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Paisley shows its passion for Tango Festival

By Paisley on Aug 29, 2017 10:20 am

Tango dance enthusiasts from across the UK and beyond visited Paisley at the weekend to take part in the first ever Paisley International Tango Festival.

Paisley International Tango Festival 26.8.17 Diego (El Pajaro) Reimer and Natalia Cristobal Rive

The festival which took place at the Coats Memorial Church from Fri 25 – Sun 27 August saw hundreds of people come along to learn new moves and see the experts in action. The event attracted dance fans from across Scotland, England, Germany, Spain and even as far away as Queensland.

The Paisley International Tango Festival was funded through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF). It also shows the range of cultural activities taking place throughout the town as part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.










Over the course of the weekend local people were invited to come along and take part in free taster tango classes. There was also a series of masterclasses and workshops which took place.

The centrepiece to this fantastic event was the Grand Milonga, an Argentinian social dance, on Saturday evening which featured world renowned tango music performer Juango Lopez Vidal and Orquesta Tipica – an international ensemble band working with members of Scotland’s highly regarded McFalls Chamber Orchestra.

The event was organised by Drew Moir who has been teaching argentine tango for six years and was delighted by the response to this event which is the first of its kind in the town.

He said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve had such overwhelming support for the event not just in Paisley but from the whole of Scotland. People have come from Europe, America and even Australia to visit the festival and it’s given them a great excuse to visit Paisley and Scotland. It’s great to be able to show that Paisley can host international events like this.”

The Culture Heritage and Events Fund enabled Drew to bring internationally renowned tango dancers to Paisley to deliver masterclass workshops and inspire the crowds. The instructors travelled to the town from as far afield as New York, Paris, Lyon, Russia and Australia to share their talents.

Bid Director for Paisley 2021, Jean Cameron, said: “It’s fantastc to see yet another great festival come to Paisley which attracted such world-class talent to the area as well as hundreds of visitors.

“The festival was so vibrant and fun and was a real celebration of dance. Paisley has a great relationship with dance, we are above the Scottish national average in terms of uptake in dance, so I’m sure tango will be another art form that people from Paisley and the surrounding areas will be keen to explore and learn more about.”

Drew is hoping to turn the Paisley International Tango Festival into an annual event following its success.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost takes to the Clyde to maintain Renfrew’s historic fishing rights

By Paisley on Aug 29, 2017 09:58 am

Renfrew residents joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron on a historic trip down the River Clyde to preserve the town’s fishing rights on the river.

The boat set sail from Braehead Pier and travelled down the Clyde to the mouth of the River Leven.

There, Provost Cameron carried out the traditional act of casting the nets to retain the rights of salmon fishing on the Clyde.

While on board, guests were treated to a film about the history of salmon fishing on the Clyde as well as an enthralling talk by marine biologist Dr William Yeomans.

Provost Cameron said: “This historic tradition is one which I am proud to keep alive for the people of Renfrew.

“The casting of the nets has become a key part of the town’s history and it is important that we give it the status it deserves.





“It was a terrific day for the residents to experience and I look forward to repeating the ritual in three years time.”

The custom goes back as far as 1781 when the town failed to carry out the practice and lost the right to fish on parts of the Clyde as a result.

King Robert III had granted a charter to the community of Renfrew detailing the right to fish the River Clyde as far back as 1396.

However Renfrew Town Council failed to keep the rights on parts of the river owned by Sir Michael Stewart because they hadn’t fished those areas for some years.

Ever since they were regained, it has become practice to maintain the rights by having the Provost cast the nets into the river every three years.

The fishing equipment used on the day was kindly donated by Hooked on Fishing.

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West College Scotland helps address the need for enhanced home care across Europe

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 28, 2017 06:59 pm

Ageing populations and the correlated increasing levels of chronic ill-health will require tomorrow – if not already today – an enhanced approach to home care. In light of this, a transnational Erasmus research project ‘Carevolution’ has been launched in February 2016 to examine the future role, responsibilities and qualifications of home care workers across Europe. Partners from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Scotland involved in this project have stressed the need to develop a community approach where patients are more actively involved in the management of their health care.

