Weatherseal Community Heroes Fund

From day centres to outreach projects and from Bathgate to Inverclyde, many community groups and organisations have benefited from bursaries through Weatherseal. Today we will take a look at just a handful of them below. Remember the Community Heroes fund is open to the Renfrewshire area until the end of this week and will be continuing across Scotland over the coming months. You can fill in the simple application form here.


St Michael’s Day Care Centre is based in Linlithgow and provides breakfast, a 3 course lunch, transport, therapeutic activities and most importantly a safe, friendly environment for frail, elderly disabled people in the area. They celebrated their 25th Anniversary by receiving £500 to buy new resources for the centre and allow them to vary the daily activities on offer.

Some mothers from Fauldhouse Playgroup contacted the bursary as they were really struggling due to lack of funds. They were awarded £500 to help throw a Christmas party for the children as well as buy new toys and arts and crafts equipment.

Yorkhill Children’s Hospital radio station was raising money for an audio system within the children’s intensive care unit as they are not allowed radios in this section. Paul Harper from Real Radio was making a guest appearance on the station in early December and took the opportunity to announce a donation of £500 from the bursary towards the fund raising effort.

These are just a few of the success stories that have resulted from previous Weatherseal bursary programmes and will hopefully give an idea of how they could help you with your community group or organisation. For more information visit the and get applying!


Roar – Connections for Life

Old age can be one of the most fulfilling periods of our lives if we have positive relationships, reasonable health and fulfilling experiences. Roar – Connections for Life is an award-winning charity focused on bringing people together, promoting wellbeing and offering a range of fun things to do.

What we do

Many people think we ‘just do lunch clubs’ but we have expanded the range of services over the last few years.

Roar Clubs

Eligibility criteria applies – Costs vary per club

We operate a network of clubs that are designed to provide an opportunity to meet people, socialise and laugh whilst investing in your physical and mental health through our wellbeing programmes.

Befriending – By assessment only

Befriending is aimed at people who are particularly socially isolated due to life events, low confidence or declining mobility.  Our experienced staff assess and design opportunities around the interests and ability of the person.  For some people this may be a weekly visit, regular phone calls, or for others they may become part of a friendship group.  The service is grant funded but capacity is limited.

OTAGO  – Costs and venues vary

Provides gentle exercises designed for older adults to improve your strength and balance which will help to keep you mobile.  In various venues throughout Renfrewshire.

Falls Prevention Service  – By assessment only

We are passionate about stopping avoidable falls and injuries.  Out trained staff can assess and offer advice and solutions to help you stay safer and independent longer.

Roar Do Feet

Basic toenail cutting and filing service delivered by Roar staff and trained volunteers who have been supported by NHS.  Various venues throughout Renfrewshire.  Cost £12 for 30 min appointment and one off cost of £12 for foot care pack.  A phone assessment will be carried out for suitability for new appointments.

Well Invested – Wed * By assessment only

This is an ‘Exclusive’ Health and Wellbeing MOT and service. Qualified Physiotherapists provide a baseline assessment of your fitness and help you make improvements through specialist exercises. Particularly beneficial for anyone worried about their balance or falling.

Reels & Spiels  – Tue 1 – 4 pm *

A chance to see new or old films picked by the group.  There is an opportunity for a blether and try out our film quiz along with a cup of tea. Fun, friendship and laughter guaranteed.

Craft Cafe  – Tue 10 – 12 noon *

A creative, safe and social environment where the over 60’s can learn new skills, renew social  networks and reconnect with their communities.

Come Dine with Me – Fri – 10.30 – 1 pm* 

Older adults plan, prepare, cook meals and then dine together.  The group is supported to try new recipes, pick up new cooking tips with an emphasis on having fun and eating well.

Men’s Group – Fri 1.30 – 3.30*

(1- 4 on trip days)

This opportunity is for older men who want to come together to enjoy and learn from activities related to topics such as science, technology, history, sport, politics and nature with a monthly trip.

IT Tablet Classes  –  various venues

If you don’t have a tablet but want to find out more, or do you have one and want to get better at using it, this informal 6 week course is for you. Courses run throughout the year.

Volunteering in Later Life

Open to All – Priceless

Many older people have a huge amount of skills and assets. Volunteering in later life can help give purpose and structure to life whilst helping people in your community. All the projects need volunteers and there is no upper age limit.

More information:

You can find out more about our services and events via our website or even through our facebook or twitter. Our phone number is 0141 889 7481.