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Renfrewshire’s communities go online


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Hundreds of community groups across Renfrewshire have a new online home – on a web-based hub for all local community and volunteering activity.
The new site will help community groups, voluntary organisations and local charities to publicise their events and activities, link up with other local organisations and recruit volunteers for long-term projects and one-off events such as community clean-ups.


Organisations will also be able to post new ideas for community activity and get help from other groups and volunteers to make them happen.

The website is designed to support Renfrewshire’s community plan for 2013-2023 which has been developed by public bodies such as Renfrewshire Council, the police and the health service, and local community organisations.

Like the community plan, the website is built around six themes:

  • Children and young people
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Community care, health and wellbeing
  • A safer and stronger Renfrewshire
  • A greener Renfrewshire
  • Empowering communities

Chair of the Empowering Communities community planning board, Alan McNiven, said:

“Community groups and voluntary organisations are at the heart of our plan for Renfrewshire 2023. We have lots of organisations that are making a huge contribution to life in our communities and we want to encourage others to get involved.

“This new website will help local organisations to see where they fit into the 2023 plan and get support for what they are doing.”

The photograph shows members of community organisations who viewed the new site at Engage Renfrewshire’s offices in Ferguslie Park: James McIntyre from the Environmental Training Team; Helen Moir, Ferguslie Seniors Forum; Paul Cadona, No Substitute for Life; and Sharon Wells from the Families and Schools Together (FAST) project.

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Conferences will make 2023 plan real for Renfrewshire communities


Conferences will make 2023 plan real for Renfrewshire communities.

Leaders of Renfrewshire’s community planning partnership met with local community leaders at Renfrew Town Hall to launch a programme of conferences aimed at achieving ambitious targets for Renfrewshire by 2023.

The community planning partnership is made up of Renfrewshire’s main public services, including the council, the police and the health service, along with representatives of community and voluntary organisations.


Each of the five conferences run from 9.45am till 3pm and will look in detail at one of the key themes of the recently approved Renfrewshire Community Plan 2013-2023:

* Children and young people – Thursday 14 November – St Mirren Park

* Community care, health and wellbeing – Friday 15 November – West College Scotland

* A safer and stronger Renfrewshire – Monday 18 November – West College Scotland

* A greener Renfrewshire – Monday 25 November – Anchor Mill, Paisley

* Jobs and the economy – Wednesday 27 November – Kibble Centre, Paisley

The conferences will develop action plans for community and voluntary organisations and local residents to shape the plan to help them deliver better services and identify areas where they can help with the delivery of services.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Mark Macmillan, said, “Community planning is about involving local people in shaping and delivering the services that they need. The themes of the community plan reflect the big issues that face Renfrewshire and the shared priorities of the council, the police, the health service and all of our other public services.

“All of the public services who were here today are committed to delivering the best possible services to our communities, particularly those that are facing the most challenging circumstances.“

Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire, which supports voluntary organisations, community groups and charities in the area, said, “One of the most important things about this community plan is the central role local voluntary and community organisations will play in developing the plan and achieving its targets.

“You only need to look around to see the important role that community organisations and charities have in delivering services, such health care, social care, child care and sport and leisure to Renfrewshire’s communities. The increased involvement of these organisations will play a big part in ensuring that the community plan achieves its aims.

“The programme of planning conferences announced today will provide a focus where public services and the communities that they serve can get together to make the community plan real.”

Renfrewshire’s community plan for 2013-2023 can be viewed at

To find out more about attending one of the community planning conferences, email or call 0141 618 7353.

Readers can contribute to the discussion about the community plan on Twitter using hashtag #mpowren

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Residents have their say at Ferguslie Park event

Pic from event shows Divisional Commander Alan Speirs. Pic credit: Roy McKeag.

Residents have their say at Ferguslie Park event

Community activists from Ferguslie Park got the chance to have their say on issues affecting the area at a special event run by council and police staff.

The event offered residents a platform to find out more about community safety work in the area, and speak to those delivering it.

Earlier this year, council staff joined forces with local police to conduct a series of interviews among Ferguslie Park residents, seeking their opinions on community safety in the area, and on what they wanted to see from the authorities.

Pic from event shows Divisional Commander Alan Speirs. Pic credit: Roy McKeag.

The event was used to feed back the results of that, with key findings being that residents want more visible patrols and better facilities for young people.

Speakers on the night included Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, the area’s voluntary sector partnership, and police Divisional Commander Alan Speirs.

Topics covered included an overview on how the police and council anti-social behaviour staff work in partnership on community safety issues.

In total, 17 organisations were represented, including Victim Support, Fire and Rescue Scotland and the council’s trading standards and welfare reform advice teams.

Including partners, around 60 people attended the event, held in the hospitality suite at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “The issues affecting Ferguslie Park have been well publicised over the years.

