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Have a Creative Christmas in Paisley!

Paisley FlyerA new shop will be popping-up in Paisley on the 28th of November. The shop is being run by a group of enterprising young people from Renfrewshire and will be filled with fantastic products that they have designed and made themselves. The team of young people and two talented tutors have taken residency in the space for the Christmas shopping period. The shop will be open Tues – Sat 12pm – 4pm.

The unit, 34 Old Sneddon Street, was previously a disused Network Rail building until Impact Arts teamed up with Renfrewshire Council with support from the European Social Fund and Inspiring Scotland, to turn it into a hub of creativity. This is the second group of young people to take part in the programme. Of the young people who completed the last programme in July, 92% of them went on to a positive destination in education, employment or further training.

Impact Arts has worked with thousands of people throughout Scotland through the Creative Pathways programme, to give young people the skills they need to embark upon a career in the creative industries. All of the young people involved were not in employment, education or training when they started the programme. They’ve been designing one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories, unique homeware, upcycled furniture, and hand-made gifts in addition to gaining practical experience in retail and customer service, commissioned projects and team building skills. They’ve also received personal development support and are on the way to gaining an accredited SQA qualification.

The young people are looking forward to giving Paisley shoppers the opportunity to buy Christmas presents that are unique, affordable and support young people and the local economy.

Rob Gallagher-Reilly, Programme Manager Impact Arts, said:

“Impact Arts was delighted at the percentage of young people who went on to college, training and employment the first time we ran this programme in Renfrewshire. Across the board they told us that their involvement in the programme had changed their lives for the better. We’re confident that the second programme will be just as successful.

paisley flyer 2“We’re encouraging Paisley shoppers to join us on the launch night and to come along for free events such as the ‘Elf Workshop’ on Saturday the 13th where people will have a chance to make and take home their own Christmas decorations!”

Ben, 16, a young person on the Creative Pathways Renfrewshire programme said: “I have found Creative Pathways really interesting. I enjoy the enterprise aspect the most. I look forward to what’s to come on the programme. It helps you to express yourself and not feel alone. It’s the highlight of my week.

“When I left school I didn’t know what to do, but we visited the Careers Fayre at the SECC and I’m looking to do a course at the Academy of Music and Sound in Glasgow when I finish Creative Pathways.


For more information contact Katie on 0141 575 3001 or


Pop-up shop launch: 34 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley, PA3 2AL. 28.11.14 4pm-6.30pm

Elf Workshop: Sat 13th Dec 12pm – 4pm

Shop opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm-4pm

Thanks to funders: Renfrewshire Council, Inspiring Scotland and the European Social fund.

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