Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 01 April 2021

Welcome to this week's Take 5, our weekly staff update, designed to bring you our latest news items in a five minute read...

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Your weekly coronavirus update

Earlier this week the Scottish Government confirmed that, thanks to progress in tackling the virus and the ongoing vaccination programme, changes to restrictions planned for 2 and 5 April will go ahead.

From Friday 2 April, the "stay at home" restriction will be lifted and replaced with a "stay local" rule. Restrictions on non-essential travel outside your local authority area will remain in place for at least another 3 weeks.

From Monday 5 April, more students will be allowed to return to on-campus learning, contact sports will resume for 12 to 17-year-olds, there will be a limited reopening of some retail services with all shops allowed to operate click and collect on an appointment basis and hairdressers and barbers can reopen.

To prevent large crowds, people are being asked to avoid visiting stores straight away and if you can, wait until later in the week or month to visit when things will be quieter.

For more details and the latest information visit the Scottish Government website.


Thank you and enjoy your spring break!

As our schools and term-time nurseries take a well-deserved spring break, we'd like to share some of the comments we've received about our fabulous staff.

Laura: "All staff at Fordbank Primary are fabulous. Sandra Ward in the office... Keep up the amazing work you all do. All the janitors, Amey staff aswell what a job x."

Kirsten: "All the staff at Riverbrae for their continued commitment to delivering great learning to my son."

Elaine: "Huge thanks to all the school bus drivers and escorts who have also been out working since schools went back last August..."

Gillian: "I would also like to give HUGE thanks to the staff at Johnstone High... they have all worked so hard. Thank you."

Louise: "All the amazing staff at West Johnstone Pre 5, especially Moira...and the lovely 2 to 3 room staff who even did a birthday video for my wee girl during the 2nd lockdown."

You can visit our Facebook page to see more of these lovely comments.


EU Settlement Scheme - Less than 100 days to apply

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens are being reminded that they have less than 100 days to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline on 30 June.

Each person and their family members, who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply without delay so that they can continue to work, study, access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.

It's important to note that those who have lived in the UK for many years or have a permanent residence document or EEA Biometric Residence Card, will still need to apply.

Parents should apply on behalf of their children, with an application for every eligible child, even if they have already applied and been granted a status themselves.

Eligible close family members living overseas can also apply to join an EU, EEA or Swiss family member who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. 

A range of support is available for those that need help to apply. This and more information can be found on the UK Government website.


Cross Organisational Mentoring Programme

We value learning and to help support the council throughout COVID-19 recovery and our transformation program, the HR&OD team are delighted to invite our managers to join the fourth cohort of the award winning Cross Organisational Mentoring Programme.

The programme is aimed at senior managers and leaders and helps them to build supportive one-to-one relationships with other senior leaders across partner organisations all while living our values of collaboration and learning.

Other organisations taking part are West Dunbartonshire Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.

There has never been a better time to reach out and learn from others. This level of collaborative support will help us to continue to adapt our ways of working to meet the challenges of the future.

To find out more and to apply go to the intranet page under People Development.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 7 April.


Autism Awareness Day

Tomorrow Friday 2 April, is World Autism Awareness Day and here at Renfrewshire Council, we've been involved in the review of the national Autism Strategy helping build the way forward for local autistic people.

We want to use this opportunity to raise awareness and tackle some of the most commonly heard myths about what autism really means.

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental difference which presents differently in each person. It means that autistic people have brains that are built in a fundamentally different way from non-autistic people. Generally, autistic people have differences in how they process information, communicate and interact with the world.

Check out the video Autism Myths created by autistic people to learn more.

The Autism Information Hub is written by autistic people and packed full of insights and information about what it's like to be autistic and how you can support autistic people you know. Created as part of the Understanding Autism campaign the hub is part of a ground-breaking effort to increase understanding of autism with a focus on real life experiences.


Our Wellbeing

Our Staff Wellbeing webpage is there to provide you with information and contacts to help keep you well during this time.


Got a story?

Don't forget, we'd love to hear from you! If you have a story to tell or something interesting to share, get in touch with us by completing the following Internal Comms Request Form.