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In this issue

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  • Easter events
  • New Employee Recognition Programme
  • Better Journeys competition winners 
  • Can you spare an hour?
  • Quality Conversations reminder 
  • Our Modern Workspace 
  • Lifeline Scotland 

Easter events

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Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids this Easter? LiveArgyll is running a range of Easter activities in libraries across Argyll and Bute from 2 April until 14 April.

Families can go along and enjoy games, activity sheets, and treasure hunts and it’s all FREE.

Active Schools is also hosting Holiday Camps for children in primaries one to seven. Find out what’s on in your area on the LiveArgyll website.

Introducing our new Employee Recognition Programme

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Do you know a colleague who delivers outstanding customer service?

Is there a team who deserves credit for an innovative project?

Do you work with an unsung hero who quietly gets on with it with little fuss?

Now is the time to get the recognition colleagues and teams deserve with AB Recognition, our new Employee Recognition Programme, launching on 15 April.

We know how hard you work to help deliver essential services across Argyll and Bute and it’s important to recognise outstanding achievements made by both individuals and teams.

Thanks to everyone who responded to our 2023 survey asking about the sort of recognition that would matter the most to you.

Your top three responses included:

  • Feedback from senior leaders
  • Verbal praise and small compliments
  • Thank you emails or virtual cards

AB Recognition now offers the opportunity for you to nominate colleagues to receive acknowledgment of the great contribution they make every day in their role. It incorporates Connect for Success principles and celebrates outstanding service across the Council.

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How do I nominate?

Nominations open on 15 April, and you can nominate colleagues or a team at any time by completing an online nomination form on My Council Works. Team nominations can be for cross-departmental teams that may have worked together on a project or task.  Here, you’ll find more information on the nomination categories and the criteria. 

From June, for the first time, members of the public will also be able to nominate an individual or team from the council, if they believe they have received outstanding customer service. An external nomination form will be available on the council website, or we can email forms.

What happens next?

We will issue reminders in April as we look to launch AB Recognition. We’ll be setting up some short webinars to coincide with the launch where you can find out more – look out for the dates and times of the webinars in Newsflash.

Who are you going to nominate?

Start thinking about who you would like to nominate and look out for the launch in April.  

Kirsty Flanagan
Executive Director

Our Better Journey winners

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Volunteer Kate from Cowal Befrienders takes Kath and Mary from a local care home out at West Bay on a trishaw to celebrate Kath's 102nd birthday

Congratulations to Cowal Befrienders who won first prize in our Better Journeys photo competition. 

We love this fantastic picture of volunteer Kate with local care home residents, Kath and Mary out on the trishaw bike. They had a great day out in Dunoon, celebrating Kath’s 102nd birthday. 


Thanks to everyone who entered. 

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Our runners up are - Claire Coe from Helensburgh for her picture cycling to nursery
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Alison Ralston from Campbeltown pictured with her son on the way to the childminder.

Can you spare an hour?

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Could you ShareAnHour with a young person and help them discover their talents and possibilities? Become a mentor in Dunoon Grammar, Oban High School, or Hermitage Academy (Helensburgh) with MCR Pathways.

Be inspired to make a difference in 2024. Learn about mentoring with MCR Pathways and help a young person in Dunoon, Helensburgh and Oban fulfil their true potential. MCR Pathways are holding virtual information sessions to find out more about this school-based mentoring programme and how you can make a difference. 

Please follow the link below to book your place:

Quality Conversations reminder

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How are your quality conversations going? The new approach replaces the Performance Review and Development (PRD) process.

To make sure quality conversations are working for you, please complete a short survey by Wednesday 10 April. It should only take you five minutes and your answers are anonymous. 

Line managers – we also need to hear from you about your quality conversations. Please complete this managers’ survey by 10 April.

If you have any difficulty accessing either survey, please contact

Thank you for your support.

HR and OD Team

01546 605 513 (option 5)

Our Modern Workspace update

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It’s now been three years since the inception of the Our Modern Workspace Programme. Following feedback where you said you wanted a mix of home/office working, we have looked at how we use offices on a town-by-town basis and taken into account your needs and members of the public, as well as any opportunities for working more closely with partners.

A lot has happened behind the scenes and we’re pleased to say that we have completed a number of buildings that now offer flexible workspaces.

Flex desks and meeting spaces are now set up in every town and are available to book via our online system.

Thanks to everyone for your cooperation throughout the works.

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Union Street before and after
Union St after

Buildings completed to date

  • Argyll House, Dunoon – redesign complete with staff from Milton House, Hill Street and Dolphin Hall all relocated
  • Jamieson Street, Islay – redesign complete with staff from Kilarrow House relocated
  • Municipal Building, Oban – redesign complete, staff from Lorn House relocated
  • Willowview, Oban – refurbishment complete, staff from Lorn House and Oban Education Office relocated
  • Victoria Street, Rothesay – full refurbishment of the former RBS building to create a new Customer Service Point, marriage room, office, meeting and collaboration space in the heart of the main street
  • Union Street, Rothesay – full refurbishment of an existing building to create space for all HSCP and NHS teams along with council colleagues from Education, Finance, Economic Development, resettlement and Housing. In addition Scottish Courts now have a space to support their vulnerable witness programme to attend hearings virtually.
  • High Street, Rothesay – relocation of Building Standards, Property Services and Environmental Services to this building means all services are located together


The focus now moves to Lochgilphead. We are looking at plans for the 1A Manse Brae, Whitegates, Wee Manse Brae and Kilmory. We will provide more updates as plans develop.

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Please clear your offices

Can we ask that you start to clear your offices in Lochgilphead, if you haven’t already done so. This includes clearing files and digitising as much as possible. When disposing of items, please be mindful on what and how you are disposing of. You can find guidance on information/data management on the Hub.

Additional guidance on equipment and resource disposal is available on MyCouncilWorks

If you have any questions, please get in touch at

The OMW team

Lifeline Scotland


Cats Protection’s Lifeline and Dogs Trust Freedom are specialist-fostering services for people experiencing domestic abuse, enabling survivors to access safe, emergency accommodation without worrying about what would happen to their cat or dog if left behind.

They provide a temporary, loving home to pets until their owners are ready to be safely reunited again.

To find out more, they are hosting two online drop-in sessions:

Domestic abuse help and support

You can find more sources of help and support on MyCouncilWorks and on the council website. 

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Latest Cascade

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Special Council meeting update

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New Employee Recognition Programme

Now is the time to get the recognition colleagues and teams deserve with AB Recognition, our new Employee Recognition Programme, launching on 15 April. We know