New textile recycling service to be introduced

Renfrewshire residents who wish to recycle their old clothes are being invited to take advantage of a new free on-demand collection scheme

The council is introducing the new improved service – which also include shoes – from Monday March 18.

Residents can arrange for the bags of textiles to be collected from their homes, or from an agreed place.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Many residents already recycle their textiles and shoes in their blue bins, which we are grateful for.

“Due to changes in the way recycling is processed, we will no longer be able to accept textiles in blue bins after 17 March, which is why the new service is being introduced.

“This way, residents can still recycle textiles and shoes, but will have more room in their blue bins for other recyclable material such as paper, glass and plastic.

“This improvement will also help the area work towards the target set by the Scottish Government for Renfrewshire to be recycling 50% of its waste in 2013.”

The council has arranged for a leaflet to be distributed to all households with details of the new service.

Items will be collected by staff from the council’s contractor, European Recycling Ltd, who will carry cards identifying them as working on behalf of the council.

To book an uplift, call the Greener Renfrewshire helpline on 0300 300 0300 and choose the option for ‘texting recycling collection’.

Or, you can book it online at

Please make sure all items are dry, shoes are tied in pairs, and there is a knot in the top of the bag to ensure items are kept dry.

We can accept clothes, shoes, curtains, bed linen, blankets, handbags and belts. Please note we cannot accept pillows, duvets or cushions.

As an alternative, residents can also take their textiles to any one of 17 recycling banks across the area.

These are at the following locations – Sainsburys (Braehead); Livery Walk car park, (Bridge of Weir); shopping centre car park (Crosslee); Barrhill Road, and Morrisons (both Erskine); Miller Street recycling centre and Morrisons (both Johnstone); Middleton Road recycling centre, Linwood Sports Centre and Asda (all Linwood); Annex Centre (Lochwinnoch); Anchor Mills Morrisons, Underwood Road recycling centre, and Leitchland Road recycling centre (all Paisley); Haining Road recycling centre, Co-op and Tesco (all Renfrew).

Further textile bank sites will be introduced in the near future and these will be added to the list on the council website when they come into use.

Quest4Talent Tuesdays Winners: Vocal section

(16-25yo section)

  • Jemma Stevenson,
  • Emily Cochrane
  • Decaln McLeish

(12-15yo section)

  • Summer Bain & Emily Middlemas (duet)
  • Emily Middlemas (solo)
  • Ashleigh Burns
  • Hannah Leggat
  • Gaby Humphries

*Mondays winners to follow

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Gilmour Street Commitment from Transport Minister to Paisley’s MSP

Timetable changes to trains from Glasgow to Ayr, passing through Paisley have been looked at again by the Transport Minister after George Adam intervened. Enhanced services introduced by Transport Scotland to improve the number of passengers moving between Glasgow and Ayrshire meant some trains would no longer stop at Paisley Gilmour Street. After talking to Keith Brown, the Transport Minister, George pointed out that Paisley, Scotland’s biggest town would miss out after these changes. This week George received assurances that services will be reintroduced before May of next year.

Speaking on the news, George said:

This is good news for Paisley. From May this year the weekend services that were changed will revert back to stopping at Gilmour Street and the Minister has reassured me that Transport Scotland is working right now with First ScotRail to solve this issue.‘It would seem that some of the administrators involved in this decision just took their eye off the ball. No way should Paisley have been removed from the list of stops. I must say when I talked to the Transport Minister he understood straight away and worked with Transport Scotland and First ScotRail to explain to them the error of their ways.

‘I have now been assured that the enhanced services will be in place before May next year across the board. Working constructively with others always seems to me to be a better way to work that belligerent shouting from the sidelines.‘I will be keeping up to date with future developments and will make sure every Buddie is kept informed.’

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Renfrewshire welcomes UK wide Chamber network

Renfrewshire Chamber recently welcomed Chief Exec’s from across the accredited Chamber network for their 1st Chief Exec’ Residential of 2013 held at Mar Hall in early March.

This is the 1st time the high profile group have met in Renfrewshire and the pleasant weather ensured the visitors saw the area at its best. With CEOs from as far afield as Plymouth and Inverness, the coming together gives the Chambers from across the network the opportunity to share ideas and best practice and discuss future opportunities. Items discussed included policy, the international Chamber network, affiliation, and the potential business impact of Independence.

