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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.  

June 2022

Friday 24 June 2022

Welcome to the 24 June 2022 edition of the Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability E-News.

This fortnightly e-mail will provide you with a range of updates all in one place! With a range of actions, responses required as well as workplace, service and corporate updates.

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Covid Absence Management

As outlined in our previous pdf icon Managers' Briefing [124kb], 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 pdf icon Maximising Attendance Policy [291kb] 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 pdf icon Conditions of Service - Sickness Absence: Leave and Pay [199kb]

and pdf icon Maximising Attendance Policy [291kb].

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

Thursday 16 June 2022

Planning to use the train next week?  Impact of strike action by RMT members of Network Rail 

Important message from David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director

As you may be aware, the RMT union recently announced three days of strike action on 21 (Tuesday), 23 (Thursday), and 25 (Saturday) June across the Great Britain railway network resulting from a pay dispute with Network Rail and some Department for Transport train operating companies.

While this dispute does not involve ScotRail staff it will, unfortunately, have a major knock-on effect on our ability to provide services as the planned RMT action will involve Network Rail staff in Scotland.

Many of the Network Rail staff that are due to take part in the planned industrial action occupy safety-critical roles and, as such, it will not be possible for us to run the vast majority of our services.

For more information on this, please visit the National Rail website at National Rail Enquiries - Industrial Action.

The important messages for customers are:

  1. Services will only operate on five routes.
  2. For the routes on which we will operate a service, customers should only travel if they really need to and should consider alternative options where possible.

The railway will only be operational between 07.30 and 18.30 on 21, 23, and 25 June.

The below services will run on these days:

  • Edinburgh - Glasgow via Falkirk High: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh - Bathgate: two trains per hour
  • Glasgow - Hamilton/Larkhall: two trains per hour
  • Glasgow - Lanark: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh - Glasgow via Shotts: one train per hour

Final services will depart well before 18.30, so customers should plan ahead to ensure they know when their last train will run.

Unfortunately, Network Rail will be unable to open any other signal boxes to operate passenger services on any other routes on the strike days.

Customer retail systems will be updated to reflect this over the coming days, in the meantime customers are advised to check the following page for information: Network Rail Industrial Action | ScotRail

Disruption to our services will not be confined to the days of strike action and will also impact the day following each day of action, albeit to a lesser degree.

On the days following strike action, there will be disruption caused by the reopening of signal boxes at different times across the country. Signal boxes are key pieces of infrastructure located across the rail network that control train movements, their use is critical to ensure that the railway can operate safely.

While large signalling centres at Yoker, West of Scotland and Edinburgh will be able to operate from 07.15, this will not be the case at signal boxes elsewhere and it may well be later in the day before many routes are able to operate as normal. This is particularly the case for routes beyond the Central Belt.

It is very unfortunate to see such widespread disruption across the whole of the Great Britain rail network and we know this will be frustrating for ScotRail customers.

We understand that this will cause great disruption to our customers and so should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with our External Relations Manager at iain.hall@scotrail.co.uk

This message was approved for council distribution by Colin Edgar, Head of Communication and Strategic Partnerships

Friday 10 June 2022

Equal Pay - Update

Some time has now passed since we last communicated with staff about equal pay matters and we felt it was important to provide an update on the current position.

Unfortunately, due to an issue affecting those representing some claimants and over which the council had no control; negotiations were unable to take place for a number of weeks.

This, inevitably, has posed a challenge for all parties - particularly in terms of meeting the proposed timeline for offers, which was already tight.

Negotiations have now resumed.  We don't yet know for sure what impact the recent pause will have on our ability to conclude negotiations within the planned timescale, but all parties are committed to making progress on outstanding issues.

We appreciate that these matters directly affect many of our staff. The council is committed to resolving equal pay issues and we will continue to keep you updated.

This message has been authorised for distribution by Colin Edgar, Head of Communication and Strategic Partnerships.

Friday 10 June 2022

Welcome to the 10 June 2022 edition of the Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability E-News.

This fortnightly e-mail will provide you with a range of updates all in one place! With a range of actions, responses required as well as workplace, service and corporate updates.

May 2022

Thursday 26 May 2022

Welcome to the 26 May 2022 edition of the Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability E-News.

