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Engage Update - 29 January

Race Equality Week - 05 to 11 February 2024

Race Equality Week is an annual UK-wide movement uniting hundreds of thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace.

Find out more and get resources here

IN-Ren Black History Month 2023 Celebrated

Black History Month (BHM) is a celebration which recognises the achievements and contributions of people of diverse heritage around the world. In partnership with The National Lottery, Engage Renfrewshire and the IN-Ren Network a grant opportunity was created to bring these celebrations to life for Renfrewshire’s grassroots organisations.

The aim of this grant was to increase anti-racism and integration activity within the Renfrewshire community by supporting and encouraging community activity to celebrate Black History Month 2023, providing opportunities to celebrate and creating new relationships between people from ethnically diverse backgrounds and local groups.

Read about the supported organisations and events here


Renfrewshire Community Transport Survey


Renfrewshire Community Transport is an exciting, emerging new initiative, and we want to understand how this service could best support you and your organisation.
If you or members of your group use local transport to attend activities and appointments or if your organisation requires to hire buses from time to time we're sure that letting us know will be worth your while!
Please take a moment to fill out the two brief surveys - it will only take 5 minutes—tops! There’s one for group activities and this one is for individual needs.
SURVEY CLOSES 31 January 2024
The Board of Directors, Renfrewshire Community Transport
Individual – https://forms.office.com/e/gZJfhjYaC9
Group - https://forms.office.com/e/NfM0P6j5m7


Fair Food Renfrewshire Survey 

Fair Food Renfrewshire is a food partnership for Renfrewshire.
Our common vision is access to good food for all. We want Renfrewshire citizens to enjoy and benefit from food locally grown, produced, bought, cooked, and eaten each day.
This survey is for any group, organisation or business involved in - or would like to be involved in:

  • providing nutritional or cooking classes in the community
  • providing food support
  • growing food in a public or communal space.

 Three of our priorities are;

  • Working to reduce, then eradicate food poverty, by promoting a collaborative approach across all communities, ensuring a dignified and fair access to healthy and affordable food for all.
  • Increased access and availability of growing grounds in every town and village within Renfrewshire.
  • Widen access and availability to educational opportunities regarding nutrition and cooking skills, and wider use of "home economics" type classes within education, health and community settings.

 We are looking for information about what currently happens to provide food support, grow food and provide food nutrition or cooking education in Renfrewshire. This will help us understand current demand and identify any gaps or issues. 
Your survey responses will help shape work on what can be improved and how we can develop new connections. 

Please help us by completing the survey located on the Council’s website -


The survey has been extended to 25 February 2024 and your help and support is very much appreciated.

It will only take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete! 

Independent Review of Community Learning and Development

Have your say - Survey from learners about their experiences with CLD Learning

The link to the survey is https://consult.gov.scot/lifelong-learning-and-skills/community-learning-learners/. It consists of 12 questions, which can be answered online. Please encourage CLD learners and potential learners to complete the survey.

Survey for CLD practitioners, budget-holders, decision-makers, organisations with a direct or indirect interest in CLD, professionals and volunteers working in other services related in some way to CLD services e.g. employability, mental health, money advice, etc. This survey can be found at https://consult.gov.scot/lifelong-learning-and-skills/community-learning-practitioners-stakeholders/

An online Consultation Information event is being organised. Details of the event, including the link to sign-up to participate can be found at Independent Review of CLD: Consultation information session Tickets, Wed 31 Jan 2024 at 14:00 | Eventbrite. The event will provide background to the review and talk through the consultation questions to explain the thinking behind them, and what I’m hoping will be provided by those answering them. Separate events are being arranged for members of the CLD Standards Council and CLD Managers Scotland.


Equally Safe - Scotland's Strategy for Preventing and Eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls 

Violence against women and girls has no place in our vision for a safe, strong, successful Scotland. The Scottish Government, COSLA, and key partners remain steadfast in their commitment to preventing and eradicating this violence and addressing the underlying attitudes and systems that perpetuate it.

Equally Safe is our country’s strategy to prevent and address all forms of violence against women and girls, specifically violence, abuse, and exploitation directed at them because of their gender. This behaviour is predominantly carried out by men and stems from deep-rooted gender inequality, which is unacceptable in modern-day Scotland. It is both a cause and consequence of women’s inequality. This strategy, initially published in 2014, updated in 2016, and now refreshed, was collaboratively developed by the Scottish Government, COSLA, and various national and local partners and stakeholders from the public and third sectors

Read the strategy here


Discover Digital Workshops

The Discover Digital project is delighted to announce a new series of online workshops.
The workshops will include information on free and trusted tools and resources for health and wellbeing. For example, a clinically proven app for better sleep.
This series will be part of a collaboration between the ALLIANCE’s Discover Digital project and the Digital Citizen Panel (DCP). The sessions will be co-designed with members of the DCP, with the aim of increasing the overall digital health awareness of the DCP.
The first workshop will be on Thursday 1 February 2024, 6-730pm, and held on Zoom. This first workshop will launch the series, so will look a little different from the rest. 
We will be holding three further workshops on these dates, which will go a little more in depth into the tools. These sessions will be similar to each other, so no need to attend them all.

  • Thursday 15 Feb 10-1130am
  • Thursday 14 March 6-730pm
  • Thursday 11 April 10-1130am

To sign up, or request further information, email dhcscot@alliance-scotland.org.uk or call 0141 404 0231. If you have accessibility requirements, please let us know at least seven days prior to the sessions.


Intergenerational Connections in a Digital World

This session is FREE with spaces limited to 20 each workshop. Book your space soon.

Whether it is working with a group of primary school children to interview older people about changes in their community or how to make soup or art or anything really. It gives everyone a chance to be involved and connect with each other, share stories about life.

It isn’t a one-way street, older people will be learning, maybe technical skills or digital photography, and younger people may learn about interacting with older people and other skills, but the main thing is that they may be forming relationships with someone from a different generation through the medium of digital.

This session aim to build your own confidence in digital skills and show how using digital to connect generations can have some powerful lasting results. The session will look at stages in:

  • Planning an Intergenerational Digital connection – how to plan, where to start, how to connect, how to involve (purpose and Methodology).
  • Materials – what you may require.
  • Decision on subject and design – is it training in digital, is it use of digital to connect, is it filming?
  • Case Studies – we will cover some case studies which may help you with your own journey.
  • Accessibility- things to think about to make the sessions open to all (linking in with Abiltynet )
  • Challenges – Discuss with potential partners including a ‘round table’ planning session

Facilliated by Bella Kerr

You can choose one of the two dates below, make sure you are signed in before you book.

Thursday 15 February 2024, 1.30 pm – 3pm
Thursday 14 March 2024, 1:30pm - 3:00pm


NHS Scotland Initiative

SHARE - The Scottish Health Research Register and Biobank is a register of people aged 11 years and over, who are interested in helping health research and being contacted by SHARE if a relevant health project becomes available. Health research can be anything from filling in a survey about your diet, to researching a new medication for an illness you may have. We need healthy people and those with medical conditions to join. SHARE also seeks your permission to keep any leftover blood following routine clinical tests (e.g., if you have given a blood test at your GP). This leftover sample is anonymised and can be used to help genetic research. There is no obligation to take part in any studies if you don’t want to. To register for SHARE today please visit www.registerforshare.org.
Signing up to SHARE allows us to keep the public informed of what research is available in Scotland. SHARE is a great way for people to make a contribution to health research - which can improve the health of everybody in Scotland. Thank you very much for considering this request.

Please visit our website - www.registerforshare.org


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