Young people in Renfrewshire have their say on improving mental health services

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Young people in Renfrewshire have come up with a list of ten recommendations to improve youth mental health services.

More training on youth mental health in schools and young people being given the tools to help peers who may experience issues, are among ten proposals put forward by Renfrewshire’s Youth Commission.
The recommendations came after a survey of young people aged 11 – 22 across Renfrewshire, which revealed that 45 per cent believe there should be quicker access to mental health services.
Other findings revealed that half of young people speak to a parent or carer first if they are experiencing poor mental health and more than half –  57 per cent – believe the best place to get information is online,

Almost half – 49 per cent – of young people believe there should be a drop-in at school for young people experiencing poor mental health.
The proposals, which also included using Apps to bring resources into the 21st Century, were put to the Youth Generations Assembly in Paisley Town Hall. Pupils from every secondary school in Renfrewshire were asked for their feedback.
The final recommendations will be presented to professionals working locally with young people experiencing poor mental health. They will be asked to adopt these within their organisational practice.
Jade Lochhead, 23, from the Youth Commission on Mental Health, said: “Most of the members of the Youth Commission are still in school, so the recommendations very much reflect their experiences.
“Mental health a big issue for young people and it’s amazing that we get to have our say. I think the more young people who are consulted, the better. We will be the next generation to take things forward and opportunities like today mean we have a real voice.”
Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “Young people have shown they are able to make decisions on issues which matter to them and want to play a key part in designing effective strategies to tackle these.
“We are committed to giving young people a voice and to understand what they need to be supported. The Youth Generations Assembly is a great forum for them to tell us what they have found out about mental health in Renfrewshire and what can be done to ensure all young people have positive mental health.”
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Fitness fans raise cash for hospice charities

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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.
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Communities take up the challenge to make it a Spotless September

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Communities across Renfrewshire are joining forces this weekend (28-30 Sep) to make it a Spotless September in Renfrewshire.

Schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers will be donning their bibs, grabbing their litter pickers and heading out onto the streets of Renfrewshire to make a difference as part of the Spotless September Challenge.
More than 20 litter picks are scheduled to take place across the weekend, with numerous other groups heading out this week to ensure they still do their bit for the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

The community clean-ups have been arranged by local people and new volunteers are encouraged to join in at any of the events taking place across Renfrewshire.
Every litter pick is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Community Wardens and StreetScene team to deliver the equipment and remove collected litter after the event.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I can’t wait to see the number of inspiring volunteers who will set out across Renfrewshire this weekend to make it a cleaner, brighter place to live and somewhere they take pride in staying.
“Whether it’s five minutes, an hour or a full afternoon, it all makes a difference to the cleanliness of our streets and I’m so proud of the way people have taken this campaign to new heights.
“Thank you to everyone who is taking part, and if you’re not yet planning to then please come along if you can and learn about all the worthwhile work going on in our communities.
“The events are open to all and the volunteers are always delighted to meet another keen face!”
A special, free, thank you event is being hosted on Sunday 30 September, 2:30pm-5.30pm, at Paisley Town Hall to thank everyone that has taken part over the weekend, and the campaign as a whole, since it began almost a year ago.
Anyone who has taken part, however small, is invited along for food, chat and a chance to meet like-minded people as the campaign takes a look back at what has been achieved so far.
For a full list of the clean ups taking place, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SpotlessSeptember.
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Nominate your favourite business: Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business Rocco Award with PDE

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Know a business that gives great service, welcomes you with a smile or you love going there? Nominate them for Renfrewshire’s favourite business ROCCO Award.

To nominate your favourite business in Renfrewshire please email gavin.mcinally@reachplc.com  by 12pm on Thurs 27th Sept. Please include ROCCO AWARD in the subject header. In the email please include the name of the business you wish to nominate and why in <100 words and include your own name, address and phone number. A shortlist of six will be announced early October with online voting open for 3 weeks after that. The winner will be announced at the ROCCO ceremony on the 16th Nov at the Normandy Hotel hosted by Fred MacAulay. More info at www.roccoawards.com #2018Rocco The post Nominate your favourite business: Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business Rocco Award with PDE appeared first on Paisley Scotland. Visit the Paisley website by going to www.paisley.org.uk or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund £25,000 lump sum award

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– Lump sum windfall to provide a lasting benefit to one charity or community group –
 
Charities and organisations have been urged to apply for a £25,000 lump sum from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund to help provide a lasting benefit for their community.
FlightPath Fund £25k launchPhotograph by Martin ShieldsTel 07572 457000www.martinshields.com© Martin Shields
The money will be given to a charity or community group based in one of the local areas, Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, which currently fall under Glasgow Airport’s flightpath.
 
