Acre renew sponsorship for next season

St Mirren would like to thank Acre Industrial Services for renewing their sponsorship with the club ahead of the 2018/19 Premiership season.
Commercial Manager, Campbell Kennedy, said: “Managing Director, Jim Price, has been a pleasure to be associated with, and I cannot believe it is over 23 years ago that we first met and he first took out a trackside board at Love Street.
"I look forward to welcoming Jim and his guests to the stadium for the season ahead."St Mirren would like to thank Acre Industrial Services for renewing their sponsorship with the club ahead of the 2018/19 Premiership season.
Commercial Manager, Campbell Kennedy, said: “Managing Director, Jim Price, has been a pleasure to be associated with, and I cannot believe it is over 23 years ago that we first met and he first took out a trackside board at Love Street.
"I look forward to welcoming Jim and his guests to the stadium for the season ahead."

Home kit sale

St Mirren’s home kit for the season 2017/18 is now selling at a reduced price.
Adult tops are now £30 down from £45, with kids shirts down to £20 from £32.
Adult shorts are now £10 down from £16.50, with kids shorts available for £8 down from £13.50.
Kit socks are also available at a reduced price of just £6.
Sizes are all subject to availability, so you better order fast.
You can purchase from both the Club Shop and online. St Mirren’s home kit for the season 2017/18 is now selling at a reduced price.
Adult tops are now £30 down from £45, with kids shirts down to £20 from £32.
Adult shorts are now £10 down from £16.50, with kids shorts available for £8 down from £13.50.
Kit socks are also available at a reduced price of just £6.
Sizes are all subject to availability, so you better order fast.
You can purchase from both the Club Shop and online. 

Future Foxbar – second public drop-in, this Wednesday 30th May 2pm-7pm

A quick reminder that this Wednesday afternoon sees the second drop-in session at Foxbar Community Centre on Amochrie Road.

We’ll be summarising what we heard at the first drop-in on 16th May – to check we’ve been listening properly – and will have our first stab at a future plan for Foxbar on show.

We need you to keep us right! Have we missed anything? Are we on track?

More information at www.facebook.com/FoxbarandBredilandCC

PS – Date for your diary: the third and final drop-in event will take place on Wednesday 20 June, 2pm-7pm in Foxbar Community Centre.  The focus will be on making things happen: who needs to do what? What you do you want to be involved with?

James Seabright and Play the Spotlight presents WOKE

By Apphia Campbell and Meredith Yarbrough. Performed by Apphia Campbell.

Apphia Campbell’s incredible Fringe First Award winning show embarks on a summer UK tour, including a date at London’s Greenwich Theatre, prior to a return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for its premiere season in 2017, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. Against stunning gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart join the struggle for American civil rights: notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur and a present-day student enrolling as the Ferguson riots behind. Both challenge the American Justice system, become criminalised through political activism; and ultimately are faced with a choice to stay and fight or to flee. Created by Apphia Campbell whose previous shows include the hit Black is the Color of my Voice which has received critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and on National Tour.

Apphia Campbell is a singer, playwright and actress from Florida. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre performance from Florida International University and minored in Political Science. After college, she moved to New York where she pursued theatre and performed in Off-Broadway houses. In 2009, she moved to Shanghai, China where she sang blues, jazz, and pop in various venues including The Cotton Club, Park Hyatt, Le Meridian Hotel, and JZ music festivals. In 2012 she formed Play The Spotlight Theatre Company (PTS), a theatre company that focuses on new works and musical pieces. In 2013 she wrote her critically acclaimed piece, Black Is The Color Of My Voice and opened it in Shanghai to sold-out performances and rave reviews. She brought the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it sold out and has been touring the U.K and selling out in prestigious houses such as St. James Theatre, Wiltons Music Hall, and Oxford Playhouse. Her theatre credits include The Color Purple (James Harkness, WBTT Theatre), Black Is the Color Of My Voice (Edinburgh Festival and London), Holiday Hitch (PTS theatre), No Exit (Blue Lane Theatre), The Deciders (New York Fringe Festival) and Beehive (Temple Theatre). www.apphiacampbell.com
 

14-June
Paisley Arts Centre
Paisley
renfrewshireleisure.com/arts / 0300 300 1210

Praise for the show includes:

★★★★ ‘Campbell is the most powerful voice of this year’s fringe.’ The Scotsman
★★★★★ ‘Inspiring! A fast, exciting and engaging play that ended with most of the audience standing and applauding.’ British Theatre Guide
★★★★★ ‘Both roles are brilliantly performed by Apphia herself.’ British Theatre
★★★★ ‘Campbell is a formidable performer.’ The List

Council credits Foster Care Fortnight with raising profile of the rewarding role

Renfrewshire’s foster carers have shared their inspirational stories as part of Foster Care Fortnight and helped spread the word on their rewarding role.

