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Science and enterprise deal boosts pupils’ future careers

Young people have been getting to grips with science and business thanks to a productive partnership agreement to support enterprise in the area.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Renfrewshire Council have signed a new partnership agreement that will see a range of educational and youth employment activities taking place across the area.
The Chamber has key contacts at every school that are responsible for employability and work with teachers and pupils to help build relationships with local businesses and support them on industry related events & visits.

More than 430 pupils from Renfrewshire schools got involved in science-led activities during Renfrewshire’s  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fortnight as part of a partnership agreement between Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

Both organisations have now signed a new three-year deal, building upon the last four years of supporting young people to meet businesses, learn about the world of work and support them to develop their careers.

All Renfrewshire schools are signed up as members of the Chamber, which helps each school to build relationships with local businesses, go along to industry-related events, and learn about enterprise.

Pupils research local companies and ask questions during the Chamber’s monthly networking lunch so young people can learn about the skills and qualifications required for that field of work.

Tom Johnston, President of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber is involved in a wider range of youth employment initiatives aimed to help tackle youth unemployment and support the local economy.

He said: “The partnership with Renfrewshire schools is unique throughout the chamber network in Scotland. By working with our young people in this way employers can give their future workforce an insight into careers in different industries while allowing young people to understand more of the world of work and help develop skills around communication, team working, resilience and self-management.

“The Chamber is delighted to renew our partnership with Renfrewshire Education for a further three years to continue this important work.”

In recent years, pupils from Woodlands Primary attended science sessions at West College Scotland, East Fulton pupils visited Doosan Babcock in Renfrew, and 50 pupils from Linwood High School took part in DNA science workshops at Thermo Fisher.

Other schools visits included trips to Royal Bank of Scotland, Boston Networks and Rolls Royce.

Convener of Education and Children’s Services for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, added: “Giving pupils the opportunity to learn about careers in STEM subjects and in enterprise is vital to supporting future economy and helping them to be informed about the world of work.

“Enterprise is part of the school curriculum and allows pupils to learn about how businesses work and the skills, qualifications and experiences they require for the career field they are interested in.

“With all schools in Renfrewshire part of the Chamber’s network, teachers are able to link in with industry events and make connections with local businesses to develop learning experiences that further children and young people’s education.”

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Spree Festival delivers boost to local economy

This year’s Spree Festival has been hailed a resounding success after delivering a boost of more than £120,000 to the local economy.

Paisley Spree RSNO Takeover 24.10.17

Paisley’s sixth national flagship festival saw more than 10,000 people attend 60 events related to this year’s  event  – with homegrown musical megastar Paolo Nutini topping a list of sold-out shows and entertainment.

His triumphant homecoming concert at Paisley Abbey saw 50,000 people apply for just 550 tickets.

Almost 60 per cent of visitors were from Renfrewshire, while more than 30 per cent were from the rest of Scotland.

A further six per cent came from the rest of the UK and overseas.

The 12-day extravaganza, which supported the town’s bid for the UK City of Culture 2021, generated almost 4,500 attendees, with the events themselves drawing in almost 9,000 admissions.

Ticket sales for shows across the Abbey, Spiegeltent, Town Hall and Paisley Arts Centre were 8,337 – an increase of 60% on last year’s figure of 5,200.

Comics Tom Urie and Jamie Godley and musicians Dougie MacLean and James Grant, were among the big names to perform, while the festival also included a unique link up between the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Renfrewshire school children.

The Musical Tapestry saw a collaboration between musicians from Scotland and India.

Audiences at the Burger & Keg Live tent and at the Spree for All Festival Club in The Old Swan Inn which ran nightly, are estimated to have topped 1,000.

Around 1,000 more enjoyed the live bands and other street entertainment across the festival.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This year’s Spree Festival was bigger and better than ever and has been a tremendous boost to the town.

“The line up featured  a host of big names, showing it has become an established fixture on Scotland’s events calendar.

“There was also a unique link up between Scotland and Indian with the Musical Tapestry, which celebrated Paisley’s friendship with India through its textile heritage.

“Community groups were able to enjoy the Spree thanks to a tickets initiative while our programme also included a range of free family activities like children’s workshops to give our communities the opportunity to enjoy cultural activity on their doorstep.”