In order to be considered for the support, applicants must demonstrate positive outcomes in at least one of the three areas where the FlightPath Fund’s community investment is focused – education, employment and the environment.
Pictured, Cllr Iain Nicolson, Cafe Training manager Gerry Mullanoy and Cllr Bill Binks (Glasses).Picture by Chris James 1/2/18
This is the second year in a row the £25,000 support grant has been made available through Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund. Last year, the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie Park, Paisley, was awarded the five-figure sum to transform its popular community café.  
 
The Fund’s chair, former KPMG Scotland head Archie Hunter, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a charity or community group from one of the areas we operate in to secure what is a significant financial contribution that will help them make a real difference.
“Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund continues to be a force for good in directly supporting a wide and diverse range of organisations across the west of Scotland.
 
“In addition to this lump sum, the Fund has awarded more than £100,000 so far this year to more than 50 local groups and charities doing wonderful work in their communities and often providing vital care and support to some of our most vulnerable citizens.
 
“Once again, I’d urge the many local groups and organisations in the areas we serve, including those which have previously received FlightPath Fund support, to grasp this opportunity and submit an application. The £25,000 on offer really could make huge difference to the people they support.”
 
The FlightPath Fund’s independent committee meets every two months to consider applications and includes elected representation from the local authorities for Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire.
If you are a charity or community group seeking funding and your project meets the following criteria please submit an application.
 
To be considered a project must:
 

Create a significant and sustainable benefit to the community
Yield positive outcomes in at least one of the following areas: education, employment and the environment
Benefit a significant number of people

 
Applications must:
 

Provide clear evidence that the project will fulfil a local need

 

Provide clear evidence of the financial viability of the project

 
The closing date for applications is Friday, October 26th. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s committee will consider entries at the final meeting of the year on Friday, November 2, and announce details of the beneficiary group in due course.
 
To download an application, or to find out more about applying for support from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, visit the website’s community section at: www.glasgowairport.com/community/flightpath-fund
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Fashionistas jump into a bath of kiddies play pit balls

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BLOGGERS had a ball intu Braehead’s Autumn and Winter Fashion event…well, it was more like hundreds of balls!

They jumped into a bath filled with play pit balls to take unusual selfies.
And they also enjoyed a catwalk show with models wearing the latest outfits that are in the shops now for autumn and winter.
The bloggers night kicked of a weekend of fashion and the chance to learn how to make your social media posts shine. The free event in the mall’s central atrium is open to the public from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23, between noon and 4pm.
The event this weekend– hosted by Amy Irons, from Capital Radio – will also feature fashion workshops exploring the new season’s trends and tips on make-up.
Successful vloggers and influencers – including well-known fashion and lifestyle YouTuber, Lucy Flight – will show shoppers how to create the best social media posts with photo and lighting tips, how best to pose for a photograph and styling dos and don’ts.

Shoppers can also try out the latest ring light technology for mobile phones for taking that killer selfie, find out how to create the best flat lays and have the chance to win a £500 intu Gift Card by posting online with the #intuawfashion.
Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “There’s certainly one thing we always do when we put on an event at intu Braehead and that’s to make it fun.”
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Massive Baby Shark Dance in shopping mall will raise money for children’s hospice charity

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A MASS Baby Shark Dance is being staged in one of Scotland’s biggest shopping centres.
Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – has teamed up with intu Braehead to hold the giant fundraising event after the Baby Shark Dance became a global phenomenon with more than 1.6 BILLION views on YouTube.

