Our partners

Active Communities see partnership working as an opportunity to view and understand issues from different perspectives and potentially a move towards more ‘joined up thinking’ between departments, agencies and sectors.

We believe that it can be useful to bring together people from different agencies to share knowledge, experience and examples of good practice. We aim to harness the energy and commitment of partner agencies to work with us using a collaborative approach.


We have established two networks in Renfrewshire to provide partners with the opportunity to do this: Community Health and Wellbeing Network and Renfrewshire Intergenerational Network.

jogscotland logojogscotland

Established by scottishathletics, the governing body of athletics in Scotland, and supported by NHS Health Scotland, sportscotland and the Scottish Government Health Department, jogscotland is Scotland’s national recreational running network. Jogscotland provide training and resources for our leaders and all our joggers benefit from jogscotland membership.

Renfrewshire Leisure logoRenfrewshire Leisure

We are in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure (RL) with our Jogging Buddies classes. RL members can access Jogging Buddies classes for free as part of their RL club membership.

We have also delivered community development training to RL staff and worked in partnership to organise the Linwood Community Games.

Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership logoRenfrewshire Community Health Partnership (CHP)

We work closely with Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership Health Improvement Team on the delivery of the Community Led Health contract. During 2013 we organised a very successful Early Years event “Off to a Good Start” at Linwood ON-X, developed a training programme for Community Health Champions and delivered joint training courses for Active Ageing.

Evaluation Support Scotland logoEvaluation Support Scotland (ESS)

ESS works with voluntary organisations and funders so that they can measure and report on their impact. Active Communities was selected by the Robertson Trust and Evaluation support Scotland to be part of their Community Sport and Enterprise Learning Set. This allowed us to develop monitoring and evaluation tools which effectively measure whether we have achieved our outcomes. We have now commissioned ESS to work with us on the monitoring and evaluation of our Hearty Lives project.

Paisley Heart Town logoPaisley Heart Town Steering Group

Active Communities work with Paisley Heart Town Steering group to deliver Hearty Lives Renfrewshire. Partners on the steering group include Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire CHP, British Heart Foundation, Renfrewshire Leisure and Engage Renfrewshire.

Pilotlight LogoPilotlight

Active Communities is delighted to be working in partnership with Pilotlight. Pilotlight harnesses corporate talent and matches it with small social enterprises, equipping them with the vital business expertise to grow and succeed.

Active Communities was delighted to be one of three Scottish Organisations selected to participate in the Pilotlight Commonwealth Games Legacy Programme. Senior staff from Legacy 2014 partners; Scottish Enterprise, VisitScotland, sportscotland and Redspire will mentor Active Communities. The programme will offer intense business coaching designed to put Active Communities on a steady footing for growth and development.

Fiona Halton, Chief Executive of Pilotlight said: “The work organisations like Active Communities do is vital in engaging with communities and helping people make the most of their lives. We saw the chance to bring together ambitious social enterprise directors, who understand the problems local people face, with outstanding business talent. Their success will ensure that more communities across Scotland benefit and have a real legacy from the Commonwealth Games. We are delighted to be partnering with the Scottish Government on this unique project. Active Communities will have its own team of four business leaders supporting them. At the end of the project, the charity will have a strategic plan for the development of their organisation, the charity’s Chief Executive will have gained business skills and tools, the project’s impact evaluated and the charities’ growth is monitored for three years after working with them."





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