Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson - high-res

Renfrewshire business leaders will recommend a strategy to support the region’s future economic success this autumn.

Members of the region’s Economic Leadership Panel have been working together on the proposals which will underpin the approach over the coming years.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson - high-res

The panel was set up in 2017 drawing from leaders across the private and public sector, enterprise agencies and education and skills experts.

This brings together major local employers including Glasgow Airport, Hillington Park, Intu Braehead and DXC Technology, as well as SMEs and microbusiness, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, West College Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland.

“I’m incredibly proud of what Renfrewshire has to offer locally, nationally and internationally,” explains Economic Leadership Panel Chair James Lang, Director of Bridge of Weir-based Scottish Leather Group.

“There’s a strong collective pride in our place across the panel and we are all determined to deliver a bright future for Renfrewshire. The panel has been looking at the key sectors to the region and identifying how we make Renfrewshire a prosperous place to live, visit, work and invest, a place which leaves no-one behind.

“Once we present these plans for the council’s consideration, that is just the beginning. For the strategy to succeed everyone will need to play their part and having this panel ensures we can keep communicating, evaluating and adjusting the strategy as we move forward.”

James Lang

Panel members have been considering how to grow key sectors of the local economy. This includes manufacturing, which already accounts for one-fifth of the area’s economic output and employs 9000 people, with the potential for significant growth to make Renfrewshire one of the largest locations for manufacturing industries in the UK.

The strategy will also set out how Renfrewshire can improve its competitiveness and capitalise on £1.4billion being invested in world-class research and development facilities, infrastructure and skills, while thousands of new homes being built here will support growing the working age population.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We have high levels of employment in Renfrewshire and have committed substantial investment to grow the economy, creating new neighbourhoods to live in, new jobs to work in and new places to visit. Combined with our proud heritage, as a place rich in creativity and innovation, we have fantastic foundations to build upon.

“We face significant challenges and barriers too, not least areas of persistent poverty and we know that the only way to achieve inclusive economic growth is through collaboration and by listening to what our communities tell us they need.

“I look forward to seeing the strategy brought forward for the council’s consideration later in the year and know that working together we can ensure a thriving Renfrewshire.”

renfrew centre

Town centres across Renfrewshire are to receive a £1.46m cash boost – the bulk of which could transform key sites in the heart of Johnstone and Renfrew.

The sum was made available to the area earlier this year as part of the Scottish Government’s £50m Town Centre Capital Fund – aimed at bringing vacant buildings back into use, improving infrastructure and supporting community-led regeneration.

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And councillors on the leadership board will this week be asked to approve a list of suggested projects for where the money will be spent.

That includes a total of around £750k for three projects helping community groups bring vacant buildings back to life:

– to help Active Communities bring the former police station in Johnstone’s Quarry Street back into use as a community hub;

– to help PACE Youth Theatre move forward with their ongoing work to create a new performance base for their 2,000 students and performers in a vacant property in Paisley;

– to support a social enterprise to turn the former toilet block in Renfrew’s Robertson Park into a cycle hub;

johnstone centre

Other proposed projects include around £460k for town centre presentation and travel links:

– investment in CCTV, lighting and wayfinding in Renfrew’s Robertson Park to boost the use of the town centre park in the evenings, and help connect the town centre and nearby neighbourhoods to the Paisley/Renfrew Riverside cycle network;

– money for lighting improvements to the areas around Johnstone’s Houstoun Square and Renfrew’s town hall and cenotaph, to improve the night-time environment;

– to repurpose vacant shop units in Renfrew’s Dunlop Crescent to create a council-run hub for business start-ups;

– funding for gap sites in Johnstone, focussed on the area around High St/George St/MacDowall St;

The remaining £250k will be used as a fund to support the refurbishment and reuse of vacant town centre properties across all town centres.

