Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 15 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

This week Scottish Government announced that from Friday 16 April, the restrictions on travel outside of your local authority area are to be relaxed.

It was also confirmed that from tomorrow you will be allowed to meet in groups of up to six adults from six households in outdoor settings.

This means that you can now travel across Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation or exercise, as long as you do not stay overnight.

Scottish Government also confirmed that other restrictions are expected to be eased from 26 April - with premises including shops, gyms, pubs and restaurants due to reopen on a limited basis.

Hospitality businesses will need to close their doors at 20:00 indoors and 22:00 outdoors, with alcohol only permitted to be served outside.

Groups of six people from six different households will be allowed to meet in outdoor hospitality.

Restrictions on travel from Scotland to other parts of the UK are also expected to be lifted from 26 April.

From 17 May, pubs will be able to open indoors until 22:30 and contact sports, cinemas, and some small-scale events will be able to take place, and up to four people from two households will be able to meet indoors.

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

Clear Your Head

Have these difficult times made you feel anxious, worried or stressed? It's natural to feel fine one moment and down the next, especially when missing friends and family.

The challenges presented by lockdown have had a real impact on people's mental health. We're all missing friends and family, which can be made worse by added financial worries and continued uncertainty.

The Taking care of our wellbeing hub is there to help you with lots of resources, contacts and advice for getting through this difficult time. Don't forget you can also contact our Time for Talking employee counselling service for free 24/7 professional help.

We want our workplaces to be safe and supportive places. So please don't struggle in silence. Reach out to your line manager or someone you trust if you think you need help. If you notice someone is struggling, let them know you care.

The Scottish Government has some great online resources too. For more tips on how you can be kind to your mind during the coronavirus outbreak go to

Can you help improve someone's cancer journey?

Is there someone in your life who's dealing with the impact of cancer? Would they benefit from free financial, practical or emotional support? Our friendly compassionate advisors Caroline-Kyle Chittick and Karen Spencer are there to help you and your loved ones cope through Renfrewshire's MacMillan Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) service.

It's amazing how many services and supports are on offer to help you and your loved ones following a cancer diagnosis. But knowing where to turn or start seeking help can be daunting. Our MacMillan ICJ team is there to help!

Caroline and Karen are experienced in helping people from all walks of life understand the many supports available and can link you with the services and resources you need to make a real difference during this difficult time. ICJ is a free service that is here for you whenever and however you need them.

Find out more on our Cancer Support in Renfrewshire webpage or by phoning 0300 300 1380.

Back to school

Ahead of all secondary school pupils returning to school full time next week, our head teachers reflected on the last term:

"It has been wonderful to see so many of our young people back in the building over the past few weeks."

Billy Burke, Renfrew High School

"Great to hear today we will be back full time from 19th April. Now enjoy the holiday before we embark on a busy term!"

Lisa Chalmers, Glennifer High School

"We look forward to welcoming our young people back to full time face-to-face learning on 19 April."

Michael Dewar, Park Mains High School

"I am extremely proud of what our school community has done, and how we have all coped with this adversity."

Lynne Hollywood, Johnstone High School

"I hope it's the beginning of getting back into our routines... as well as enjoying being amongst friends again."

Colin Johnson, Gryffe High School

"It has been wonderful having all year groups back into school over the last few weeks."

Gillian Macartney, Linwood High School

"It is clear to see that pupils are enjoying being back... meeting friends and continuing with their studies."

Martin McDonald, Castlehead High School

It's Paisley Food and Drink Festival time

Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns Friday 16 April with a tantalising online programme across nine days.

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 interactive culinary experiences, including cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions, family activities, music events, ways to grow your own food and more.

Plus, look out for The Rum Shack, who are back this year with a takeover evening of live bands, rum tastings, Caribbean cooking and cocktail making - and a fantastic night of music and more from Paisley's historic bar and venue The Bungalow.

Information on the events and how to get involved can be found at

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.

Got a story?

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