This fortnightly e-mail will provide you with a range of updates all in one place! With a range of actions, responses required as well as workplace, service and corporate updates.

Tuesday 17 May 2022

Staff Support Factsheet : Concerned About Money? 

We have created an information factsheet to help staff who may be concerned about money just now.

It includes a comprehensive list of some recommended Government approved pathways that are available for free, impartial, and confidential money advice and support.

The information is accessible to all staff - either on our Workforce Wellbeing Support Staff page or by sharing the pdf icon attached PDF [87kb] with them which can be printed out.

Friday 13 May 2022

Welcome to the 13 May 2022 edition of the Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability E-News.

This fortnightly e-mail will provide you with a range of updates all in one place! With a range of actions, responses required as well as workplace, service and corporate updates.

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Public Holidays 2022

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government announced an additional public holiday in 2022 to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

It has been agreed that the Council will change the public holidays schedule for 2022 to match those announced by the Scottish Government.

For those working a standard five-day working pattern, we have moved the late May Monday holiday originally scheduled for Monday 30th May to Thursday 2nd June and declared Friday 3rd June 2022, as an additional public holiday to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and allow an extended break.

For those who work either a non-standard work pattern or on a part-time basis, they will be entitled to observe the additional public holiday on Friday 3 June 2022, should it be a scheduled working day. If Friday 3 June 2022 is not a scheduled working day, then the additional public holiday can be observed as a day in lieu of this, at a later point.

A full list of the public holidays for 2022 is available on Connect.

April 2022

Friday 29 April 2022

Welcome to the 29 April 2022 edition of the Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability E-News.

This fortnightly e-mail will provide you with a range of updates all in one place! With a range of actions, responses required as well as workplace, service and corporate updates.

Thursday 21 April 2022

Please find pdf icon link to a managers' briefing [119kb] which explains the new Highway Code rule which came into force on 25 March 2022 - in which it is now illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving, except in limited circumstances.

Please ask your managers to share the key messages in this briefing with their teams as soon as possible.

It is of particular importance for any members of staff who drive a council vehicle - this includes the loan of a council electric pool car.

Thursday 14 April 2022

Welcome to the 4 April 2022 edition of the Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability E-News.

This fortnightly e-mail will provide you with a range of updates all in one place! With a range of actions, responses required as well as workplace, service and corporate updates.

Monday 11 April 2022

Colleagues

Information Security

Fraudsters use sophisticated cybercrime tactics to scam businesses and residents - by exploiting their vulnerabilities. It has never been more important to be extra vigilant about the information we are using and sharing every day - and know how to protect it and report issues.

All NRS staff should have now completed the Information Security Essentials course, either via GOLD or via receiving a paper copy in the post.

Staff are reminded of the following key actions/points:   

  • Check- Always check your email is being delivered to the correct person, that it has the right level of security and that you use BCC when sending a message to multiple recipients.
  • Secure- If you have a business need to share sensitive information - always use a secure process such Objective Connect or Secure Email (encryption).
  • Report- If you lose or accidentally disclose sensitive information (in any format) you must report it immediately. The Data Security and Breach Management Procedure includes the form which must be completed and returned to databreach@glasgow.gov.uk. You should also advise your manager immediately of any breach as per the procedure.
  • At Home- If you are working from home please read our Security Guidelines on how to work from home safely and securely. This will help keep our information safe and managed safely, thus ensuring the Council's Code of Practices for IT use and security is adhered to.
  • Devices- Only use council encrypted devices unless you have special permission to use other types of devices.
  • Notes- You should use your council mobile device to take notes externally where possible and if you need to use paper use codes/references to keep information safe.
  • Protect -Do not read sensitive notes in a public place where they can be viewed.
  • Mobiles- Make sure no-one can over hear your work conversations.
  • Secret- Always use a strong password and never share your login or PIN for any council device or system.
  • In the office- Familiarise yourself with our Information Security Staff Guidelines to protect the information you use and share safe - Keeping Our Information Safe
  • Lock- Lock away valuables and sensitive information when they are left unattended and remember to lock your screen when away from your desk - both at home and in the office.
  • Outside- You should only take the necessary information you need away from the office or home and carry it securely.
  • Internet Usage -  is  subject to scrutiny/monitoring and blocking at the Council's discretion.

