Provost Cameron with all sponsors

The stars in Renfrewshire’s communities are set to be honoured once again this year and the long-standing sponsors of the awards have shown their support once more.

Provost Cameron with all sponsors

Glasgow Airport Ltd, ACRE Industiral, UNISON Renfrewshire and the Piazza Shopping Centre have committed yet again to sponsoring one of the awards which aims to recognise the unsung heroes of Renfrewshire.

Provost Cameron

Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open and will see six individuals or groups celebrated for their hard work and dedication within Renfrewshire.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire is invited to nominate in any of the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We’re delighted to have the continued support of our sponsors who make it possible for me to honour some of the amazing people in our communities.

“It’s a fantastic part of my role being able to reward the inspiring people we see nominated every year and I can’t wait to see who is put forward this year.

“Please don’t miss the chance to give that person or group the recognition they deserve and get your nominations in now.”

The deadline for entries to all categories is Wednesday 12 December.

The Provost will be joined by the award sponsors and other local elected members to choose the winners who will be invited, along with their nominator, to the awards ceremony on Friday 15 March 2019 and the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2019, email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0141 618 7102.

This week, St. Vincent’s Hospice, are taking part in Hospice Care Week 2018 and are looking for your help in shaping the future of their services.


The theme for this year is “Heart My Hospice”, led by the national hospice and palliative care charity, Hospice UK, and St. Vincent’s are asking you to get involved in a very simple way – by sharing your voice as part of their Community Services Review.

Director of Care for St. Vincent’s, Brona McGee, said: “Hospice Care Week aims to encourage people to become actively involved in supporting the vital work we carry out every day, but this year we are asking you to do this in a slightly different way – by filling in a short survey.

“As we get ready for the future, we are inviting members of the public and our professional colleagues to be directly involved in shaping the direction of our services. This involves reviewing our existing community services, as well as exploring new opportunities for developments.”

The Hospice will be reviewing their Community Nurse Specialists, Day Services, Bereavement Support Service and considering proposals for new support services. This aims to ensure they are prepared for the future and continue to offer the right care in a way that is best suited to meeting the constantly changing needs of the community.

Brona added: “Every year more than 200,000 people in the UK receive Hospice Care, with a direct impact on local families and patients from all across the community. By offering your voice to our survey, you can play a real and meaningful part in helping us provide the best possible care for the local community for years to come.”

The deadline for submitting comments to the Community Services Review is Sunday 14th October. To take part, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MFR5HVT

Two local hospices were given a fundraising boost thanks to Renfrewshire Leisure staff and customers.

A total of £10,608 was raised after various sponsored events were held throughout the year at the sports and leisure centres throughout the area.

Now the money is being split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:

“Every year we just seem to raise more and more money for these two worthy causes. The generosity of our staff and customers knows no bounds and I’m really proud we have raised so much money this year.

Visitors to this weekend’s Beer and Food Festival can get a taster of what’s to come at CarFest when the team officially launch this year’s event this Saturday at County Place from 10am until 3pm.

St Vincent’s Hospice is bringing its hugely popular CarFest into the town centre once again on Saturday 16th June and a fun day out for all the family is guaranteed!


There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and Remote Control cars!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, live music, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle!

This is the fifth year of St. Vincent’s CarFest and its second visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood
The event is organised by MaxSafe and sponsored by Paisley First.

The cars will be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm on 16th June.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Hospice and the CarFest team in bringing this great event to Paisley town centre for a second year.

“The sun shone last year and we’re hoping for the same again this June. It was a great day out for all the family and all the local businesses joined in the fun too, all in aid of such a worthy cause.”

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “CarFest is one of the absolute highlights of our calendar, and we are always absolutely blown away by the amount of work and passion that people put in to making it happen.

“This year we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary since first opening our doors in 1988. Since then we have provided palliative and end of life care to thousands of individuals and families from all across the Renfrewshire Community.

