A group of women from Ferguslie Park will join thousands from across the UK at the weekend to celebrate 100 years since women were given the right to vote.

On Sunday 10 June, women and girls from across the UK will come together to take part in PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork. Wearing green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, rivers of colour will flow through the streets of Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and Belfast.

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Joining them, will be a group of women from Paisley’s Ferguslie Park who have been taking part in the 100 Years 100 Banners programme, where 100 organisations across the UK collaborate with 100 female artists to create 100 unique banners for PROCESSIONS.

Based within The Tannahill Centre, the banner is an intergenerational collaborative work between Strong Women in Ferguslie Together (SWIFT), The Feegie Needlers and a variety of young women from local youth groups.

The group held workshops talking about issues that matter to them, raising awareness of the important role women play in the Ferguslie community and helping them to understand that their voices matter.

This has been incorporated in to the banner which features the names of women who have contributed to the wellbeing and creativity of the community, with many of the women mentioned being relations of those who are working in the community today.

For local artist Mandy McIntosh, the banner, featuring the slogan ‘Feegie Wummin’, we’re a breed o oor ain’, celebrates the resilience and strength of Ferguslie women in the here and now.

She said “We wanted to use the word ‘Feegie’ to show the public that these women think positively about their home and are extremely proud to come from Feegie Park.”

Carol Anderson, a Community Work Assistant who works closely with the SWIFT group, says the women have embraced the cross-generational aspect of the project. “It’s been a great opportunity for the different groups to work together, sharing their knowledge and stories of the community.”

The group will be travelling to Edinburgh on Sunday 10 June to march in PROCESSIONS, and will be joined by other women from Ferguslie and across Renfrewshire who have made their own banners or who have joined in with a community banner making workshop.

Other local groups involved in banner making are STAR Project, the Disability Resource Centre and Kairos in Johnstone.

PROCESSIONS is produced by Artichoke, the UK’s largest producer of art in the public realm, as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Helen Marriage, CEO Artichoke said: “The 100th anniversary of the passing of legislation which made universal suffrage unstoppable is a moment both for celebration and reflection. Individuals and groups up and down the country, including The Tannahill Centre, will be at the heart of this UK-wide artwork.

“What they make and bring to their chosen procession on Sunday will form part of a unique living portrait of women today.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “I’m so pleased to see the women from Ferguslie coming together to make their banner and take part in PROCESSIONS.

“The banner truly tells the story of their community and you really get a sense of how proud the group are to come from Ferguslie Park, and so they should be.

“Recently, the Ferguslie community has come together to make changes to their environment, and it is having a very positive effect on the people who live there.

“The local people are making Ferguslie a place to be proud of once again, and the women will further that cause by taking Ferguslie to Edinburgh to display their proud banner

“I would encourage every women or girl, from all generations, to consider making their way to Edinburgh on Sunday for what promises to be a spectacular event.”

PROCESSIONS takes place on Sunday 10 June in Edinburgh. For more information and to register to attend visit www.processions.co.uk

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Last weeks open evening for former and present pupils to attend to see the old building before it is replaced by the new School under construction right in front of the old building right now, many memories were shared, old faces recognised and friendships over the years were rekindled at the school which was opened in 1960 and has seen many generations of Foxbar youngsters attend the school.

Many thanks to Fiona McCreadie for the photographs.

Thanks to Norma Connelly & Mrs Gavin, Louise Maher the head teacher who organised the celebration evening.

What a fantastic evening we had to celebrate the 58 years of success of this school building. Huge thanks to all those who turned out, around 300 over the course of the evening. I am sure you will agree that Fr Joe Burke, celebrated a beautiful mass and there has been great feedback about how valued and appreciated this event was by many people.

Thanks to the staff who worked hard to prepare especially Mrs Connelly, Mrs Gavin and Mrs Nicholson and also to Mrs Scott from St Andrew’s Academy who supported us with music preparation. The liturgy of the mass made this a truly memorable event. The psalm was beautifully sung by the Welsh family and the parent council helped serving refreshments to the many visitors. A real community event and a wonderful atmosphere. Hopefully will have many more events to come.

Goodbye St Pauls old building hello new..

Renfrewshire Council is the first local authority in Scotland where councillors across all parties have signed up to participate in Dementia Friends Scotland sessions.

Elected members at the local authority have committed to become Dementia Friends, joining tens of thousands across Scotland, to learn more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.

The initiative has attracted cross party support, and the sessions, run by charity Alzheimer Scotland, are understood to be the first uptake across an entire Council chamber.

