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News in Brief – Monday 22 July 2024

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for tuning in to News In Brief with important updates and news highlights of all that is happening over the next seven days. Don’t forget to check out the Staff News website for the latest information and news from across the Council.

Monday 22 July: Partnership Awards nominations are now open

Would you like to say a special thank you to someone who has helped you take care of your mental or physical wellbeing over the past year? Nominations are now open for the North Ayrshire Partnership Awards 2024, with the event this year focusing on the theme of wellbeing. The awards will celebrate the staff teams and individuals who work within health and social care in North Ayrshire, as well as the volunteers, charities and community groups who provide support to residents can also be nominated.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 30 – get full details in the Latest News article.

Wednesday 24 July: Corporate Parenting drop-in

July’s information session with the Corporate Parenting team will take place on Wednesday 24 July, 10.30am until 11.30am at Ardeer Community Centre. Come along if you want to learn more about opportunities to support care experienced children and young people and discover how your team can support them as Corporate Parents. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Friday 26 July: Ayrshire Hospice fundraiser deadline

Ayrshire Hospice has a Summer Super Draw and the fundraising campaign is now open for those looking to raise funds locally with the lucky winner will be drawn on Friday, July 26. The charity is offering a top prize of £2,024 followed by a second prize of £500, a third prize of £100 and 70 runners-up prizes of £10. Get full details in the Latest News article.

Also on Friday: Tickets still available for BBC Any Questions? at Maritime Museum

The Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside will welcome BBC Radio 4’s flagship topical discussion programme ‘Any Questions?’ on the evening of Friday, July 26. Hosted by BBC Political Correspondent Alex Forsyth, Any Questions? gives members of the public the opportunity to challenge four personalities drawn from the worlds of politics, business, science, arts and the media on the issues of the day. Attendance is free and tickets can be booked online now on a first come, first served basis. Guests can bring their question along on the night or write them on arrival. Those whose question is chosen, then read it out to the panel on air.

Also this week…
An important reminder on manual accessibility checks

The Web and Digital Experience Team have created guidance on the manual checks you should be carrying out for accessibility to help services in the lead up to the new external website launch. This is due to regulations and agreements with Chief Officers that inaccessible documents will no longer be accepted. Read more in the Latest News article.

Data breach reporting

The Information Governance team have shared a Latest News article about the process for data breach reporting. Please read the update to ensure you are aware of your duties and responsibilities. If you know or are unsure if a data breach has occurred, you must inform immediately. As an organisation, the Data Protection Officer (DPO) only has 72 hours from the organisation being aware of the incident, to assess if the incident is reportable to the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO – the data protection governing body).

Be more sustainable with our weekly tips

Our Sustainability team are encouraging staff to do their part to help North Ayrshire to achieve its net zero ambition as little steps every day can make a huge impact when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint. This week’s in-office tip is to please be cautious with the kettle. Only fill it to the level you need as this could save around £6 a year on energy bills.

And Finally…
Fun local events happening this week for all the family

From chess and board games to Lego building, art workshops, fun days and more, see our weekly round-up of everything happening this week.

Crowdfunder appeal for Social Workers in Ukraine

The Social Workers Union in Kharkiv, Ukraine, is appealing for help to buy motor scooters for social workers to replace their bicycles. Social workers in the region typically travel up to 15km per day by bicycle to provide support to vulnerable residents. If scooters were available, this would not only help to improve working conditions for staff, but also allow them to reach many more people who need their help. A Crowdfunder site has been set up by former NAHSCP Team Manager Colin Turbett to assist in raising the necessary funds. If you’d like to donate, you can do so online via the Crowdfunder website.

Staff information and training sessions

Whether you’re looking to develop your career or find out more information about staff benefits and initiatives, stay tuned to our round-up of the latest staff training and information sessions, updated weekly.

That’s all for now

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