West College Scotland played host to the project’s third meeting at the College’s Clydebank campus in October 2016

Now reaching completion, ‘Carevolution’ has led to the development of a new curriculum and qualification for enhanced home carers. West College Scotland has brought its expertise and experience to devise the training curriculum and learning material. Between February and June 2017, these were piloted in Scotland, Spain and the Netherlands.  The new curriculum has now been approved by international partners. In Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has approved the development of a new Professional Development Awards (PDA) in Enhanced Home Care Practice using the material produced during the project.

West College Scotland Head of Care Davina Coupar said: “The research project gave us a real insight into Home Care practice across Europe.  The College and staff have enjoyed the opportunity to participate and we’re very pleased to have been instrumental in offering a new product to our home and wider European market.”

To find out more about the project, visit www.carevolution.care and follow @carevolution_p on Twitter.

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East End Park scrubs up well thanks to community clean up

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 28, 2017 04:06 pm

Many hands made light work at the weekend as volunteers joined together to take part in a community litter pick.

Councillor Cathy McEwan and volunteers at the litter pick

Volunteers visited East End Park in Paisley to give the area a refresh and make the park an inviting place for the local community to visit.

Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, Councillor Cathy McEwan and Rebecca Livesey-Wright, Arts Project Facilitator

The litter pick, organised by RIG Arts, comes ahead of a campaign which will deliver a series of improvements to Renfrewshire’s environment as part of a £250,000 investment.

Councillor McEwan and volunteers get to work

The campaign will deliver a programme of increased operational activities as part of an initial environmental clean-up including improvements to roads signage, increased mechanical sweeping and gulley cleaning, a highly visible litter picking presence and Rapid Response Teams working across Renfrewshire.

Councillor McEwan and volunteers get to work

It will also aim to engage the local community to join together to create a feeling of civic pride within their area and ask that everyone takes on some responsibility to keep Renfrewshire clean.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, was there to get her hands dirty and join community members in the clean up.

Councillor McEwan said: “It’s fantastic to see the local community turn out in numbers to take part in this clean up and the park is looking great after their efforts.

“It was made clear by residents that improving the cleanliness of Renfrewshire’s streets was a key issue for them and the Council is investing a quarter of a million pounds to address this and improve the environmental standards across Renfrewshire.

“We want to engage the community to work alongside us and take pride in their area as we aim to make Renfrewshire a place people want to live, work, visit and invest in.”

RIG Arts are a socially engaged arts charity based in Greenock, which develops and facilitates a range of community arts projects within schools, their studio, community art flats and beyond.

They are running the SUGaR (Seedhill Urban Growing and Regeneration) project in collaboration with YES (Young Enterprise Scotland) and in partnership with the Williamsburgh Housing Association, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Rebecca Livesey-Wright, Arts Project Facilitator, said: “RIG Arts are really excited to be working in a new area with a fresh community.

“We’ve been so impressed be the enthusiasm and knowledge of the local people and look forward to developing the SUGaR project with them.”

RIG Arts and YES will be working with the local community and Williamsburgh Housing Association until March 2018 to deliver 8 litter picks, 4 swap shops, 4 upcycling workshops and 4 community events as well as food growing opportunities.

The project aims to increase the community’s understanding of waste and promote improved eco-friendly behaviours.

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 28, 2017 03:58 pm

Paisley Pirates are back on the ice after enjoying a long summer break, following their SNL Championship success which saw them lift the League trophy away back in February.

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“Yes, it seems an awful long time ago since we celebrated winning that particular trophy,” commented coach Ian Turley, “but that’s maybe not such a bad thing, as while we will be defending league champions that will count for nothing this season, apart from maybe encouraging opponents to try and down us. It’s time to forget about what we did and concentrate on what we need to be doing this season.”

“We had a good trial come training session last week which let us look at a few guys as well as those who were with last year, and there’s still time for anyone wanting to try out for us as we’ve got another session tomorrow (Tuesday) and on Friday, all potential players need to do is let us know that they want to come along.”

He continued, “We’ve also had a few foreign players in contact with us looking to try out so we’ll see what happens on that front over the next wee while, if any of them follow up their initial enquiries. Like I say, there’s still time for potential new signings to come to a trial/practice and let us see what they’ve got, but I wouldn’t want them to be waiting too much longer before getting on the ice.”

