Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 06/2021

Monday 29 March 2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest fortnightly update – as always, we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well. 

Another month has flown by as later this week we move in to April and a new financial year. Following the Budget setting in February for 2021/22, at its meeting earlier this month (Thursday 18 March), Council also agreed our Business Improvement Plans, which recognise the impact of Covid-19 on our ongoing operations and identify our priorities for the year ahead.

The Easter Holiday Weekend is fast approaching and we hope that you enjoy the time away from work – and special thanks to those of you who will be working over the holiday weekend, delivering our vital frontline services to our East Dunbartonshire communities.

Now on to our regular news updates:

News from the Council

Fortnightly Service Updates

The latest fortnightly Service Update was issued to Elected Members on Friday 26 March.  As always, it covers all services and teams across the Council and the HSCP to highlight to Elected Members all of the work that's ongoing. You can find this latest edition on the Employee Zone on the Council's website.

Covid-19 Latest Update

In its statement on Tuesday 16 March, the Scottish Government set out its timetable for easing the current coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks and months.  The timetable document is available to download from the Scottish Government website.

Now that schools have returned (primary schools full time and secondary schools in a blended approach with some attendance at school and ongoing home learning) the community testing centre for those without Covid-19 symptoms is being extended to include the wider Bishopbriggs area. Anyone who lives, works, visits or attends school can attend for testing and further details are available on our dedicated Community Asymptomatic Testing page on the Council website.

Vital support processed

More than £21 million has now been processed by the Council to help support businesses during the pandemic - 4,815 grants. That includes an additional 463 grants - worth £987,000 - in one week alone (to 19 March). For more information, visit our dedicated Covid-19 business support webpage.

Work to begin on amenity housing for older people in Lenzie

Work is set to begin on the development of new affordable homes on the site of former garage lock-ups in Lenzie. Planning permission for the six new homes on Blackthorn Grove was granted in October 2018 and work is due to start at the site in April. The housing includes a mixture of one and two-bedroomed bungalows and cottage flats - all will be amenity housing for older people.  You can find out more on the design and delivery in our news release.

Employee Wellbeing – Healthy Working Lives April News

The Healthy Working Lives focus for April has been published in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone. Highlights for the month ahead include:

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (1 – 30 April)

To find up-to-date, reliable information about bowel cancer and get involved with the  ‘Step up for 30’ challenge, information is available from the Bowel Cancer UK website

Stress Awareness Month (1 – 30 April)

April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month. According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. This year the theme is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’ with a 30 day challenge to pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day. It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits and create a positive behavioural change. As a first step, download the 30 Day Challenge calendar and make your commitments a reality or to find out what else you could do information is available from the Stress Management Society.

World Health Day (7 April)

Wednesday 7 April marks the celebration of World Health Day. Since its introduction in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of important health issues and is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself. It serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on important aspects of global health. The campaign this year is to build a fairer, healthier world. More information on World Health Day 2021 is available from the World Health Organization.

On Your Feet Britain (29 April)

Take part in ‘On Your Feet Britain’ Day – the national activity awareness day encouraging all desk-based workers across Britain to participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore. This year we are looking forward to seeing how every worker gets active for the #BigWiggle – wherever your desk may be. Registration details can be found on the On Your Feet Day website.

Further Wellbeing Support

Further information on Healthy Working Lives and wider wellbeing support information can be found in the Wellbeing section of the Employee Zone on the Council website. You can share this web address with any colleagues who may be looking for support:

Other News

Tuesday last week (23 March) was the anniversary of the first UK lockdown as a result of Covid-19 and was marked with a National Day of Reflection, led by Marie Curie UK. You’ll have seen in Employee News 21 that the Council recognised this event by inviting us all to join the national minute of silence at midday and the flags at the Marina HQ flew at half-mast on the day in recognition of those who have lost their lives as a result of Covid-19. On Tuesday evening three of our key buildings were lit up yellow in support of the National Day of Reflection and you can read our news release on this on the Council website and see William Patrick library in Kirkintilloch bathed in yellow light on our Facebook page.

Dates for your Diary

29 March – 4 April     World Autism Awareness Week
2 April                         Good Friday Public Holiday
5 April                         Easter Monday Public Holiday
7 April                         World Health Day 2021 (World Health Organisation recognised day)
29 April                       On Your Feet Britain see above in Healthy Working Lives update

And finally.....

As always, our continued thanks to all of you – and as we said at the start, particular thanks to those of you delivering our vital frontline services over the Easter Holiday period. Stay safe and keep well and we’ll be back in a fortnight (Monday 12 April) with the next DCE update.

Ann and Thomas