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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion : bite sized training sessions available for staff 

In keeping with our commitment to equalities, we have purchased a number of Equality Diversity and Inclusion Training sessions from our Employee Assistance Provider, Workplace Options. Each of the sessions will last one hour and will be available across a range of dates and times.

View the latest staff training courses pdf icon Bite sized EDI Training [350kb]

Health and Wellbeing Training Sessions for Staff -  February and March 2023

Free courses for staff include:

  • Supporting mental health: Breathing Space
  • Making the most of your money: Glasgow Credit Union
  • Saving energy at home: Home Energy Scotland
  • Alcohol Focus Scotland: Managing Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace  
  • Cancer Research UK Workplace Webinar/Q&A

Find out more and how to sign up to attend pdf icon here [226kb]

1 February 2023 - It's more than just one day: join in with Time to Talk!

Time to Talk Day 2023 banner

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 (Public Health Scotland) - yet people are still afraid to talk about it and this can be one of the worst parts of the illness.

The national Time to Talk Day aims to inspire us all to start talking about our mental health and help to break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

Let's get talking!

So, this Thursday 2 February 'Time to Talk' Day is the perfect opportunity to get started - to chat openly and informally in the workplace about our mental health.

We encourage you to spark conversations with a colleague and take some time to grab a cuppa and chat about your mental health and how we you are feeling. And remember, it's not just about one day. It really doesn't take much to show someone you are willing to listen - so why not try catching up for the whole week and start a trend to make it a regular occurrence.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed about 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 a positive impact on your work environment.

As Lynn Norwood, Head of Human Resources explains: "Tackling mental health stigma is crucial to improving staff wellbeing and to overcoming the barriers stigma presents for prevention, early intervention and recovery.

"As an official workplace partner of See Me, we're supporting this years' Time to Talk by running our own successful extended week-long council-wide campaign.

"I'd urge everyone across the council to take time out during the week to have a cuppa and a chat about mental health with a colleague. Together, we can create a supportive workplace where we can all talk openly about mental health and feel empowered to seek help when we need it".

Join us online for a chat

Don't forget you can also join us on the day for a bite sized 30 minute webinar, in partnership with the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), on 'Having the Mental Health Conversation'. The webinar explores the topic of mental health and wellbeing and offers top tips on how to start a supportive and compassionate mental health conversation. Join us on Teams from 10am to 10.30am. Sign up here

Visit our 12 January story below for top tips on how to start your conversation and interactive games you can get involved in.

Get in touch

We would you to share your stories about how you connected with a colleague at YourHealthandWellbeing@glasgow.gov.uk- how did it make you feel?

More information

1 February 2023 - Free CPR training: learn to save a life in just 15 minutes!

British Heart Foundation logo

Each year over 30,000 people have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK, with less than one in ten surviving.

Giving CPR and using a defibrillator can more than double someone's chance of survival.

This National Heart month, you can learn how to save a life and receive your very own CPR certificate.

Learn CPR in 15 minutes by using RevivR - the British Foundation's free, interactive, online CPR training course. In just 15 minutes, you can learn when and how to do CPR to save someone's life. All you need is a cushion and your mobile phone.

Red heart shaped object sitting in the palms of two hands cusped together

Visit https://revivr.bhf.org.uk/ to access the training now, or save it for later and get it sent straight to your inbox, ready when you are.

Further information

Heart Month Campaign: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-month-2023

 

1 February 2023 - Free courses: learn Gaelic for World Gaelic Week

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Staff across the council family are invited to sign up for Gaelic classes for the start of World Gaelic Week (February 20-26) - a celebration of Gaelic across the globe.

Donald MacPhee, Gaelic Development Officer, said: "This is a great time to learn a new language. People often tell me they'd love to speak Gaelic. Well, here's your chance!

"We all know Gaelic was the language of many of Scotland's traditional songs and books but it is also still alive in music and song, in Scotland's food and drink, across our land and place-names, and in our schools, on tv, radio and film. It's a language that's open to anyone to use, today or in the future.

"Learning Gaelic is an ideal way to start 2023. Do that and get involved in a language community that's been around for more than a thousand years. Help sustain its growth and popularity for another thousand.

"It's always good to celebrate our success and we do that well. Our fourth Gaelic Language Plan for 2023 to 2028 was endorsed by the City Administration just before Christmas. That Plan is currently with Bòrd na Gàidhlig and we hope to get approval to publish it by the summer."

Free courses

We have worked with Fèisean nan Gàidheal over many years. They have an excellent reputation for high quality Gaelic learning for young people and adults.

