Engage Daily Update - 20 September
Engage Daily Update - 20 September

Engage Daily Update - 20 September


St Mirren Football Club - Match Day Ball Attendants

Street Stuff, in partnership with St Mirren Football Club have opportunities for boys and girls who wish to get up close to the action and be part of the match day experience at The SMiSA stadium.

If you are in S1-S3 and interested in helping out on match days as a ball attendant then please contact stephen.gallacher@stmirren.com or info@stmirren.com for more info.

All successful candidates will be registered with Saltire Awards to help them gain nationally recognised certificates, signed by Scottish Government Ministers.

St Mirren FC Website


Support for Individuals

Renfrewshire Mental Health Directory - 8th Edition


Support for Organisations

Renfrewshire Chamber Business Awards - The ROCCOs - deadline extended to 27 September. Find out how to nominate here

Green Giant Awards - Deadline extended to 08 October



Social Security Scotland: Child Disability Payment Stakeholder Events
Child Disability Payment will replace Disability Living Allowance for Children, which is currently delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions. It has been designed to provide extra money to help with the costs of caring for a child with a disability or ill-health condition.
Social Security Scotland wants to make sure both you and the people you support have all the relevant information you need about Child Disability Payment before it opens for applications nationally.
Find out more and see the dates here

'Colour Trail' is a series of creative workshops for early years children aged 18 months - 4 years and their parent/carer to join in together, exploring colours through play, dance, music and sensory activities.  Workshops are free to take part in, but spaces must be booked in advance as numbers are limited.  The project has been funded by the Scottish Government's Small Grants Scheme through Creative Scotland.  To book your space email info@right2dance.com



Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline
The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grantmaking programme is the 15 March 2022. The Idlewild Trust supports charities that improve opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works. The Trust awards around £130,000 each year  in grants.  During 2020 the average grant was £3,880.



Affordable Credit Officer - Engage Renfrewshire
An exciting opportunity to join a robust and well established network of practitioners and organisations working towards decreased use of illegal money lending and increased awareness of local affordable credit alternatives.

Borders College/Dumfries and Galloway College Chairs
As Chair, you will establish effective leadership of the Board ensuring that it fulfils its duties, roles and responsibilities, including those as an employer.  You will work in partnership with employers and other regional stakeholders to focus on providing opportunities which meet demand in key industry sectors within the region and beyond, the College ensures that its students develop the right skills and positive attitudes to support the local, regional and national workforce needs, and plays a key role in helping to develop the regional economy.

Borders College
D&G College


Participation Research Network

We have decided to extend the deadline for abstracts for our webinar series to Friday 24 September.
We understand that the first few weeks after the summer can be very busy and we want to make sure we receive abstracts from a range of different areas and approaches.
Please complete the online survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PRNAbstract/
Please feel free to share this call for abstracts with your colleagues and networks.
Thank you to all of you who have been in touch and sent over your abstracts. We will be get back to you in due course.
If you require further information then please contact myself joy.vamvakaris@nhs.scot or my colleague Gary McGrow gary.mcgrow@nhs.scot
Further information
The Participation Research Network  was formed to connect researchers, practitioners and policy makers with an interest in sharing evidence on participation (public involvement, engagement, co-production) in health and social care. Pre-pandemic we had an annual event which was postponed last year and we had a series of webinars instead. This year we also plan a webinar series for dates around the end of October.
We are inviting abstract submissions for consideration for presentation or discussion at this webinar series. Themes for this year include:

  • Good practice or innovative public participation projects in Health and Social Care, in particular methods or examples of projects engaging people facing/experiencing health and care inequalities.
  • Engagement Strategies - A number of NHS Boards are developing engagement strategies to help remobilise services. We’d be keen to hear of any examples of how an engagement strategy has been implemented or if there are examples of evaluating engagement strategies.
  • The future of public participation and engagement in health & social care?

Given the nature of the pandemic we’re also interested to hear if there has been any research or ‘think pieces’ on the future of public participation. Has the pandemic changed the direction or future travel of service user and public participation?
Previous Participation Research Network events have included interesting research and public engagement projects that featured innovative methods such as Action Research, Citizens’ Panel, Citizens’ Jury, Peer Research, and Participatory Mapping. Topics have been equally diverse and engaging covering Communication Inclusion, Participatory Budgeting, Human Rights, Realistic Medicine, Healthcare Priorities, Rights to Health, Inequalities, and Health Services Planning.

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