Engage Update - 03 May
Engage Update - 03 May

Engage Update - 03 May


Support for Individuals

NHS GG&C April Mental Health Snippet - download here
The focus of this month's snippet is "Loneliness" the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week running from 9-15 May. Annual events are a great way to help rally us together to raise awareness and show support.   Loneliness can affect people of any age; we often associate it with our elderly population, but it cuts across all ages and stages in life. Feeling lonely isn’t a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Having a mental health problem increases your chance of feeling lonely and feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health. Loneliness is never easy to endure, but the last two years of lockdowns, social distancing and restrictions have most likely exacerbated feelings of loneliness for all of us. 

Trading Standards Scotland Bulletin

Police Scotland - Cyber Byte - Backing up your Data

Social Security Scotland Newsletter


RACA Networking and Information Session

Wednesday 1 June, 9.30-11.30am.

Please save the date and register for our Networking and Information Session where we focus on the Costs of Living Crisis in Renfrewshire.

Join us in-person session at the Finding Your Feet hub in Paisley or if you prefer, you can join us on MS Teams.

We’ve got a great agenda lined up for you and registration is now open on Eventbrite.



Digiren March 2022


Watch the March 2022 DigiRen Meeting Online

Welcome - Alan McNiven, Engage

DigiRen Updates - Diane Webb, Renfrewshire Council

From the video start

Diane shared information about the upcoming Johnstone digital pilot to help provide digital champion training and brush up on your digital skills, including updates on Citizen Voice. You can read the SCVO interim report for this here: Interim Report  Diane introduced the Online Safety Ambassador training with GetSafeOnline (no specialist knowledge needed) and Carol Peters, The Cybersecurity Architect for Renfrewshire Council outlined the initiative for the group, opening the session for a short Q&A around it. Go to https://www.getsafeonline.org/renfrewshire and search for Online Safety Ambassador to find out more.

Equipment Recycling and Reuse - Neil Paterson, Remade Network

Skip to 14:10

Neil spoke to the group about the Remade Network and the many types of equipment and materials which they recycle and reuse. An important part of planning for Remade has been to identify how they can combine income streams with recycling to plan long term which sidesteps the issue of repeated need for funding and grants. Well over a thousand computers have been recycled alone by Remade. Roz Smith, Climate Emergency Officer for Renfrewshire Council also introduced her role in planning Renfrewshire area towards net zero emissions (skip to 26.40) in this session and updated the group on the work she is doing across five broad themes. We all need to consider how old equipment is dealt with and how to protect the environment and this session is a must watch if you are planning this into your organisation.

Hybrid Working - Ross McNicol, Renfrewshire Council

Skip to 35.55

Ross delivered a presentation to the group which outlined how hybrid working has been implemented across different organisations and how this has affected the workplace, both pros and cons. The group was also asked what their preference of meeting type was moving forward in Digiren, with a leaning towards online only mixed with a few hybrid meetings. There was a mixed response to all types though showing that people still have various views on their preferred work style for meetings.

Digital Refresh - Clare James and Fiona Taylor, Renfrewshire Council

Skip to 58.20

Clare updated the group on the digital refresh across the 6 adult learning centres in Renfrewshire, moving from older equipment and crowded spaces before lockdown to new laptops and tablets amongst other equipment, new learning sessions on people's digital needs as digital citizens. Fiona then gave us an overview (Skip to 1:06:42) of the youth services changes during lockdown and moving forward, including online learning, new digital tools and removing barriers to digital participation, with a strong focus of online safety and safeguarding. You can visit the Young Scot Renfrewshire portal at https://young.scot/renfrewshire. Fiona also gave updates on projects with Paisley YMCA and a partnership project with OneRen involving care experienced young people using digital skills to be creative with music and art.

Room feedback or questions, AOB and Close

Skip to 1:15:20

Alan McNiven brought the meeting to a conclusion and opened the session for any questions. Bernadette McGarvey noted that there has been a huge increase in attacks to online servers, highlighting the need for constant vigilance when using digital services.


SAY Women - Tenancy Sustainment sessions in Renfrewshire

SAY Women are currently offering Tenancy Sustainment sessions in Renfrewshire. To be eligible for this service the young person must meet the criteria; aged between 16-25, female/identifies as female, have been/are at risk of homelessness and have experienced sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault or other forms of MVAWG.

More details here


Scottish Ambulance Service

2030 Strategy - Discussion Document and Questionnaire

The Scottish Ambulance Service is actively engaged with NHS Boards, Health & Social Care Partnerships, GP practices and other key stakeholders to support the effective delivery of high-quality care. As a result, we believe we have enormous potential to play a significantly enhanced role in the future of health and social care provision, by working collaboratively with the public and stakeholders around how we plan and provide safe, effective and person-centred health and care for the people of Scotland.
In 2019, we actively consulted with staff and the public to get input into the development of our 2030 Strategy. However, soon afterwards, we had to pause the development of the strategy to allow us to focus on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, taking account of the new post-pandemic landscape, we must consider how we develop our strategy to respond to Scotland’s Health & Social Care priorities to help address the root cause of the challenges we face on a day-to-day basis.

We are keen to get your views on what we should prioritise and focus our attentions on, so please click here to read our 2030 strategy discussion document and complete our survey.