Fathers club

All this Text is from Ferguslie Community Council but please I need you to visit their page on this link and say Yes or nolink and say Yes or no please help the local community.

Here is what the Community Council has had to say this weekend:

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WHAT A 24 HOURS…….

Good morning Ferguslie Park & all our Followers. We asked for your support & help yesterday morning to keep a community building in the hands of LOCAL PEOPLE.

The support YOU all gave was overwhelming ,as the statistics of the 24HR CONSULTATION/ELECTION will show .

This is what happens when a community COME TOGETHER , STAND TOGETHER & SPEAK AS ONE.

You have provided the Community Council with a mandate to negotiate with the Council, for the PEOPLE to retain and run, a much needed community centre for the people of Ferguslie Park ,for that WE THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

Outcome of the Ferguslie Community Councils 24 hour public consultation/election held on our Facebook page. We asked you to vote and comment on a single question….

“DO YOU AGREE THAT THE FATHERS CLUB/C.A.R.I.N.G BUILDING SHOULD BE RUN & USED BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY” YES or NO.

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 674.
YES: 674. NO: 0.

PEOPLE THE POST REACHED: 20,093

PEOPLE WHO SHARED THE POST: 242.

POST LIKES: 133.

We also increased our followers from 725 to 865 an increase of 140 .

If this isn’t people power I dont know what is.
“In my 44 years as a Community Activist in Ferguslie Park I have never witnessed support like this” ( John McIntyre. Chairperson Ferguslie Community Council)

Finally for now we again thank you for your participation and support and hope you enjoyed the experiance . We will keep you updated on our Facebook Page of our progress. THANK YOU ALL . We would love to hear your comments feel free to leave them below…….

MND Charity

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron has shown her charitable side, raising £23,257.68 for MND Scotland in 2018.

 

Provost Cameron pledged to support MND Scotland as one of three charities she will focus on during her time as Provost.

MND Scotland was founded as the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association in 1981 by John Macleod, a Strathclyde police officer and his wife Peggy.

MND Charity

At the time, services were limited, and health professionals had little or no knowledge of the condition.

Today, MND Scotland strive to reduce the impact of MND on the lives of those affected, by offering services such as benefits advice, equipment loans, counselling, advocacy and a grants programme.

There are over 450 people in Scotland currently living with MND and on average almost 200 people are diagnosed each year.

Sadly, around 53% of those diagnosed will die within one year.

Provost Cameron said: “One of my favourite things about my role as Provost is that I’m able to support charities that undertake incredible work in our communities, and I’m proud to have been able to raise so much money for MND Scotland after losing my mum to the condition in 2011.

“One of the highlights was taking a team of daredevils to the Garry Bridge in Killiecrankie to complete the Highland Fling Swing! Everyone had a great day and I really admired everyone’s bravery. Another stand-out moment was hosting my charity ball where so many local businesses got involved and showed their dedication and commitment to raising money for charity.”

“It’s also been great to get out and about in Renfrewshire to help raise awareness and I’ve worked closely with Scotrail who also support MND Scotland. I travelled around Renfrewshire by train on MND Awareness Day with collection buckets and got to meet some fantastic people in the process.  Scotrail were also keen to help with my ‘working challenge’ and I worked a day out at Johnstone Train Station in support of the charity.

“I’ve been honoured to meet so many people across Renfrewshire who wanted to tell me their own personal connections with MND and I was touched that people chose to share their experiences and memories. I’m pleased that the money we’ve raised will help MND Scotland provide essential services and go towards research to find treatments, and eventually a cure. “

Provost Cameron also spent a day working with City Gate Construction as part of her Working Challenge where she tried different tasks from using computer-aided design technology to learning how to plaster a wall.

As well as learning new skills and raising money for charity, Provost Cameron found out more about how CGC are helping local young people gain skills and experience that will prepare them for the future.

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland said: “I would like to thank Provost Cameron for her incredible ongoing support. The amount raised is already making a huge difference to lives of people affected by MND in Scotland. Without supporters like this, we would not be able to continue providing essential practical, financial and emotional support to families across the country, or fund cutting-edge research projects, which are taking us a step closer to a cure.”

Provost Cameron will support local charities, St Vincent’s Hospice and Accord Hospice, in 2019 and 2020 and will return to fundraising for MND Scotland in 2021.

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Includes photos from a variety of the 103 events which took place.

Communities across Renfrewshire have thrown their support behind the Team Up to Clean Up campaign as 103 events were held in one month as part of the Big Spring Clean.

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One of the campaign’s flagship events, the event saw more 1750 volunteers join a clean up event in their area with more than 1850 bags of litter collected by the council’s StreetScene team.

Building on the success of a weekend-long event last year, and the Spotless September Challenge, the special event saw almost every community in Renfrewshire take part with litter picks large and small making a difference.

Businesses, community groups, council staff and school pupils were all involved as the campaign cleaned the streets of Renfrewshire and educated people on the issue of littering.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “What a fantastic month it has been, and I want to thank every volunteer, from the businesses to the lone litter pickers, for the work they’ve done to make Renfrewshire a brighter, more attractive place to live and work.

