Engage Daily Update - 17 September
Engage Daily Update - 17 September

Engage Daily Update - 17 September


Open Mind Summit

Open Mind Summit is an annual online Summit exploring the role of creativity and culture in improving young people’s wellbeing.

Launched in 2019 on World Mental Health Day (10 October) the sell-out event attracted individuals of all ages to be inspired, learn, collaborate and connect.  In 2020, in the midst of lockdown, the event moved online, and discussed ‘how can creativity help children and young people overcome isolation and loneliness’. 

This year, the online Summit will be on Friday 08 October and will explore the theme, Mental Health for All with three subthemes: Nature for All, Connections for All and Justice for All. The programme this year will reflect these themes, with 3 keynote speakers, a morning panel discussion and a range of workshops. 

We’re so excited by this year’s line up with keynote talks from Angela Awuah, founder and director of Mental Health the Arts and Ollie Bray, Strategic Director of Education Scotland and Jo Musker-Sherwood from Climate Emerence, as well as an opportunity to hear more about 10,000 Miles, a celebration of connection and creativity and a showcase the work of two dance companies right2dance in Paisley, Scotland and yellowwheel in Melbourne, Australia and their experiences with connecting across the globe.

The summit will bring together young people, educators, artists, researchers, youth workers and funders. In partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure, Kibble and the University of the West of Scotland.

Open Mind Summit is funded by Renfrewshire Council and delivered in partnership with Create Paisley as part of Future Paisley. Future Paisley is a radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activities and investments using the town’s unique and internationally significant cultural stories to transform its future.

Open Mind Summit is on 8 October on online platform Hopin. Tickets are just £25 and there are a limited number of bursary places available for creative practitioners and young people. If you book now, you can use promo code 25OFF to get a 25% discount and there are a number of bursary tickets available for those where cost is a barrier. 

More information and tickets

Find out about a bursary place: openmindsummit@createpaisley.org.uk

Support for Individuals

Connecting Scotland   - Application process open - employability focus - Unemployed people aged 16+
The Connecting Scotland  programme provides free Laptops (Chromebooks) or I Pads with 2 years free wifi and digital support  - a great opportunity  for those eligible.This time the focus is on employability and there are over 400 devices and wifi allocated for unemployed Renfrewshire residents aged 16yrs +
Find out how to apply here

Baby Box: The Scottish Government has published a report evaluating the Baby Box scheme which provides families with a range of essential items including information leaflets designed to inform and support positive parenting behaviours. 


Support for Organisations

Child Protection: the Scottish Government has published updated National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland setting out how agencies should work together with parents, families and communities to prevent and protect children from harm caused by abuse and neglect. The guidance is for all practitioners who support children and families whether they work in health, police, third sector, local authority or education settings. 

Pregnant and Young Women in School: the Scottish Government has published guidance setting out ways to support pregnant young women and young parents to stay in school



Kairos Women+ #ChangeMakers: Women & Poverty Panel Discussion (with Mhairi Black MP) to mark Challenge Poverty Week at The Tannahill Centre, Thursday 7th October, 6.30pm - 8.30pm:
Kairos Women+ Making Her Mark Exhibition at Tannahill Centre with Glasgow Women’s Library from 30th September - 14th October:
Kairos Chronicle Black History Month Special, released October 2021 with articles celebrating black lives in Renfrewshire and beyond.



Scottish Government: has announced investment of £500m in a new Whole Family Wellbeing Fund to enable the building of universal, holistic support services in communities across Scotland, giving families access to the help they need in areas including: child and adolescent mental health, child poverty, alcohol and drugs misuse and educational attainment. 


The Clubs in Crisis Fund from Made by Sport supports sports clubs and organisations delivering sport for development that have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a national fund being delivered locally by community foundations across the UK. Foundation Scotland is distributing all funding across Scotland. This round closes on Monday 25th October, with decisions being sent to groups in early December 2021. Clubs in Crisis Fund | Foundation Scotland


The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Healthy Minds Network have a membership that includes a wide range of partners across Statutory and Third sectors, and is supported by the Mental Health Improvement Team. The Network would like to invite creative bids from organisations to help address some of the issues that surround mental health stigma and discrimination.

This year, we particularly welcome bids that look at reducing the stigma and discrimination around suicide issues, or reducing stigma and discrimination related to children and young people’s mental health. 

The themes of interest and types of approaches that we have received in the past are provided in the attached proposal form. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and we welcome other approaches that are not included. We particularly encourage bids that demonstrate innovative thinking.

To support anyone interested in applying we will be holding an online Q&A before the submission is due. The Q&A will be facilitated by the Mental Health Improvement Team at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and will run from 12.30 – 2.00 pm on Tuesday 21st September, 2021 via MS Teams. It will be available to anyone who is interested in submitting an application. During the Q&A, we will provide an overview of what we are looking for, and provide a space to answer any questions ahead of the full submission. To join the session, please email the Mental Health Improvement team on ggc.mhead@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

The closing date for applications to the ASP fund is noon Friday 8th October 2021.



NHS 24 is in the initial stages of our strategic planning for the coming 3-5 years, and are very keen to gather feedback from as many stakeholders as possible.
To do this, we are inviting you to complete our online questionnaire by following the links below. Do feel free to complete the survey on behalf of yourself, of the organisation you work for, and/or of the people you represent or advocate for.
You can access the survey by clicking on this link - the survey closes on 30 September
For more information about this consultation please visit the NHS website

YWCA Scotland and SWA are proud to announce the launch of a new survey to investigate young women’s perceptions and understanding of domestic abuse and existing support services.
This survey is open to girls and women living in Scotland (aged 12 – 25), until 05 October 2021
Survey link

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