Engage Daily Update - 09 June
Engage Daily Update - 09 June

Engage Daily Update - 09 June


All young people aged 12-26 years old living within Renfrewshire can submit their artwork, music, films, photography, fashion, creative writing etc and have their work featured in our #YouPaisley film launching in July as part of Paisley's Sma' Shot Day
Let’s highlight Paisley’s Arts and Cultural scene from young people’s perspectives.
You can click on the link below to check out our page on Young Scot for more information on how to enter.
All entries will receive Young Scot reward points.

Deadline to submit entries: Friday 18th June 2021 (pm)


Support for Individuals

The Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm programme has, alongside people with lived experience, produced some new materials.
An infographic outlining the key priorities to reduce gambling harm in Scotland. This was created with the Lived Experience Forum and through wider engagement with people with lived experience. They also produced a video to go alongside the infographic for easy sharing of the key messages.

Also they recently completed an engagement project on behalf of the Scottish Public Health Network. This report outlines what resources are available to support people experiencing gambling harm in Greater Glasgow and what priorities were identified to reduce gambling harm.
Finally, you may be interested to see the ALLIANCE’s response to the Gambling Act Review.
Taken together these documents provide a good outline of the priorities identified with people with lived experience to reduce gambling harm in Scotland.
If you wish to be added to the mailing list for the programme, please email William Griffiths William.Griffiths@alliance-scotland.org.uk

Support for Organisations

Paisley Tango Offer: 
"People need their health and wellbeing restored. Groups of need brought back together. Employees need to feel less isolated. Argentine Tango corporate sessions can do this is a fun and friendly way.
We can help groups of employees reconnect using traditional Argentine Tango methods and practices. It restores mental wellbeing, health, fitness and friendship.
We are passionate about Paisley and therefore we are offering a 50% discount to all Renfrewshire based organisations.
Please contact us for more details to find out more details."


Online Events/Training

The Power in our Communities: Catalyst for Change, Tuesday 15 June 2pm – 3.45 pm or Thursday 17 June 10.30 am – 12.15 pm
Outside the Box are hosting two events for people living in communities and people working in community based organisations. The purpose of the sessions is to build upon the work of communities during the pandemic. It will explore different ways of working and collaborating with Health and Social Care Partnerships. 

  • To book a place on Tuesday 15th June at 2pm click here.
  • To book a place on Thursday 17th June at 10.30am click here.

These sessions are part of a series of events that demonstrate community responses during the pandemic to support activities and services for people. The events are supported by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
The first event is for everyone and is called The Power in our Communities: Celebrating Community and takes place on Tuesday 15th June, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm- to book a place click here.  
In the afternoon there is also a session for people who work in Health and Social Care Partnerships to explore how they work in partnership with communities. To book a place click here.   
The views and ideas from the workshops will be produced into a report showing how we can work differently and how to develop and sustain partnership and collaborative working between communities and Health and Social Care Partnerships.

Informal Committee Skills
16th June 10am-12:30pmAttendees will be taken through the roles and responsibilities of being a Management Committee office bearer, the chair, secretary, treasurer, committee members, for an unincorporated community group.

Scottish Community Safety Network Webinar Events for June 

Click the link to find out about two events running this month: 

  • Animation Launch: Experiences & Perceptions of Community Safety - Wednesday 16 June 2021
  • Causation factors of Unintentional Injury in the Home - Tuesday 29 June 2021

Webinar for Start-Ups: Social Media Foundations
17th June 11am - 12pm offered from Just Enterprise for Social Enterprises
This webinar is designed for those looking to see how they can use social media to further their business. It offers an insight into how to get started using social media as a business tool and provides useful starting point for social entrepreneurs.



Connecting Scotland Phase 3 Launched
Organisations supporting low income, digitally excluded households or individuals seeking employment.
The #ConnectingScotland programme offers internet connection, device, training and support.
Find out more at www.connecting.scot

Grants to Support Work which Improves Financial Wellbeing (UK)
Charities, voluntary organisations, think tanks, campaigning groups, research bodies, and universities can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £200,000 for strategic work which improves financial wellbeing.

More specifically the Foundation is looking to support work that examines and promotes measures to:

  • Increase incomes for those on low-to-middle incomes.
  • Ensure people have an adequate safety net, building savings and assets.
  • Reduce the cost of living, making sure those on lower incomes are not paying more.
  • Address issues related to spending and borrowing, particularly where it becomes problematic

The Standard Life Foundation’s grant programme invites proposals from organisations across the UK seeking funding for policy work, campaigning and research focused on three areas that influence financial wellbeing:

  • income;
  • spending;
  • assets.

