About Us

The East Renfrewshire Small Grants Trust, established in 2015, is a registered Scottish charity (SC044522) run by a Trustee board. Trustees are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. The main objective of the Trust is the promotion of health and well-being for all age groups in East Renfrewshire.



– Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO (as a corporate member)

– Stephen McLellan

– Christine Miller

– Mark Mulhern

– Teresa O’Hara

– Shirley Robison

Only one corporate member of the Trustee board is permissible.


Meet the Board:


Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO

Founded in 1998, Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO (VAER) are committed to supporting individuals and local groups/organisations to work together to meet the needs of East Renfrewshire residents. As a corporate member VAER can nominate a representative from their senior management team to sit on the decision panel.


Stephen McLellan

Stephen is the chief executive of RAMH, based in Ferguslie Park, Paisley. RAMH-Causeway provides individual support, working with service users in their own homes and communities specifically acknowledging local diversity. Causeway also has an extensive group work programme throughout East Renfrewshire.

Stephen originally trained as a psychiatric nurse in Lochgilphead and then as a general nurse at the former Royal Alexandra Infirmary in Paisley. From 1976 he worked in a variety of clinical posts before joining RAMH (then known as Renfrew District Association for Mental Health) in 1990.

Stephen has served as company secretary of Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS), as chair of the Public Partnership Forum and as a  member of the Children’s Panel for Glasgow. He has at various times served as a  director of several voluntary organisations in Renfrewshire and Glasgow.


Christine Miller

Christine is manager of the  East Renfrewshire Domestic Abuse Project which has been providing emotional, practical support and safe refuge accommodation to women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse in East Renfrewshire since January 2014.

Christine has worked in domestic abuse services since the early 1990s in a wide variety of roles including support to children and young people and refuge support. In 2011, Christine established and managed the refuge service with the newly formed Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire before coming to East Renfrewshire.


Mark Mulhern

Mark is the manager of East Renfrewshire Carers Centre, based in Giffnock. ER Carers offer a wide range of advice and information to those who take responsibility for the well-being, care and support of others (family, friends or neighbours).


Teresa O’Hara

Teresa is the director of East Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, based in Barrhead. The Bureau’s specialist advisers offer assistance to the residents of East Renfrewshire in a variety of matters including: homelessness/evictions, debt & money advice, completion of benefit application & appeal forms, benefit appeal representation and employment advice.


Maureen Paterson

Maureen is the Director of Arklet Housing Association, which operates as a registered social landlord and Scottish Charity (SC009847) across three local authority areas with its head office located in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire.


Maureen originally trained in finance and worked in Glasgow as part of an accountancy team before becoming the head of finance for Arklet in 1994.   Since becoming Director in 2008 Arklet has completed its development programme which saw it double in size and is a financially viable organisation focused on delivering housing services tailored to meet the needs of the diverse East Renfrewshire Community.


Shirley Robison

Shirley is the chief executive of Barrhead Housing Association, which operates as a registered social landlord and Scottish Charity (SC 036265) across East Renfrewshire.

Shirley has worked in the social housing sector since 1982 (starting her career as a housing officer in Edinburgh); before taking up a senior position in Glasgow in 1990. She was Housing Manager for Glen Oaks Housing Association in 2003 before moving to work with the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Shirley moved to her current role in 2005. She has worked to provide a well-run, financially stable, performance driven organisation committed to providing locally based personal customer services to local residents. She has been involved in a number of local partnership arrangements; most recently the successful Partnership Care East Renfrewshire Big Lottery project for welfare reform and energy advice.