Now everyone – young and old – is being encouraged by the charity to come along to take part and join the fun.
Hundreds of kids and their families are expected to turn up at the shopping mall’s central atrium at 11am on Monday, 24 September to do the Baby Shark Dance en masse. And there will be people dressed in shark costumes to add to the spectacle.
The amazingly popular video of the dance will be played on the shopping centre’s giant screen and dance instructor Rachael Keiller will lead the crowd showing them all the Baby Shark Dance moves.
The Baby Shark dance video about a family of sharks was created by the Korean children’s educational YouTube channel, PIinkfong.
In the past few months it has taken social media by storm with not only 1.6 billion people watching the video, but groups and individuals have been filming themselves doing the dance and posting on social media.
Jonathan Clegg, Community Fundraiser at CHAS said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in the Baby Shark dance event at intu Braehead.
“Three children die every week in Scotland of a life-shortening condition, and at present, we’re only reaching one of those families.
“The funds and awareness raised by intu Braehead helps us on our mission to reach every single baby, child and young person who needs us.
“We rely on the generosity of the general public to fund our services and we’re encouraging families to come along, have fun and donate to help us with our ambition.”
Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “Anyone who has young children is likely to have seen the Baby Shark Dance and it’s very simple to do, but also great fun.
“We’re inviting everyone to come along to the centre on Monday to join us in our gigantic Baby Shark Dance.
“It’s a free event, but we hope people will give a donation to CHAS after taking part and having a great time. I’ve no doubt it’ll be so much fun we’ll do the dance quite a few times!”
Children’s Hospices Across Scotland is the only charity in Scotland that provides hospice services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
The national charity offers palliative care and respite for the whole family via its two hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, and via its CHAS at Home service, which supports families in their own homes across the whole of Scotland.
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We can’t wait on someone else doing it when we might be the someone else

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Cutting back trees, clearing up litter and cutting overgrown grass might not sound like the ideal Sunday, but for Heather Clisset and the volunteers of the Erskine Community Garden this is what they look forward to – and not just on Sundays.

The inspiring volunteer group are working around the clock to bring a derelict piece of land back to life, as they look to create a recreational and educational space which will include a growing area for fruit bushes and trees, a sensory pleasing maze lined with scented flowers and peaceful zone for communities to relax and meet up in.

There is plenty of work ahead to make this a reality though and the group are looking forward to the introduction of a new fund designed to improve and upgrade green spaces across Renfrewshire.
Heather said: “This will be a great funding source for communities and groups like ourselves to access much needed money to get a project started, as well as pushing forward evolving plans. It makes it realistic for communities to gain land or property to enhance the lives of all who live there.

“It is an investment in a place and its people, and hopefully a stepping stone for the community to gel, work together and explore what more they can do for their area.”
The £1.87million Green Spaces, Park and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund will give community groups and volunteers the opportunity to apply for funding and support to take forward projects which will strengthen the character, identity and heritage of their local community.

This could include upgrading or developing play areas or equipment, opening up underused open spaces to create leisure or recreation opportunities, or creating heritage trails or walks which highlight local points of interest.
Heather added: “People should make a difference to their local areas because we can’t wait on someone else doing it when we might be the someone else.
“Local people know what the place they live in needs and this fund could help give us the ability to make our vision into reality.
“We want to give people a place to get together and socialise, as well as improving the area of land, so the benefit isn’t just the visual transformation but also the potential social transformation of people in the area too.”
£370,000 of the investment has been designated in support of a Villages Investment Fund which will encourage applications from smaller communities and will deliver projects that highlight and build upon the heritage and uniqueness of village life.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Erskine Community Garden have a clear vision for their project in wanting to tunr an area of derelict land into a recreational space for the community.
“This fund is designed for ventures just like this and will give people the opportunity to make a real difference to their local area.
“I would encourage all community groups or volunteers who have an idea to improve a green space to submit an application and we will closely with all applicants to provide as much support as we can to turn these ideas into reality.”
The new fund will be open from 1 October 2018 and a dedicated section of the council website has been created to ensure local groups and residents are fully aware of how they can apply, what they can apply for and what is expected of the successful applicants.
For more information on how to access the fund and to submit your application, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fundingandgrants or contact Engage Renfrewshire’s Community & Voluntary Action Team on 0141 887 7707.
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Renfrewshire ready to support residents with Universal Credit

