Useful information from community organisations and groups across Renfrewshire.
Scottish Water Update
PROTECT PROPERTY AND PIPES BEFORE DIFFICULT WINTER
Householders and businesses across Scotland are being urged to take action this autumn to ensure water pipes on their property are protected ahead of winter.
Scottish Water has issued a reminder that preparing now will help prevent burst pipes and flooding in freezing temperatures and reduce the risk of damage to properties and contents during what for many could be a challenging winter.
The public water and waste water organisation advises anyone with a home, business premises or holiday home to take action to heat, insulate and protect their properties, whether the property is old or new, ahead of any cold weather.
In addition to potentially saving thousands of pounds worth of damage, taking such action will minimise the risk of disruption to the public water supply and Scottish Water’s core service to customers and ensure householders stay healthy, hydrated and hygienic, as they follow Covid guidelines.
The Association of British Insurers estimates that the cost of repairing a burst pipe and replacing or repairing damaged property as a result of a burst is about £10,000 based on the average cost of claims.
Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “With autumn now here, it’s the ideal time to prepare for the possibility of severe weather and the potential impact that has on property. Taking action now can prevent the misery of damage to pipes and property in the months to come.
“This winter will be difficult enough due to the Covid pandemic and restrictions that we all face and I would urge customers not to make it any more difficult for themselves and others by failing to protect their pipes.
“By taking steps to heat, insulate and protect properties, customers can avoid the considerable disruption caused by frozen or burst pipes. And we can all do our bit to protect the water supply and enable everyone to stay healthy, hydrated and hygienic at this challenging time.
“Protecting internal water pipes has always been important. It’s now more important than ever and we want to work with our customers, and for them to work with us, to ensure we are all prepared for whatever winter weather we get.”
The key advice is:
Heat: Warmth offers the best protection against frozen pipes, so when temperatures are low leave your heating on a low setting, or set it to come on a couple of times a day.
Insulate: Pipes don’t like the cold – whether they are outdoor or indoor, metal or plastic, new or old. Making sure pipes and water tanks are properly insulated is one of the simplest, and cheapest, things which can be done to help protect properties from the cold. Make sure that there are no gaps at bends, valves or fitting, and that you use a suitable insulation material.
Protect: If you are going away (subject to Covid restrictions), make sure you have someone who can check regularly for any problems. Dripping water increases the risk of freezing, so have any drips or leaks at taps or valves repaired as soon as you discover them, and reduce draughts by fitting draught excluders to doors and windows.
Even when your home or property is winter ready sometimes damages can happen, so make sure you have adequate buildings and content insurance.
If your home or property is going to be vacant over the winter months, turn off your water supply and drain the system. A licensed plumber will be able to give advice about this.
Other important winter advice includes tips on finding and using your stop valve, keeping a small emergency pack handy, and be a good neighbour and keep an eye out for your neighbours including the elderly and those who might need additional support.
Head of Civil Contingencies at the Met Office, Will Lang, said: “As we approach the colder autumn and winter months, now is the time to think about preparing our homes, properties and businesses for the potential impacts of cold weather.
“Although it is too early to tell what weather this winter will bring, taking some time now to check water pipes and water tanks, while temperatures are still quite mild, will help protect pipes from bursting or freezing – helping you avoid costly repairs and inconveniences.”
Scottish Water is also urging holiday home owners, whose properties will be occupied by visitors and tourists, to be prepared.
Riddell Graham, Director of Industry and Destination Development at VisitScotland, said: “As Scottish tourism looks to extend and boost the visitor season in the winter months in response to the devastating impact of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that holiday home-owners ensure they are prepared for sudden changes in temperature.
“Simply checking your pipes at your properties and ensuring they are ready for the approaching cold weather will help prevent further hardship during this uncertain and challenging time for the industry.”
Follow Scottish Water on Twitter @scottish_water and Facebook facebook.com/scottishwater.
and use hashtag #SWwinter
Customers can also sign up to receive free texts (SMS)* to keep up to date about our work or service updates, such as having no water supply, in your area – please text ‘Update’ with your postcode to 82228.
* For more info and T&Cs visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/textterms
St Mirren FC Charitable Foundation
Kickin’On has now moved to Thorn Atheltic Sports Academy in Johnstone.
They now have a Bootcamp, talk therapy group and football therapy group on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Since July 2020, 300 people have been to Kickin’ On sessions.
Kickin’On also spent a day in-store at Morrisons Anchormills branch in Paisley for World Suicide Awareness day.
They are now rolling out construction care packs this month within the construction industry to raise awareness on suicide rates and mental health within the industry and have by asked by Kier construction to go to 2 of their sites during October to deliver a talk on the construction packs and Kickin’On to site staff.
For more information contact them on Facebook @Kickinon20
Renfrewshire Connectedness Champions
Throughout September and October 2020, the Acumen Connectedness Champions will be hosting online sessions for Renfrewshire residents to talk through their experiences of lockdown and the covid19 crisis.
