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''I have worked in partnership with Our Place Our Families (OPOF) for the past eighteen months. I have found the membership of OPOF to be committed and passionate about what they do. Everyone involved in OPOF has been very welcoming and encouraging with regard to the work I do which has allowed me to deliver the Zero Waste message to many more householders in Renfrew. We now have a joint volunteer who is an active participant in OPOF and Zero Waste. I hope our partnership working continues.''
- Karen Gilligan
Zero Waste Renfrewshire Volunteer Coordinator
''I have the utmost respect and admiration for the work done through Our Place Our Families in Renfrew. Diane Booth and all her staff serve the Community well in Renfrew in all aspects of issues that makes for a better Community. I have advised them that i will support them at every opportunity for I know how hard they work to achieve results that benefits all.''
- Cllr Cathy McEwan
''Engage Renfrewshire actively supports Our Place Our Families (OPOF) in many different ways to help them build their capacity. OPOF has gone from strength to strength in the last 18 months and are delivering a wide range of services which suit the needs of their local communities. OPOF takes pride in whatever they do and the services they deliver are done so with best practice in mind. Their staff, volunteers and directors understand the importance of creating a learning and development environment and take advantage of the bespoke training courses offered to them. They proactively visit other organisations to learn about other practices and social enterprising and they attend meetings to continuously update their knowledge and understanding. OPOF is most definitely and asset to the local communities they serve.''
- Karen Miller
Renfrew West Development Officer
''The Our Place, Our Families Project in Renfrew started with no premises and no funding after the Moorpark Youth Centre closed. The volunteers worked hard and developed a new community facility at 234 Paisley Road which opened in November 2011. They converted the former shop into a much needed community drop in and advice Centre. The group have been very driven and have done a lot of voluntary work in opening the centre.
The group in December 2012 received Lottery Funding of £167,000 over three years. This is primarily used for staffing costs and the running costs of the centre. The group’s commitment to achieving Lottery Funding and negotiating the maze of paperwork, reports and training has been admirable.
The Our Place, Our Families Project do a great job;
· Supporting young people, giving them job support and advice to the long term unemployed
· Supporting vulnerable families and encourage healthy eating and budgeting
· Promoting active families
· Promoting a greater knowledge and awareness of drugs and alcohol issues
They also help people with their CV’s, covering letters or job searches.
The group have also organised very successful family fun days in the Renfrew West Area involving over one hundred young people and adults (families) offering a plethora of low cost activities and entertainment. Examples of their fun days included; “American Independence Day” and “Kirky’s Got Talent”. The Project Website has been live since April 2012 and keeps local people informed of forthcoming events and timetables etc.
The Project works with a wide range of partners; Youth and Sports Services, Job Centre Plus, Engage Renfrewshire, Adult Learning and Literacies Services and Kirklandneuk Community Centre to name a few.
The Our Place Our Families Project is still run by volunteers from the local community along with three members of staff. The Project provides a valuable resource and support for vulnerable families and young people in the Renfrew West Area.''