Renfrewshire Council

The Mirin Day Opportunities for adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities

What The Mirin Day Opportunities are, who the service is for, groups we run at The Mirin, make a referral, how to contact us.

What The Mirin Day Opportunities are

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 available 50 weeks of the year:

  • from 9am to 3pm, Mondays to Thursdays
  • from 9am to 2pm on Fridays

Service users are encouraged to take time off throughout the year for holidays. The service closes for public holidays and regular staff training days.

Who the service is for

You can access day opportunities at 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

The aims and key outcomes are:

  • 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.

Support is delivered through

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

We achieve this by:

  • Programmes 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.

Groups we run at The Mirren

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

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
  • 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
  • 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.

Make a referral to The Mirin

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

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

Following your referral, we will contact you and support you through the Self Directed Support process.

Contact us

If you would like more information about our centre, contact us at The Mirin, Lagoon Leisure Centre, 11 Christie Street, Paisley, PA1 1NB or call us on 0141 487 1023.