“This has only been possible thanks to events like CarFest and the amazing support we continue to receive from so many generous people throughout Renfrewshire and beyond.”
Willie Chrystal of MaxSafe Solutions said: “Last year was the first time the event was held in Paisley town centre, after three years of being held in the hospice grounds, and it was great to see so many people in the town centre supporting it.

“It has been fantastically received by both the car owners and the public alike with vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years.

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“The work that the hospice provides for the people of Renfrewshire is
exceptional so what better way for a petrol head to have fun and also help raise some money.”
The event on Saturday 16th June will kick off with a procession of more than 100 cars taking part from Renfrew Road into the town centre at 8.30am.

The cars will then be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm.

St. Vincent’s Hospice have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community following the break in and robbery of one of their charity shops in Paisley earlier this week.

The Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for individuals with life limiting illnesses, reported that their Glenburn store had been broken into in the early hours of Monday 18 December. Along with the contents of the till and safe, the thieves caused extensive damage to the shop itself.

In the days since the news came out, members of the local community have come out in force to support the charity, offering money, time and effort to help spread the word, raise awareness and get them back on their feet in time for Christmas.

Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “This week started with the shocking and sad news that someone would do this to a charity which works so hard for people during some of the most difficult times of their lives. In the few short days since then, however, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of so many people from throughout the community, who were committed to getting us back on our feet in time for Christmas.”

The Hospice has received hundreds of pounds in donations via anonymous drop-ins and their JustGiving page. This included Olivia Anderson, who made the incredible donation of £640, on behalf of her family in memory of her Mum who was cared for in the Hospice.

Along with offers of support from trade workers and organisations offering to carry out work to repair the damage to the shop. After learning that the door to the shop was damaged beyond repair, local joiner William Galloway contacted his suppliers at A1 Ironmongers and is now supplying and fitting a brand new door completely free of charge.

Moya and Willie Paton also went above and beyond the call of duty, stopping by the store the day after the break-in to provide them with a new cash register, to let them get up and running.

Kate added: “There are too many people to thank individually, but whether you have made a cash donation, shared out posts across social media or offered your time and effort to help fix the store, please know how humbled and grateful we are for all of your support. Our team work extremely hard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and to see how much this means to so many is genuinely heart-warming, especially so close to Christmas.

“We are delighted to say that the shop is once again open for business, and on behalf of everyone at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to say thank you all and we hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.”

You can continue to support St. Vincent’s Hospice via their JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/stvincents/donate

Following a break in to their charity shop in Glenburn, St. Vincent’s Hospice are appealing to local trade workers to repair their locks and shutters ahead of Christmas.

A provider of specialist palliative care for people with life limiting conditions, along with support for their families and children, the St. Vincent’s Charity shops throughout Renfrewshire provide a vital income for the Hospice.

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “We are shocked and saddened that someone would do this just days before Christmas. Not only have we lost the contents of our cash register and safe, but the break in has caused extensive damage to our store, the security shutters and locks on the doors.

“All proceeds from our shops go directly towards allowing us to continue to offer the care and support we do for people throughout the community. We are asking for any local businesses or trade workers to please help us repair the damage caused to our shop and get it back up and running over the festive season.”

This is the busiest time of year for the shops, meaning the damage will cause a significant loss of income, along with the cost of repairs. If you, or someone you know, is able to help St. Vincent’s Hospice, please get in touch by calling 01505 705635.

Hundreds of people in the local community are dedicating lights on the St. Vincent’s Hospice Christmas tree in memory of someone special.

Light up a Life this Christmas

St. Vincent’s Hospice are inviting members of the public to sponsor a light on their Christmas tree in memory of someone special this Christmas to help support their services for people with life limiting conditions.
The Hospice will light up the tree as part of their Light Up a Life event which takes place on Sunday 26 November at 5pm with carol singing, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.

