Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 18 February 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 First Minister stated that there will be no immediate changes to the current restrictions and these will remain in place until at least early March.

It has however been confirmed that the proposed gradual return to schools will start as planned on 22 February with early years and Primary 1-3 children returning on a full-time basis.

A limited number of senior secondary pupils will also return on a part-time basis for essential practical subjects. All other age groups are expected to see a gradual phased return no earlier than 15 March.

It was also announced that from today (Thursday 18 February), those who are identified as having had close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, will be offered a coronavirus test as well as be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

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


Hope is in sight. Let's see it through

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic our lives have been turned upside down in ways we could never have imagined.

The incredible resilience shown across the council has been nothing short of extraordinary. You have given your all, demonstrating our values of being helpful, fair, collaborative and learning all while coping with and adjusting to life during a world pandemic.

As the roll out of the vaccine continues, it gives us hope and reassurance. But even though hope is in sight, the virus is still spreading. The more we do now, by sticking to the guidelines and restrictions, the sooner we will make progress against the virus.  

Taking care of our safety and wellbeing continue to be our top priorities and you can visit the Taking care of our wellbeing webpage for lots of advice and resources to help you stay healthy and well.


We are a Carer's Positive Exemplary employer

Renfrewshire Council has been awarded the level 3 'Exemplary' Carer Positive award in recognition of the great work we do to support our working carers.

To support our staff we have our Carer's Leave policy, access to the Carers Connected Forum and several other helpful policies. Additionally, we now have two courses on iLearn so colleagues and managers can learn about supporting carers in the workplace.

Environmental Health Officer, Martin MacNiven said, "The forum has really helped me. I realised others were dealing with the same issues I was and that alone lifted a weight off my shoulders. I'm really pleased the Council has achieved this award - keep up the good work!" 

If you are a working carer and want to find out more, please contact Fiona Sinclair on 0141 816 7319 or at 'fiona.sinclair@renfrewshire.gov.uk'.


MyAccount - connecting residents to services online

MyAccount, our online portal for connecting residents to council services, became a vital channel as offices closed in 2020.

Many of our teams worked tirelessly to keep Renfrewshire running in the midst of the pandemic by bringing both existing and new processes to the portal. Digital First have pulled together a short infographic on MyAccount in 2020 which shows that all this hard work has really paid off!

Highlights include:

·       March saw 763 new users signing up in just one week!

·       A total of 4,871 COVID-19 grant applications made online

·       1,887 children were registered for Primary 1 online

Click here for the full infographic

If you live in Renfrewshire and haven't signed up to use MyAccount online services yet, what are you waiting for?! Sign up today and start benefiting from the many online services.


LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month and we have a special message from our in-house staff network.

Spokesperson from our LGBT+ Network, Paula Craig said, "LGBT History Month is a chance to celebrate our shared culture by recognising the huge contribution LGBTI people have made to Scotland and the rest of the world.

"You can learn all about our history and take part in the discussion and some fabulous online events throughout the rest of the month on the LGBT History website

"We also want to take this opportunity to highlight that our staff network is a warm supportive place and always open to new members. We know this is a particularly difficult time for many people across the community, so we want you to know that you can reach out and that you are not alone."

To find out more about our Renfrewshire Council staff LGBT+ Network contact paula.craig@renfrewshire.gov.uk or shann.mackinnon@renfrewshire.gov.uk


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.