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Young people ready to showcase year of youth-led events

Renfrewshire’s young people are gearing up for an amazing celebration of youth this year.

The Year of Young People 2018 is a year-long programme of events and activities that will put a spotlight on the talents and contributions of young people.

The national-themed year is being delivered by the Scottish Government, working in collaboration with VisitScotland, EventScotland, Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Creative Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.

Young people have already been involved in the planning for the celebatory year, which focuses on culture, education, health and wellbeing, enterprise and regeneration, equality and diversity, and participation.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services, said: “Renfrewshire already has a positive platform for young people to get involved in their community and this year will be a fantastic celebration of all they have already achieved as well as what young people can do.

“Having an effective youth voice that is listened to by decision-makers in Renfrewshire is important. Their voices matter and young people have already made significant changes that make their lives better.”

Renfrewshire Council’s youth services team are working alongside key partners and young people to create and develop a series of exciting opportunities to get involved in and show young people in a positive light.

Councillor Paterson added: “Young people are very creative and we know that they have great ideas that bring communities together. During the Year of Young People, we will be supporting young people to take creative control of community events in the area.”

For more information on the Year of Young People, visit and

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Don’t miss the deadline to register your child for school

Don’t miss the deadline to register your child for school

Parents are being urged not miss the deadline to register their little ones for Primary 1 for the forthcoming school year.

Twins at St Catherines PS. James Harkness, Stuart Harkness, Caris Orr, Kacey Orr

Entry to primary schools in the Renfrewshire Council area occurs once a year, at the start of the new session in August.

Only children whose fifth birthday falls between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019 will automatically be admitted to school.

Parents may make a request for early entry to school for a child whose fifth birthday falls after the appropriate latest date.

Pupils should be registered on Wednesday 10 January 2018 (surnames A-L) and on Thursday 11 January 2018 (surnames M-Z).

Registration will take place at the child’s preferred school between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

Parents can make a placing request for their child to attend a primary school other than their catchment school, although all requests must be in by 15 March 2018.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “We’re striving to give every child the best start in life, regardless of their background, and a high-quality education will go a long way to making this happen.

“Make sure you register your child for the appropriate school as they take their first steps into the exciting world of learning.”

For more information on schools for your area and details on what you need to bring to register your child, please telephone 0300 300 0170 or

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Class of 2017 – Latest line of InCube entrepreneurs have designs to succeed

Latest line of InCube entrepreneurs have designs on success

Talented up and coming designers are making a name for themselves through an innovative business support and employability programme run by Renfrewshire Council.

InCube is Invest in Renfrewshire’s business programme which aims to launch and grow creative retail businesses through practical support and business skills training from industry experts.

The programme provides young businesses a stress-free environment in which they can concentrate on developing their products, services and markets.

Designers selected for the programme this year include:

  • Chloe Wright of Loopy Lally, who produces colourful, vibrant prints which bring a contemporary twist to cushions, tea towels and photographs;
  • Gillian Stewart of Juju books who utilises her love of texture and pattern to bring forward a collection of books featuring different hues of hand marbled and individually designed paper, using methods that keep alive the traditional craft of book binding;
  • Johanna Mechelina brings eco-friendly, naturally dyed and beautifully coloured textiles into the world, designing individually hand-dyed scarves using techniques such as eco-print or shibori;
  • Jennifer Tsang’s collection is a reflection on her love for structural forms and geometric patterns found in nature and architecture, which she translates into wearable pieces of jewellery;
  • Josef McFadden utilises his passion for style to create a menswear brand which helps men project their personality into their appearance and create a strong, lasting impression

Each of the designers work can be seen and purchased from the InCube Shop, 9B Gilmour Street, Paisley.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “As a Council, we are committed to providing support for young businesses as we look to nurture a community of entrepreneurs and innovators whose future success will contribute to Renfrewshire’s economic growth.

“The programme provides gifted designers with the means and the confidence to showcase their products, as well as the support and guidance to advance their business to the next level.

“I would encourage everyone to take a look at the products being made, visit the InCube shop and support local designers from Renfrewshire who are producing exceptional products and outlining the talent we have within our communities.”

