Engage Daily Update - 27 October
Engage Daily Update - 27 October

Engage Daily Update - 27 October


Trustees' Week

Don’t forget to submit your messages of thanks to your trustees. We’ll be sharing messages and resources throughout the week. Trustees often do so much behind the scenes, let’s take the opportunity to spotlight their contributions.
Submit your thank you messages here: https://forms.office.com/r/2T8H8eNtF5



Support for Individuals

New Covid-19 testing site set to open in Renfrew this week – Paisley Daily Express
A new Covid-19 testing site will open in Renfrew later this week. The walk-through local test site in the car park at Charles Avenue will offer will offer PCR tests for people who have symptoms of Covid-19 or who have been required to get a PCR test. Renfrewshire Council confirmed yesterday the new site would open on Friday, with the site build commencing tomorrow.

Mental Health Self Help Guides (SHG), have been created on NHS inform to support early intervention for people at the mild/moderate stage of the patient journey.  These Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) guides cover a range of topics. For people aged 16 and over, looking for help with their mental health, be it advice, information, local support, or ideas for improving wellbeing, NHS inform has information on various mental health illnesses and conditions and mental wellbeing which includes  maternal mental health content.
SilverCloud has courses you can do to improve your mental wellbeing.  You can learn new ways to deal with challenges you’re facing. You can find this at Get help with you mental wellbeing on NHS inform.
The campaign Together Lets Care provides guidance on a range of mental health services, resources and information that is available to support people in Scotland in mental health distress, and can also support people to keep mentally healthy.


AbilityNet exists to help create a digital world that’s accessible to all. We have a tool that can help anyone search for and adjust their device to make it easier to use. The tool is My Computer My Way, and it’s just had a redesign to make it simpler still. Go to the landing page, and it will automatically recognise the device that you’re on. Then, search with drop-down menus on category (cognition, vision, hearing and motor), adjustment (e.g., keyboard settings), condition (e.g., brain injury), symptom (e.g., Dizziness) and operating system and browser.



Scottish Drugs Forum are funded by Glasgow City HSCP and Glasgow City Alcohol & Drugs Partnership to offer a range of half day online alcohol and drug courses.

The free training courses are open to all community staff working directly with children, young people or adults living in Glasgow.

Available courses from November to December 2021 are:

Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness,  Young People and Multiple Risk, Cannabis Awareness, Benzodiazepine Awareness and Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use 

More information and how to book



Transport Scotland Launches #AndSheCycles Campaign (Scotland)
Grants, support, advice and equipment are available to encourage more young women (aged 13-18) to cycle. The #AndSheCycles campaign has been developed with young women across Scotland to address the gender cycling gap and aims to empower young female cycling ambassadors in schools, colleges and youth groups to encourage more young women to cycle. As part of the campaign, young women will take part in a three part interactive workshop to help shape and influence their own local #AndSheCycles campaign and action plan. There will be support, advice, equipment and up to £2,000 of funding available for groups of young women to enable them to develop and implement their action plans. The funding can be used to purchase things such as bikes, lockers, training or helmets. The scheme is being administered by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans. No application deadline has been specified.

Funding for Small Charities and Recognised Churches (UK)
Small UK registered charities and recognised churches can apply for grants of between £250 and £4,000 for projects that benefit UK residents. This can include but is not limited to citizens, long-term residents and asylum seekers. The grants can be spent on short breaks (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people), equipment (such as white goods), or capital costs (refurbishment or minor building work). Applicants must have already raised a third of the total costs. The funding is being made through the Rank Foundations's Pebble grants and projects must have a total cost of less than £150,000. There is no closing date and applications can be submitted at any time.

Grants for Musicians and Bands (UK)
Artists and bands that are at a crucial point in their careers have until the 16th November 2021 to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to grow and progress. Activities eligible for funding include recording, touring and marketing. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, for example, a manager, an independent label or publisher. The funding is being made available through the PRS for Music Foundation’s Momentum Fund and priority will be given to those that have not been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months.


Talk Money Week: UK Money Guiders Conference

The Money Guiders Network Scotland is taking part in the UK Money Guiders Conference as part of Talk Money Week between 08 and 12 November.
In May 2021, MaPS launched four Money Guider Networks (#MoneyGuiders) to support practitioners from a range of sectors across the UK. Forums, workshops, and webinars have been running in each of the nations and now there’s a new opportunity to meet and collaborate with each other. Take your pick from either of the 1.5hr conference sessions or come along to both and network with more people. The conference will bring together our four expert Network partners to explore the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on money guidance and its importance for economic recovery.
We know that regardless of job role or sector, when service users reach out for help, problems with money form part of their issue. By giving effective money guidance, you’ll help your customers further – they’ll be better placed to make the most of their money, prevent future difficulties and improve their overall financial wellbeing.
The conference is for you if you give any type of non-regulated money guidance as part of your support, directly or indirectly and whatever your sector, job or organisation’s mission. From not-for-profit and public service/benefit organisations through to housing associations and healthcare providers, you’re welcome in the Money Guiders community.
To give as many practitioners as possible the chance to meet, we are repeating the #MoneyGuiders conference on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 of #TalkMoney Week.

Please register for the session that best fits your schedule


Putting people first - how health and social care in Scotland can be different

Are you interested in exploring how we can commission care and support in a way that enables people to thrive?
We’re excited to invite you to the upcoming event, Putting people first - how health and social care in Scotland can be different, from 1- 4.30pm on Wednesday 17 November. 
The event will explore how we can commission care differently, with a particular focus on the potential of applying Human Learning Systems, a new approach to doing public management.
We’ll also introduce the idea of how we might use experiments within public management practice as the method for change. 
By attending the event, you’ll learn:

  • What commissioning for outcomes really entails
  • Practical tips on how to start applying Human Learning Systems to your work
  • Examples of commissioning done differently at person, place and national levels  

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General, International Baccalaureate
  • Dr Toby Lowe, Visiting Professor at Centre for Public Impact
  • Manira Ahmed, Chief Officer, Public Health Scotland
  • Claire Sweeney, Director for Place and Wellbeing, Public Health Scotland 
  • Mark Smith, Director of Public Service Reform at Gateshead Council

This is the first of two events that will look at how commissioning can be done differently. The second event on 09 December, will build on what we have learned and offer the chance to co-design Human Learning Systems experiments. 
You can register for the event on Wednesday 17 November here
Please also hold the afternoon of Thursday 9 December in your diaries! 
Dee Fraser (Iriss) and Diana Hekerem (Healthcare Improvement Scotland)

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