It’s part of a move towards being a ‘dementia friendly’ council and Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Many of us will know people affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s and the challenges they and their families can face. By attending the Dementia Friends sessions, we want to make sure we do all we can to understand and support those with dementia, and support communities trying to create a kind and friendly environment that ensures people continue to feel valued and supported.
“It’s an issue that sadly affects almost every family in Scotland and one in which we all want to play our part in helping in whatever small way we can, regardless of political affiliations.”

Dementia isn’t an inevitable part of ageing but is caused by diseases of the brain. There are around 90,000 people living with the condition in Scotland, with more than 3,000 under the age of 65. In Renfrewshire around 2,750 people have dementia and related conditions.

More than half of Scots with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease but other forms include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.

The village of Lochwinnoch has become the first in Renfrewshire to become a dementia friendly community. It is introducing ways of ensuring that those with the condition can feel supported as they go about their everyday lives.

Senior primary school children in the village, which has around 3,000 residents, have attended awareness sessions and local businesses want to support those with the condition to ensure they can remain part of the community.
A steering group set up has organised events like tea dances where people with dementia and their carers can come and feel supported.
Organiser Dr Morag Thow said: “We are trying to encourage people with dementia to stay part of the community and live the lives they want. It’s part of being a kind community and it’s great to feel supported by a kind council.
“It can be a simple as the way shops arrange their displays and signage. A person with dementia might have trouble reading a sign that says ‘Ladies’ but would recognise the picture of a loo. They can also have problems with colour and working out light and shade.
“There are things we can all do – if you meet someone and you know they have dementia you just take your time with them and offer them assistance.
“It’s also demystifying it – people with dementia can and do lead very active lives. They just have limitations with memory, especially in the early stages.
“I would say that most families are affected by dementia, whether it’s somebody actually in your own family or somebody you know who has a relative with it.”

Anne McWhinnie, Dementia Friends Programme Manager at Alzheimer Scotland said: “We’re delighted that Renfrewshire Council have made the commitment to become Dementia Friends. Alzheimer Scotland believes that nobody should face dementia alone. By taking the time to understand a little of what it’s like to live with dementia, and the little ways in which we can be more helpful and patients, we can make a real difference in our communities.”

Additional Information for Dementia Friends release

It should be noted for the purposes of captioning pictures with this release, that many of the people in pictures do not have dementia but are part of the wider supportive community and/or friends, family and relatives of those who do.

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‘Since fostering, our family has grown in love, knowledge and laughter’ – Fosterplus inviting people to find out about a career fostering

As part of ‘Foster Care Fortnight’, a well-established fostering agency based in Paisley is calling on people to consider foster care as a career, with around 7,000 new foster families needed across the UK in the next 12 months according to research by the Fostering Network.

Fosterplus is holding the two dedicated open days at its office on Renfrew Road on 15 & 22 May, 10am – 7pm to give people the opportunity to gain information on fostering.

‘Foster Care Fortnight’ is the Fostering Network’s annual campaign that aims to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. The fortnight takes place from 14 to 27 May this year.

Geoff Armstrong, Registered Manager for Fosterplus said:

“In celebration of Foster Care Fortnight, we’re hosting two open days at our Paisley office to help people take their first steps into fostering.

“People can come along and meet our friendly team, who will be talking about the role of a foster carer and what this rewarding career has to offer.”

“We also try to dispel some of the myths behind fostering. Being a foster parent is different now than it was 10 years ago. The process is not as difficult as people often think it might be and we support them all the way.”

Suzanne, an experienced carer with Fosterplus, told us: “Since fostering, our family has grown in love, knowledge and laughter. The help we get from Fosterplus and how people pull together is something to be proud of.”

Another Fosterplus carer Carole added: “I am proud to foster because I know, no matter what, we have given children a chance.”

If you would like to find out more about these events, or fostering in general, call 0800 369 8511 or visit www.fosterplus.co.uk/paisley-events

A new streamlined approach is set to improve the support offered to community groups as the Council outlines its plans to empower communities.

Councillors today approved proposals which will simplify the process for community organisations in accessing Council support by introducing a single point of contact for local groups.

The creation of this central resource will see requests from local people directed to the most relevant source of assistance in the first instance, making it easier to utilise support and achieve the shared aims of the organisations.

Communities will also be able to more easily access existing pathways of advice and guidance from council officers, as well as continuing to be supported with external and direct funding applications.

Local people will also be encouraged to utilise the Community Asset Transfer process and will be signposted to possible partnership opportunities with the Council, where appropriate.

The new approach will be piloted during 2018 in consultation with local organisations and is set to be supported by a £1.5million Community Empowerment Fund, announced as part of this year’s budget to run over the next five years.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Iain Nicolson, said: “It is more important than ever that we work closely with local people and we’re working hard to strengthen the relationships we have with our local communities.

“We’re committed to creating an efficient pathway for local communities to access the support and guidance they need by simplifying the often complex Council processes.

“Creating a single point of contact for community groups will help iron these processes out and ensure that local people can access the support we offer as easily as possible.

“I would encourage communities throughout Renfrewshire to assess their local area, identify how they could make improvements and work alongside us to make a difference to their local community.”

The Council has been evaluating the way it interacts with local communities and identifying how they can be involved in decision making through a review of its Local Area Committee structure.

Nine proposals were brought forward to an extensive consultation process and addressed issues such as ensuring meetings are more accessible and participative, localising the award of grant funding and altering the current boundaries to bring them into line with community councils.

The results of this consultation will help refine the finalised proposals to ensure they fully reflect the needs and views of the local community and allow a more effective process to be maintained moving forward.

Further information on support for local communities, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/community

More than 1000 volunteers took part in 31 community clean ups as the Renfrewshire community were inspired to take part in an action-packed weekend of events.

Almost 500 bags of rubbish were collected as pupils, volunteers, police, and local businesses and elected members worked side by side to brighten the local area and tackle the issue of littering.

Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean was the largest set of events planned since the launch of the Team Up to Clean campaign, and set out to make a real difference to the area’s environment.

Litter picks were arranged across the area by schools and community groups, with Renfrewshire Council assisting by providing all the required equipment needed and removing the collected rubbish at the end of each event.

Donations of water, bananas and sweet treats for the volunteers who took part were made by local Morrisons, Tesco, McDonalds and Greggs outlets across the area.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The level of support we have seen over this weekend has been incredible and has shown the breadth of support for our Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

“Volunteers young and old turned out to work alongside each other to make a real difference to their local area and the event has been an undeniable success, with a noticeable increase in the cleanliness of all communities after the weekend’s efforts.

“We know there are still areas of improvements to be made but with the support of the community, and a desire to eradicate the problem, we will begin to see real results and this weekend shows what can be achieved when we work together.

“Improving the cleanliness of Renfrewshire is a key commitment for the Council and we will continue to do our bit to ensure our streets are cleaner and Renfrewshire is a brighter, more attractive place to live and work.

“Thank you to every volunteer who took part over the weekend. Please continue to harness that community spirit and work with us as we Team Up to Clean Up.”

£2.5million has been allocated to Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign across the next five years to allow the continuation of an enhanced programme of gully cleaning, increased mechanical road sweeping, replacement or removal of out of date street signs, a strengthened Rapid Response Team and an additional six community litter pickers.

The campaign also challenges the community to play their part and this has been a rousing success as almost 100 community clean ups have been undertaken throughout the area and more than 1800 volunteers have taken part.

The campaign also aims to tackle the issue of dog fouling in the area and recently saw more than 50 responsible dog owners turn out for a mass dog walk in Robertson Park in Renfrew.

This followed a targeted streets initiative in which dog waste is spray painted with bright colours, warning messaging is painted sprayed  onto the pavement, enforcement patrols are enhanced and signage is placed around the area to bring the issue to the attention of offenders within that street.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup or join the Team Up to Clean Up community group on Facebook.

National charity Keep Scotland Beautiful have showcased their support for Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean this weekend, which aims to see a community clean up take place in every area in Renfrewshire.

The event, part of Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign, is set to bring out hundreds of volunteers as they take part in litter picks to make a difference to their local environment.

School pupils, community volunteers, police, councillors and more will take part on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April at clean ups across the area with the support of Renfrewshire Council.

Derek Robertson, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “We’re extremely grateful to all the volunteers across Scotland for taking part in clean ups during April and May, and would urge everyone to get involved in Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean on 20-22 April.

“Through our Clean up Scotland campaign we support thousands of people each year to improve the places they care about by removing litter and fly tipping. We are delighted that Renfrewshire Council is showing a real commitment to make Renfrewshire cleaner and greener – and know that each one of us can make a huge difference collectively if we clean up together.”

Communities across Renfrewshire are being encouraged to host their own clean up in an area in need of attention and the Renfrewshire Warden’s Service will provide them with litter pickers, bibs, gloves and bags to carry it out, as well as removing the collected rubbish at the end of the event.

If volunteers aren’t able to host their own, they are being supported to attend any of the other clean ups arranged across the weekend and meet like-mind individuals taking part.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted to have the support of a national organisation such as Keep Scotland Beautiful and it shows the strength of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign as it continues to grow.

“Our Big Spring Clean is our most ambitious set of events since we launched the campaign but we’re determined to grasp the enthusiasm of the local community to make a difference to their local area.

“We are working hard to support local volunteers to carry out litter picks while also carrying out our enhanced programme of work to clear drains, sweep roads and refresh signage, as well as expanding our environmental teams.

“We’ve shown our commitment to the campaign through our £2.5million investment and we will continue to work alongside the community to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, brighter, more attractive place to live.”

For more information on the event visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bigspringclean and on the campaign www.renfrewshre.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black has given her full support to Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign. The SNP MP, recently joined the Corseford Community Clean Up in their most recent litter pick, along side local Councillor for the area Andy Steel and Convenor of the Infastructure Land and Environment Board Councillor Cathy McEwan, to help tidy up the streets of Corseford.
Mhairi Black MP said
“It was a pleasure to join the Corseford Community Clean Up. I have been impressed by the Team Up to Clean Up campaign so far, it is refreshing to see local people gathering to make sure their area is looking tidy.
“Well done to all the local people in Corseford and across Renfrewshire who are engaging with the campaign and making Renfrewshire a cleaner place to live.”
Cllr Andy Steel added
“The clean ups in Corseford show Team Up to Clean Up in action – locals are taking a real pride in where they live, and by involving young people we will hopefully see a behavioural change in years to come that will benefit our environment.
“It has been fantastic to see the effort and community spirit that local people have put into the Corseford clean ups. The group have done an excellent job for the area.
“The SNP budget recently doubled the funding for the Team Up to Clean Up campaign so while it is fantastic to see the effort being put in by local communities, this investment will also allow Renfrewshire Council to step up their environmental efforts.”
The SNP administration’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign has been hugely successful so far, with Renfrewshire Council increasing their environmental efforts while the voluntary side of the campaign moves from strength to strength. Over 50 community clean ups have already taken place within Renfrewshire since the campaign started and the dedicated Facebook group continues to grow, with more people getting involved and interacting with each other. You can get involved by contacting Team Up to Clean Up on 0300 300 1375 or by emailing wardens.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Ahead of Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean next month, pupils from Johnstone High School, St David’s Primary, Cochrane Castle Primary and West Johnstone Pre-5 Centre joined members of the local community to give Thomas Shanks Park a makeover.

67 pupils took the opportunity to improve their local environment as they tackled litter left within the park, while also learning how to influence their classmates into using the bins around the school and at home.

The Renfrewshire Wardens were also on hand to discuss the effect dropping litter can have on the environment and local wildlife, as well as their job of enforcing fines to those caught in the act.

More than 80 bags of litter were collected during the clean up, which has made a real difference to the appearance and cleanliness of the popular park.

The clean up took place in advance of Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean which is set to take place between 20-22 April.

A key event as part of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, communities across Renfrewshire are being urged to get involved with the aim of holding a clean-up in as many towns and villages as possible.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see yet another brilliant turn out at one of our community clean ups, and especially encouraging to have the young people from local Johnstone schools in attendance.

“It is important that the younger generation are aware of the damage littering can do and the importance of keeping their local community clean.

“I hope they’ll be inspired, along with everyone else, to take part in our Big Spring Clean in April where we hope the entire Renfrewshire community will get behind the campaign.

“If we can hold a clean up in as many communities as possible, this will hopefully provide the spark for them to be kept clean and for people to take a pride in their local area.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign was given a major boost earlier this month as councillors committed to investing £2.5million in improving Renfrewshire’s environment across the next five years – doubling the initial annual investment.

The commitment ensures the continuation of an increased road sweeping service, improved gully cleaning programme, strengthened Rapid Response Team and dedicated litter pickers out in every community, as well as supporting the local community to undertake community clean ups.

Find out more about the Big Spring Clean at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bigspringclean or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

DANCING on Ice legends, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are urging people to get their skates on and head down to the ice rink in the Arena at intu Braehead.


The Olympic Gold medalists turned TV stars were at the Arena to promote the upcoming Dancing on Ice Live Tour and took time out to encourage everyone to try out ice skating.

Christopher said: “We’re here to encourage people to get on the ice here at intu Braehead.
“You can come and learn to skate, speed skate, hockey skate, figure skate in fact, any kind of skate.

“Mums and dads will be really happy because they can come to and have a great time.”
Jayne added: “And skating will keep you fit.”

Jayne and Chris’s visit to intu Braehead was also special for the Arena’s operations manager, Lauren Little.

Lauren is an accomplished skater and competed in figure skating and ice dance competitions all over the country as a teenager.

Lauren revealed: “When I was skating as a youngster Torvill and Dean were always the people that inspired me and it was great to meet up with them.

“I’ve loved skating since I started as a seven year old and I always take the opportunity to go through some of my old routines on the ice when I get the chance.”

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: ‘We’re part of a UK-wide company, intu, that owns and manages the most popular destinations and we’re aiming to create compelling experiences for our customers.

“The ice sports we have at the Arena are one way we are doing that.”