Museum film footage from the 60s takes us back in time

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Buddies will be able to re-live what was going on at Paisley’s Museum and Central Library in the 1960s.

Previously unseen film footage of people visiting the two well-known landmarks is being shown at a special free event being held in the Museum between 7pm and 9pm, on Friday, September 7.

Renowned local filmmaker, Falconer Houston used his movie camera to capture life in the Museum and Central Library in that bygone era. And now audiences are able to view his films during the family-friendly Museum Memories showing.
As well as the movies being shown, there will also be performances by local dance companies, Dirty Feet and Right2Dance, as well as arts and crafts activities for youngsters.
Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “This is a rare opportunity to view these fascinating films. And it’s especially relevant as the Museum closes later in September for a multi-million pound refurbishment.
“As well as enjoying a trip down memory lane for the adults, there is also lots of fun for youngsters on the night.”
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The Prince’s Trust Team programme is recruiting NOW!

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Designed to help young people aged 16-25 get confident and motivated. A team of individuals, both employed and unemployed spend 12 weeks sharing fun, taking part in team-building activities, helping the community, the environment and people in need.

It’s fun, challenging and rewarding. What are you waiting for? APPLY NOW here ( or come along to our info day on 6 September at our Ferguslie Learning Centre
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Over 2,000 Renfrewshire Carers to benefit from new Payments

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Scotland’s new public service to make first social security payments.

Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the news that carers across Renfrewshire will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from mid-September, back-dated to April.

This new benefit will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, the first major new public service to be created since devolution.

Eligible carers will get a supplementary payment of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week, an increase of 13% on Carer’s Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is worth more than £30 million a year and will benefit 2,400 carers across Renfrewshire.

Carers will receive letters from Social Security Scotland from week beginning 10 September so that they know in advance to expect a payment.

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

“This roll out of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement marks the beginning of a bright new chapter in Scottish public service.

“The SNP is committed to delivering a fairer system for social security:  one that affords carers the dignity and respect they are due as a result of their selfless dedication.

“We appreciate the contribution carers make to our society and we have always advocated that Carer’s Allowance should be the same rate as Jobseeker’s Allowance.

“It follows that the new powers over social security mean that we can make this a reality and put more money into the pockets of carers as a thank you for their tireless efforts.”
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Mackay – Make Sure Your Defibrillator is Registered

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Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is joining forces with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and the British Heart Foundation to highlight the importance of ensuring defibrillators located in sports centres, schools, community halls and shops across Renfrewshire are registered with the emergency services.

Mr Mackay visited the Bishopton Community Centre to see their new defibrillator, purchased by fundraising earlier in the year.

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. When someone has a cardiac arrest, defibrillation needs to be prompt. For every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival

It is vitally important that they are registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service in order that during a cardiac arrest emergency call they can signpost the 999 caller to the nearest defibrillator.

At present, not including those located at Glasgow Airport, there are approximately 19 registered public accessible defibrillators with Renfrewshire. However, it is estimated that there is at least the same amount again which are not registered.

As well as calling on any group who has a defibrillator to ensure they are registered, Mr Mackay has also written to Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure to ask them to ensure any machines located in local schools or publicly-run leisure centres are registered.

Mr Mackay said:

“During a cardiac arrest every second counts and having a publicly accessible defibrillator located in our communities, particularly in rural areas, can save lives.

“While it is fantastic that so many Renfrewshire schools, community groups and shops have defibrillators, it is vitally important that they are registered in order that during a cardiac arrest the emergency services can signpost the 999 caller to the nearest machine. To put it simply – if they don’t know you have a defibrillator, they can’t make use of it in an emergency.

“If your business or community group has a defibrillator, check with the Scottish Ambulance Service that it is registered. It could make all the difference.”

David McColgan, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager, BHF Scotland says:

“The announcement of the new National Defibrillator Network is an exciting development in improving out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“We know that defibrillators play a crucial step in the chain of survival and when used alongside bystander CPR a person’s chance of survival increases greatly.

“Mapping these lifesaving machines will enable Ambulance call handlers to direct bystanders to the nearest device when appropriate. If someone is a guardian of or knows of a public access defibrillator in their area it can be registered through the Scottish Ambulance Service website and you can help play a part in this lifesaving project.”

