Welcome to Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO 

VAER is the ‘Centre for Collective Impact’ based in East Renfrewshire.

Our vision in an East Renfrewshire where people can work together to shape their communities. This can only be achieved by valuing the uniqueness of every individual and their contribution; whilst creating the conditions for participation.

Get to know the fantastic people in team VA – both out in the community and behind the scenes.

We’re a member of TSI Network, a body of 32 Third Sector Interfaces across Scotland that promote and support the third sector.
Visit the TSI Scotland website 

East Renfrewshire phoneline for local people, groups and organisations looking for support, signposting and community information.
Visit The Community Hub website

Here at Voluntary Action community participation is at the heart of everything we do. This includes promoting local opportunities to get involved, giving residents a voice, and creating spaces for communities to come together.

We are always open to testing, learning and improving. We can all work together to explore new ideas that can make East Ren a better place to live.

Facilitation
We build safe environments for local people, groups and organisations; creating solutions to locals issues by working together.

Engagement
We encourage East Ren wide conversations, supporting local people to share their stories and experiences and influence planning, design and delivery of local services.

Participation
We support local people in finding their way to get involved in the community. This can be anything from joining a group, volunteering or taking part in local conversations.

Meet Our Team

Board Members

Anne Marie Kennedy – Chair
Michael McEwan – Vice Chair
Moira Duncan – Treasurer
Ruth Gallagher – CEO/Trustee

Staff Team

Ruth Gallagher – Chief Officer
Alan Campbell – Deputy Chief Officer
Linda McCullagh – Community & Enterprise Manager

Ben Cornelius – Wellbeing Network Lead
Claire Ramsay – Digital Inclusion Lead
Karen McLaughlin – Food Dignity Network Lead


Maria Hendry – Volunteering and Participation Lead
Anna Kerr – Youth Volunteer Development Lead (Part-time)
Denise Smith – Youth Volunteer Development Lead (Part-time)
Louise Devlin – Youth Volunteer Support Worker

Paulina Litynska – Communications Lead
Lauren Gallagher – Communications Assistant

Julie Kirkwood – Finance & Admin Lead
Gemma Wood – Admin Support

Carol Henry – The Market Place Support
Dianne Moir – The Market Place Support
Emma Campbell – The Market Place Support