Renfrewshire Council

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Staff stories

Stories, messages and blogs from colleagues across the council.



Look out for winter fuel payment scams this season

Advice from Lynsey Duncanson in our Trading Standards team

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

Living our values - housing support team

Recognising our values in action at our Ukrainian refugee Welcome Hub

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

Living our values - Jock Templeton

Nominated for his inspiring work in mental health and wellbeing

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

Jock speaks about mental health support at the council

Supporting colleagues to open up on Mental Health Awareness Day 2022

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

Alerting students and young people to online threats

Cyber security architect, Carol Peters, shares her insights and top takeaways from this month's RenSafeOnline campaign

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 this year's trainee teachers

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

Meet Marlene Boyd, our Head of People and Organisational Development

Getting to know our chief officers

Not Far? Leave the Car - Elaine's story

Supervisory engineer, Elaine Lorimer ditches her car for local rewards

Megan inspires nursery kids to love reading

Early years graduate Megan Goldie has demonstrated an amazing commitment to living our values with her innovative approach to improving the learning experience for children

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.

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.

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.


Chief Executive's Blog


Message from Chief Executive, Alan Russell on living our values - 24 November 2022

Nominate a colleague for living our values and share great stories of people truly making a difference

Chief Exec's video message - 16 September 2022

Alan Russell's short video update about the latest developments across the council, as well as his priorities and ambitions for Renfrewshire.

Chief Exec's video message - 19 August 2022

Watch Alan's latest video messages. Alan welcomes back our school's and discusses what the council is doing in response to cost of living crisis. 

Chief Exec's video message - 30 June 2022

Watch the first of Alan's new video messages. Short updates about the latest developments across the council, as well as his priorities and ambitions for Renfrewshire.

Chief Exec's Blog - 16 June 2022

Alan talks about the impact of Scot Gov spending review, getting out and about to meet colleagues from across the council, the benefits of being back in an office environment and why you should complete the staff comms pulse survey.

Chief Exec's Blog - 19 May 2022

Alan Russell on the new key council appointments and policy board structure, the return of in-person events, International Day Against Homophobia 2022 and changes to staff news.


Health & Wellbeing

"Let's Talk" staff wellbeing blogs 

Brenda's story

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

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.


Inside Classrooms for Malawi - our stories

Malawi - Kimberley's story

Principal teacher of flexible learning, Kimberley Roan McVeigh, was excited to use her skills to help Classrooms for Malawi in 2019

Malawi - Gwenyth's story

Assistant infrastructure and assets manager, Gwenyth Heaney visited Malawi in 2019 and was amazed at the difference the project was making

Malawi - Margaret's story

Senior day service officer, Margaret Brennan learned more about herself and gained a new self-confidence during her trip to Malawi in 2015

Malawi - John's story

Supervisory engineer, John Everett marked turning 50 by packing his bags for the trip of a lifetime to Malawi

Malawi - Jenni's story

Recycling Officer, Jenni Nicolson tells us what she enjoyed most about her trip to Malawi in 2019

Malawi - Lynne's story

Depute Head Teacher, Lynne Docherty visited Malawi in 2015 & 2017. She shares her story of making friends and great memories

Malawi - Megan's story

Data quality & assurance officer, Megan Baird reveals what visiting Malawi in 2019 was like for her and why it was "life-changing"

Look out for more stories from Malawi coming soon...

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