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Themes not Teams

‘Themes not teams’ sums up nicely the role of partnership that runs through the Change Programme I am developing, with your in-put, for the council.

This programme in brief is about developing new ways of working that will make it easier for us all to meet the challenges the council faces. ‘Themes not teams’ is about working across teams and services, with whoever can contribute to achieving a goal.

As an example of ‘themes not teams’ in practice, I have asked Jane Jarvie, Communications Manager to bring together key employees involved in social media for the council, to look at how they can all work together to deliver more impact. Social media is an important route for communities to connect with the council. Various employees spend time working on it and I am sure that there are opportunities for them to help each other get the results they want.

‘Themes not teams’ also extends where appropriate to working with external partners. The Community Planning Partnership, which includes the council and other public sector agencies, is asking for your top 3 priorities for improving life in Argyll and Bute. If you have a few minutes, it would be great if you would let them know. The survey is closed – See Community Planning for more information.

And you can hear more about the Community Planning Partnership in my podcast chat with members of the Partnership.

And finally

We found out this week that Argyll and Bute is not receiving a hoped-for £70 million funding grant for regeneration projects. While this is of course disappointing, I would like to say thank you to the teams involved in putting the bid together. It took a lot of work, and I am proud that despite already busy workloads, our employees remain ambitious for Argyll and Bute.

I hope you all have a good weekend.


Pippa Milne

Chief Executive