For the most up to date guidance on how to protect departmental information assets - both electronic and paper - please visit the Keeping Our Information Safe page on Connect.

Phishing Resilience

Phishing attempts can take many forms but often involve sending emails designed to convince the recipient that they need to open an attachment or click on a link. These attachments and links are then used to install malicious software (malware) or to trick the user into entering sensitive or confidential information. Phishing attempts are not limited to email and can also be completed via phone calls (vishing) or messaging apps (smishing).

 CHECK

  • Always be vigilant for suspicious and unusual emails.
  • Be aware of the titles of email attachments which are incentives to get you to open them, such as 'you will never guess who I met on holiday!'
  • Check who the email was really sent from - you can hover your mouse over the sender's contact name to see what email address pops up to verify if legitimate. It's very common for an attacker to spoof a display name to look like it is coming from someone legitimate, but when you hover over the display name you'll often find that message is actually coming from someone else.
  • Make sure your email signature is on every new email that you send - so colleagues can feel more confident that the email came from you, and if concerned, have your number to phone for confirmation.
  • If the suspicious email is coming from someone you regularly communicate with, compare the new email against older ones. Does the display name and email signature look identical on both?
  • If you receive notification that an email sent to you has been quarantined, you must not ask for it to be released - unless you were expecting is as part of your normal business activity or have checked with the sender that it is genuine - as it could be a harmful email.

 Other clues to watch out for:

  • Unusual grammar or phrases
  • Emails sent at odd times
  • Sense of urgency to respond - don't act out of panic
  • Link in email doesn't match destination address - hover to verify

 STOP

  • If you receive an urgent, or unusual, email payment request you should not process it until you have actually spoken directly to the person who sent you the email and confirmed it was a genuine request.
  • For council family contacts, you can look up their phone number on Connect and phone them directly to confirm their email payment request is genuine.
  • For external contacts - refer to a directory enquiries website or your own personal phone contact list to verify the sender is genuine.
  • Do not open attachments or click on any URL's within any suspicious email you have received.

 REPORT IT

  • If you have received a suspicious email and clicked on the link or opened an attachment please contact the CGI Service desk immediatelyon extension 74000.
  • If you are in any doubt and think the email and attachment/link is of a suspicious nature - please forward the email to Internal Audit immediatelyat: integrity@glasgow.gov.uk
  • If you receive a warning of a security threat from someone other than the CGI Service desk - do not pass it onto your colleagues - as it may be a hoax. Report it immediately to CGI on extension 74000 and also integrity@glasgow.gov.uk

A phishing exercise with the National Cyber Security Centre can be viewed here.

Current Security Threat Level

The UK terror threat level is currently  "SUBSTANTIAL". This means that it is likely that a terrorist attack could happen in the UK.  Police Scotland are clear that there is no specific threat to Glasgow, however they are asking that everyone remains vigilant and reports any suspicious activity.

Stay Safe Advice - Firearms and Weapons Attacks

Firearms and Weapons Attacks in the UK are rare. Recent events around the world however have reminded us of the need to be prepared. The National Police Chiefs Council have created a video entitled "Stay Safe" which is based on proven advice on actions to be taken in the event of an attack. All staff must ensure that they have viewed the content of the "Stay Safe" video. The video can be accessed here.

CitizenAID App

CitizenAID is a government approved free app suitable for all smart phones which provides a step-by-step guide on how the public can act to stay safe and save lives of the injured in the event of an emergency. This app supports the UK governments RUN-HIDE-TELL strategy.

All staff are encouraged to download the free CitizenAID app which is available on the Google Play or the Apple App Store and retain it on their smartphone in the event of an emergency.

