Category Archives: Information for ER residents

Useful numbers

If you are worried about money and need some advice, call our Money Advice and Rights Team on 0141 577 8420 or email   or Citizens Advice on 0141 881 2032

If you need help with food or shopping you can find details of local support available on the We Care East Ren website;

If you need help to stay warm, make best use of energy and save money on fuel bills, contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or email

Children who receive a Free School meal are entitled to food packs if they are off school due to Covid19 call us on 0141 577 3575

COVID RESPONSE TEAM 0800 111 4000  or

Customer First 0141 577 3001

Work East Ren or call 0141 577 843

VAER Community Hub on 0141 876 9555 or by emailing

Electronic Libraries Service

Encyclopedia Britannica

Britannica Library, one of the most trusted resources on the web, offers easy access to reliable information on most topics enriched by magazine articles, images and video clips. Pitched at three different levels this resource is ideal for homework and study.

Login with your library card number (include the P at start of the number)

Borrowbox ebooks and aufdiobooks

Borrowbox is an exciting and innovative collection with a great range of top titles.

Login with your library card number (exclude the P at the start of the number) and PIN

Pressreader – magazines and newspapers

Pressreader gives library users access to over 7000 top magazines and newspapers from around the World. Customers will have access to over 500 UK magazine titles and 171 UK newspaper titles.

Login with your library card number (include the P at start of the number)


Complete an online membership form

When we’ve processed your application we’ll send a confirmation email with your new library card number and your PIN will be your year of birth

If you are a member but do not know your library card number or PIN please call 0141 577 4972 or email:

Family First

Family First is a free, confidential   advice and information resource in East Renfrewshire.

Their aim is to provide support by working in partnership with families with children eight years old or younger.

They  can assist  and enable families to access local services professional and voluntary, ensuring the children get the best possible start in life.

For more information, download the leaflet here, and the notification form here.


Temporary road restriction: Springfield Road, Barrhead

A Temporary Restriction Notice has been promoted authorising the closure of a section of Springfield Road to vehicular traffic in order to safely facilitate utility works proposed to be carried out on or near the road.

The closure will be in operation for one day only, between 9:30am and 3:30pm on Monday 7th January.

Pedestrian access will be maintained.

A copy of the Notice is attached for information.

Springfield Rd Barrhead

Barrhead Youth Football Club

Barrhead YFC have successfully secured funding to have a football league on a Friday night at the Cowan Park astro. This with be run alongside East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure.

This will be for 10 weeks starting on Friday 22nd June from 6.30pm – 8pm.

Registration will take place from 6pm.

This is for boys and girls, 12 – 17 years old.

This is also a good way of the new S1 pupils getting to meet their peers.

This is free and all are welcome!

For further information e-mail: or call 07493 176 662.

Building Works

Miller Homes plans to begin the first stage of the works to build houses on the currently vacant site on the east of Springhill Road, south of Tinto Drive.  These works will commence in August 2017.  They will require part of Springhill Road, south of Tinto Drive towards Springfield Road, to be closed to all vehicular traffic.

 The Council will within the next few weeks, on behalf of Miller Homes, advertise the details of the closure and diversion routes in the press and on the Council’s website.  However, at this time we want to make you aware that when school commences after the summer holiday it is likely that the vehicular routes to school will be restricted and ask that you make yourself familiar with the diversions when they are published.

Application Week

This week is application week for P1 children who begin school in August. Parents/carers will apply for a place at their catchment school and this will be confirmed by 30th April.  Applicants should apply any day until Friday, between 1.45am and 3.30pm.  Parents/carers should bring their child’s birth certificate, child benefit statement, the most recent copy of Council Tax Notice for their residence and a mortgage statement or signed and independently witnessed residency/tenancy agreement for at least 1 year.  The school can also accept a driving licence, utility bill or bank statement (with transactions in the last 3 months) if they are no longer in receipt of child benefit.


Smoking in Cars

From 5th of December 2016, a person smoking in a car which is carrying passengers under 18 years of age will be breaking the law. Offenders could face a £100 fixed penalty fine.

The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Act 2016, creates a new criminal offence, committed by any adult (aged 18 or over), where that adult smokes in a private motor vehicle in the presence of a child (under 18years of age), while that vehicle is in a public place. The aim of the legislation is to protect children and young people from the harmful effects of exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) in a confined space.

Exposure to second-hand smoke in cars involves higher concentrations of health-threatening chemicals than in larger, open areas. Even if the windows are opened or air conditioning is used, harmful particles can remain in the atmosphere long after the visible smoke has disappeared. The restriction of a vehicle also means individuals are unable to move away from the smoke.

We all have an obligation to protect children and young people from the risks to their life and health, caused by the exposure to second hand smoke and ensure that every child in Scotland has the best start in life. Growing up in a smoke-free environment is an important part of that.smoking-in-cars-photo

The Scottish Government hope that the introduction of this legislation will help their drive to cut the number of children exposed to second-hand smoke to 6 per cent by 2020. This is a momentous step in pulling Scotland on the path to becoming a tobacco-free generation.

For more information, visit the Healthier Scotland website.