Renfrewshire Council is constantly coming up with innovative ways to tackle poverty. Its Families First programme has put £1million into the pockets of local families who would have gone without otherwise. Families First was launched in October 2013 as part of the Labour led council’s early years strategy. It aims to give children a better start in life through a stronger focus on early years intervention and accessible support for families. Lots of families aren’t aware of benefits they are entitled to or support they can get such as vouchers to pay for milk and the Warm Home Discount to help with energy bills. It can also be difficult and intimidating to file forms. Families First teams are on hand to help with that as well as income and debt support, offering parenting advice and support on mental health, housing and eviction, addiction issues, domestic abuse, childcare, health and access to free meals. Teams are already set up at Woodlands Primary School Linwood where they can be contacted on 01505 328144 and Ferguslie with another three being set up later in the year at Johnstone, Gallowhill and Foxbar thanks to investment from the council’s Tackling Poverty Fund.