Physical Security 

  • ID badges must be visible at all times within NRS sites. 
  • Eastgate Only - ID Badges must be housed within an appropriate holder and secured using a green GCC or visitor lanyard. These are the only two accepted lanyards at Eastgate.
  • Staff should be prepared to challenge tailgaters or anyone who is not known to them and not wearing an ID badge or not being escorted by a member of staff.
  • Visitors (essential only)must sign in when visiting any NRS site and produce credentials to verify who they are (I.D. badge from the organisation that they are employed by).
  • Visitors and contractors (essential only) must be escorted by a member of staff at all times. Any visitors and contractors that are not being escorted should be challenged.
  • The Corporate Leavers Process must be followed in full and completed on the day a member of staff leaves the organisation, paying particular attention to the deactivation of passes and the removal of all ICT equipment.
  • All codes to combination door entry systems must be changed on a minimum six monthly basis or when a member of staff leaves or no longer requires access.
  • Security posters must be refreshed across all NRS properties every few months. Posters available here.
  • Lost ID Badges must be reported to the appropriate department immediately to enable them to be promptly deactivated.

Reporting of Security Incidents

All security incidents should be reported using the council's HANDS Incident Reporting System as soon as reasonably practicable. Information relating to any security incident that is reported via the HANDS Incident Reporting System will be forwarded to the Resilience Unit. The Resilience Unit can be contacted on 0141 287 8011 or by emailing emplan@glasgow.gov.uk for more information.

Monday 4 April 2022

Welcome to the 4 April 2022 edition of the Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability E-News.

This fortnightly e-mail will provide you with a range of updates all in one place! With a range of actions, responses required as well as workplace, service and corporate updates.

Monday 4 April 2022

Colleagues

From Monday 4 April 2022, the Human Resources Section has relocated from Floor 5, 231 George Street, to:

Human Resources Section (NRS)
Floor 2, Eastgate
Glasgow City Council
727 London Road
Glasgow
G40 3AQ

Please ensure that any mail is now sent to the address above.

Managers should ensure that staff who do not have access to e-mail are aware of the above.

All telephone numbers remain the same.

March 2022

Tuesday 22 March 2022

Security Update

The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at Substantial. All staff must therefore remain alert but not alarmed and report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, no matter how trivial it may seem.

All staff are advised to familiarise themselves with the content of the "Stay Safe" video produced by the National Police Chiefs' Council. This video can be accessed here.

YOU Can Save Lives!

CitizenAID have developed a free app suitable for all smart phones which provides clear and simple instructions informing the general public on immediate actions in the event of a shooting, stabbing or bomb incident. This app supports the UK governments RUN-HIDE-TELL strategy. All staff are encouraged to download the free CitizenAID app which is available on the Apple App Store, Microsoft Store or Google Play Store and retain it on their smartphone in the event of an emergency. Further Information is available here.

Monday 14 March 2022

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Thursday 10 March 2022

In our Equality Outcomes the council has given a commitment to - Create and celebrate a diverse and inclusive workforce and to make sure that 'black and ethnic minority people have increased representation within the council's workforce'.

If you wish to take part the BME Employee's Survey is now live.  Further information can be found on Connect.

Please ensure if completing that you do so before the closing date of Wednesday 23 March 2022.

February 2022

Friday 24 February 2022

Your Health and Wellbeing banner

Colleagues

Your health and wellbeing at work is our highest priority and we are always looking for ways we can enhance the support we provide. That's why we've partnered with Able Futures to deliver one-to-one support sessions, provided by The Better Health Generation's Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Counsellors.

Able Futures delivers the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service which can give you a mental health professional to talk to about whatever is playing on your mind at work.

There's no charge to use the service and you can receive nine months of support from Able Futures to help you build self-care and wellbeing routines, tackle issues, feel better and learn new ways to manage your mental health throughout the ups and downs of life. 

Whenever there is something on your mind that is affecting the way you feel, you can contact Able Futures.

If you are experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, or stress, or are struggling to deal with problems such as debt, disrupted sleep or relationship breakdowns that may be affecting your mental health, Able Futures could give you support from a mental health professional who will help you make a plan to help your mental health, so you can feel better and have more good days.

Support from Able Futures is available over the phone and through email or video calls at a time to suit you. It's a completely confidential service and Able Futures won't inform us, your colleagues, family or friends that you have accessed the service.

If you feel you could benefit from some support with your mental health and wellbeing, call Able Futures on 0800 321 3137 or sign-up online. Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability also have arranged several introductory sessions for staff.

