Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 29 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 Scotland moved to Level 3 restrictions and saw the reopening of all retail including non-essential shops, close contact services, gyms, indoor visitor attractions, cafés, pubs and restaurants.

To help reduce the spread of coronavirus a new digital service, Check In Scotland, has been launched to support venues such as bars, restaurants, hairdressers and other indoor public spaces collect visitor details for contact tracing.

Members of the public can either scan the Check In Scotland QR code which will be on display at participating locations, or download the Check In Scotland app to provide their details for contact tracing purposes.

It's vital that we all continue to take precautions and stay safe as restrictions ease by sticking to the guidelines and following the FACTS: Face coverings, Avoid crowds, Clean hands, Two-metres distancing and Self-isolating immediately if you develop symptoms.

For the latest information visit the Scottish Government website.

Universal Testing

To stop the spread and keep moving forward everyone can now get two free covid tests every week.

The lateral flow (LFD) home test kits are available for anyone without symptoms for pick up without an appointment from many local walk-in or drive-through test sites from 3.30pm each day, or by ordering online or by phone for home delivery.

Around 1 in 3 people with covid do not show symptoms, so can spread the virus to others without knowing it. These tests will help find cases that would otherwise go undetected, so anyone testing positive can self-isolate and avoid transmitting the virus to those around them.

Each pack contains seven rapid lateral flow device tests that can provide results in around 30 minutes.

A negative LFD test result is not a guarantee that you do not have COVID-19. You must continue to follow FACTS guidance and local restrictions.

More information on testing and how to order a LFD test online or by phone can be found on the Scottish Government or the NHS Inform websites.

Workers Memorial Day 2021

Wednesday (28 April) this week was International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) with the theme this year as 'Health and Safety is a human right - let's make it a reality'.

Each year IWMD is a chance to show respect for those who have been physically injured at work, suffered work-related mental health issues and to remember those who have tragically lost their lives through work.

It's an opportunity to shine a light on the vital importance of health, safety and wellbeing for all staff, regardless of job role or location and to come together and recognise the steps we can all take to help protect ourselves and our colleagues.

Renfrewshire's UNISON branch held two wreath laying ceremonies this year at Renfrew and Paisley, with speakers discussing the significance of the event in light of all the sacrifices made and those lost while delivering essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don't forget we have a wide range of information and resources in our Staff info web section to help support you at work including our Working safely during coronavirus webpages and the Taking care of our wellbeing hub.

Art Boss Young Producers

Congratulations to local group Art Boss Young Producers on winning The Arts award at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2021.

As part of the Future Paisley programme, the Art Boss Young Producers project supports care experienced young people, young carers or those looking to improve their mental health, confidence, and self-esteem by helping them develop skills through arts and culture activities with an emphasis on wellbeing.

Working in collaboration with Renfrewshire Leisure, our dedicated Youth Services team have played a key role in supporting Art Boss to deliver an array of fantastic projects including their very own graphic novel 'The Attic'  - a quirky teenage adventure highlighting the importance of friendship and communication when times are tough.

Community Learning Officer, Siobhan Gray (pictured above with members of Art Boss) said, "Art Boss are a pleasure to work with. They're full of fun and since the project kicked off it's been amazing to see how much they've all grown in confidence and self-esteem - not to mention artistic skill!"

Improving the care experience

The first ever global Care Experienced History Month is almost at an end, but our ambition to improve care-experienced people's lives continues.

Lots of people will be sharing their stories online this month, including Diane Webb, our digital strategy policy lead.

Diane experienced care in her mid-to-late teens and also volunteered to be part of the Independent Care Review, which has resulted in The Promise to Scotland's children and young people.

Diane said, "It was such an intense but empowering experience... Our lived experience, our history, mattered."

Care-experienced people like Diane have joined front-line staff and strategic partners to work on the Renfrewshire Promise Plan. The team will review our services and how we fulfil our promise to children and young people in Renfrewshire. 

The Promise will also be a part of the forthcoming care experience conference in Renfrewshire that's organised by Children's Services and will be held virtually next month.

Our Wellbeing

The Taking care of our 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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