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29 June - City Building is buzzing: three schools to benefit!

Sunnyside Primary School

City Building is buzzing after sales of its honey helped to fund the installation of defibrillators at three Glasgow schools.

In partnership with Unite Staff union to acquire the lifesaving equipment for three Glasgow primary schools: Sunnyside Primary, in the Craigend area of the city; Hazelwood School, in Bellahouston, which caters for pupils with sensory impairment and complex needs; and St Bernard's Primary, located in Nitshill.

City Building adopted three beehives in 2017 as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting the environment. The hives are located in the grounds of RSBi and its new apprentice college, where the bees have ample trees and flowers to forage to produce honey.

After sales of the honey from amongst its workforce raised £225, the Glasgow construction firm partnered with Unite Staff to buy defibrillators for local schools.

There have been increasing calls for defibrillators to be located in all schools. Across the UK Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills more than 60,000 people annually including 270 children in schools.

Local teacher, Ms Katie Ewen from Sunnyside Primary School said: "I would like to thank City Building for their generous donation to our defibrillator fund. This has been a tremendous group effort between local businesses, school pupils and their families, and our local community and we are all thankful to have now secured a defibrillator. This life-saving piece of equipment is vital to community safety, greatly increasing the chance of survival from a cardiac arrest. Thank you to everyone involved."

City Building and Unite each paid half of the costs of the defibrillators.

Photograph is Thomas Glavin, City Building's JTUC Convenor and Staff Unite Convenor and Olivia Hazelton, Events and Marketing Support Assistant.

29 June - Become part of the solution - top tips!

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There are lots of ways in which we can make small behavioural changes to make our homes and our lives more sustainable.

Every action we take can help make a real difference - we are all part of the solution. Not sure where to start? 

Check out our top tips on how to save energy and become energy efficient both at home and at work on our staff sustainable news pages.  

29 June - Introducing the National Care Service Scotland (Bill)

In 2020 the Scottish Government commissioned the Independent Review of Adult Social Care (IRASC), and a report with recommendations was published in February 2021 - also referred to as 'The Feeley Review'.

The Scottish Government subsequently commenced a national consultation on proposals arising from the initial IRASC in August 2021, which included the development of a National Care Service (NCS) for Scotland.

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care formally introduced the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament on 20 June 2022.

Contents of the Bill along with related information is available on the Scottish Parliament website.

The Bill sets out the principles of and establishes the new National Care Service (NCS) for Scotland, and it will allow Scottish Ministers to transfer a range of services including adult social care and social work services from local authorities to the NCS subject to Parliamentary approval.

With regard to any potential transfer of children's services and justice social work services, the Bill requires a further public consultation to be held and the results to be laid before Parliament alongside any regulations. Ministers will also be able to transfer healthcare functions from the NHS to the NCS.

Our Health and Social Care Partnership's Executive Management Team are currently looking at the Bill to understand what it is proposing and what implications it may have for us.

Staff will be kept updated on developments and progress.

29 June - Council team process pandemic payments : staggering amount!

Scottish Welfare Team Fund

Over the last two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, our Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) team in Customer and Business Services (CBS), have worked tirelessly behind the scenes making essential Crisis Grants, Community Care Grants and Self Isolation Support Grant payments to Glasgow citizens.

The SWF provides financial support to people on low incomes or benefits who are facing a crisis or need help to live in the community - it is normally a one-off payment for living expenses or household goods.

In addition, and in October 2020, the Self Isolation Support Grant of £500 was introduced by the Scottish Government for people who would experience reduced earnings because they had to self-isolate. 

The team worked from various locations and right through the Christmas break to ensure that all grant applications were processed and payments made to our vulnerable citizens as quickly as possible.

Sharon Gillespie, Customer Operations Manager said: "During the initial stages of the pandemic restrictions the number of Crisis Grant applications to the SWF fund more than doubled.

"Then with the onset of the Omicron variant the team also had to deal with the high volumes of applications for the Self Isolation Support Grant.

"Although it was extremely challenging at times, the team worked tirelessly to process applications - and did a fantastic job.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the team and our colleagues across CBS who helped us cope with the unprecedented demand in applications for all their hard work, dedication and commitment in processing these critical payments. It's been awe inspiring and a real cross-service effort. Everyone showed a real sense of determination and compassion to support our citizens, processing nearly 100k grant applications during this time."

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Photo from left to right: Chris McDonough SWF Service Delivery Manager, Donna Fenn Team Supervisor, Graham Wilson SWF Decision Maker and Gary MacGregor Team Supervisor.

22 June - Important staff update - 1 July changes due to Covid Absence Management and Certifying of Fit Notes 

Covid Absence Management

As outlined in our previous Managers' Briefing, the national agreement for a 10 day period of Special Leave to be given to staff suffering from COVID-19 will come to an end on 1 July 2022.

In agreement with COSLA and the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) from this date, if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, it will be recorded and managed in line with our existing Maximising Attendance Policy and sickness pay arrangements. It will be recorded as COVID19 in SAP or through your normal absence reporting returns.

Certifying of Fit Notes

In addition to this, new UK Government legislation comes into force on the same day - 1 July 2022.

This will change who is able to certify a fit note to allow wider Healthcare professionals to ease the growing pressures on GPs and Doctors.

From the 1 July the following health care professionals can certify a digital fit note for you:

  • Doctors and GPs
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists

This change does not affect our current requirement for the submission of concurrent fit notes for any periods of absence over 7 days - as outlined in our Conditions of Service - Sickness Absence: Leave and Pay

and Maximising Attendance Policy.

