2. 17 Park Mains High School pupils celebrate their exam results outside their school
archie king tuts

Lochwinnoch musician and TikTok star, archie, 18, sets out to follow in the footsteps of musicians like Paulo Nutini and Oasis as he headlines the main stage at King Tut’s in Glasgow on Sunday 7th August. The gig will also launch his debut solo single, “Everything She Does Is Beautiful” which will be released on Friday 5th August on all major streaming platforms.

archie king tuts

Super-talented archie, who sings and plays 11 different instruments, has already performed at iconic venues such as the Barrowlands and the Glasgow Green main stage for the 2018 European Championships. His first major hit, “Nicotine” – which he wrote and sang for Drum and Bass DJ/Producer Goddard – made the top 10 on the iTunes dance charts with nearly 5 million streams – winning archie the honour of closing out London’s Tobacco Docks music festival to a sell-out crowd of over 2,000 people. His new song is the first release from a forthcoming EP showcasing two years of solo writing and recording with top Scottish and London producers, with much of his inspiration coming from walks in the Renfrewshire countryside.


Ahead of his gig, archie will be supporting the Summer Jam 2022 fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Three Churches in Lochwinnoch on Sunday 31st July and he’s also performing at the Cycle Arts Festival at Castle Semple Visitor Centre at 3:45pm on Thursday 4th August.


archie said:


“I’ve always had amazing support from my local community, helping me grow in confidence and improve, and it’s a real privilege to give something back by supporting local charities such as the Teenage Cancer Trust and St Vincent’s Hospice.


“My debut single had its very first airing in the cancer ward in Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital when I sent it to a friend who was having treatment there. She said it made her cry – hopefully because she loved it!”


“I’ve been writing and recording for over two years and I’m looking forward to finally starting to share my music with a wider audience.  It’s always great to see local faces in the crowd at a gig and I hope to see lots of friends at my King Tut’s debut.”


Tickets for the King Tut’s gig are available at  www.kingtuts.co.uk/artist/archie.

Group shot Convener M McGurk with kids and staff at St James' summer club in Renfrew - 27 Jul 2022 (2)

Hundreds of children and young people are having a whale of a good time at Renfrewshire Council’s summer clubs.

Taking place across the area, the Summer of Fun clubs and activities are available both during the day and evening to help kids aged between 5 and 16 have a good holiday break.

Group shot Convener M McGurk with kids and staff at St James' summer club in Renfrew - 27 Jul 2022 (2)

From sports, art and crafts to field trips and wall climbing, children and young people have lots to keep them occupied over the six-week break. Those who go to an activity over lunchtime also receive a free healthy meal.

All the activities are supported by the council’s community learning and development team, Children’s Services, OneRen, St Mirren Football Club and Class4Kids.

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Communities and Housing Convener, Councillor Marie McGurk, visited St James’ Primary School, Renfrew, to see firsthand how the clubs were going.

She said: “Having time to socialise with friends and others of the same age is important for all of us, but especially for children and young people after the experiences of the last few years with lockdown and restrictions due to the pandemic.

“The Summer of Fun activities are part of a large programme that supports children and young people of all backgrounds to enjoy the holiday period. With funding from the Scottish Government, we have put additional activities into targeted areas to support low-income families. We also have our regular summer playscheme for children and young people with additional support needs (ASN) and provided our regular activities like StreetStuff and Duke of Edinburgh.”

Convener M McGurk with a kid under a rainbow parachute at St James' summer club in Renfrew - 27 Jul 2022 (1)

Summer of Fun daytime activities are taking place in Gallowhill, St Paul’s, St James’ (Renfrew), Woodlands and Glencoats primary schools as well as West Johnstone Campus and the King George V in Renfrew. Most places are booked out.

StreetStuff will be at different areas each Monday to Saturday. Visit https://renfrewshire-cld.class4kids.co.uk/term/4 for information and to book.

Young people aged 10 to 16 living in Erskine, Foxbar and Glenburn can also go to local activities each night. Visit https://renfrewshire-cld.class4kids.co.uk/term/7 for information and to book.

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braehead potter

It’s a kinda magic the way Braehead shopping centre plans to raise money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital charity.

The mall is hosting a Harry Potter Weekend with lots of wizard activities to raise much-needed funds for life-changing projects and services for children in hospital and their families.

braehead potter

The Harry Potter Weekend at the Braehead mall takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29, 30 and 31, between 10am and 6pm, in the central atrium.