To mark the event, which ends on Sunday, the Council launched a campaign to boost the numbers of its foster care family from 81 to 100.
In the wake of a series of drop in events and existing foster carers sharing their own experiences, the visibility of the role has increased.
Education and Children’s Services convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “We have been delighted with the response to our appeal for foster carers with enquiries coming in from people who think that the role may be for them.

“They’ve taken heart from the incredible stories shared by our carers but also realised that although they do an extraordinary role, they are ordinary people like them.
“Becoming a foster carer can change the life of a child or young person for the better and boosting our numbers over the long term will help us ensure that we can give all children the best possible start in life so that they can fulfil their potential.”
Foster carer Lynn Smillie said: “If telling my story encourages just one person to pick up the phone then I am delighted. It’s enriched my life in so many ways and is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and has also helped transform the lives of children.”
If you are over 21, have a spare room and are in good health, you can apply to help make a difference to a child’s life.
Children and young people of all ages need carers who will help them feel wanted, valued and safe.
As a foster carer, you can be in work or unemployed, be single, married, or in a same sex or heterosexual relationship, and can own or rent the property you live in.
You will be supported on every step of the journey with advice, specialist training and peer support and will also receive a generous allowance.
Anyone interested in more detail can call the team at Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1199 or email at childrenandfamilies@renfrewshire.gov.uk

A year of building and working for the future

By Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson
This month marks one year since the local council elections were held and since I took up my role as Council Leader.

Since becoming a councillor in 1990 I have witnessed tremendous change in the area and reflecting on my first 12 months as Council Leader, I believe the Council is better placed than ever before to listen to and articulate the views of the communities we serve.
I am proud to lead an administration with so many new councillors, with the majority being women and having a wide range of ages and talents, each bringing a fresh perspective and new ideas on how the Council can support the needs of our local residents.

Leading a minority administration has seen us adopt a different approach, one based on working across the political parties and this has brought with it an important change in how we work.
All parties came together to support Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and while the outcome of the competition was not the result we all wished or worked towards, we are all better for the experience. Working so closely with communities delivered a renewed pride in our area, gave us a national profile and strengthened our community connections, highlighting the potential of what we can achieve when we work together.
We are determined to deliver on the legacy opportunities the bid has created and this work is already well under way, with £100million of town centre infrastructure improvements planned alongside a new destination website and visitor plan to celebrate our heritage and attract more people to Renfrewshire.
We have secured major inward investment in Renfrewshire from the Scottish Government in recent months to boost the provision of affordable housing and support the expansion of early learning and childcare services. This has happened because we rejoined council partnerships and because of our positive working relationships with the Scottish Government.
By being around the table we can get the best deal for communities across Renfrewshire as we were part of the decision making process which saw councils receive a better budget settlement.
There is no doubt that all councils face a tough time balancing budgets while having to meet an increased demand for our services; changing expectations and changing needs.
It is a priority for me that we deliver and maintain excellent public services that our customers rely upon.
From the outset when we were elected, we knew the importance people placed on having a clean Renfrewshire, free from littering and dog fouling. We’ve invested in more street cleaning and litter picking and established the Team Up to Clean Up campaign to change behaviours and promote community pride. Results from the first six months show a positive impact, with more than 2100 volunteers taking part in the campaign, while our street teams have unblocked and cleared 15,000 gullies.
A stark statistic is that we can expect a 79% increase in the number of people aged 75 and over in the next 20 years. By 2035, it is estimated that almost 4,400 older people in Renfrewshire will be experiencing dementia. We must be ready to support people with dementia and that’s why I was pleased to see Renfrewshire become the first local authority in Scotland where all our councillors will become Dementia Friends, learning the small, but significant steps which help people living with the condition.
The working age population in Renfrewshire is set to shrink by 13% over the same period so it is vital we do all we can to grow the local economy and attract people to live, visit, invest and work in Renfrewshire.
We are on course to achieve the ambitious target of 1000 affordable homes by 2021, complementing the major housing development projects across Renfrewshire.
Renfrewshire has always boasted a strong heritage in manufacturing, whether weaving shawls, producing whisky or airplane engines. Manufacturing already employs 9000 people in the local area and we will be the beating heart of Scotland’s manufacturing sector once again through the establishment of the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland, being built in a new site under development next to Glasgow Airport.
Our ambition is for this national facility to be the first tenant of an advanced manufacturing innovation district, enhancing the research and development expertise already based here and attracting new businesses to locate here.
Major City Deal funded projects in the area will develop our roads infrastructure, connect communities, support employment and widen access to jobs and services, in turn attracting new investment. We too have pledged the largest ever single year investment in our roads and pathways and will continue to prioritise improvements to our transport infrastructure.
Investment in our future is exemplified by our work to tackle poverty and give children in Renfrewshire the best start in life, regardless of their background.
The past year is a positive start, our teachers are raising attainment in our schools; employability programmes are the best performing in Scotland; we had record numbers of visitors and Renfrewshire residents have more say than ever before on the things that matter most in their communities.
This is just the beginning and by working together we will create a thriving Renfrewshire.

