Renfrewshire Council

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Staff stories

Stories, messages and blogs from colleagues across the council.

On this page

You're living our values

Our nominees recognised for being fair, helpful, great collaborators and learning

Fairness, trust and respect

Sarah's key ingredients for a healthy team culture

Empowering communities

Insights from our #YouDecide team

"Fabulous" feedback from colleagues

Recognising staff commitment to supporting unpaid working carers

We can count on Ellen

Helpful, friendly support recognised by colleagues

Values led approach to supporting young people

Living our values leads to success for Project SEARCH team and supported interns

Celebrating our colleagues

Your living our values nominees, March 2023

Values at the heart of cancer support

Louise and Charlotte recognised for their help and care

Collaboration key to our digital experience ambition

HR&OD, Procurement and DXP teams add value with combined expertise

Achieving more with kindness and understanding

Susan Allan explains how being fair at work makes all the difference

Crew talents not wasted!

Alan Connelly's quick thinking team save the day

Serving up smiles and support at The Atrium

Café team praised for their positive approach

Values recognition for Ukrainian refugee welcome team

Our housing support staff embody our values in action

Megan inspires nursery kids to love reading

Early years graduate Megan Goldie's innovating approach to improving kids' learning experience 

Our Chief Executive's blog

Videos and blogs from our Chief Executive, Alan Russell

Message from Chief Executive, Alan Russell - August 2023

Alan welcomes back our early learning centre and school colleagues, discusses the financial challenge facing the council and all local authorities, and more.

Message from Chief Executive, Alan Russell - June 2023

In this month's blog, Alan discusses his recent visit to two of our schools, where he caught up with pupils and colleagues to hear about some of the great work taking place to achieve the best outcomes for our children and young people.



Meet our senior leaders

Greetings and introductions from our senior leader team

Meet Mark Conaghan, our Head of Corporate Governance

Getting to know our chief officers

Meet Tracy McGillivray, our Head of Schools (Inclusion and Quality Improvement)

Getting to know our chief officers

Meet Marlene Boyd, our Head of People and Organisational Development

Getting to know our chief officers

Health & wellbeing

Colleagues share their stories and advice.

I'm a mental health first aider

Meet Lesley Rodgers, a mental health first aider who works as a waste adviser within our Environment, Housing and Infrastructure service.

Hazel's story

Hazel*, who works in our Chief Executive's service, tells us how talking about mental health at work set her on the road to recovery.

Brenda's story

Brenda Rankin, Head of Glenburn ELCC, explains how the nursery has been transformed into a supportive place that priorities mental health.

Diane's financial wellbeing advice for colleagues

Social renewal lead officer Diane Dunn shares her advice and top tips for helping you manage your income.

Kevin's story

Kevin Milliken, procurement advisor, tells us how opening up and talking helped him take control of his mental health.

Catherine's story

Catherine O'Regan, content designer, shares her wellbeing story

Moya's story

Moya Garner, team leader, tells us why she became a mental health first aider.

Cyber security

Learn from your colleagues and stay safe online

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and staying safe online

Carol talks about AI and what it means for staying safe online

Stay safe and vigilant against cyber threats

Cyber security architect Carol Peter's message to colleagues

It can happen to anyone - How I almost got scammed

Carol shares details of her close call, and how to spot a scam on social media    

Business Continuity Week - Cyber resilience

Carol Peters highlights the importance of cyber resilience

Top 10 tips to avoid ticket scams

Carol shares latest guidance from RenSafeOnline ahead of festival season

Three signs it's a scam

Cyber security architect Carol Peters' latest advice for colleagues

Alerting students and young people to online threats

Cyber security architect, Carol Peters, shares her insights and top takeaways from RenSafeOnline

Learning sessions to keep children and young people safe online

Digital learning manager, Pam McDowall is on a mission to help colleagues in our schools and parents learn how to protect children and young people.

Colleague stories and blogs

Read more about some of the great work and achievements of your colleagues

Colleagues can help us reach RenZero by 2030

An update from climate emergency lead officer, Roz Smith

An office with a view

Park co-ordinator Fiona Carswell loves where she works and welcomes future investment plans for Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

Jamie swaps his rusty wheels for new adventures

Pedalling towards a healthier and greener future with Cycle2Work

Council apprentice advances to national finals

A bright spark in training: Callum Rae's journey to success and his aspirations for the future.

Meet Kirsteen, our Provost Awards Employee of the Year 2023

'Learners will always know, if they need me, I'm there'

Helping Dawn to balance work, family and caring responsibilities

Dawn and Colin's story for Carers Week 2023

Business Continuity Week - Civil contingency

Charlotte McCallum discusses work and personal resilience

Balancing work and caring responsibilities - Martin's story

Martin MacNiven shares his experience as a working unpaid carer and how getting the right support has made a difference

Letterbox contact - keeping in touch for birth parents and adopted children

Social work assistant, Kayleigh Wilson reflects on her role this Adoption Week Scotland

Fundraising to support veterans and their families

Colleagues raise £960.40 for the Scottish Poppy Appeal

Joyce's medal win for Scotland at Masters Hockey World Cup

Silver for our facilities manager, Joyce Robertson and her teammates in Cape Town

Kickstarting their careers at the council

Owen, Daniela and Harry reflect on their journeys as trainees with the DWP Kickstart Programme

Farewell Rosemary!

Best wishes to Rosemary Carlin from members services who is retiring after 47 years

Our climate change ambitions for Renfrewshire

This week is Scotland's Climate Week, and we caught up with our Climate Emergency Lead Officer, Roz Smith as the first phase of our Plan for Net Zero is approved by elected members

Meet this year's trainee teachers

We caught up with some of this year's teaching undergraduates

Not Far? Leave the Car - Elaine's story

Supervisory engineer, Elaine Lorimer ditches her car for local rewards

Siobhan Gray is Scotland's Youth Worker of the Year 2022

Congratulations to youth worker, Siobhan Gray, for being recognised as Scotland's Youth Worker of the Year at the National Youth Awards 2022.


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