.pacetheatre.co.uk or call 0845 130 5218

On Sunday 12 September 2010 two determined friends are cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh in Memory of Alan Donaldson and in support of Epilepsy Bereaved
About Alan: Alan Donaldson tragically died at the age of 29 from Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP) on 2nd of January 2010, Alan had lived with epilepsy for many years but he never let it stop him achieving anything in life such as gaining a first class honours degree and masters as well as travelling over the world. Alan was a loyal friend to many, dearly loved son, brother & partner. Alan would have celebrated his 30th Birthday on the 2nd September 2010. Alan had a passion for football, music and current affairs, he was a very intellectual young man with a vigour for life which has inspired many people to help support the charity SUDEP.

The Cycle: Jamie Grant (age 25) and Scott Duncan (age 30) from Renfrewshire are cycling 51 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh (as part of Pedal for Scotland) in aid of SUDEP to help raise awareness of a startling fact that is not yet well known: 3 people die suddenly every day in their prime across the UK from epilepsy. Jamie and Scott are also trying to help Alan’s family and friends meet their fundraising target of £20,000 towards the SUDEP charity which they are very determined and motivated to achieving.

Fundraising Site
http://www.justgiving.com/alan-donaldson or
bit.ly/do90Ug
Other Great Fundraising Story
On Saturday 4th September 2010 – 125 family & friends were inspired by a photo once taken of Alan at the summit of Ben Lomond. They walked up the 3196 feet high Ben Lomond to celebrate Alan’s Life and Memory as he would have been 30 that week if he had not been taken by SUDEP.

The Community Champions for the month of September:

ROAR is a consortium of voluntary and social economy organisations, based in Renfrewshire, working together to offer low level care and befriending services for older adults.

The delivery model for the service is a Public Social Partnership (PSP). Our partners include Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Renfrewshire Community Health Initiative, Renfrewshire Seniors Forum and WRVS and Alzheimer’s Scotland who also provide the services for ROAR.

Older Adult Social Isolation

ROAR aim to combat the crisis of social isolation within over 55’s in Renfrewshire. Using measures to help prevent decreasing health by improving health and well being and providing somewhere which is safe and friendly for older adults to enjoy social activity. ROAR hope by putting in place these preventative measures they will help to increase self confidence, maximise independence and ultimately improve the quality of life for Renfrewshire’s older people.

What ROAR Offer

ROAR have a lot to offer, including a befriending service for both home visits and out in the community. They can also provide transport to and from appointments or out to one of our ROAR clubs where members can enjoy a 2 course meal for only £2.

At their clubs members also benefit from advice services provided by Citizens Advice Bureau and a health & well being programme that includes hand massages, gentle exercise and games days. ROAR also provide handy person services to help with small jobs around the house.

ROAR Volunteering

ROAR always welcome new volunteers to help in any of their services. If you are a compassionate, helpful individual who enjoys being involved with your local community, no matter what age or experience you have, they may have the right volunteering position for you.

There are positions within their clubs as organisers, or befriending opportunities out with the clubs. There are also opportunities for drivers to provide transport services to older adults. Or you could help with our handy persons services.

As volunteers you can develop new skills and gain experience. You can give as much or as little time as you want, enjoy being part of a team and most of all help make a small difference to someone’s life.

Contact Information:

ROAR
c/o Airlink Business Centre
24 Clark Street
Paisley
PA3 1RB

T: 0141 889 7481
F: 01418893974
E: roar@rcvsweb.co.uk