Engage Update - 11 April
Engage Update - 11 April

Engage Update - 11 April


Support for Individuals

Scottish Parliament Participation and Communities Team Newsletter

Renfrewshire Carers Centre - carers online survey

NHSGG&C - Go Green for better heath

Johnstone: Station Seven community hub nears completion – The Gazette
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help out at a community hub set to open in Johnstone later this year. Work to renovate the town’s old police station, in Quarry Street, has been underway since October 2020 and Active Communities will take possession of the main building on Friday, April 22. Staff and volunteers at the charity are planning to use the hub to lead a variety of physical activities and health and wellbeing projects, with the base also offering event space, offices and training facilities.


Support for Organisations

Trading Standards Scotland Bulletin


Scottish Refugee Council

Afghan Citizens Information Service
We have recently launched our brand new Afghan Citizen’s Information Service.  The aim of the service is to provide information, advice and practical support to newly arrived Afghans.  Please do reach out to Bilal, the Service Coordinator, should you have any queries - bilal.wardak@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk
The link, below, also provides additional information: Our new information line for Afghans resettled in Scotland - Scottish Refugee Council
Free Media Training for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Please feel free to share further info on an SRC funded project which may be of interest to refuges and asylum seekers interested in music production, audio journalism, storytelling, presenting or just a love of music and radio.  Here is the link for further information on the Sound of Refugee Voices Radio Show:
No Accommodation Network
NACCOM have launched a new guide for people and organisations interested in hosting refugees:


Cyber Resilience Webinar

The National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ, are inviting UK businesses and organisations to a free webinar to help better prepare and protect themselves from ransomware and other cyber attacks. The Digital Loft (aka webinar) takes place on Tuesday 12 April at 10am and will see experts from the NCSC demonstrate their free tool, Exercise in a Box, which any sized organisation can use.

The webinar is part of the ongoing work of the NCSC to tackle the threat from ransomware and to bolster the cyber resilience of the UK in light of events in Ukraine. While the NCSC is not aware of any specific cyber threats to UK organisations in relation to the Russian invasion, there is a heightened risk of hostile cyber activity. In the last year, two in five UK businesses were subject to some form of cyber-attack or attempted breach.

The event is open to any UK business or organisation and we would encourage you to register.


NHS Services Guide for Ukrainians arriving in Scotland

Ukrainians arriving in Scotland have the same entitlements to NHS care as Scotland residents, however individuals may not know how the NHS works. The NHS Scotland Services Guide has been created to explain the range of NHS services available, and information required on how to access these services:

 Access the NHS Scotland Services Guide for Ukrainians in Ukrainian/English via NHS inform here

Access the NHS Scotland Services Guide for Ukrainians in Russian/English via NHS inform here


REN10 aims to help children and young people ages 5-24 access early supports to their mental health and wellbeing. We also have initiatives in place to help parents and carers of these young people. We have several resources available.

Struggling mentally? Anxious? Our SHOUT 24/7 text service allows you to text ‘REN10’ to 85258 and speak to a trained volunteer about your mental health and wellbeing.

Need advice about your child? Not sure where to turn to? We have REN10 Parent Drop Ins where parents can head to one of our locations across Renfrewshire and speak to a trained professional- all locations listed at www.ren10.co.uk/parents/.
You can find more information about all of our services at www.ren10.co.uk/.
If you wish to speak to someone in the REN10 team, please contact rachael.boyle@renfrewshire.gov.uk.


Invert in Renfrewshire Funding Webinar

The Invest in Renfrewshire Communities Team host monthly webinars on External Funding Support available for Renfrewshire third sector groups.  The focus is on current grant programmes that are open to third sector groups and the type of support available to groups when completing draft funding applications. 

The webinar will help assist constituted third sector groups to clearly demonstrate their economic and social benefit, evidence longer term sustainability as well as articulate the impact their proposed projects will have. In addition to this, our Funded Work Placement Programme Co-ordinator will provide an update on the programme which is now running until the end of September 2022.

The programme is available to Renfrewshire’s Public and Third Sector organisations, including charities, cooperatives, housing associations, voluntary and community groups. Limited spaces available - book a space now!

To book a space please contact our Funding & Development Officer via email:  Econdev.community@renfrewshire.gov.uk or Tel: 07483-393647.

Shopmobility Paisley & District would be appreciative if you or your members who use our services could please vote to enable them achieve this prestigious ‘Tom Hillier Award’.
Thank you, Shopmobility Paisley & District.

Find our more and vote here 


Opportunity for Young People aged 16-25!
The Prince's Trust Team ProgrammeMay 2022
12 Week Personal Development Programme with West College Scotland, Paisley.
Do you know a 16 – 25-year-old looking for a new challenge?
Do they want to develop skills and gain qualifications?
Would they enjoy taking part in team-building activities, a community project and work placement? 
Maybe they'd like to join our Team Programme. 
Next Start date:   09 May – 31 July
Where:  Ferguslie Learning Centre, 10 Falcon Crescent, Paisley, PA3 1NS
Contact:  Beth or Stevie - Team Leaders
You can either:
Contact the team for a referral form 
beth.agnew@wcs.ac.uk or stephen.revie@wcs.ac.uk
Support a young person to apply directly for the Programme through West College Scotland's website