Sometimes parents need some extra support.

You might need some help to improve you or your child’s mental health & wellbeing. This section explains the different types of support that you can access. 

REN10 Parent Drop-In

This service is an opportunity to discuss your concerns about your child with a team led by child psychologists. 

No need to make an appointment. Available to parents or carers of young people in education.

Check out our Parent Drop-In locations below

The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB
Drop in Mondays from 9:00am–12:30pm

The Tannahill Centre, 76 Blackstoun Road, Paisley PA3 1N
Drop in Tuesdays from 2pm–4pm

Foxbar Community Centre, Amochrie Road, Paisley PA2 0LB
Drop in Tuesdays from 9am–12:30pm

Renfrew YMCA, 3 Canal Street, Renfrew, PA4 8QS
Drop in Wednesdays from 9am–12:30pm

Station 7 Community Hub, 16 Quarry Street, Johnstone PA5 8DZ
Drop in available Thursdays from 9am–12.30pm.
July 14th, July 28th, August 11th
After these dates they will continue weekly.

From the 24th of June the Tannahill, Wynd Centre and Foxbar drop-ins will all stop for the school summer holidays.

Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities

Course: Being a Parent

What is it? A group of 12 parents with children aged 2-11

EPEC is a proven intervention that helps children and families get the very best start in life. The course is led by parents who are trained and supervised. Free childcare is available. The NHS recommends EPEC as it is underpinned by rigorous research and practice evidence showing a significant impact on children’s social, emotional and behavioural outcomes, parenting, family resilience and relationships. EPEC programmes are very popular and highly valued by a wide range of parents in every type of community.

Non–Violence Resistance Approaches for Parents

What is it? A group of 8 parents with children of any age

NVR parent groups are led by skilled practitioners with psychology training and experience in the area of child-adult violence. Although NVR is usually used with parents where violence is an issue, families trying to help children with extreme anxiety that has become very distressing can also be helped. NVR groups often have a parent ‘graduate’ as a leader and leaders take a very compassionate approach to parents. Parents who have completed the course say that their child’s emotional and behavioural outcomes have improved significantly and that they are happier.

Video Interaction Guidance

What is it? VIG is a therapeutic intervention: highlighting and building on positive moments in parent-child interaction. A trained practitioner can support you and visit in your home. Practitioners work with a supervisor to give you the best support. VIG is recommended by the NHS to develop close bonds between parents and children and to support development of language in children.

Recovery Across Mental Health

RAMH supports people across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire in their recovery from mental ill health, and empowers people to build independent, fulfilled lives.

They offer a range of free, confidential services which provide:

  • Immediate support in crisis situations for residents aged 16 and over in Renfrewshire
  • Individualised care and practical support to people in their own homes
  • One to one counselling sessions with a qualified counsellor
  • Employability support to help individuals gain or maintain employment and/or volunteering opportunities
  • A range of social, creative, therapeutic, educational and physical activity groups
  • Support to family, friends, carers and the wider community through information and education


Let’s Introduce Anxiety Management (LIAM) is a training and intervention package based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The LIAM package was developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and it is being offered in various health boards across Scotland. Within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GG&C) area, this is delivered by the NHS Early Intervention Training in Psychological Skills (EI-TIPS) team. 

LIAM is designed to help children and young people aged between 8-18 years who are experiencing milder difficulties with anxiety. It supports them to learn more about anxiety, including how anxiety is linked with our thoughts, physical sensations and our actions. It also helps children and young people find ways to cope with feelings of anxiety.

Children and young people (and parents/carers, where appropriate) meet with a LIAM worker for around 8 sessions to work through structured LIAM sessions together. Each LIAM session has a session plan to follow, a workbook to complete with the child/young person and they are also asked to complete tasks in between sessions. Materials and plans are available to deliver LIAM in one-to-one and group sessions.


SHOUT is a 24/7 text service where anyone, of any age, can text if they are struggling to cope or need mental health support.

This service is free and confidential from all major UK networks.

SHOUT aims to respond within 5 minutes to support anyone in immediate distress.

Texting ‘REN10’ to 85258  is anonymous and will not  show up on your phone bill. 

Home Link

Worried about your child’s move from primary to secondary?

Home Link Service offers support to children, young people and families to help overcome barriers to wellbeing and educational achievement.

Every pupil in Renfrewshire, who needs it, has access to the Home Link Service via their schools.

To best support pupils the Home Link Service works closely with parents and carers.

To find out more about the range of potential supports Home Link provides please click below:

To discuss access to the Home Link Service please get in touch with your child’s school.

information for parents and carers to support your young person’s mental health.


Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.

FREE to all aged 16-25 in Renfrewshire.