Our Projects

Unheard Voices Project - Covid 19 Related

RYV wants to understand how the global health crisis surrounding the novel coronavirus COVID 19 and the subsequent government 'lockdown' has impacted the lives of both young individuals and those of an older age group. Credit for this project goes to our member Colin Martin for bringing his idea to our weekly meeting. 


With the above aim in mind, we have devised various ways to gather data about the impact of the pandemic. These will include journal entries, surveys, vlogs, podcasts and selfies - we want to make participation as accessible as possible and may expand this to include even more opportunities to get involved. 


The project will be hosted on the YoungScot Renfrewshire portal where more information can be found. To make this possible we are working with YoungScot and Renfrewshire Youth Services. 

Poverty Relief Project - Update Pending Due to Covid 19

Our members are currently putting together a programme, underpinned by fair and empathetic values, that will see us strengthen our ties with local schools and community groups to deliver a programme of relief for young individuals facing various forms of poverty or deprivation within Renfrewshire. 


We are thankfully able to take up this project due to a grant provided by STV Children's Appeal. Through our work with young people aged 12-25 we realise the barriers and effects that poverty can pose. This funding will enable us to tackle poverty and prevailing socio-economic barriers to participation but with a youth lead approach. Although details are still being finalised our plan is to offer targeted support for individuals by working with local organisations. We look forward to carrying out this project and are thankful to the STV Children’s Appeal for awarding us this grant.


Personal and Social Health Education Consultation 

RYV is taking a leading role on a local authority-wide consultation on PSHE with Education Scotland, Youth Services and Renfrewshire Council. The consultation has now been completed within 6 secondary schools in Renfrewshire. We will soon be presenting our preliminary findings to young people at this year's Youth Assembly where young people attending can participate in our workshops about the PSHE/HWB. 


Our Aim – is to work with young people on the Health and Well Being/PSHE curriculum (content and delivery) through peer-led focus groups, to construct ’PSE Framework for PSE in Renfrewshire‘ that will ensure consistency of learning experiences across Renfrewshire.


Celebrating Renfrewshire Youth Steering Group 


We have been working with Renfrewshire Council to develop a participatory budgeting model through a youth steering group. The PB process constructed by Renfrewshire's young people was used to administer the new Celebrating Renfrewshire fund (previously the Youth Challenge fund) in Renfrewshire that used to reside under the Local Area Committee's remit.


Renfrewshire Youth Voice has taken a key role via supporting and facilitating the council in its work with the steering group. The group developed the application for funds, promoted the fund, gave guidance and support throughout the application process and planned and ran a delivery event.


Having now established PB in Renfrewshire we have reached the evaluation stage with the group looking forward to see how PB will develop even further in Renfrewshire in 2020.

Positive About Youth Awards ( PAY ) 2019

On the 1st of November last year we hosted our 9th annual Positive About Youth Awards ceremony. The night saw numerous incredible and inspiring young people recognised for their talents and hard work. 


We are looking forward to hosting our 10th awards ceremony marking ten years of celebrating and championing young people!


The nominations for this year's awards are currently closed. This page will be updated soon with the timeframe for lodging nominations for PAY 2020. 

Participation Roadshow - Concluded

As part of last years theme about participation,

Renfrewshire Youth Voice visited four different local areas within Renfrewshire in a bid to afford those in hard to reach places the opportunity to participate in RYV projects. 


The following areas were visited on the stated dates:


July 4th at Bargarran Community Centre in    Erskine ✅

July 9th at the Go Zone in Glenburn ✅

July 16th  at the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch ✅

July 17th at St Ninian's Parish Church in    Ferguslie ✅


We will be updating this section with more details about this years summer 2020 programme as more details are finalised.