Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 08 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 we adjust to the gradual easing of restrictions with the "stay local" rule now in place, the ban on non-essential travel outside your local authority area remains for now.

It has been confirmed that secondary schools in Scotland will reopen full time as planned after the Easter holidays. This means all pupils can return to school on a full time basis with the exception of those on the shielding list who are recommended to stay at home until Monday April 26.

The return to schools will also mean the removal of the strict 2m distancing rule for pupils while at school. However, schools are advised to continue taking additional steps to ensure covid-safe environments with improved hygiene and ventilation measures. Additionally, the twice-weekly lateral testing programme for pupils and staff will continue.

Further easing of restrictions are due to take place from Monday 26 April and the Scottish Government hopes to confirm these changes on Tuesday 20 April.

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

Employee of the Year - Brian Wilson

Well done to Brian Wilson for being recognised as Employee of the Year at the 2021 Provost's Community Awards.

After 13 years as the janitor at St Charles Primary School in Paisley, Brian retired last month with this well-deserved award as recognition for his outstanding contribution to the school. Brian's hard work is a terrific example of our values in action, as he frequently went above and beyond to be helpful.

His contribution to the P7 annual show making just one example as he took on sound, lighting and filming duties to ensure every pupil could get a DVD of their performance.

Brian said, "I'm blown away to even be nominated for a Provost's Community Award, let alone to win!...the nomination submitted by the Parent Teacher Council...and the memories really brought home how much I will miss everyone now that I am retiring. It has been an honour and privilege to serve for the last 13 years as their Janny."

Covid 1-Year-On Staff Stories

Have you spotted our recent series of Covid 1-Year-On staff stories on Facebook?

We've been sharing some of your stories from this past year to provide a glimpse into how the pandemic has affected the people behind our services and how hard you've all worked to keep delivering for Renfrewshire.

We've heard from individuals across our different service areas including frontline staff, those supporting local businesses, schools' staff, customer services and Renfrewshire's Health and Social Care Partnership.

Each and every story has been warmly received by residents who have responded with lots of praise and thanks for all our hard work.

Comments like this one from Michalko on Facebook just go to show how appreciated you really are. "Renfrewshire Council is very supporting and very help with everything Thanks for your great nice job and be strong with everything stay safe."

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. So, we want to share this important message from Bowel Cancer UK to help spread awareness.

Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. It's the second biggest cancer killer in Scotland. But it shouldn't be, as it's treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Other health problems can cause similar symptoms, but if you have one or more of these, or if things just don't feel right, see your GP.

For more information visit the Bowel Cancer UK website.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival goes online

The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival is taking a different shape for 2021 - with a tempting online programme across nine days this month.

The festival will take place from Friday 16 - Saturday 24 April and will showcase the rich diversity of Renfrewshire's food and drink offer through a series of vibrant short films and a mouth-watering menu of interactive experiences, including online cooking demonstrations, tastings, workshops and much more.

Look out for The Rum Shack and Three Sisters Bake who are back this year with a special takeover evening of rum tastings (rum boxes can be purchased in advance), live bands, Caribbean cooking and cocktail making and an exclusive Three Sisters bake-a-long live event.

Information on the events and how to get involved in the interactive experiences and online cooking demonstrations can be found on the PaisleyIs website.

You can also follow @paisleyis on Facebook and @paisleyfoodanddrink on Instagram for the latest updates.

Our Wellbeing

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

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