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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Latest Information

Coronavirus - Latest Information

Reopening our venues and preparing for your return to work

Our updated Returning to Work Guide (version two) aims to provide a reminder of the changes we introduced to support safe working in our buildings and venues when we first reopened in July 2020. While some of the changes may differ according to where you work, the general principles continue to apply in all our venues. To view a list of which venues we have prioritised for reopening from w/c Monday 26 April 2021, visit the Covid-19 latest information page of our website.

If you haven’t done so already, all staff returning to work will need to complete Glasgow Life’s mandatory ‘Coronavirus Awareness’ training course on GOLD and a hyperlink to this is included within our Returning to Work Guide. You can also click on this link for details of how to access GOLD remotely.

Your line manager will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time for a phone call to discuss your return to work or to reconnect with you. These documents may be helpful to read through in advance of this:

Upon returning to work, we’re asking staff to be flexible over their shift patterns, working days and work location. We may ask you to work within a different venue or service area from your usual workplace, however we will ensure all appropriate training takes place and will offer support throughout.

If your circumstances have changed since your last return to work then please raise this with your line manager and we will determine how best we can support you.

Scottish Government guidance is that those on the shielding list can now return to work. If this affects you then our Employee Relations team will work with your line manager to offer occupational risk assessments and any other interventions which may be required.

Some training may need to be carried out ahead of the reopening of any of our venues. If this applies to you, your line manager will be in touch to let you know. This training can take place while employees are on furlough.

We will aim to provide as much notice as possible (and a minimum of 48 hours) of your return to work date and we will work with you to address any concerns you may have. It’s important that your line manager has up-to-date contact details for you and that you remain contactable so that they can keep you informed about our ongoing reopening plans.

In the meantime, should you have any questions about this please raise them with your line manager.

Returning to the workplace – occupational risk assessments

Returning to the workplace after lockdown can seem daunting and it’s understandable to feel anxious or have questions about what your working environment will look like. Glasgow Life is committed to supporting all employees with their return to work and making sure everyone has a chance to discuss any questions or concerns they may have. 

Occupational risk assessments for staff

Ahead of reopening any of our venues or offices, we have completed workplace risk assessments with our Trade Union and Health and Safety reps. This ensures that all appropriate safety and hygiene measures are in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission for all staff and customers.

We are also offering the option of an occupational risk assessment for members of staff who have concerns about returning to work, or may be more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill if they contract the virus.

This assessment has been developed by the Scottish Government and uses factors such as age, ethnicity, BMI and any underlying health conditions to give a level of vulnerability of low, moderate, high or very high.

You can then discuss the results and any concerns with your line manager and identify any adjustments that can be made to help you return to work safely. The risk assessment is available on the Scottish Government’s website.

Your line manager will offer you the option of an occupational risk assessment if you were shielding previously or have expressed concerns about returning to work. This will help inform your return to work discussion.

The risk assessment is optional and some staff may feel uncomfortable disclosing personal information with their line manager. If this is the case, please do continue to have a return to work conversation with your line manager to make sure you have a chance to raise any concerns and discuss possible adjustments.

Within the 'preparing for your return to work' section at the top of this page you'll find key documents outlining what you can expect from your return to work discussion with your line manager as well as more information on occupational risk assessments. 

Business and Budget Plan 2021-22

Glasgow Life’s Business and Budget Plan sets out our ambitions and the areas we will prioritise for the financial year 2021-22, as we embark on a journey of recovery and renewal from the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the city’s culture, sport, events and tourism sectors.

We are committed to our vision to inspire every citizen and visitor to become engaged and active in a city globally renowned for culture and sport and this vision is at the heart of our recovery plans. As a charity we work for the benefit of the people of Glasgow. Our cultural and sporting programmes, experiences and events promote inclusion, happiness and health while also supporting the city’s visitor economy. Together these enhance the city’s mental, physical and economic wellbeing.

Our people strategy, financial planning, properties and assets, and the services we deliver will help us continue to operate world-class facilities and services accessible to everyone; manage nationally and internationally recognised collections and archives which local people can enjoy every day and deliver accessible globally-renowned events.

At the same time, we will continue to promote Glasgow internationally as a city which inspires pride in its citizens and supports the local economy and we will create spaces and programmes which make a vital contribution to local communities and the social and economic fabric of the city.

Click on this link to read Glasgow Life’s Business and Budget Plan 2021-22.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) and health and wellbeing support

Thank you to everyone across Glasgow Life for your continued commitment and hard work throughout this challenging situation. We know you have many questions about the impact of Covid-19 on Glasgow Life's services and your role, so we've created a list of frequently asked questions. And if you feel that you need some support with any aspect of your mental health, we've put together a variety of resources on our health and wellbeing page. 

Internal and External Vacancies

View and apply for internal vacancies. This link will take you to a list of Glasgow Life and wider Council Family vacancies on My Job Scotland for internal fulfillment. It’s specifically for Glasgow Life staff and should not be shared more widely as not all Glasgow Life vacancies shown here will be available externally.

