Shopmobility Paisley & District held the first in a series of Roadshows at the Wynd Centre on Wednesday 28th June. These events – funded by a grant of £4,600 from the National Lottery – are an extension of Shopmobility Paisley & District’s successful Winter Connections programme.

The aim of the Roadshows is to create a welcoming and warm place for Shopmobility members and the general public to attend a free event which includes tea, coffee and lunch. Shopmobility Paisley & District are planning a series of such events across Renfrewshire, working in partnership with other voluntary organisations and charities from each local area.

The initial event included an entertaining presentation by David Roy of Paisley Darkside Historical Walking Tours who highlighted the darker side of Paisley’s history focussing on tragedies and various tales of murder.

This was then followed by a very informative talk by Yvonne Hughes of Renfrewshire Council representing Renfrewshire Affordable Credit Alliance who covered issues including warnings about loan sharks and scams as well as information on accessing social tariffs for broadband and mobile phones.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Chair of Shopmobility Paisley and District said: “This was a great event with guest speakers providing a good mixture of entertainment and information to everyone who attended.

“This was the first of our Roadshows, where we’ve developed the concept we used during the Winter Connections programme, and with the support of funding from the National Lottery we intend to take these Roadshows across Renfrewshire, inviting our members as well as members of various local organisations and even the general public.

“This funding allows us to continue to create a safe, welcoming space for people to interact and hopefully learn more about the services that we provide.

Karen Miller, Office Manager of Shopmobility Paisley & District added: “We’d like to thank David Roy and Yvonne Hughes for being our guest speakers and the Wynd Centre for providing and excellent venue as well as the lunch.

“We’ve realised since the Covid lockdowns that many of our members still feel isolated, so we’re inviting them all to these events, to get them out of the house and back interacting with their community.

“We’re finalising the details of our next few events and will let everyone know the details once everything is in place.”

Shopmobility Paisley & District is based on the ground floor of the Paisley Centre Car Park in Storie Street, Paisley and is open between 10am to 4pm on Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays (closed on Sundays).  You can call ahead to book a scooter/ wheelchair by calling 0141 889 0441 or by emailing   


By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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