A pile of gift wrapped presents

Looking after yourself and help with Christmas shopping

November can be a tough month as the nights draw in and the weather changes. For me, it’s definitely more of a slog walking the dogs in the dark and wet.

As we race towards the end of the year, it’s important that we take moments to look after ourselves, whether that’s a lunchtime walk, finding a quiet spot in the house to read, or attempting to master a Bake Off inspired showstopper!

Whatever works for you, sometimes simple pleasures are enough to recharge the batteries. 

It’s also important to remember that it’s ok not to feel ok. If you’re struggling, you’ll find lots of help and support on our Employee Wellbeing page.

Inveraray in winterChristmas eCard Competition
A big thanks to everyone who sent in entries for the competition. We have some really talented photographers working here, making it a difficult choice for me. I’ll be announcing the winner soon.

A pile of gift wrapped presents Employee Benefits Scheme
As Christmas approaches, why not take advantage of the Employee Benefit Scheme and access a huge range of savings and discounts. To date, employees have made savings of over £11,000 using the scheme.

Many of you have used the discounts to place orders covering a huge range of products from new bikes, game consoles, home appliances and even pet insurance!

You’ll find regular offers in the following categories:

  • Home and Electronics
  • Cycle to work
  • Gym membership
  • Travel and Leisure
  • Bike Shop

If you’re thinking of buying a gift card as a Christmas present, you’ll find discounts from High Street businesses including:

7% – Marks & Spencer
7% – Currys
7% – Primark
9% – H&M

To access your employee benefits, please register at argyllbute.vivup.co.uk
For help registering, follow the simple steps shown in this ‘How to register’ video

Image of gritters lined up Our winter roads maintenance stand-by arrangements operate from the end of October until the middle of April each year, although the planning starts much earlier, around the start of autumn.

Joining me this week is Callum Robertson, Assistant Network and Standards Manager. We chat about the preparation for winter and the logistics of keeping people safe on the Argyll and Bute road network during the cold, dark mornings and nights. Listen to the podcast on the council website.

Have a great weekend.