“We’ve also made an important off-ice appointment by bringing on board one of our main sponsors, Steven Gardner from Cold Blooded Sports, as Equipment Manager and he’ll be on the bench with us on match nights. It’s important to have someone in that position who is an expert in his field and in that context we couldn’t have anyone better than Steven, who as a recreational hockey player and someone who retails equipment as his real job, certainly ticks all the boxes in that respect. We’re delighted to have him with us and it’s just one more illustration of the fact that while the Paisley Pirates might be an amateur club, anyone coming to play with us will be joining one of the most professional organisations around.”

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Don’t miss your chance to look inside Renfrewshire’s historic landmarks

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 28, 2017 02:32 pm

The ‘Porridge Bowl’, unique gargoyles and the home of Robert Burns’ compatriot are just a few of the intriguing sights and locations visitors to Renfrewshire can experience next weekend.

Paisley Abbey

Part of a worldwide event with over 50 countries taking part, Renfrewshire Doors Open Days is a celebration of the fantastic architecture and significant history of the region.

On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September, everyone will have the opportunity to experience a weekend of exploration around Renfrewshire as many venues not normally accessible to the public open their doors for a look inside.

Alison Christie with children at the Sma’ Shot Cottages

On Saturday, the home of Robert Tannahill, the ‘Weaver Poet’ who formed a close relationship with Robert Burns, will be open for visitors to see the extraordinary collection of memorabilia on display at what is now the home to one of the oldest Burns Clubs in the world.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to look inside the John Neilson Institute which, due to its distinctive roof, is nicknamed the Porridge Bowl and has become a distinct feature of Paisley’s skyline.

Sunday will see the Renfrew Victory Baths welcome visitors in on a guided tour of the striking Edwardian swimming pool  which was awarded Grade ‘B’ listed status in 1971, while Castle Semple in Lochwinnoch will offer tours of the lookout tower giving visitors to take in the spectacular views of the loch and Garnock Valley.


After the news Paisley has been shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2021, its High St location will open its doors on both days to give everyone a chance to find out more about what the bid means for the area, what it could do for you and what’s still to come in the next few months.

More than 50 buildings and locations will be open for the public across the weekend ensuring there is something to peak everyone’s interest.

Kids can collect their own Doors Open Days passport from participating buildings and Renfrewshire’s libraries which they can fill up over the weekend with stamps.

Collecting five stamps will see them rewarded with a certificate and a gift in yet another reason to get involved.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron will be joining members of the public in exploring the area and can’t wait to see what she discovers.

Provost Cameron said: “We are extremely fortunate to have so many beautiful, historic buildings in Renfrewshire but it is not often that we take the time to visit them.

“Venues from across the area will open their doors to let us inside next weekend and I can’t wait to take up the opportunity.

“I will be at the Council chambers from 10am until midday so I’d be delighted to see you while I’m also looking forward to visiting the Sma’ Shot Cottages as it is always fascinating to hear the volunteers speak on the history of the weavers.

“So if you’ve always meant to visit Paisley Abbey, or never had the time to walk around Castle Semple, this weekend is the perfect opportunity so don’t miss out and visit as many locations as you can.”

The Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme is available from all Renfrewshire libraries.

An online version can be downloaded from www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/doorsopendays

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley2021.co.uk/events

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Disability Committee Criticise Tory Austerity Cuts

By Paisley on Aug 28, 2017 01:46 pm

The UN committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities met with UK government officials over a two day period recently. The chair of the committee has slammed the welfare cuts to disabled people as a “human catastrophe”.
The austerity measures that have been implemented by the UK government since 2010 have had an impact on welfare benefits and since 2010 many people in receipt of disability benefits such as PIP, ESA and DLA have seen the standard of living they experience fall drastically. The committee have previously criticised the UK government for targeting disabled people with schemes such as the bedroom tax, the work programme and the benefit cap.
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Local MP Mhairi Black has praised the comments of the committee and said “this is yet another example that the austerity agenda the tories are inflicting on disabled people does not work”
“They target society’s most vulnerable with cut after cut while spending ridiculous amounts of money on things such as trident and repairing palaces, common sense would tell you that reducing disabled people’s standard of living is the wrong way for the UK treasury to balance the books”
“disabled people need support and the UK conservative government have proved they are incapable of providing it”

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COSLA backs Paisley 2021

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 25, 2017 02:26 pm

The body representing Scottish councils has backed Scotland’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

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The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) gave its backing to the Paisley 2021 bid at its latest leaders meeting on Friday 25 August.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), aims to use the power of culture to transform people’s lives by creating opportunities for those who live and work in the town as well as in the surrounding areas.

