Renfrewshire Council

Keren leads call for rural champions

Senior Economic Development Officer Keren Ferguson is leading the development of a local action group to help shape the vision for rural Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

Rural champs Keren has been part of the Economic Development team since 2005 and is excited to be taking on this latest project.

She says: "Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde has great rural communities already and the local action group will strengthen them even further by ensuring they remain resilient and benefit from new funding opportunities."

Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde comprises 30 miles of rural land and communities across the three local authorities of East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

Around 94,000 people live here including Eaglesham, Neilston and Uplawmoor in East Renfrewshire; the many villages in Renfrewshire and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park; and Gourock, Inverkip, Kilmacolm, Quarrier's Village and Wemyss Bay in Inverclyde.

Keren adds: "We want the group to have a great mix of skills and be as diverse as possible, so they are fully representative of their communities.

"We're particularly keen to hear from young people, people who have experience of disability or disadvantage and from people with experience in business or in project development.

"Most importantly, we want to hear from people who are resourceful and creative and passionate about helping rural communities to thrive."

"If any of our staff think they know someone who fits the bill I'd encourage them to let them know about the group and ask them to get in touch as soon as possible."

Anyone interested can email econdev@renfrewshire.gov.uk with the subject 'LAG Membership' to find out more and ask for an application pack.

Published on Friday 1 December 2022