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Engage Update - 04 September

ROCCO Awards - New Category for 2023

ROCCO Award for Community Wealth Building – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council

This award is open to organisations of all sizes who have taken an alternative approach to traditional economic development by supporting the local economy via procurement; employment; land and assets; financial power; and plural ownership of the economy.
You will be able to demonstrate how you have redirected wealth back into the local economy that places control and benefits into the hands of local people.

To enter the ROCCO Awards simply click the link above to download an application form. Please complete the form digitally and return it to awards@roccoawards.com by the submission date of Friday 15 September at 5pm.

The ROCCO’s are free to enter for members based anywhere plus non-members that are based in Renfrewshire. There are 17 categories in all, below are a selection which may be of most interest to our members, each link will directly download the application form. More information on all categories can be found at the link below. 

If your application is selected for shortlisting you will be required to present to the judges at some point during the week commencing 30 October 2023.

Click here to see the full list of categories.

If you have any questions regarding the completion of any aspect of the required information please contact Bob Grant on 0141 847 5450 or email awards@roccoawards.com



Generations Working Together Newsletter

Foundation Scotland August Newsletter

World Suicide Prevention Day 2023 - 10th September 2023

Trading Standards Scotland Bulletin


Save the Children - Better for Babies Briefing

Save the Children will be publishing a new briefing, Better for Babies, on Tuesday 05 September

The briefing pulls together compelling evidence which shows that a baby’s first year is critical in laying the foundations for their lifelong health, wellbeing, learning and earning potential. It is also the time when poverty can be most harmful to a child. With 34% of families with a baby living in poverty in Scotland, we make the case that urgent and significant action should be taken to reduce poverty and improve outcomes for babies and their families. Scotland must do #BetterForBabies.
Our ask
We would be extremely grateful if your organisation could get involved to help us amplify the key messages of the briefing and help raise the profile of this vitally important issue. 
Policy recommendations
In the briefing, we make the case that the Scottish Government should: 

  1. Introduce a joined up strategic approach across portfolios (early years, social security and fair work as a minimum) to drive further progress to reduce child poverty in households with a baby under one. 
  1. Ensure every new baby in Scotland grows up in a home where there is enough money, giving them the best start in life. 
  1. Supporting families to make the best choices to enable them to balance caring for their baby and employment. 
  1. Progress action on joining up services that combine financial support with practical and emotional family support that meets the need of all family types. 

 Please do get in touch with any questions or if you would like to discuss this further. Contact Suzannah Murning S.Murning@savethechildren.org.uk


Active Travel Transformation Fund

Renfrewshire Council have been successful in receiving funding from Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Transformation Fund 2023-24, which aims to create high-quality active travel infrastructure that will support people to make the switch to more sustainable transport methods and reduce emissions.
Funding has been allocated to three projects in the Paisley area:

  • Linside Link  - Hawkhead Road Estate to Seedhill Road active travel link
  • Paisley to Renfrew Active Travel Route – Gilmour Street Rail Station to Ferry Village, Renfrew
  • Gallowhill Link – creating an underpass using the disused railway line at Renfrew Road to connect Gallowhill Road with the Paisley to Renfrew Active Travel Route

The projects

A significant amount of work has already been carried out on the Paisley to Renfrew active travel route which will connect Paisley Gilmour Street to the Renfrew Ferry via the former railway line from Abercorn Street, behind B&M and B&Q, through Knockhill Park and Kirklandneuk to the Ferry. The funding will support the final construction works for the 5km route and it’s aimed that the project will be complete in early 2024.

The Gallowhill Link project will see an underpass created using the disused railway line to provide a safe crossing of Renfrew Road. It will connect Gallowhill Road into the Paisley to Renfrew route and is part of a series of transport improvements connecting communities and bolstering business growth between Paisley town centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).  The contract for these works should begin in early 2024.

In addition, the ‘Linside Link’ (Hawkhead Road Estate to Seedhill Road) active travel link will create a shared cycle and pedestrian path that will link the housing development with Hawkhead Train Station and the local primary and secondary schools. It will utilise the disused railway bridge on the east section of the route. We have met with Network Rail, and BT around diversionary works, and we hope that work will be begin in early 2024.

Further information

We will aim to keep you updated on the projects as they progress and if you have any questions, please email ei@renfrewshire.gov.uk


New Sustainability Strategy from NHS GG&C

A new Sustainability Strategy has been endorsed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as it continues its efforts to tackle the climate emergency and works towards its net zero goals. 

The strategy, which will be reviewed every five years so that it can evolve to reflect NHSGGC's progress and changing national and international priorities, sets out a range of objectives covering all areas of national policy requirements, with a particular focus on five key areas – Energy, Waste Management, Transport Fleet Energy and Travel, Green Theatres Project, and Environmental Management – the delivery of which is crucial to NHSGGC’s medium to long term corporate objectives:   

  • Better care: Delivering Sustainable Care to patients by utilising new technologies and processes that reduce NHSGGC’s footprint while improving patient outcomes and staff experience. 
  • Better health: Working with communities and stakeholders in its capacity as an anchor organisation in the region to effect positive societal change through education and economic activity to improve health outcomes.   
  • Better value: This transformational change is part of NHSGGC's wider approach to financial sustainability of the organisation. Achieving financial sustainability in a balanced, equitable way is crucial to the board’s approach.  
  • Better workplace: Improving the workplace of staff through not only enhancing the greenspace and biodiversity of the NHSGGC estate but ensuring staff are empowered and enabled in making sustainable changes.  

For more on the NHSGGC Sustainability Strategy, go to NHSGGC Board Paper - 23/63 - Sustainability Strategy - NHSGGC 


NHS Volunteering Roles

NHS 24 is committed to involving people from different backgrounds and with different experiences, in the design, development and improvement of our services.  We understand that giving people the opportunity to get involved will help us to deliver better services that meet the needs of the diverse Scottish population. 
The NHS 24 Public Partnership Forum and the NHS 24 Youth Forum offer people the opportunity to volunteer to be part of our team. 
An NHS 24 volunteer will:  

  • have regular opportunities to share your views on our work
  • be able to influence our strategic thinking
  • help us to focus on what matters most to people
  • help share information about NHS 24 services within your local community
  • be part of a team dedicated to improvement
  • be joining an organisation which has achieved the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management

NHS 24 Public Partnership Forum
Our Public Partnership Forum (PPF) includes members of the public who volunteer to get together to help ensure that our services are designed with the people who use them in mind.  Our PPF meets formally 4 times per year but members are offered involvement in projects throughout the year, as services are being developed. 

Please feel free to share this poster in your space or with your community digitally.

NHS 24 Youth Forum
Our Youth Forum offers similar opportunities to get involved as our Public Partnership Forum but it is aimed at young people aged 16 to 26.  The aim of NHS 24 Youth Forum is to engage with a diverse range of young people from across Scotland, listen to their views and find out how they would like to get involved with NHS 24.

Please feel free to share this poster in your space or with your young people digitally. 
To register or learn more about volunteering with NHS 24 as a PPF or Youth Forum member, you can contact us via email at PFPI@nhs24.scot.nhs.uk or youth.forum@nhs24.scot.nhs.uk.  One of our team will arrange to have an informal chat with you. 

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