Well it's September Weekend and we hope that those of you who have had a couple of days off have enjoyed the long weekend!
Again, it's been an incredibly busy couple of weeks across all of our services and we have all had to adjust again to changes to the COVID-19 restrictions implemented this week by the Scottish Government. Please remember that all of the relevant information from Scottish Government, NHS Public Health and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is on the Employee Zone and you can visit the page directly from the following link: https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/residents/covid-19
In light of the new restrictions, work continues across all services, to review current activities and to consider the operational service implications, should these restrictions continue over a longer period, or if restrictions were to be expanded, particularly in relation to civil contingencies and winter resilience. We'll make sure we keep you up to date with any developments.
News from the Council - Service Updates
We hope you have found the fortnightly service updates helpful - as you know this covers all services and teams across the Council and the HSCP to highlight all of the work that's ongoing and how services have adapted as Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland guidance has allowed.
The Latest Service Update was issued to Elected Members on Friday (25 September) and you can find it on the Employee Zone on the Council's website: https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/service-update-friday-25-september
News from the Employee Zone
Remember to check in to the Employee Zone on the Council's website, where you find lots of helpful information and we are constantly updating and adding to it. Any employee can access the Employee Zone on the Council's website - you don't need to have a Council laptop or a corporate email account - using this link you can access it externally, from anywhere through any device that has internet connection: www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone
'Safety at the Heart of Everything We Do!'
Check out the new Health & Safety section (https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/health-and-safety) within our Employee Zone. There are six key areas, with information and links to guidance documents and forms, policies and procedures to help keep us all safe in the workplace. They are: Standards and Procedures; Policies and Guidance; Health & Safety Campaigns; Information for Duty Holders; Reporting and Forms; and Wellbeing.
News from the Services
Bishopbriggs Academy raise thousands of pounds for charity by going off the Bishy Beatson track!
- The Bishopbriggs Academy school community was determined not to let Covid-19 restrictions prevent them from taking part in their annual fundraising efforts for Beatson Cancer charity and instead of taking part in the ‘Off the Beatson Track 10k’, they scaled new heights to raise money this year. Pupils, staff and their families ran, cycled and walked over 1,290 miles in a virtual event that took them from Bishopbriggs Academy to Mont Blanc via Ben Nevis. To date they have raised over £12,000, smashing their £3,000 target, and the school’s outstanding contribution to the charity has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament. The participants are keen to raise even more so if you would like to make a donation visit https://justgiving.com/fundraising/bishybeatson Well done to everyone involved – it’s a fantastic achievement for a very worthwhile cause!
Planning Application Lodged for new Additional Support Needs School
A planning application has been lodged for the development of a new Additional Support Needs School and community facilities at Waterside Road and Bankhead Road in Kirkintilloch. You can find out more about the proposed development which includes car parking, landscaping and replacement grass pitch on the Council website:https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/residents/schools-early-years-and-learning/new-build-additional-support-needs-school You can read details of the application on a separate webpage and submit comments:http://planning.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=QFOKSSGJGCH00
Dates for the Diary
Breast Cancer Awareness
- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but breast cancer awareness, education and research is a year-round priority. If you missed your screening appointment due to COVID-19 you should be receiving a new letter. If not, call 0141 800 8800 for information. There are measures in place to ensure your appointment is safe. Breast screening saves lives so please make sure you attend when invited. For more information and advice, keep an eye on our social media channels and visit https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/public-health/public-health-screen.... Lumps in the breast, collarbone or under-arm areas are not the only signs of breast cancer. Check regularly, looking out for changes to the skin texture and shape of your breasts, and surrounding area. Visit https://www.getcheckedearly.org/breast-cancer for information.
Heritage Awareness Day
Thursday 24 September was Heritage Awareness Day and Historic Environment Scotland has created new guidance to help get everyone #TalkingAboutHeritage - you can have a read and a say by visiting http://consultations.historicenvironment.scot. For all the latest local heritage news and resources, follow EDLC Culture on Facebook and Twitter, and visit https://www.edlc.co.uk/heritage-arts. And if you're keen to find out more about heritage and art trails, all the Trails and Tales maps are available to download - http://www.trailsandtales.org/trails
We know that 6 months down the line of responding to COVID-19, it sometimes seems that there's no light at the end of tunnel ....... but we wanted to take this opportunity to once again say that we are incredibly proud and hugely appreciative of the ‘can do’ attitude and resilience we see from all of you on a daily basis.
Thanks, Stay Safe & Take Care
Ann and Thomas
28 September 2020