Engage Daily Update - 05 November
Engage Daily Update - 05 November

Engage Daily Update - 05 November


November 5th marks International Volunteer Managers Day so to all of Renfrewshire's brilliant volunteer managers - Thank You! Your resilience and commitment, particularly over the last 18 months has seen huge change across Renfrewshire.  

If you’re a Renfrewshire volunteer why not send your coordinator or manager a thank you today.


Support for Organisations

Audit Scotland - Report: Community empowerment: Covid-19 update
Communities played a crucial role in the response to Covid-19



Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund Officer

Linstone Housing - Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Lead Officer, Cultural Regeneration (Fixed term to April 2024)
Future Paisley is a radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using Paisley’s unique and internationally significant cultural stories to transform its future. A journey that began with Paisley: The Untold Story, led to Paisley becoming the first town to be shortlisted for UK City of Culture, and is now supporting the Paisley Vision 2030, a blueprint for town centres everywhere.
Supporting the Head of Marketing and Communications, who has the overall lead for Future Paisley within Renfrewshire Council, you will be joining the team at a pivotal time following revision of Future Paisley’s step changes and strategic outcomes reflecting the demands of a post-pandemic context.
Apply here
If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please email Louisa Mahon at louisa.mahon@renfrewshire.gov.uk


Carer Positive Virtual Workshop


You are invited to join us on Thursday 25 November, at 2pm for a virtual workshop to mark Carers Rights Day, highlighting some best practice from employers across Scotland in how they value and support staff who are carers, and giving you the opportunity to share experiences and learning.

We will be joined by speakers from recognised Carer Positive organisations, who will provide us with insights from their perspective as employers, as well as working carers, who will share their own stories. Attendees will be able to ask questions and discuss strategies that may be helpful for organisations at any stage in building their own supportive working environment for carers.

The covid-19 pandemic highlighted the vital role that carers play in society, and particularly the challenges that those who juggle work and unpaid care can experience. Many employers, both before and during the pandemic have recognised and responded to this, and have embraced new ways of working which benefit carers as well as contributing to the health and wellbeing of whole staff teams. The need to support carers in how they manage their work and caring roles has never been more pressing. This is reflected in current potential changes to legislation around the introduction of Carers Leave, as well as possible administrative changes in the Right to Request Flexible Working. It is also very relevant to wider agendas including our ageing workforce, gender equality, and fairer working aspirations.

This Carers Rights Day is the ideal time for employers to value their staff who are carers and look at how their current practices create a supportive working culture. The Carer Positive scheme supports employers in Scotland to do this, and awards recognition to organisations with good workplace support in place. Join us on the 25 November to find out more, and visit us at carerpositive.org to see the list of over 200 Carer Positive employers across Scotland.

To attend this event, register your place now on Eventbrite


Scottish Recovery Network Peer2Peer

In October, as part of Global Peer Supporters Celebration Day, SRN launched the Let’s do Peer2Peer animation. The animation is a great starting point for anyone looking for help to develop peer roles and approaches.  

Let’s do Peer2Peer – Develop peer support in your own way
Are you looking for help and resources to develop peer roles and approaches? This short animation from Scottish Recovery Network explores what Peer2Peer is and how to get involved https://bit.ly/3AXfHgN
Lauren: peer support and me
“ Peer support has given me many gifts, the greatest one being it has helped me to heal my relationship with me.”
Lauren a Peer Support Worker with Bipolar Scotland, tells us what peer support means to her https://bit.ly/3CjpeAd
What makes peer support unique?’ 10 December or 20 January
Scottish Recovery Network invites people who live or work in Scotland to join them to explore together just what it is that makes peer support unique? This online event is part of a wider research project. Your ideas and experiences will be used to inform the development of the Peer Recovery Hub and support the development of peer roles and peer approaches in Scotland.  Booking info can be found here https://bit.ly/3mFf87D



Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 05 January 2022. The Foundation supports projects, institutions and activities in the following areas: Medical Research Travel grants; Jewish Life and Learning; Performing Arts; and Music. Applications are invited from smaller charitable organisations only; the Trustees will not consider approaches from large charities who are well represented on the High Street or their local branch offices. Applicants need to detail how the funding they are seeking can be used under the constraints of the current HM Govt Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for the sector.

Grants of up to £25,000 Available to Improve Community Buildings & Outdoor Spaces
The Asda Foundation has launched a new grants programme to help small grassroots organisations improve local community spaces and places across the UK. The Investing in Spaces and Places Grant will provide funding of between £5,000 and £25,000 to help with building repairs, building improvement/development, and/or outdoor improvement/development for properties which the community organisations either own or lease. Costs could include materials, tradespeople, and equipment purchases/rental. Funding will be awarded on a regional basis, with 50% match funding required. Groups should contact their local Asda store’s Community Champion to discuss their project. Nominations will be made by each local Champion by the 09 January 2022.

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