As many as 20 businesses are selected for the programme every year and receive a package of support worth more than £11,000 which includes:

  • start-up office space with free IT and Wi-Fi;
  • branding, website & social media support from specialist advisors;
  • access to a range of free workshops on the “how to” aspects of making a business successful;
  • access to free retail space in InCube shop to showcase/sell their own products;
  • business mentoring within a creative, supportive environment;
  • access to high profile networking events

The programme runs for six months per group with the next recruitment period set to begin in January.

For further information on the programme and how to get involved, visit


“InCube has given me the opportunity to meet like minded creative people that are all so enthusiastic about their business and helping each other. The mentoring and advice I have received since starting the programme has been invaluable.”
Chloe Wright, Loopy Lally

“InCube has helped me to recognise the progress that I’ve made, push me in the right direction and encourage me to work on the areas of my business that intimidate me. Although I’m confident in my design skills, I’m not a natural seller, and InCube has helped me to think like a businesswoman.”
Gillian Stewart, Juju Books

“It is great to be part of a creative community and in InCube I learn lots of new skills. The one to one support is great and there are good workshops too. It helps me focus and question the way I run my business.”
Johanna Mechelina, Mechelina


“My main challenge as a start up is to raise awareness of my brand and to establish retail outlets for my products. I’ve found the InCube workshops and one-to-one coaching extremely helpful in preparing me for entering the wholesale sector.”

Jennifer Tsang

“I’m a typical creative – I love designing but when it comes to financial forecasting, sales channels, buying seasons, courier contracts it’s been difficult. Having the support from InCube has been great – it’s really helped me focus & the new skills & knowledge I’m gaining will help to make my business grow & become fully sustainable.”
Josef McFadden

Picture captions

  1. Incube’s Class of 2017 designers
  2. Chloe Wright, Loopy Lally
  3. Johanna Mechelina
  4. Gillian Stewart, Juju Books
  5. Jennifer Tsang Jewellery
  6. Josef McFadden Menswear
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Renfrewshire residents enjoy HEEPS of home comforts

For grandad Bruce Watt, home is where the heat is.

The 87-year-old Bridge of Weir resident has seen his fuel bills plummet while his house stays warm, thanks to support from a national energy efficiency scheme.

Bruce is one of more than 500 Renfrewshire residents to benefit last year from external wall insulation works funded through the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) Area Based Scheme.

Renfrewshire Council secured £2.39million from the Scottish Government, adding a further £737,000 of its own and a £500,000 contribution from energy company Eon, who delivered the works.

“It has made such a difference,” said retired Bridge of Weir Leather joiner Bruce, who bought his Houston Road flat 17-years-ago with his late wife. “My bills have come right down and I can put the heating on for an hour, head out and when I come back home I still feel the heat right away.

“The outside of the building looks so much nicer too and when I’m out people comment on how great it looks – they can’t believe we didn’t have to pay a penny thanks to the Council.”

Homes in Bridge of Weir, Gallowhill, Houston, Johnstone, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch were all upgraded last year through the scheme, including all 12 properties in Bruce’s block.

The scheme involved using thermal imaging to identify a building’s heat loss and includes a home energy audit, checking to see where savings can be made on bills.

Bruce, who turns 88 on Valentine’s Day, added: “I love it here, I have such great neighbours and everyone looks after one another. I love the views I get from my kitchen – looking right out you can see for miles on a clear day.

“Now when the sunlight comes in through the windows it doesn’t disappear again out the walls. My two daughters are really impressed and it’s not something I could have afforded to do myself as it would have cost thousands.”

Hundreds more homes in Bridge of Weir, Linwood and Paisley will be offered the energy efficiency improvements this year, the programme being delivered through partnership with Everwarm to housing blocks with a mix of private owners and socially rented properties.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board said: “It was a pleasure to share a cup of tea with Bruce and hear first-hand how pleased he is with the improvements to his home.

“We have worked hard to secure millions in Scottish Government HEEPS funding, directing this to the Renfrewshire residents who need it most.

“The works make a real difference to the warmth and comfort of a home and are estimated to help residents save around 25 per cent on their heating bills, hugely important in tackling fuel poverty.