It was decided to prioritise Johnstone and Renfrew for the funding – as Paisley is already benefiting from major investment, and there are limited numbers of projects in Erskine or Linwood town centres that would have been eligible for the fund.

If approved work could get under way soon on all of the above – the funding is to be used in the financial year 2020/21, with work to have started or be agreed in the current year.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Town centres are vital to the way we live and identify with our places but this funding recognises that recent years have been tough for towns.

“The rise of the internet and out-of-town retail have changed how people shop, and left empty buildings and sites in towns everywhere – so town centres need to evolve if they are to thrive.

“This funding is aimed at making that happen by helping bring buildings back into a condition where new uses can be found for them, and make towns more attractive for people to spend time – and the projects we are proposing will do that.

“Paisley is already benefitting from £100m of investment in venues and outdoor spaces – including transformations of its museum and town hall – which will build on the work already being done to make it one of Scotland’s key destinations for culture and events.

“This fund will help bring some of the same benefits to Johnstone and Renfrew and elsewhere, while also supporting some very good community-led regeneration projects.”

child poverty

Two initiatives designed to tackle child poverty in Renfrewshire have helped boost the incomes of struggling families and households by a total of almost £2million in one year.

Families First, a service that provides low-income households with health and relationship support as well as money and benefits advice, has generated £1,114,234 for 413 struggling families, while Healthier, Wealthier Children put £885,526 in the pockets of new and expectant parents in Renfrewshire between April 2018 and March 2019.

child poverty

Both initiatives receive funding from Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty Programme.

The programme, which was set up in 2014 following the ground-breaking Tackling Poverty Commission, has made significant investment in projects and activities to reduce child poverty, with the council announcing a further £5million funding for the initiative over five years in March 2018.

Projects within the programme are designed to provide support for families that need it most, remove barriers to participation for children and young people, and support health and wellbeing for young people.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are committed to ensuring that all children in Renfrewshire have the best start in life no matter what their background.

“Our Tackling Poverty Programme was the first of its kind in Scotland and the work we have been doing through the programme, in our schools and in partnership with other organisations is making a real difference to the lives of children in Renfrewshire and families who are struggling to make ends meet.

“Families First and the Healthier, Wealthier Children Service are helping ensure low-income families in Renfrewshire have enough money coming in to make their child’s early years the best they can be.”

The figures were released as Renfrewshire Council published its Local Child Poverty Action Report.

The report, which has been developed in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, highlights the work the council and its partners are doing to improve the lives of children in poverty and address the Scottish Government’s three key drivers of child poverty: income from employment, costs of living and income from social security and benefits in kind.

Highlights include:

  • Invest in Renfrewshire’s work to boost the local economy and tackle unemployment, which has led to Renfrewshire’s employment rate being significantly higher than the national average
  • The number of Living Wage accredited employers in Renfrewshire rising to 57
  • The Energy Advocacy Service securing £116,253 in ongoing savings and £103,638 in write-offs for Renfrewshire’s most vulnerable citizens
  • Education Scotland commending the council for its ‘excellent’ progress in closing the poverty related attainment gap in schools

The Council Leader added: “It’s fantastic to see the positive impact the work being done to tackle child poverty and improve the lives of children in Renfrewshire is having.

“We still have work to do but if we keep working together with our partners we can continue to make a difference in the lives of families across Renfrewshire.”

Child poverty in Renfrewshire is currently in line with the national average of 24%.

If you are struggling and need support and advice, there are a number of services in Renfrewshire you can contact, including Advice Renfrewshire. For more information, visit or call FREEPHONE 0808 164 2922.

For more information on the Tackling Poverty Programme and Renfrewshire’s Local Child Poverty Action Report, visit

scottish transport awards 1019

Glasgow Airport was named Airport of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards – one of three accolades picked up by the transport hub last night.
The airport also scooped the Accessible Transport Award for its popular special assistance service, which last year ensured more than 121,000 who need additional support while travelling through the terminal enjoyed a safe and pleasant journey. Glasgow also became the biggest airport in Scotland to open its £144,000 state-of-the-art Changing Places facility.