Commenting on the successful event Renfrewshire Chamber CEO Bob Davidson said “…it was a pleasure hosting fellow Chief Exec’s from around the whole of the UK right here in Renfrewshire, Mar Hall was a wonderful venue. Our President Tom Johnston gave the welcome speech at the dinner focusing on how the chamber has grown and developed and the work we are doing in areas such as with young people, and Renfrewshire as a place to do business with examples of some of the great companies based here.”


About Renfrewshire Chamber: Est. in 1964, based at Glasgow Airport in Paisley and with just under 600 members. It is the area’s main business organisation and holds dozens of events every year providing members with the opportunity to network & learn. In addition the well-connected Chamber provides members with a range of products, services and marketing channels designed to help them grow & prosper. For more info on the Chamber please visit

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Quest4Talent Competition.

There is still time to enter the competition for the following categories.

Wednesday night at David Lloyd 6th March

Catagories: Bands

Bands can turn up on the night 5.30 for a sound check. Register upon arrival. 7pm start

Call Diane for more details: 07896689816

Monday 11th March at the Wynd in Paisley

2 categories:

>Scottish traditional (gaelic / scots song, instrumental incl accordian, bagpipes, clarsach etc… open to solo, groups, folk rock etc

>Chiors / Glee clubs

Sound check at 5.30 / 7pm start. Call Diane for more details 07896689816

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Recruits seal the deal in car challenge

Renfrewshire young Recruits showed they can strike deals on wheels during their latest challenge – by helping to sell a car!

The teenagers on the popular council-run youth employment programme took to the showroom of the Phoenix car group in Linwood as part of a business task.

There, they were asked to plan and design a programme of marketing material for Hyundai and Honda vehicles at the busy dealership.

Phoenix sales staff also posed as customers to test the Recruits’ selling skills. But while there they had the chance to practice on a real customer, who ended up buying a Hyundai i20.

The Recruit is loosely based on TV favourite The Apprentice, and sees young people compete in a series of challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Currently, there are two programmes running, one for 16 to 17-year-olds and one for unemployed people aged between 18 and 24.

Colin McGeoch, group training manager at Phoenix car group, said: “We had a very enjoyable day and were delighted to have them here. The Recruit is a very worthwhile project.

“The Recruits were welcomed to Phoenix by John McGuire, our managing director, who told them a bit about the company, before they were given a tour.

“We set them a team challenge to suggest ways we could create more footfall to our showrooms, and picked a winning team at the end.

“We asked them to come up with ideas for radio and press adverts and got to see their reaction when our marketing team brought their creations to life.”

As well as the Phoenix car group task, the teenagers on the first programme have visited Steel Engineering, St Mirren and Renfrewshire Leisure, among others, and received training in first aid and interview techniques.

The Phoenix car group have been long-time supporters of The Recruit, and also take part in a challenge every summer with youngsters on Inverclyde Council’s version of the programme.

The winter version of The Recruit will conclude with a finale event at Renfrew’s Glynhill Hotel later in March.

Enjoy puppetry and fairytales when Each Peach Pear Plum arrives at Paisley Arts Centre.

“Tom Thumb’s in the cupboard, Mother Hubbard’s on the stairs, Where are the three bears?”

Adapted from the book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum is a game of ‘I spy’ for small children and their families. With a little help from songs and music, this production features children’s favourite nursery rhyme characters brought to life by a range of wonderful puppets, all on their way to Mother Hubbard’s for some plum pie.

Each Peach Pear Plum is presented by Edinburgh based Puppet Lab. Since it was founded in 1984, the Puppet Lab has been introducing children and adults to puppetry through its beautifully crafted and imaginative productions, including Funnybones which was a huge hit with audiences when it visited Paisley in spring 2012.

There will be two performances of Each Peach Pear Plum on Tues 26 March, 10.30am & 1.30pm at Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets cost £3. To book call the Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or go online to

For further information on Each Peach Pear Plum, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to or follow us on Facebook

New report shows 1,000% increase in Adult Protection referrals

The number of adult protection cases being reported to the Renfrewshire Adult Protection Committee (RAPC) has gone up by 1,000 per cent in the last four years.

In 2008/09 there were 153 adult protection referrals. In 2009/10 this had risen to 607. It reached 1,222 in 2010/11 and hit 1,549 in 2011/12. The figures are contained in the RAPC’s 2012 biennial (every two years) report.

