Engage Daily Update - 08 March
Engage Daily Update - 08 March

Engage Daily Update - 08 March


Happy International Women’s Day!

This year’s focus is ‘Choose To Challenge’ and in the Post-Covid world, if we want to #BuildBackBetter, there is plenty to challenge.
The recent Social Renewal Advisory Board Report, ‘If Not Now, When?’, from January 2021 outlined some of the continued inequalities that our communities currently face, with women highlighted.
Read our chief officer’s IWD focused response to the report in our new blog
And keep an eye on our Twitter today for messages from our team on what we #ChooseToChallenge today and every day.


Support for Individuals

Scam Share Newsletter

Community Outreach News


Support for Organisations

Charity Digital Newsletter

Digiren March 2021
We had an online meeting this week on Tuesday 2nd March which was also recorded for anyone who was unable to attend. This is being hosted by Engage Renfrewshire on their YouTube channel, and you can watch the entire session here.

Alan McNiven, CEO of Engage chaired the meeting, with support from Diane Webb and Ross McNicol of Renfrewshire Council, and the three speakers were:

  • David Cannon, City Manager from CityFibre
  • Susan McIver, Digital & Systems Co-ordinator, Renfrewshire Libraries
  • Patrick Murray, Head of ICT, Renfrewshire Council


Funder of the Week 

The funder of the week is The Mikel Fund.
The Trustees of The Mickel Fund support a broad range of charities and individuals working in different fields. The Trustees prefer to fund direct service delivery to people in Scotland in need of this support. This enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable activities which take place in, or have a direct impact on Scotland. To achieve an effective distribution of funds the Mickel Fund has recently reviewed their funding strategy. Their funding priorities are:

  • The Advancement of Education
  • The Prevention or Relief of Poverty
  • The Advancement of Health and The Saving of Lives
  • The Advancement of the Arts, Heritage, Culture and Science
  • The Advancement of Public Participation in Sports.

1. Major Grant Donations
The Mickel Fund prefers to support organisations where our contributions ‘make a difference’ Major Donations will be considered for one large-scale local project at a time, for example the donation of £5,000 - £10,000 on a one-off basis.
To be considered for Major Donation funding you must be a Charity or Organisation in Scotland or considered a Homeless Charity.

2. Annual Donations
For those charities looking towards Annual Contributions Funding, The Mickel Fund will donate £500 - £2,000 per year to the chosen national charity, with the view of being updated and reassessed annually. The annual contributions funding can be donated to both long-term supported charities and/or newly assessed charities.
By considering some donations at this financial level on an annual basis we allow the legacy interest of the previous trustees to be continued.
Due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to make annual donations to one charity for each of our five core funding priority categories, detailed on our home page.
For more information please go to:- https://www.mickelfund.org.uk/

Online Events/Training

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK Senscot - What to look out for with lease agreements - 11 March. The webinar will help you understand some of the legal jargon and demystify a lease, understand the negotiation process and more

Renfrewshire Volunteer Managers' Forum - March Session Tuesday 23 March, 2pm - 3:30pm

Engage Virtual Funding Fayre - 30 March at 10am - Funders attending include Paths For All, Corra Foundation, Gannochy Trust, Renfrewshire Council


Help Support the Paisley YMCA

Paisley YMCA are a huge driver of digital learning and activities for young people in Renfrewshire, and have worked closely with Digiren on many initiatives.
Paisley YMCA are seeking new members to help shape and develop the strategy and activities of the association in Paisley to further support young people and the wider communities across Renfrewshire.  Members vote who will be trustees of the charity and hold board members to account regarding the aims and objectives of the YMCA.  
Members are asked to attended a minimum of three board meetings per year and anyone can be a member we just seek your time and skills we don’t want your money.
Apply here 


Alcohol Focus Scotland - Youth Engagement

Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) is the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol harm. We want to reduce the impact of alcohol on individuals, families, communities, and Scotland as a whole, through the implementation of effective alcohol control policies and legislation.  Information about our work can be found on our website at https://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk/
One key area of work for the organisation at the moment is around an Alcohol-Free Childhood. This focuses on reducing the harm to children that comes from the alcohol use of others, the marketing and social pressures to drink and the impact of becoming a drinker at an early age. 
At AFS we believe that an alcohol-free childhood should be one that allows children and young people to be:

  • Free from the physical and emotional impact of other drinking.
  • Free from the commercial, environmental, and social pressure to drink.
  • Free from health and social harms caused by consuming alcohol themselves.
  • Supported and encouraged to make positive, health lifestyle choices as they enter adulthood.

In developing this work, we are keen to engage with children, young people and the organisations to who support them to ensure their voices are heard on alcohol topics related to them and policies that may impact their lives ( including the upcoming Scottish Government consultation on Alcohol Marketing).
We are keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in finding out more about our work and ways we could potentially work together. Megan McGarrigle is the Youth Engagement Officer for the organisation and can be contacted at megan.mcgarrigle@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk.

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