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RAMH exceed mental health standards across Renfrewshire & East Renfrewshire

Local mental health services provided by RAMH have exceeded required standards and smashed quality targets.

The RAMH Housing Support Service achieved the best possible scores from the Care Inspectorate who awarded them 6s (excellent) for all elements of their work.

The Care Inspectorate Report noted that RAMH excelled in “ensuring that services worked in a person centered and recovery focused way”.

Equally the organisation has recently achieved ISO9001, a quality standard certificate, for continuous improvement across all aspects of their operations.

RAMH Operations Manager, Shirley McCuish, said “we’re delighted to have achieved an excellent report from the Care Inspectorate and to have attained our ISO9001.

Shirley explained “The people who use RAMH, and their carers, can be confident that we deliver best quality services, suited to their needs, to help them recover from all mental health issues.”

She added “We are proud of our RAMH staff who continually work to review best practice, improve standards, and who passionately enjoy working with the people they support.”

RAMH promotes recovery from mental ill health, and empowers people to build independent, fulfilled lives. The charity supports a range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, and their services include crisis support, housing support services, plus a range of creative, educational, social and therapeutic groups.

If you know someone RAMH could help, and for more information about their services visit www.ramh.org or contact enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

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Are you ready to take on a challenge in 2017 for RAMH?

Push your comfort zone, achieve something you never expected you could, meet a great bunch of new people, all while supporting local mental health services. Join us for the 2017 Canyoning Challenge on the River Tay! You’ll be jumping, swimming, and even abseiling through a beautiful gorge, and seeing sights you can only see from the river.


It’s on Saturday 26th August 2017 and includes return transport from Paisley or Barrhead, half day’s canyoning, pub dinner to finish and home before sunset. A fantastic, unique experience for only £15 registration fee + £75 sponsorship, all going directly to local mental health services. Book now! enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900

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RAMH annual Dinner & Quiz

Start swotting up for the RAMH annual Dinner & Quiz – this year hosted by the wonderful broadcaster & writer Vanessa Collingridge, with headline sponsors University of the West of Scotland.  It’s on Friday 19th May 2017 at the Normandy Hotel Renfrew and guests will enjoy a fizz reception, 3-course meal with coffee and 8 rounds of celeb-hosted quiz.  The sports round will be hosted by St Mirren FC legend, Tony Fitzpatrick.

 Teams of maximum 10 guests will compete to win the much coveted RAMH Quiz Trophy, sponsored by Linstone Housing. And the best bit is that the event aims to raise £15,000 for local mental health services. Tickets are just £29.95 each with the early bird discount; book before Friday 31st March and save £50 per table. Bookings after this date will be charged at £35 per person, so reserve your place now enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

 The evening is perfect for corporate hospitality, team building, or socialising with friends. Dress is smart/casual (no denim, no trainers). It kicks off at 7pm, the trophy is presented at midnight and the dancing finishes at 1am. It’s a terrific evening of competition and fun. All guests are warmly welcomed and furthermore, you will be supporting recovery from mental ill health with RAMH.

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Service of Dedication to remember those lost to suicide

An annual memorial service to commemorate those who have lost their lives to suicide will be held in Paisley next week.

The memorial tree

Renfrewshire support group Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) will be holding a short service open to all on Thursday 26 January.

The service will be attended by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall, Reverend Alan Birss and Deacon Jack Gallacher and will be held in the Marriage Suite of Renfrewshire House.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall lays a remembrance wreath

Friends and relatives are invited to meet at the Marriage Suite from 3:15pm to collect a commemorative purple heart on which they can write a message to a loved one, if so desired.

At 3:30pm there will be a short set of readings followed by a procession to the memorial tree where the Provost will lay a wreath and light the tree.

The memorial tree was first dedicated in 2010 as a permanent memorial to those who have died through suicide and is believed to have been the first of its kind in Scotland.

A girl places a purple heart on the tree in remembrance

Following the service all those attending are cordially invited to join the Provost, the local SOBS support group and the Choose Life team for light refreshments in Paisley Abbey.

The service aims to provide an opportunity to remember those who have been lost while providing an arm of support to the survivors. It is an opportunity to connect with others who have faced a similar situation.

Provost Hall said: “The annual service provides those who have been affected by suicide a chance to commemorate their loved ones and also find support from others who have faced similar heartbreak.

“I would encourage anyone who feels this may benefit them to come along and join me at the service as we remember those lost too soon.”