Tim Huntingford, the Independent Chair of the RAPC, said, “Child Protection is well rooted in the public consciousness and the police inquiries into the activities of Jimmy Savile have moved child abuse to the top of the media agenda. The Adult Support & Protection Act only came into force in October 2008 and Adult Protection doesn’t yet have the same profile.

“However, there are many adults who are just as vulnerable as children. The most striking development of the past two years has been the growing acceptance of the concept that sometimes adults need protection too.

“The number of referrals has continued to increase as knowledge and understanding of the vulnerability of many people in our communities has grown. One example of this has been the rising number of cases highlighting the financial exploitation visited on vulnerable people, most commonly by their relatives. About 10% of all the Adult Protection referrals in Renfrewshire are because of suspected financial abuse.

“While we have achieved a great deal over the last two years there remains a lot to be done. The level of knowledge of abuse and neglect among adults is still too low and victims often don’t receive the understanding that they need and deserve.”

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board said, “Renfrewshire Council has been working hard over the past two years to highlight the problems faced by vulnerable adults. We have taken the lead in organising a series of national TV advertising campaigns designed to make the public more aware of the issues.

“Vulnerable children draw an immediate response but vulnerable adults, who may be at risk because of substance abuse, mental health issues or dementia, often aren’t treated with the same sympathy.

“Our aim is to change those attitudes and promote the message that every member of our community, old or young, is due our help, consideration and protection.”

Under the Adult Support & Protection Act social workers can enter any place where they think an adult, who is unable to protect him or herself, may be in danger of being harmed. The council can also apply to the Sheriff for a protection order where it believes that further action is needed to safeguard a vulnerable adult. These orders can take the form of a removal order, an order banning a person from where the adult is or a temporary banning order.

The Act also allows the council to investigate cases where adults are capable of making their own choices but aren’t doing so, possible because they are being put under pressure by someone else.

A vulnerable adult is someone who is over 16 years old and is in danger of being harmed or abused because they have a disability, an illness or a physical or mental condition which incapacitates them.

Street Stuff thinks outside The Box

Youngsters involved in Renfrewshire’s highly-regarded Street Stuff initiative are boxing clever – thanks to four new mobile youth clubs.

The award-winning youth diversionary scheme offers a range of activities for young people around the area, including The Box – a moveable venue packed with computer-game equipment, and street football with coaching from St Mirren.

And thanks to a recent cash boost, Street Stuff bosses have been able to up the number of Boxes from one to five.

The Boxes come equipped with Xbox, Playstation and Wii computer games as well as karaoke machines.

They will be stationed in areas which don’t already have similar facilities, or which have above-average rates of anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff champion, met up with St Mirren player Marc McAusland at Skye Crescent in Glenburn to see the scheme in action.

And Marc provided an extra treat for the youngsters by bringing along the Scottish Communities League Cup, ahead of St Mirren’s Hampden showdown with Hearts later this month.

They were joined by Street Stuff staff, and representatives from Strathclyde Police and Renfrewshire wardens.

Councillor Devine said: “Street Stuff really is a superb project, and deserves the praise it has been getting.

“Recently, it was the subject of discussion in the Scottish Parliament, where a motion praising it received cross-party support.

“There have also been calls for the Scottish Government to look into extending the programme nationwide, which is a great tribute to all involved.

“I would like to thank the many people who make this programme happen – both the volunteers who give up their time to help, and staff from the various organisations behind it.

“Their energy, hard work and innovation have given Renfrewshire a programme to be proud of.”

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

The programme attracts up to 20,000 young people a year and – working with police and council wardens – has helped reduce youth disorder by up to 40% in areas where it operates.

It also operates a Kick and Collect programme, where youngsters who take part in community clean-ups are rewarded with prizes such as tickets to sporting events.

The current Street Stuff timetable can viewed online at

The Scottish Communities League Cup has been on a nationwide tour, visiting community initiatives and promoting the three values of the cup: respect responsibility and tolerance to football fans and families across Scotland.

west end fair

Paisley West End Fair – Sunday 26th May

Paisley’s West End Fair is on Sunday 26th May in the attractive surroundings of Ferguslie Gardens.  This family event includes a sound stage, full musical programme and the finals of the Paisley Talent Competition.  Market stalls a funfair, five-a-side football, youth buses, displays and an information shop complete the line-up. Download reservation forms and Talent Competition entry forms at

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