Renfrewshire’s best young business brains showed they were on the ball when they presented their ideas for a St Mirren football museum to club bosses.

The 30 teenagers from the area’s Recruit programme impressed with their business plans for how the memorabilia extravaganza could work at the club.

The Recruit is a council-run youth employment project loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice, which sees young hopefuls compete through a series of business-based challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

The hugely-popular programme has taken place in Renfrewshire since 2010, but this summer sees two editions running simultaneously – one for S5/6 pupils, and another for unemployed 16-19-year-olds.

This task saw the youngsters from the S5/6 group asked to locate St Mirren memorabilia – with tickets, programmes, strips, old photos and even a ball dating back to the club’s foundation in 1877 among the items tracked down and pictured.

The teams then presented their plans for the museum, detailing how they would market and run the facility and what its website would look like.

The event took place in the home dressing room at St Mirren Park, before a judging panel of club community coaches Brian Sproul, Steven Sweeney and Gary Hocknull.

After picking the winners, Brian said: “We were really impressed with the hard work of everybody involved, and with the quality of their research.”

The group winners were Team Cutting Edge – Jatinder Singh, 16, of St Benedict’s High; Nicola Edoni, 16, of Trinity High; Kaitlin Douglas, 17, of Johnstone High; and David Pirie, 17, who has just left Paisley Grammar.

There was also an individual winner – Gleniffer High pupil Ross Mills, 16, of Team Stratosphere – who impressed the panel with his presenting skills and enthusiasm.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Employment and Economic Development taskforce, said: “Tackling youth unemployment is a big priority for the council, and schemes like The Recruit are a big part of that.

“The Recruit programme has been so popular that it has grown in size over each of the three years it has been running and that is testament to its success.

“We would like to thank St Mirren, who have been great supporters of The Recruit over the years, as well as all the other employers who are taking part.”

Some of the other tasks which this year’s Recruits have already taken part in include a week-long army-style residential camp and other career-focussed training.

The two programmes will continue to run over the summer, with the Top Recruits set to be crowned at a finale event to be held in Paisley Town Hall in August.


One picture attached: (l to r) Gary Hocknull, Steven Sweeney, David Pirie, Nicola Edoni, Ross Mills, Kaitlin Douglas and Brian Sproul, at St Mirren Park.

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Renfrewshire council tenants and owner occupiers are being invited to give their views on ways to improve housing in the Blackstoun Oval and the Tannahill area of Ferguslie Park.
The council’s housing team will be out in the area with their mobile office to speak to residents from the area about their views on how to attract more people into housing in the area.
The officers are also keen to speak to people living elsewhere who would consider moving in to the area.

The mobile office will be visiting the area on:

  • Tuesday 22 November, 10am – 12.30pm, at Blackstoun Oval
  • Tuesday 22 November, 1.30pm – 4pm, at Tannahill Road
  • Thursday 24 November, 10am – 12.30pm, Blackstoun Oval
  • Thursday 24 November, Thursday 24 November, 1.30pm – 4pm, at Tannahill Road.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Renfrewshire Council’s Housing Spokesperson, said:

“This is an opportunity for tenants to and residents to share their ideas and views. We want to hear from local people so that we can take on board all of the issues affecting housing in the area.

“The Council is currently working on the biggest ever investment programme to improve Council housing across Renfrewshire. As part of this £138m investment programme, new kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems are being installed and external improvements are being carried out. Tenants in Ferguslie Park will benefit from these improvements and the Council is speaking to tenants about housing issues in the area generally before the planned work starts.”

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Provosts Awards Launch 2011

Still time to nominate Renfrewshire’s unsung heroes

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to nominate their friends, loved ones, colleagues and neighbours for Provost’s Community Awards.

The awards take place in February but the nomination period ends at the end of November so time is running out.
Businesses, individuals and community groups across Renfrewshire are being invited to put forward their local heroes for these long-running awards.

Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate those in the community who have made special achievements and gone out of their way to make a difference to the lives of others.

The awards, which will be held in the Glynhill Hotel on Saturday 25 February, hosted by STV’s Sean Batty, who is himself from Paisley.

They are also set to be Provost Celia Lawson’s last as host in her role as Renfrewshire’s civic leader.

There are seven award categories:

  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services)
  • Adult Achiever, sponsored by Diageo
  • Special Needs (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns)
  • Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK)
  • Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza)
  • Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)

Provost Lawson said: “There are so many people around us who go above and beyond to contribute to our community or who have achieved something inspiring and these awards are a chance to recognise that. It may be someone who doesn’t even realise they difference they make or how proud their family and friends are.

“The Community Awards are one of my favourite jobs as Provost of Renfrewshire because they celebrate the real heroes on our doorsteps.”

The final date for nominations is Friday 25 November.

Nomination forms are available at all council buildings or on the council’s website


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A week of events is being held to help
Renfrewshire residents make the most of their money



Renfrewshire Money Week, 7 – 11 November, will include advice sessions, training events and workshop activities all designed to help people manage their finances.
The events will cover everything from budgeting properly for the cost of living and building up savings to knowing what benefits are available and knowing who can help if people run into financial difficulties or just need some advice.

Events will include:

  • Make the Most of Your Money Day, Paisley Town Hall, Wednesday 9 November. This event is open to everyone and will include stalls and sessions on a range of topics including claiming benefits, welfare reform, energy efficiency, claiming benefits and the rising cost of fuel bills.
  •  The Renfrewshire Money Bus will visit locations across Renfrewshire throughout the week with information and resources on issues such as benefits, debt, housing costs, handling your fuel bills, energy efficiency, and managing your money.
  • Children and Families Health Fair, Johnstone Town Hall, Friday 11 November. There will be fun activities for children and information for parents and grandparents on keeping children Healthy and Active, budgeting with a family and Healthy Start benefits.
  • Be Benefit Wise sessions for older people run by Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR). A Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau income adviser will run benefit checks to make sure people are receiving the full income they are entitled to, as well as providing advice and help filling in benefit claim forms.
  • Managing Money as a Student, Reid Kerr College, Tuesday 8 November. Local money advice agencies team up with Reid Kerr College to offer advice on student budgeting, managing overdrafts and shopping around for a student bank account.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said: “There’s never been a more important time to make the most of your money.

Whether we’re young or old, in work or not, and whatever state our finances are in we all need to make sure we know how to make it go as far as possible.

“This will be the third Renfrewshire Money Week and it’s proved really popular in the past but this year in particular more people are facing financial difficulties.

“There are events for everyone providing a huge range of information and some great resources to help people. We’re even taking support out directly to communities with the Renfrewshire Money Bus.”

A range of organisations are taking part in Renfrewshire Money Week including Advice Works, Education Scotland, Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, Job Centre Plus, the Money Advice Service, Reid Kerr College, Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership and Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union.

For full details of all the events taking place pick up a programme for any Renfrewshire Council building or go to