Engage Daily Update - 26 October
Engage Daily Update - 26 October

Engage Daily Update - 26 October


Support for Individuals

Minority Ethnic Matters Overview - 25 October

NHSGG&C - 32% of those attending Emergency Departments have minor ailments

Dream of new community hub will soon be a reality for Johnstone group - Paisley Daily Express
The long-held dream of transforming a former police station into a community health and well-being hub is well on its way to becoming reality. Almost a year on from the building work starting, the vision of Johnstone-based charity Active Communities is taking shape. The Johnstone-based charity, which runs several fitness and well-being classes for people of all ages, had the idea of taking over the former Johnstone Police Station across the road from its current offices on Quarry Street, back in 2018.
Bringing people together is theme of new Active Communities logo – Paisley Daily Express
Weaving people together is the theme of the striking new logo launched by Active Communities. The Johnstone-based charity, which runs several activity and community groups across Renfrewshire, has launched its colourful new logo. Earlier this year, Active Communities won a place on the 2021 Brand for Growth programme, run each year by Community Enterprise, backed by the Scottish Government’s third sector division and delivered by ethical brand specialists, Bold Studio. Since then, staff, volunteers and members have been working with Bold Studio on a revitalised brand for Active Communities.


Talk, Learn, Do - Free Online Sessions for Parents and Carers
Over the next couple of weeks, Campaign for Learning is holding free online sessions for parents and carers who would like tips and ideas for talking to their children about money.
Talk, Learn, Do is an interactive programme that helps develop money skills in a fun, friendly way and 99% of previous participants would recommend it to others.
The dates are 26 and 27 October, and 02 and 03 November. This event is 90 minutes long and there is a choice of times, including an evening option.
They are open to any parent or carer in Scotland, so please feel free to share with employees, contacts and networks who might be interested in these useful workshops.
Book here


Online Events

GWT’s Intergenerational Network Meeting Global Report on Ageism
Tuesday 2nd November 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

We hope that this session will contribute towards creating #AWorld4AllAges by:

  • Challenging assumptions and attitudes
  • Holding open conversations in our own spaces
  • Tapping into the potential of everyone across generations

Our guest speaker Dr Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez Technical Officer, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing Unit, World Health Organization will share key elements of the report and of WHO’s work. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in the Q & A section. 
Book your place here


Women Returners Programme

The Women Returners Programme has been developed to improve the confidence, networks and work-readiness of women aged 25 and over who have taken a career break of at least six months.
Support offered will be based on an individual’s existing skills, experience and barriers to employment and could include, but is not limited to, mentoring, CV building, IT skills, other learning provision or a work placement.
Funded by Scottish Government, the Programme aims to contribute towards reducing the gender pay gap, improving women’s economic position in the labour market and delivering fair and inclusive economic growth.

Tailored support
Available now (October), the Women Returners Programme is funded until March 2022. It will be delivered by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with a range of organisations such as charities, or those specialising in digital skills or inclusive recruitment, who will offer a tailored support service for eligible participants.

Holistic approach
Those eligible to benefit from the Programme may have been out of work or experienced a career break – through circumstances such as childcare, health or caring commitments. The programme will support their journey back into the labour market.
The programme is being launched following an initial pilot and a smaller scheme managed by the Scottish Government.
Previously, the service has been delivered by a range of learning providers including those supporting the third sector in areas such as veterans and equalities.
More information about the Women Returners Programme and details about each delivery organisation and the support services they offer can be found at myworldofwork.co.uk/womenreturners 



Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund
The Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care last week announced the laund of a £15m Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for adults -  press release .
The fund aims to deliver community based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing and/or mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health of adults in Scotland.
All of us here at Engage are delighted to hear of the announcement of the Communities, Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund – with just over £500,000 being allocated to Renfrewshire. Engage looks forward to working with existing and new partners to create a vibrant network of supports that promote connectedness and good health for local people.
Further details around the expectations of the funding and the full application process will be available very soon – in the interim if you have any initial questions or wish to register an interest in applying, please contact Stuart Miller SMiller@EngageRenfrewshire.com

Young Patients Family Fund 
The fund is for any parent, parent substitute or sibling (aged under 18) of a young inpatient from birth to under the age of 18 receiving hospital care, they can claim for the costs of travel and food. The fund has been merged with the Neonatal Expenses Fund (NEF) to create a single fund.
Young Patients Family Fund - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Connecting Scotland: Fast-track applications invited
The Connecting Scotland Programme aims to get 60,000 digitally excluded households online by the end of 2021.
We are heading into the winter and there are many reasons people and families would benefit from being digitally included in the form of equipment, skills and internet connectivity.

The criteria for applications is a person or family who are –
digitally excluded – they currently do not have access to an appropriate device and/or internet connection at home
from a low income household – they cannot afford to buy a device or pay for internet access from their household income
at risk of social isolation or loneliness.

They are also offering staff training also for staff/volunteers to become digital champions who can support those they work with.
They are now inviting ‘fast track’ applications from organisations working with people at risk of social isolation and loneliness, who can deliver devices in November and December 2021.
For further information 
Application here 


HSCP - Small bids fund for Tobacco Prevention and Education

This year we would like to invite creative bids from organisations to help address some of the issues that surround Tobacco in particular, supporting communities to improve people's health and wellbeing by addressing smoking, reducing the harm caused by smoking and/or second-hand smoke, raising awareness and contributing to the goal of creating a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034. 

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.

Could you please share this with all your networks.

The closing date for applications is noon Friday 19 November 2021.

Tobacco Prevention  Education Application


Funding to Support Arts Projects (UK)
The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 24th January 2022.
The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music, including:

  • Opera
  • Lieder
  • Composition 
  • Dance.

The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as:

  • Colleges
  • Arts Festivals
  • Other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.

Funding is available towards:

  • Tuition or coaching costs
  • To participate in external competitions
  • To be supported for a specially arranged performance
  • To receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

Useful Links:
Application Form
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Research to gain an understanding of the experiences of third sector organisations and new private businesses of public procurement in Scotland

Research to gain an understanding of the experiences of third sector organisations and new private businesses of public procurement in Scotland

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