To view Glasgow Life vacancies that are being advertised externally, or to share them with anyone not currently employed by Glasgow Life, see external vacancies on My Job Scotland. You will need a My Job Scotland account to be able to apply for any opportunities.

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 23 July

Does your team or service area have a great story to tell? It could be about a new project or community initiative, an award win or raising awareness of how you’ve developed new and innovative ways of working to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. To suggest content for inclusion in a future weekly bulletin, email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Parkhead Library to reopen next week

Parkhead Library will reopen to the public next week, welcoming visitors back for the first time during the pandemic. Essential maintenance works have been completed during the building’s closure, including extensive roof repairs, external stone repairs and refurbishment of the windows. The external lighting and wiring has also been replaced.

The reopening of Parkhead means 23 of Glasgow’s libraries have reopened to the public following lockdown, with customers able to borrow and return books as well as book sessions for free PC use. Any fines which library users may have incurred during our phased reopening period will be waived until 1 October 2021.

All Glasgow libraries are operating reduced opening hours. Parkhead will be open on Tuesdays from 2-7pm; Wednesdays from 11am-4pm; Thursdays from 11am-7pm; Fridays from 11am-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

Last month, we informed customers that Shettleston Library would temporarily close to the public for essential maintenance in July. This includes replacing the timber roof lights and air handling units. Shettleston will close from 2pm tomorrow (Saturday 24 July) and the nearest alternative is Parkhead. More information is available here.

Lethamhill Golf Course ready for handover to The R&A

Glasgow Life is currently preparing for the handover of Lethamhill Golf Course to The R&A, following the finalisation of the golfing body’s plans to renovate the venue.

The project aims to redevelop the existing public course at Lethamhill to create a family-focussed venue that provides access to separate nine-hole and par three courses, putting greens, a short-game area, adventure golf and a 25-bay floodlit driving range; allowing visitors to enjoy a wider range of golf activities, including shorter forms of the sport. Additional features including a café, fitness studio, indoor simulator, movie theatre, education room and retail area are also planned.

The views of local stakeholders including current golfers, community groups and elected representatives, are being considered to assist in shaping the development of the facility. Work is also being carried out with the Golf Foundation and Scottish Golf to create future participation and education programmes which use Glasgow Life’s existing Active Schools network to connect local schools with the new facility and inspire young people to experience playing golf in a fun and relaxed environment. The venue will close to the public on Friday 30 July and more information is available here.

Glasgow Club Level Zero venue improvements

Following the move to Level Zero of the Scottish Government’s Covid protection framework earlier this week, many new improvements are now in place at Glasgow Club venues across the city.

With the guidance on physical distancing reducing to one metre, more equipment is available on the gym floor and more customers are able to enter the gym at any one time. Based on customer feedback, changing rooms and showers are also now available for use, as are lockers both in and outside of our changing villages.

These improvements are the next step in Glasgow Club membership services being returned to as close to ‘normal’ as possible, with further improvements planned for when Scotland moves beyond Level Zero.

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we are asking Glasgow Club customers to continue wearing a face covering (unless they’re exempt) in all indoor areas except when participating in physical activities in our gyms and fitness studios. More information is available here.

Show your support for the creation of a national Covid-19 memorial in Pollok Country Park

Glasgow City Council is supporting a campaign to establish a national Covid-19 memorial in the city’s Pollok Country Park and staff across the Council Family are being invited to show their support by contributing a short sentence beginning ‘I remember…’

The campaign has been initiated by The Herald and is being supported by the Council, Greenspace Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Friends of Pollok Country Park. Renowned Scots poet and artist Alec Findlay has been appointed to lead the engagement phase, which will run until September.

Your sentence is a way to remember loved ones lost, or to record your own experience of the pandemic and submissions will be held anonymously. A wide-ranging selection will be published on the project blog. For the sake of confidentiality, please only use first names if you refer to people and you are welcome to contribute more than one submission.

To submit your ‘I remember…’ sentence, please email it to Alec Finlay at iremember2021@yahoo.com. Anyone wishing to learn more about the project is welcome to attend a public workshop with Alec and the project team. An online event will take place on Thursday 2 September from 7-8.30pm while an ‘in-person’ event will be held in Pollok Country Park on Saturday 11 September from 11am to 3pm. Council family staff, as well as families and friends, can register to attend here.

There will also be a number of workshops aimed specifically at bereaved families, those living with cancer or Long-Covid, and those caring for someone living with Dementia. For more information and to register, email iremember2021@yahoo.com.

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 16 July

Does your team or service area have a great story to tell? It could be about a new project or community initiative, an award win or raising awareness of how you’ve developed new and innovative ways of working to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. To suggest content for inclusion in a future weekly bulletin, email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Top travel magazine names Glasgow the UK’s best city break destination for this year

Glasgow has claimed the number one spot in prestigious travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller's list of the '12 best UK city breaks to take in 2021' and has appeared twice in the past month in leading consumer publication Which?; being named one of the 'top 5 cities for food and drink in the UK' as well as the 'best large city for shopping in the UK'.