The local support group meets on the last Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm-8:30pm, at the Wynd Centre, Paisley and new members are always welcome.

Lisa Aitken, Choose Life Resource Worker, said: “It is important that we remember those lost to suicide and also support those who have been affected by the loss of a loved one.

“The annual service provides an opportunity for people to meet others who have faced similar difficulties and all are welcome to attend.”

For more information contact the Choose Life Team on 0141 849 2200 or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/sobs.

If you are feeling suicidal, or you know someone that might be then please call one of the helpline numbers: Samaritan’s 116 123, Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87, RAMH First Crisis 0141 849 90 90 or 0500 829 093

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RAMH Firewalk Challenge

Saturday was the most extraordinary afternoon/evening for RAMH as 35 willing volunteers took part in a Firewalk in order to raise vital funds for local mental health services.

Amanda walks on fire

The Firewalk took place at ProLife Fitness Centre in Paisley in partnership with Renfrewshire Sports Charity and Active Communities, and was hosted by Headstrong’s Brian Costello.

During the afternoon people heard about overcoming fear and channeling confidence into every part of their lives. In an incredible display of bravery, participants even snapped an arrow using their throats.

And then as darkness fell, the walkers began their preparation for walking 15 feet over glowing coals reaching temperatures of over 800C.

RAMH would like to thank each and every one of the inspirational walkers who demonstrated the utmost courage and commitment to supporting mental health by completing the firewalk. They have raised, Including Gift Aid, an incredible £6,500 for RAMH services, supporting local people recovering from mental ill health.

RAMH send sincerest thanks to everyone who made the event a huge success and for everyone’s amazing support! The money raised will promote recovery from mental ill health and empower people to build independent, fulfilled lives.

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RAMH Renfrewshire Community Service opening with Cllr McMillan

Local mental health charity RAMH officially opened their new town centre premises, with health organisations, charities, service users, staff and volunteers in attendance.

The ceremony included a ribbon cutting by Cllr Iain McMillan, followed by cake and coffee and a tour of the premises.

RAMH Renfrewshire Community Service incorporates counselling, employability, financial literacy, and a range of therapeutic, social, educational and creative groups.

Community Service Team Manager Paul B Henderson said “being based in St James Street means RAMH services are even more visible and accessible to local people.”

“It’s such a pleasant environment to welcome people into, plus we hope that having a town centre presence will help us overcome some of the misconceptions around mental health.”

Cllr Iain McMillan said “I’m delighted to officially open the RAMH Renfrewshire Community Service; mental health and wellbeing services are so crucial.

He added “RAMH can continue to deliver high quality services and will now be able to offer an even more integrated package of care to everyone who needs their support.”

RAMH provides 250,000 hours of face to face support, helping over 4,000 people every year. Since 1990 the charity has provided professional care and services to those experiencing conditions such as depression, self harm, bipolar disorder and anxiety, as well as promoting community wide mental and physical wellbeing.

For more information visit www.ramh.org and to contact Renfrewshire Community Services call 0141 404 7788 or email enquiries@ramh.org.

If you wish to donate £2 per month to help RAMH maintain and develop services in 2017 please visitwww.ramh.org/fundraising and use the link provided to set up a direct debit.

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Please support RAMH

It has been another energetic year for RAMH during which they have provided services for almost 5,000 people experiencing mental ill health; empowering people to move independently towards recovery. RAMH also received the highest grading of “excellent” by the Care Inspectorate for their housing support services, plus the Silver Investors In People award.


RAMH works hard to deliver the very highest quality services on the tightest of budgets. That’s not always easy. Would you consider supporting RAMH with a gift of £2 per month during 2017, to help us maintain and develop services? You will be making support even more accessible, and more available, to more people.

One of our service users recently said “the RAMH singing group has brought me out of myself now, it’s given me back my confidence. Self management has been rediscovering myself in a way. It’s made me believe in myself again; without RAMH I wouldn’t be here today.”

For every £1 you donate, over 80p goes directly towards supporting local people with conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self harm and others. RAMH promises not to share your information with any other organisations, nor to raise money through telephone fundraising or street fundraising. To set up your donation visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/donate/makeDonationForCharityDisplay.action?charityId=1010168&frequencyType=M

or go to www.virginmoneygiving.com, search for RAMH and set up a monthly donation by clicking on the right hand side under Support Us.

If you can, please help RAMH by donating a small amount every month during 2017. If you prefer to make a single donation use the links above and select “single” on the drop down list. Your generosity will make a lasting impact in the lives of individuals.