“There are benefits for the local environment too, with more energy efficient homes reducing our carbon footprint. I look forward to the scheme’s continued success in Renfrewshire, helping both Council tenants and home owners.”

All Renfrewshire residents can also get help managing their fuel bills by calling the free, confidential and impartial Advice Renfrewshire on 0808 164 2922.

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Workshops to explore the remarkable stories of Renfrewshire women often ignored by the history books

They were remarkable women whose achievements were all too often overlooked by the history books.

Now the life and times of some of Renfrewshire’s exceptional ‘silent’ women from the Victorian and Edwardian eras will be explored in a new heritage project.

‘The Ladies A,B and C’ will investigate the contributions of Mrs Jane Arthur, Mrs Mary Barbour and three of the Mrs Coats from the famous textiles manufacturing family.

Their stories will be explored as a way of inspiring their modern day counterparts as part of a project with Social Historian Lil Brookes.

She is running a series of workshops with women from Paisley’s Disability Resource Centre.

The eight weeks project is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events (CHE) Fund, and will also incorporate a tribute to the upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8.

The workshops are due to start in early February and Lil said: “The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the women’s often forgotten contribution to their community and how their stories are still relevant and interesting to women in the Paisley and Renfrewshire community today.

“A lot of the time when we talk about the famous Coats family you would never even know there were any Mrs Coats. They become silent people and don’t seem to have a voice.

“But Margaret Glen, the wife of Thomas Coats, set up the Paisley branch of the Ladies Sanitary Association, while Mrs Archibald Coats was interested in the work of the Scottish Girl’s Friendly Society. Following her death the Mrs Archibald Coats Memorial Hall was opened in Weighhouse Close. Bertha Coats was interested in many areas of welfare in the community but particularly with the wellbeing of children and she was recognised for this becoming  a Freewoman of Paisley.

“I started thinking about other women I would like to explore a little better, and one is Jane Arthur, the sister-in-law of Thomas Coats.”

The feminist and activist became the first Scottish woman to stand for a school board and was elected to the Paisley school board in 1873. She also became vice-president of the Paisley Ladies’ Sanitary Association, which promoted public baths.

Lil added: “She was a woman of privilege but seemed to use her position to have a voice. But today nobody talks about her so it’s maybe a case of giving her and the others a voice again after all these years.”

The project will also learn about Kilbarchan-born Mary Barbour, who was a key player in fighting rent increases imposed by Glasgow landlords during World War One.

In 2015 a stone cairn was erected in the village where she was born in 1875 to mark her achievements.

From the retold stories, themes relevant to women today like equality in the workplace, education, healthcare, housing issues, and sexual politics can be discussed and explored by the women taking part in the workshops.

For more information on the CHE Fund which is still accepting applications, please go to

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Festive Fun around Renfrewshire

There are plenty of fun family activities to enjoy in Renfrewshire over the festive season to help keep everyone entertained.

Here is a selection of the many great events happening throughout the area:

Festive Family Ceilidh – 28 Dec – 7.30PM Paisley Town Hall

Why not celebrate the end of 2017 at the annual Festive Family Ceilidh with Clamjamfrie and enjoy an evening of traditional Scottish music and dancing for everyone to enjoy.

Tickets for the event are £8 plus booking fee. For more information on the event please call 0300 300 1210 or visit

Family Bushcraft – 29 Dec – 10.30am – 12.30pm – Castle Semple Visitor Centre

For any budding Bear Grylls – Castle Semple is hosting a Family Bushcraft session where participants can pick up a range of survival skills including learning traditional fire lighting methods and cooking over a campfire.

The cost for taking part is £5 per person. To find out more please call Castle Semple on 01505 842 882.


The Big Adventure – Linwood

For families looking to keep their little ones entertained a visit to The Big Adventure in Linwood is just the ticket.

The multi-levelled soft play area offers a wide range of great activities catering for babies and toddlers all the way up to 12-year-olds.

Admission ranges from £.3.95 – £7.50. To find out more please visit:

Explore Gleniffer Braes Country Park

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore 480 acres of woodland, farmland and moorland at Gleniffer Braes Country Park where there are a number of way-marked walking paths running through the park.