The impressive accolades come on the back of our ongoing #LoveGlasgow campaign. Led by our Destination Marketing team and backed by Glasgow’s tourism, hospitality and retail sectors, the campaign is aimed at supporting local businesses and encouraging citizens and visitors to get back out enjoying the city.

Meryl Gilbert, Commercial Manager at Glasgow’s popular SWG3 campus, said: “It's really not surprising that Glasgow receives these accolades given the incredible variety of restaurants, bars, music and the unrivalled cultural and art scenes that come out of our punchy city. It's fantastic to see the place opening back up again.”

For inspiration on the best things to see and do in Glasgow this summer, check out peoplemakeglasgow.com.

North East Communities team bringing summer fun to young people in Easterhouse and Barlanark

Learning Assistants Donna O’Reilly, Sharon Smith, Michelle Ward, Lisa Lennon and Angela Fulton from our North East Communities team have organised a monthly Outdoor Youth Club to help keep local young people entertained and active during the summer.

The first session was held last month and was themed around EURO 2020, with the EURO 2020 Host City team donating branded goodies for everyone who attended. The day proved really popular with local youngsters and was spent designing and making new football tops and taking part in sport and craft sessions.

Donna said: “We’re really looking forward to delivering these outdoors sessions to bring some normality back to these young people. We hope the club will help those who are transitioning from P7 to high school to meet new friends, enhance their social and communication skills, and improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing after such a hard year. It’s just so good to be back.”

The club is open to young people from S1 and above and there’s no need to book. It meets on the last Saturday of the month, with the next session taking place at the outdoor space next to Barlanark Community Centre on Saturday 31 July from 1pm to 3pm. In August, the club will move to The Bridge in Easterhouse, before returning to Barlanark in September. For more details visit our website or email northeast.youth@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Healthy Working Lives: Get moving with these simple ‘One-Minute Movers’

If you feel that you’re spending too much time sitting at your desk or screen and could benefit from moving more, then these one-minute exercises from Paths for All can easily fit into your working day.

Why not try to build this short challenge into your daily routine? Setting a timer or arranging to exercise at the same time as someone else can help keep you motivated. Adding a lunchtime stroll or having a walk and a chat with a colleague on the phone are other good ways to build some activity into your working day.

You can read more about the importance of movement at mind.org.uk. The Health and Wellbeing section of our staff portal also has links to a variety of resources to help with any aspect of your wellbeing.

Current Glasgow Life vacancies

All Council Family vacancies are advertised on My Job Scotland. Bookmark this link on your device to view internal Glasgow Life vacancies. Please use this link to view external Glasgow Life vacancies on My Job Scotland. Managers, please ensure all vacancies are shared with your team members, particularly those who don’t have regular email access.

Glasgow Life is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Staff update – Thursday 15 July

Learning and Development schedule for August and September:

Please find below the updated Learning and Development classroom and webinar schedule for August and September.  

To reserve your place on any of these events, please email the Learning and Development team at: glLandDenquiries@glasgowlife.org.uk with the name, date and time of the session you would like to attend together with your SAP number. There is a maximum of 12 participants for each session and spaces will be provided on a first-come basis. Webinars are now run on MS Teams. 

Classroom schedule:

  • Wed 11 Aug – Emergency First Aid  (9.30am – 4.30pm)
  • Tues 17 Aug – Fire Warden  (9.30am – 3pm)
  • Wed 18 – Fri 20 Aug – First Aid at Work  (9.30am – 4.30pm)
  • Wed 1 Sept – Fire Warden (9.30am – 3pm)
  • Thurs 2 Sept – Emergency First Aid (9.30am – 4.30pm)  
  • Tues 7 Sept – Recruitment & Selection (9.30am – 4.30pm)
  • Wed 8 Sept – Assessing & Controlling Risk (9.30am – 4.30pm)
  • Thurs 9 Sept – Performance Management (9.30am – 4.30pm)
  • Tues 14 Sept – Carrying our Effective Investigations (9.30am – 1pm)
  • Thurs 16 Sept – Dealing with Discipline (9.30am – 4pm)
  • Tues 21 – Thurs 23 Sept – First Aid at Work (9.30am – 4.30pm)
  • Wed 29 Sept – Running your Venue  (9.30am – 3.30pm)
  • Thurs 30 Sept – Emergency First Aid (9.30am – 4.30pm)

Webinar schedule:

  • Thurs 12 Aug – Intro to MS Teams (1.30pm-2.30pm)
  • Wed 18 Aug – Rediscovering our Resilience (1.30pm -2.30pm)
  • Mon 23 Aug - Intro to MS Teams Webinar (1.30pm-2.30pm)
  • Tues 24 Aug – Handling Grievance Effectively (1.30pm – 4pm)  
  • Wed 1 Sept – Leading Change (1.30pm – 3pm)
  • Fri 3 Sept - Intro to MS Teams Webinar (AM) – 10am-11am)
  • Mon 13 Sept – Working Through Change (1.30pm – 3pm)
  • Tues 14 Sept - Intro to MS Teams (10am – 11am)
  • Tues 21 Sept – Online Safeguarding (10am – 11.30am)
  • Wed 22 Sept – Innovation Essentials (1.30pm - 4pm)
  • Tues 28 Sept – Handling Grievance Effectively (1.30pm – 4pm)  
  • Tues 5 Oct – Innovation Essentials (1.30pm - 4pm)

Support with MS Teams

MS Teams is relatively new to most of us. The Learning and Development team will be online 30 minutes before each training session begins to help you navigate the basic tools you will need to get started. They will not be able to help you fix any technical issues once the session has started, so if you would like some support please be sure to arrive early.

