Students from Gryffe High School are attempting to raise awareness of the issues facing young people who have lost a parent or loved one by sharing their own experiences, and pioneering a new approach to bereavement support in school.

In a collaboration between the Children and Young People’s Service at St. Vincent’s Hospice and Gryffe High School, the pupil’s own words and experiences of some of their hardest moments after the loss of a significant person in their life, and attempting to readjust to school life, have been shared as part of a new set of support and information materials, aimed at teachers, parents and other pupils.

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Children and Young Persons Bereavement at St. Vincent’s, Alison Provan, said “Being a teenager is a difficult time for anyone, there are so many changes going on in your life that it can be overwhelming at the best of times. Now imagine going through that after the death of a parent or someone close to you.

“Sadly, for most schools and teachers, the resources simply aren’t available to provide proper training and development to give staff the confidence and knowledge to effectively manage issues around bereavement.  The students felt so passionately that they wanted to help people to understand, that we thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with Gryffe High School and develop materials which can make a real difference and offer tangible, practical support.”

As well as being a specialist provider of palliative and hospice care for people with life limiting conditions in Renfrewshire, St. Vincent’s Hospice also offers bereavement counselling and support for children and young people aged 2-18, helping them come to terms with major changes in their lives.

As part of the project, which included creating practical guides and advice for teachers, pupils and staff, the group created an “Advice from our Pupils” booklet. This listed significant incidents, issues, worries or concerns that the students had experienced while coming to terms with loss, written in their own words.  This has now been made available to all teachers and support staff across the school.

Andrew Findlay, Principal Teacher for Guidance at Gryffe High School, said: “The collaboration with St. Vincent’s is something that has been in development for a couple of years. Gill Brand, a fellow Guidance Teacher at Gryffe High School, and I identified a large gap in the universal support offered to young people within a school setting. As we supported pupils who were experiencing loss and bereavement, we found that there was no specific guidance for all pupils, staff and parents to follow to ensure the pupils and their families received the best, and most appropriate support required at such difficult times.

“Through conversation with Alison, who already supported a number of pupils within the school, we discussed the possibility of creating resources to aid that process. The relationships and confidence that she had built with the pupils, allowed a unique insight into the approach staff members could take to ensure an environment is created in which a pupil would feel safe and supported.”

These materials have now been rolled out across the school, and are available for all members of staff, pupils and parents, to help them gain a more meaningful understanding of bereavement and loss for children and young people. The materials, and more information, can be found at: http://www.svh.co.uk/services/supportive-care

Thorn Primary School

Pupils and teachers from Thorn Primary School in Johnstone have taken part in a “30 Challenge” for St. Vincent’s Hospice as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations, raising an incredible £1,664.50.

Thorn Primary School

Primary 7 classes, teachers and staff each committed to walk, jog or run for 30 minutes every day for 30 days straight. Regardless of weather conditions, they faithfully brought their running kit to school every day to make sure they took part.

The primary 7 teachers, Mrs McLeod, Miss Murphy and Mrs Adams, were proud of all of the pupils for taking on this Challenge and giving it their all.

They said: “We noticed as the weeks went passed that there was an overall improvement in fitness and willingness to complete the challenge for such a worthy cause.  Our runs involved looping the entire school grounds which meant other pupils and staff could see our efforts, and often encouraged them to keep going. This definitely gave pupils the feel good factor.

“Pupils also did their own 30-minute walk, jog or run during the weekends and were supported greatly by parents in order to complete the Challenge.

“As teachers, we have felt really inspired by this 30-day Challenge and thoroughly enjoyed participating in and out of school. We are thankful to everyone who sponsored us and feel a great sense of achievement for the P7 pupils of Thorn and of course the money raised for St. Vincent’s which is such a worthy, local cause.”

If you would like to take part in your own 30 challenge, contact the Hospice directly info@svh.co.uk.

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On Saturday 1st December, Santa Clause is coming to Johnstone High Street as part of the St. Vincent’s Hospice Christmas Fayre from 12 – 5pm. With stalls, games, presents and real life reindeer, kick off the festive season with a day of fun for the whole family in aid of a good cause.

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Linda Campbell, Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Our Christmas Fayre is set to be an absolutely incredible day, and we sincerely hope that you can join us on the day! Santa will be arriving at 12pm, and what an entrance he will be making, riding into town on a classic fire engine before meeting all the good boys and girls in his grotto.