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, said:

“Having a defibrillator close to hand can mean the difference between life and death. The best way to ensure it can save a life is to ensure it is registered with us – that way our 999 call handlers can easily locate it and direct a caller to it in an emergency.

“Instructions on registering a device with us are provided on most defibrillators; however, it couldn’t be easier to register one in retrospect – simply go to the Scottish Ambulance PAD registration site online and provide details of the defibrillator’s location.”
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State of the art Bargarran and St John Bosco schools campus officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney

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The new state of the art shared school campus of Bargarran and St John Bosco Primary Schools in Erskine has been officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills unveiled a commemorative plaque at the campus, which also hosts the St John Bosco Early Learning and Childcare Class and a community learning space.
Pupils entertained invited guests, who also included MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Gavin Newlands and MSP for Renfrewshire North and West and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay.

The children staged three short performances, including a joint song from some of the new primary one pupils who were at nursery together last year.
The two-storey building was designed by Renfrewshire Council, with Heron Bros constructing the double storey school as part of the local authority’s £16 million investment in the facility.
The new building has mirrored wings for the two schools over two levels, with flexible spaces which support independent learning.
On the ground floor, all classrooms lead out onto a playground area or courtyard for outside learning, while upstairs classes have access to a balcony area.  Toilets and cloakroom facilities link to the outside and the shared dining hall doubles up as an ‘after school’ area.
The playground area was designed in consultation with the pupils and will eventually include a performance space with canopy, trim trail, picnic benches, an eco-growing area, climbing wall, wobble board, spiral climbing net, an all-weather sport pitch and timber amphitheatre.
The new facility also features a sustainable ‘green roof’ where seeds from native species have been planted. Once the plants have fully grown, a permanent video link to classrooms will be installed which will allow pupils to view wildlife in real time.
St John Bosco is a denominational school and the original school was built in 1972, while Bargarran is a non-denominational school which opened in 1971.
Karen MacKechnie, Head Teacher, St John Bosco Primary School, said: “The opportunity for staff and pupils to be part of the design process with the project management team has resulted in an outstanding building for the children in our local community. It’s a building that is truly fit for 21st century learning.
“At the heart of our school is the Oratory which provides a calm, spiritual area for reflection, prayer and worship.
“The information and communications technology facilities are world-class and our children and staff are buzzing with excitement in their new indoor and outdoor learning environments.”
Staff, pupils and parents first entered the neAnchorw school building in April 2018 and Bargarran Head Teacher, Alistair Lyle said: “The new building provides a wonderful environment for both children to learn in and teachers to teach in.
“The informal and formal teaching areas and access to the outdoors in all classrooms means the children can experience a wide range of approaches to learning. Children across the school regularly talk about their excitement about the school’s design and their enthusiasm for learning in the new building.
“The playground and the wide range of play equipment is also another fantastic opportunity to promote the children’s health and wellbeing.”
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “It was a pleasure to be asked by Renfrewshire Council to officially open the new state of the art facilities at Bargarran and St John Bosco schools campus.
“We want all of our young people to have access to innovative and inspirational settings like this which parents, staff and learners can be proud of. The young people I have met today are making full use of this wonderful building and I wish them all the best for their future.”
Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “We are committed to providing the best learning environments possible for our children and young people and this new shared campus is a wonderful example of that.
“I am sure it will play host to many years of exciting and engaging learning.”
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Pyrotechnics, parades and aerial performances at Paisley’s Halloween spooktacular

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Paisley town centre will host a free Halloween spectacular featuring pyrotechnics, parades and performances – including a new finale production starring a 50-strong cast of young people who will take part in a breath-taking aerial show.

The town’s annual Halloween Festival returns on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October and the ever-popular family event – which typically attracts a crowd of tens of thousands – will be the biggest yet.
This year’s event – run by Renfrewshire Council – is enhanced by Year of Young People event funding, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, and will be one of the major events as part of the year, with the performances shaped by young people.