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Glasgow Airport’s Chaplain Keith Banks, due to retire later this month, received a standing ovation when he was presented with the Lifetime Contribution as a Frontline Employee Award.

Managing Director of Glasgow Airport Mark Johnston said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win the Airport of the Year Award. I firmly believe that our ‘one-campus’ approach, which involves over 5000 hard-working people from more than 100 separate companies across Glasgow Airport, continues to be the driving force behind our unique customer experience. “We put our passengers at the heart of everything we do, so it’s fantastic that the hard work of everyone at Glasgow Airport has been recognised at the Scottish Transport Awards. “Despite this being a challenging period for the airport and the wider industry, we continue to strive to deliver for our passengers and Scotland.

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The arrival of the iconic A380 aircraft into regular service on the Dubai route earlier this year, which was a first for Scottish aviation, is a fantastic example of our ambition. “I was especially pleased to see our special assistance service recognised through the Accessible Transport Award. We welcome more people who require additional support each year than any other airport in Scotland and a huge amount of endeavour and investment goes into making sure every passenger enjoys a pleasant journey through the terminal. “Finally, I’d like to congratulate our retiring Chaplain Keith Banks for his Lifetime Contribution as a Frontline Employee Award. Keith has served his colleagues and the millions of people we welcome through our doors each year with dedication and distinction.

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He leaves later this month with our best wishes and upmost gratitude.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson MSP welcomed 450 industry professionals to the event last night to celebrate the people and organisations that make a real difference to transport across Scotland. Hosted by broadcaster James Naughtie, the 17 th annual Scottish Transport Awards once again recognised excellence, innovation and progress across all areas of transport.

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CHILDREN can rocket into space without leaving the ground if they take part in this year’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge.

Young book readers from aged four to 11 will be landing at libraries all over Renfrewshire to borrow books for free and take part in the challenge.


And there will be out-of-this-world prizes for everyone who borrows and reads six books of their choice during the school summer holidays.

Local libraries will also be staging various events and activities based on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme of the Space Chase.

The initiative, from Renfrewshire Libraries, in association with The Reading Agency is aimed at encouraging young people to read more books. It runs from June 17 to August 17 and children are being encouraged to head for their local library to sign up for the challenge.


As the children finish reading each book they are given a sticker for their Space Chase folder and as they completed their challenge they will receive a free badminton pass and swim pass for Renfrewshire Leisure sports centres and swimming pools.

And thanks to big-hearted local businessman, Paul McGrath, who is managing director of Consilium Contracting Services, one lucky winner from each library who completes the challenge will receive a pair of cinema tickets. Paul has sponsored the Summer Reading Challenge locally for the past three years.

The Summer Reading Challenge will be taking place in libraries throughout Renfrewshire, including the temporary library beside The Lagoon Leisure Centre, in Paisley, which offers a whole range of services such as Bookbug, after school children’s activities, digital skills support and public access to computers.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is an exciting way to inspire children to have a love of books and to read more.

“We’ll do more than just encourage the children to read books as they’ll have lots of fun with the different space-themed activities in our libraries.

“And they’ll also be rewarded for reading books and completing the challenge with some stellar prizes.”


Which Bridal Makeup Is Best? With Nicola Keegan, Nik Makeup Artist interviews for Wedding Espresso

May 23, 2019
Which Bridal Makeup Is Best? Full time MUA, Nicola Keegan from Nik Make Up Artist shares her best tips for looking your Bridal best on your Wedding Day!