Staff update – Thursday 15 July

Population Health and Community Referral – Glasgow Life project team update:

Over the past six months, staff from across our service areas have helped to shape Glasgow Life’s thinking around Population Health and Community Referral.

Community Referral, which is also sometimes described as Social Prescribing, is a means of enabling health professionals, such as GPs and practice nurses, to refer people to a range of non-clinical, community-based services aimed at supporting positive, mental and physical, health and wellbeing outcomes.  

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of communities across Glasgow. Throughout the pandemic, and using information collected as part of Glasgow Life’s Strategic Planning Sprint project earlier this year, we have been working to develop a new approach to how we can best match our services with communities’ health and wellbeing needs going forward.

As part of this, we have also been looking at how our work across all service areas compliments and links to current and emerging city and national health priorities; and I would like to thank everyone who has supported and contributed to this process to-date.

Glasgow Life’s Live Well Community Referral Model

There’s abundant evidence of the positive community health and wellbeing benefits that culture, sport and physical activity can deliver and our programmes, experiences and events are needed now as much as ever. Fundamentally, Glasgow Life has the people, power and assets to deliver services and activities which can do more to tackle the health inequalities, as well as the wider social and economic recovery challenges, that Glasgow is now faced with post-Covid.

At Glasgow Life’s Board meeting in June, approval was given to progress, as a company priority, our new Live Well Community Referral Model.

This represents a transformational change to the way Glasgow Life approaches health inequality; one which makes best use of our unique position as a service provider and community enabler. Our new model will be rooted in working more collaboratively with our partners and key stakeholders to achieve measurable, improved health outcomes for Glasgow’s citizens.

Next Steps

Work will continue through Glasgow Life’s Population Health and Community Referral Sprint Team (PH&CR), which is made up of AnnMarie Burns, Crawford McGugan, Diane Cunningham, Fiona Anderson and Irene Cree. This will include the creation and roll out of internal and external communications, partner engagement planning and further refining the Live Well model, with a view to implementing a pilot proposal in the coming months.

Glasgow Life’s Head of Communities and Libraries, Andrew Olney, is also leading a senior project group looking at the creation of a cross-service core team, and how this is organised and resourced, to support the ongoing coordination and management of the programme.  

Your support and what we need from you

You may already be involved, either directly or indirectly, with programmes that have health and wellbeing objectives. If you’re having discussions which have a health and wellbeing focus, with health or other partners, then please feed details of these discussions to the PH&CR team to ensure we’re capturing important and relevant information as well as avoiding duplication. Team contact details are at the end of this message. You may also be asked for your opinions and to support the team with sharing and developing networks.

Further Information

You may have already attended a service area presentation on Glasgow Life’s Live Well Community Referral Model. If not, this presentation will be made available to all staff soon. Additionally, I would encourage all staff to review our Population Health learning course, delivered by Scotland’s former Chief Medical Officer, Sir Harry Burns, which is available on GOLD. Login to GOLD and search ‘Population Health’.  

Contact

Should you have any questions about the content of this email, please contact Glasgow Life’s Population Health and Community Referral Sprint Team:

Best regards

Billy

Billy Garrett
Director of Sport, Events, Communities and Libraries

Staff update – Wednesday 14 July

A message from our Chief Executive:

Dear colleagues

Yesterday, the First Minister confirmed that all areas of Scotland would move to the Scottish Government’s Covid Protection Level 0 on Monday 19 July. While this move is due to the continued progress of the vaccine programme, and the news that case numbers have levelled off and actually fallen in recent days, the First Minister highlighted that continued caution was still required, and some mitigations to Level 0 plans will be put in place.

Full details of Level 0 restrictions are available on the Scottish Government website, and the main changes affecting Glasgow Life services are:

  • indoor physical distancing in public places will reduce from two metres to one metre
  • mandatory wearing of face coverings in enclosed spaces such as shops and on public transport will continue for some time to come
  • larger events will be possible with limits of up to 2000 seated, 1000 standing outdoors and 400 indoors

Thereafter, the Government is still hopeful to remove all remaining restrictions, including physical distancing indoors, and to go beyond Level 0 on Monday 9 August, which Nicola Sturgeon said will signal a return to almost complete normality in our day-to-day lives.