“But something that comes across at events like this is the strong sense of community that exists in the area.

“We want to celebrate the work of those who are involved in that community and work with them to help make the best of the area.

“I would like to thank all who took part in what turned out to be an interesting discussion, and look forward to putting the suggestions they made into action.”

Inspector Kenny Morrison, based at Ferguslie Park police office, added: “We held this event to find out more about what people in the area want from us.

“What we plan to do now is work with them to put that into practice.

“The message I would send out to people is that we are here to help. But we can only do that if people are willing to get in touch to report issues to us.”

Residents can contact Police Scotland by calling 101, or Renfrewshire Council Community Safety Services on 0300 300 0380.

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Hundreds turn out for Street Stuff football festival

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Hundreds turn out for Street Stuff football festival

Hundreds of youngsters from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project took to the turf of St Mirren Park for a festival of football.

Boys and girls aged from 10 to 18 from throughout Renfrewshire descended on the stadium to compete for glory during the annual end-of-season tournament.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various organisations, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren, which provides activities for young people at various locations in Renfrewshire.

The programme includes street football with coaching from St Mirren and mobile youth activities with computer games, and has helped reduce youth disorder in each of the areas where it operates.

Around 300 youngsters from 53 teams took part in the five-a-side football contest, with separate sections for the 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18 age groups.

Action took place on the pitch, as well as in the new indoor covered Dome behind the stadium, which was recently opened for business by St Mirren.

The event was funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who are also partners in the Street Stuff initiative.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff Champion was there on the night to present prizes to the winning teams.

He said: “Once again, the Street Stuff football festival was well attended and proved to be a great success.

“The scheme has rightly been recognised at a national level for the work it has done to reduce youth disorder by giving kids something positive to do in the evenings.

“I’m sure Street Stuff activities will continue to be popular over the summer holidays and I would urge any kids looking for something to keep them occupied to check out what is on offer in their area.”

St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell said: “We are a community club and it is important to us to be involved in schemes like this, and offer something to local youngsters.

“We were delighted the end of the first-team’s season allowed us to be able to open up our doors and give so many youngsters the chance to play on the pitch and in the dome at St Mirren Park.

“Going by the size of the crowd there on the night, we are sure they enjoyed the experience.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire, McGill’s Buses and Reid Kerr College.

The latest Street Stuff timetable can be viewed online at

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Welfare Reform Act 2012


Welfare Reform Act 2012


The UK Government is changing the benefits system. In Renfrewshire many people could be affected, if you are of working age and receive benefits. There may be a need for individuals to apply for a new type of benefit or people may receive less money than before. We know this could be worrying for your clients and customers.

Like us I’m sure you will feel it is important that as local service providers we all understand what could change and what we need to do to when planning services which may be influenced by these changes. Some of the changes to who the system of benefits work have already taken place but some of the most significant changes – the ones that affect local Council services – begin in April 2013.

This survey has been put together in a bid to capture local service delivery and will be used to inform the local third sector and local public bodies.  It will also be used to help identify the changing needs and demands being made on your service provision as a result of the implementation of the duties of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. In addition it will also hopefully provide a starting position for:

·         exchanging ideas on how to support existing services,

·         leading change where required and

·         sharing good practice.

We very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey – thanks!

Click Here to take the survey

Douglas van Henten

Quality and Resource Officer


Engage Renfrewshire

10 Falcon Crescent

Paisley PA3 1NS

Tel: 0141 887 7707

Fax: 0141 887 8808


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Street Stuff buses get back on road


All aboard as Street Stuff buses get back on road

Two buses used to help give the young people of Renfrewshire somewhere to go in the evenings are back on the road and coming to a venue near you.

The award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project runs a programme of activities – such as street football – at various sites in the area.

Street Stuff buses launchUntil last year, the Street Stuff timetable included a youth bus and gym bus, which went temporarily out of use when Arriva – which operated the vehicles – was taken over by McGill’s.

But the two buses have since been given a makeover by McGill’s and are now back on the road.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, met up with Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s, to help show off the revamped vehicles at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Devine said: “Over the last few years, Street Stuff has been doing fantastic work around Renfrewshire, with a clear trend showing a reduction in youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“While many young people will enjoy taking part in the street football, it is important we offer a range of activities which will be of interest to everyone.

“The youth bus and gym bus have plenty which will help give those aged 10 to 18 something to do in the evenings and we are pleased they are back on the road.

“While Street Stuff has already won a series of awards, we are keen to build on its success, and the return of these buses will help us to do that.”

Ralph Roberts of McGill’s added: “McGill’s is delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative as the Street Stuff programme.

“The buses offer easy access to great facilities for teenagers across the McGill’s operating area and we were only too happy to get involved. We wish the team every success.”

