Derek Mackay Cabinet Secretary for Finance SNP on Edgar Crescent and Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group director with new Ashleigh apprentices - Local families have moved into the first homes built in Sanctuary’s planned £50 million investment in new affordable housing stock in Renfrewshire.
Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association recently handed over 29 houses for social rent in Andrew Avenue and Edgar Crescent, Renfrew. The last of the £10.6 million project’s 77 homes are due to be completed by November.  
Christine Pert moved into Edgar Crescent with daughter Daisy,11, and son Rory, 9, having lived in Renfrew for nine years.
Christine, 50, said: “The house is fabulous.
“People who visit can’t believe how big the rooms are or how high the spec is. Our neighbours are very friendly and the area’s becoming a proper wee community. 
“It’s lovely. We are very happy.”
Sanctuary’s building programme is in partnership with the Scottish Government and Renfrewshire Council. A £6.1 million government grant made the development possible.
Ten apprentices employed by Sanctuary’s site contractor Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd are helping build 59 houses and 18 flats, all for social rent. The project created three local trades jobs, one new apprenticeship and hosted the work placement of seven Glasgow Clyde College students.
Another 60 Sanctuary homes for social rent will soon be built on the site neighbouring Edgar Crescent, off Renfrew’s Station Road.
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Exam Results Day – SDS Helpline Open from Tuesday

Renfrewshire students will receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher exam results on Tuesday (8th August).

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is highlighting help and advice available to students and parents on results day.

Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) annual Exam Results Helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August, and then from 9am until 5pm up until the 16th August. The number is 0808 100 8000.

This is the 25th year of the free Helpline which offers advice, information and support for young people and their parents, who make a third of all calls.

Qualified Careers Advisers are on hand to help young people who may not have received the results they were hoping for and those who have done better than anticipated. These skilled professionals have unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, confirmation and clearing, advice about Modern and Foundation Apprenticeships and employment or volunteering.

Post-results information for students and parents is also available at There’s also information about Modern Apprenticeships and Foundation Apprenticeships, at Foundation Apprenticeships help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they are still at school.

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:

“Exam results day can be a daunting and nerve-wracking time, and I think it is important that all students who are receiving results are supported with advice and guidance.

“If you get the results you are looking for, then that is obviously fantastic. However, if students do not get what they need this time round, then be assured that there are a huge number of options available and there is support and advice available to help you get where you want to be.

“Whatever the outcome, these results will be a beginning, rather than an end point.

“Skills Development Scotland are on hand to offer support and advice to students and parents on the next chapter.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students the very best of luck.”

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