Get in touch if you, your organisation, business, staff team or community group would like to take part. Sarah from Acumen has advised that they are particularly interested in how people did or didn’t, connect to colleagues, friends or family during the lockdown and how that felt.
There are also creative learning classes starting on Monday 21 September – these are free to the participants, and ‘make kits’ will be delivered to those taking part in accordance with C19 contact guidelines.
To get further information on this contact :
Sarah Findlay on 0141 847 8900
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Glasgow Science Festival 2020: Science on the Sofa
We’re delighted to announce we’re back!
Join us online from Wednesday 9 September 2020 with our digital programme of hands-on activities, talks, shows and more, to entertain and inspire. All from the comfort of your own sofa!
Details on website at: http://www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk/
Three months after the coronavirus pandemic forced its cancellation, this year’s Glasgow Science Festival is bouncing back online.
‘Science on the Sofa’, which kicks off on Wednesday 9th September, aims to bring the fun of the Glasgow Science Festival home with 70 pieces of all-new content, including live and pre-recorded events suitable for science enthusiasts of all ages.
A series of live attractions including a pub quiz, a cardboard robot building workshop, virtual shows from the Glasgow Science Centre and a science-themed variety performance will run between 9th September and 13th September on platforms including Zoom, Facebook and Twitter.
Many more events – including online versions of many of the activities, shows and talks which were due to be held during the festival in June – will be available on the festival’s website until 9th November to help people to enjoy the programme at their own pace.
Website visitors can watch videos, read articles, make educational arts and crafts projects and do their own science experiments with expert help from volunteers from local universities, commercial partners and charities.
Some of the highlights of the Science on the Sofa programme include:
– Five Glasgow Science Centre at Home shows covering a range of fun science topics, running each day from 9th-13th September on Facebook Premiere
– An online version of the festival’s popular family day events, offering CSI Whodunnits to solve at home, advice on how to make edible ‘cells’ and cross-stitch models of parasites, and a wide range of activities from the from the organisers of the Glasgow Science Festival
Science on the Sofa events, workshops and videos will be accessible on the Glasgow Science Festival website from Wednesday 9 September. Funding for the Glasgow Science Festival comes from the Scottish Government and the University of Glasgow.
Details on website http://www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk/
An Erskine based community group that helps people in need of food and other essentials is in urgent need of a new base in which to operate following a decision by the Bargarran Community Centre, Erskine unable to accommodate EBI Unites, a support organisation for Erskine, Bishopton and Inchinnan.
Organiser Jacqui Reid from Erskine Community Council says: “We’re currently based at Erskine Church of the Nazarene, Rashielee Avenue, Erskine, but need to find a new home as soon as possible to provide assistance with food, utility top ups, shopping
We’re called EBI Unites as we’re made up of a number of organisations including Erskine Community Council, Community Action for Erskine (Development Trust), local churches and community groups.”
Jacqui added: “We’ve developed into an advocacy service assisting residents and signposting to local or national organisations. We’re happy to receive referrals from residents or their families and provide our service with dignity at the core of our values.
Confidentiality is guaranteed and we have access to a large number of volunteers with a real passion for their corner of Renfrewshire. We enjoy great partnerships with Renfrewshire Council and third sector groups. Our base really needs to be located within our work area of Erskine, Bishopton and Inchinnan.”
Lynette Hall is the local coordinator within Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Community Support Services for the Renfrewshire areas.
Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland provide support and assistance to people who have a chest, heart & stroke condition, as they leave hospital, return home and resume daily life.
The STAR project in Paisley has been providing resources and new and adapted engagement tools developed to support the wellbeing of community members. Specifically, our aim was to tackle the impacts of COVID-19 which has exacerbated issues such as isolation, mental health and food insecurity within an already marginalised community.
The services offer by the STAR Project include:
One to One support – Regular support via one to one phone calls from our staff and/or trained volunteers Monday to Friday between 9:30 and 5
Online Creative Workshops – Online workshops delivered digitally through our Facebook page, Zoom or on *Slack.
Tuesday and Thursday 12.30-2.30pm
Online Chatroom – Digi Drop-In through the platform of *Slack on themed topics, Q & A sessions, information and advice
Monday to Thursday 9.30 to 10.30am and again from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
Community Fridge and Pantry – Community Fridge Delivery – Staff and Volunteers will deliver food and essential products to individuals and families who would benefit from this service
Tuesday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.00pm.
STAR Shopper Service – Volunteers will shop for community members and deliver shopping to their house for free
Thursday and Friday (this is a new service and will be expanded with need)
Wee STARs Toddler Group – Wee STARs online – for families and carers who want to engage with creative, educational and fun activities for their toddlers. We will have a selection of craft packs and additional online resources available that can be used at home. (Please note crafts packs will be dependent on project capacity and resources)
Facebook/Zoom posts every Friday at 10.00am
12-14 Wallace Street
Call: 0141 889 5850