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Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire cash boost


Cash boost for friendship service for older people

A scheme to help older people stay out of hospital, and live longer happier lives in their own homes, is to receive a £96,000 cash boost from Renfrewshire Council, bringing the total funding from the council and the Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership to over £250,000.

The money will help Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) to continue to deliver its range of volunteer-based services designed to counter the negative effects of loneliness and isolation.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan at the ROAR lunch club in HoustonROAR started as a pilot project in June 2007 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Currently 150 volunteers provide help to 300 older adults.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said, ““The services provided by ROAR offer vital practical help to keep people in touch with the outside world, helping people to maintain their independence and improving their quality of life.”

“As people get older they can become isolated and lonely as their family grows up and moves on and friends and acquaintances pass away.

“This can affect a person’s mood and ultimately their health. Research shows that having friends and an active social life are key factors in staying healthy for longer. They also provide an important defence against dementia.”

ROAR’s services including; activity clubs, weekly health and wellbeing clubs, a befriending service for older adults and people who suffer from dementia, a pilot shopping service and support for older people who have become isolated.

The project helps three main groups:
* Older people who are housebound and experience social isolation
* Older people who may have lost confidence and need encouragement and help to get out and about and stay active
* People whose own support networks may not be adequate and where help would improve their independence and quality of life.

ROAR works with Active Communities Scotland (Ltd), Alzheimers Scotland, Linstone Housing Association, Renfrewshire Council and the Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership to deliver its services. Visit their website for more info..

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PACE Theatre Company


PACE Theatre group are the Renfrewshire Community Champions “see section here

Since being formed by David Wallace in 1988 PACE has grown to become one of the largest youth theatre companies in the UK, creating countless opportunities for local youths with a dramatic flair and putting on shows that have thrilled the public year after year.

Based in Paisley, PACE has worked with over 250,000 young people since its inception, including over 20,000 who have become members of PACE Youth Theatre. PACE runs over 1,750 youth theatre workshops every year and its productions perform annually to audiences of over 200,000.

There’s four sides to PACE:

PACE Theatre Company
PACE Youth Theatre
PACE Casting
PACE Media Productions

PACE Theatre Company

PACE are renowned for producing spectacular theatrical productions, in particular their much-loved and anticipated annual pantomime that they’ve put on every festive period since 1988 (see below for more details of this year’s show).
They’re also responsible for numerous other professional productions such as the Slab Boys Trilogy, commissioned and written original work and created several spectacular large-scale performances, including ‘Cradlesong’ for Renfrew’s 600 year anniversary.

PACE Youth Theatre

PACE Youth Theatre has become the largest and most successful youth theatre in the UK. Over 2000 young people attend their weekly workshops in drama, music and dance. As well as teaching performance skills, these workshops increase the confidence, communications skills and self expression of the participants. They’re a lot of fun, too. Past members include James McAvoy, Paulo Nutini and David Sneddon.
Workshops are run by fully trained full time staff and members also receive additional benefits such free casting agency representation for TV & Film work and discounts for events at ‘Fest!’ – their popular school holiday performing arts festival.

PACE Media Productions

PACE Media Productions was formed to provide a different medium for the dramatic work produced by PACE Theatre Company. It has produced educational dramas for clients such as Drinkwise, Scotland Against Drugs, Scottish Executive, NHS 24, West Dumbartonshire Council, and many others.

PACE Casting

This casting agency was set up to represent PACE’s youth theatre members in TV, film and advertising productions. It provides licensing and chaperoning services to production companies as well as audition facilities, and also produces an annual casting directory book, with over 1,000 professional photos and CV details, distributed to all major UK production companies.

PACE Pantomime – Tickets Selling Fast!

If you see anything this December make sure you see PACE Theatre Company’s 23rd Annual Pantomime – Aladdin. Starring David Wallace – the ‘Doyenne of Dames’ – and Alan Orr, along with a whole host of hilarious characters, fantastic original music, and the liveliest, most energetic chorus of young actors – this is one night out that you won’t want to miss!
Aladdin runs from Friday 26 November to Friday 31 December.

Box Office: 0141 887 1010
Group Bookings: 0845 130 5218
Online booking:

PACE Website:

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Community Champions recognised by Scottish Parliament

Community Champions recognised by Scottish Parliament
Aug 16 2010 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express

A NEW project which aims to honour voluntary groups and charities working hard in our communities has been recognised by the Scottish Parliament.

Community Champions is a new section on the popular website which highlights a different Renfrewshire organisation every month.

The section was the brainchild of Councillor Kenny MacLaren who spoke to the Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) and about new ways of promoting local charities and voluntary groups.Now West of Scotland MSP Stuart McMillan has put a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising the initiative.

He said: “I would like to congratulate RCVS, and Councillor MacLaren for working together to bring forward this new initiative.“This is an excellent idea to promote local organisations to a wider audience.“This collaborative approach will help to boost the profile of many local groups who don’t often get the recognition they deserve.“I was more than happy to lodge a motion in the Scottish Parliament in support of Paisley Community Champions, and I wish this project well in the future.

Brian McGuire, who runs said he was honoured by the Scottish Parliament recognition.He added: “I am delighted for the groups that we are supporting. This is superb. To be written into Scottish History, albeit in a very small way, is really something, and I would like to thank all the MSPs who have supported the motion and also Councillor MacLaren for all his hard work.”Community Champions picks a different group to be their Champion of the Month.

A special profile is put online which highlights the good work the members have been doing and the services and opportunities the group offers.It can be found by logging on at Councillor Kenny MacLaren said community groups have been contacting him to put themselves forward as Community Champions.