Witches and wizards of all ages are invited to come along to the fun-filled weekend and take part in some magical arts and crafts.

Families can have their photograph taken in front of a green screen and thanks to some Hogwarts’ magic, when the pictured is emailed to them, the backdrop will make it look like they have paid a visit to Hogwarts.

Anyone taking part is asked to make a minimum of a £1 donation for each activity to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

William McGowan, Head of Partnerships and Events, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said: “We can’t wait for our Harry Potter Weekend, at Braehead and look forward to bringing the spirit of Hogwarts to the shopping centre.

“We are incredibly grateful to Braehead for their continued support and generosity.

“We rely entirely on fundraising and donations to fund our life-changing hospital projects to make sure that young patients and their families receive the extra special care they deserve.

“Funds raised through our magical Harry Potter Weekend activities will help to continue our charity-funded play and events programme, family support services and wellbeing support for NHS staff, giving children and their families the best possible hospital experience.”

Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown said: “We hope lots of Harry Potter fans will come along to our special weekend dressed as their favourite characters from the books and films.

“Not only will everyone had lots of fun, they’ll also be helping a very worthy cause. Now that is something magic!”

british sign language

Are you interested in learning some basic British Sign Language? We are running various classes in Renfrewshire and the surrounding area. If you would be interested in joining us in a fun, safe and relaxed environment, you will get the chance to work with our Deaf BSL tutor Graham and Communication support worker David who will ensure flowing communication all round.

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You will learn about the basics of this beautiful language while finding out much more about deaf culture. These classes are designed for people that haven’t studies BSL before and to give you a taste of the language. There are no qualifications, so there are no exams, so you get to learn at your own pace without any pressure Just click on the link below and sign up for a new block of classes. We can’t wait to see you all. Please try and encourage as many people to come along as you can. Please feel free to share this post far and wide https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows

Stephen Dock and Jude

“After 4 weeks using my bike, I had gone from using my car daily to once per week – it was then I decided to ditch the car altogether.”

When Stephen Dock spotted Renfrewshire Council’s Not Far? Leave the Car campaign, it was the push he needed to make a huge change in his life – and it’s one he’s not looking back from.

Recently, he’d been considering using his bike to commute to Inverclyde where he works as a student nurse but hadn’t quite worked up the courage to take the plunge.

Stephen Dock and Jude

The Council’s new campaign was the driving force behind his decision to ditch the car for his bike and set a positive example for his two young sons, Jack and Jude.

Stephen said: “I found the campaign to be very motivational as it adds another good reason to cycle, walk or use public transport, and being able to see what I have achieved on a daily basis is rewarding.

“I thought I would do a test run of not using my car at all and mainly use my bike and public transport when required to see how it went.

“Commuting for me involves cycling to the train station, getting the train and then cycling to the hospital. I use the bus on occasion, but the majority of the time is cycling.

“My bike still allows me to do the nursery and school run, have days out using the cycle path and visit family and friends.

“After 4 weeks, I had gone from using my car daily to once per week and it was then I decided to ditch the car altogether.

“The end result is now that I have sold my car and now only use my bike and public transport.”

Having initially embraced the campaign as a way of getting healthier, Stephen has been surprised at how easy it has been to travel on his bike and on public transport in Renfrewshire.

“The fact that I no longer have the car has opened my eyes to how easy it is to still get through my week without relying on a car.

“I was a bit apprehensive at the start of this journey wondering about how to get big shops done and how safe the roads would be on a bike, but these have totally gone now and I have found the cycle network around Renfrewshire very useful and easy to navigate.

“I’ve also loved the added benefit of saving money, getting healthy, being a role model to my sons and helping the environment – so I don’t see me reverting back anytime soon.

“I think I have now made the leap and changed my behaviours for good”

With Jack and Jude travelling for free on buses as part of the Scottish Government’s free bus travel for under 23s scheme, it’s been easy for Stephen to travel without a car and even more so as Jack’s excited to get on his bike at every opportunity.

“I have two sons who have really had to get involved as I used to drive them around, but my oldest son Jack, who is 9, now cycles with me when we need to go places and I do my best to keep up!