Returning to office working

The First Minster advised that there will not be an immediate return to full office working beyond Level 0, and that this should be gradual and phased, with continued support for home-working where possible and appropriate. We are currently reviewing what a return to office working and continued home-working this year will look like for Glasgow Life and more information about this will be shared soon.

I’m sure you will agree that, from the hardships of lockdown at the start of the year to where we are now, the First Minister’s update yesterday marks yet another positive turning point in the pandemic and our fight against Covid.

We must all continue to act responsibly, use our common sense and stick to the rules in the coming weeks to ensure we can get back to a life without restrictions and enjoying again the simple but precious pleasures we have all missed so much over the past 17 months. 

Best regards 

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 9 July

Does your team or service area have a great story to tell? It could be about a new project or community initiative, an award win or raising awareness of how you’ve developed new and innovative ways of working to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. To suggest content for inclusion in a future weekly bulletin, email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Glasgow Uni students complete digital lockdown placement with Burrell team

Every year, staff at the Burrell Collection support History of Art students at the University of Glasgow as part of their practical placement. Despite Covid restrictions, the team has been able to offer seven students digital placements across five research areas, with the aim of helping them to understand how research is used by museum staff.

History of Art student, Bianca, created one of our popular #BCTalks on social media, telling the story and history of the painting ‘The Judgement of Paris’. These short videos share items from the collection in an accessible way and you can watch Bianca’s talk on YouTube.

Ed Johnson, Medieval and Renaissance Curator said: “Continuing the History of Art placements throughout lockdown has been a great opportunity to explore the collection in collaboration, and to look at pieces with a fresh perspective; bringing out interesting stories that will inform future tours and really add to the visitor experience.”

Professor Clare Wilson from the University of Glasgow said: “We’re delighted that by 'going digital', Glasgow Life has been able to offer work placements again for our students. The seven highly interesting online museum/gallery opportunities have provided valuable vocational experience, and are greatly appreciated by our students. A green shoot of hope in testing times, for which we warmly thank our Glasgow Life colleagues.”

Summer fun with Glasgow Life

With the summer holidays in full swing, why not try out some of the fun activities and challenges we have lined up for families across Glasgow Life’s services. You can keep active with outdoor and online activities for all ages with Glasgow Sport. Families can now swim together and play sports like badminton, tennis, bowls, golf, and table tennis. Book now on our Glasgow Club App, which you can download here.

Glasgow Libraries has lots of reading and book-related activities to keep children busy, including the ever-popular Summer Reading Challenge. Find out how to take part here. And the whole family can enjoy a fun, free day out with Glasgow Museums; connecting with your favourite objects and displays at Kelvingrove, Riverside, GoMA and the People’s Palace (just remember to book ahead here). Or why not take a wander around the Merchant City. Check out the Merchant City Festival programme for outdoor performances, arts, dance and more this weekend.

Find out how to access Social Security Scotland benefits

Glasgow Life and Social Security Scotland will be offering awareness sessions next month for any Glasgow Life staff interested in finding out about the benefits that are available from Social Security Scotland.

Social Security Scotland provides financial support for people on low incomes, disabled people, carers, young people entering the workplace and families. Sessions will review what’s available and their eligibility criteria, as well as how you can support the groups you work with to access them. Sessions will take place over MS Teams and run for around 45 minutes on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 10 August at 11am
  • Thursday 12 August at 11am
  • Friday 20 August at 1pm

For more info or to book, email Glasgow Life’s Benefit Take Up Officer, Daniel Band, at daniel.band@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Healthy Working Lives: Samaritans Awareness Month

July marks the Samaritans’ annual 'Talk to us’ campaign; aimed at raising awareness of the support they offer (without judgement or pressure) to anyone who may be feeling anxious, under pressure, worried about someone else or who just needs a listening ear.

You can phone the Samaritans, at any time of the day or night, for free on 116 123. You can also find out more about 'Talk to us' month at  Samaritans.org or keep an eye out on their FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.

Glasgow Life’s employee assistance provider, Workplace Options, also offers free and confidential counselling and support for you and your family. Visit workplaceoptions.co.uk or call 0800 247 1100..

Current Glasgow Life vacancies

All Council Family vacancies are advertised on My Job Scotland. Bookmark this link on your device to view internal Glasgow Life vacancies. Please use this link to view external Glasgow Life vacancies on My Job Scotland. Managers, please ensure all vacancies are shared with your team members, particularly those who don’t have regular email access.

Glasgow Life is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Staff update – Friday 9 July

A message from our Chief Executive – workforce planning update:

Dear colleagues 

I have written to you a number of times since September last year to keep you up-to-date with Glasgow Life’s workforce planning. 

As you know, the prolonged impact of the pandemic on our finances, combined with our limited ability to earn income in the current environment, has forced considerable changes to how Glasgow Life operates. In response, we are working to develop a more sustainable and collaborative approach to how the city’s cultural and sporting services are funded and delivered going forward, which we know can have a transformative effect on the health and wellbeing of communities across Glasgow and the city’s wider social and economic recovery post-Covid.  

