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Parental Support Services

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Renfrewshire Parental Employment Support Fund provides supports to local Renfrewshire residents with a specific aim to reduce issues caused to families by in-work poverty.


Our client group includes those parents who are already in work and those who are seeking work to improve their family situation, depending on your individual circumstances, you may be eligible for a short term paid traineeship.

The traineeship allows you to remain in your current job (if employed) and gain additional hours, whilst building up skills, knowledge and experience.


Our support includes the provision of a range of training and employability services, which allows parents to remain active in the workplace and gain progression into a sustainable and rewarding career.

Parents Under 25!

Introducing client Kirsty who is a young parent currently supported by Joan from Parental Employment Support Fund ( PESF)

Kirsty was referred from our colleagues at Families First while she was on maternity leave, and was  supported to find new employment

She is currently working in a Bar/Diner 2 nights a week and she is looking to make use of her HNC in accountancy and prepare for a new career when her daughter is a bit older.


  • Joan is supporting Kirsty with –
  • A detailed action plan concentrating on long term goals
  • Digital college certification in Bookkeeping
  • Supporting with finding suitable childcare
  • Working towards a fully funded Traineeship, paid at the Living Wage, one day a week, in a admin or accountancy opportunity to utilise her qualifications and gain work experience
  • A full household income calculation, identifying the benefits of working additional hours
  • Aim towards achieving her career goals and improve her household income

Lisa lives with her son who is in his final year at school. She knew her support with Tax credits will come to an end when he leaves school so had to increase her hours. Lisa was also volunteering with the Star project.


Lisa was working in a local pub, which she lost through co-vid. Her PESF advisor Joan helped her find work in another local pub gaining 10 hours and also supported her with application process for the Council cleaning jobs.When the manager realised she was working in the  morning she offered her an afternoon shift, allowing her to keep both jobs.


Working 25 Hours a week – her overall household income has increased.


She was offered lots of support in getting her PVG,  Joan was able save the information and  to liaise with HR and Head of departments, making it a smoother transition into getting started in her new appointment.

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