[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire Council has dedicated £100k to its Social Enterprise Fund, offering grants to help local social enterprises to grow, deliver more products and services, and bring even more benefits to their communities.

Social enterprises are businesses that reinvest any profits back into their communities. They face similar challenges to any other business but they are not driven by the need to deliver profits to owners or shareholders.


Last year the council announced its intention to commit £500,000 of its Invest in Renfrewshire budget to the social economy. On Thursday, the council kept its promise and announced that £100,000 would be ring-fenced as grants of up to £5,000 to help as many as 20 smaller social enterprises grow.

It has also appointed a new Development Officer to coordinate the wider range of practical and financial support open to these businesses.

At a conference of social enterprises and sector experts in Paisley’s Abercorn Centre on Thursday, Mark MacMillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council praised the work of this sector. “These organisations are inspiring examples of local people meeting local needs and improving local lives.

“They create jobs, bring money into the area, and have the potential to grow and innovate. However, they can find it difficult to access or apply for the funding they need.

“The Social Enterprise Grant Fund will help to bridge that funding gap and support business growth.”

Iain Reynolds, of Johnstone Community Sports Complex knows how a grant could help to improve his business. ‘Social Enterprise Grants are good news for The McMaster Centre and good news for other businesses like ours ’

The council’s commitment to social enterprises is part of its wider economic strategy. This includes the Invest in Renfrewshire business support and job creation programme, huge infrastructure projects as part of the City Deal and Paisley’s heritage based regeneration strategy.

Applications for Social Enterprise Grants are welcome at any time and more information can be found at

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Alan McNiven, Engage Renfrewshire
Iain Reynolds, Johnstone Community Sports Complex
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Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hundreds of Renfrewshire residents enjoyed a community event with a difference at Paisley Town Hall this week.

Visitors to the Renfrewshire Council’s Your Home, Your Street, Our Community event walked through a series of model home, garden and street exhibits, receiving expert information and advice on their journey.

Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

The event was designed by Community Resources at Renfrewshire Council to showcase services whose aim is to make the area “safer, stronger and greener”.

Advisors from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and other public sector agencies joined council officers to speak with local residents about everything from internet safety to microchipping pet dogs.

Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

Local business owners took an opportunity to walk down ‘Commerce Street’ and find out more about e-commerce, trading standards and more. And workshops with local school children explored various issues around staying safe.

Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall opened the event and said: “At the council, we work every day with partners in community safety and public protection to make Renfrewshire safer, stronger and greener. That’s the message we wanted to get across with this event, and I think we did so in a very interesting and engaging way.

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“We had almost 700 people brave the terrible weather on the day to visit us and I think that shows the appetite out there for information about services.

“Lots of agencies are dedicated to helping communities and businesses in Renfrewshire thrive. Everyone plays their part, and it was so encouraging to see them all represented and event and so keen to help local people.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Young footballers in the popular Street Stuff programme received a timely reminder this week to ‘keep the fireworks for on the pitch’.

Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and Renfrewshire Council all attended a Friday night Street Stuff session at St Mirren’s indoor dome to deliver important firework safety messages to the players.

Young footballers in the popular Street Stuff programme received a timely reminder this week to ‘keep the fireworks for on the pitch’.

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Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and Renfrewshire Council all attended a Friday night Street Stuff session at St Mirren’s indoor dome to deliver important firework safety messages to the players.

Regular Street Stuff players were joined for the session by players from St Mirren’s Junior Academy and first team star Sean Kelly.

As a warm-up for the traditional Friday night game, players received an instructional talk of the dangers of misusing fireworks.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re getting into fireworks season and it’s important that as many young people as possible are made aware of the risks involved in misusing them. “We’ve got some brilliant players here showing some fantastic skills and the message is to keep the fireworks on the pitch! We have a spectacular display taking place in Paisley town centre, and that’s the place to watch fireworks.

“Sessions like this are great for getting the message across because we get a captive audience at Street Stuff here for the football, and they are already aware of the risks and consequences of antisocial behaviour.

“Street Stuff is very much a partnership and it’s thanks to St Mirren, the police and the fire service that we’re able to do things like this.”

Street Stuff is an award-winning programme designed to divert young people away from antisocial behaviour and low-level offending.

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Street Stuff kids are up for the cup

Street Stuff kids got a special treat this week when two of St Mirren’s victorious Renfrewshire Cup-winning team dropped in on a training session.

The young players got to meet Saints stars and local lads Marc MacAusland and Jason Naismith, scorer of the winner in a 1-0 victory over Greenock Morton in the annual clash.


The surprise visit also gave the youngsters the chance to get their hands on the cup itself.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “I was a happy man to see St Mirren win the cup and I hope it’s the first sign that we’re in for a great season.

“The football club is a huge part of the success of Street Stuff and the senior players really show their support. They are an example to the kids of what you can achieve with hard work and dedication to self-improvement.”

The award-winning Street Stuff programme is designed to divert young people away from possible antisocial behaviour and has lowered youth disorder rates across Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

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Community hosts suicide memorial football fest

Ferguslie will once again host an annual football tournament as part of a drive to raise awareness on suicide within the community.

Budding football enthusiasts have signed up their 7-a-side teams to the No Substitute for Life event on Sunday 29 June, 12pm-4pm.


Paul Cadona pictured at the last Substitute for life event at St Mirren Park

The memorial event will also host a wide variety of entertainment for children and adults of all ages including arts and crafts activities and a bouncy castle.