Listen to Nicola on the Wedding Espresso Awesome DIY Wedding Planning Podcast…
Nik, Make Up Artist
Rachel [00:00:03] Hi Nik. Thank you for joining us. It’s really great to see you again.
Nik [00:00:10] Nice to be here. Tha

nk you for having me.
Rachel [00:00:13] You’re welcome. So you are Nicola Keegan from Nik Make Up Artist up in beautiful Scotland – Paisley isn’t it.
Nik [00:00:22] Yes Paisley, Glasgow, all over Scotland for bridal, yes.
Rachel [00:00:29] And we’re going to talk bridal makeup. So I’ll start off with a little story.
Nik [00:00:33] OK.
Rachel [00:00:34] I was bridesmaid for James’s sister. Quite some years ago now, and I decided to have a few makeup trials, I don’t know, to feel nice when I was trying on my Bridesmaid’s dress. So I went to a Department store and had my makeup done. And I thought, you know, “Awesome I look fabulous”, then I went out in the street and I was getting the weirdest looks and when I’d looked at myself in natural light I looked like the Gruffalo.
Rachel [00:01:12]

So that made me really cautious when we were booking our own wedding. I went to tons of trials and got clued upon it because I didn’t want that to happen on my big day. 

Nik [00:01:37] No of course not.
Rachel [00:01:37] There’s lots of things to consider isn’t there when you’re talking about Makeup. The question that we’ve been asked is.

“Which Bridal Makeup is Best?”. 

Rachel [00:01:49] I suppose you can take that from two different angles can’t you. You can take it from what is the best look and what is the best product. So what would you go with? Is a bit of both? What do you think?.
Nik [00:02:09] OK so I always say. Firstly thanks for your story. And it’s always nice to hear feedback from brides and their experiences because everyone is different. And any feedback make up artists can get is vital to us in our businesses for learning and growing and adapting to all different types of women out there.
Nik [00:02:33]

So that would bring me to what is the best type of bridal makeup. The answer is there is no best type. If you’re looking for a broad spectrum we can do that. But every woman out there is different.

Every woman out there has different skin types, skin tones. And nowadays that can be changing every day. It depends on what time of the month it is, what time of year it is. You know, we all used to know our skin types and then we think we’ve nailed it and all of a sudden one person might have dry skin and they wake up with a breakout all over their chin or forehead because of the weather, because of what time of the month it is etc, etc. So I would say the best advice that I give to my brides is stick to what you know.
Nik [00:03:33] If you are super glam and can’t go outside without eyeliner and your three layers of foundation then I am not going to strip – well I’ll do it in a very professional way! And give you a full look makeup without making you feel like you have the three layers of makeup on but still make you feel comfortable,  Like you’ve got enough makeup on for what you are comfortable with. If you are totally natural, you don’t wear makeup on a day to day basis.
Rachel [00:04:08] Yeah that’s me!
Nik [00:04:16] So I would advise you to definitely have a trial and try possibly two different looks. One with a BB or a CC cream.
Rachel [00:04:32] Oh right!
Nik [00:04:32]

So these are more like tinted moisturisers they’ve got normally five skin benefits, they’ve got primers in them as well. They feel more like a skin care but they give you coverage, they even out your skin tone. 

If you’re not used to wearing makeup I know if can be hard to even do that step. But once you have done that step you might be more adaptable to wearing a lighter coverage foundation.  Not all foundations make you feel like you have foundation on, so it is vital that you go to a makeup artist with all this experience because they’ll know how to advise you in the right direction. What products to use for your skin type and not just your personality. You might have redness or breakouts you want to cover but you don’t like wearing make up.  How do you combat that?
Rachel [00:05:43] Yeah totally.
Nik [00:05:43] So again it would be using the right products, using a really good primer with green tones in it to combat the redness first.
Rachel [00:05:43] Oh ok, yeah
Nik [00:05:43]

So you get the skincare down first, it’s not all about masking. We want to  give you a flawless finish without putting the mask on you, it’s about layering products up so really good primer. 