He added: “The Community Champions project is an excellent example of people and groups coming together to find a solution to benefit all.“When I first raised this idea with Brian and RCVS I was delighted by the enthusiasm they showed.“This helped to drive forward a project that can be copied in other areas, and shows that Renfrewshire is leading the way.“Since its launch, I have been in touch with a few groups who have seen the press stories about this site and who are interested in putting themselves forward.

”Community Champions launched in July with a profile on Rainbow Turtle, which promotes Fairtrade across Renfrewshire.

This month’s Champion is the Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Any charity, voluntary group or social enterprise in Renfrewshire who’d like to be involved with Community Champions can contact Gordon Mclean at RCVS online at or by calling 0141 587 2487.

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Community Champions for August are Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Renfrewshire Carers Centre provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers living in the Renfrewshire area. A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help.

It’s important to provide support for carers as taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression. Carers have to juggle their work life with their responsibilities as carers, with many having to lose income and job opportunities. This can in turn lead to them feeling isolated, ill and struggling to cope. Thus organisations like Renfrewshire Carers Centre play a vital role in combating these problems and making sure carers can continue to do their good work.

Here’s just a sample of the impressive range of services the Centre provides:

Information and Advice

The Centre offers carers information on a wide range of topics, such as carers’ rights, welfare benefits, housing issues, care assessments, accessible holidays and a lot more. Their website ( is packed with info and they also offer one-to-one sessions with their staff, information leaflets and packs.

Support Groups

Support groups allow carers to talk to each other, sharing their knowledge and discussing the news and issues that affect them. These social occasions also combat the social isolation that many carers feel.


A range of training courses is provided for free by Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Their aim is to create opportunities for carers to improve their ability and confidence in taking care of someone and in turn improving their quality of life.

Respite Service

The Centre’s home based respite service is free and provides trained, committed and reliable respite workers who will take over a carer’s responsibilities and give them an invaluable break.

Young Carers Project

Children and young people who care for a member of their family are offered support with concerns at home and school. The Project offers group work and one-to-one support for young carers and aims to give them the chance to have some fun an opportunity to meet other young people in similar situations.


They are always eager to recruit new volunteers who will be given the opportunity to help other people, access training courses, learn new skills, socialise with other volunteers, become involved in the community, have fun and make new friends.

Volunteers can provide one-to-one befriending, support carers/young people within a group setting, help with the Centre’s telephone help line, provide admin support in the office or raise awareness about the Centre and the services they provide.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Katie or Marie on 0141 887 3643.

Further information:

0141 887 3643

Check out our Community Champions Section here.

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Community Champions

Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) and have formed a new partnership to promote the good work being done by Renfrewshire’s charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.

“Community Champions” is the name of the new section on the popular website that will publicise a different local charity or voluntary group each month. Each profile will provide some background on the Champion of the Month and highlight the good work they’ve been doing to make the local area a better place. New services, upcoming events and volunteering opportunities will also be featured.

Community Champions was created thanks to Councillor Kenny MacLaren talking to RCVS and about new ways of promoting local charities and voluntary groups.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren: “This is an excellent opportunity to promote worthwhile groups in Paisley. Combining RCVS’s knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector with’s excellent online presence will help to promote local groups from Paisley.

“In an era of ever reducing budgets this is an excellent example of local organisations working together to promote the best of Paisley.”

Brain McGuire, who runs, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new partners, the Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services. We are introducing a brand new section “Champions in our Community” – this section will highlight a different organisation in Paisley and Renfrewshire who themselves champion great and worthy causes in our area.

“We are all about promoting our town – now we also get the chance to promote local champions. It should certainly be a very exciting add on to”

Community Champions launches on Wednesday 7th July with a profile on Rainbow Turtle – they’ve had a lot of success in getting fair trade products into schools and businesses across Renfrewshire and selling such products from their shop in Paisley town centre. They have also worked hard to raise public awareness of fair trade by giving educational talks and organising special events and fundraisers, as well as playing an important part in Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Fortnight and lobbying local and national politicians to make changes in the system of world trade for the better.

Gordon Mclean, RCVS’ Information and Communications Officer who will be working on the Community Champions section with Brian, said: “RCVS is very excited about Community Champions and the potential it has for showing everyone the incredible work all the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises are doing across Renfrewshire. These organisations are providing an incredible range of services and opportunities that make a real difference to people’s lives and help make Renfrewshire a better place.

“One of the main aims of RCVS is to promote the good work being done in Renfrewshire’s charity and voluntary sector and so it simply makes good sense to work in partnership with to bring Community Champions to life. The website is very popular, respected and well-liked because it works hard to promote the positive side of Paisley and Renfrewshire as a whole. The new Community Champions section will enable visitors to see why local charities and voluntary groups are a vital part of the positive side and allow us to reach a whole new audience.

“RCVS is proud to be working in partnership with on Community Champions and we urge everyone to check it out and discover something new about the local area.” is a community-driven web site, ran by people who either reside in Paisley or have roots in the town, dedicated to the positive promotion of Paisley to a wider audience. They offer a wide range of information services and opportunities for citizens to engage with each other, such as a public forum, events calendar, history section, Twitter account and lots more.

RCVS is a voluntary organisation that seeks to promote the interests and the effectiveness of all local community and voluntary organisations for the greater good of Renfrewshire’s citizens. From securing funding, training staff and running events to handling payrolls, printing and the creation of promotional films, RCVS also aims to help local groups no matter what their needs are.