CREATE in Johnstone

CREATE in Johnstone is a co-production programme with the young people of Johnstone and in association with Active Communities, supporting young people to develop an activities programme for other young people and design a youth space for the new Johnstone community hub building in Quarry Street. 

Our work in Johnstone is just starting and we want to hear all about how we can shape this in the best way for local young people, directly from the community. If you’re a young person or adult in Johnstone or nearby we’d love you to take part in our survey. You’ll have the chance to win an iPad or a £50 voucher of your choice!
Click HERE to go to our survey.

Join us

The Space in Johnstone

Thursdays 4-530pm, Slimming World, 5 Houston Square, Johnstone PA5 8DT 

A fun and relaxed place for young people 12-18 to share their ideas and get creative! Drop in to meet new friends, for a range of workshops and activities, games and hang outs, and the opportunity to have your voice heard and help develop what you’d like to see in Johnstone for young people.

Open Space

Alternate Mondays across Autumn, Online 7-8pm

This autumn workshop series starts with a focus on creative ways of engaging with learning and everyday life skills. This group aims to help young people with skills they need to navigate the latter stages of school, and transition to college, university or the world of work. This is an online group for young people ages 15-21 who live, work and play in or near Linwood and Johnstone – a safe, inclusive hub where young people can actively shape the programme around their experiences, with lots of room for shared discussion to support one another in the issues that affect them.

Past work

Our activities and achievements so far have included a summer 2021 consultation period, where drop ins allowed us to listen to the young people of Johnstone on a variety of issues that affect them in their day to day, and their ideas for youth provision and space in their area. 

Across 2021, a group of young people came together to lead a health campaign they named Through the Storms. This youth voice and activism group offered a space for young people aged 15-21 to explore the struggles that young people in Renfrewshire were feeling during and coming out of lockdown, and continues to explore and support their community with youth mental health awareness raising and campaigning.

Through the Storms

Through the Storms co-produced their branding and graphics with Jam Hot Studios, and shared the voices and experiences of Renfrewshire’s young people on lockdown easing by launching their fantastic Instagram page. 

In June 2021 the campaign hit the streets of Renfrewshire – with posters, bookmarks, stickers and other campaign materials found out and about – did you spot our billboard at Paisley Gilmour Street? Or win a tote bag as part of our online competition? 

Their hard work culminates in autumn 2021 with the Change Up! Group Exhibition of innovative resources and campaigns co-designed by and for young people in Renfrewshire and beyond; created to inspire us all to educate, empower and equalise systems to tackle coercive control and take early action on mental wellbeing.