“My youngest son Jude is 2 so isn’t quite big enough to cycle with us himself yet, but he goes into a kids seat on the back of my bike and loves it so much that it’s now his preferred mode of transport.

“When we need to use public transport for longer journeys, Jack and Jude both travel for free on buses, so we save on costs and it’s great to travel together as a family in sustainable way.”

Not Far? Leave the Car rewards people for taking sustainable journeys with points that can then be exchanged for discounts or freebies from more than 100 local businesses in Renfrewshire.

Stephen’s racking up the points every day and the campaign has encouraged him to visit more local businesses in Renfrewshire as he looks to spend local whenever possible.

“The app has been very easy to use and I like that it confirms which activity you have been doing, gives me a daily snapshot of how active I’ve been and also a summary of how much CO2 I would normally have used. The options to redeem points or donate them to charity is clear and very simple to do as well.

“I haven’t actually exchanged my points yet but when I do, I will be rewarding myself with a nice coffee using the Renfrewshire Gift Card as I was pleasantly surprised at the number of businesses that accept it.

“I have visited local businesses as my days out with the kids are mainly around the Renfrewshire area so we spend local where we can and everywhere is relatively easy to get to without a car.

“We do enjoy heading into the town centre or to the local parks so always stop for a coffee or ice cream as well.”

More than 750 people like Stephen are now signed up to the campaign and are getting healthier and being rewarded for leaving the car at home.

The free app works just like a sport or fitness watch and participants can choose to track their journeys themselves or do this automatically, with all sustainable journeys rewarded with points.

To sign up for free, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/leavethecar.

The 2022 Cycle Arts Festival will take place over the first week of August 2022 (1st to 7th)   on  the traffic-free path that travels between Paisley and Lochwinnoch. It’s a week-long calendar of events geared towards encouraging everyone to visit this unique cycle path with arts exhibitions, live events and cycling activities. The festival will take place along 7 miles of the National Cycle Route 7, a cycle path that is designed for both walkers and cyclists.

“At this festival we have a stunning array of community developed projects that really highlight the talented artists and creative communities we have in Renfrewshire, the Cycle Arts Festival has an outdoors organic slant asking us to examine and celebrate our remarkable natural environments in Renfrewshire both urban and rural”  says Rikki Payne, Arts Manager at OneRen, the local charitable trust providing cultural, leisure and sporting opportunities to help people enjoy active and healthy lives.


Katie Rowland, Art and Diversity Coordinator for Sustrans Scotland said:  “Sustrans is delighted to support this brilliant festival which showcases the creativity and talent of people who live in Renfrewshire. It’s very much a community event and we hope people who live both locally and further afield will come along, see for themselves and make use of this this brilliant, traffic-free section of National Cycle Network Route 7 in the process.”


Place Partnership at OneRen in collaboration with local arts and community partners, Sustrans and Cycling  UK have developed this unique Outdoor  Arts Festival for Renfrewshire. 


The Festivalfestival presents a series of outdoor arts and environmental engagements which link to local places and communities to celebrate and recognise the value of our unique environments. The festival pushes boundaries of creativity in terms of what kind of activities can be delivered outside.


There’s something for everyone to experience with a range of installations, activities and performances to discover as you make your way along the path.


At Kilbarchan local artist Phillipa Tomlin creates a permanent art installation created in collaboration with local residents. It combines uplifting poetry and a permanent mural, inspired by and exploring our connection to nature, the pigeons and other birds that live along the cycle route.


 Dance Artist Rod Heaslip creates ‘Strawboys’ – a vibrant and energetic outdoor pop-up performance at Elderslie and Lochwinnoch blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary dance and music.


 Come along to have your bike looked over to get it up and running with Dr Bike! At Dr Bike, your bike will be checked over by a trained mechanic, who will make any on-the-spot adjustments and fixes that need doing right there and then, free of charge.

The Cycle Arts Festival and the Cycle Arts Renfrewshire wWebsite are projects funded by Place Partnership based at OneRen, with Sustrans and Cycling UK.  The Place Partnership project in Renfrewshire is funded by Creative Scotland and Renfrewshire Council through Future Paisley – the radical and wide-ranging programme of economic, social and physical regeneration using the town’s unique and internationally significant cultural and heritage story to transform the future.


