Renfrewshire Disability Arts Forum


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Scottish Charity No. SC031090




Welcome to the RDAF Website

Here you will be able to find out more about the Forum, to view some photos of workshops in action and to keep up to date with what we've been doing throughout Renfrewshire.

The Contact section below gives details of how to get in touch either by phone or email.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the site.

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About Us

Renfrewshire Disability Arts Forum is a charity which aims to provide opportunities for the whole community in Renfrewshire to participate in the arts.

The Forum works with individuals and arts organisations to build a communications network and obtain funding and resources.

We are sponsored by Awards for All Scotland and Renfrewshire Council.

Groups within our remit include:

The Creative Writing Group

The Photography Group

The MovieMakers Group




Our Photo Albums

Due to a problem with our web host's server we have unfortunately had to temporarily remove these links - hopefully the issue will be resolved soon.

Limelight Music/ Drumming Workshops
(6 photos)
National Library of Scotland
Moving Image Archive

(18 photos)
All Singing All Dancing,
Beechwood Dec 2016

(25 photos)
Wednesday Music Group
(20 photos)
Dirty Feet Dance Co.
(14 photos)
(23 photos)

Spinners Gate
(20 photos)

Tweedie Hall "Art and Health" Exhibition
(20 photos)




Getting in Touch

You can contact us:

  • Through the Disability Resource Centre:

    Renfrewshire Disability Arts Forum
    Disability Resource Centre
    74 Love Street
    Paisley PA3 2EA

    Tel: 0141 848 1123



DRC Location Map:





Moving Image Archive Visit

On Wednesday 18th January the Photography group visited the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive, now based in the Kelvin Hall, to research material about Paisley's cultural history.

Learning and Outreach Officer Sheena MacDougall gave a guided tour and showed examples of archived film. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day - here are a few quotes by way of illustration:

"I liked the big screen and thought that everything was very interactive." (Reg Hannen)
"An old building with a modern interior and state of the art facilities." (Ian Fulton)
"I thought everything was great and the staff were very informal and helpful." (Duncan Towsen)
"Very bright and airy, easy to understand and interactive facilities." (John Brennan).
"A great day out with a lot of information. The archives were brilliant - it really took me back." (Brenda Caldwell).

Our thanks to the staff, and Sheena in particular, for their guidance and support. To view more photos of the visit just click on the photo album towards the top of this page.

Congratulation and Thank You Linwood High

Following the success of the pupils from Trinity High, whose profile of our work won the February YPI competition in their school, we are delighted to announce that a further award has been won on our behalf thanks to the hard work and committment of Chloe Fraser, Cara Henderson and Jade McKenzie of Linwood High School.

YPI photo 1

At the end of April they contacted Forum member Mary Christison to let her know we had been chosen as their charity. Mary met them at the school and organised for them to come to the DRC to chat with members about their experiences. They spoke to Vicky Mcmillan, Dave Thomas and Brenda Caldwell at the beginning of May then put together a presentation based on their research and interviews which was shown in front of all S2 and S3 pupils and a panel of judges.

We were delighted to learn that their fantastic presentation won the competition and the prize of £3,000.00 on behalf of the Forum and they, accompanied by their teacher Mrs Price, met up with the rest of our members at our AGM on June 3rd to inform them of the good news.

YPI photo 2

Well done Chloe, Cara and Jade - your hard work and determination to win the YPI competition means so much to the Forum, we wish you the very best of luck for the future!

Congratulations and Thank You Trinity High

The Renfrewshire Disability Arts Forum would like to extend our sincere congratulations - and thanks! - to Emily Ballantyne, Conlan Gallacher, Jason O’Hagan, Meghan MacNeill, Patrick Smith and Amy Winning, the team from Trinity High School in Renfrew whose profile of our work won the school’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative 2016 competition and secured us the prize of a £3000 grant.

Trinity Photo

The annual competition is organised by the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and teams in participating schools present a case for the grant going to the charity of their choice. There were five different teams formed from third-year pupils at Trinity High and each chose a charity whose work they cared about to study and represent. The charities involved were Bright Star, Emma's House, Stepping Stones, Jubilee House and the Renfrewshire Disability Arts Forum.

After phoning to let us know they had chosen the RDAF as the charity they would like to work with the team came down to the centre for a visit and returned to attend a forum meeting. They then put together a presentation containing all the information they had gathered about our work and on Friday 26th February, at the school, each of the teams presented their case in front of a panel of five judges who then asked questions about their respective charities.

Mary Christison and Irene Macneil were at the final event and Mary summed up her reaction on hearing the team representing the RDAF had won:
“It was an honour for myself and Irene to be present at the final and an absolute delight to have been chosen as the winner. The prize money will enable the RDAF to continue and develop over the next year. Many thanks to the team.”

You can find out more about the aims of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative by visiting their website -

New Music Group

Thanks to funding from the Beavers Lodge a music group is now being run weekly at the Beechwood Community Centre in Paisley for adults with complex needs. Click here to see a photo2movie of the group in action (this will open in a new page of your web browser).

RDAF - Facebook

Our Facebook site is updated regularly - click on the link at the top of the page to view.

Wallace Co Wheelchair Dance Group

Wallace Co have moved to their new premises at Spinners Gate. They meet every Tuesday night from 6.30 to 8.30 except the first Tuesday in the month.

The dancers took part in the SWDA Festival at the Thistle Hotel Glasgow and did really well, winning a total of 21 gold medals, 5 silver, 1 bronze, 2 cups and 3 shields.

They went to Blackpool in November 2014 for the WDA Championships. They also took part in a demo for Quarriers Care organisation, held in the Normandy Hotel Renfrew in June 2014.

Charles Lapsley, the chairperson for the wheelchair dancing, carried the baton in the Queens Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games.

Dirty Feet Dance Co.

Dirty Feet meet at the Disability Resource Centre every Wednesday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

The group are currently looking for new members - if you have an interest in dance and would like more information on the group please contact Pat Erskine at the Disability Resource Centre on 0141 848 1123.

Magic of Words

In the lead-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games the Magic of Words writing group had the pleasure of working with Andrea McNicoll from the University of the West of Scotland on four creative writing workshops which took place at the Disability Resource Centre.

The workshops were part of the Digital Common Wealth Project, which aimed to capture the creative voices of people in local communities who live outside the mainstream, and were on the themes of People, Places, Culture and Exchange.

The group had a great time working on the project and are happy to say that their work will be available to download as an e-book and will also be published in pamphlet form. A DVD was also made of the group reading their work and sharing some personal memories. We will keep everyone updated on the progress of the e-book, pamphlet and DVD.

Workshops at Spinners Gate and the DRC

Adam Kennedy, winner of the Aspect Prize 2010/11, is a Glasgow-based artist who graduated in 2009 from Edinburgh College of Art. The Forum was pleased to have him running workshops both at the DRC and at Spinners Gate.

The workshops at Spinners Gate involved a range of activities including painting, ceramics, textiles, mosaic, glass painting and jewellery.

The ones involving members of the Personal Profiles group at the DRC were about making short films/ montages based on members' life stories or particular events such as vacations, weddings and so on. These included material scanned from story books, music, text, personal photographs and images created using green screen photography, and were turned into digital collages/ montages using Windows Movie Maker.

The aim of the workshops was to provide something which was stimulating and enjoyable for service users, teaching them new skills and providing a finished product which was personal and special to them.