Later on there will be an opportunity for bereaved family and friends to write a message for a loved one on a purple heart and attach it to the Ferguslie Memorial Tree.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “More and more people are finding it easier to talk about suicide and it’s great to see events like No Substitute for Life bring that message into the community.

“Those who have been bereaved by suicide often find it difficult to cope with the loss of a loved one. This football tournament is a great way for communities to come together and support each other.

“Preventing our young people losing their lives to suicide is as simple as talking about the issue openly and frankly. I’d encourage the local community to once again join in on this worthwhile event.”

The tournament is part of a campaign to raise awareness of suicide among young men and provide an opportunity for survivors of bereavement by suicide to commemorate their loved ones.

The Football Tournament will be held in Ferguslie Park Sports Centre and the family activities will be held in the Tannahill Centre.

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Charleston Centre between 7pm and 9pm.

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire’s communities go online

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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Renfrewshire’s community heroes recognised in special event.

Winners of the Provost’s Community Awards celebrated at a special event held in their honour.

Pulse FM’s Gus McLean joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall at the event to recognise the special achievements of local heroes.

This year the awards have been revamped into five distinctive categories. Over 90 people and organisations were nominated for an award.


The award winners, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the ceremony, held in the Alexander Wilson Suite, Paisley Town Hall.

This year’s winners were:

  • Employer of the Year award (sponsored by Council Leader Mark MacMillan) – Rosemary Elliot of Cairellot Nursery, Bishopton
  • Sporting Achievement award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – Jacob Robertson, Renfrew
  • Community Volunteer award (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Jean Napier, Paisley
  • Community Group award (sponsored by Piazza shopping centre, Paisley) – Friends Groups of Accord, Renfrewshire
  • Carer’s award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Dylan Clabby, Paisley

Provost Hall said, “It has been an honour to recognise such dedicated people in our community. All of the nominees for the awards contribute so much to the community and it has been a challenge to decide on the winners. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a community hero.

“The five winners have been inspirational and I am honoured to be able to pay tribute to them for their hard work and dedication. The time they sacrifice to help others is truly remarkable and I have been humbled in listening to their inspiring and moving stories.”

After the awards ceremony, the Provost awarded the first Distinction Certificates to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of citizens and organisation in Renfrewshire.  The certificates were awarded to David Woodrow, Bishopton and Wilma Keenan, Johnstone. Two posthumous awards were given to relatives of Sam Coulter, Erskine and Mary McGettrick, Linwood.

The Provost’s chosen charities also received a donation from the monies raised at the Provost’s charity events throughout the year. A total of £5,200 was raised and each charity received £1,300.

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Award-winning activities for young people kick off the new year.

Young people in Renfrewshire can kick start the new year with FREE evening activities taking place across the area as part of the award-winning Street Stuff programme.

Street Stuff will be running sessions on Monday to Saturday evenings providing young people aged between 10 and 18 with a range of free activities including Street Football with coaches from St Mirren FC and The Box multi-purpose activity space among others.

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There will also be activities taking place in the fantastic Carbrini@JD Airdome facility at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “The Christmas holidays may be over but there’s still plenty of fun to be had for young people in Renfrewshire thanks to the Street Stuff programme .

“These sessions are a great way for young people to get out and have fun in a healthy, positive environment with access to high quality facilities and top class coaching from St Mirren Football Club. The new timetable has activities running in lots of locations across the area which I’m sure will be as popular as ever.”

Street Stuff is a diversionary project providing young people with an opportunity to have fun, get fit and active and meet other people their age.

The new timetable will run from January to March with activities taking place in Gallowhill, Linwood, Bargarran, Foxbar, Shortroods, Ferguslie, Johnstone and St Mirren Park.

Street Stuff sessions will take place on

Mondays 6.30pm-9.30pm at:
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School , Linwood,
·       Shortroods MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone

Tuesdays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood
·       Amochrie Road MUGA, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre MUGA, Johnstone

Wednesdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley

Thursdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre, Johnstone

Fridays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Saturdays 5.30pm -8.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Street Stuff is run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

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


ROCCO 2013 – Still time to enter….

The ROCCOs are the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber. Now in their 10th year, they are the main corporate event in Renfrewshire. The ROCCOs are fast paced, fun and a great way for local businesses to get recognised for their success and reward staff & clients. This year the Chamber has 16 categories – all free to enter. Companies & organisations can enter as many as they wish. Entry is open to all members based anywhere AND non-members that are based in Renfrewshire. Deadline for entry is 9am on Monday 16th September – so still time to enter.


ROCCO 2013 main sponsor is Life Technologies whose EMEA HQ is in Inchinnan.

There are 3 new categories this year:

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <=5 staff sponsored by IRW Systems
ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland
ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland

The remaining 13 are:

ROCCO Award for Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead
ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >5 & <25 staff sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company
ROCCO Award for Best New Business sponsored by Business Gateway
ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce
ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council


Shortlisted companies & organisations (excluding Business Leader) will get invited to attend a panel interview / presentation in October – the 3 judges will be sponsor, a Chamber Board Director and a neutral subject matter expert.

The night itself is Friday 15th November at The Normandy Hotel, always a sell-out with just under 500 people attending (black tie). The host this year is ROCCO favourite, Fred MacAulay

To enter, book a table or find out more info, visit