“If that’s not enough, we also have a tombola, face painting and crafting, with some delicious cupcakes to keep the kids happy and energised all day. For the adults, we are also offering the chance to get in a bit of Christmas shopping with a fantastic selection of stalls, including hand crafted gifts, jewellery, handbags, scarves, Christmas decorations and rustic wooden garden ornaments. Perfect if you’re looking for something different to give to family and friends this year.

“One of the things we are most excited about, however, is our Preloved Lego Stall. Thanks to an amazing donation from 10-year old James Blair, our Hospice now not only has lots of Lego for children to play with, but it also means we have an amazing range of boxed Lego sets for sale, at a fraction of the price you would pay in the shops!”

For more information, email: Info@svh.co.uk.

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St. Vincent’s Hospice invite you to support their ‘Light up a Life ‘event   on Sunday 25th November.  This year begins at 4pm with a torchlight procession from their new footpath opposite Corseford School, with the service itself beginning around 4.25pm and official lighting and dedication shortly after.

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Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “Light up a Life is one of the most well loved and meaningful events of the Hospice calendar.  It is a chance for all of us to remember a loved one at a time of the year where traditions are important and emotions are heightened.

“This is also an opportunity to do something truly special by sponsoring a light in memory of a loved one or a special occasion, and making a meaningful difference to those who need it most.

“Over the last year, you have supported us to deliver over 1,400 bereavement support sessions to individuals, families, young people and children all of whom lost someone special in their life.

“The funding to do this comes directly from people just like all of you, our supporters in the community. Every penny raised from Light Up a Life goes directly towards providing the care and support needed by so many people at this time of year. As we come towards the end of our 30th Anniversary year, we hope that you will wrap up warm and come and join us for carols, readings, mince pies and hot drinks as we light up a life, this Christmas.”

To dedicate a light on the tree, visit: http://www.svh.co.uk/fundraising/light-up-a-life

Parking is available on the day of the event at Capability Scotland, Corseford School (Beith Road, PA10 2NS) with convenient access via our bus service or the new footpath across the road. Only disabled parking will be available in the Hospice grounds.

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The stars in Renfrewshire’s communities are set to be honoured once again this year and the long-standing sponsors of the awards have shown their support once more.

Provost Cameron with all sponsors

Glasgow Airport Ltd, ACRE Industiral, UNISON Renfrewshire and the Piazza Shopping Centre have committed yet again to sponsoring one of the awards which aims to recognise the unsung heroes of Renfrewshire.

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Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open and will see six individuals or groups celebrated for their hard work and dedication within Renfrewshire.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire is invited to nominate in any of the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We’re delighted to have the continued support of our sponsors who make it possible for me to honour some of the amazing people in our communities.

“It’s a fantastic part of my role being able to reward the inspiring people we see nominated every year and I can’t wait to see who is put forward this year.

“Please don’t miss the chance to give that person or group the recognition they deserve and get your nominations in now.”

The deadline for entries to all categories is Wednesday 12 December.

The Provost will be joined by the award sponsors and other local elected members to choose the winners who will be invited, along with their nominator, to the awards ceremony on Friday 15 March 2019 and the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2019, email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0141 618 7102.

This week, St. Vincent’s Hospice, are taking part in Hospice Care Week 2018 and are looking for your help in shaping the future of their services.


The theme for this year is “Heart My Hospice”, led by the national hospice and palliative care charity, Hospice UK, and St. Vincent’s are asking you to get involved in a very simple way – by sharing your voice as part of their Community Services Review.

Director of Care for St. Vincent’s, Brona McGee, said: “Hospice Care Week aims to encourage people to become actively involved in supporting the vital work we carry out every day, but this year we are asking you to do this in a slightly different way – by filling in a short survey.

“As we get ready for the future, we are inviting members of the public and our professional colleagues to be directly involved in shaping the direction of our services. This involves reviewing our existing community services, as well as exploring new opportunities for developments.”

The Hospice will be reviewing their Community Nurse Specialists, Day Services, Bereavement Support Service and considering proposals for new support services. This aims to ensure they are prepared for the future and continue to offer the right care in a way that is best suited to meeting the constantly changing needs of the community.

Brona added: “Every year more than 200,000 people in the UK receive Hospice Care, with a direct impact on local families and patients from all across the community. By offering your voice to our survey, you can play a real and meaningful part in helping us provide the best possible care for the local community for years to come.”

The deadline for submitting comments to the Community Services Review is Sunday 14th October. To take part, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MFR5HVT

Two local hospices were given a fundraising boost thanks to Renfrewshire Leisure staff and customers.

A total of £10,608 was raised after various sponsored events were held throughout the year at the sports and leisure centres throughout the area.

