December Cascade out now

In this issue

Christmas tree
  • Pippa’s Christmas message
  • Christmas lunch at Kilmory
  • Lochgilphead Team raise £600
  • Have yourself a merry green Christmas
  • A first for Scotland 
  • Make it a better journey
  • New training modules
  • Christmas leftover ideas

Pippa's Christmas message

Pippa Milne

As we fast approach the end of the year, it’s important to reflect on everything your hard work has achieved for our communities across Argyll and Bute.

There have been challenges of different kinds throughout 2023 including cost of living issues, budget pressures and, more recently, dealing with the impact of the extreme weather. Throughout all this, delivering essential services has been a huge One Council, team effort. You all play your part in making progress happen and I’m incredibly proud to lead this council. Thank you for all your hard work this year.

A special thank you to those of you working throughout the festive season.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas.


Pippa Milne
Chief Executive
Argyll and Bute Council 

Christmas dinner at Kilmory

Welfare rights staff sitting round the table eating their Christmas dinner

Members of the Welfare Rights Team got into the festive spirit when they enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch in the Kilmory canteen.

The Kilmory Christmas menu is running until 15 December. See the menu and find out how to make a reservation here.

Lochgilphead Team raise £600

Lochgilphead Stand up to Cancer

Congratulations to staff from our Manse Brae office in Lochgilphead who took part in Stand Up To Cancer’s November Squat Challenge.

The energetic team did a minimum of 100 squats each per day and raised over £600 for Cancer Research UK. Well done everyone.

If you would like to donate to the team, visit Abbie’s Giving Page (

From left to right: Lorna Wilson, Susan Tuite, Abbie Wallace, Elaine Kerr, Lucy Jenkin, and Melanie Maclean.

Have yourself a merry green Christmas

Green bin with snow on lid

You can take action to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill over the festive period with these handy tips from our waste team:

  • Paper, card, aluminium foil and foil trays, cans and plastic bottles/tubs/pots/trays can all go in your household recycling bin.
  • Many types of Christmas paper and cards can also be recycled. Unfortunately, anything covered in glitter or foil-based paper cannot be recycled.  If you want to check if the paper is foil, scrunch the paper up. If it springs back, then please put it in the rubbish bin.
  • Batteries and electronic equipment should never go into your kerbside bins. You should take these to your nearest recycling centre.
  • You can take real Christmas trees to our household waste and recycling centres for recycling.

For more tips visit Zero Waste Scotland and remember – if in doubt, leave it out.

A first for Scotland

We will keep the promise

Well done to our Care Experienced Education Team on becoming the first team in Scotland to achieve Education Scotland’s Keeping the Promise Award.


Education Scotland created the award programme to support anyone working with children and young people, particularly those who are care experienced.


Better journeys - coming soon

Are you doing everything you can to make better journeys? Maybe you’re lift sharing to meetings, cycling to work, walking to the local shop rather than driving or taking the bus into your nearest town?  We would love to know about your journeys as we launch a new campaign in 2024.

We’ll highlight the benefits of travelling without a car, where possible for your health, purse and planet. Throughout the campaign, we’re asking people to share their photos of their journeys. You can send your photos to

We are also looking for better journey champions, so if you’re happy to share your stories, please get in touch.


New training modules

Equally Safe in Practice

Three new training modules are now available on LEON from the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe in Practice strategy. The programme aims to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

The online courses provide learning tools to gain a better understanding of gender equality, domestic violence and other gender informed violence.

Gender Equality – This course will support you in understanding why gender equality is important and what that means for your job, your organisation and your daily life.

Understanding Domestic Violence – The purpose of this course is to develop a deeper understanding of what domestic abuse is; how it impacts adult and child survivors; and how you can respond to them.

Understanding Sexual Violence – The purpose of this course is to develop a deeper understanding of what sexual abuse is; how it impacts adult and child survivors; and how you can respond to them.

Waste less this Christmas

Cooked turkey being carved

Did you know that 60% of food waste in the UK comes from our homes? With Christmas coming, Anne Moore from our Catering Team has some top ideas on how to reduce food waste and create some tasty treats.

There are only so many turkey sandwiches you can eat over the festive period. Why not give the following recipes a go.

Turkey pasties that use up all your leftovers –

Turkey con chilli – eat with rice, stuff in tacos or on top of  a jacket potato –

Christmas bubble and squeak – use your spare roasties, sprouts and stuffing in this dish –

You can use leftover cheese in our favourite comfort food, macaroni and cheese –

Remember you can grate and freeze cheese too.

Have a lovely time.

The Catering Team

Happy Christmas

Small dogs, Arlo and Isa

Have a lovely time over the festive break. 


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The Communications Team (and Arlo and Isa pictured)