Engage Update - Funding Focus - 27 April
Engage Update - Funding Focus - 27 April

Engage Update - Funding Focus - 27 April


Grants to Improve & Develop Allotments (UK) 

Grants of between £250 and £2,000 are available to registered Allotment Associations and committees across the UK for the improvement and development of facilities on registered and permitted sites. 

The funding is being made available by the National Allotment Gardens Trust which aims to advance and improve the Allotments/Gardens movement through education, training, workshops and support. Non-statutory sites may also be granted funding if a long-term lease is in place. 

Applications will be assessed by the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis. 

The next deadline for applications is the 1st July 2022. 

Welcome to NAG Trust - NAGTNAGT | National Allotment Gardens Trust 


Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme 

Community groups and organisations across the UK can apply for grants of up to £2,500 to help people with Parkinson's to become and stay active. The Funding is for new activities that encourage people affected by Parkinson’s to participate in physical activity and sport, or increased participation in these areas. This could be anything fun and enjoyable that encourages people, particularly those from isolated and ethnic communities, to get moving such as a walking group, joining a Parkinson's boxing class, or playing ball games. The funding, which is made available through the Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme, can be used to cover costs such as equipment, facility hire, maintenance of equipment, coaching fees, and training.  

The next application period is Friday April 1 to Friday 10 June 2022 and the closing date for applications is 12pm on the 10th June 2022. 

More information 


Investing in Communities Fund  
Round 2 of the Fund is expected to open April/May 2022. Applications should address all four areas of action:  

  1. Tackling Poverty & Inequality, including Child Poverty 

  1. Developing and Sustaining Place Based Approaches 

  1. Community-led Regeneration 

  1. Ensuring a just transition to Net Zero 


The programme is looking to support which projects and services which:  

  • Support disadvantaged, vulnerable & fragile communities – urban, rural 

  • Are inclusive, rooted in the community with strong place based collaborative partnership working 

  • Address locally identified need, involving local people in design, development & delivery 

  • Reflect the current context of the community 

  • Commit to the Fair Work First criteria 

More information:  Empowering Communities Programme - Community empowerment - gov.scot (www.gov.scot) 


Small grants for community organisations
A range of community groups have benefited from ASH Scotland’s small grants scheme, from Men’s Sheds to grassroots football to community radio.
Apply now and help improve people’s health and wellbeing in your community by addressing smoking. Successful applicants receive:

  • a small grant of £500
  • a package of tailored support
  • Free resources and training.

For more information and to apply visit www.ashscotland.org.uk/smallgrants . The next round of applications closes on 23 May 2022.



Engage Renfrewshire are hosting Informal Committee Skills Training an in person event at our offices to book a place Informal Committee Skills Tickets, Wed 4 May 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite 

Engage Renfrewshire are hosting a free 1 hour online session on the Foundations of Branding, to book a place Foundations of Branding: A Brand Definition Workshop Tickets, Thu 12 May 2022 at 10:30 | Eventbrite 


Support for Individuals

Minority Ethnic Matters Overview - 25 April 

Johnstone man tells of health benefits from helping keep neighbourhood clean – The Gazette
A JOHNSTONE man has told of how helping to keep his neighbourhood clean has boosted his physical and mental health. Andy Davies is one of 475 volunteers who have so far taken part in Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean as the month-long event heads into its third week. Local community groups have taken part in litter picks, but the majority have been individuals from across Renfrewshire's communities who want to make the area cleaner and a more attractive place to live. Andy told The Gazette: "Team Up to Clean Up is a very active group but becomes even more so during these events when we see schools and other groups taking part.


Support for Organisations

Christine Laverty appointed Chief Officer of Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership - Renfrewshire News 24
Christine Laverty has been appointed as Chief Officer of Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and will take up post on Monday 25th April. Christine was appointed as Interim Chief Officer in June last year and has expertly led RHSCP through the coronavirus pandemic. Christine has worked in the health and social care field for thirty years, holding a number of key management roles since 2002. On accepting the role, Christine said she was fully committed to continuing to focus on the delivery of high quality public services. She said: “I am delighted to take up this role on a permanent basis and would like to thank everyone in the Renfrewshire HSCP team for their support and encouragement over my period as Interim Chief Officer. It has undoubtedly been a challenging time for everyone, but the teamwork, collaboration and energy of our staff and their commitment to those we support has been exceptional.


Consultation: Developing National Quality Standards for Psychological Services and Psychological Therapies 

There is an ongoing opportunity for staff working in the delivery of Psychological Services and Psychological Therapies to shape the development of National Quality Standards for Psychological Services and Psychological Therapies. 

Whilst there has been some engagement, Scottish Government are keen to ensure the National Quality Standards reflects the diverse range of views across the multi-disciplinary workforce within Third Sector agencies who delivery services and therapies across a wide range of settings. 

There are two ways you can still participate:   

(i) If you have not yet had the time to completed the National Workforce Survey, please follow the link: National Quality Standards for psychological services and psychological therapies (office.com) , and 

(ii) If you have been unable to attend a local online Workforce Engagement Event, you can now attend two additional Scottish Third Sector Engagement Events on the following dates: 

  •        Monday 23 May 2022 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  •        Thursday 26 May 2022 – 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm

If you would like to attend, please send your name, email address, and confirm which date you’d like to attend, to the relevant Scottish Government team MHPerformance&Improvement@gov.scot. The Scottish Government team would appreciate your response by close of play on Wednesday 18 May. If you have any questions, please also direct them to this mailbox.

There is further information attached here from the Scottish Government about the quality standards work.



My Intergenerational Food Network meeting takes place on 05 May 22 at 10am.
This meeting will take place online and the guest speaker from the Eden Project, Sophie Bridger.  
Here is the link to sign up 
We will be looking at examples such as Growing HerbsHerbs are great for attracting bees, and provide fantastic, sensory activities for community members of all ages. This resource guides groups to plant their own herbs, with bonus activities to get groups talking, tasting and generally enjoying herbs. 


Youth Interventions

Mossedge Village
Brediland Road