Wellbeing Wednesday 28th September 2022

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s wellbeing Wednesday – and true to form and my obsession with weather – the sun is shining!

Today is national fitness day, so as it is still light later on – if you haven’t managed to get some walking in yet today – there’s no excuse to get out in the sunshine. And don’t forget to book in for the Tai Chi session on 5th October.

We’ve got some more great recipes for you as well this week for meat free week with a bit of a Mexican flavour. Why not give it a go and let us know how you get on and what recipes you come up with that you wouldn’t normally try.

Picking up on all of the issues that we are hearing about on the media about the cost of living crisis, bills going up and shopping going up in price, we have a couple of articles for you about Child Poverty, how you can get involved and get advice as well as advice on money worries and home energy advice.

And don’t forget that tomorrow, Thursday 29th September, is the Able Futures Virtual Appointment Day. If you haven’t already booked your appointment time slots will be available between 07:00am – 17:00pm at the link below.

And finally I am getting my holiday reading planned – Babel by R. F. Kuang and I’m definitely taking at least one crime fiction book with me! Have a good week and see you in a fortnight

National Fitness Day 28th September

Today is National Fitness Day. As well as cardiovascular exercise, strength and flexibility exercises will help you increase muscle strength, maintain bone density, improve balance and reduce joint pain.

Examples of muscle-strengthening activities include:

      • lifting weights
      • working with resistance bands
      • heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling
      • climbing stairs
      • hill walking
      • cycling
      • dance
      • push-ups, sit-ups and squats

Examples of flexibility activities include:

      • stretching
      • yoga
      • tai chi
      • pilates


Book your space for in-person Tai Chi next Wednesday at wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk 

Meat free week 26th September – 2nd October

Evidence suggests that cutting out meat just one day a week may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.

A study carried out by Oxford University’s department of public health found that eating meat no more than three times a week could prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from stroke, as well as save the NHS £1.2 billion in costs each year.

These vegetarian enchiladas are a perfect swap and full of nutritious ingredients:

Vegetarian Enchiladas


              • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 280g carrots, grated
  • 2-3 tsp chilli powder (mild or hot, according to your taste)
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g cans pulses in water, drained (we used mixed beans and lentils)
  • 6 small wholemeal tortillas
  • 200g low-fat natural yogurt
  • 50g extra-mature cheddar cheese (or veg alternative), finely grated.



Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Cook the onions and carrots for 5-8 mins until soft – add a splash of water if they start to stick. Sprinkle in the chilli powder and cook for 1 min more. Pour in the tomatoes and pulses and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5-10 mins, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from the heat and season well.


Heat grill to high. Spread a spoonful of the bean chilli over a large ovenproof dish. Lay each tortilla onto a board, fill with a few tbsp of chilli mixture, fold over the ends and roll up to seal. Place them into the ovenproof dish. Spoon the remaining chilli on top.


Mix the yogurt and grated cheese together with some seasoning, and spoon over the enchiladas. Grill for a few mins until the top is golden and bubbling. Serve with a green salad.

Challenge Poverty Week 3rd – 9th of October

This week aims to highlight the injustice of poverty in Scotland, and to show that collective action based on justice and compassion can create solutions. Daily themes this year are:

Monday – The Cost of Living

Tuesday – Work and the Economy

Wednesday – Social Security

Thursday – Energy and the Environment

Friday – Our Communities

Saturday – Health and Care

Sunday – Housing and Public Services

On the 12th of July 2022 the End Child Poverty coalition published the latest local child poverty figures.  Their research, covering the period to 2020/21, provides the best available estimates of child poverty at local authority level (below 60% median income after housing costs).  Figures for Argyll and Bute are as follows:

DateNumber of Children in PovertyPercentage of Children in PovertyPercentage Point Change
2014 – 2015280820.7% 
2020 – 2021232518.9%-1.8%

The dedicated website for Challenge Poverty has news and information on events: Challenge Poverty Week – 3 – 9 October 2022

Argyll and Bute Council provides free impartial, confidential advice on welfare rights, complex debt to particularly vulnerable clients, and homelessness. For a list of services that can help you or someone you know is in financial crisis please see the Council website: Advice services (argyll-bute.gov.uk).

The following link https://www.buteadvice.org.uk/benefits-money-energy-advice will also take you to the full document of financial and energy advice and support services offered in Argyll and Bute.

Home Energy Grants

Argyll and Bute Council’s Home Energy Efficiency Team is committed to helping home owners and private-rented tenants in Argyll and Bute improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reduce their fuel bills and help to ensure they can live in warm, comfortable homes.

Through the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme (ABS) generous grants are available to homeowners and private-rented tenants to install the following energy efficiency measures to your home:

  • External wall insulation
  • Internal wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Underfloor insulation
  • Room-in-Roof Insulation

To qualify, your home must be in Council Tax Band A, B or C. Householders in Council Tax Band D are also eligible if the property has an energy rating (EPC rating) of E to G. Island-based Householders, in addition to the above, in Council Tax Band E to H are eligible if the property has an energy rating (EPC rating) of E to G. (Argyll and Bute Council will confirm your energy rating if you don’t know it – there will be no cost for this). Contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 who will guide you through the process or contact the Energy Efficiency Team on 0158 555943.

Tomorrow, Thursday 29th September, is the Able Futures Virtual Appointment Day. If you haven’t already booked your appointment time slots will be available between 07:00am – 17:00pm at the following link:

Booking is now closed.

The confidential call aims to answer any initial questions you may have regarding the service they can provide. If you would like to proceed with accessing the support, they will gather your basic details to apply for the Mental Health Support there and then, at your own pace. This is fully confidential, and we as your employer will not be made aware of any appointments or bookings.

The call will take up to 30 minutes and you will need the following information to register for the phone call:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Email Address
  • Start Date of Current Employment

Further information about the support service can be found on the Able Futures Website,

You can also apply via the Able Futures website at any time, and so do not have to wait until the 29th September if you would prefer to self-refer before the appointment day.

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 wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk