Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 02/2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest DCE Update – we can’t quite believe its February already – January has flown by.  As always, we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well as the current lockdown continues.

Our two mass vaccination centres in East Dunbartonshire – at Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden and Kirkintilloch Leisure Centres - open today, with attendance strictly by appointment only.  Huge thanks go out to all of you that have been involved in getting these centres established and operational in a challenging timescale.  Information to support those attending the vaccination clinics has been published on a new Vaccination Centre page on the Council website.

News from the Council…

Fortnightly Service Updates

Our fortnightly Service Updates cover all services and teams across the Council and the HSCP to highlight to Elected Members all of the work that's ongoing.

The latest Service Update was issued to Elected Members on Friday 29 January and you can find it on the Employee Zone on the Council's website:


Covid-19 Latest Update

In Employee News 03/2021 last week we reminded you of the extended lockdown period and this is due to be reviewed tomorrow (Tuesday 2 February).  We will keep you advised of any further updates and key messages following this latest review, and in the meantime, all those able to work from home must continue to do so, and frontline services must continue to observe all measures in place to manage Covid-19. As the roll out of the vaccine progresses, a key Scottish Government and NHS roll up your sleeve campaign is underway, encouraging us all to get the vaccine when invited as the best way to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19.  

Council channels funding to canal-side project

Funding of £1.1 million has been secured by the Council to create an innovative community-run facility - Twechar Outdoor Pursuits Training and Education Centre. The canal-side resource will offer a range of activities - such as canoeing, kayaking, cycling, climbing and walking - as well as being a base for new educational, training and voluntary opportunities. Funding has been awarded from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. Visit our news release on the website for info and images.

Business support and funding

Applications are being invited for the Scottish Government Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund. A one-off grant payment of £1,500 is being made available to eligible licensed taxi or private hire car drivers (conditions and criteria apply). If you know anyone who might benefit, they can visit the Covid-19 business support page on the website for info and to apply. In other business support news, any firms applying to the Strategic Framework Business Fund must do so before 5 February 2021 to - potentially - be eligible for Top-Up Funding. Visit the webpage for information. We're currently awaiting details from the Scottish Government on future business support schemes.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Pupils from the Music School of Douglas Academy, alongside students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, took part in Scotland’s Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony 2021 last week (Tuesday 27 January).  The ceremony also featured testimonies from Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich, as well as the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of survivors from subsequent genocides in Darfur, Rwanda, Bosnia and Cambodia.  The moving ceremony was a virtual event this year and is still available to view on YouTube.

Become a volunteer Children’s Panel Member

The qualities you use every day are exactly what Scotland’s infants, children and young people look for in a Panel Member. Children’s Hearings Scotland is looking for people who care about making a difference in the lives of children attending hearings in Scotland. A Panel Member’s role is to listen and make legal decisions with and for infants, children and young people, and to ensure that the young person is at the heart of every decision taken. There’s no one type of person or background that makes the ideal Children’s Panel Member. What you do need are certain qualities, such as being a good listener, caring, compassionate, and reliable. You will receive extensive training so that you are fully capable, and comfortable, making decisions at a hearing in the best interest of a child or young person. Children’s Hearings Scotland is dedicated to recruiting a Children’s Panel that represents Scotland’s communities, and so to ensure a balanced panel they are looking for more applicants 18 – 30 years old, as well as more male Panel Members. If you are passionate about driving positive change in your local community, then this is a volunteering role for you!

Applications are open from 14 January 2021 to midnight 15 February 2021. Before you apply, we suggest having a look at the application guidance below:

Click here to apply:

Employee Wellbeing – Healthy Working Lives News…..

Time to Talk Day (Thursday 4 February)

Has there been a more important time to talk about mental health?

Conversations have the power to make a big difference, however small those conversations are – even in circumstances where we have to be socially distanced. Time to Talk Day is going to be a bit different this time around. Many of us won’t be able to get together like we normally would. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help create millions of conversations and show that talking about mental health is even more vital than it ever has been.

Small things can make a big difference – for more information or resources visit the time to talk pages of the see me website.

World Cancer Day (Thursday 4 February)

World Cancer Day unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action.

You can show your support for life-saving research by wearing your Unity Band, available on the Cancer Research website or making a donation on the fundraising page

Financial Wellbeing - Why talk money?

Talking openly about money is vitally important for our health, wealth and relationships.  The effect of Covid-19 has made it more important than ever to start conversations about money to help with your financial wellness Scotwest Credit Union have some useful online engagement sessions YouTube along with helpful updates in their monthly newsletter.

Healthy Eating - Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. 

This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  For more information visit the NHS eat well webpage.

Physical Activity - Regular physical activity is a good way to manage and lower stress levels and boost mood

Keeping up with a workout routine might be even more important now. To kick start your health why not sign up to the NHS Better Health Campaign - further information can be found on the NHS Better Health webpage  or try some of the free live facebook classes provided by EDLC Leisure.

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the website Employee Zone:

Other News…….

Still time for groups to apply

There's still time for groups carrying out great work at the heart of local communities to apply for a fresh funding boost. Applications are invited - online - for the latest round of the East Dunbartonshire Community Grants Scheme. If you know any local organisations who might fit the bill, they can apply for funding up to a maximum of £3,000 - by the deadline of Friday 5 February 2021 (terms & conditions apply). Visit our Community Grants Scheme page on the website for details.

Can you help to power COP26?

Volunteers are being recruited to help power an eco-friendly event with global significance. The UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will take place in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021 and volunteers are needed. Applications for this unique opportunity are open until 31 March. Visit the UKCOP volunteer web page for details.

Dates for your Diary……

4 February     Time to Talk Day – about mental health awareness
4 February     World Cancer Day
5 February     Closing date for next round of Community Grants
26 February   Closing date for Historic Environment Designation consultation
28 February   Closing date for registering for early years places for August 2021

And finally….

Our continued thanks to all of you - stay safe and keep well, and we’ll be back in a fortnight with the next update.


Ann and Thomas

1 February 2021