Highlights over the weekend’s free frightfest – launched at Paisley Abbey by young people from PACE Theatre Group and assisted by make-up students from West College Scotland – include:
– more than 500 young people parading through the streets of Paisley town centre on the Saturday in unique costumes, featuring new large-scale parade artworks created by Renfrewshire’s young people, plus top-class performers Spark! LED drummers, Beltane Fire Society and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, co-ordinated by parade specialists Bridgeman Arts;

– the Flying Witches performances, which follow the parade and sees a cast of young people work with Scotland’s leading aerial dance company All or Nothing for a show inspired by the town’s 17th-century witchcraft trials – the last mass hanging for witchcraft in Western Europe – 40 foot in the air above Paisley Abbey and Town Hall;
– a spectacular pyrotechnic performance from award-winning specialists 21cc to close the Saturday evening show

– a Halloween Ball and Prom Night in Paisley Town Hall on the Friday with live performances and music (note: ticketed event)
– Halloween-themed children’s entertainment in Paisley Abbey and town hall on the Saturday including animation workshops, face painting, soft play, arts and crafts, kids disco, craft workshops, balloon modelling, ghost stories and pumpkin carving;
– much more, including live stage, big screens around the town centre, outdoor funfair, and cinema screening horror films.
The Year of Young People 2018 is a Scottish Government initiative consisting of a year-long programme of events and activities aimed at inspiring all ages of young people by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities, and creating new opportunities for them to shine on a local and global stage.
Much of the Halloween Festival activity will be driven by a specially-convened 20-strong youth panel, who will take a lead role in the design and delivery of the event.
Year of Young People funding will also provide 180 young people with the chance to take part in a new youth training programme offering a unique learning experience through masterclasses and workshops in all aspects of event delivery and performance from circus skills to technical production, and support a volunteering and internship programme.
Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “The Paisley Halloween Festival is now in its fifth year and has grown into one of the biggest events of its kind, bringing tens of thousands of people to the town and helping establish Paisley as one of Scotland’s key destinations for major cultural events.
“The programme for this year is the biggest and most ambitious yet – and will see two days of entertainment across the town centre, almost all of which will again be free.
“And thanks to the involvement of EventScotland, we are delighted hundreds of young people will get the chance to help shape or take part in the event as part of the Year of Young People 2018.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Paisley Halloween Festival to expand its offering as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations.
“Young people will have the chance to showcase their own unique skills and talents while getting invaluable hands-on experience.
“It is a great opportunity for young people to take a leading role in designing and delivering a fantastic event within their local community, further reinforcing Scotland as the perfect stage for events as the youth training programme will educate the event organisers of tomorrow.”
Valerija Tkacenko, who will be working on the festival as an intern with Renfrewshire Council’s events team, added: “I will be co-ordinating the work of the youth panel, who will be helping to co-design the event.
“I’m really looking forward to that as it will help me develop new skills. The Halloween festival is going to be a great event for all the family.”
The full programme for the Paisley Halloween Festival 2018 is available at
The festival is part of Renfrewshire’s programme of winter events which also includes the annual Spree festival (12 to 20 October) and Paisley Fireworks Spectacular (Saturday 3 November) and Christmas Lights Switch-on (Saturday 17 November).

• A global first, YoYP 2018 is a part of the Scottish Government’s themed year programme which focuses on celebrating Scotland’s greatest assets.
• A year-long programme of events and festivals are taking place across the whole of the country for all ages to enjoy, led by EventScotland part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. More information at
• Paisley Halloween Festival is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate. EventScotland is working with the events and festivals sector to develop an exciting portfolio of Year of Young People 2018 public-facing events which provide opportunities for young people to express themselves through a wide range of activity.
• Local authorities, schools, youth groups and organisations are running their own YoYP 2018 activity. Search #YOYP2018 on Twitter for the latest news.
• Young people co-designed the Year. A group of young leaders, Communic18, lead on all key decision making. More than 380 Ambassadors are championing activity.
• The Year is delivered in partnership between the Scottish Government, VisitScotland and EventScotland – part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, Young Scot, Scottish Youth Parliament, Children in Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and Creative Scotland.
More information can be found at, searching @YOYP2018 #YOYP2018 on Twitter or by emailing
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Paisley town centre businesses asked for feedback on venue investment impact

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Renfrewshire Council is looking for the views of Paisley town centre businesses on how it can best work with them during the ongoing £100m investment in town centre venues and infrastructure.