Throughout the pandemic, I have been honest that reshaping our workforce and organisational structure will be vital to ensuring Glasgow Life remains fit for purpose in the years ahead.

Reprofiling our Senior Leadership Team

You will be aware that our Director of Cultural Services, Jill Miller, retires today after more than two decades leading the city’s cultural output and championing the sector’s incredible growth. I know you will share my sadness at her departure while wishing her the very best for the future. Going forward, we will be implementing a refreshed strategic framework for our Senior Leadership Team.

Heads of Service will continue to have operational responsibility for their respective portfolios, but we will look to enhance and embed their profile as trusted leaders and experts within their sectors. At the same time, our directors will have a greater focus on shaping Glasgow Life’s strategic priorities, including our response to existing and emerging social and economic policy at local and national level, and linking collaborative working across the organisation and the wider Council Family with key external partners and stakeholders in areas including public health and tourism.

There will also be an interim reconfiguration of the directors’ line management responsibilities. Museums and Collections; Arts, Music and Cultural Venues; Marketing and Communications; Tourism and the Glasgow Convention Bureau will sit with Susan Deighan, Director of City Marketing and External Relations. Communities and Libraries will sit with Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events, while Jan Buchanan, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, will now also oversee our Infrastructure and Development teams.

Workforce planning

You will remember that we began our workforce planning by offering the option of ER (early retirement) and VR (voluntary redundancy) to senior management and colleagues in Grade 8+ roles as an immediate way of reducing our costs. This process has now concluded, and a number of senior colleagues have taken the decision to leave Glasgow Life. Their departure dates will depend on their particular circumstances and will fall between now and March 2023.

I would like to thank every one of these people for their contribution to our organisation. Thank you for the energy and passion you have given to Glasgow Life over years and, in many cases, decades. Your efforts have helped to create one of Scotland’s largest and most valued charities, which improves the lives of so many Glaswegians and visitors to our city. To those taking early retirement, I wish you good health and happiness. And to those taking voluntary redundancy, I wish you every success with your next endeavours.

Additionally, a targeted review of staffing structures in two Glasgow Life service areas is ongoing and regular communication will continue with staff who are involved in this process. Further work is also being undertaken to consider service reform across each of our services. Please be assured that if we are in a position to offer early retirement and voluntary redundancy to our workforce more widely, then this will be communicated to all staff.

Contrary to speculation which you may have seen in the media today, while our overall headcount may potentially reduce by an estimated 500 in the coming years, Glasgow Life’s current policy is for no compulsory redundancies. In order to support our recovery planning we are managing a phased reduction of our headcount through a mix of cost-saving strategies, which include targeted ER/VR; careful vacancy management arrangements; reviewing all temporary and fixed-term contracts; and supporting colleagues who may wish to voluntarily reduce their hours. At the same time, we have been highlighting opportunities for redeployment across the Council Family, and staff will receive appropriate training should they move to a new role.

It’s also important that, where colleagues have chosen to leave, we undertake a careful and thorough knowledge exchange to ensure our organisation is able to maintain the high standards we set ourselves and to continue to provide the level of service that communities across the city have come to expect from Glasgow Life.

Council Family Review and Glasgow Life’s future

As I recently explained, the Council has begun a strategic review to look at the efficiency and effectiveness of Glasgow Life as part of its ongoing appraisal of the Council Family; to ensure we remain fit for purpose and continue to deliver best value. It will take some time to complete and, alongside our own current internal review, will help to inform our future structure and strategic direction in support of the Council’s strategic plan and action plans. The initial outcomes are expected early next year.

I recognise that living through change can be challenging, and at the moment we are all facing significant changes in how we work and how we deliver services. Glasgow Life will be a very different organisation at the end of this transformation process and I am asking you all for your continued commitment, flexibility and positive contribution, which has helped to steer us through an unprecedented crisis over the past 17 months.  

As I have said before, Glasgow Life is committed to delivering organisational and workforce change in a transparent way; through open communication and engagement with all staff and our trade unions about the impact this will have as well as the opportunities it might bring. In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please raise them with your line manager or Head of Service.

Best regards 

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

Staff update – Thursday 8 July

Staff update – Internal vacancy; Senior Arts and Music Manager:

Glasgow Life is pleased to offer the following job opportunity. The closing date for applications is Thursday 15 July 2021. If you wish to apply, please complete an internal application form and submit directly to david.laing@glasgowlife.org.uk before the closing date.

Managers of staff without email access: Please print and display this vacancy on your staff noticeboard. Employees without email should ask their manager to provide an application form.

Job Title: Senior Arts and Music Manager

Ref: 21/032

Duration: Permanent

Location: Tramway

Grade: 8

Salary: £43,758 – £50,716 per annum

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

As Senior Arts and Music Manager, you will provide arts management capacity within our Arts, Music and Cultural Venues (AMCV) senior team to support delivery of all service activity, programmes, venues, and events. You will work collaboratively with the existing AMCV team to maximise diversity within ongoing core programmes, festivals and presentations within our portfolio of venues, through high-level influencing, decision-making, relationship development and capacity building.