Blythswood volunteers

“Whether it’s our young people filling a bag between them or a group collecting all they can carry, the work that has taken place has been outstanding and you can see a noticeable difference in our local area already.

“The hard work doesn’t end here as Team Up to Clean Up is a year-round campaign so we’re already planning our next events and continuing to provide ongoing support to our local communities.

“If you’re not involved already then why not come and be a part of this brilliant community campaign.”

The event in Renfrewshire ties into the two-month long Spring Clean event hosted by national environment charity Keep Scotland Beautiful throughout April and May.

Heather McLaughlin, Community Project Officer, said, “It’s great that so many people got involved in Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean in April in support of our national bid to clean up Scotland.

“We know that litter levels are at their worst in a decade, but the passion and commitment that the Renfrewshire volunteers showed gives us all hope that we can reverse the trend.

“We support clean up activity all year, so if you want to get involved and be part of the solution there’s still time.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has benefitted from a £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment which has seen an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

The investment has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove the collected rubbish at the end.

For more information on the campaign and how to get involved, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

who cares scotland

Who Cares ? Scotland Renfrewshire  is an organisation that supports care experienced young people. We offer free quarterly  training  and information sessions and the next one is being held at the Lagoon in Paisley . We are trying to reach all those who support children and young people across Renfrewshire whether paid or voluntary.

who cares scotland

We have our own Facebook page and it is the pinned post on here  https://www.facebook.com/whocaresscotlandrenfrewshire/

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*Free training and information session*

Do you work with children and young people either paid or voluntary?
Do you support, teach or coach young people in any capacity ?

Then you hold important relationships with our care experienced people. They would like you to understand more about their lives and invite you to a free training and information session.

Our next Listen and Learn is being held at Paisley Lagoon on 9th May – click below to find out more and for FREE registration .

https://whocaresscotland9thmay.eventbrite.co.uk

Pals of the Privies

Inspiring supporters of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign have been recognised at the Provost’s Community Awards for their work in the community.

The awards set out to reward the unsung heroes within Renfrewshire who go above and beyond for their community and taking home the Community Group and Community Volunteer awards were Pals of the Privies and Heather Clisset respectively.

Pals of the Privies are a volunteer group who set out with the mission of reclaiming Glencoats Park for the community and making it a welcoming area for young and old alike.

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They transformed the park from a seldom used green space into a thriving family park, achieving this by embracing the Team Up to Clean Up campaign through improving the appearance of the park and keeping it litter free.

Community events have been held in the park, primary school classes can now take place there and it is a haven for older people and dog walkers, with new benches installed for elderly residents.

Karen Campbell, Pals of the Privies, said: “Pals of the Privies all began with a simple litter pick, never did we think it would have grown to what it is now.

“Team Up to Clean up was a major part of our work from providing equipment to uplifts of large amounts of vegetation and Nicola and all the team have been a godsend, going out of their way to answer our queries or concerns.

“Winning the Provost’s Community Group Award has been a real boost to our group, giving us all some recognition and a sense of appreciation for what we are doing.”

Heather Clissett

Heather Clisset has been carrying out litter picks for more than nine years to keep her area clean and is a big supporter of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

She created the Erskine Community Garden which hosts community events and gives a safe place to rest and play, and the garden received the second highest ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ award from national environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

She has worked closely with Keep Scotland Beautiful to carry out pilot projects, including providing dog fouling bags on walking routes to measure the difference in dog mess left behind and has recently become one of the anchor groups for the ‘Upstream Battle’ campaign.

Heather said: “It was truly humbling to be chosen as the Provost’s Community Volunteer Award winner.

“The work the Erskine Community Garden is a full community effort regardless of what we do, whether in the garden or litter picks, we work as a team to make our community better for everyone.

“When Team Up to Clean Up started, this was something we very much wanted to be part of as the idea of joining with like-minded individuals in Renfrewshire meant we could support, encourage and lend practical help to each other.

“The friendships and links we’ve made with other groups are invaluable.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has benefited from a £2.5million investment in Renfrewshire’s local environment which has seen an increased programme of road sweeping, drain clearing, litter picking and an enhanced Rapid Response Team.

The investment has also facilitated local communities to undertake litter picks by providing them with gloves, litter pickers, bags and hoops, as well as the support of the council’s Wardens Service and StreetScene team who remove all rubbish following the completion of the litter pick.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Depute Provost and Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that both Heather and the Pals of the Privies were recognised at the Community Awards this year and they are both fully deserving of the recognition for the fantastic work they have done.

“They are prime examples of what the Team Up to Clean Up campaign is all about as they take pride in the local community and want to make it a brighter place for everyone to live and work in.

“The difference made to Glencoats Park is extraordinary and Heather has had the same impact within Erskine, and it’s great to see the local community reaping the benefits.

“We’re working hard through the campaign to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, nicer place to live, work and visit and thanks to inspiring people like these, we are making a real difference.”

The awards were chosen by a judging panel made up of the Provost, the award sponsors and various elected members from across all political parties.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup or join the dedicated Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/teamuptocleanup.

