Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 06 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

As more of us start to enjoy some of the activities and visit the places and people we've missed throughout lockdown, it's crucial we stay safe and stick to the rules still in place to protect us from the spread of coronavirus.

Taking extra steps to ensure we remember hand hygiene and physical distancing will make a big difference and will reduce opportunities for the virus to spread as more people get out and about.

With groups of up to 6 people from 2 households now able to meet in indoor public places like cafés and restaurants, it's important to be aware that going into another person's home for a social visit is still not permitted. And, if you are meeting with people from other households, remember it's safest to stay outdoors.

Please be aware of theguidelines and follow the FACTS: Face coverings, Avoid crowds, Clean hands, Two-metres distancing and Self-isolating immediately if you develop symptoms.

For the latest information visit the Scottish Government website.

Asymptomatic covid testing

Some people can have coronavirus without showing any symptoms at all and could be spreading the disease without knowing it. That's why asymptomatic community testing is an important part of helping to stop the spread.

Our recent drop-in community testing site at Tweedie Hall in Linwood was visited by a total of 396 local residents who came along for a test.

Chief environmental health officer, Chris Dalrymple said, 'I would like to thank everyone in Linwood who turned up and took a test. It was great to see a good turnout. That's around 5% of Linwood's population which compares well with other testing centres in other areas of the country. Thanks also to everyone involved in making this possible.' 

Don't forget home testing kits are now available for everyone and can be picked up from local test sites, ordered online or by telephone.

Go to NHS Inform for more info.

Covid-safe voting

Many staff across the Council have been gearing up to work at the Scottish Parliamentary Elections this week, with lots of us stepping into various roles to support polling and the count.

One such officer is graphic design coordinator Alan Rafferty, who is the presiding officer at one of our local polling stations. Alan knows a thing or two about polling procedures having worked at every election and referendum for the past 10 years.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we asked Alan how this year compares to previous elections. He said, 'It will be interesting to see what the turnout will be like this year. The voting process itself hasn't changed, but we've done a lot to make sure our polling stations are Covid-safe.

'We have protective plastic screens in place and cleaning staff on site to regularly wipe down voting stations. One-way systems are also in place and Covid marshalls are there to show people where to go.'

For full details on local polling stations and what to expect when you get there, go to our Scottish Parliament Election 2021 webpage.

Latest blog from The Thread: Six simple steps to writing content for your council service

Developed by Communications & Marketing, The Thread is our new online guide to all things 'digital experience' and communications. It's simple to use but packed full of advice and support including our 'web request form' - your portal for requesting the help and expertise of our specialist Digital Experience team.

In the latest blog, Catherine from the Digital Experience team explains how 6 simple questions can help you when writing online content for your council service. So, if you're unsure how to get started with writing content, check out this article.

The team is currently working to simplify our digital channels to meet users' needs better, starting with the development of a new version of our council website, This version will absorb many websites - including our intranet - and become the single source of truth of our information and services.

Go to to read more about the vision for the Council's digital channels.

Our Wellbeing

The Taking care of our wellbeing hub is there to provide you with information and contacts to help keep you well during this time.

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