The Money for Life Challenge is a national competition that provides £500 grants to help empower teams of 16-24 year olds in further education, work-based learning, adult community learning or a training organisation to develop innovative money management projects that impact their communities.
The Challenge is now in its fourth year, and with financial education becoming part of the national curriculum from September 2014, we are keen to continue to raise awareness of the competition amongst education, community and training organisations in Renfrewshire South.
We would like to encourage at least one learning provider or community organisation in your constituency to get involved in the Money for Life Challenge. Organisations can support teams of young people to enter the competition ahead of the closing date for applications on Friday 21 November 2014.
The Money for Life Challenge is run by Lloyds Banking Group in partnership with skills agencies in each of the four nations of the UK. In Scotland, we work alongside Young Scot.
Young people interested in taking on the Challenge should keep an eye out for news of the 2014/2015 competition at moneyforlifechallenge.org.uk, visit the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/moneyforlifeuk, or follow on Twitter at: @MoneyforLifeUK.
Money for Life Project at Young Scot
Renfrewshire South MSP Hugh Henry who is backing one of his constituents as he campaigns to improve services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley said he was shocked to learn death rates at the hospital DOUBLE at weekends.
Now campaigners, joined by the Labour politician want to know if weekend staffing levels at the RAH are partly to blame. Johnstone pensioner Ian McConaghy, who has had a string of run-ins with health chiefs over his NHS treatment in recent years, told Hugh: “As a patient, I was staggered to see the difference in death rates.
Hugh backs new patient group planned for RAH
A campaigner who has had various run-ins with the health service is hoping to set up a patient liaison group for Paisley’s main hospital.
Ian McConaghy, 65, believes that both staff and patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital would benefit from having a community group to voice concerns, raise funds and discuss important issues.
And he has the support of Renfrewshire South MSP who has been working alongside his constituent to ensure that patients are getting the best service possible from their local hospital.
In March last year, Ian revealed his ambulance had broken down THREE times on the way to the RAH while he was suffering chest pains.
He was terrified that his condition would worsen as the emergency vehicle continually stuttered to a halt with suspension problems on the four-mile journey from his home in Johnstone Castle. Ambulance chiefs later apologised to Ian for the incident, which happened in November 2010.
The new development will consist of a new supermarket, modern retail units and lay the groundwork for the creation of a new community hall, library and office space. The new store is scheduled to open in 2013.
Speaking as he toured the site Renfrewshire South MSP Hugh Henry said: “I am delighted to see the eyesore finally being demolished. I know local people are relieved the work is underway because the area had become a health hazard and a den for those intent on anti-social behaviour.
“I know that the new Tesco will be welcomed by the local community who have waited a long time for this to happen and can now see some progress being made. I have impressed on Tesco the need to consider a Post Office facility and I am pleased that Tesco have indicated they will keep this in mind.”
Councillor Hall, Provost of Renfrewshire said, “As a Linwood resident and having served as a local Councillor many years, I am well aware that for lots of people locally, just seeing the old town centre demolished is a significant victory. Labour has worked hard to keep the pressure on Tesco to deliver on their promise to Linwood residents and I am delighted to see it paying off with the old Regional Shopping Centre torn down and the rubble being removed.”
Speaking after the visit Jim Sheridan said, “Following the long delays in getting work started I was pleased to see that it is now moving on apace and we are on our way to ensuring that the people of Linwood have a town centre they can be proud of and which will reinvigorate the town.”
“The future for Linwood is looking bright and I know that Hugh, together with myself, Anne and Councillor Stuart Clark will be looking to work with the local community to build on these improvements to deliver for Linwood.
Gloria Coats, Corporate Affairs Manager for Tesco, commented: "We are pleased to welcome everyone to the site this morning, demonstrating the progress that we are making towards bringing this significant and exciting development to Linwood.
“We are proud to be delivering this important development in Linwood and look forward to starting work on the community facilities as part of the first phase of construction next year. When this work is completed we will relocate Linstone Housing Association, the Tweedie Hall and the Library, allowing us to finish demolition and move forward with the construction of the new store.
“We are organising a drop-in session at the beginning of February to update the local community on the project and provide more detail about what will be available to customers in the new store. We will publicise all the event details in the New Year. Members of the community can find out more about the Tesco proposals for Linwood by contacting Gloria on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845 521 8425.
