Amazing volunteers, Wellbeing Week and a note of caution


I’m starting my update with a serious note of caution and a reminder that we are by no means out of the woods when it comes to the Covid battle. Cases are rising across Argyll and Bute affecting multiple schools and closing businesses. We have confirmed cases in Helensburgh, Oban, Garelochhead and Islay.

This is an obvious cause for concern. We will continue to work with health colleagues to monitor the situation and keep you updated. You can read a press release issued by NHS Highland on our website.

As cases rise, it really is important for us all to get tested – whether you have symptoms or not. Around 1 in 3 of us carry the virus without any symptoms. Without testing, we could be spreading the virus and increasing that risk of infection. It’s really easy to arrange testing – from ordering free home kits to walk-in centres – it’s vitally important we help protect each other, our communities and businesses. Find out more on our community testing webpage.

In the meantime, please reminder to follow national guidance and the FACTS.

World Wellbeing Week – win a Fitbit
The Wellbeing Team is preparing lots of activities to mark World Wellbeing Week (18-21June). This includes a fantastic competition to win a Fitbit charge 4 advanced tracker with GPS.

To be in with a chance to win, send a picture of something that improves your own health and wellbeing. Closing date is Wednesday 30 June and the winner will be selected by the Wellbeing Team on Wednesday 7 July.

Please email your picture to                              

Employee Assistance Programme – Line Manager webinar
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free benefit to help us deal with any personal or professional issues which could be affecting our general health and wellbeing.

If you are a line manager, Health Assured is delivering a webinar, designed to help you, when offering EAP support to employees in your team when they need it.

The session will take place on Wednesday 23 June 11:30am – 12pm via Microsoft Teams. Email by Tuesday 22 June to book your place.

This week, in recognition of the critically important role of volunteers and their contribution to our communities, I’m joined by just some of the people who have helped in the response to the pandemic. A special thank you to Fiona McTaggart and Sheena Lamont for sharing their personal experiences and to Takki Sulmain, Chief Executive of Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface. You can listen to the podcast on our website.

And finally, if you’re watching tonight, good luck to all the players. I hope your nerves survive!

Have a lovely weekend.