This includes the Merchant City Festival, Glasgow Music Programmes, Celtic Connections, Tramway Programme, Glasgow Mela, Aye Write and Wee Write, Glasgow International Festival, DIG, Area Arts Programmes as well as the Cultural Programme for future major events, and management of the city-wide Arts Development Scheme grants. 

You’ll also work collaboratively with the independent sector across art forms, including arts and music organisations, cultural and heritage organisations, venues and commercial partners to do the same.

To be successful in this role you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience of organising and managing activities, programmes and financial resources
  • Evidence of a specialist knowledge and interest in equalities, diversity and inclusion-focused cultural programming approaches within your work history
  • High level of written and spoken English
  • Excellent communication skills, including digital and IT skills
  • Providing expert advice to internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to interrogate data, recommend actions and establish priorities
  • Experience of undertaking and arranging research to inform training, policy, and organisational development and capacity building
  • Experience of monitoring and controlling delegated budgets and identifying and accessing other funds from external funding bodies and sponsors
  • Experience of liaising and co-ordinating activities with complex partnership arrangements
  • Confidence in representing the Company on policy matters at a local and national level

By taking on the role of Senior Arts and Music Manager, you’ll play a vital part in making a difference to Glasgow’s economy and profile, to local communities, and to the people who live, work, visit and play in the city. At the heart of everything we do is our vision: to inspire Glasgow’s citizens and visitors to lead richer and more active lives through culture and sport.  

If you’re inspired by this opportunity then we urge you to apply. Click here for information on Glasgow Life’s Competency Framework

Best regards

People Strategy and Resource Team

Staff update – Tuesday 6 July

Staff update – Glasgow Life aims to become a ‘trauma informed workplace’

It’s estimated that 60% of the UK population has experienced psychological trauma in their lifetime (with the figure being even higher for vulnerable groups.) Trauma can affect anyone who has lived through one or more traumatic events such as domestic abuse or a sudden bereavement.

To support the Scottish Government’s commitment to Scotland becoming ‘Trauma Responsive’, Glasgow City Council has launched a GOLD course which all staff are encouraged to complete.

For some people, the pandemic has made living with or recovering from trauma experiences even harder. This new course will support Glasgow Life in becoming a ‘trauma informed workplace’. It takes 10 minutes to complete and aims to raise awareness of the scale and impact of psychological trauma and to consider the barriers that people affected by trauma can face as well as our role, and responsibility, in support their resilience and recovery journey.

To access the course, visit GOLD.

Further Information and Support

  • The Trauma Counselling Line Scotland: A freephone telephone and video counselling service available on 0808 802 0406
  • Breathing Space: A free, confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed. Call 0800 838 587 from 6pm-2am, Monday to Friday, or 24 hours at weekends. You can also visit, www.breathingspace.scot
  • Scottish Women’s Aid: A helpline for domestic abuse and forced marriage, available 24/7 on 0800 027 1234
  • Workplace Options: Free, professional and confidential support available for 24/7 for Glasgow Life staff to discuss any issue you are experiencing. Call 0800 247 1100. They also offer an LGBT helpline on 0800 138 8725; a BME helpline on 0800 288 4950 and a Bullying and Harassment helpline on 0800 042 0135.

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 2 July

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It's almost time to say a fond farewell to Jill

Next Friday (9 July) will mark the end of an era for Jill Miller, as our much-loved Director of Cultural Services retires from Glasgow Life.

Jill has worked tirelessly for Glasgow for more than two decades, initially with Glasgow City Council as Head of Arts before helping to establish Glasgow Life as an independent charity in 2007. Throughout that time, Jill has been a dedicated champion of Glasgow’s cultural development and it is to her credit that the city is recognised today as Scotland’s cultural powerhouse.

Jill’s successes are too numerous to list, but she has been instrumental in many of the city’s, and Glasgow Life’s, major projects, not least the development of Easterhouse Cultural Campus; the creation of Riverside Museum; bringing the Turner Prize to Tramway, and Scotland, for the first time in the event’s history; and the delivery of Festival 2014, the highly successful cultural programme which celebrated Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games.

As well as these high-profile projects, Jill has led the city’s cultural services; overseeing a wide-ranging portfolio which includes Arts, Music, Cultural Venues, Libraries, Communities, Museums and Collections.

It’s for those achievements that she was, quite rightly, awarded an OBE from The Queen in the 2017 New Year Honours List for services to culture in Glasgow. Jill’s work has benefited people not just in Glasgow, but across Scotland and the UK. She has been a huge asset to the city, delivering a tremendous legacy, and we will all miss her leadership, compassion and good humour. Congratulations Jill, and thank you for everything you’ve contributed to Glasgow. On behalf of everyone at Glasgow Life, we wish you all the very best for the future and we hope you can now enjoy a well-earned break!   

People’s Palace reopens its doors

On Wednesday, we reopened the doors to the People’s Palace and eager visitors were able to return for the first time since March last year.

