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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ReMode Youth Weekly events

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RECYCLE OR DYE
Every Friday 7-9pm during term time, from 24th August, for ages 11 – 18
ReMode MakeSpace, 39 High Street, Lochwinnoch
Our regular make-session for young people.  A chance to get creative and learn to make, amend or adapt your clothes. All materials and resources supplied, or bring along clothes you would like to work on.  To register send an email to hello@remodeyouth.org
DROP IN SATURDAYS
Every Saturday 12 noon – 4pm  No need to book!

Find out more by visiting our website here.
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Advertise Your Business

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Did you know you can advertise your business or organisation locally to thousands instantly via the Paisley website?
We also have Facebook Pages for every community within Paisley i.e Foxbar, Glenburn, Ferguslie etc and also Renfrewshire wide, Lochwinnoch, Renfrew, Elderslie etc we have an instant audience ready for you to tap into and promote whatever product or service you need boosted, we also have a new Glasgow network (prices for this are much lower at present).
We can do monthly, six monthly or yearly packages. We can also supply visitor figures or stats whenever you wish so you know what advert works and which ones do not.
We post anything you send on the same day and you can post one new ad every week on top of the banners and logos on the main website. (Text, Images and videos)
We post your advert out at the best times to reach the maximum audience to achieve the best results for you.
Interested? Then please click here to contact us or message us via our Facebook Page, we look forward to hearing from you.
Our prices are £40 per month £150 for six months and £250 for the year, no hidden charges and we will strive to do our best to get you as much hits from the audience that we can.
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Hair raising fun as Schools across Renfrewshire celebrate Maths Week Scotland

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From treasure hunts to orienteering, cracking number codes and harvesting fruit and veg, pupils across Renfrewshire schools enjoyed hair raising fun during Maths Week Scotland.

At Paisley’s Lochfield Primary, pupils estimated and then measured the length of their locks, while primary seven pupils from Auchenlodment Primary School in Johnstone created maths problems and posted them around the community. Local residents were encouraged to retweet their answers to win a prize.

St Margaret’s Primary School launched times table ‘rockstars’ and pupils had a swashbuckling time with Pirate maths adventures.
At Linwood High, first year pupils investigating the work in aerodynamics of famous mathematician Daniel Bernoulli took part in a paper-plane event.
Renfrew’s Arkleston Primary School enjoyed a visit from a local bank who held a money workshop for senior pupils on how to budget for a party, while at Todholm Primary School, primary one to five pupils enjoyed a visit from Starling Learning. They took part in outdoor workshops, all with a numeracy focus, with topics including the books Stick Man and The Gruffalo, as well as Minibeasts and Signs of Autumn.
Parent visitors, , including a paramedic and a Project Manager for naval ships, also talked to the children about how they use numeracy and maths in their jobs.
In the nursery at Houston Primary School, children harvested fruit and vegetables, before weighing and counting them to make their own soup.
Junior school pupils made number super hero capes and enjoyed a number hunt in the woods as well as an alien maths relay and a ‘crack the code’ to open a padlock.
Senior pupils took part in a money group challenges and class shop and planned a trip to Paris on a budget, checking foreign currency and exchange rates, while primary seven held a Gryffe High School Treasure Hunt and played board games to play with their P1 buddies.
A ‘jelly’ good time was had at Bishopton Primary where pupils measured the right amount of water to make the delicious wobbly stuff.
At Our Lady of Peace Primary, pupils enjoyed solution based and quick fire puzzles while at Williamsburgh Primary in Paisley, primary one children had lots of fun making their own supermarket shop, writing receipts, using price lists and entering this amount into the tills.
They also made their own crocodile as they are exploring jungles and their animals. and investigating what ‘enormous’ is.
The fun extended across other schools, including Bargarran, Barsail, Inchinnan, Langbank and Rashielea Primary Schools who had a variety of joint activities, including a maths and art competition with the theme of bridges in Scotland where pupils researched and discussed bridges before creating a piece of art.
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Major events programme brings £1.25m into Renfrewshire economy in 2018

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Renfrewshire’s major events programme has created a £1.25m boost for the local economy so far in 2018 as the ongoing work to use the area’s cultural and heritage story to transform its future continues to deliver results.

More than 70,000 people have come to the area from across Scotland and beyond to attend big days with April’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival, May’s British Pipe Band Championships and Sma’ Shot/Weave festival in July, each attracting five-figure crowds.
Those three events alone created more than £850,000 of local spend plus almost £400,000 of spend by visitors to the area – boosting the coffers of local businesses.

This year also saw Scottish Opera bring a unique outdoor production of Pagliacci to a specially-erected tent in Seedhill Playing Fields for five sold-out nights in July, which also attracted a five-figure crowd and Scotland-wide profile.
The figures are listed in a report going before the council’s leadership board next week updating members on progress with the wide-ranging Paisley 2021 legacy plan.

The council and its partners have agreed to use the resources set aside during the town’s UK City of Culture bid to host the title had Paisley won on projects which will deliver on its vision and aims, and create long-term economic, social and cultural benefits for the whole area.
Other key strands of the legacy plan referred to in the report include:
– the push to promote the area as a visitor destination continues through the area’s new destination brand and website www.paisley.is, which has already smashed its first-year target for views;
– a new arts and culture in health steering group led by the NHS is now up and running, and has secured funding to expand its pioneering community connectors programme allowing GPs to ‘prescribe’ creative activities to patients suffering from social isolation;
– work to build the area’s creative business sector, which has already – thanks to the work of the council’s business incubator InCube – seen a sharp rise in the numbers of creative businesses seeking funding and support in the past few years;
Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid did a huge amount to lift the town’s profile, reputation and self-confidence, but it was only ever one part of a major plan designed to use culture and heritage to make us a destination and drive new footfall.
“We said that journey would continue – and the numbers attending major events in the area are one of many ways we can now demonstrate that. To have £1m pumped into the local economy so far this year will have had major benefits for traders throughout Renfrewshire.
“We’ve also a new fund designed to build capacity among local creative groups as well as investment to transform key outdoor spaces and transport links as part of the £100m investment in Paisley town centre over the next few years.”
The next events taking place in the area are The Spree festival, which sees nine days of music comedy and more at various venues in Paisley from 12 to 20 October, and the Paisley Halloween Festival on 26 and 27 October.
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