We are pleased to offer a 'Virtual Appointment Day', where a member of The Better Health Generation team will call you at your chosen time to discuss how they can support you. Two sessions have been arranged for NRS Staff as below:

EventDate/TimeLink to online booking system

Virtual Appointment Day

Tues 8th March, from 7.00am - 5.00pm

8 March bookings:

https://calendly.com/thebetterhealthgeneration/appointment-booking-mental-health-support-glasgow

Virtual Appointment Day

Fri 18th March,from 7.00am - 5.00pm

18 March bookings:

https://calendly.com/thebetterhealthgenerationuk/appointment-booking-mental-health-support-gcc3

The confidential call aims to answer any initial questions you may have regarding the service they can provide. If you would like to proceed with accessing the support, they will gather your basic details to apply for the Mental Health Support there and then, at your own pace. This is fully confidential, and we as your employer will not be made aware of any appointments or bookings.

You can select your timeslot by following this link:

https://calendly.com/thebetterhealthgeneration/appointment-booking-mental-health-support-glasgow

The call will take up to 30 minutes and you will need the following information to register for the phone call:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Email Address
  • Start Date of Current Employment

The Better Health Generation team will call you at your requested time.

Further information about the support service can be found on the Able Futures website. You can also apply via the Able Futures website at any time, if you would prefer to self-refer before the appointment day."

For further information on Glasgow City Council's Health and Wellbeing Programme, please visit: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/foodgrowing

Wednesday 23 February 2022

The council is committed to resolving the issue of equal pay and dealing with equal pay claims, making sure that everyone who works for the council is paid equally for equal work.

We reached an agreement to settle a substantial number of claims in 2019 - and it was agreed by all parties, at that time, that we would then seek to deal with new claims covering the same period.

While these claims were explicitly not covered by the 2019 agreement, the council has made it clear in discussions with claimants' representatives that its proposed approach remains absolutely rooted in that deal.

As a result, we can now update you that the council is prepared to make offers to settle new claims on the basis of the 2019 deal.

We have also always been committed to considering options to deal with what is often referred to as 'the gap period' - the time between 2018 and the eventual implementation of a new pay and grading scheme, and negotiations will continue on this area.  We are currently working through options to finding a solution.

 This message has been approved for distribution by Colin Edgar Head of Communication and Strategic Partnerships.

January 2022

Monday 17 January 2022

Colleagues,

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on a realignment of the Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability leadership structure which will be effective from April 2022.

As mentioned in my communication in December 2021, Patrick Flynn, previous Director of City Development has now retired from post. This has provided me an opportunity to further streamline our leadership structure from 3 City Directors to 2. The functions for which Ian Robertson and Andy Waddell are responsible for have also been realigned and are detailed in the attached structure chart.

The post of Divisional Director Operations was previously undertaken by 2 flexi retired employees, however, with the retirement of George Vincent and a new part-time role for David Russell heading up Service reform including the Council's Health and Well Being Initiative, this allowed Jenny O'Hagan to be repositioned within the business and she will now replace George and David as Divisional Director Operations.  A role she is very much looking forward to undertaking.

You will also note that Geraldine Ham our Strategic HR Manager has decided to retire and will depart at the end of March.  Both Jenny and Geraldine's posts will be advertised shortly, and it is envisaged that their replacements will be in post for the start of the new financial year.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the new structure or would like to ask me a question on another subject, please drop me an e-mail to: AskGeorge.NRS@glasgow.gov.uk, I would be delighted to hear from you.

George

Thursday 13 January 2022

Colleagues,

Happy New year to you all and I hope you and your families managed to have a happy, healthy but different festive season. 

I would like to give special thanks to all the staff who were working during the festive season to keep the city safe and moving.

2020 and 2021 were extremely challenging and as we start 2022, we once again find ourselves trying to control the spread of the new Omicron variant of the virus.

Throughout the previous two years, I was continually moved by the professionalism, commitment and resilience shown by you to deliver essential services. Staff members also stepping up and answering the call, volunteering to carry out new roles across not only the Service but the Council family where required allowing us to adapt to meet the challenges brought by COVID-19.

Sadly, not all our colleagues are moving forward into 2022 with us, please spare a moment, as I will for those colleagues who passed away last year.

