Renfrewshire Council

Families First Johnstone

Families First is a free service to help families give their children the best start in life.

From time to time families can run into difficulties, emotionally, financially or even physically, stopping them from doing even the simplest of things.

Whatever the issue, big or small, our team offers support at home, in school, can help with attending classes or just be there for a friendly chat.

Kelly McGarvey is the coordinator of the team and would be happy to talk to you about how they can support you and your family. 

Here are a few things Families First can help with:

Families First


  • Planning for the school day
  • School Clothing Grant
  • Homework                                                   


  • Eating well
  • Keeping Fit
  • Sign posting you to the right place for a referral


  • Budgeting advice
  • Establishing a family routine
  • Preparing healthy meals
  • Positive relationships


  • Reviewing your benefits
  • Debt and energy advice
  • Dealing with bank statements and letters
  • How to start saving


  • Finding a nursery
  • Information about childcare
  • Mother and baby/toddler groups