Renfrewshire Council

Challenge Poverty

How you can challenge poverty in Renfrewshire

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, here's what's happening in the area and how you can help.

Period Poverty

The team at the STAR project will be tackling period poverty with a special workshop on Tuesday 2 October. They will also be giving out free sanitary products to young women, the age group most likely to be affected by period poverty. 

You can help by: donating individually wrapped pads, tampons and silicone menstrual cups to the STAR Project office at 12-14 Wallace Street, Paisley, PA3 2BU.


Household goods

RAMH are looking to collect more household goods to help support their Re-Use Super Store in Johnstone - as long as items are clean and in working order. - to ensure people can get them at a low cost price. Suggestions include: 

  • Electrical appliances - kettles, toasters, lamps and vacuum cleaners
  • Dish and plate sets and knife, fork and spoon sets
  • Soft furnishings - curtains, cushion covers, duvet covers, blankets, duvets and pillows
  • Winter clothes
  • Cuddly toys

You can help by: donating electrical goods, warm clothes and cuddly toys to RAMH Re-Use Super Store, Houstoun Court Shopping Arcade (across from the town hall) Church Street, Johnstone, PA5 8DT.


Taking a pledge

Council employees will be joining people across Scotland sharing their challenge to poverty on social media.

Employees at Renfrewshire House will take snaps of themselves with a challenge poverty pledge card and post it to their own social media profiles. 

Young people attending Street Stuff's Morse Code and Saturday clubs will also take their own pledge snaps.

We'll create a round-up of the best ones and post on the Council's Facebook page and Twitter account.

You can help by: creating your own pledge card, taking a snap and posting on social media using the hashtag #ChallengePoverty and #AyeWeCan.


Cuppa and a Chat

Families First are launching a new club for people to come in and have a chat. It's on Monday, so check with your local Families First team to find out when they are holding their club.

You can help by: letting friends and family know about the new Families First club.


Healthier and Wealthier Children

The Healthier Wealthier Children team will be visiting the maternity clinic at  the Royal Alexander Hospital (RAH) in Paisley on Friday 5 October. They will be offering money advice to parents and parents-to-be.

You can help by: letting mums and mums-to-be know it's happening