Commenting on the event, Kate Lennon, Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Light Up a Life is a very special time for everyone at the Hospice and people all across Renfrewshire. Even if you have never used our services, it offers an opportunity to remember loved ones and come together with people who have had a similar experience to share stories, celebrate their lives and make a positive difference as we light up our tree to welcome in the festive season.

“Every single penny raised from Light Up a Life makes a huge difference to the services we are able to offer our patients and families affected by life limiting conditions throughout our community. Whether this is caring for them in our Inpatient Unit, our Day Hospice or in people’s own homes, all of this is only possible with your support. Please, join us on Sunday 26 November, and light up a life this Christmas.”

To sponsor a light, visit: http://lightupalife.svh.co.uk/lightupalife or call 01505 705 635.
The event will be held in the courtyard of St. Vincent’s Hospice on Midton Road Howwood. Parking will be available at Corseford School with a shuttle service running from 4.15pm to and from the event. Blue badge parking is available at the Hospice.

St Vincent’s Hospice have been nominated in 2 categories at the 2017 Charity Champions Awards taking place in the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 2nd November.

The glamorous Strictly Come Prancing event has been nominated for “Event of the Year” award and the vast amount of work that the hospice does out in the community has been recognised in the “Community Charity of the Year” category.

 

The awards were created in order to celebrate and reward the incredible work being done by organisations and individuals in Scotland’s third sector. 

 

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive, St Vincent’s Hospice said:

“We are delighted and deeply honoured to be nominated for these awards. All of which would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and the community who tirelessly support us in all that we do.”

 

To find out more about this event and to secure your tickets please visit the Charity Champions website www.charitychampions.uk.

St. Vincent’s Hospice is getting ready for this year’s Light up a Life event which takes place on Sunday 26th of November at 5pm. The tree is being chosen, the choirs are practicing, and the staff and volunteers are preparing to welcome you.

Please join us in the Hospice courtyard for carols, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.

 

One visitor said, “I have been coming to Light up a Life with my mother for the last three years. We always come away feeling lighter and comforted”

 

Light up a Life gives everyone the opportunity to remember their loved ones, or to celebrate an event that has happened during the year. The Christmas tree looks wonderful when the lights go on. It is deeply moving to know that each dedication and donation will help in the care of our patients and their families.

 

Dress warmly and allow time for parking at Corseford School, Beith Road, PA 10 2NS. A shuttle bus will take you to and from the Hospice

STAFF from intu Braehead have been working hard tidying up and planting shrubs and flowers in the gardens at a local hospice.
Along with workers from Cardwell Nurseries, they volunteered to spend a day working at St Vincent’s Hospice, in Johnstone.

The gardening was part of intu’s company-wide initiative encouraging staff to take the time from their work schedule to help support a local charity or community work.
Hospice Trust Fundraiser, Katrina Vine said: “We are extremely grateful to the team from intu Braehead and Cardwell Nurseries for their support.

“Our courtyard area was tired and overgrown and the difference the intu team has made to our courtyard and garden is immense. It now offers a tranquil and peaceful area.
“We rely on our volunteers to help in many different areas of the hospice, from housekeeping to maintenance, driving and patient care.

“The team helping with the garden and landscaping not only created a better environment for our patients and their families, it also saved us money, allowing vital funds to be directed to patient care.
“Each year we must raise £1.2 million to operate the hospice and offer valuable care to patients and their families in the Renfrewshire area. We could not achieve this without the support of our local business partners such as intu and Cardwell and our local community.”

Lydia Brown, community development manager at intu Braehead said: “Our staff volunteering to help good causes is one way we show that intu Braehead wants to play a positive role in our community.”

Drew Gallagher, managing director of Cardwell Nurseries, based in Gourock added: “A well kept garden can be a place where people can relax and find peace and quiet for a while.
“We hope everyone at St Vincent’s will enjoy their garden area we’ve helped create.”

If any local charities or community groups need help with tasks like landscaping, gardening, painting and decorating, or repairs to damaged property, they should email braehead.community@intu.co.ukor call Lydia Brown on 0141 885 1441.