Nik [00:06:09] If you’ve got redness or dull skin maybe a lavender toned primer or a green toned primer will neutralise everything first, then using a concealer to conceal any breakouts, then a light coverage foundation over the top.  So everything’s covered but you don’t feel like you’ve got tons of makeup on because you haven’t – you’ve just used really good skin care, a really good concealer  – just on the bits that’s needed and then your light coverage foundation over the top. And once you kind of go to those steps for the more natural bride you may want to come in and try and more full on look because you feel so comfortable with the process but you’ve got to stick to what you know.
Nik [00:06:58]

You don’t want to come in thinking “Oh you know it’s my wedding day, I’ve never tried makeup before but I want this Kim Kardashian look”. 

Rachel [00:07:04] Haha.
Nik [00:07:09]  You’re going to feel totally out of your comfort zone.
Rachel [00:07:11] Can you imagine that? Ooh Crikey!
Nik [00:07:12] Yeah and you know your Wedding Day, there’s been such a huge build up to it.  You’ve already been hugely uncomfortable probably on the run up to it with all the do’s and don’ts and what should I be doing and is this the right way to do things?
Nik [00:07:31] Listen. There is no right way, the right way is your way.
Rachel [00:07:36] Your way, yep, yeah totally. You know what we’re all about doing things your your way, it’s your day isn’t it!
Nik [00:07:43] That’s why I always say to my brides stick to what you know.

For the natural bride we would use NARS foundation, this is sheer glow, this gives you a more radiant finish like what I have (on at the moment) but it’s so light, a fantastic foundation.

It lasts for hours as well. Always use a setting spray to set bridal make up. That will set you for the rest of the day with a good primer and foundation underneath.  Yeah, first step good primer. Then the foundation sits on that instead of sitting into your fine lines and pours – Argh, who wants that?? Not me.
Rachel [00:08:33] Haha, yeah, yeah.
Nik [00:08:33] Another good one for the natural bride. These can be built up, so they are really good products.  Even though I am saying they are good for the natural bride, they can be built up to more of a full coverage finish if need be.  So this is your Laura Mercier.
Rachel [00:08:53] Yeah , I’ve actually heard of her!
Nik [00:08:54] Yeah they are a big bridal foundation. So that’s probably why. I know you did your research back when you had to.  The thing is don’t spend too much time researching brands, makeup and makeup types, spend time researching also makeup artists in your area.
Rachel [00:09:17] Yeah that’s what I did.
Nik [00:09:17] And then they do all this work for you. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with educating yourself along the way but I’m sure all our brides to be have got a million other things to think about.
Rachel [00:09:29] Alot on…You know yourself with your own wedding don’t you?
Nik [00:09:36] Yes, I do! Even though I’m in the industry it’s still not as easy as it looks. So well done all the brides, like yourself, that have been through it and are then at the other end.
Rachel [00:09:50] Yeah, it’s worth it, trust me.
Nik [00:09:53] So those are like the more natural buildable ones.

And the bad boy of the industry I would say is your Estee Lauder Double Wear.  This also can be mixed, sheered down with a highlighter.  I’m also for using Jojoba oils – I mix a lot my foundations with skincare depending on my clientele. 

I don’t find any one foundation can be perfect, so what I do is have an in depth consultation with my clients and I’ll normally mix them up an amazing bridal blend of foundation.
Rachel [00:10:40] Maybe you should set up your own line!
Nik [00:10:40] I know I know.
Rachel [00:10:48] Do your own blends!
Nik [00:10:48] Totally because since I started nine years ago, it’s always come really natural to me. I’ve never really, unless the days I was on the counter, days when I had my managerial roles I had to obviously use the foundations on the counter to colour match people.  But that’s such a good experience, I can colour match someone as soon as they walk through the door, because of that experience you know.

but since being a freelancer in the industry and using the products for so many years I love to mix bespoke foundations for my clients. 

