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Employment Focus - 29 September


Engage Renfrewshire - ALL ROLES CLOSING ON MONDAY!
Finance Officer Full Time
We are recruiting for an experienced Finance Officer to join our friendly team. The role would suit a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual familiar with Bookkeeping, Year-End Processing, Account Reconciliation, and Sage Package. Engage Renfrewshire offers flexible working, as well as a generous annual leave package, and Work Place Pension.

IN-Ren Officer
The IN-Ren Officer, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, will lead our programme and act as an integration conduit for Renfrewshire’s ethnically diverse groups. The officer will deliver a programme to reduce barriers as described by our target communities. The IN-Ren Officer will lead an approach that includes a commitment to developing strong sustained advocacy by empowering participants to act as local advocates themselves, for their growing communities. As part of Renfrewshire’s ongoing commitment to using culture as a means of improving life chances, the officer will also support codesign of and involvement in local cultural programmes.

Wellbeing Engagement Assistant (PT)
To assist in the delivery of the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund and the development of the associated Renfrewshire Wellbeing Network.

Volunteer Development Officer
The post holder will be responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive, innovative volunteering support programme for volunteer involving organisations of all sizes across Renfrewshire.

Youth Counsellor
You will be an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual who can provide confidential Counselling services for young people in secondary school settings. You must hold a recognised diploma in Counselling, already have or be working towards BACP/COSCA/NCPS accreditation (as an individual) and have experience of working with young people in a therapeutic way.  You will be a reflective practitioner with the ability to communicate effectively with a range of staff, parents and young people.  

Remember to check Goodmoves for other jobs in Scotland within the Third & Public Sectors.


The Renfrewshire Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund - Year 3

The Renfrewshire Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund is now open for applications. Engage Renfrewshire will once again be administering this fund on behalf of Scottish Government and any interested groups are invited to submit an application before 5pm 24 November 2023.
The Fund has a strong focus on prevention and early intervention and aims to support grass roots community groups in tackling mental health inequalities and address priority issues of social isolation and loneliness, suicide prevention and tackling poverty and inequality. There will be a continued emphasis in Year 3 on responding to the cost of living crisis and on those facing socio-economic disadvantage.
Community groups and charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1 million are invited to apply. The fund has been significantly over-subscribed in previous rounds. The decision panel work to ensure a broad reach across communities and we therefore recommend groups apply in the region of £10,000. We anticipate that a small proportion of bids up to the maximum value of £30,000 may be supported. Unconstituted groups may apply for up to £2,000.
Full guidance can be found on our website: https://engagerenfrewshire.org/engage-support/community-mental-health-wellbeing-fund.html


Inchinnan Development Trust are hosting another series of FREE nature wellbeing sessions in our community woodland, Teucheen Wood, over six weeks this autumn (starting Friday October 06 from 11:45 - 14:00).
This season the sessions will be offered individually (rather than as a block) meaning attendees are free to sign up to as many or as few sessions as they wish. 

PAY Nominations 2023

Nominations are open for the 11th Annual Positive about Youth Awards, the sold-out youth celebration event will honour the outstanding qualities of young people aged between 12 and 25 in Renfrewshire and nominations are open till the 16 October 2023 at 5pm.

The awards - organised by community based forum Renfrewshire Youth Voice and supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services - will take place in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, on Wednesday 08 November. 
The nine awards categories are:

  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Campaign for Change Award
  • Young Fundraiser Award
  • Eco Award
  • Forging Your Own Path Award
  • Youth Group of the Year
  • Ferran Hart Young Artist Award
  • Eilish Herron Young Sports Person Award
  • The Unsung Hero Award

Alex McCracken, Chairperson of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “The PAY Awards are held every year with the intent to celebrate and commend the achievements of Renfrewshire's young people. By showcasing all the good young people have to offer, the awards break down the antisocial stigma that is often associated with the younger generation. Young people have limitless potential, and I believe these awards are a fine example of this.”


Fair Start Scotland

Fair Start Scotland provides tailored support to people looking to secure sustainable employment or become self-employed, you don’t need to be on benefits, as long as you are not in paid employment or full-time education (12 hours or more), we can support you.
Referrals to Fair Start will cease on 31 March 2024, the service will continue to run after this point to support individuals on our service, these individuals will continue to receive 12-18 months pre-work support to secure employment or self-employment, coupled with 12 months in-work support.
If you are interested in hearing about our service, please contact us using one of the following methods:
Call us free of charge on: 0300 303 3381 or; Email: fairstart@thewisegroup.co.uk or; Go online to: https://athena.thewisegroup.co.uk/make-an-enquiry/

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