Hugh gives posties stamp of approval
|Delivering a first class service: Michael Rossi, Delivery|
Office Manager, long-serving staff Willie Gardiner and
Bobby Quinn with Hugh Henry MSP and
James Donnelly, depute manager
Hugh Henry MSP got up with the lark to make an early morning visit to Royal Mail’s Johnstone delivery office where he got a behind the scenes look at the life of our local posties at their busiest time of the year.
Mr Henry met the postmen and women who are working hard to sort and deliver all the cards and parcels in his Constituency in the run-up to Christmas.
“It is easy to forget just how much effort our diligent Royal Mail postmen and women at Johnstone give to handle the increased workload at this time of the year. I was impressed with the professionalism of everyone I met.
“I would like to thank them for their efforts which I know are appreciated and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”
Hugh Henry MSP is urging the most vulnerable in his constituency to check they are getting all the cash aid they are entitled too as they face soaring energy bills.
One simple phone call could lead to a rebate of £130 in some cases he revealed..
Speaking from his office in Linwood Road, Paisley, Mr Henry said: “Many people in Renfrewshire South will suffer silently through the cold winter months trying to cope with energy bills they just can’t afford.
“I would ask everyone in my constituency to take another look at their supplier and to get in touch with them to make sure they are on the cheapest tariff and to ask if they qualify for any discounts. Some people will be sitting freezing in their own homes this winter and if there is help of any kind out there they need to get it.
“Scottish Hydro, for instance, offers its most vulnerable customers a £130 rebate off their electricity bills. They have told me the elderly, low-income families, families with children claiming free meals and those who are disabled and out of work could qualify for the Warm Home Discount.”
Mr Henry, MSP for Renfrewshire South, added: “I would encourage anyone who believes they may qualify for support to make the call and anyone who has any questions about their costs to get in touch with their supplier now.”
Scottish Hydro say they have been pro-actively identifying customers who may qualify and if they haven’t been in touch readers should contact them direct. Customers who need help with payment plans, tariffs or benefit checks should also give them a call on 0845 026 0655.
£10,000 for bowlers
The Provost and Mr Henry went along to the club in Napier Street to meet and speak to members and to see for themselves how the money would be used to benefit the community as a whole.
Hugh said: “This money will make a huge difference to the club and make it possible for them to open up membership to even more people in the community. I would like to congratulate everyone on their ambitious plans and for winning this award.
“It comes at a time when many bowling clubs are struggling to attract new members – especially young people – and I hope these improvements help attract the younger generation to a wonderful sport in which Renfrewshire has an excellent reputation with an outstanding number of champions.”
Provost Hall added: “I am absolutely delighted that the club has been awarded this money. All the time I have been in Linwood it has been a great community club. Local people with a disability will now be able to come along and join in the activities. I am also pleased that the club intends to make space available for local groups to meet too.”
Club president, Gavin Anderson, the driving force behind the application for the grant, is delighted they got Lotto cash.
He said:”We are obviously delighted we won this award which makes it possible for us to rip out lockers that were literally falling apart they are so old; to give the area for our younger members a facelift and to have disabled ramps built which is something we have wanted to do for such a long time.
“Bowling clubs everywhere are struggling for members at the moment and if you lose members you lose income and it becomes harder to keep making improvements and therefore more attractive to potential new members.
“We want more people to join us. We want people to use the club and enjoy the facilities and we want the popularity of the sport to increase. We also believe that getting the younger generation involved as early as possible is the way forward. We hope that by making the club more attractive to them they will take up the sport. It also means we can offer the disabled better facilities and play an even bigger role in community life here in Linwood.”
Vice president Colin Sadler added:”We hope the award and what we manage to do with the money will help us bring in new members of all ages. For just £10 a year you can join the club and enjoy the sport and all the facilities here as well.
“I started playing bowls when I was just 12 years old and have stayed with it. It is a great sport and I would urge anyone interested to come along and see what we are all about.”
Commonwealth Games official mascot Clyde at the Scottish Parliament
|BEST BUDDIES: MSP Hugh Henry and Commonwealth |
Games mascot, Clyde, who is coming to Renfrewshire
|Renfrewshire South MSP Hugh Henry is pictured |
with Samina Ansari from Amina after signing
the declaration at the Scottish Parliament
|Robina Khan with her message |
to fellow Scots
"We are delighted to have the backing of such a senior politician as Hugh Henry."