Visitors can also take in the stunning views of Paisley, the Lower Clyde Valley and Ben Lomond as well as enjoying a trip to the Tannahill walkway and the Craigielinn waterfall where icicles can sometimes be seen hanging in the winter months.


New Year’s Day on the slopes – 1 Dec – Snow Factor – Renfrew

Families can celebrate New Year’s Day on the slopes at Snow Factor, Soar Intu Braehead in Renfrew.

Enjoy a half day lift pass and a full Scottish breakfast to welcome in 2018. There will also be a special offer on family sledging sessions on this day.

Interested parties are encouraged to book this in advance. To find out more please visit:

The Experience – Hillington

If excitement is what you’re looking for take a trip to The Experience at Hillington Park offering a fun-filled day out for children and adults alike.

The indoor go-karting and laser tag arena ensures there is plenty of fun to be had. The Refuel Café also offers the perfect pit-stop for tasty treats.

To find out more please visit:

Paisley Abbey visitor experience

Why not use the festive break to explore one of Paisley’s most iconic visitor attractions?

The 850 year-old medieval  Abbey is believed to have been the place where William Wallace was educated and is also the final resting place of six high stewards of Scotland including Marjory Bruce – the daughter of Robert the Bruce. This earned the abbey the title of Cradle of the Royal House of Stewart.

To find out more please visit:

Winter Walk – 7 Jan – 1pm – 3pm – Finlaystone Country Estate

Get outdoors this New Year and clear away the cobwebs with an invigorating winter walk around Finlaystone Country Estate led by their expert rangers.

For more information visit:

Paisley Museum Visit

Take in some local culture this winter by visiting Paisley Museum and Art Gallery to find out more about the town’s textile heritage and famous Paisley pattern as well as its enviable natural history and archaeology collections.

Find out more by visiting:

Winter adventure to Lochwinnoch RSPB

Head along to the Lochwinnoch RSPB and spot some of the star species on site this winter. At this time of year there are frequent sightings of hen harriers, kingfishers and other birds of prey.

To find out more please visit:

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Community gets behind Team Up to Clean Up campaign

Renfrewshire’s bid to clean up Renfrewshire is being backed by local community groups who are urging others to follow their lead.

Litter Pick at Knockhill Park 2.11.17

The campaign aims to bring together the community to tackle issues such as littering, fly tipping, dog fouling and recycling to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, more attractive place to live, work and visit.

Kristina Semple helps lead a team of volunteers who are aiming to bring back the beauty to the Renfrew White Cart Riverbank and have undertaken a number of clean ups since the campaign began.

Kristina said: “The Team up to Clean up Campaign has made it easy for our Volunteer River Tidy project to clean up the area, by providing litter pickers, bags and gloves for each organised litter tidy.

“After each litter pick, they quickly picked up what we had collected, which was many bags of rubbish and many bigger items like bits of a motor bike, several shopping trolleys, chairs, a huge camera box, signage, car tyre metal and so on.

“As a result, the White Cart river bank looks much more like a natural place again and local people and wildlife are able to enjoy it more.

“It’s a satisfying thing to do as you can see the difference straight away, and it’s especially impressive when there are lots of people. It builds a sense of community, sparks new friendships, cements old ones, gets people moving, and it’s great to have something to do outdoors.”

Heather Clissit runs the Erskine Community Garden group which aims to make a difference to the environment in Erskine and has worked closely with national charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on a number of projects, including winning an award for her ‘Pick me up before you go-go’ photography piece.

Heather said: “The Team Up To Clean Up campaign is a great way for people within Renfrewshire to take action and work with Renfrewshire Council to tackle the issue of the various forms of litter within our communities.

“Apart from the satisfaction of seeing a dirty footpath become clean, there is also the benefit of being out in the fresh air, getting some gentle exercise, working in a team and socialising, with many of our volunteers feelling the litter picks are therapeutic.

“The support we get from our community is amazing. Even if they can’t join us, they are always encouraging, appreciative and don’t take the work we do for granted.

“Some look for other ways to support us – one of our local pubs The Bridgewater, put on a lunch for us of homemade soup and sandwiches, tea coffee and biscuits for our 10 volunteers at the last litter pick and have pledged to send a team from the pub to take part in the litter picks, throughout 2018.”