More Information on these Fit notes and these changes can be found here:

22 June - New River Clyde Boom to Net Marine Litter

Clyde side at the Hydro

A boom is set to be built on the River Clyde to net plastic and litter pollution before it heads downstream.

A new environmental scheme will see a steel boom suspended across part of the Clyde to catch debris as it flows towards the sea.

We have teamed up with Marine Scotland, SEPA and Peel Ports to deliver a one year pilot project tackling marine pollution and will remove, weigh and analyse litter caught in the device in a bid to identify the most common types of litter in the river.

The boom will be made of steel mesh panels suspended on floats. It will not impede the passage of fish or other wildlife which will be able to swim under and around it. The removal of debris from the water will also improve the wildlife habitat. Rubbish in rivers can release toxic chemicals which can harm fish and other wildlife which can also ingest or get tangled in litter.

The best location for the boom is currently being decided, but it will be below the weir and will not cross the deepest part of the river channel which is used by boats.

The project aims to reduce litter in the river and also stop it being swept downstream to places like the Arrochar Litter Sink - a spot where winds and tides deliver large amounts of rubbish - including litter from the Clyde. The foreshore at Arrochar lies at the head of Loch Long, a sea loch off the Firth of Clyde.

The boom project support Glasgow's Plastics Reduction Strategy, released in 2019, to tackle waste in the River Clyde and its tributaries as a preventative approach to marine pollution.

Read the full story here.

22 June - Staff urged to start the conversation about Power of Attorney

POA - Get it sorted

Look out for the new campaign which aims to make it easier for you to have the confidence to talk about Powers of Attorney (PoA) with the people you support.

You might think it's something you don't need to trouble yourself with because you have a partner, parent, brother, sister or child who'll be there to do that for you, but that's not how it works by law. If you're incapacitated and don't have a PoA, you're in the hands of people who, while doing their best, can't possibly know what matters most to you.

So why not start a conversation on the key question of who you would trust to make the important decisions about your future if ill health meant you couldn't do it for yourself. 

Get involved and find out more

To help you start the conversation a range of online materials and information sessions have been produced by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They raise awareness of the benefits of having a PoA in place - as well as the risks associated with not having one. 

The series of videos are based on research amongst HSCP staff from across the community and shows them having conversations about PoAs - such as who can get a PoA, how to arrange it and how to start a conversation about PoA with your family and friends.

Come along to an information session

22 June - Council's first climate and sustainability board held

The council's inaugural Climate and Sustainability Board was held at the beginning of May. The board, chaired by George Gillespie, Executive Director Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability (NRS) and made up of representatives from across the council including other NRS senior managers, finance, legal, corporate estates, economic development and procurement, have come together to make sure that as an organisation we focus our efforts and work together effectively to reach our 2030 net zero carbon target for the city.

The Board's focus will be in making sure we move towards this target at the required pace, primarily through climate mitigation action to cut, avoid or offset environmental consequences like reducing carbon emissions and single use plastic. And, embedding climate adaptation action, to manage the city's response to the effects of climate change that are already having an impact, including flooding through extreme weather occurrences and temperatures.

It will look at a broad range of climate change interests, such as carbon reduction, sustainable development, air quality, sustainable transport, development of a green and circular economy, and adaptation as part of NRS's Climate and Sustainability Programme.

Action in these areas all contribute to the overall aim of making Glasgow one of the most sustainable cities in Europe. One where we can create the conditions for everyone to have access to all that they need for their own wellbeing (the social foundation), without consuming an unsustainable amount of the earth's resources (the ecological ceiling) causing irreparable harm.

The council's main climate change polices, and plans are contained within The Glasgow Climate Plan. In 2019, the council formed a cross party working group to look and the climate emergency, conceiving 61 recommendations to deal with it. Among those proposals was for the council to declare a state of climate and ecological emergency, which it did. Following this, the Council then began translating the recommendations into policy, producing the Glasgow Climate Plan in 2021.

George Gillespie, said:" The Climate and Sustainability Board will provide the oversight and leadership required to ensure that The Glasgow Climate Plan and therefore sustainability is central to the council's every action.

"Becoming a sustainable, carbon neutral city, requires a stream of innovative and sometimes radical projects to transform our city and we will also be assessing partnerships and emerging projects, supporting the ones which will help Glasgow meets its ambitions and targets."

The first meeting agreed the board's role and responsibilities. It also reviewed funding applications to support a range of projects including carrying out a feasibility study to create a pipeline of projects to net zero carbon, discussed unlocking private sector funding as well as receiving a Green Deal update. They also agreed to partner with award winning environmental charity Hubbub to inspire Glaswegians into desirable ways of living that are good for the environment. Hubbub hope to replicate the successful work with Manchester City Council.

It also agreed to join the prestigious Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help us achieve our ambition to be Scotland's first circular city by 2045.

22 June - Don't Miss out - The Dance School of Scotland Presents The World Goes Round: starting tomorrow

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This award-winning revue by the great Broadway song-writing duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb, is an eclectic mixture of showstopping hit songs from some of their great musicals and film scores including Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and New York, New York.

The original production opened off Broadway in 1991 and ran for just over a year. Conceived by the artistic team of Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thomson, it won numerous accolades including Outstanding Revue from The Drama Desk Awards and The Critics Award.

In this exciting re-imagining of The World Goes Round, the Musical Theatre Students from The Dance School of Scotland pay tribute to the citizens who are the true "Spirit of New York" and who live and work in Americas "City that never sleeps".

This production is made possible in partnership with the technical staff of The Citizens Theatre.

Buy tickets at https://tickets.glasgowconcerthalls.com/27753/27754

Evenings at £18/£15 and Matinee at £15/£12 Concessions
 

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