Engage Daily Update - 28 September
Engage Daily Update - 28 September

Engage Daily Update - 28 September


Engage AGM

Following our AGM last Wednesday, here is our Annual Report for 2020/2021

You can also watch the AGM here


Support for Individuals

Renfrewshire residents pics to feature in calendar – The Gazette
A photo competition is asking Renfrewshire residents to send in their best pictures which may feature in a charity calendar. Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) are asking for submissions of photos that reflect how people have managed their emotions and struggles during the pandemic. The charity suggests light-hearted pictures of friends, beloved pets, sports and scenery as just some examples of submissions. 12 winning images will be included in a 2022 RAMH calendar which will be sold to raise funds for the charity to support its work helping people in Renfrewshire who are experiencing mental health issues.
Accord Hospice’s William Archibald awarded prestigious Order of Mercy medal – Renfrewshire News 24
A volunteer at Accord Hospice, William Archibald, has been awarded the Order of Mercy, a prestigious medal, for his service over many years to charities and non profit organisations in the United Kingdom and overseas. The awards ceremony took place at The Mansion House, in the City of London, in the presence of HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, The Lady Mayoress of London (Locum Tenens) and many other distinguished guests. A spokesperson for ACCORD hospice said: “William (Bill) has been a great supporter of ACCORD, starting his volunteering journey with us in March 1997. “In the most recent years Bill has been part of our small dedicated team of finance volunteers supporting us in dealing with money coming in through our shops and from fundraising events. Bill joins a number of our other volunteers including his wife Elma who we have nominated for this prestigious award. This is a fitting thank you from us all at ACCORD for the fantastic support he has given us over the years.”


Funder of the Week

Community Ownership Fund

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of closure. It will run for 4 years.
Voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding. The legal structures of organisations across the United Kingdom we might expect to apply include the following:  

  • a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)   
  • Scottish charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO)
  • co-operatives including Community Benefit Societies 
  • community Interest Company (CiC) 
  • not-for-profit company limited by guarantee  
  • Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets and amenities, subject to the full eligibility criteria outlined in this prospectus.

The fund will support a range of community ownership proposals. For example, projects may include:

sporting and leisure facilities, cinemas and theatres, music venues, museums, galleries, parks, pubs, post office buildings or shops

Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

Other key dates are as follows:

  • December 2021 – round 2 will open
  • May 2022 – round 3 will open

All applicants must also show how their project will help deliver one or more of the following outcomes for their place:

  • increase feelings of pride and improve perceptions of the local area as a place to live
  • improve social trust, cohesion and sense of belonging
  • increase local participation in community life, arts and culture and/or sport
  • create additional local economic outcomes – including creating jobs, volunteering opportunities and improving employability and skills levels in the local community
  • create additional social and wellbeing outcomes – including delivering positive impact in physical and/or mental health and reducing loneliness and social isolation 

For more information please go to:- https://bit.ly/3o3VRh0


Scottish Ministers have announced that a Scottish public inquiry will be established this year to consider Scotland’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An Aims and Principles paper was published on 24 August that forms the basis of the stakeholder engagement, which will shape the Terms of Reference for the inquiry. It is available online at www.gov.scot/publications/covid-19-inquiry.

We are keen to hear a wide range of views on the Aims and Principles paper. To do this your organisation and any of its members can send an email to COVID-19publicinquirysetupteam@gov.scot.

There is no requirement for emails to be in any particular format.

The deadline for sending comments is midnight on 30 September 2021.

Additionally, we are setting up a number of discussions, for those who would like to participate in this way to talk to Scottish Government officials who are collecting views on the establishment of the Inquiry. The discussions will take around 90 minutes and focus on the same questions as those listed above.

We are holding sessions for human rights, community and equalities stakeholders via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to book, please get tickets here:

  • Event is on 29 September at 15:00 
  • Event is on 30 September at 12:00 


NHS World Mental Health Day - Survey

With World Mental Health Day just around the corner (Sunday the 10 October), we are excited to invite you to take part in our 'Mental Health in an Equal World' campaign. 
Campaign background
The theme of World Mental Health Day this year is 'Mental Health in an Unequal World'. It has been chosen to highlight the range of inequalities that people around the world experience – inequalities that can have a real impact on people’s mental health. 

To mark the day, we're flipping the theme on its head by asking you to join us in creating a shared vision for mental health in an equal world. We want to imagine a world in which everyone has an equal opportunity to live well and experience good mental health, without stigma and discrimination. 
How you can get involved
You can help us to shape this shared vision by answering two short questions, here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/61CUOP/
It should take 1-2 minutes to share your views. There is a relatively short deadline for this - Wednesday 29 September 2021. 


Public Health Scotland Survey

Coronavirus hasn’t gone away. While we are living with fewer restrictions, it’s been along journey over the past 18 months.

Between June and December 2021 Public Health Scotland (PHS) ran two national surveys to hear directly from the parents and carers of younger children about how the pandemic had affected their families' behaviours, play and learning. These findings informed local and national policy and practice – for example, decisions like the reopening of parks and not restricting the number of young children that could meet outdoors.

Since then Scotland has come through a second, longer lockdown and we continue to live with challenges to our wellbeing, including self-isolating and testing if we develop symptoms related to COVID-19.

PHS would like to find out about the experiences of more children, to learn
how things are for families now. The survey is running for a third time from 16September, and it has been extended to parents/carers of a child from 0–11 years old.

Please complete it, even if you have taken PHS’ previous surveys. It will help public services best meet the needs of children, and protect their learning and healthy development for positive futures for this generation of people.

Survey link


Scotland Director of the Year Awards

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is the UK's leading voice for company directors, and campaign on a wide range of issues such as trade, skills, and corporate governance.

Many directors faced extraordinary situations during the pandemic that required bold, often difficult, decisions to ensure organisations withstood the challenges. In recognition of this, the IoD is inviting entries for the IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards.  

The awards span 12 categories, and the Scottish Government is delighted to sponsor the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion category –
Diversity and inclusion builds organisational success. Which directors are making demonstrable improvements resulting in their organisations becoming more equal, diverse and inclusive? Success inspires others – share your story and enter the Awards!

Colleagues are urged to nominate individuals and promote the awards before the deadline of 30 September.

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