Community Football centre update

Please note that the football centres at Ralston Primary School and Gryffe High School are OFF this week due to events taking place within the facilities.Football centres return on the week beginning Monday 4th June.St Mirren in the Community apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.For further information about community football centres and St Mirren in the Community please email Ross.paterson@stmirren.com

Please note that the football centres at Ralston Primary School and Gryffe High School are OFF this week due to events taking place within the facilities.Football centres return on the week beginning Monday 4th June.St Mirren in the Community apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.For further information about community football centres and St Mirren in the Community please email Ross.paterson@stmirren.com

Summer Football Programme 2018

St Mirren in the Community is delighted to announce its ever popular Summer Football Programme is returning again this year.
Bookings are now being taken for the action-packed Summer Football Camps, that will run throughout the Summer school holidays (from Monday 9th July until Friday 10th August) at the club’s exclusive airdome at The Paisley 2021 Stadium and Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch.
Players aged 3-12 years old will be put through their paces by experienced and qualified community and academy coaches. Daily themes will cover all skills and attributes of the modern-day footballer (dribbling, passing and control, heading, finishing and flicks and tricks), all within a safe and fun, learning environment.
Participants are required to bring with them suitable indoor clothing and footwear (no metal studs or blades), shin guards and goalkeeper gloves (if appropriate) in addition to a light healthy snack and plenty of water/non-fizzy drinks.
Places are limited, and bookings can be made by downloading and completing the application form and returning to Ross Paterson at The Paisley 2021 Stadium.
Please note that payment must be made in full at the time of booking to confirm places.
For further information about the Summer Football Programme and St Mirren in the Community, please contact Ross Paterson at ross.paterson@stmirren.com
To download the application form please click HERESt Mirren in the Community is delighted to announce its ever popular Summer Football Programme is returning again this year.
Bookings are now being taken for the action-packed Summer Football Camps, that will run throughout the Summer school holidays (from Monday 9th July until Friday 10th August) at the club’s exclusive airdome at The Paisley 2021 Stadium and Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch.
Players aged 3-12 years old will be put through their paces by experienced and qualified community and academy coaches. Daily themes will cover all skills and attributes of the modern-day footballer (dribbling, passing and control, heading, finishing and flicks and tricks), all within a safe and fun, learning environment.
Participants are required to bring with them suitable indoor clothing and footwear (no metal studs or blades), shin guards and goalkeeper gloves (if appropriate) in addition to a light healthy snack and plenty of water/non-fizzy drinks.
Places are limited, and bookings can be made by downloading and completing the application form and returning to Ross Paterson at The Paisley 2021 Stadium.
Please note that payment must be made in full at the time of booking to confirm places.
For further information about the Summer Football Programme and St Mirren in the Community, please contact Ross Paterson at ross.paterson@stmirren.com
To download the application form please click HERE

