Engage Daily Update - 07 October
Information from Scottish Government National Performance Framework Unit
Improving the National Performance Framework
Our current National Performance Framework (NPF), launched in 2018, was developed in collaboration with all parts of society: public and private sectors, local government, voluntary organisations, businesses and communities and had cross party support in the Scottish Parliament. At the time, the First Minister said “the new NPF belongs to all of Scotland and together we can fulfil the promise contained in it.” As we have sought to deliver, measure and improve the NPF in the years since, we have benefited from the perspectives of many individuals and organisations across Scotland. As part of that continuous improvement programme we have two asks of you right now.
Firstly, we need you to tell us how you currently use the National Performance Framework (or don’t). And to tell us what could make it more useful. Our short survey will be open until 27th October. Let us know what you think, it’ll take no more than 10 minutes.
And we need to hear from as many people and organisations as possible, so our second ask is that you share the survey amongst your networks. If you have organisational newsletters or social media accounts, we would appreciate you promoting the survey via those channels (we can provide some promotional text, just send us an email and we’ll get that to you).There’s also a blog post with a bit more background, if you’re able to share that and we’re @ScotGovOutcomes on Twitter if want to retweet us!
In addition to informing our continuous improvement programme, your responses will also help us think about the questions we need to ask during the next NPF review, which we’re beginning to plan.
Support for Organisations
Becoming a Fair Work Nation – Public Consultation
Fair Work will be a key element within the forthcoming Covid Recovery Strategy. The Scottish Government’s vision, shared with the Fair Work Convention, is that by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society.
The consultation seeks views on the action that will be required to achieve the vision.
It provides a timely opportunity to inform the Scottish Government’s Fair Work priorities, particularly in the context of COVID, EU Exit and in recognising the important role Fair Work can play in our economic recovery and renewal and our ambition for making a just transition to a net zero and wellbeing economy. It will also seek views on how to ensure Fair Work continues to respond to and address labour market challenges and workplace inequality.
We, therefore, invite interested parties from all sections of the economy, including employers and sectoral groups, workers and their representatives and others, as well as wider civic Scotland, to consider and share their views on the action they think needs to be taken, by who, in what timescales and with what sense of priority.
Community Engagement and Racial Equality Training
Thu 28 Oct, 10am-12pm
Every single organisation in Scotland has a responsibility to address and eradicate institutional racism. If you’re not sure what that is or how to go about it, this session is perfect for you.
• History of diversity, and legislation, in the UK
• Scotland’s and Renfrewshire’s ethnic population figures
• What are micro-aggressions
• What is unconscious bias, and nuances of bias
After the session you will:
• Be able to apply a more inclusive approach to service design/delivery
• Better understand barriers to accessing your services
• Be able to support cultural differences and better engage with your communities
This session will present good practice principles, raise awareness of racial discrimination and build your confidence in engaging with the communities you work/live in. It is an MS Teams session; links will be sent in the week of the training. BOOK NOW due to limited numbers: https://bit.ly/3DjEDAD
Action Earth 2021 is open for applications now!
In 2021 Volunteering Matters Action Earth is offering grants to help local communities to respond to climate change. Funded by NatureScot, these grants support volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in practical outdoor activities.
Any group of volunteers are able to apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or other wildlife habitats.
In 2021 we are also offering a limited number of Action Earth Enhanced Grants up to £500 for projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. These grants are available to projects where a minimum of 50% of the volunteers involved will have defined health issues.
More details and application form can be found here
Postcode Dream Fund now open!
The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. They ask charitable organisations across the UK to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project. They ask charitable organisations across the UK to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project. Applications must come from a partnership of at least two charitable organisations, one of which will be designated as the lead.
The focus of this year’s Dream Fund will be projects that are looking to deliver systemic change in the following funding categories:
2. Social inequality
3. Pandemic recovery
There is a total amount of £3.5 million available and charities can apply for up to £1.25 million. Please note this is a highly competitive fund, and only 2-3 projects are funded each year.
Applications close at 5:30pm on 1 November 2021.
For more information please click here
Challenge Poverty Week - Information Session Recording
October 04-10 is Challenge Poverty Week 2021 and during the pandemic there have been increased worries over finances for individuals and families.
Renfrewshire HSCP, Advice Works, Renfrewshire Council and Engage wanted to give anyone working or volunteering with people the tools and to know where they can get help with money worries.
We ran a collaborative online event looking at what is available in the form of benefits and grants, where money help is available, fair finance and credit options and hints on how to ask people about money and how to open up the money conversation as part of normal practice, and with those in financial crisis.
We understand how difficult conversations about money can be, and are hoping to reach as many people in Renfrewshire with this page and recording of the session to give you and your colleagues the confidence to ask questions about money and finances and to know where you can get help for the people you work with.
We have included a link to a page with resources you can use to speak to your clients about money and links to where you can get help and refer on to.
We know if people have a positive financial situation they can and will engage with support and health services better. Please feel free to share this link with your colleagues and we would love to hear your feedback on the session - Money & Benefits info session - YouTube