To learn more about Cycle Arts Festival Renfrewshire, click here. [link to cycleartsrenfrewshire.co.uk]

Link to Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cycle-Arts-Renfrewshire

Link to Instagram: www.instagram.com/cycleartsrenfrewshire/

Link to Twitter: www.twitter.com/CycleArtsRen

Climate Cooking Challenge, fashion upcycling and community gardens part of £50,000 award for climate change projects in Renfrewshire

Communities in Renfrewshire will reduce food waste and emissions, recycle old clothes and textiles, and create community gardens, biodiversity areas and food growing areas thanks to funding awards from Renfrewshire Council.

The Community Climate Fund was created by Renfrewshire Council to offer local communities the chance to make environmental changes in their local area that will contribute to the target of Renfrewshire reaching net-zero by 2030.

£50,000 was allocated from the Council’s £1million Climate Change Action Fund, with up to £3,000 available to community organisations for each project – and a total of 18 projects have been successful.

One of a range of innovative ideas was a Climate Cooking Challenge devised by the Tannahill Centre in Paisley, which will reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills with the local community around making the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food.

Jamie Mallan, Business Transformation Manager at the Tannahill Centre, said: “This funding is going to make a big difference to families and individuals in Ferguslie as it will enable us to support local families by helping them to reduce food and energy costs at home at a time when the cost-of-living crisis is hitting really hard.

“Author Lorna Cooper will run workshops for residents from Ferguslie where she will share some of the recipes detailed in her book ‘Feed your Family for £20’ and some of the advice and tips she shares on social media which help families make leftovers go further, whilst also reducing their energy costs.”

Lorna will also work with the local sewing group, The Feegie Needlers, to produce non-electric slow cookers.

She said: “Made from a duvet and some fabric, non-electric slow cookers are a popular way of slow cooking all over the world. After bringing a pot of food to the boil and placing it inside the slow cooker, the retained heat will continue cooking for up to eight hours without any additional energy source.”

Renfrew YMCA SCIO plan to teach young people in the community about the effects of ‘fast-fashion’ on the environment and support them to carry out upcycling of clothes and textiles, with the aim of hosting an eco-friendly fashion show.

Taylor Smith, Renfrew YMCA Youth Development Worker, said: “Our project is an upcycling project that provides children and young people with the skills to take old clothes and make something new as we try to tackle the fast fashion problem and help with climate change.

“We are so excited that we have received this funding and have already started making upcycling hair bands and bangles in our summer programme.”

The Council’s Climate Change Action Fund provides initial funding to pilot new ideas and approaches, to support engagement and partnership working across Renfrewshire, and to accelerate the pace of change already being delivered through existing initiatives.

It is one of a variety of initiatives in place to support Renfrewshire’s aim of reaching net-zero by 2030.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Climate Change Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see the level of enthusiasm and creativity from our local communities as they help to tackle the climate change emergency in any way they can – and these projects are a shining example of what can be done.

“As a Council, climate change is considered in every decision we take and we are reducing our carbon emissions at every opportunity, but we know that we need our communities and businesses to do the same.

“We’ve set an ambitious target of reaching net-zero by 2030, but I am confident that as a Council we can lead from the front with the initiatives we have in place now and to come.

“Climate Change is a key priority of this administration, and we will continue to do all we can to reduce our emissions and support all of Renfrewshire to do the same.”

Other projects which received funding include food growing initiatives in Lochwinnoch, Williamsburgh Primary; community gardens in Kirklandneuk Primary, Langbank Primary, The Good Shephard Centre in Bishopton, Johnstone Castle Community Centre, Bishopton Community Centre and the Finding Your Feet centre in Paisley; biodiversity improvements in Ferguslie and Lochwinnoch; funding for bike repairs to support active travel; environmental improvements to the Howwood Park pavilion and Ferguslie Cricket Club; ‘Repair, Make Do and Mend’ sewing workshops, videos and a Mending Skills toolkit by Mossvale Community Church; and a community dye garden in Paisley.

All applicants whose projects did not receive funding have been supported by the Council and Engage Renfrewshire to identify other possible funding opportunities.

For more information on climate change projects in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/climatechange.