Robina Khan, whose message talked of her love for James Bond, has two degrees, goes to the movies and helped build her husband’s business.
The 38-year-old said: “I wanted to put across that most Muslim women are not oppressed and reclusive. They go to the movies, they go out and eat in restaurants and they have careers.
Hugh Henry said: "Everyone should have the chance to live in a country where they are not judged or labelled by their colour creed or religion.
This is an excellent campaign and I wanted to show my support by signing the declaration.
"I would urge others to do the same and support what Amina is trying to achieve."
Teens urged to check it out
RENFREWSHIRE South MSP Hugh Henry is used to asking questions in the Scottish parliament and today he is asking every young reader of the Paisley Daily Express: “Would you know if you had cancer.”
Teenage Cancer Awareness Week was run in a bid to get teens worried that they might have the disease to do something about it.
But Hugh is urging young folk to keep checking long after the week of events highlighting the problem and organised by the Teenage Cancer Trust is over.
It is believed that there are over 200 new cases of cancer diagnosed in young people aged between 15 and 24 each year in Scotland but early diagnosis can be difficult with some teenagers visiting their GP four times or more before being referred.
The politician said: “Cancer in young people is rare making it vitally important that everyone understands the warning signs so it can be spotted early if it does occur.
“Nobody knows your body better than you! Be ready to spot when something changes and if it’s worrying you it’s worth talking to someone and getting yourself checked out.
“If you feel you just can’t and see someone about your concerns, then you could talk to your parents, a teacher or someone you're close to and you can go and see your doctor together.
“On the other hand, if you wanted to go and see a doctor on your own, you can do this too - doctors will take your concerns seriously.”
The Trust says: “Some signs and symptoms of cancer are very similar to other less harmful health problems you may experience throughout life. It could be that the symptoms you may be experiencing are due to an ordinary every day illness. In any case, if you have any of these, it's important to talk to someone and make an appointment to see your doctor - just to be sure.
Look out for:
· An unexplained lump or swelling anywhere in the body
· Any bleeding or bruising that isn’t normal
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pain that either gets worse or doesn‘t get better
- Very bad headaches
- Very bad and unexplained tiredness (fatigue)
- Changes in the size, shape and colour of a mole on your skin
- A cough, sore throat or a hoarse voice that won’t go away
- A change in bowel habits
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
|COFFEE BREAK: Organising it and ready to coin in the |
cash for Macmillan are (from left to right) Laura Mills,
Linzi Harvey, John Workman and Janice Reid
Hugh Henry, Renfrewshire South MSP, whose office is based at the Centre, was invited to serve up the coffee.
He said: "I was pleased to be able to help out in any small way for such a worthy cause. John, Iain and their staff did a magnificent job organising the fund raiser and it was great to see so many of the businesses in the building support their efforts.
"To collect more than £400 in less than an hour is quite an achievement and I am sure Macmillan Cancer will be delighted."
The search is on to find talented schoolchildren who would like to follow in the footsteps of the likes of best selling author JK Rowling by entering a unique writing competition.
MSP Hugh Henry is encouraging pupils in S1 and S2 to compete for one of ten awards in a national contest to find the country’s up-and-coming young writers.
The Renfrewshire South politician is supporting organisers of The Pushkin Prizes as they launch this year’s bid to find the winners. Boys and girls are being invited to submit their folios which must contain three pieces of creative writing, each no longer than 1200 words long. Pupils can write about anything they wish, and they can write in any genre, or combination of genres.
Previous winners have included poetry, prose, reportage, debate, travel writing and autobiography. The judges are looking for imaginative, lively and original writing. Attention to detail is essential - accurate spelling and punctuation can make all the difference.
Hugh said: "This is an excellent opportunity for our schools to spotlight the writing talents of their pupils. I would encourage the children and their teachers to consider taking part."
"The winners get to attend a five-day creative writing course at the Arvon Foundation Writers' Centre near Inverness getting the chance to write with courage and imagination in a week packed with discovery, delight and enterprise."
Past tutors have included professional writers, Gerry Cambridge, Anna Crowe, Alan Durant, Diana Hendry and Catherine MacPhail.A spokesperson for the organisers said: "We believe it makes a tremendous contribution to the development and confidence of the young people who participate. It also results in some stunning literary pieces!"
Every secondary school in Renfrewshire has already been sent an information pack but individuals who want to enter should go to http://www.pushkinprizes.net/ for more information.