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Students from Gryffe High School are attempting to raise awareness of the issues facing young people who have lost a parent or loved one by sharing their own experiences, and pioneering a new approach to bereavement support in school.

In a collaboration between the Children and Young People’s Service at St. Vincent’s Hospice and Gryffe High School, the pupil’s own words and experiences of some of their hardest moments after the loss of a significant person in their life, and attempting to readjust to school life, have been shared as part of a new set of support and information materials, aimed at teachers, parents and other pupils.

Gryffe High School

Children and Young Persons Bereavement at St. Vincent’s, Alison Provan, said “Being a teenager is a difficult time for anyone, there are so many changes going on in your life that it can be overwhelming at the best of times. Now imagine going through that after the death of a parent or someone close to you.

“Sadly, for most schools and teachers, the resources simply aren’t available to provide proper training and development to give staff the confidence and knowledge to effectively manage issues around bereavement.  The students felt so passionately that they wanted to help people to understand, that we thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with Gryffe High School and develop materials which can make a real difference and offer tangible, practical support.”

As well as being a specialist provider of palliative and hospice care for people with life limiting conditions in Renfrewshire, St. Vincent’s Hospice also offers bereavement counselling and support for children and young people aged 2-18, helping them come to terms with major changes in their lives.

As part of the project, which included creating practical guides and advice for teachers, pupils and staff, the group created an “Advice from our Pupils” booklet. This listed significant incidents, issues, worries or concerns that the students had experienced while coming to terms with loss, written in their own words.  This has now been made available to all teachers and support staff across the school.

Andrew Findlay, Principal Teacher for Guidance at Gryffe High School, said: “The collaboration with St. Vincent’s is something that has been in development for a couple of years. Gill Brand, a fellow Guidance Teacher at Gryffe High School, and I identified a large gap in the universal support offered to young people within a school setting. As we supported pupils who were experiencing loss and bereavement, we found that there was no specific guidance for all pupils, staff and parents to follow to ensure the pupils and their families received the best, and most appropriate support required at such difficult times.

“Through conversation with Alison, who already supported a number of pupils within the school, we discussed the possibility of creating resources to aid that process. The relationships and confidence that she had built with the pupils, allowed a unique insight into the approach staff members could take to ensure an environment is created in which a pupil would feel safe and supported.”

These materials have now been rolled out across the school, and are available for all members of staff, pupils and parents, to help them gain a more meaningful understanding of bereavement and loss for children and young people. The materials, and more information, can be found at: http://www.svh.co.uk/services/supportive-care

reclaim the night

Campaigners marched through Paisley on Tuesday 27 November to mark the beginning of Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action campaign, which aims to eliminate violence and sexual abuse towards women.

reclaim the night

The Reclaim the Night march left from the University of the West of Scotland and marched to Dunn Square where Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron led a two-minute silence in memory of those affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

The assembled campaigners also heard speeches from Renfrewshire’s Year of Young People Champion, Councillor Michelle Campbell, and from White Ribbon Scotland Ambassador, Gavin Newlands MP.

The theme of the march this year was “Year of the Young People let’s talk about it” reflecting on the statistic that young people experience the highest rates of domestic abuse of any age group.

Provost Cameron said: “For far too long, fear, silence and stigma have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions – and one in three women worldwide now experience gender-based violence.

“It was inspiring to see so many people, including a huge turn-out of men and young people at the march this year. They are breaking the silence on this issue and giving hope to those who are suffering.”

The 16 Days of Action takes place from 25 November to 10 December.

Anyone suffering from domestic violence can get help via two national helplines, which are available 24 hours a day and are free to call from a landline.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 027 1234

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024

Locally, Women and Children First can be contacted on 0300 300 0345

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Inspiring volunteers are set to be rewarded as the Provost’s Community Awards returns for 2019.

The Community Volunteer award is once again sponsored by Glasgow Airport and sets out to recognise those who give their time and effort for nothing more than the knowledge that they are making a difference to their community.

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Craig Martin, Head of HR at Glasgow Airport, said: “We’re proud to serve Renfrewshire and as a major employer is the area it is important we support the Community Awards.

“It is particular appropriate for the airport to support the Community Volunteer award as we have strong links to the local area, and the vast majority of our staff live in the Renfrewshire area.

“We are keen to recognise the contribution of the significant number of everyday heroes who are making a real difference in their communities.”

Nominations are now open and all entries must beat the deadline of Wednesday 12 December.

Craig added: “This is your opportunity to recognise the real unsung heroes in your community who are making a real difference to both their neighbourhoods and other people’s lives so get your nominations in now!”

There are five other categories which anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can nominate in, which are Community Group, Sporting Achievement, Arts and Culture, Employee of the Year and the Carers Award.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “It’s great to have the support of Glasgow Airport again as part of the awards and I’m looking forward to seeing the brilliant nominations for Community Volunteer.

“It’s important we recognise those inspiring people who go above and beyond the call of duty to make Renfrewshire a better place so don’t miss your chance to give them the recognition they deserve.”

The winners and their nominators will be invited to a special ceremony on Friday 15 March at the Lynnhurst Hotel to celebrate their achievements.

For more details and to submit your nomination, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2019 or email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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.