The youth bus boasts Playstation and Xbox games consoles in its computer area, as well as musical equipment. The gym bus has six pieces of cardiovascular fitness equipment and Wii Fit computer games.

As well as street football with coaching from St Mirren, the Street Stuff timetable includes The Box, a multi-functional games area.

Street Stuff is a partnership between St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, McGill’s, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire and Reid Kerr College.

The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.

The current Street Stuff timetable can be viewed at

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Mad Hatters Fun Run

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Looking to have some family fun on April Fools Day? Why not join Jogging Buddies at Barshaw Park for the Mad Hatters Fun Run. You can walk, jog or run!

There will be a 3K at 11am open to anyone over age 9 and a 1K for all ages/abilities at 11.45am.

All participants will receive a medal and Easter Egg and their will be a special prize for the maddest hat!!

Entry fee £5.00 for 3k & £3.00 for 1k (£13 for family of up to 2 adults & 2 children). Call the race hotline 0141 880 9096 for an entry form or enter on the day from 10am.



Reid Kerr Students’ Ads A Hit For Local Organisations


As part of a radio production course, students at Reid Kerr College recently put together a collection of radio adverts for local voluntary and community organisations.

Each student was assigned a local group and had to write and produce each advert based on direction from the organisation. Both a twenty second and forty second advert were produced, with excellent results!

For more information, and to hear the ads go to

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Provost Praises New Polish Group

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A group of volunteers have set up Renfrewshire’s first officially-constituted Polish group with the aim of helping their compatriots settle into the area.

The members of Renpa – the Renfrewshire Polish Association – held their first meeting last month, at their temporary home in the Sea Cadets Hall in Paisley’s Cardell Drive.

The idea for the group came from Polish people living locally, with the aim of encouraging its members to be involved in the wider community, and to help them get access to services.

Some of the members met with Renfrewshire’s Provost, Celia Lawson, who has backed the aims of the group.

Provost Lawson said: “Renfrewshire has seen a significant influx from Poland and Eastern Europe in recent years, and many of these new arrivals have made a great contribution to the area in which they now live and work.

“Anything which helps people integrate into Renfrewshire and become a firm part of the community here is to be welcomed, and I salute everyone behind this group for their commitment to helping their neighbours.”

The group has been assisted by Engage Renfrewshire, a body which offers support to voluntary and community groups in the area.

Iain Cunningham, of Engage Renfrewshire, said: “Some of the Polish people mooted the idea that they would like their own group, and we have been working with them since last October, by helping them go through training in things like first aid.

“Young people are part of the schools and they will join in with things through that, but sometimes the older ones can feel a bit dislocated and the group hopes to be able to help people overcome that.

“We would also like to thank the Sea Cadets, because they have been brilliant by giving them a base while they get themselves up and running.”

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Street Stuff Christmas Tournament

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Young football fans from across Renfrewshire could score themselves an early Christmas present and win the chance to share a pitch with some of their SPL heroes.

Youngsters aged 10 – 16 are being invited to take part in a Street Football tournament on Saturday 10 December.

The winning team in the 13 – 16 age group will then get the chance to take part in a half time 10 second challenge on the first team pitch at the St Mirren V Rangers match on Christmas Eve.

The top two teams in the 10 – 12 age group will get the chance to play a small sided game during half time at St Mirren and Dundee Utd match on December 28.

The tournament is being run as part of the popular Street Stuff programme which is a hugely successful youth diversion activity programme which has helped contribute to significant reductions in youth disorder in communities across Renfrewshire.

The programme has this year expanded to encourage local young people to give back to their communities.

The Kick and Collect scheme encourages the teenagers to give back to communities and in return get the chance to take part in more activities.

St Mirren Manager Danny Lennon said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to get on the pitch in front of a packed crowd at a major SPL game and test their skills. It’s a bit of fun as well as a great way to get young people involved in giving something back to their communities and be a positive example to others.”

All teams taking part in the street football tournament on Saturday 10 December must take part in a community clean up scheme.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Renfrewshire Council’s Community Safety Spokesperson, said: “Street Stuff has been a huge success since it started three years ago and now it’s expanding to not just get young people taking part in positive, healthy activities but also to get them giving back to their communities. The Kick and Collect Scheme is a great way to show our appreciation for their hard work.”

Anyone interested in submitting a team (No league teams allowed) send your completed application form to us no later than Friday 2 December 2011

The tournament will run from 5.30pm – 8.30pm at St Mirren FC’s astro parks, Greenhill Road, Paisley.

To find out more information or get a form contact Stephen Gallacher on 07557281581 or

Street Stuff is run in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, St Mirren FC and Reid Kerr College.

Provided by Renfrewshire Council.