Port Ellen Head Teacher Maureen Macdonald and her Deputy Head Mrs Clark

Delivering success for Argyll and Bute  

Councillors have agreed our priorities for the next five years.  These key priorities will support communities and deliver success for the area.

We know that the next five years are going to be financially tough across all services. To help us deliver these priorities, the change programme will play an important role in finding ways of working together that make it easier for you to do your job in tough circumstances.  

Thanks to everyone who has sent feedback to me about what gets in the way of you working and for suggestions on how to make it easier for you. You can get in touch with me via workingtogether@argyll-gov.uk

Primary School of the Year
Well done to Port Ellen Primary School announced as Primary School of the Year in the Pearson National Teaching Awards. Congratulations to Head Teacher Maureen Macdonald and all the staff, pupils and parents at the school.  I’m incredibly proud to have award-winning schools in Argyll and Bute. What a fantastic achievement and so well deserved. Read more about the award.

e-Christmas card
There is still time to send me your wintery Argyll and Bute images to use for this year’s e-Christmas card. Please send to leisel.metz@argyll-bute.gov.uk by close of play today, Friday 25 November. There will be a prize for the winner. No need to add a festive message, as I’ll do that. Thanks.

This week, we celebrate Movember, the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. The charity started with just 30 men and now has over five million supporters worldwide, supporting and raising money for men’s health projects.

Joining me this week to discuss men’s health are; Evan Beswick (Head of Primary Care at Argyll and Bute HSCP),  Craig McNally, Argyll and Bute Alcohol and Drug Partnership Coordinator and Dave Bertin, who although now retired from a long career in health services, continues to undertake work for the Scottish Health Council.

You can listen to the podcast on the council website.

Pippa Milne
Chief Executive