Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 11 March 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

This week the Scottish Government confirmed the following changes to restrictions from tomorrow (Friday 12 March):

  • Up to four adults from two households will be able to meet locally in any outdoor space, including in private gardens, for social and recreational purposes as well as exercise.
  • Outdoor non-contact sports and group exercise can also resume for adults in groups of up to 15 people.
  • Young people aged 12 to 17 will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to four people from four different households, participate in outdoor non-contact sports, and other organised activities in groups of up to 15 and travel across local authority boundaries to participate in such activities.

Updated guidance and regulations will be published to reflect these changes which are a result of the significant fall in new cases, deaths and hospital admissions in recent weeks.

The First Minister said she plans to next week outline plans for a potential easing of the restrictions and a gradual re-opening of the economy.

It is essential we all continue to follow the rules, stick to FACTS and stay safe at all times.

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


Give yourself a break - using your annual leave (email version)

We are all responsible for managing our annual leave entitlement and balancing the use of it across the calendar year is key to making sure you maintain good health and wellbeing while continuing to deliver essential services.

We recognise that you may not be able to go on your usual holidays this year, however we strongly encourage you to take annual leave, where this is possible and in line with service needs.

Even if you cannot go away, it is important that you:

  • have some time away from work to relax and recharge
  • balance your work and life during the pandemic
  • look after yourself while continuing to provide critical public services. 

We are therefore encouraging you to take your annual leave entitlement regularly and proportionately during the current period and throughout 2021.

This will ensure that when we return to normal operations, services are not faced with managing a disproportionate volume of annual leave, placing additional pressures on services and colleagues.

The normal carry forward arrangements for annual leave into 2022 will apply. The only exception will be for those employees, who as a result of COVID-19 working, were authorised to carry over 20 days from 2020, with 10 being able to be carried into 2022.

More information is available.


Our DSC can help with your printing needs

The Document Solution Centre (DSC) is our dedicated in-house print facility fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and finishing kit. Using the DSC is the most cost-effective method of ensuring high-quality documents first time, every time.

The DSC can help you with printing to suit all business requests in mono and full colour. Whatever your printing needs from documentation and letters to promotional materials like posters and banners - they've got you covered. 

It's recommended that printing requirements over 100 pages are sent to the DSC to ensure the best quality and cost efficiency - smaller orders will also be accepted.

When you contact the DSC you will receive a friendly, professional and confidential service and advice and assistance is on-hand to help.

Simply place your order through the easy to use online ordering system, Skyline and if you need to discuss your printing needs rory.hutchison@renfrewshire.gov.uk will be happy to help.

More information can be found on the DSC intranet page.  


Carers Connected - Care for a Cuppa

Carers Connected will be holding its second virtual Care for a Cuppa event of 2021 for working carers on Wednesday17 March at 3.30pm.

You may already be a member of Carers Connected or a working carer who wants to find out more - either way, why not join us?

A representative from the Renfrewshire Carers Centre coming along to talk about 'Advocacy Support' for working carers and answer any questions you may have.

These sessions are part of the range of supports we offer working carers that has resulted in our recent level 3 'Exemplary' Carer Positive award. We also have a variety of helpful policies including our Carer's Leave policy as well as online learning courses via the iLearn platform for colleagues and managers to learn how to support carers in the workplace.

You can scan the QR code below with your mobile device to book your place.

If you'd like to know more about this event or any other help available for our working carers, please contact: Fiona Sinclair, HR & OD Adviser fiona.sinclair@renfrewshire.gov.uk, 0141 618 7319


Remembering those lost to suicide

Renfrewshire's annual memorial service to commemorate those who have lost their lives to suicide, hosted by support group Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), was unable to go ahead this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, Provost Cameron visited the memorial tree last month to switch on the lights and lay flowers in memory of those who have been lost.

The memorial service provides the opportunity for anyone affected by suicide to place purple hearts on the tree carrying messages to their loved ones.

If you would like a purple heart to be placed on the tree, you can send your message by email to chooselife.sw@renfrewshire.gov.uk or text 07903 072130.

We hope that in the future we will be able to make the hearts available in the community to allow those who wish to visit the tree and leave a message to do so in their own time.

If you are feeling suicidal, or you know someone that might be then please call one of the helpline numbers: Samaritan's 116 123, Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87, RAMH First Crisis 0141 849 90 90 or 0800 221 8929


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.