Community groups and voluntary organisations from across Renfrew can find out about opportunities provided by Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 at a special event on 11 March.


The event is one of a series of community planning conferences organised by Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership that will take place over the next four months. It will focus specifically on how the culture bid can provide a platform to help local groups and charities achieve their goals.

The event will take place in the Abercorn Conference Centre, West College Scotland, Renfrew Road, Paisley, 9.30am-2.30pm.

Representatives from charities, voluntary organisations and community groups across Renfrewshire are warmly invited to attend. For those who cannot come along, a second event will take place on 9 May, 5.30pm – 8.30pm in Paisley Town Hall.

Delegates will get the chance to hear from guest speakers about opportunities for community groups and take part in discussion groups and workshops.

Participants are also being asked to bring along photographs or other items that open up a personal cultural or historic connection with Paisley or the surrounding area.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, leader of Renfrewshire Council and chair of Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership said:

“Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is a huge opportunity for communities across the whole of Renfrewshire, not only those that are Paisley-based.

“I would urge local community members and organisations to get along to these events to find out how they can back Paisley’s bid and further their own aims.”

Anyone who would like to attend can sign up by calling 0141 618 4168 (9.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday) or by emailing

Or book a place online at: (Abercorn) (Paisley Town Hall)

Further details of these and other community planning conferences running in May and June can be found on the Renfrewshire community planning website

For more information on Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, see