The projects awarded funding were:

The Tannahill Centre (£2,953)

  • Climate Cooking Challenge
  • Reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills to make the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food
  • Reduce energy consumption through more efficient preparation of food
  • Produce non-electric slow cookers using recycled household materials

Lochwinnoch Sustainable Community Garden (£1,000)

  • Rewilding Lochwinnoch
  • Improve biodiversity in the area by sowing wildflower seeds
  • Interactive project aimed to be accessible for all

24th Paisley Boys Brigade (£3,000)

  • Climate Challenge 2022
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Learning how to grow food through a community garden
  • Turning over church lawns to wildflower meadows

Kirklandneuk PS Parent Council (£3,000)

  • ‘Mon the Weans, Mon the Bees, Mon the Community’
  • Outdoor space for pupils to be creative
  • Used for community food growing and preparation
  • Biodiversity area in the school grounds

Own Yer Bike (£3,000)

  • Volunteer Training/Parts for repairs
  • Put five volunteers through cycle mechanics course to allow them to teach young people how to fix and maintain their bikes
  • Purchase of parts to repair bikes for free to support active travel

Friends of Howwood Park (£2,840.60)

  • Howwood Park Pavilion Renovation
  • Renovate the pavilion in an environmentally friendly manner
  • Insulation and low energy electrical fittings
  • Minimise energy demand and maximise efficiency

Langbank Parent Partnership (£3,000)

  • All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today
  • Establish the garden as an extension to the outdoor classroom
  • Growing ground for fruits, vegetables and herbs

The Good Shephard Centre (£2,855)

  • Community Garden
  • ‘Fork to fork’ approach
  • Follows GSC’s Young People’s Climate Change Agenda
  • In partnership with Duke of Edinburgh Award, GSC School and Wellbeing teams
  • Improve horticultural skills

Local Energy Action Plan (£3,000)

  • Diggin’ It Together
  • Food growing initiative for people in their own homes
  • Reduce carbon emissions, promote mindfulness, tackle food insecurity, promote sese of wellbeing, opportunity to bring people together at community events

Renfrewshire Rainbow Buddies (£2,220)

  • Little and Large Explorers
  • Renovate Johnstone Castle Community Centre’s garden
  • Provide active travel equipment
  • Learn new skills, such as planting, making flower beds, food hygiene

Ferguslie Cricket Club (£2,000)

  • Climate Change projects
  • Install LED lighting
  • Creation of a small garden for biodiversity

Ferguslie Community Development Trust (£2,871)

  • Sunshine on Ferguslie (schools project)
  • Improvements to front gardens to encourage interest in nature
  • Learn new gardening skills
  • Create planters and birdboxes
  • Community gardening clubs

Mossvale Community Church (£2,510)

  • Sewing2gether All Nations – Repair Make Do & Mend
  • Sewing workshops for members of the refugee and asylum seeker community
  • Create Make Do & Mend videos
  • Produce a Mending Skills toolkit

Williamsburgh Parent Council (£2,897.22)

  • Getting Williamsburgh Growing
  • Support children to grow their own food

Renfrew YMCA SCIO (£3,000)

  • Make Renfrew Green
  • Implement up-cycling into the organisation
  • Teach young people about up-cycling and the effect of ‘fast-fashion’
  • Host an eco-friendly fashion show

Bonnie Bishopton (£3,000)

  • Community Gardens at the Community Centre
  • Regenerate neglected land
  • Create a community garden for health and wellbeing

Finding Your Feet (FYF) (£3,000)

  • Turn an area of disused land into a garden and play area
  • Sensory garden, outdoor children’s accessible play area, nature walks, bee keeping and gardening

Sculpture House Collective (£2,985.60)

  • Community Dye Garden
  • Green spaces used to grow plants and trees that can be used for dying and printing textiles
  • Expand to satellite locations in Ferguslie Park area
  • Engage and educate the local community
  • Improve biodiversity
Richard Lochead

Three new job support programmes worth £750k aimed at breaking down barriers to getting people into work and boosting Renfrewshire’s recovery from the pandemic have been launched.

Renfrewshire Council’s convener for Economy and Regeneration Cllr Andy Steel made the announcement today during a visit to the area by Scottish Government Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Richard Lochhead.

Richard Lochead

The new programmes are mainly funded through Renfrewshire’s share of the Scottish Government £80m Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery fund, which allows councils to develop local schemes to help businesses grow, stimulate economic activity, and support low-income households.

The three new Renfrewshire programmes will target support to people and businesses to help overcome some of the issues preventing people getting back into work. They are:

Transition Fund for Parents – for parents who are out of work and on Universal Credit. This will see grants of up to £1,000 paid over the first three months in the job, where they may be waiting on their first wage and while benefits change, to help with practical costs such as travel, childcare, clothing or training.