The bid is part of wider plans to help transform the town’s future using its unique heritage and cultural story.

A successful Paisley 2021 bid is expected to generate 4,700 jobs in the area alongside an £172 million economic boost to Renfrewshire over the next ten years. The bid could deliver around 1.7 million attendances at events creating a significant increase in footfall for local traders. It will also attract major infrastructure investment as the current title holders Hull have reported £1 billion of investment from 2013 – 2017.

COSLA President Councillor, Alison Evison, said:  “We’re delighted to be able to support Paisley as Scotland’s bid in the competition for UK City of Culture 2021. The local engagement and energy this has generated, driven by Renfrewshire Council, is a fantastic example of how local government can work hand in glove with communities and local partners for the long term benefit of an area.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Iain Nicolson, chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board said: “Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 continues to gather pace and COSLA’s support demonstrates that it really is Scotland’s bid.

“Winning the title would provide a massive boost to the town and our wider plans. In the long term it would create thousands of new jobs, and allow us to attract massive investment and build a new town centre economy with tourism and creativity at its heart.

“It is great to see Paisley’s bid continue to be embraced across Scotland.”

Paisley is one of five bidders shortlisted for the competition which also includes Coventry, Sunderland, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea.

The final bid will be submitted at the end of September followed by a judges’ visit in October. The winner will be announced in December.

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Street lighting survey underway as Renfrewshire prepares for winter

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 25, 2017 02:09 pm

The finishing touches to Renfrewshire’s £11million LED Street Lighting Programme are underway as a survey of street lighting levels takes place as the last stage of implementation.

Councillor Cathy McEwan with workers carrying out the lighting survey

Initial feedback from the survey, which began in July, has returned positive results with levels shown to be in excess of the minimum required.

Lighting levels are being measured on every street in Renfrewshire with any corrective actions shown to be needed being undertaken in advance of the winter months.

The £11million programme saw almost 30,000 street lights upgraded to replace existing sodium lights with new, low-energy LED technology.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board, said: “It was important to assess the street lighting before the darker nights are upon us to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists in Renfrewshire.

“The initial feedback from the audit shows light levels are in excess of the minimum lighting levels required for residential areas which is encouraging.

“We will continue to ensure lighting in all areas is sufficient for residents to feel comfortable when walking in their communities and repairs will be undertaken where lighting falls below the required standard.

“The switch to LED lights will provide a significant saving for the Council and will reduce our energy usage considerably which allows us to meet our consumption targets.”

The significant investment will see the Council’s carbon footprint reduced by almost one-eighth as the new energy-efficient LED lights use 62% less electricity than conventional lights.

A net saving of £750,000 each year is set to be achieved through the increased average life span of the street lights, which will now last up to 20 years compared to a previous average of four years.

The review commenced in July and coincides with an improved performance in street lighting repairs which saw more than 99% of repairs being completed within seven days of being reported.

Further information on the replacement programme can be found via www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/LEDlights

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Protecting children from assault is the right thing for everyone

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 24, 2017 04:21 pm

A proposed bill that would see children get the same rights and protection as adults has been welcomed by Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener.

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Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of the Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, praised the proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Private Members’ Bill as bringing legislation into accordance with United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of a Child.

Internationally studies have shown that physical punishment has the potential to damage children and carries a risk of escalating into physical abuse.

Instead, parents should be supported to manage their children’s behaviour in positive ways that ensure children are safeguarded in the home and in the community.

Councillor Paterson said: “Children should feel safe and respected in their family home and we know that physical punishment can damage their mental health and prevent them from forming healthy relationships with parents or family members. Ensuring children have the same rights of protection from assault as an adult is vital and I welcome the values behind this proposed bill.

“Parenting is a difficult job; however children don’t need to be disciplined through violence. Moving away from physical punishment to more positive and less damaging means of discipline and guidance is not only good for children, it is also better for parents and family units.

