Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 16/2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest Depute Chief Executives’ Update – we hope that you and your families are safe and well. 

For those of you who have not yet heard, it will be all change in our Corporate Management Team later this year as Thomas has been appointed as Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross Council. The details are being finalised for his departure and we wish him every success in his exciting new role.

The Council summer recess is now over and our committee meetings have resumed, with a full programme scheduled from now through to June next year. Our meetings continue to be virtual and if you are interested in attending meetings, they are screened live via our YouTube channel. You can find the link in the Committee Diary entry on the Council website.

Our schools have also returned following the summer break – you can read about this year’s exam results in the updates below. We wish all our new and returning young people, and of course our teachers and school based staff, a great new school year.

Now on with our usual news updates from the past few weeks:

News from the Council

Bearsden Early Years Centre opens its doors
The third of our brand new Early Years centres, Bearsden EYC, opened its doors to children at the beginning of August, marking the completion of the Council’s ambitious Early Years Infrastructure programme. The programme saw the construction of three new builds and the enhancement of existing centres across East Dunbartonshire to increase capacity for the delivery of 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare for local families.  

To get a glimpse of the fantastic new centre in Bearsden, which is similar in design and layout to Lairdsland EYC in Kirkintilloch and Oakburn EYC in Milngavie, watch this short walkthrough video.

Mobile Testing Bus on the Road

A new mobile testing bus for those without Covid symptoms is touring East Dunbartonshire, taking testing facilities into the heart of local communities. This is part of the continuing drive to manage Covid-19 as restrictions continue to be lifted.

The community testing facility at the War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs is still open to anyone living, working or visiting East Dunbartonshire, who does not have symptoms. Find out more about the bus and get its latest timetable on our community testing webpage.

New era taking shape for the Allander
Excitement is building as construction forges ahead on the £42.5 million Allander Leisure and Day Care Centre. The foundations have been successfully laid and construction of the steel frame is almost complete - with the final bolts being put in. Visit the News section of our website for more information.

What a result!

Hats off to all the young people who received their SQA results last week, following continued disruption to learning and teaching in challenging circumstances. Congratulations to those who got the results they were hoping for. Anyone who is disappointed with their grades can find lots of support from their school on possible next steps. And the Skills Development Scotland My World of Work Helpline 0808 100 8000 is open until Wednesday for pupils who wish to speak to careers advisers.

Free School Meals Extended

A reminder that all P1-4 pupils can now receive free school meals. This will be extended to include all P5s from January 2022 and to P6 and P7 pupils from August 2022. Have a look at the new healthy and tasty menu options if you have children at Primary School.

Community Grants now available

The latest round of funding for local groups working in communities across East Dunbartonshire has been launched and applications can now be made to the £45k fund. The application process for the Community Grants Scheme is online, with a closing date of Friday 3 September 2021. Funding of up to £3,000 is available to eligible organisations. Find out more from the news release.

Mavis Valley booking system now live
A new online booking system has been launched to allow residents to plan a safe and speedy visit to Mavis Valley Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC), to bring us in line with the majority of councils in Scotland.

Residents can now book a 15-minute slot from up to two weeks in advance right up until 15 minutes before attending, by completing a quick, simple form on our website.

Following an introductory period, as of Monday 30 August, Mavis Valley will be an appointment-only facility and those without an appointment will not be permitted entry.

Bookings can be made at https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/residents/recycling-waste/household-waste-recycling-centres-tipsdumps or by calling 0300 1234510 during office hours.

Healthy fun on offer for all the family
A Healthy Habits event - in conjunction with Scotland Loves Local - has been organised by Milngavie BID. The event will take place on Saturday 11 September, noon-5pm, in Milngavie town centre. Free attractions will include a climbing wall, bungee run, rodeo bull, stalls, free fitness classes and live music. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/milngaviebid and https://twitter.com/milngavie

New support fund launched
A new £10m Scotland Loves Local Fund to support the transformation of towns and neighbourhoods was launched recently in Milngavie town centre. The aim is to support new, suitable, creative projects and activity – helping to build local wealth and to increase footfall and activity, while supporting local enterprise partnerships. Visit the News section of our website for full details.

Employee Wellbeing - Healthy Working Lives news for August

The August Healthy Working Lives update was issued through Employee News with links to the HWL section of the Employee Zone.

Remember there is a wealth of information and support in the Wellbeing section of the Employee Zone, including details of our Employee Assistance Programme.

Would you like to know more about the menopause? ***Update - this talk is now fully booked***
Dr Kay McAllister, Consultant Gynaecologist in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at the Sandyford, will be delivering a talk on the menopause to employees on Wednesday 1 September from 12 noon to 1pm.  The talk will be delivered via MS Teams and is an excellent opportunity to learn more about this important topic and ask any questions you may have. 

This is an open invite to all employees, but spaces are limited. To book a place please email the Health Improvement Team: mandy.ferncombe@ggc.scot.nhs.uk  If you have any questions in advance of the session you can send them in when you book and Dr McAllister will also take questions during the session.

Dates for your Diary

26 August                 Policy & Resources Committee
26 August                 Special Council
10 September          World Suicide Prevention Day
23 September          First scheduled Full Council meeting post-recess
24 – 27 September School September Weekend Holiday

And finally…….

As always, our continued thanks to you all – stay safe and keep well. We’ll be back again with our next update on Monday 6 September with the next fortnightly DCE update.

Ann and Thomas