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Overview

Welcome to Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability Staff Updates Area where you will find the latest staff news and key information and advice to support you.

This dedicated service area provides important localised information and also provides health and wellbeing resources offering lots of top tips and advice to help your mental wellbeing. 

April 2024

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Staff health, wellbeing, equality and diversity training and events

You can view the full calendar of staff training and events on offer each month on our website. The page is regularly updated with new content so please check back often.

 

March 2024

Latest News and Service Updates for the month of March:

Friday 15 March 2024

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Scottish Action for Mental Health (SAMH) Virtual Workshop, Tuesday 2 April 2024 from 10am until 12 noon, MS Teams: Register Here

This workshop will provide participants with a brief introduction to suicide prevention while exploring the latest statistics in relation to suicide in Scotland and the stigma that exists around this topic. Participants will also explore how to contribute to breaking down this stigma and develop the confidence to support someone who is having thoughts of suicide to seek the appropriate support.

This course will cover:

  • Prevalence and the impact of suicide in Scotland
  • Signs that someone may be having thoughts of suicide and helpful ways to ask the question should you spot these signs
  • Boundaries within the remit of your role when providing support to someone having thoughts of suicide
  • The importance of keeping yourself safe
  • Appropriate signposting to organisations that can offer support, both for the individual having thoughts of suicide and for yourself

Please note, this course is not designed for crisis support and we cannot guarantee a confidential, safe space due to the nature of group video conferences.

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone visit- If you need help right now.

For wellbeing resources and support visit: www.glasgow.gov.uk/workforcewellbeing

If you have any issues in signing up please contact NRSAnnouncements@glasgow.gov.uk or william.holms@glasgow.gov.uk

 

February 2024

Latest News and Service Updates for the month of February:

Monday 26 February 2024

Real Living Wage Increase

The Real Living Wage (formerly known as the Glasgow Living Wage) increases to £12.00 per hour from 1 April 2024. 

We will apply this new hourly rate to the salaries of all Grade 1 employees from 1 April 2024 with the first payment received in 2 April 2024 pay.   

This increase is in advance of the 2024 to 2025 pay settlement. When that is reached we will update all staff as soon as possible with the changes and any back dated pay at Grade 1 will be for any increase above the £12.00 per hour rate.

Thursday 1 February 2024

CHIEF EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Annemarie O'Donnell will leave the City Council later this year.

Annemarie has told Council Leader Susan Aitken that she will step down in May, after almost a decade in post and more than 30 years in local government in Glasgow.

Recruitment for a new Chief Executive will begin immediately, with Annemarie's successor appointed before she leaves the City Chambers.

Annemarie said: "I've been privileged to have had the opportunity to serve our city for longer than I could ever have imagined when I joined the District Council more than 30 years ago - and fortunate to share nearly my whole my working life with people that have been so dedicated to Glasgow and its people.

"But, I was still in my forties when I was appointed Chief Executive and, since then, nearly a decade has passed in the blink of an eye.

"It's not a job that really allows you time or capacity to do or even think about much else and, when I look forward to the next ten years, I want to be able to start making room in my life for other things.

"Everybody knows that local government has faced extraordinary challenges in recent years and I think it would be a mistake for any of us to imagine that isn't going to continue.

"However, every day, I work with colleagues who are innovative and resilient; totally committed to this city, and formidable leaders in their own right.

"Whoever follows me will be ready to meet those challenges, with a great team alongside them."

Council leader Susan Aitken said: "It's difficult to overstate Annemarie's contribution to Glasgow during her long career at the council, and particularly as Chief Executive.

"Her calm demeanour belies a real passion for the city and determination to make things better, especially for our residents and communities who face the biggest challenges.

"In a big city, there's not a day goes by without some new issue being thrown up, often very daunting ones.

"Annemarie's professionalism, her focus on problem-solving and partnership-building, her trust in her team to deliver, her willingness to face tough decisions head on, and her compassion for those who'll be affected by those decisions, have helped to see Glasgow through everything from major fires to a global pandemic.

"On a personal level, I've really enjoyed my close working relationship with Annemarie these past six-and-a-half years. I've learned a lot from her and I'll miss her very much. But I'm also looking forward to working with the next generation of professional leadership in what is the most challenging and exciting non-elected job in Scottish local government

Annemarie began her local government career with Glasgow District Council some 33 years ago, working as a solicitor and then senior solicitor in a team focusing on construction, housing and planning.

Following local government reorganisation in 1996, she was promoted to Chief Solicitor at the newly-established Glasgow City Council.

In 2003, Annemarie was appointed Assistant Head of Legal and Administrative Services and later spent two years on secondment as Depute Director of Social Work Services.

She returned to Corporate Services in 2007, serving as Assistant Director and later Director, before succeeding George Black as Chief Executive at the end of 2014. She was awarded an OBE for services to local government in 2022.

 

January 2024

Latest News and Service Updates for the month of January:

Tuesday 16 January 2024

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It's more than just one day - let's get talking!

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Being able to normalise conversations about how we are feeling and chat openly about it, can empower others to start talking and seek the support they need.

Around one in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Often, we will automatically say 'Not too bad' when people ask how we are, without even thinking.

Thursday 1 February 2024 - 'Time to Talk' Day - is the perfect opportunity to start a conversation and chat openly and informally in the workplace about our mental health. It can help to break down stereotypes and improve relationships.

Our approach

As an official workplace partner of See Me, we're supporting this years' Time to Talk by encouraging all staff to spark a conversation with a colleague across the whole week. Having a mental health problem is nothing to be ashamed of, and neither is talking about it. One of the best ways to start the healing process is to share how you are feeling and seek support from someone. It really does help and can have a positive impact on your work and home life.

So, from Monday 29 January to Friday 2 February 2024 we encourage all staff to take time out to chat about mental health with a colleague - perhaps over a cuppa. This can make a real difference and show someone you care simply by listening. Making your catch up a regular occurrence too can have a positive lasting effect.  Managers are asked to support staff to allow time for these conversations to take place.

Need top tips to start your chat?

Join us online on 24 January at 11.30am - 12 noon for our 'how to have a conversation about mental health' webinar, delivered in partnership with SAMH, to learn top tips on how to start a supportive and compassionate mental health conversation. Sign up here 

Want to share your stories about how it made you feel to connect and chat with a colleague? Email YourHealthandWellbeing@glasgow.gov.uk

More information at See Me | Time to Talk. View our  Mental Health Support Routes Poster (PDF) [304KB] (opens new window)  which includes quick links and QR codes to all the support available to you at Workforce wellbeing support - Glasgow City Council.

 

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