Thanks to the generous support of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, this block of classes is free to all staff across the council family. They will be delivered online, over a six-week period, starting mid-February and running until late March.  

Sign up today- places are limited!

Registration is fast and easy. Just follow the instructions at this link. Please note places are on a first come first served basis

Join at https://form.jotform.com/230234234615345

More information

If you have any questions about the classes or council's wider Gaelic work, please contact Donald MacPhee, Gaelic Development Officer at donald.macphee@glasgow.gov.uk

 

1 February 2023 - We'd like to know what you think...

Image of street within Glasgow's Merchant City area

Public consultation on the final four District Regeneration Frameworks (DRFs) for the city centre districts (Cowcaddens, the Learning Quarter, the Merchant City and Townhead) will began on 20 January and continues until 3 March.

Our City Centre Strategy identified nine City Centre Districts and commissioned design teams to bring forward evidence-based Regeneration Frameworks for each. The frameworks we are currently consulting on are the last four to be completed. In developing these we have engaged with about 5,000 people and talked with about 450.

As part of the consultation you are able to give your opinion on the themes, projects that have been prioritised. You can give us your feedback on any or all of the frameworks under consultation. When asked, simply tick the ones you would like to take part in. Your feedback will be considered when the final action plan is approved.

Survey

Read more here.  

 

12 January 2023 - Alzheimer Scotland's 'Winter Essentials Fund'

There are still grants available from Alzheimer Scotland's 'Winter Essentials Fund'.

The fund aims to provide families £50 grants as an additional helping hand of support for the winter months.

Full details on the eligible criteria and how to apply can be found here: https://www.alzscot.org/news/launch-of-time-for-you-winter-essentials-fund

12 January 2023 - Save the date: make time for a cuppa and a chat with colleagues with 'Time to Talk' 

We are pleased to be supporting the national 'Time to Talk' day again this year to help get more of us talking openly about our mental health.

'Time to Talk' is on Thursday 2 February and is all about us taking the time to connect with someone and start a conversation about our mental wellbeing. This year the theme is around the importance of making space in our day for a conversation about mental health.

Cuppa and a chat

Talking and listening are very much at the heart of the day. Taking time out in a relaxed environment, to catch up with a colleague, can help to support and empower each other to talk freely about how we feel or what is on our minds. So during this week, from Thursday 2 February - Wednesday 8 February you are encouraged to set aside some time for a 'cuppa and a chat' with a colleague - either virtually or physically.

Join us

On the day you can also join us for a bite sized 30 minute webinar, in partnership with the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), on 'Having the Mental Health Conversation'. The webinar explores the topic of mental health and wellbeing and offers top tips on how to start a supportive and compassionate mental health conversation. Join us on Teams from 10am to 10.30am. Sign up here

Staff support - how to start a conversation

It is important that we continue to actively connect and engage with each other - taking time out from our hybrid working lives where we can, to grab a cuppa and a chat with a colleague.

It really doesn't take much to show someone you are willing to listen. Why not catch up over a coffee or even over a phone call? For example, you could talk about how money worries and the cost of living can impact mental health or even chat about a person you admire who has been a strong voice for speaking openly about mental health. There are many resources available to help you start a conversation with a colleague - including interactive activities. Below are just a few to help you get started and take 'time to talk'. 

For more information and how to get involved visit

  • For further information on 'Time to Talk' visit See Me | Time to Talk (seemescotland.org) and Time To Talk Day - Time To Talk Day
  • Visit our health and wellbeing staff support at Workforce wellbeing support - Glasgow City Council
  • Employee Assistance Service - Workplace Options, free professional confidential support available for staff 24/7 to discuss any issue you are experiencing 0800 247 1100 (LGBT helpline 0800 138 8725, BME helpline 0800 288 4950 and Bullying and Harassment helpline 0800 042 0135)
  • NHS 24, for urgent health advice out of hours when your GP Practice is closed, phone 111 (24/7)
  • Breathing Space, free confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed, freephone 0800 83 85 87 (open 24 hrs at weekend, 6pm-2am weekdays) website: www.breathingspace.scot

12 January 2023 - Positive start to the New Year

Why not start the New Year off with making a positive start?

Giving after a busy festive break can seem overwhelming but with Payroll Giving it doesn't have to be, even a small donation can mean a lot. Did you know over 1 million UK employees donate through payroll giving and our partners alone raised £1.7 million for good causes last year?

 Plus, if you have a charity, you care about and want to support them,  Payroll Giving is the way to do so *tax-free*! That's right for every £1 you choose to donate it will only cost you 80p.

 Join us in Giving More Together this New Year with Payroll Giving - click on the link below to find out more.

January 2023 Payroll Giving

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