We have, however, as a City managed to return albeit for a short period of time to some sort of normality with the hosting of the UEFA EURO 2020 events held during the summer of 2021 and TRNSMT at Glasgow Green and finally COP26 - The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November, these major events helped to showcase our magnificent City and the resilience shown by our workforce in adapting to the ever changing regulations and additional strains these events put on our workforce.

2022 will no doubt bring many more challenges; however, I am certain we will face them with the same professionalism and commitment that was shown in 2020 and 2021. 

The uptake of the vaccination and booster programme brings light at the end of the tunnel that normality may return.

I would ask that you check the staff updates page regularly to keep up to date with service and corporate updates. 

As always, if you would like to ask me any questions directly, please e-mail AskGeorge.nrs@glasgow.gov.uk

I look forward to working with you all in the new year. 

George

Tuesday 11 January 2022

January 2022 - Health and Wellbeing Training

Healthy Working Lives Sessions - MS Teams

Supporting Staff Financial Wellbeing

This session helps you to:

  • understand how money worries may affect your team members
  • look at the practical measures that can be applied to reduce the negative impact that money worries have both on staff and the workplace.
  • Suitable for line managers, team leaders, supervisors and HR

Date: 11 January 2022, 10am-12 noon. February and March dates coming soon.

Keeping people safe at work - effective risk assessments in a changing world

This session will:outline the key responsibilities and requirements of completing risk assessments

  • describe the five steps to risk assessments
  • explain how to identify hazards and evaluate risks, including COVID-19
  • signpost to further guidance and support
  • Suitable for line managers, team leaders, supervisors and HR

Date: 18 January 2022, 10am -11am. February and March dates coming soon.

Cancer Research UK Workplace Webinar

This session will:

  • explore how to reduce the risk of cancer and increase chances of detecting it early
  • cover the cancer screening programmes available
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • Suitable for anyone with an interest in cancer prevention and support

Date: 18 January 2022, 2pm-3pm. February and March dates coming soon.

Returning to the workplace - supporting staff mental health

This session includes:

  • looking after mental health and wellbeing at work following the pandemic
  • improve your knowledge and understanding of COVID-related anxiety and stress when returning to the workplace/or hybrid working
  • practical tips and ideas to create healthy and sustainable working conditions.
  • Suitable for line managers, team leaders, supervisors and HR

Date: 20 January 2022, 10am - 12 noon. February and March dates coming soon.

Glasgow Credit Union - good money management

This session covers:

  • Importance of budgeting
  • Budgeting advice and tips
  • How the credit scoring system works
  • Pitfalls of debt and how to manage debt
  • This session is for anyone with an interest and helps build confidence in taking control of finances.

Date: 27 January 2022, 10am-11.30am. February and March dates coming soon.

To sign up for the Healthy Working Lives sessions Click here

When asked if your organisation is signed up to the Healthy Working Lives programme, answer 'Yes' - the Council is a GOLD award member of the programme. You will also be asked to provide your name, service, line manager's name and email address, and the title/date of the course(s) you want to attend.

Tuesday 11 January 2022

Lifelink Wellbeing Sessions - MS Teams

Improving Motivation

This session will help you to:

  • Gain an understanding of motivation
  • Set achievable goals
  • Manage unhelpful thoughts and feelings
  • Learn some practical strategies for maintaining motivation in the longer term.

Date: 19 January 2022, 10am - 12 Noon. 

Sign up now to secure your place on Eventbrite.

Building Confidence (Taster Session)

This session will help you to:

  • Gain an understanding of what affects and drives our levels of self confidence
  • Develop strategies to help build confidence
  • Overcome barriers to building your confidence

Date: 28 January 2022, 2pm - 3pm.

Sign up now to secure your place on Eventbrite.

Boosting Self esteem 

This session will help you to:

  • Gain an understanding of self-esteem and how it affects your daily life
  • Develop strategies to help build self-esteem
  • Overcome barriers to building self -esteem

Date: 10 February 2022, 10am - 12 noon.

Sign up now to secure your place on Eventbrite.

Building Confidence

This session will help you to:

  • Gain an understanding of what affects and drives our levels of self confidence
  • Develop strategies to help build confidence
  • Overcome barriers to building your confidence

Date: 28 January 2022, 2pm - 3pm.

Sign up now to secure your place on Eventbrite.

