Engage Daily Update - 09 November
Engage Daily Update - 09 November

Engage Daily Update - 09 November


Are you getting everything you’re entitled to?
As part of Talk Money week, Renfrewshire Council are having a benefit take up week in Renfrewshire from 8th to 12th November and want to encourage everyone to check they’re getting all the benefits they are due. You’ll be able to find out what you might be entitled to no matter your circumstances - Universal Credit, Scottish Child Payment or Best Start Grants and things like Council Tax Reduction and Free School Meals.  They can also give you some idea of whether you or a family member should apply for disability benefits or Pension Credit.
The Council’s Advice Works team are joining forces with Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau to offer you an appointment for a benefit check and other benefits help. Appointments will last up to 60 minutes and will take place by video, over the ‘phone or face to face. Appointments can quickly and easily be booked online here https://advicerenfrewshire.youcanbook.me or by calling Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0141 889 2121 or Advice Works on 0300 300 1238 and asking for a Talk Money Week appointment.  More details here https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/benefits-check


Support for Individuals

RAMH - What's on November

Scam Share Bulletin - 04 November

Generations Working Together Newsletter

Scottish Refugee Council Newsletter

Minority Ethnic Matters Overview  - 08 November 


Support for Organisations

Active Communities Annual Report 2020/21


Online Events

Fair Start Scotland webinar
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
11.00am – 12.00pm
Book your free place here
Fair Start Scotland helps people in Scotland West achieve positive outcomes – get involved!
The Wise Group is building a community of partners and employers who are passionate about recovery and creating pathways for positive outcomes for people in Scotland West (Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire). In times of continued challenge, we want to work with those who want to embrace new pathways to work and play their part in addressing the challenges that many people face in getting closer to work.
Join this webinar to find out how Fair Start Scotland helps people feel good about themselves as that all-important first step towards getting back into work.

Fair Start Scotland Project Lead Sean Donnelly who will talk you through:

  • How Fair Start Scotland works
  • Features that Fair Start Scotland apart
  • The benefits
  • Why and how to get involved
  • Short presentations will be following by a Q&A.

Places are limited so please book your free place here. We will then email you a link to join this online session that will take place on TEAMS.



SRC Events

Learning Exchange: Mental Health in the Community 
Tuesday 16th November, 10:00-12:30 
Online (Book via Eventbrite)
Scottish Refugee Council’s Communities Team is pleased to host this discussion which will be held online through Zoom.  
This is intended as an opportunity to share issues and approaches to mental health needs and to consider how, as communities, we can better address these.  
Programme details including Zoom link will follow in early November. To book, please register here with Eventbrite. 
This is the first in a series of regular Learning Exchanges for organisations and community groups in Scotland which work with and support refugees and asylum seekers.  
The Learning Exchanges are open to staff, volunteers and board members.
If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Refugee Festival Scotland 2022 Information Sessions
Refugee Festival Scotland is an annual celebration of the contribution refugee community groups make to life in Scotland.
The festival creates opportunities for people from different backgrounds to meet and get to know each other and find out what we have in common. By building bridges across communities, the festival offers a vision of hope, friendship and solidarity with people seeking refugee protection in Scotland.
If you’d like to hear about the exciting plans for Refugee Festival Scotland 2022, then come and meet the Festival team at one of our online information and drop-in networking sessions.
Find out about the dates and themes of the Festival and how you and your group can get involved. You’ll also be able to put questions to the team and meet other community representatives.
Choose between two dates, a morning event on TUESDAY 23 November 2021  from 11am – 12 noon or an afternoon event on MONDAY 29 November 2021 from 2pm – 3pm.
To reserve your place, please email Baz Alden, Refugee Festival Scotland Assistant at baz.alden@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk with your name and names of any other people from your organisation who wish to attend, clearly stating which date you’d like to attend and Baz will send you the link to join the zoom meeting.
Please book by THURSDAY 18 November 2021.



Recovery peer support Worker- Mental health and Addiction

OSCR - Board Members
5 new Board member vacancies for the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) - now live: Scottish Government - Public Appointments (appointed-for-scotland.org)
AOSCR are looking to broaden the diversity of their Board members, as well as bringing legal and accountancy expertise to the Board.  
OSCR Board members are appointed by Scottish Ministers, with the process overseen by the Public Appointments Team at Scottish Government.  More information can be found at: Scottish Government - Public Appointments (appointed-for-scotland.org) and on OSCR’s website



