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Our Children - 11 September

Our Children Forum 

We hope this finds you all well and enjoying these last few days of summer, in autumn.

There are some excellent resources we would like to share with you, please feel free to pass these on to your wider networks and communities.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 22 November 2023, 10am – 12pm at Engage Renfrewshire, 10 Falcon Cres, Ferguslie Park, PA3 1NS.

If you would like to share your work and deliver a short presentation to the group, please get in touch and we will add you to the agenda – jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com



STTS Fortnightly E-Bulletin 08 September 2023

Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods - mygov.scot
Jacqueline's Story | CrossReach
The Birth Charter for women with involvement from children’s social care | Birth Companions
Podcast: Domestic abuse support in the workplace | NSPCC Learning
Conversation Cafe toolkit for promoting positive discussion on women's health - Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (alliance-scotland.org.uk)
Conversation Cafe resource hub - Policy and research (alliance-scotland.org.uk)



APP webinar: Essential knowledge for preventing maternal suicide Tickets, Wed, Oct 18, 2023 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite


West partnership Ambassadors
An exciting opportunity has come up within Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services – we are looking for dynamic and confident young people to be involved in a new project. As part of the West Partnership, we are looking to recruit 4 ambassadors from across Renfrewshire who are in S3 or above. The project will see the ambassadors connect with 7 groups of ambassadors from other local authorities across the West Partnership, they will gain key skills, experiences, and knowledge.
The ambassadors will be working towards their Participatory Democracy Certificate (PDC) which is a youth award that provides SCQF level accreditation to young people involved in group decision-making. It gives participants the opportunity to acknowledge and develop their communication, decision-making and negotiation skills in the context of democratic engagement.  The Participative Democracy Certificate is worth 2 Credits at SCQF Level 5 (equivalent to National 5 or SVQ 2) and constitutes 20 hours of learning.
Following this model, the ambassadors will undertake training to gain valuable skills looking into Research Methods, Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication. Using these skills, they will progress onto part 2 which will see them do a piece of research within the local community about an issue they are interested in. This could be anything from homelessness to recycling, part 3 is where they can put their research into action and create a project based on this for example, a sleepout to raise awareness of homelessness or making a stall to give out sustainable cutlery and face pads. Throughout this process we will be asking young people to reflect critically on what they have been doing and what they are gaining from it, the project could allow the group affect positive change within the local community.
If you have any young people who might be interested in this fantastic opportunity, please reply to youth@renfrewshire.gov.uk with their contact details by the 20 September 2023 and we can get them involved!
WP Ambassadors Leaflet.pdf


The Health and Social Care Alliance (ALLIANCE)
The Health and Social Care Alliance (ALLIANCE) has officially launched a Conversation Café toolkit in support of the Scottish Government’s Women’s Health Plan.
The aim of the Conversation Café is to bring women and people with lived experience of the areas within the Women’s Health Plan together in a safe and supportive environment,  and provide an informal space for a facilitated, open conversation on particular health topics.
This Conversation Café toolkit and provides resources to facilitate conversations, and encourage information sharing and peer support on areas within women’s health. The toolkit is a guide for delivery, which can be used flexibly by organisations, community groups, employee groups or with friends to set up, host and evaluate an independent Café.
For more information on how to access and use the toolkit, and the accompanying resource hub, please click the link below:


Solihull Online free resources for parents and carers

The Solihull Approach are a team within National Health Service in the UK. They work with practitioners and parents to develop new resources and training. They support emotional health and well-being in children, families and adults.

Solihull Approach offer free online courses for parents, carers and teenagers in Scotland. There are courses available on several subjects. These courses can help you to understand your child’s feelings, as well as your own. Courses for parents and carers cover from pregnancy to adulthood. There are also courses for teenagers, including a course on adult relationships.

Solihull Approach courses are for everyone. They do not tell you how to parent. Instead, they offer a way to understand different aspects of parenting. They also provide the opportunity to consider how you wish to respond.

You can register online for free:

  • enter the access code 'TARTAN' and select continue
  • complete a short registration form to access the courses


Children in Scotland

GIRFEC Summary Including Refreshed Guidance

The document provides a high-level summary of the GIRFEC policy statement, including details of key changes. It is designed to serve as a tool for practitioners to better understand the basic principles and objectives of GIRFEC, and why it is important for improving the lives of children, young people, and families across Scotland.
GIRFEC Summary Including Refreshed Guidance FINAL.pdf


Sandyford For Young People Campaign September 2023

Sandyford is the sexual health service for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It has a dedicated young people’s service across a variety of locations within the Glasgow and Clyde area, with a mix of drop-in and appointments only clinics available to choose from. We are running an advertising campaign to raise awareness of this service among those aged 13-17 in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, with the goal of increasing clinic attendee numbers. This will support the overall goal of improving the sexual health and wellbeing of this target demographic. We are looking for support from our stakeholders and are asking you to please share our campaign messages and assets with your own audiences to maximise reach and aid in the success of the campaign.

Sandyford For Young People Campaign Communications Pack.pdf


Boost Fund – CORRA Foundation
The Boost small grants programme is for organisations supporting children and families in their local communities. It has been created to help groups that find the increase in basic running costs (for example utilities, salaries, transport) is making their work much more challenging.
 Boost will provide grants of £500-£3,000 to grassroots organisations and charities with a yearly income of up to £50,000 whose work benefits children and families.
Application deadline: Rolling basis
Boost Fund supporting children and families (corra.scot)


Community Learning and Development Device Fund 2023
Provided by the Scottish Government and managed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), applications are now open for funding to purchase essential digital devices. The objective of the fund is to provide capital funding to CLD organisations across Scotland to purchase digital devices that can be used by learners to support their learning.
 Application Deadline: 29/09/23
Funding Program: Community Learning and Development Device Fund 2023


The Dulverton Trust
The Trust awards grants to UK charities registered in Scotland, England and Wales. Youth Opportunities is the largest category and aims to support charities that help socio-economically disadvantaged children and young people aged 25 and under to develop life skills that enable them to thrive and foster employability skills and skills to succeed at school.

Apply | The Dulverton Trust

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