Richard Lochead

Skills and Training Grant Programme – a new fund for to help people on Universal Credit, either unemployed or on low-pay, gain new skills and move into better-paid work. This will see support of up to £3,500 made available to help the costs of training which will help them advance their careers.

Parental Employment Support Employer Recruitment Initiative – a pilot scheme which will pay wage subsidies to help businesses create new part-time jobs which start and finish within school hours – for parents who want back into work but for whom working 9 to 5 isn’t possible.

Mr Lochhead was in Paisley today where Cllr Steel gave him a tour of the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire employability hub in the Russell Institute building on Causeyside Street. There, he met staff, businesses and residents who have benefitted from existing support to help people into jobs.

Richard Lochead

Cllr Steel said: “Here in Renfrewshire, supporting people on low incomes and helping drive the area’s recovery from the pandemic are two of the central missions of this council, so I am delighted to today launch three new programmes targeted at doing exactly that.

“We know that in Renfrewshire the number of people out of work rose sharply during the pandemic but has now fallen to pre-pandemic levels, and that businesses are actively trying to fill vacancies.

“Our Invest in Renfrewshire team speak to jobseekers and businesses every day, so have real insight into the barriers which are holding those who are out of work back from getting into employment.

“So these three funds have been designed to overcome those – by helping cover the costs people will experience when starting a new job, supporting people to get the training they need to move into better-paid work, and helping employers offer more flexible and childcare-friendly hours.

“These programmes will help businesses fill vacancies and retain staff, which will in turn boost their own productivity, and hopefully create further opportunities down the line.”

Employment Minister Richard Lochhead said: “It’s great to see Scottish Government funding being used to make such a difference in Renfrewshire. This additional support shows the principles of our No One Left Behind approach to employability.

“We will continue to work with partners in local government, the third sector, private sector and others to realise Scotland’s ambitions for a wellbeing economy – tackling poverty and securing better lives for people and communities across the country.”

Invest in Renfrewshire is the council’s programme to help people find work and to support businesses to grow.

Their approach, based on integrated services and a partnership approach, has had an enormous impact on local employment figures since it was launched in 2012.

In that time, Renfrewshire has seen the biggest growth in youth employment of any area in Scotland – at 21.1% – and the area’s unemployment rates are now at an all-time low.

All three of the funds launched today are now open for applications and more information on how to do that can be found by emailing invest@renfrewshire.gov.uk, or calling 0300 300 1180.

Other Invest in Renfrewshire projects also covered by Renfrewshire’s share of the Covid Recovery fund include an expansion of the existing business growth grant scheme, support to help employers retain trainees hired through the existing Kickstart scheme for another six months, and extra funding for the council’s net-zero business grant scheme to help businesses reduce carbon emissions.


Walkers, cyclists and public transport users in Renfrewshire are benefitting from discounts at local businesses as part of a year-long active travel campaign.

More than 750 people have now signed up to the Not Far? Leave the Car campaign as they look to get healthier, lead more active lives and reduce their emissions by using the car as little as possible.


The campaign rewards people for tracking their journeys using sustainable transport with points that can be redeemed at more than 100 businesses in Renfrewshire or donated to charity.

Discounts can be used at cafes and restaurants, hairdressers and tanning salons, jewellers, gift shops, chemists, opticians and many other local businesses across the area.

There are regular prize draws, offers for double points and participants could win a £15 voucher at Nomads’ Coffee Shop in Paisley if they register a journey by the end of July.


Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted to see so many people signing up to take part in this campaign as it’s so important that we use sustainable travel whenever we can.

“Reducing our emissions is key to tackling climate change so if we can all do our bit by walking, cycling, sharing a lift or using the bus or train instead of setting off in the car then we will make small steps towards progress.

“It’s great to get rewarded for taking part with discounts at so many fantastic local businesses in Renfrewshire and it gives a boost to their trade too, so sign up today for free and start earning rewards straight away.”

Journeys are tracked either automatically or manually on the free BetterPoints app and vouchers can be redeemed in store or through the Renfrewshire Gift Card.

To take part, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/leavethecar, download the free app and get started today.

The project has been funded by the Scottish Government and is provided by BetterPoints Ltd.