The council is leading an overhaul of the town’s cultural venues as part of wider push to use the Paisley’s unique cultural, heritage and events offer to drive new footfall and help transform the whole area.
That includes a £42m transformation of Paisley Museum into an international-class destination based around the town’s unique heritage and collections, and a £22m revamp of Paisley Town Hall into a landmark performance venue to stay at the heart of local life for future generations.
But that work means the museum is planned to close in September until 2022 and the town hall at the end of the year until 2021 – so the council is keen to talk to businesses now about how best to work with them during that period.
An online survey has been created which is available now which aims to inform Paisley town centre businesses about the upcoming work and invites their views on its impact, and asks how they would like to be kept up to date, and their views on ongoing town centre regeneration work.
Staff from the council and Renfrewshire Leisure will also be contacting some of the businesses closest to the museum in coming weeks to talk to them in person about how the building’s closure and future construction work might affect them.
Anyone interested in keeping up to date with news relating to Paisley town centre can now sign up for Paisley town centre email news updates via the council’s new news service – available via
Other projects coming over the next few years include a new learning and cultural hub housing library services on the High Street, a £2.5m upgrade to Paisley Arts Centre, and major investment in key outdoor public spaces and transport junctions.
Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson launched the survey this week while meeting local business at a question-and-answer event organised by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.
He said: “The upcoming investment in cultural venues is the next stage of a journey aimed at transforming the whole area by promoting culture, heritage and events.
“Changes to the way people shop and live have changed the role of town centres everywhere – but we believe investing in our unique assets is the way we have to go to bring new life to Paisley.
“We are already seeing the benefits of that through our successful major events programme and in the boost to our reputation and profile which came through Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.
“We predict the revamped museum will quadruple current visitor numbers to 125,000 a year and the town hall will see visitors double to around 100,000. That will create new footfall, jobs and opportunities for the long-term – which will create benefits across Renfrewshire.
“But there will be a period of disruption while we get there and we are determined to work hand in hand with businesses to understand how we can help them during that period.
“Our starting point for doing that is this survey – I would encourage as many Paisley town centre businesses as possible to fill it out as your feedback will help us work with you better.”
The survey is at
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Green light for bridge into investment area

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A new bridge over the Black Cart will connect cyclists and pedestrians to a major investment area being developed in Renfrewshire.

Councillors on the Communities, Housing and Planning board have given the green light to construction of the purpose-built pedestrian bridge and cycleway at the south end of Greenock Road.
It will provide a safe route for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the busy junction with Inchinnan Road and enable access to a new development site which has already secured significant investment.

The crossing forms part of the £39.1million Glasgow Airport Investment Area project, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal. Planning consent has already been granted for the realignment of Abbotsinch Road and a new link bridge being built over the White Cart.
These infrastructure improvements underpin a 150-acre development site next to Glasgow Airport and enhance connections to the nearby Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks.
Two national innovation centres have already been confirmed at the new site, the £65million National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and the £56million Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, which will be at the heart of an emerging manufacturing district.
It is anticipated the district will create thousands of new permanent jobs and 365 jobs are required during the construction of the City Deal-funded roads, bridges and cycle routes, which is expected to be completed by 2020.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire is open for business and this investment in the roads, bridges and active travel around Glasgow Airport will further enhance our potential to attract public and private sector investment.
“For many years now Renfrewshire has played a vital role in Scotland’s manufacturing sector and this is set to grow exponentially as these national innovation centres attract others to base themselves at this fantastic new facility, connected by air, sea and land.
“Not only will this project enable the continued growth and expansion of the airport and surrounding businesses, but it will also help to make Renfrewshire a more attractive, vibrant and sustainable place to live and work. Communities and businesses will be better connected, resulting in more employment opportunities for residents in Renfrewshire and the wider City Region.”
Public feedback signalled strong support for the Glasgow Airport Investment Area, with 94 per cent backing the plans during extensive engagement over the last two years.
It is one of three projects in Renfrewshire funded through the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, an agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government and eight local authorities across the Glasgow City Region to deliver improved infrastructure, create new jobs, tackle unemployment and drive innovation and growth.
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More than 30,000 take part in Renfrewshire’s award-winning youth programme

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Renfrewshire’s award-winning diversionary programme Street Stuff delivered youth activities to 31,218 young people during 2017/18.

Young people can take part in football and dance, as well as gaming and DJ workshops provided on a specially designed Youth Bus.
Working with the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership, the programme identifies hot spot areas of anti-social behaviour and aims to divert young people into more meaningful activities.