These areas might include wages, pensions and taxation, gambling, borrowing and repayment problems, and savings.
Between 15 and 20 grants are awarded each year and priority is given to work focusing on younger generations.
The next deadline for applications is 1pm on the 4th February 2022.
For more information please go to:- https://www.standardlifefoundation.org.uk/en


Proposed Cycle Route

Following engagement with the local community, including local businesses, community groups, schools, elected members and residents, Renfrewshire Council (RC) have agreed the final route to be implemented in the area.

Using feedback from the engagement process, RC have maintained both existing lanes (left and straight on) at Glenpatrick Road and there will be no change to Main Road, near Elderslie Post Office, to ensure that parking can be maintained in this area.

So, what is the route?
The 35-minute, 10km cycle connects the village of Howwood and Paisley town centre. 
Starting on Midton Road, Howwood, close to the junction with Bowfield Road, cyclists travel along a scenic stretch with painted bicycle markings on the road, passing Howwood Park and St Anthony's Primary School and connecting onto Beith Road via Linnet Avenue, Martlet Drive and Hallhill Road.
On Beith Road, the route is initially a shared path signposted for cyclists and pedestrians before becoming a two-way cycle track near Cochrane Castle Primary School, the route segregated from road traffic with bollards. 
Cyclists travelling toward Paisley will use Overton Road and then a crossing on Thornhill before continuing on Main Road. Cyclists travelling in the opposite direction toward Howwood will use a shared path and then onto Broom Terrace for a length before moving back to Beith Road via a path link.   
The cycle route continues passed Johnstone Train Station and onto Main Road, Elderslie, becoming segregated cycle lanes on both sides of the road between Beith Road and Glenpatrick Road. 
It then connects onto National Cycle Route 7 via a new zebra crossing just before Elderslie Golf Club, the route continuing to Paisley Canal train station on the existing traffic free route.
You can see this via an online map here – www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SpacesforPeopleCycleRoutes.
What happens next?
Work is due to begin on Monday 14 June and is expected to last around six weeks.
The new route will be continually reviewed by our team and adjustments can be made following implementation so please let RC know if you have any further feedback once it is in place.

If the cycle route proves popular with the local community, there is the potential to make it permanent should this be desired.

RC want to ensure that this works for you and the local community, so please get in touch with the team if you have concerns and we can work through them with you.

You can reach them via ei@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Anyone who does not have internet access can write to Environment and Infrastructure, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1BR.



Youth Engagement Trainee x 2
6-month Kickstart trainee posts with Paisley Museum
CLOSING: 11th June at 4pm.

Applications can be made by people who are: 

  • registered unemployed and claiming universal credit
  • 16-24
  • resident of Renfrewshire

Interested parties should talk to their work coaches, quoting DWP reference KICK1973 and apply with a CV / covering letter before the deadline at 4pm on Friday 11 June.


RAH Neonatal Unit receives Unicef accreditation

A neonatal unit which cares for some of sickest babies in Scotland has achieved Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative status.

The unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley achieved the Baby Friendly Stage 3 Accreditation for its care of the most vulnerable babies and their families.

The Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) supports parents to have close and loving relationships with their pre-term or sick baby by enabling them to touch, talk and care for their babies as well as supporting skin to skin contact and responsive feeding.

It values parents as partners in care, with 24-hour access to their babies and aims for parents to be seen as the primary care givers. This has led to the unit’s clinical staff providing specialised care, while acting as teachers and supporters to parents as they learn to care for their baby.

Staff work with parents to help babies to receive breast milk and to breastfeed when possible. This includes discussing with parents the value of breast milk for premature and sick babies’ current and future health as well as development. All parents within the unit are supported in their preferred choice of feeding.

Acting chief nurse for Women’s and Children, Tricia Friel said: “The staff at the unit are delighted to be recognised by Unicef in this way.
“Each year in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, around one in 10 babies are admitted to neonatal units, having been born sick or premature. These babies are very vulnerable and frequently face serious challenges to their health and development.
“The parent-child relationship and breast milk feeding are vitally important to give these babies the best possible start in life.
“Staff have always delivered specialised care to the children, however, we now put the parents at the centre of care for their child which is hugely beneficial to the whole family. The benefits of this early closeness goes way beyond a baby’s stay on the neonatal unit.
“Our aim is to have a culture which supports parents to be primary care givers and nurture them in their role as parents within the neonatal unit. We have had great feedback from families saying they feel much more confident caring for their baby both in the neonatal unit and when discharged home.

“This culture change has been embraced by every member of the team and the unit is extremely proud to achieve this award.”

Congratulations to the team at RAH!

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