“This proposed bill firmly puts the role of protecting children from harm in everyone’s hands. Children who are physically punished can experience difficulty interacting with people later in life and in some cases, they may be physically abused. If this bill becomes law, we will have taken a significant step forward in ensuring children are safeguarded from harm.”

Anyone with concerns about a child at risk of abuse or neglect should contact the Council’s child protection team on 0300 300 1199.

For more information, visit www.no-worries.org.uk.

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Woad natural dyeing FREE workshop – Remode Make Weeks

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 24, 2017 10:04 am

WOAD WEEK

ReMode’s FREE natural dyeing workshops

Lochwinnoch Parish Church

Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st of August

Summary of Activity

Over the course of the week participants will gain a strong understanding of how to create natural dye baths in order to dye; fabric, yarn and garments – using a range of techniques. Participants will dye garments for sale in ReMode and produce a technical file to take away with them for future reference. The focus for the week will be using Woad, a native blue natural dye, which we will use alongside a selection of other locally foraged plants to extend the range of colours we can achieve.

While the week has been set out as a journey from beginning to end, it will be possible for participants to drop in and out and we can re-cap anything that they will need to know. I will also have a natural inks kit and drawing materials available to fill any gaps if necessary.

Timetable of Activities

Tuesday 29th – Introduction to Natural Dyes and Vat Creation

12-3pm  

1. Brief Intro

2. Creation of hydrosulfite vat

3. Creation of fermentation vat

4. Discussion on mordants / fibres / natural dyeing as a process / sustainability

 5. Maintaining hyrdrosulfite vat

6. Adding to fermentation vat

7. Prepping sample books

 8. Initial fabric tests

6-9pm

7. Re-cap on process so far for new participants

8. More fabric tests

9. Initial shibori technique tests

10. Maintaining hyrdrosulfite vat

11. Adding to fermentation vat

Wednesday 30th – Dyeing Techniques Part 1

12 -3pm

1. Maintaining vats

2. Further testing if necessary

3. Beginning to dye garments

4. Further techniques explained

5. Creation of second set of vats fresh / powdered

6-9pm

6. Maintenance of vats

7. Foraging walk for over-dying

8. Further garment dyeing

 9. Prep for tomorrows sessions

Thursday 31st – Dyeing Techniques Part 2

12 -3pm

1. Creation of new dye pots with foraged plant matter

2. Maintenance of vats

3. Testing of new colours

4. Over-dying of some garments

6pm-9pm

5. Maintenance of vats

6. More testing

7. More over-dying

8. Paste application / print techniques

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Diane Mitchell Music School – News

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 24, 2017 09:51 am

In Paisley, our Saturday classes have restarted. We have Musical Tots (Ages 1-2, 2-4), Musical Maestros (Ages 3-5), Junior Musicianship (Ages 5-9) and Theory & Musicianship (Ages 8-11). We are also taking names for a Children’s choir which will run from 2.45 to 3.45 on Saturdays.

Our Annual Concert is taking place on Thursday September 14th in the Methodist Central Halls from 6.45pm to 9.30pm. Pupils are invited to perform a song they have been learning, and there will also be performances by the teachers. Light refreshments will be available at the concert. Tickets are pay at the door – £5 for an adult, £2.50 for children.

In Barrhead we have our open day on Saturday 9th September from 10am – 4pm in the Voluntary Action Centre, 56 Kelburn Street Barrhead G78 1LR. People can pop in for some light refreshments, hear about what we do and meet some of the tutors who will be teaching at Barrhead.

Our Barrhead classes start back on Saturday 16th September. We have We have Musical Tots (Ages 1-2, 2-4), Musical Maestros (Ages 3-5), Junior Musicianship (Ages 5-9). We will also be starting a Piano Tots class which will run on Wednesdays at 10am (Start date to be confirmed). We will also be offering midweek lessons on piano, guitar, drums, singing, violin and more.

For more information on any of the classes and lessons we offer, contact us on 07896689816 or 0141 3286983 or by email at info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com

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Hail the promotion of promotions!

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 23, 2017 03:49 pm

30% OFF T-Shirts using discount code TEE30 at Hail the Villains



This can be used at the checkout for an instant 30% Off Any T-Shirt!
Delivery is free and if local to Paisley your order can be hand delivered.

