Update on engagement exercise

When we launched the engagement process we hoped to secure broad engagement and for at least 20 events to take place, including for events to engage directly with asylum seekers & refugees and for events to take place outside Glasgow. 

We have already achieved this initial target – 21 events are complete (including our New Scots conference last November).  491 people have participated, including at least 100 refugees and 50 people seeking asylum.  Events have been completed in East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highland, North Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire. 

We are aware of a further 40 planned events (this includes events which have taken place but have not yet submitted feedback). These events extend engagement to Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Lothian.  It is possible that not all these events will run or that feedback may not be submitted by 15 September, but this is still a strong indication of interest in the work of New Scots & real potential for the strategy to be well informed.

We are now less than two weeks from the engagement closing date.  It is recommended that events take place by this Thursday (7 September) to ensure time to write up and submit feedback.

However, if there are organisations or groups you want to ensure have had the opportunity to engage there is still a little time to check that they are aware/prompt them.  Events can take place up to 15 September as long as feedback can also be submitted in time.  If you have feedback from an engagement event please ensure that it is submitted by 15 September – the easiest way is through the online survey.  The sooner feedback is received the quicker it will be able to be shared once the engagement closes.

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The Scottish Government, COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Councilare working to develop a new refugee integration strategy for Scotland.  We want to hear the views of a wide range of organisations, groups and individuals with an interest in refugee integration to inform the new strategy.

To do this, we are encouraging people and organisations across Scotland to hold engagement events to talk about what should be in the new strategy.  To download a facilitation guide to help your organisation or community group plan an engagement event and to find out how to submit your event feedback please visit: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/equality-unit/new-scots

To help overcome barriers which may prevent people being involved in the engagement a small grants fund is available.  Applications are invited from community groups and small charities.  Please read the guidance for applicants document before completing an application.  Applications must be received by 24 August and engagement events held by 7 September. 

New Scots 2 - Engagement Event Fund - Application Form

New Scots 2 - Engagement Event Fund - Guidance Notes

If you have any questions about the fund please contact Communities Development Manager, Jewels Lang. 

Jewels Lang <Jewels.Lang@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk>

0141 248 9799

Update on engagement exercise

When we launched the engagement process we hoped to secure broad engagement and for at least 20 events to take place, including for events to engage directly with asylum seekers & refugees and for events to take place outside Glasgow. 

 

We have already achieved this initial target – 21 events are complete (including our New Scots conference last November).  491 people have participated, including at least 100 refugees and 50 people seeking asylum.  Events have been completed in East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highland, North Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire. 

 

We are aware of a further 40 planned events (this includes events which have taken place but have not yet submitted feedback). These events extend engagement to Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Lothian.  It is possible that not all these events will run or that feedback may not be submitted by 15 September, but this is still a strong indication of interest in the work of New Scots & real potential for the strategy to be well informed.

 

We are now less than two weeks from the engagement closing date.  It is recommended that events take place by this Thursday (7 September) to ensure time to write up and submit feedback, however if there are organisations or groups you want to ensure have  had the opportunity to engage there is still a little time to check that they are aware/prompt them.  Events can take place up to 15 September as long as feedback can also be submitted in time.  If you have feedback from an engagement event please ensure that it is submitted by 15 September – the easiest way is through the online survey.  The sooner feedback is received the quicker it will be able to be shared once the engagement closes.