Summer Football Programme 2018

St Mirren in the Community is delighted to announce its ever popular Summer Football Programme is returning again this year.
Bookings are now being taken for the action-packed Summer Football Camps, that will run throughout the Summer school holidays (from Monday 9th July until Friday 10th August) at the club’s exclusive airdome at The Paisley 2021 Stadium and Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch.
Players aged 3-12 years old will be put through their paces by experienced and qualified community and academy coaches. Daily themes will cover all skills and attributes of the modern-day footballer (dribbling, passing and control, heading, finishing and flicks and tricks), all within a safe and fun, learning environment.
Participants are required to bring with them suitable indoor clothing and footwear (no metal studs or blades), shin guards and goalkeeper gloves (if appropriate) in addition to a light healthy snack and plenty of water/non-fizzy drinks.
Places are limited, and bookings can be made by downloading and completing the application form and returning to Ross Paterson at The Paisley 2021 Stadium.
Please note that payment must be made in full at the time of booking to confirm places.
For further information about the Summer Football Programme and St Mirren in the Community, please contact Ross Paterson at ross.paterson@stmirren.com
To download the application form please click HERESt Mirren in the Community is delighted to announce its ever popular Summer Football Programme is returning again this year.
Bookings are now being taken for the action-packed Summer Football Camps, that will run throughout the Summer school holidays (from Monday 9th July until Friday 10th August) at the club’s exclusive airdome at The Paisley 2021 Stadium and Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch.
Players aged 3-12 years old will be put through their paces by experienced and qualified community and academy coaches. Daily themes will cover all skills and attributes of the modern-day footballer (dribbling, passing and control, heading, finishing and flicks and tricks), all within a safe and fun, learning environment.
Participants are required to bring with them suitable indoor clothing and footwear (no metal studs or blades), shin guards and goalkeeper gloves (if appropriate) in addition to a light healthy snack and plenty of water/non-fizzy drinks.
Places are limited, and bookings can be made by downloading and completing the application form and returning to Ross Paterson at The Paisley 2021 Stadium.
Please note that payment must be made in full at the time of booking to confirm places.
For further information about the Summer Football Programme and St Mirren in the Community, please contact Ross Paterson at ross.paterson@stmirren.com
To download the application form please click HERE

Summer Football Programme 2018

St Mirren in the Community is delighted to announce its ever popular Summer Football Programme is returning again this year.
Bookings are now being taken for the action-packed Summer Football Camps, that will run throughout the Summer school holidays (from Monday 9th July until Friday 10th August) at the club’s exclusive airdome at The Paisley 2021 Stadium and Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch.
Players aged 3-12 years old will be put through their paces by experienced and qualified community and academy coaches. Daily themes will cover all skills and attributes of the modern-day footballer (dribbling, passing and control, heading, finishing and flicks and tricks), all within a safe and fun, learning environment.
Participants are required to bring with them suitable indoor clothing and footwear (no metal studs or blades), shin guards and goalkeeper gloves (if appropriate) in addition to a light healthy snack and plenty of water/non-fizzy drinks.
Places are limited, and bookings can be made by downloading and completing the application form and returning to Ross Paterson at The Paisley 2021 Stadium.
Please note that payment must be made in full at the time of booking to confirm places.
For further information about the Summer Football Programme and St Mirren in the Community, please contact Ross Paterson at ross.paterson@stmirren.com
To download the application form please click HERESt Mirren in the Community is delighted to announce its ever popular Summer Football Programme is returning again this year.
Bookings are now being taken for the action-packed Summer Football Camps, that will run throughout the Summer school holidays (from Monday 9th July until Friday 10th August) at the club’s exclusive airdome at The Paisley 2021 Stadium and Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch.
Players aged 3-12 years old will be put through their paces by experienced and qualified community and academy coaches. Daily themes will cover all skills and attributes of the modern-day footballer (dribbling, passing and control, heading, finishing and flicks and tricks), all within a safe and fun, learning environment.
Participants are required to bring with them suitable indoor clothing and footwear (no metal studs or blades), shin guards and goalkeeper gloves (if appropriate) in addition to a light healthy snack and plenty of water/non-fizzy drinks.
Places are limited, and bookings can be made by downloading and completing the application form and returning to Ross Paterson at The Paisley 2021 Stadium.
Please note that payment must be made in full at the time of booking to confirm places.
For further information about the Summer Football Programme and St Mirren in the Community, please contact Ross Paterson at ross.paterson@stmirren.com
To download the application form please click HERE