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Minister for Local Government and Housing celebrates opening of the iconic Russell Institute

By Danielle McGowan on Aug 23, 2017 02:48 pm

Paisley’s iconic Russell Institute was officially opened this week as Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, joined invited guests and Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson to celebrate the occasion.

Kevin Stewart MSP with Cllr Iain Nicolson (Leader of Renfrewshire Council)

Guests who attended the event were given the opportunity to tour the category A-listed building in the heart of Paisley which has been transformed through a £5 million investment into a Skills & Employability Hub.

The completion of this project is one of a range of initiatives aimed at bolstering business and driving people back to the town centre. This is a fundamental aspect of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.




The work at the Institute was sparked by the passion of local volunteers in the Paisley Development Trust and was funded by the Council, Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repairs Grant.

The former health centre is now home to Skills Development Scotland and the Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire employability team.

It houses around 120 employees including careers and employability staff helping unemployed people across Renfrewshire and working closely with local businesses to create further jobs and grow the local economy.

Main contractors CBC Ltd were charged with ensuring the distinctive features of the Institute were retained, from its ornate sculptures on the outside of the building, to its stunning staircase and balcony inside.

The Institute marked its 90th anniversary this year so the reopening of the building is just one reason to celebrate this iconic local landmark.

Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to the official opening of the wonderfully restored Russell Institute in the heart of Paisley.

“Investing in community-led regeneration is a key part of our approach and I’d like to congratulate the Paisley Development Trust, the Council and the project team for securing the funding, including £2m from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, which has enabled the restoration of this iconic building back to its former glory.

“This is a great example of how we can use existing assets to regenerate our town centres and support local communities.”

Councillor Nicolson said: “It is fantastic to see the great work that has been done to refurbish this stunning building and bring it back into use.

“As a Skills and Employability Hub, the Russell Institute will provide an excellent environment in a central location to help generate new jobs and opportunities for the people of Renfrewshire.”

A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland said: “We’re delighted our funding is being used to help transform this prominent Paisley landmark. The project will bring the building back into use and created a first class facility providing a skills and employability hub which will benefit the local community now and in the years to come.”

The Russell Institute will be open to the public on 2 and 3 September as part of Doors Open Day.

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Minister for Local Government and Housing celebrates opening of the iconic Russell Institute

By Paisley on Aug 23, 2017 02:42 pm

Paisley’s iconic Russell Institute was officially opened this week as Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, joined invited guests and Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson to celebrate the occasion.

Guests who attended the event were given the opportunity to tour the category A-listed building in the heart of Paisley which has been transformed through a £5 million investment into a Skills & Employability Hub.

The completion of this project is one of a range of initiatives aimed at bolstering business and driving people back to the town centre. This is a fundamental aspect of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The work at the Institute was sparked by the passion of local volunteers in the Paisley Development Trust and was funded by the Council, Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repairs Grant.








The former health centre is now home to Skills Development Scotland and the Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire employability team.

It houses around 120 employees including careers and employability staff helping unemployed people across Renfrewshire and working closely with local businesses to create further jobs and grow the local economy.

Main contractors CBC Ltd were charged with ensuring the distinctive features of the Institute were retained, from its ornate sculptures on the outside of the building to its stunning staircase and balcony inside.

The Institute marked its 90th anniversary this year so the reopening of the building is just one reason to celebrate this iconic local landmark.

Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to the official opening of the wonderfully restored Russell Institute in the heart of Paisley.

“Investing in community-led regeneration is a key part of our approach and I’d like to congratulate the Paisley Development Trust, the Council and the project team for securing the funding, including £2m from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, which has enabled the restoration of this iconic building back to its former glory.

“This is a great example of how we can use existing assets to regenerate our town centres and support local communities.”

Councillor Nicolson said: “It is fantastic to see the great work that has been done to refurbish this stunning building and bring it back into use.

“As a Skills and Employability Hub, the Russell Institute will provide an excellent environment in a central location to help generate new jobs and opportunities for the people of Renfrewshire.”

A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland said: “We’re delighted our funding is being used to help transform this prominent Paisley landmark. The project will bring the building back into use and created a first class facility providing a skills and employability hub which will benefit the local community now and in the years to come.”

The Russell Institute will be open to the public on 2 and 3 September as part of Doors Open Day.

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