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Residents looking for help and advice on Universal Credit can get the support they need from Renfrewshire Council.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson says staff have been preparing for when Universal Credit goes live – on Wednesday 19 September – and have made sure support is in place for residents.
Advice Works staff can offer residents advice on their benefits and changes in circumstances that might mean they need to claim Universal Credit.
The Council’s customer services team can also direct residents to where they can get digital support to make or maintain their claim, but residents are also advised to get in touch with their work coach at their nearest Jobcentre Plus.
Councillor Nicolson met with Kevin Campbell, an advisor in the Advice Works team, and Maggie Smith, a Renfrewshire Libraries digital volunteer – known as a Digiteer – at Johnstone library.
He said: “It’s important residents know where they can get support. Residents should speak to their work coach at their local Jobcentre Plus, but they can also speak to us if they need advice about their benefits or support to make their claim in the first place.
“Universal Credit is the biggest change yet to the welfare system. Not only do residents need to make their claim online, they also need to check for tasks set by their work coach and update their journal online.
“It’s a major change to how people access benefits, but residents should know they can still pop into their local Jobcentre Plus should they need support.”
Adviser Kevin Campbell said: “Many people will be unsure what the implementation of Universal Credit will mean for them. If anyone is adversely affected by Universal Credit and need advice, they should call Advice Works who will be able to support them.
“Our advisers have been through Universal Credit training and can offer residents the advice they need to decide what they should do for their own situation.”
Residents can also learn the basics of getting online ahead of needing to make a claim for Universal Credit.
Digiteer Maggie McAlistair said: “Renfrewshire libraries are a great place to build your digital skills. Residents can book an appointment with a Digiteer by calling 0300 300 1188 or can simply book a computer at one of the libraries.”
Residents can also drop into their local Jobcentre Plus if they need to access a computer.
Computers will also be available at Renfrewshire House and 5 High Street in Paisley as well as Johnstone Town Hall.
Residents can contact the Council’s Advice Works on 0300 300 1238 and Customer Services Centre on 0300 300 1124, Advice Renfrewshire on 0800 164 2922 or Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121.
For more information on Universal Credit, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/universalcredit.
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Communities invited to pitch for their share of £1.87million investment

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Communities in Renfrewshire are being encouraged to bring their ideas and projects to life after plans for a £1.87million fund to support projects for green spaces, park and play areas and villages were approved by councillors today.
Green Space FundingPIC SHOWS Council Leader Iain Nicolson with Alan McNiven Engage Renfrewshire
Local community groups and volunteers will have the opportunity to apply for funding and support to improve underused or neglected green spaces and take forward projects which will strengthen the character, identity and heritage of their local community.
This could include upgrading or developing play areas or equipment, opening up underused open spaces to create leisure or recreation opportunities, or creating heritage trails or walks which highlight local points of interest.
The fund will provide investment where the community can demonstrate a sustainable plan to improve and maintain the condition and use of a green space or community asset that they have a vision for.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, said: “We want to make sure we’re helping local communities take forward projects they believe will make a difference to their local area.
“It’s a real chance for residents to make a difference to where they live, including the opportunity to create or develop free to play facilities for local young people, so I would encourage everyone to discuss their ideas with us, no matter how big or small they may be.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas and projects which are brought forward and we’ll work with every group and resident to strengthen and develop their applications as much as possible.”
The council will provide support through grant funding with projects considered under three levels: small scale projects of under £5,000, medium scale projects between £5,000 and £10,000, and large scale projects requesting over £10,000, with a maximum of £50,000 per application.
There will be support for communities to carry out condition and development surveys of green spaces as well as providing officer support to assist in preparing applications for external funding.
Two dedicated officers will be recruited to work directly with local communities and provide practical support to develop, and then implement their plans, as well as engaging with the wider community to ensure access to the fund is available for all.
Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire said: “Many community groups in Renfrewshire will be excited by the potential of this funding opportunity.
“The officers at Engage regularly help our member organisations with initiatives that consider how best to produce community benefits from local assets like green space and I’m sure the support now available from Renfrewshire Council will help accelerate a range of local plans.”
£370,000 of the investment has been allocated to develop a Villages Investment Fund which will encourage applications from smaller communities and will deliver projects that strengthen the identity, heritage, uniqueness and integrity of village life.
A further £110,000 has been allocated to support the provision of a Multi-Use Games Area or alternative facility in the Bargarran area of Erskine.
The recent multi-million investment in Renfrewshire’s parks and green spaces set aside £250,000 for five neighbourhood parks and councillors agreed to support local communities to access these funds alongside the new fund.
The new fund will be open from 1 October 2018 and a dedicated section of the council website has been created to ensure local groups and residents are fully aware of how they can apply, what they can apply for and what is expected of the successful applicants.
For more information on how to access the fund and to submit your application, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fundingandgrants or contact Engage Renfrewshire’s Community & Voluntary Action Team on 0141 887 7707.
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