Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 11 February 2011

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Your weekly coronavirus update

Earlier in the week, the Scottish Government announced that from Monday 15 February, all arrivals to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must book and pay a set charge of £1750 for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against  Coronavirus.

The isolation period will last for at least ten days and each traveller will be tested twice for the virus - once on day two and once on day eight.

A Managed Isolation Welfare Fund will be made available for those who cannot afford to pay the charge.

Non-essential international travel is still not permitted and existing exemptions will be strengthened, including limiting overseas training for elite sportspeople to athletes and coaches preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics.

A small number of arrivals will not be required to isolate, such as those involved in essential supply chains for goods coming into Scotland.

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

Business World Upgrade

An upgrade to our ERP Business World system at the end of this week means there will be no access to the Business World online application from 4.30pm on Thursday 11 February until the process has been completed on Monday 15 February.

The upgrade will also see a replacement URL address for accessing the site from both networked and personal devices. The new URL will be issued over the weekend to enable access from Monday.

It is recommended that any outstanding tasks are completed before 4.30pm on 11 February and that any draft claims no longer required and rejected tasks are deleted prior to the upgrade. However, users are reassured that any incomplete claims and requests will remain unaffected.

Guidance and support for using Business World can be found in the Staff section of our public website under 'Systems and user guides for Council staff'.

Going green - our new electric fleet

We're continuing to do all we can to reduce our carbon emissions as we work towards our target of Renfrewshire being carbon-neutral by 2030.

Updating the council's fleet of vehicles is one way we can do this and we're delighted to have secured £173,000 from Transport Scotland for 24 electric vehicles.

The mix of cars, light vans and 3.5 tonne vans will replace diesel vehicles at our Underwood Road depot.

In addition, we've received £75,000 from the Energy Savings Trust for ten new chargers which will be installed at the depot before the new vehicles arrive.

We want to do all we can to tackle climate change so if you've got ideas, let your line manager know and let's see how we can make Renfrewshire a greener place to live, work and visit.

Safer Internet Day

We hope you all took care online this week. Especially since Tuesday 9 February was Safer Internet Day - an opportunity to remind ourselves of how to stay safe online and why it's so important.

Being online is a big part of our everyday lives, now more than ever as we increasingly rely on the internet for online shopping, working from home, connecting with friends and family and so much more.

But there are risks! Hackers are more sophisticated than ever so it's vital that we understand how to protect ourselves.

We've got some great online resources in partnership with GetSafeOnline with lots of tips on everything from protecting your PC, shopping safely online and using social media.

If you have children or young people at home, we're willing to bet they spend plenty of time online too! Think U Know is a great resource to help them understand how they can stay safe online.

Colin McKenzie is an inspiration!

Living with autism has never stopped our 2016 Achiever of the Year, Colin McKenzie from reaching his goals. We once shared his spectacular story in R Mag after he became the first person to graduate from Project SEARCH Renfrewshire, before joining Renfrewshire Council as a cleaner and then in 2019 being invited to attend the queen's garden party in Edinburgh.

Now Colin is making waves online and news headlines, after filming a video with his younger brother Logan for local charity I Am Me. In the video, Colin talks about how he has adjusted to the coronavirus crisis, taking each day as it comes, enjoying his favourite hobbies and volunteering with I Am Me.

His heartfelt message of hope and positivity has made him an inspiration with praise pouring in from places as far as Canada and Australia.

Colin said, "I hope the video shows that you don't need to be afraid of what your disability is - just be yourself!"

To watch the video, go to the I Am Me Facebook page @iammeproject. 

Our Wellbeing

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

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