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Engage Update - 11 September

This year our AGM will take place in conjunction with the opening of the Renfrewshire Wellbeing Network’s Photography Exhibition.

The networking event is taking place in the Main Hall from 3.30pm. Our AGM will take place from 5pm to 6pm in the Lesser Hall.

A buffet will be served in the main hall from 4.30pm.

Please register for the AGM if you plan to come along.

Book here



Community Council Elections 2023

There is only a week to go for nominations to be submitted to become a community council member so please encourage anyone within your community who is interested to get their application in by Friday 15 September 2023.

All they need to know is here:

Every four years, Renfrewshire Council must hold elections to re-establish all active community councils and the last elections were held in 2019.

The nomination period for the 2023 elections formally commenced on Monday 14 August 2023 when residents throughout Renfrewshire were invited to declare their candidacy.

All candidates must complete and submit a nomination form by no later than Friday 15 September 2023.

Current community councillors are eligible to stand for re-election and must declare their candidacy by returning a nomination form before the closing date. 

Nomination forms must:

  • contain all information requested;
  • include a proposer and seconder who are residents of the community council area and are listed on the Voters’ Roll;
  • be signed in ink by all parties;
  • be received by no later than 15 September 2023.

Forms returned incomplete, unsigned or without a valid proposer and seconder will not be accepted and neither will forms received after the deadline.

An Election Results notice will be published soon as possible after 15 September 2023 and successful candidates will be advised by letter.

If a community council receives more nominations than there are places, then a ballot election will be held in the local area. If there are not enough nominations, then the community council will not re-establish and a further call out for nominations will take place – with anything in between resulting in candidates being elected unopposed.

Please do all you can to raise awareness of the election in your area. The community council will receive a supply of promotional material for distribution so if you can help, please contact the office bearers to offer assistance.

More information - www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/9270/Community-council-elections


National Democracy Matters Website

National Democracy Matters Webinar: Helping to imagine a different democratic future for Scotland’s communities

Thursday 21st September 10am-11.30am
Online on Zoom
Building on the initial Democracy Matters discussions in 2018, Democracy Matters 2 is focused on communities having their say on what new local decision-making powers might look like, and how new decision-making bodies and community governance arrangements might work.
Hosted by the SCDC and Development Trust Association Scotland, this session will offer a chance to hear more from Scottish Government and COSLA about where these conversations fit in the wider empowerment agenda as well as how the consultation process will work.
We think it’s really important that organisations such as yours are involved in this process and we hope you can attend.
There’s more information on our site, where you can sign up for the session. You can also download an easy read version of this information here.


DYW Employer Engagement Event

An invitation to join Developing the Young Workforce (West) at their next employer engagement event – aimed at employers of all sizes and sectors from Renfrewshire and the surrounding area.
Taking place on Tues 26 September 9am- 11am at the wonderful new NMIS facility beside Glasgow Airport, this event will help employers understand how DYW can support them in developing their future workforce.
To book your free place please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dyw-renfrewshire-employer-engagement-event-tickets-687286200527
More info:
Aimed at employers of all sizes & sectors in and around Renfrewshire who wish to learn more about DYW / re-engage with young people employability.
This free event will showcase how DYW West can help your organisation to:

  • Develop your future workforce by engaging with education and how to go about it, e.g. via talks / tours / careers events / work experience & placements / mentoring / competitions etc.
  • Learn more about apprenticeships and how to promote them.
  • Learn more about the Young Person's Guarantee (YPG).
  • Meet the DYW team.
  • Get a tour of the fantastic National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

Tea / coffee / pastries available
Free parking available at rear of building
Rsvp to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dyw-renfrewshire-employer-engagement-event-tickets-687286200527

Renfrewshire Adult Protection Committee Conference - 05 October

This event is being hosted by Renfrewshire Adult Protection Committee and our theme this year is  “Trauma Informed Approach to Adult Support & Protection”

Listen, learn, and develop your practice from our keynote speakers:

  • Tam Baillie, Independent chair – Renfrewshire Adult Protection Committee
  • Joanne MacDonald, Depute Chief Social Work Advisor, Scottish Government, ASP Revised Codes of Practice
  • Dr Karen Treisman, Dr Karen Treisman, MBE, Clinical Psychologist, organisational consultant, and trauma specialist.
  • Collin Scott, Hourglass, Community Response coordinator (Scotland), presenting a case where trauma had affected an adult’s ability to safeguard themselves. 
  • Ian McGoldrick, May Jasper and Sarah Conway, Renfrewshire Mental Health Team, how they took a Trauma Informed approach to an AS & P case.
  • John Hickey, Clinical Psychologist, Renfrewshire HSCP, presenting a model of Dementia Care, which has a Trauma Informed approach at its core.

To book a place please complete the online booking form booking form.  (Closing dates for applications will be Friday 15 September.)

Please note that there is no cost to attend the conference, but any cancellation made on Thursday 28 September or thereafter will incur a £20 charge, as well as no shows on the day.


RAMH AGM - 06 October

Keynote Speaker: Tommy Whitelaw (ALLIANCE Scotland)

Presentation: 11:00-11:50am

Tommy Whitelaw is the National lead for Caring and Outreach at ALLIANCE Scotland.

He is an engaging speaker who draws the audience into his talks.

As a former Carer for his mum Joan, Tommy focuses on people and relationships and how listening to others is fundamental to everyone who receives or works across health and social care.

Tommy's focus is on how Kindness, Compassion and Listening to others stories can contribute to positive cultural change throughout the system of Health and Social Care.

Q and A and Interaction: 11.50am-12.30pm

Lunch: 12.30-1:00pm

Please come and join us on Friday, 06 October at 11am in Tweedie Hall (Main Hall), Bridge Street, Linwood  PA3 3DB and make your own contribution to this fundamental element of our workplaces and communities.

Register now at reception@ramh.org

Please advise us if you have any dietary requirements. If you need to cancel please let us know ASAP.


Sandyford's Young People Service

Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership have launched a new advertising campaign for Sandyford's Young People Service.

This targeted campaign is aimed at 13-17 year olds in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde area. Our aim is to raise awareness of the sexual health services we provide in an approachable manner, to encourage young people to reach out to us for support.
We would very much appreciate your support in sharing our campaign messages and assets, and have provided a communications pack with social media images/copy and all other key info, to help make this as easy as possible for you.
It may also be of interest to you that next week (11-17 September) is also Sexual Health Awareness Week, so our campaign content may be of added interest to your audiences during this time. Feel free to add the Sexual Health Awareness Week campaign hashtag (#SHW23) to our social media copy when you're posting during this time.                     

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