Welcome to our latest Depute Chief Executives’ Update – Autumn is definitely in the air this week although the forecast is set to improve! As always, we hope that you and your families are safe and well.
With Covid rates across Scotland still high, it is as important as ever that we follow the mitigations in place in our workplaces. More widely, we are all being encouraged to continue to act carefully and remain cautious in relation to Covid-19. Full details, including support still available, are on the Scottish Government website, and in summary, in order to stay safe we are all advised to:
- get the vaccine when we are offered it
- wear a face covering, clean hands and surfaces regularly
- self-isolate and take a PCR test if we have symptoms
- take regular tests if we don't have symptoms to reduce the risk of spreading the virus
- meet outside if we can, and open windows when indoors
- keep our distance from people not in our group
- work from home, or do a mixture of home and office working if possible
- use the Protect Scotland and Check-in Scotland apps
Now on with our usual news updates from the past few weeks:
News from the Council
Over 140 local residents have hopped on the Mobile Community Testing Bus since it hit the road last month. It is taking asymptomatic testing to the heart of communities and giving out test kits for use at home. This week (6-9 September) it will be in Milngavie Precinct. Check the community testing webpage for times and timetable updates. The community testing facility at the War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs is also available for anyone living, working or visiting East Dunbartonshire to get tested if they do not have symptoms. Please remember that if you have symptoms you should self-isolate and book a PCR test through NHS inform.
Shaping Social Support for Older People
Social support to older people in East Dunbartonshire is changing. Would you or someone you know like to help shape its future? Please get in touch with the East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership - what's important to older people, what should continue and what else can be done? Have your say by completing the online survey by 31 October or watch this short video to see how else you can play your part. For more info, contact Kelly Gainty on 0141 777 3300 or email her at email@example.com
Preparation works begin on site of new ASN School.
Preparation works have begun on the site of the Council's brand new Additional Support Needs (ASN) School in Waterside, Kirkintilloch, which is scheduled to open in 2023. Plans for the state-of-the art building, which will replace Campsie View and Merkland School, were approved by Scottish Government Ministers last month after a Pre-Determination Planning Hearing in March. Contractors McLaughlin & Harvey will be on site this month to erect fencing, set up Portakabins and create an access road in preparation for construction work starting in the coming weeks. As the area will be a construction site, there will be no access to the pitch or surrounding land and warning notices will be erected to ensure the safety of local people.
999 Emergency Services Day
It is 999 Emergency Services Day on Thursday 9 September - a national day of tribute to celebrate emergency service personnel and remember those killed in the line of duty.
The Emergency Services Day flag will be raised at Council HQ in recognition of the vital contribution the Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance services make to our daily lives.
Employees are being asked to observe the nationwide two minutes’ silence which will be held at 9am on Thursday 9 September to represent the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month.
Consultation underway to help shape 2022/23 budget
Your Voice Matters - the Council's budget and priorities consultation is now underway to inform the 2022/23 budget process, which will take place against the backdrop of ongoing challenges and a commitment to providing first-class services and facilities for the people of East Dunbartonshire. Watch this space for an Employee News later this week with full details on how you can participate.
Adventure is out there...
Take a virtual stroll/cycle/paddle along some of East Dunbartonshire's most scenic routes by visiting our YouTube Channel, where you can enjoy a series of films - 'Explore, Enjoy East Dunbartonshire' - including:
- Craigdhu Way
- Forth & Clyde Canal
- Bar Hill
- Mugdock Explorer
- Strathkelvin Railway Path
The final video - on the Thomas Muir Heritage Trail - will premiere later this week.
The films promote the area as a tourist destination and also tie in with the ongoing Active Travel Discussion.
We're looking for feedback on the local network and potential improvements. Have your say before 28 September by using the interactive Ideas Map on our website.
World Suicide Prevention Day
East Dunbartonshire residents are being encouraged to support World Suicide Prevention Day by lighting a candle near a window at 8pm on 10 September. This year’s theme is Creating Hope Through Action.
In 2020, 15 lives were lost to suicide in East Dunbartonshire. The emotional impact on families, friends and communities can be devastating and long-lasting. East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and East Dunbartonshire Council will join together to mark the day by 'lighting' a candle on social media that can be shared to raise awareness.
For advice about suicidal feelings, contact:
Further information on accessing local mental health services can be found on https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/services-adults-and-older-people/mental-health
Employee Wellbeing - Healthy Working Lives news for September
The September Healthy Working Lives update will shortly be published to the Employee Zone of the website (in the Wellbeing section) and we will issue an Employee News to confirm when this is available.
Dates for your Diary
9 September 999 Emergency Services Day
10 September World Suicide Prevention Day
23 September First scheduled Full Council meeting post-recess
24 – 27 September School September Weekend Holiday
As always, our continued thanks to you all – stay safe and keep well. We’ll be back again with the latest news and developments in our next DCE Update on Monday 20 September.
Ann and Thomas