Renfrewshire Council

The Mirin Day Opportunities

For adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities who require a structured day service.

Day Opportunities at The Mirin

We are a registered day service for adults with a moderate to severe learning disability who require a structured day service. We are based within the Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley and support up to 75 people on a daily basis.  Service users attend between 1 and 5 days per week, depending on assessed need.

The service is delivered between 9.00am and 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am and 2.00pm on a Friday, 50 weeks of the year. Service users are encouraged to take time off throughout the year for holidays.  The service closes for public holidays and regular staff training days.

You can access Day Opportunities - The Mirin if you:

  • Live in Renfrew or Paisley
  • Are aged 18 years or over
  • Have a diagnosis of a moderate to severe learning disability
  • Require support with key aspects of daily living
  • Would benefit from regular contact with peers

Aims and Key Outcomes

  • Promote greater independence and life skills for each individual.
  • Through co-location with Renfrewshire Leisure, we provide a supportive, inclusive environment to maintain and develop skills; increase health and wellbeing and promote independence and community participation.
  • Identify and set clear aims and positive outcomes for each individual by working in partnership with service users, carers and other agencies.

Groups are based on the "Keys to Life" and focus on a healthy life, independence, active citizenship and choices and control.

Support is delivered through

  • Group work activities that are based both within the service and community facilities
  • Named key worker

Some of the ways we achieve this

  • Programme of activities which is person centred and based on outcomes and goals identified in an individual's "My Plan".
  • Setting clear outcomes for each group.
  • Ensuring the service is inclusive to people with autism.
  • Joint working with other RLDS services and Renfrewshire Leisure.
  • Running activities that enable service users to maintain and develop skills.
  • Staff fully trained in core skills including Promoting Positive Behaviour, Health Emergencies, Autism Awareness
  • To ensure we are meeting National Care Standards, 2 reviews are carried out annually.

Day Service Reviews

Due to care inspectorate requirements, we hold 2 reviews per year. One is a Core Action Review and the other is a Service Update Review.

Core Action Review

Everyone involved in supporting the person at home and in services, attend and discuss outcomes and goals, issues and reviews the service the person receives. This provides the information for the programme of activities the service user will participate in the Winter Programme.

Service Update Review

This will take place between the person and the key worker to ensure everything is well and all actions have taken place following the review. A telephone call home is then made.

Centre Programme

Our centre programme is created following service users reviews. We ensure that all service users are working towards their agreed outcomes and related goals. Our Summer Programme runs from June to August and our Winter Programme runs from September to May each year.

Again, groups are based on the "Keys to Life" and focus on a healthy life, independence, active citizenship and choices and control.

Some of the groups we run at The Mirin:-

A Healthy Life

Here are some groups that focus on a healthy life:

  • Yoga, kitchen skills, aromatherapy, 10 pin bowling, chair aerobics, sports, gym and swim, jam dance, zumba, sensory, bikeability, feelings and emotions, swimming, tai chi, water aerobics, athletics and hydro pool.

An example of an outcome for these groups would be: "I want to be healthy and fit" and a goal could be to run 2 laps of the track without stopping.


Here are some groups that focus on independence:

  • Shopping, community skills, tuck shop, literacy, money and numbers, independent living, cooking and kitchen, home survival skills and computer skills.

An outcome for these groups would be: "I'd like to be more independent" and the goal could be to make toasted cheese using a step by step picture guide".

Active Citizenship

Here are some groups that focus on active citizenship:

  • Youth travel skills, drama, newsletter, car valet, photography, the band, bingo, local history, Lamont Farm, reminiscence, older adults, Sustrans.

These groups help us feel valued and give us a chance to meet friends, be active in our community and to take part in activities that we want to do.

An outcome for these groups would be: "I want to be able to meet friends" and a goal for this would be to chat with someone new without support from staff.

Choice and Control

Here are some groups that focus on choice and control:

  • Makaton, communication group, service user forum, women and men's health, smart board, social committee, current affairs.

These groups help us to make choices and to make sure we are treated with respect.

An outcome for these groups could be: "to be understood" and the goal may be to learn 5 makaton signs from stage 1.

What to do next

In order to be considered for this service, you need to be referred.

To make a referral, you must contact the Adult Services Referral Team (ASeRT).  Details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Following receipt of your referral, you will be contacted by a member of Renfrewshire Learning Disability Service who will support you through the Self Directed Support process.

Renfrewshire Learning Disability Service

RLDS is Renfrewshire's fully integrated health and social work service which provides a single point of access to a comprehensive range of health and social work services for adults who have a learning disability.

If you have any further queries that are not covered in this page then please contact us direct:

  • Day Opportunities - The Mirin, Lagoon Leisure Centre, 11 Christie Street, Paisley, PA1 1NB
  • Phone: 0141 618 4960