What We Do


These services are for everyone under the age of 25 in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.


Education on Alcohol


Everything you wanted to know and were afraid to ask!

Alcohol education is offered to young people or groups of young people who have no serious difficulties with alcohol and drugs. We can see individual young people and discuss issues. Sometimes we might go into schools and educate large groups of young people in the classroom.


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And of course we are there to answer any questions that young people might have.


These educational sessions are done in an informal way using videos, games, case studies and discussions.




What is counselling?

Counselling is the process of supporting individuals through the difficulties of every day life. It helps individuals to understand their difficulties and reach a decision on what to do. It means that young people can come and have a chat with a counsellor who will be willing to listen and support them.
CouncillorSometimes young people just need somebody they can trust and share feelings of distress, anxiety, unhappiness with etc. Or they might feel like they need some advice about what to do. Some young people might feel like their alcohol drinking or drug taking might be a problem and want to change that.


Some problems that young people have come to us to discuss include: their own alcohol or drug use, their parents’ or friends’ alcohol or drug use, gambling, anger issues, stress, depression, self harm, suicidal feelings, loneliness, bereavement, anxiety, relationships, and many more.


What is important to know about counselling?

- The most important thing to understand about counselling is confidentiality. Confidentiality means that what you talk about with your counsellor stays between the two of you, unless there are serious concerns about someone’s life being at risk.
- If you do not feel comfortable with the person who has been assigned as your counsellor you have the right to ask for someone else.
- Counselling is a process that means that you might have to meet with your counsellor several times (depending on your own needs)


Does counselling cost you?
No, you can receive counseling for free!


How can I get counselling?
You just need to pick up the phone or contact us and ask for an appointment. Or you can even ask somebody else to give us a call.


Group Work Alcohol Education


What is the group alcohol education?
Young people who might have got into trouble with the police for the first time because of drinking or being in possession of alcohol might be send to us by the police to attend an alcohol education group. The police have the right to refer such young people to the Children’s Reporter or refer them to the alcohol education group. The alcohol education group was mainly set up to give young people another chance and educate them on alcohol issues.

Young PeopleSo, if you have got into trouble with the police and they send you to attend this group do not see it as a punishment. It’s more an opportunity to help you understand the risks and dangers of drinking in the street and to teach you how to look after yourself and your friends.

The groups are usually small, ranging from 3 to 7 people. The age range is 12 to 16. The group runs over 5 weeks, one night a week and each session last 1 hour. At the end of the group the young people who have attended are being awarded a certificate for completing the alcohol education group successfully.

The sessions include videos, fun games, discussions and other activities.

© RCA Trust, Mirren House, Back Sneddon Street, Paisley, PA3 2AF
Telephone: 0141 8870880
Fax: 0141 8878063