Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 7 January 2021

Welcome to the first Take 5 of 2021, our weekly staff update, designed to bring you our latest news items in a five minute read...

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Happy New Year

We'd like to kick off the first Take 5 of 2021 by wishing all of you a happy new year.

We hope you all got to take some time to relax over the holidays and enjoy the festive season with loved ones, albeit in a different way than usual.

The year ahead will no doubt be a busy one as we all continue to work together supporting our communities and doing all we can in the fight against coronavirus.

The pandemic continues to play a major role in our everyday and working lives, but 2021 will undoubtedly bring us much further forward as we see the roll out of a mass vaccination programme.

We will continue to bring you all the latest updates and information on coronavirus and news from our people across the council in our Take 5 and monthly newsletters. We hope you find these both helpful and enjoyable to read.

Don't forget you can access all our newsletters via the Staff Information pages on our public website where you can also find updates and information on working safely during coronavirus plus lots of advice and support on taking care of your wellbeing and much more.

Your weekly Coronavirus update

All of mainland Scotland has entered a new period of lockdown measures that are set to remain in place until 1 February.

This impacts all of us and means you must only leave home for essential purposes such as shopping, collecting medicine, essential work that cannot be undertaken at home, outdoor exercise and caring responsibilities.

Therefore, if your role allows you to work from home then please do so.

If you are delivering or supporting delivery of one of our essential services, and this requires you to attend work in-person, we want to reassure you that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure your safety and you should continue to attend work. Any changes in relation to your attendance or work pattern will be confirmed with you by your manager.

Those on the shielding register are being asked to stay at home. If this applies to you and you are unable to work from home, please do not come into work. You will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in due course which will serve as your fit note - you do not need a separate one from your GP. You will also receive a letter from the council to confirm this in the coming days.

For the latest information and guidance go to the Scottish Government website.

Update on schools and nurseries

As part of the current measures, it has been confirmed that the phased opening of schools and nurseries will be extended for the majority of pupils until Monday 1 February.

From Thursday 7 January, schools and nurseries will reopen only for vulnerable children and young people and children of key workers. 

The application process for key worker spaces has now closed. If you haven't applied for a place and you need one, please contact your child's school directly.

All other children and young people will commence remote learning on Monday 11 January.

If you have a child who will be taking part in remote learning during this period, the school or nursery will be in touch with arrangements in due course.

We want to reassure all our working parents that we will continue to do everything we can to support you during this time. For those who are working from home, we understand how challenging it can be to balance this while supporting your children in their remote learning.

If you need more support balancing your work commitments with your caring responsibilities during this time, please speak with your line manager or headteacher who will assist you.

Our wellbeing

We are launching a new wellbeing campaign, Our Wellbeing, for everyone at Renfrewshire Council to support you with your wellbeing needs whatever they may be throughout this time.

All colleagues across the council are asked to get involved by visiting the staff wellbeing page online, familiarising yourself with the support available and being part of the ongoing conversation about our wellbeing at home and in the workplace.

Look out for more information, expert insights and real-life stories as we expand our range of resources, linking with our partners and people in-house to share their experiences and top tips for positive wellbeing.

Coming soon - senior leaders like you've never seen them before!

To help us get started building a conversation about our wellbeing, we'll be hearing from members of our senior management team on what wellbeing means to them, how they are committed to making Renfrewshire Council a place that supports the wellbeing of all its staff and what they do personally to look after their own wellbeing at home.

Go to our Staff Wellbeing page to access all our health and wellbeing resources.

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