Working from home

Homeworking survey and the return of hugs

From Monday, Argyll and Bute is scheduled to move to level two Covid restrictions,  with the exception of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva who move to level one.

We’ll be able to visit other households indoors, and cinemas, theatres and community halls will reopen. We’re even allowed to hug!

I know, like many, this past year has given me a greater appreciation of simple pleasures in life and how much we miss basic human interaction and the freedom to live our lives.

Although restrictions are lifting, you may have read new variant cases are being reported with some as close as Glasgow. It’s a reminder that even with greater freedom, we should exercise caution and continue to follow the FACTS. You can read more about the changes to restrictions on the Scottish Government website.

Homeworking survey – closes Monday 17th May
We’ve had a fantastic response to the homeworking survey so thank you to everyone who has provided feedback. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the short survey.

It’s really important that we hear what you like about working from home, what’s difficult and what you would like to see continue long term.

We’ll use the findings to develop ways for us all to work together in the future.

You can find more information, and a link to the survey, here:

A big thank you to everyone who was involved in the election last week. Our Governance and Law Service dedicate a huge amount of time to running elections in Argyll and Bute, supported in various ways by employees across the council. It was a great example of exceptional teamwork.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part.

As part of Foster Caring fortnight, this week I’m joined by Lorraine Prentice, Practice Lead for HSCP and two of our foster carers as we highlight the great work of foster carers across Argyll and Bute.

You can listen to all my podcasts on the council website.

Have a lovely weekend