A COMMUNITY group is aiming to achieve a “transformational change” for vulnerable women across Renfrewshire as it moves into its own space for the first time.

Kairos Women’s Space has been based at the Active Communities building in Johnstone since its inception two years ago but were set to move to its own venue in the town’s Quarry Street today.

The group provides an inclusive space for women where they can relax and enjoy social activities, particularly if they have been through a difficult time.

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All women, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, disability or religion, are encouraged to go along to take part in activities such as painting, clay modelling and weaving, while also getting involved in discussions.

Katy Wilson-Scott, Kairos manager, said the new space will give the group scope to expand its programme.

She added: “The space we’re in at the moment is used by Active Communities and general projects but in our own space we’ll have much more scope to fill the week with all our activities.

“The ultimate goal is to achieve a transformational change for women. Someone might come along who hasn’t left their house for months and then they might come to us and they start to make connections with other people.”

The Gazette: Kairos manager Katy Wilson-Scott (left) and trainee project assistant Liz Cosh at the group’s new baseKairos manager Katy Wilson-Scott (left) and trainee project assistant Liz Cosh at the group’s new base

The Greek term Kairos was chosen for the project as it means ‘an opportune moment for change.’

And the initiative has already made a difference for people such as trainee project assistant Liz Cosh.

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She said: “Two-and-a-half years ago, my husband passed away from an illness and I was in a bad place. I didn’t really want to be around anymore.

“Kairos has made a complete difference to my life. We are just like a family and we help each other. Women with no confidence come along and you see them blossom.”

There will be open days taking place on Thursday, August 22, from 10am to noon, and Tuesday, August 27, from 6pm to 8pm. To find out more, visit their Facebook page.

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