The programme also includes the provision of healthy meals to young people, with 5081 provided in 2017/18 – taking the total number of healthy meals provided since the extended programme began in October 2015 to more than 20,000.
Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “We’re extremely proud of our Street Stuff programme and the success it has achieved since it was introduced in 2009.
“There has been a sustained reduction in anti-social behaviour in Renfrewshire and young people are actively seeking out the activities within their community.
“The programme is not only providing a place to play though, with almost 80% of the sessional workers being former participants of the programme and this volunteering experience is boosting their future employment prospects.
“Add to that, the focus on healthy eating and the provision of a healthy meal at activities and it is clear to see why the programme has been, and continues to be, so successful.”
An independent evaluation into the programme undertaken by the University of West of Scotland in June 2017 delivered an extremely positive outlook, outlining that Street Stuff provides positive activities, improves social inclusion and gives young people access to facilities and experiences within local communities they otherwise wouldn’t receive.
Stephen Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “The volunteers and staff take immense pride in the success of the programme and the difference being made to the lives of young people in Renfrewshire.
“We are actively working to engage with young people, ensure they have positive activities to take part in and aim to guide them into positive destinations which they may otherwise not be able to achieve.
“I’m delighted to see the number of attendees who go from taking part in the activities to helping to deliver them to the next generation of young people and we’ll continue to give young people the skills and experience they need for the future.”
The success of the programme was recognised with three high-profile awards in 2017, with success coming at the COSLA Excellence Awards, ROCCO Business Awards and Scottish Public Sector Awards.
For more information on the project and for the current timetable of activities, visit
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Renfrewshire smart travel project inspires new attainment initiative for young people

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An innovative smart travel project developed by Renfrewshire Council has inspired a wider Scottish Government scheme to tackle the attainment gap.

Renfrewshire is one of the first three local authorities chosen to take part in the new national Young Scot Attainment Challenge partnership, which will enable young people to take part in activities and opportunities and get the most out of their Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC).
The project by the Scottish Government, Young Scot and partnering local authorities, was launched today in Paisley by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, with some of the young people it will benefit.

The partnership scheme with Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government Improvement Service, will run over three years and eventually involve six councils, with the first stage also focussing on North Ayrshire and the Highlands.
It follows the success of an earlier initiative by Renfrewshire Council which harnessed the smart chip technology in the Young Scot Card, where bus tickets for local company McGill’s were pre-loaded onto the cards.

The project will help young people to be more mobile and be able to attend groups, clubs, health activities or opportunities which might not have been possible because of distance or cost.
It also offers specific groups of young people Young Scot Card discounts with opportunities focussing on health and well-being.
They are also offered the opportunity to volunteer and take part in skills development during Year of Young People and at the same time collect Young Scot rewards and experiences along the way.
The project aims to support the Raising Attainment Challenge by improving their access to services and experiences that can help make a difference to their lives.
Renfrewshire’s Year of Young People Champion, Cllr Michelle Campbell, said: “We are pleased and proud that the work of the Council’s Youth Services and our partners has inspired the Young Scot Attainment Project.
“We want to ensure that all young people reach their potential no matter what their start in life and this project allows us to make sure all young people across Renfrewshire have access to learning and other opportunities.
“Financial barriers, such as transport and the cost of the school day are reduced, which raises the ambitions of young people and helps their money go further.
“At the heart of the project has always been to offer targeted help without stigma and in the Year of Young People, through this groundbreaking initiative we can continue to tackle inequalities and improve attainment for all our young people.”
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “We know that educational inequality can have significant repercussions. It is totally unacceptable that some young people have their life chances narrowed by circumstances out of their control.
“That is why I am extremely pleased to launch the Young Scot Attainment Challenge partnership today, an exciting new project which offers a totally different approach to supporting improvement in attainment, challenging rural poverty and tackling inequalities in a non-stigmatising way.
“By using the Young Scot card, young people can access services and products that may otherwise be inaccessible to them – it is such a simple idea but could make the world of difference.
“The Scottish Government is committed to closing the attainment gap in our schools and addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality. This project will help to deliver on that ambition, address inequalities facing young people living in Scotland, close the attainment gap and empower young people to reach their full potential.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said: “The Young Scot Attainment Challenge partnership is such an exciting and innovative way to bring some meaningful bespoke entitlements to young people. Through the Young Scot card we can continue to close the attainment gap across Scotland.”
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