If you have difficulty accessing or securing a place on any of the above courses, please contact

Corporate Health and Wellbeing: YourHealthandWellbeing@glasgow.gov.uk

Tuesday 11 January 2022

SAMH and NHS Online Sessions - MS Teams

Hybrid Working

This session covers:

  • Benefits and negatives of homeworking
  • Consultation process between staff and management
  • Managing anxieties with hybrid working
  • Building resilience when hybrid working
  • Planning and preparation, tips and support
  • Group discussion on initiating conversations around hybrid working fears
  • Suitable for all staff involved in Hybrid Working

Dates: 27 January 2pm - 2.30pm, 3 February 10am - 11.30am, 14 February 2pm - 2.30pm, 21 February 2pm - 2.30pm, 9 March 2pm - 2.30pm, 22 March 10am - 11.30am

Looking After Your Wellbeing

Course covers:

  • Identifying your own responsibilities in creating a mentally healthy workplace
  • Stress, what this looks like for you, and ways to manage it
  • Impact of poor wellbeing on yourself, your workplace, and your community
  • Utilising tools and understand signposting to look after your wellbeing
  • Suitable for all staff

Dates: 11 January 2pm - 2.30pm, 24 January 2pm - 2.30pm, 7 February 2pm - 2.30pm, 21 February 10am - 11.30am, 21 March 2pm - 2.30pm, 28 March 2pm - 2.30pm

Introduction to Suicide Prevention

Course will enable you to:

  • Gain a deeper insight into current prevalence and statistics around suicide
  • Spot signs which may be associated with suicide, and discuss helpful questions which clarify suicide
  • Listen and signpost to support
  • Know how to keep yourself safe
  • Suitable for all staff

** Please note this is an introduction to suicide prevention, and does not go into detail of suicide intervention **

Dates: 17 January 2pm - 3.30pm, 22 February 10am - 11.30am, 28 February 2pm - 3.30pm, 2 March 2pm - 3.30pm, 11 March 10am - 11.30am, 24 March 10am - 11.30am

Mental Health: Supporting Others

Course will help you to:

  • Increase awareness of mental health problems and having a conversation.
  • Gain knowledge of the most common mental health problems, and their affects
  • Identify early warning signs and triggers of poor mental health
  • Create a safe space to confidently facilitate a conversation around mental health
  • Suitable for all staff

Dates: 20 January 10am - 11.30am, 7 February 2pm - 3.30pm, 18 February 10am - 11.30am, 8 March 10am - 11.30am 22 March 10am - 11.30am, 30 March 2pm - 3.30pm

Mental Health in the Workplace:

  A guide for Managers (3hr course)

For managers, team leaders and supervisors on supporting staff and managing positive mental health in the workplace. Course includes:

  • Introduction to mental health and the impacts of poor mental health on staff, managers, and organisations
  • Manager's role in supporting staff - remit and limitations/boundaries
  • Legislation around mental health
  • Having a conversation - and using Wellness Action Plans

Dates: 12 January, 3, 10 14 and 22 February, 3, 9, 15 and 31 March

Times: 10 - 11.30am and 2 - 2.30pm

To sign up for the above SAMH & NHS sessions

Email:training@samh.org.uk  and provide the following information:

  • Course you want to attend
  • Your Name:
  • Job Role:
  • Organisation: Glasgow City Council
  • HSCP Area: Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Manager's Name & email address

If you have difficulty accessing or securing a place on any of the above courses, please contact

Corporate Health and Wellbeing: YourHealthandWellbeing@glasgow.gov.uk

Tuesday 11 January 2022

Mental Health in the Workplace:

A guide for Managers (Live Webinar)

Overview for managers, team leaders and supervisors on supporting staff and managing positive mental health in the workplace.

Course includes:

  • Introduction to mental health and the impacts of poor mental health on staff, managers, and organisations
  • Manager's role in supporting staff - remit and limitations/boundaries
  • Legislation around mental health
  • Having a conversation - and using Wellness Action Plans

Date: 2 February 2022

Sign up now to secure your place on Eventbrite.

If you have difficulty accessing or securing a place on any of the above courses, please contact

Corporate Health and Wellbeing: YourHealthandWellbeing@glasgow.gov.uk

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