Latest news from Our Modern Workspace

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May 2022 Progress is well underway to prepare offices for the mix of home/office working employees have told us they want. As you can appreciate this is a huge complex task with office spaces in multiple locations across Argyll and Bute. Over the last year, the project team has been busy gathering information and planning […]

Domestic Abuse Guidance

The UK government’s definition of domestic abuse is ‘any incident or pattern of  incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening  behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.  The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, […]

Wellbeing Wednesday 13th April 2022

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! I hope you are all looking forward to a few days off and some Easter Eggs this weekend. Even though my family are adults now, the temptation to buy lots of chocolate remains strong….mostly because I enjoy eating it myself! This week we are highlighting voices and vocal health. We’ve […]

Council-use to become community-use for excess resources – investigation findings

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Local communities should be involved in putting excess council resources to good use – this is the key recommendation from an investigation into why materials including Gaelic books were put in a skip during the clearance of a council office. Findings from the investigation found that resources from the Council’s Education Office in Oban had […]

Bids progress for levelling up funding for Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Council will submit bids to the UK Government Levelling Up Fund, to bring up to £70 million to Argyll and Bute for two major regeneration and transport projects. One bid will be for an area regeneration/heritage town centre project, maximum £20 million, and the other a transport bid, for up to £50 […]

Career break

In offering the opportunity to take a Career Break, the Council recognises the importance of employees’ work-life balance and personal development, whether that be via life-long learning, charity work, leisure activities, travel or other interests. Argyll and Bute Council defines a Career Break as a period of unpaid leave that lasts from between a minimum […]

Council welcomes funding lift off for Oban drones project

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Plans for a drone hub to service Scotland’s islands with unmanned flights have taken a major step forward with UK Government funding. Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed confirmation of the award of more than £170,000 UK Government Community Renewal funding to create an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Innovation logistics hub at Oban airport. The […]

Empowering schools, electric vehicle charging and a heroic wedding rescue

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If you have children in our schools, work in our Education Service or are interested in helping the council develop our education services for the future, I would encourage you to find out about the council’s proposals for a new ‘collective’ model for school leadership, empowering schools to work more effectively together and share resources […]

Registrar and Roads to the rescue

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Dunoon-based registrar Stephanie Wright proved during the week that Argyll and Bute staff always go the extra mile to deliver service, even in the face of major weather events like Storm Barra. Stephanie was going to conduct a wedding at Lochgoilhead travelling via the Hell’s Glen road, which was the best option as the Rest […]

A week of celebrations

Last week I mentioned the importance of continued learning and this week the theme continues as I pay tribute to everyone who attended our virtual Learning Awards. It was a real honour to present some of the awards at the event and meet so many of you. We host the ceremony to celebrate employees who […]