THANK YOU for your kind and committed support!  www.ramh.org

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Vote for RAMH

RAMH’s has been nominated for 2 cash awards and are asking everyone to vote for them!

Firstly the Singing For Wellbeing group has been nominated for an Aviva Community Fund award – and you can help by voting at https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-1743 and register to receive your 10 votes to get the group a crucial £5,000 in funding. We know that severe and enduring mental ill health impacts every part of a person’s life, and we also know that the crucial steps towards recovery include keeping connected, nurturing relationships and being creative. Please vote for Singing For Wellbeing in the Aviva Community Fund – this cash will make such a huge difference to the group.


RAMH has also been nominated for a Tesco Bags of Help award and will receive either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000, depending on the public vote, for their Wellbeing Gardening Group. Voting takes place from October 31st – November 13th at Tesco in Linwood, Renfrew or Paisley. Please vote for RAMH during this fortnight so they can continue to offer creative and therapeutic support for people with severe and enduring mental ill health.


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Renfrewshire showcases its unique heritage buildings as doors open for the weekend

Thousands of families and heritage lovers from across the West of Scotland visited Renfrewshire at the weekend for Doors Open Day.

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Popular heritage buildings – such as Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley Abbey and Sma’ Shot weavers’ cottages saw hundreds of visitors come through their doors.

Visitors took the opportunity to see inside Tannahill’s cottage – famous as the home of Paisley’s son Robert Tannahill – and watch as the only remaining fully operational bridge of its kind – the Inchinnan Bascule Bridge, designed by Sir William Arrol – lift up at Renfrew.

Paisley’s ambitions to be UK City of Culture 2021 featured in an exciting Yarn Storming inside Paisley Abbey as part of PaisleyMake – a design showcase supporting Paisley’s exceptional textile history and reconnecting the Paisley Pattern – the town’s global brand – back with the town.

History lovers popped into Johnstone to see the UK’s only museum in a supermarket – Johnstone History Museum sits inside Morrisons – and over to Paisley to visit Paisley Thread Mill Museum, which sits inside Mile End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and members of the public also took part in a charity zip slide to raise much needed funds for four Renfrewshire charities – Renfrewshire Carers Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

More than 50 buildings and locations took part in Doors Open Day in Renfrewshire, which is part of an exciting calendar of events for the area that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The area’s rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene, at the heart of local communities, is a key component of Paisley’s bid.

Provost Hall said: “Doors Open Day is always a fantastic event that many people enjoy and this year was no different. Renfrewshire has a wealth of heritage buildings and hidden gems and people love getting inside to see them.

“Paisley Abbey also featured three special workshops as part of PaisleyMake, with the public making corsages, origami and yarn storming the Paisley 2021 logo.

“Brave members of the public also joined me for a charity zip slide in East End Park, which will raise much-needed funds for my four chosen charities. I really enjoyed my first zip slide and it was great that it took place as part of Doors Open Day.

“Renfrewshire’s unique features also proved popular among visitors, with two new buildings – St Machar’s Ranfurly Church and Erskine Community Allotments – also opening their doors at the weekend.

“We are fortunate to have examples of brilliant architecture and innovative venues across the area. Renfrewshire should be proud of its heritage and cultural offering, and Doors Open Day does a wonderful job of showcasing why the Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is so strong.”

Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Brian and Danielle complete Arran Bike Hike challenge to raise funds for RAMH

Paisley.org.uk‘s Brian McGuire and Danielle Caira have completed an Arran Bike & Hike challenge to help raise funds for a Paisley charity.


Over two days they completed a 42-mile cycle from Brodick to Lochranza on Saturday, then on Sunday they took on a further 13-mile cycle on as well as hiking the Goatfell Hike.

That’s 55 miles of cycling in total and an 874 metre hike.

Both had been training before the big weekend arrived with Brian and Danielle cycling 20 miles every day to make sure they were fit for the challenge.


Brian and Danielle are raising money for RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health), a charity based here in Paisley.

Brain took to Facebook after it was all completed to thank everyone for their support, he said: “Smashed it. Thanks for everyone who supported us on this epic journey… This is us at the top of Goatfell, Arran. After two days of cycling some of the toughest roads we’ve ever done.”

There is still time to sponsor Brian and Danielle by going to their Money Giving page: http://bit.ly/2c0fMpy.

To find out more about RAMH visit http://ramh.org.