Wellbeing Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Wellbeing update. As you will have picked up, a lot of my personal wellbeing comes from time in our garden and generally being outside. We have, over the years, planted lots of trees, shrubs, flowers, fruit and veg – for ourselves, but also to create a richer habitat for local wildlife. We’ve been delighted to watch all the birds, particularly the woodpeckers who come to the bird feeders. But we found out just how territorial they are when two males started fighting each other – but then – catastrophe – crashed into the window! One was dazed then flew off, but the other was lying on its back, semi-conscious and in need of some TLC My husband gently picked it up (he did get a peck), wrapped it in a towel and held it still and warm for around 5-10 minutes until – happily – it came round and flew off! Such a good feeling to have rescued a living creature – though I think we will move the feeders further from the window now……

This week we have some great feedback from carers’ week and lots of things that happened. We are also preparing for next week’s Wellbeing Week – and we would love to hear from you about your wellbeing tips so that we can feature them – with some pics if you have them. It would be great to be able to share the things that you do to boost your physical or mental wellbeing and give other people ideas.  I think we need them as summer seems to be happening everywhere else but here!

We have a reminder link to our Employee Assistance Programme, a podcast about mental wellbeing you may enjoy – and don’t forget about Cervical Cancer awareness week – if you haven’t been seen, get yourself screened!

Look forward to hearing from you  wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk


We have had some lovely feedback from Carers Week:

A few comments from the days:

“Lovely to get dressed up”

“A real treat”

“I met so many new people”

“I do not usually get as I care for my wife, this is lovely”.

Quote posted on North Argyll Carers site:  “I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Carers Centre in Oban for their help in the past few months, my wife and I were able to get a break away that would not otherwise be possible. It was truly magical.”

Cowan Fish and Chip night quiz

Thank you to the Carer’s Centres for the work they do to provide support to our unpaid carers!

Bute afternoon tea

Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2022

June 20 - June 26

What is the best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer?

The best way to protect yourself is by attending for cervical screening (previously known as a “smear test”). Cervical screening checks the health of your cervix. It is not a test for cancer; it is a test to help prevent cancer. The NHS cervical screening programme invites women between the ages of 25 to 64 to attend in England, Scotland, Wales and NI. You get the results by letter usually in about two to six weeks. The letter will explain what happens next.

During cervical screening, a small sample of cells is taken from a cervix and checked under a microscope for abnormalities. In some areas, the screening sample is first checked for HPV. An abnormal cervical screening test result does not mean you have cancer. Most abnormal results are either due to signs of HPV, the presence of treatable precancerous cells or both, rather than cancer itself. You should be sent a letter confirming when it is your time for your screening appointment. Contact your GP if you think that you may be overdue.

For more information on Cervical Cancer please visit Cervical cancer – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Next Week is World Wellbeing Week, so as well as any tips and pics you send in, we will pick up a couple of requested topics. In the meantime, here is some information on keeping up with your general Wellbeing.

Employee Assistance Programme:

Click the logo link to access the Health Assured Portal (if prompted the username is argyll and password is bute). Health Assured can also be contacted on 0800 028 0199. 

The Health Assured Management Referral Form.

My Healthy Advantage App also provides access to holistic health and wellbeing support at the tap of a finger anywhere and anytime.  You can download the My Healthy Advantage App by following the set up instructions in this guidance document. Your employee code is MHA075441.  Please find below some of the features which can be accessed via the app.

  • Support videos and webinars
  • Mood tracker
  • Four-week programmes
  • Home life support and advice
  • Work life assistance
  • Physical and emotional health
  • Mini health checks
  • Life Support
  • Medical information

As always please let us know your thoughts and ideas about the items featured in our Wellbeing Wednesdays each week and send us your suggestions for future topics – we love to hear from you.

The Wellbeing Team:  wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk