Engage Daily Update - 15 September
Engage Daily Update - 15 September

Engage Daily Update - 15 September


COVID-19 Public Inquiry – invitation to provide input

On 24 August, Scottish Ministers announced that a Scottish public inquiry will be established to consider matters in relation to Scotland’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic under the Inquiries Act 2005.

An Aims and Principles paper has been published which forms the basis of stakeholder engagement on the Terms of Reference for the inquiry.

The Aims and Principles paper is available online here

To provide response to or comments on the Aims and Principles paper on behalf of your organisation, please send an email to COVID-19publicinquirysetupteam@gov.scot. Please note that this mailbox is not taking evidence on behalf of the inquiry, as it will be independent of Scottish Government, but taking views on what the inquiry should focus on, once it is set up.

You may wish to consider the following questions:

  • Which areas of the handling of COVID-19 in Scotland do you think deserve particular scrutiny?  
  • Are there any shortcomings or successes that you would like to see given particular consideration?
  • Are there areas in which you think Scotland would benefit particularly from drawing lessons learned?

The deadline for submitting responses and comments is 30 September 2021, but we welcome early submissions. After that point, we will analyse the input and use it to develop the Terms of Reference for the inquiry. Information you provide will not be carried forward to the inquiry itself.

A note on what we will do with the information that you give us: We will use all of the input we receive to help us in the set up of the Inquiry. Your input, including any personal details that form part of that input such as names and contacts details, will be kept on file by the COVID Inquiry Establishment Division for the duration of our work. You can find more information in our Privacy Notice www.gov.scot/publications/covid-19-inquiry


Support for Individuals

Village community larder project aims to tackle food waste – Paisley Daily Express
A brand new community larder is aiming to reduce food waste in a Renfrewshire village. Lochwinnoch Food Committee was set up during last year’s lockdown to support families and people in need during the pandemic. Since then, hardworking volunteers have continued to provide food parcels and have now teamed up with local produce growers to create the community larder. Tori Bell, project officer for Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP), said: “We’re trying to reduce food waste and our food provision is all either produced locally or sourced via schemes that distribute food from supermarkets which is otherwise going in to landfill.

New Paisley covid testing site opens in shopping centre– Paisley Daily Express / The Gazette
A new Covid-19 testing site for people without symptoms of the virus is opening in the centre of Paisley. The testing site will be open in the Paisley Centre from Tuesday and aims to help bring down current high rates of the virus by finding people who don’t know they have it. The facility will use lateral flow tests – which return results via text message within 45 minutes – and anyone can drop in to collect a pack of tests to use at home.

Self Directed Support East Renfrewshire - Your Voice Bulletin

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Online Events

Generations Working Together - Wednesday 22 September 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ageism is something that can happen to anyone of any age young or old. We are hosting this network event on Ageism and how it can be harmful and we want to hold a conversation with you to look at this and how we can combat ageism through #intergenerational interventions and using educational activities. This is the second session in our series about looking at #Ageism with an intergenerational approach. The session will involve two guest speakers from different generations to talk about ageism and how it affects them. We will then have a short Q and A followed by some break out workshops to discuss your own experiences of ageism and how we can work together to combat ageism through intergenerational work and building relationships that will challenge how we think about age and #AWorld4AllAges
Guest speakers include some young people from The Scottish Youth Parliament and some older people from the community, SOPA and U3A. We hope you can come along and join the conversation.
Sign up here to register



September Workshops for Established Social Enterprises

15 September – Intellectual Property (Business Gateway)
15 September – Project Management for Cultural Organisations (Renfrewshire Cultural Sector)
16 September – Marketing Your Business on a Budget (Business Gateway)
17 September – Sales: How to Find Them (Business Gateway)
17 September – Community Engagement for Cultural Organisations (Renfrewshire Cultural Sector)
20 September – Social Media for Cultural Organisations (Renfrewshire Cultural Sector)
21 September – Bookkeeping and Finance (Business Gateway)
21 September – Introduction to Being a Board Member for Arts and Heritage Organisations (Arts and Business Scotland, fees apply) 
22 September – Workshop on Understanding the Features of Excel (SCVO)
23 September – Planning and Scheduling Online Content (Digitalboost)
23 September – Creating Value for Your Customers (Business Gateway)
24 September – How to: Webinars, live streams and video conferences (Digital Boost)
24 September – HR Essentials for Running A Business (Business Gateway)
27 September – Email Marketing (Digitalboost)
27 September – LinkedIn for Business (Digitalboost)
28 September – Protect Your Data from Hackers (Digitalboost)
29 September – Plan, Measure and Report Social Impact (SCVO, fees apply)
29 September – Instagram for Business (Digitalboost)
30 September – Improve Your Impact Using Social Media Analytics (Digitalboost)
30 September – Sharing Insights Peer Learning Event: From Crisis to Recovery (Evaluation Support Scotland)

Online learning at your own pace - Just Enterprise is also offering online, module-based courses which you can complete at your own pace (over an 8-week period).  Programmes include: ‘Measuring Social Impact’ and ‘Tendering for Contracts’.  Full details can be found here

The Engage Renfrewshire Training Calendar has links to other sources of training and support for new start social enterprises. 

Just Enterprise - Subscribe to Just Enterprise and be the first find out about Start-Up training and support.

Community Enterprise has produced The Social Enterprise Ecosystem Map which provides an overview of support available to social enterprises.  Scroll to end of document to view the full directory of support providers.

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