Rachel [00:11:33] That’s very cool. I love that!
Nik [00:11:35] Yeah it’s exciting because no one else can ever make that blend. I write down the the exact formula. So that on your wedding day you have the exact same look.
Rachel [00:11:48] Yeah. Yeah it’s very important because it’s not trial and error on that day, you as a professional need to be as fast as possible, don’t you, because you could have nine people plus the bride to do it in a morning.
Nik [00:12:09] Yes. This is why trials are so vital as well.  Once you have been around someone’s face and all the Bridal Party and everythings written down to a tee.

The second time you do someone’s makeup is always, I don’t know why, but it’s always better.  Because you know their contours you know their face shape, you’ve got everything written down to a tee. You know the skin type, you’ve made a bespoke foundation for them, you know exactly how their skin’s going to react to certain things. 

Nik [00:12:49] So when you go on a wedding day it’s literally like step by step, job done and sometimes the time gets halved on the Wedding day to the actual trial because you’ve had that experience on that specific person’s face, it just goes on much quicker.
Rachel [00:13:12] Yeah I totally get that. That’s fabulous information, there, thank you.  Little quick question then, What’s the favourite part of what you do then? Is it you you blending because you seem pretty, you know, jazzed about that, you’re well into it!
Nik [00:13:26] I’m gonna make you a blend once we’re finished today, we can have wee consultation. I’ll make blend and send it down.
Rachel [00:13:43] Sounds like a plan.
Nik [00:13:43] We can confer in another month’s time.  The the best thing about my job is making a woman feel amazing about herself. And you just know. You know she looks in that mirror, even throughout the makeup.  If I’ve got a mirror sitting and you can see wee glances.
Nik [00:14:07] Because this is something they’ve always imagined, always wanted glowy skin, they’ve always wanted a really matt skin without any shine on it.
Nik [00:14:22]

You can see how excited I get when I’m talking about glow and matt – my earphone literally just jumped out of my ear! 

When you are going through this process, you know, you have to use your instincts in this industry not just in  makeup but as a supplier in the Wedding Industry you have to use your instincts and build that rapport and if they’re not giving me the wee looks as I am going along, I would stop and I would be asking how does this feel? is this the look you wanted? do you want maybe try a more matt look instead of a glowy look? You know, if they’re not giving you the smiles and the agreement along the way then you stop and check.
Nik [00:15:12]

And then the final outcome, you look in the mirror and the whole body language changes their shoulders come up, swagger comes out and it’s all because they’re feeling more confident about themselves. And that is what makeup can do for anyone.  And that is why I love it.

Because there is no better feeling than just nailing it and finding out what a customer wants and achieving that for them. It gives me life, honestly, I just love it!
Rachel [00:15:53] It’s lovely to see how passionate you are about what you do. It’s absolutely fabulous. I’m afraid that’s all I’ve got time for.
Nik [00:16:01] All right sorry I was just going to say. I am a freelance artist I do all sorts in the Industry but the biggie is for Brides because it’s such a special day.  You’ve been waiting for this day your whole life. So I know that, I’m a bride to be myself!
Nik [00:16:21] Its of huge importance to me to make sure that you’re comfortable and get the exact look that you want.
Rachel [00:16:30] Yeah it’s it’s absolutely fabulous that you’re so passionate about what you do, it.  It just shines through. You can see it in your face it’s great.
Nik [00:16:40] Thank you.
Rachel [00:16:41] And on that note. Where can people connect with you like Facebook Instagram, E-mail, Web site. Go on tell us.
Nik [00:16:50] Yeah. All of them.
Nik [00:16:52] So and I am really trying to  build my website now, I was social media for many years but 
Rachel [00:17:04] That’s now with a K isn’t it.
Nik [00:17:06] Yes. Thank you. Nik no spaces and the same for Facebook and Instagram. Just the Facebook/NikMakeUpArtist and the same for Instagram and Pinterest.
Rachel [00:17:24] All right. Cool. Do you do Twitter?
Nik [00:17:28] I do Twitter and that is @NicolaK1983.
Rachel [00:17:42] Well it’s been absolutely fabulous to speak to you today Nicola and see you again.
Nik [00:17:48] All right. Thanks for having me.
Rachel [00:17:49] I will speak to you soon.
Nik [00:17:52] Okay. Bye.