The Promise Partnership – A Good Childhood is an investment of circa £3.25m from the Scottish Government. It is intended to deliver change in-line with Scotland’s commitment to #KeepThePromise and ensure children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected.
The importance of maintaining loving, safe relationships is one of five priority areas of the Promise Scotland’s Plan 21-24 this area is detailed in Change Programme One - A Good Childhood. This funding strand aims to offer investment that will help ensure children and young people experience a good childhood in a loving family environment, recognising family will mean different things to each child or young person.
Up to £100,000 is available per proposal and is open to individual organisations or collaborations. The investment is to help build upon or put structures in place that will create the space to think, plan and start to co-design changes that ensures a Good Childhood. Your proposal needs to reflect and consider what has to happen within your organisation, collaboration or local area to support a Good Childhood. You should detail how investment will be an enabler for systemic or infrastructure changes. This could include organisational cultures, changing practices, listening and planning, embedding participatory approaches that will support future service re-design.
Deadlines for applications is 3 December, an information session will take place on 4 November and decisions for the funding will be made in January 2022.
For full details go to The Promise Partnership - Corra

Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) - Section 10 Funding

Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) provides grants to voluntary organisations under Section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. The Act states that grants can be made to voluntary organisations who promote social welfare and the HSCP requires organisations to be constituted, operating in Renfrewshire and promote at least one of the HSCPs strategic objectives, which are:
1. Improving Health and Wellbeing.
2. Providing the right service, at the right time, in the right place.
3. Working in partnership to support the person as well as the condition.
A maximum of £2,000 can be awarded to an organisation and organisations must comply with Renfrewshire Council’s Conditions of Grant.
As part of your submission, applicants are asked to reflect how they will deliver activities assuming social distancing and other restrictions are likely to continue for some time.
Please send completed  application form to bernadette.reilly@renfrewshire.gov.uk by Friday 03 December 2021. Organisations should be informed of the outcome by Friday 24 December 2021


Funders of the Week

Inspired by COP26 event in Glasgow in November 2021, we have put together a list of potential grant funding opportunities available to voluntary organisations for environmental projects and causes. This is not a comprehensive list, more an overview of the main funders we would say to have a look at.
Greenshoots Foundation Trust - Small grants are available to non-profit organisations for projects that will deliver carbon reductions and economic benefits to minimise environmental impact. Examples include local community energy schemes or more energy efficient buildings. Apply online any time. https://www.greenshootsfund.com/

Paths for All – Smarter Choices Smarter Places Open Fund Grants up to £50,000 are available as match funding to public, third and community sector organisations. Eligible projects will support the fund’s priorities to cut Scotland's carbon emissions, improve air quality, help reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and tackle health inequalities. Apply any time. https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/active-travel/smarter-choices-smarter-places-1/open-fund



Volunteers urgently needed in Renfrewshire to keep vulnerable people healthy & happy – Renfrewshire News 24
Royal Voluntary Service in Renfrewshire is encouraging more people in the area to discover the joys of volunteering whilst keeping their local community healthy and happy. Royal Voluntary Service has been providing invaluable support to people in need in Renfrewshire both before and during the coronavirus pandemic. With the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the charity and its volunteers are able to improve health and wellbeing, resilience, confidence and connections of some of Renfrewshire’s most vulnerable people.


UWS Funded Courses

Entrepreneurial Leadership
This course encourages participants to explore the flexible mindset and leadership skills that will aid success across all sectors and fields.  Not just for managers or entrepreneurs but for anyone looking  to increase their leadership and entrepreneurial knowledge.
Leadership in Theory & Practice
This course explores the theories of leadership and their important in practice; delegates will reflect on their organisations’ leadership structures and areas for growth.
SFEDI Diploma in Business & Enterprise Support
This diploma is essential for any individual working closely in the field of business or enterprise support.
Fundamentals of Project Management Qualification
This course provides the preparation to undertake the Association for Project Management’s entry-level course (exam entry fee included).


Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers

Registration is open for free climate emergency training to give Scotland’s youth workers and those working with young people an understanding of the climate emergency and equip them with skills and tools to help young people turn their concerns about climate change into positive action. Participants who successfully complete the three modules can apply to gain Carbon Literacy accreditation through the Carbon Literacy Project.

The training is part of the Scottish Government funded COP26 Youth Climate Programme and is being delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful and YouthLink Scotland.

Find out more and register


Invest in Renfrewshire

The Invest in Renfrewshire (Employability Team) has received funding from Scottish Government to create funded work placements within Third Sector organisations. 
The team can provide funding, connect you to suitable candidates and provide support to help you create an opportunity – see below for further details.
If you are interested and would like to hear more, Invest in Renfrewshire will be hosting an information session on Friday 12 November at 10.00am. 
Please email Invest in Renfrewshire to request an invite to this event.

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