You can never get enough – Enough of this stuff…

My, my it’s warm oot there… How’s your Friday been?

A couple of weeks back I had a great Friday. The day started off with a visit to my kids’ school were I enjoyed a right, cultural performance. They’ve been looking at what it means to support people who are different to you – big messages – but they carried it off superbly.   And I’m no fan of ‘Take That’ but 50 or so young folk singing ‘Giants’ can bring a tear to yir eye…I lied and said it was hay fever…

After that it was on to Tweedie Hall for the Renfrewshire Disability Arts Forum’s “Art and Health” Exhibition. A brilliant exhibition of photographs launched in singing and dancing style. Brilliant. A highlight for me was the performance by Dirty Feet Dance Co. The exhibition is on now! For more information on the work of the Forum see here:


Our Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid Director, Jean Cameron, was there. Jean was without doubt mightily impressed by the artist’s work that was on show and of course the City of Culture bid will bring brilliant opportunities for developing the profile around this group and their superb work.

And finally I had a great night at the University of West of Scotland’s Music Showcase & Awards – a red carpet event focused on rewarding and recognizing the finest works, the most connected students and the best artistic approaches. The talent on show was top notch, and the event itself – compered by the legendary Davie Scott – was great fun. I was left feeling very optimistic about the music scene in Paisley, Renfrewshire & Scotland – and the film & TV industry should also be in good hands.

Needless to say by the end of that Friday I felt cultured & emotional as well as tired, but happy – however, never let it be said that even when I’m wrung oot that I miss the chance to grab myself a #Paisley2021 selfie.


UK Digital Leaders Awards

Renfrewshire Council, Roar: Connections for Life, YMCA Paisley and Craig Steele of Coderdojo Scotland have all been short-listed for the prestigious UK Digital Leaders 100 Awards. These awards recognise individuals and teams across public, private and non-profit organisations who are blazing a trail within digital transformation. Of the 100 short-listed this year, just 16 were from Scotland and three from here in Renfrewshire. Winners are decided by a mix of public vote and a judging panel – so every vote counts!

To Vote:

  1. click on this DL100 link!
  2. enter your email address
  3. tick your winner for the category
  4. select the next category (10 in total, you don’t need to vote in all)

The categories we need your support for are:
Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year – Roar: Connections for Life
Digital Council of the Year – Renfrewshire Council
Digital Charity of the Year – YMCA Paisley
Digital Leader of the Year – Craig Steele (the only Scottish nomination)

For more information on Renfrewshire’s nominations click here.

And with that I’m away to enjoy the sunshine – Tara fir noo…