To ensure the campaign is a joint project between the Council and the community, £250,000 has been invested to increase the council resources in road sweeping, gully cleaning, litter picking and the replacement of out of date roads infrastructure.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We are delighted that the community are getting on board with the campaign and striving to make a difference to their local area.

“We’re committed to providing the support and resource needed to make a real difference to Renfrewshire and the support of community groups is crucial to our ability to ensure the cleanliness of our local areas.

“We need to change the mindset of people who think it is acceptable to litter, fail to pick up after their dog or think that recycling is someone else’s job.

“We need everyone to take part wherever they possibly can so join our campaign on Facebook, check out the information on our website and together we can Team Up to Clean Up Renfrewshire.”

Find out more about the campaign via www.renfrewshire and join the conversation on Facebook by searching for ‘Team Up to Clean Up Renfrewshire’.

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Renfrewshire Virtual Reality pilot project allows elderly to access outside world from home

A pilot project is using Virtual Reality to hook up older and isolated members of the community to cultural experiences they would otherwise be unable to access.

Pensioner Ruth Clunie, aged 98 tries out new virtual reality for the housebound 14.12.17

Thanks to support from Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events (CHE) Fund, housebound and elderly members of Paisley-based Roar Connections for Life, are having their horizons opened up by the technology.

The fund was set up in 2015 as a way of getting people involved in culture and unlocking Renfrewshire’s creative potential as part of Paisley’s bid to win the UK City of Culture 2021 title.

It continues as a key legacy now that the competition is over, with applications from local groups invited for further rounds of funding.

Pensioner Ruth Clunie, aged 98 tries out new virtual reality for the housebound 14.12.17

The ‘VR Over the Doorstep’ project is being tested in the community by people befriended by the charity, which provides preventative, health and wellbeing services for older people.

Film maker and Virtual Reality Artist Simon Bishopp, said: “The idea is to involve isolated and mobility impaired elderly people in the Renfrewshire community to allow them to engage with cultural events and activities that they can’t physically travel to.

“We will visit them with Virtual Reality headsets so they’ll be able to see and interact with things that have happened in the area.

“At the moment we’re going through the testing phase and are making the apps which allows them to travel around virtual spaces – so they can visit physical spaces that we’ve filmed and then engage with things there simply by looking at them.”

The users will be able to go to places like Paisley Museum and by simply by looking at the virtual exhibits, the objects will become larger and closer to them and rotate. Even online UK Casinos.

A narrator will take them through the museum and they will be able to move from one room to the next to create an immersive experience that feels like they’re actually there.”

The six months pilot scheme also aims to offer live stream events like theatre productions.

Virtual Reality can also be used to take the housebound and elderly members to significant places from their past that they wouldn’t normally be able to revisit.

Simon added: “We can take them to spaces that they wouldn’t easily be able to access, like the Coats Observatory in Paisley.

“We also intend to do some live streaming and hope to do that from the new High Street Museum store in Paisley, the Secret Collection, which is full of wonderful exhibits.

“So we will create content on multiple apps and then take that out to see what people think of it. I hope it will give them a sense of mobility and of being able to engage with the community and leaving behind the isolation they can feel.

“We’ve taken a film at the RSPB in Lochwinnoch and the members really enjoyed being able to see what was going outside of where they spend their days and being outside, hearing the sounds and seeing the birds.

“For us that’s a very every day thing, but for them it’s very special.”

Roar has 15 clubs and projects in a range of venues running throughout the week in Renfrewshire.

Roar’s Manager Nicola Hanssen said: “This is a very exciting project. Research has identified that two fifths of all older people say the television is their main company. As this is a very passive activity it doesn’t give people the cognitive stimulation or interactivity that contains health benefits. Our VR Over the Doorstep project will engage people in a new and more meaningful way, which will enrich their lives and their minds.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The UK City of Culture bid about bringing people together and opening up new experiences for people which is what this project does. That doesn’t stop just because we didn’t win the title and we will continue to open up the benefits of culture for all.”

For more information on the CHE Fund, which is still receiving funding applications for cultural events and projects, go