Now the money is being split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:

“Every year we just seem to raise more and more money for these two worthy causes. The generosity of our staff and customers knows no bounds and I’m really proud we have raised so much money this year.

Visitors to this weekend’s Beer and Food Festival can get a taster of what’s to come at CarFest when the team officially launch this year’s event this Saturday at County Place from 10am until 3pm.

St Vincent’s Hospice is bringing its hugely popular CarFest into the town centre once again on Saturday 16th June and a fun day out for all the family is guaranteed!


There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and Remote Control cars!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, live music, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle!

This is the fifth year of St. Vincent’s CarFest and its second visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood
The event is organised by MaxSafe and sponsored by Paisley First.

The cars will be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm on 16th June.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Hospice and the CarFest team in bringing this great event to Paisley town centre for a second year.

“The sun shone last year and we’re hoping for the same again this June. It was a great day out for all the family and all the local businesses joined in the fun too, all in aid of such a worthy cause.”

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “CarFest is one of the absolute highlights of our calendar, and we are always absolutely blown away by the amount of work and passion that people put in to making it happen.

“This year we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary since first opening our doors in 1988. Since then we have provided palliative and end of life care to thousands of individuals and families from all across the Renfrewshire Community.

“This has only been possible thanks to events like CarFest and the amazing support we continue to receive from so many generous people throughout Renfrewshire and beyond.”
Willie Chrystal of MaxSafe Solutions said: “Last year was the first time the event was held in Paisley town centre, after three years of being held in the hospice grounds, and it was great to see so many people in the town centre supporting it.

“It has been fantastically received by both the car owners and the public alike with vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years.

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“The work that the hospice provides for the people of Renfrewshire is
exceptional so what better way for a petrol head to have fun and also help raise some money.”
The event on Saturday 16th June will kick off with a procession of more than 100 cars taking part from Renfrew Road into the town centre at 8.30am.

The cars will then be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm.

St. Vincent’s Hospice have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community following the break in and robbery of one of their charity shops in Paisley earlier this week.

The Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for individuals with life limiting illnesses, reported that their Glenburn store had been broken into in the early hours of Monday 18 December. Along with the contents of the till and safe, the thieves caused extensive damage to the shop itself.

In the days since the news came out, members of the local community have come out in force to support the charity, offering money, time and effort to help spread the word, raise awareness and get them back on their feet in time for Christmas.

Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “This week started with the shocking and sad news that someone would do this to a charity which works so hard for people during some of the most difficult times of their lives. In the few short days since then, however, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of so many people from throughout the community, who were committed to getting us back on our feet in time for Christmas.”

The Hospice has received hundreds of pounds in donations via anonymous drop-ins and their JustGiving page. This included Olivia Anderson, who made the incredible donation of £640, on behalf of her family in memory of her Mum who was cared for in the Hospice.

Along with offers of support from trade workers and organisations offering to carry out work to repair the damage to the shop. After learning that the door to the shop was damaged beyond repair, local joiner William Galloway contacted his suppliers at A1 Ironmongers and is now supplying and fitting a brand new door completely free of charge.

Moya and Willie Paton also went above and beyond the call of duty, stopping by the store the day after the break-in to provide them with a new cash register, to let them get up and running.

Kate added: “There are too many people to thank individually, but whether you have made a cash donation, shared out posts across social media or offered your time and effort to help fix the store, please know how humbled and grateful we are for all of your support. Our team work extremely hard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and to see how much this means to so many is genuinely heart-warming, especially so close to Christmas.

“We are delighted to say that the shop is once again open for business, and on behalf of everyone at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to say thank you all and we hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.”

You can continue to support St. Vincent’s Hospice via their JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/stvincents/donate

Following a break in to their charity shop in Glenburn, St. Vincent’s Hospice are appealing to local trade workers to repair their locks and shutters ahead of Christmas.

A provider of specialist palliative care for people with life limiting conditions, along with support for their families and children, the St. Vincent’s Charity shops throughout Renfrewshire provide a vital income for the Hospice.

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “We are shocked and saddened that someone would do this just days before Christmas. Not only have we lost the contents of our cash register and safe, but the break in has caused extensive damage to our store, the security shutters and locks on the doors.

“All proceeds from our shops go directly towards allowing us to continue to offer the care and support we do for people throughout the community. We are asking for any local businesses or trade workers to please help us repair the damage caused to our shop and get it back up and running over the festive season.”

This is the busiest time of year for the shops, meaning the damage will cause a significant loss of income, along with the cost of repairs. If you, or someone you know, is able to help St. Vincent’s Hospice, please get in touch by calling 01505 705635.