Huge Thank you to James and Rachel for having me.

Find out more wedding tips here…

street stuff

Schools may stop for summer, but the award-winning Street Stuff programme doesn’t – and young people are being invited to take part in six weeks of activities across Renfrewshire.

Football and the Street Stuff Youth Bus are just some of the activities on offer for young people as part of a drive to keep them active over the holiday period.

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All the activities are provided for free, including a healthy meal for all attendees, and will take place at Gleniffer High School, Knockhill Park, Our Lady of Peace Primary and St Mirren’s Airdome

The programme is suitable for young people aged 8 and over and consent forms should be filled out in advance where possible, although they will be available at the first session attended.

Outside of the afternoon clubs, Street Stuff’s six days a week, all-year-round timetable will continue to run at venues across Renfrewshire with evening sessions available for dance, football and the Youth Bus.

street stuff

Stevie Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “We can’t wait to welcome hundreds of young people to our activities over the summer holidays.

“While you might expect every young person to be desperate to finish up, we know there are others who aren’t so eager to spend six weeks out of school, so we strive to provide a friendly, welcoming place to come along to each day.

“Our coaches and volunteers do a fantastic job making each activity exciting and it’s great to see how much the young people enjoy being a part of the Street Stuff family.”

street stuff

Street Stuff is a diversionary project run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club, and has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65 percent in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in Renfrewshire.

The programme is celebrating 10 years in the community having been established in 2009 and a series of events are being held throughout the year to celebrate the past decade, with a recent football festival at St Mirren FC’s stadium attracting more than 170 young people to play on the pitch.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The Street Stuff programme saw more than 6000 young people take part over the summer holidays last year and we recognise the importance of offering this opportunity for those who need it.

“We’re committed to providing sport and exercise opportunities for all our young people and these summer clubs are a chance for them to get active and make new friends in the process.

“With the added bonus that it’s all for free, what’s stopping them going every day and having the summer of their lives!”

Outside of the holiday programmes, Street Stuff runs six days a week, all-year-round, at venues across Renfrewshire and young people aged 8 to 16 are encouraged to turn up and take part for free.

For more information, visit or follow @SMFCStreetStuff on Facebook and Twitter.

Steven Thompson

On Saturday 1st of June 2019, Derek Ferguson took on a mammoth challenge of doing a charity walk from Bathgate to Howwood to raise money for The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation.

Derek did this to raise awareness of Vasculitis a little known disease. Friends one from Bathgate the other from Johnstone was the idea behind the walk, from one’s home town to another,
Derek was a childhood friend to Joe Feran, who sadly came down with the life-threatening disease which changed his life, Peter Quinn also one day from doing his normal duties at work to not knowing what this disease was doing to him, it changed his life forever, Derek has had the pleasure to have worked with both Joe and Peter knowing if something like this happened to him he knew that they both would Have his back.

Derek organised a sponsored walk to support awareness of vasculitis an auto-immune disease by conquering nearly 50 miles in one day, and raising over £2000, he had a support team all the way through to the finish line, his own wife (Lynn) accompanied him from Parkhead to Ibrox, then he was joined by his sons (Niall and Greg) to walk the remaining miles home, Robert Morgan and Ryan Jardine also joined in to support Derek.

Derek had the constant support of Colin Macdonald (a local businessman and life long friend) by serving him cups of tea/sandwiches, he was there to motivate Derek through the pain and any doubt, at Howwood his friends and family were there cheering him in, Derek was overwhelmed with all the support at the finish line, a proud moment that he had achieved a mammoth task that nearly broke him, extreme gratitude from friends (Joe and Peter )who have vasculitis an auto-immune disease.