Teams at the museum have been working hard to make sure everyone can enjoy a safe and memorable day out, with new signage and hygiene measures in place throughout the building. Staff have also undertaken Covid-19 awareness training and will be on hand to help the public navigate the new one-way layout. Pictured are Caroline, Jim, David and Diane preparing to welcome visitors back on opening day.

Following the reopening of Kelvingrove, Riverside and GoMA, the People’s Palace will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays initially, from 10am-5pm. Visitors will need to pre-book their free ticket online for a specific date and time to help the team manage visitor numbers, reduce queues and maintain physical distancing. Tickets will be released in two-week batches and are available to book at www.glasgowmuseums.com.

Our chair, Councillor David McDonald, said: “We know how popular the People’s Palace is so it’s fantastic that we can now welcome people back. However, we’re mindful that we’re still operating in a pandemic and that has required some changes, which mean not all displays will be open. For many people, the People’s Palace is their favourite museum in Glasgow and we’re focused on ensuring everyone feels safe and confident to come inside again. Visiting museums has a positive effect on our wellbeing and reopening another of the city’s most popular museums will provide even more free access to art and culture for all, especially during the school holidays.”

Full Merchant City Festival programme is now available online

The Merchant City Festival is back for 2021 featuring a packed programme of outdoor performances, arts, circus, dance and more from next Thursday to Sunday (8-11 July).

This year’s festival will kick off with a Covid-safe version of its popular Carnival party on Thursday 8 July. George Square will be used for performances throughout the festival while other events, including Surge Festival at Barrowland Park and Walkabout in Merchant City, will showcase acts on the city’s streets.

Things will be slightly different this year due to ongoing Covid restrictions, but all events will be ticketed and free to attend. Visitors are being encouraged to pre-book tables for local pubs and restaurants as there won’t be the usual markets and food trucks at this year’s event. You can check out the full programme and book your tickets at merchantcityfestival.com.

Prestigious award for new GoMA commission

The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) has been awarded the prestigious Jackson Tang Ceramic Award for 2020/21 by the Contemporary Art Society for the commission of a major site-specific ceramic work by artist James Rigler. The award comes as the venue is celebrating its 25th anniversary. James is pictured with his work ‘Old Money’ alongside GoMA Curator Katie Bruce.

‘Old Money’ takes the form of a new frieze for the interior of GoMA and is formed of two elements: a plain shelf structure, carefully tailored to the simple circulation space of the 1996 redevelopment; and an informally-arranged collection of metal-leafed ceramic forms. The commission refers both to the history of the building and the entrenched privilege it represents; serving as a reminder that the meaning and value of coins is – like architectural styles – socially constructed, and can evaporate with changing times.

‘Old Money’ joins ceramics currently on display in GoMA by Grayson Perry, Emmanuel Cooper, Jesse M King and Chris Bramble and enhances the significant holdings in Glasgow Museums’ collection representing the city’s ceramic traditions.

You can find out how to visit GoMA and take part in a programme of online talks and workshops on our website.

Healthy Working Lives: New Government campaign reminds us all to stay safe this summer

With the easing of restrictions, it feels good to be able to see more of our friends and family, but the Scottish Government’s new Summer Safety Measures campaign is aimed at reminding us to do so as safely as possible over the coming weeks.

The campaign, which is running on TV, radio, and social media this month, is encouraging all Scots to be mindful of the continued need for outdoor socialising, regularly cleaning our hands and surfaces, and wearing face coverings in crowded places. Continuing to follow these behaviours until we are all fully vaccinated will help us avoid future Covid outbreaks and minimise the risks from new strains. You can watch the campaign TV ad here.

Current Glasgow Life vacancies

All Council Family vacancies are advertised on My Job Scotland. Bookmark this link on your device to view internal Glasgow Life vacancies. Please use this link to view external Glasgow Life vacancies on My Job Scotland. Managers, please ensure all vacancies are shared with your team members, particularly those who don’t have regular email access.

Glasgow Life is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Staff update – Friday 2 July

A message from our Chief Executive:

Dear colleagues

Throughout the past 17 months I have kept you informed about the considerable and ongoing impact of the pandemic on Glasgow Life.

At the same time, we have sought to keep our various external audiences; from our partners, stakeholders and tenants, to our customers, visitors, media and elected members, up-to-date with what this means for our organisation. Inevitably, there has been media coverage and speculation about Glasgow Life’s future, and communities in some areas of the city where our venues remain closed have raised concerns about these facilities.

You will be aware that Glasgow City Council passed a motion last month resolving that all Glasgow Life venues should reopen as soon as funding and Scottish Government guidance allows. Our ability to open more venues is entirely dependent on more funding becoming available. However, given the current climate, it’s unrealistic to expect that we can raise significant additional income this year that will support the reopening of venues beyond the 90 we have already announced.

It’s on this basis that The Herald newspaper will launch a campaign on Tuesday (6 July), with support from Glasgow Life, highlighting the need for a new approach to how Glasgow’s cultural and sporting provision is funded.

It will recognise that Glasgow’s rich cultural, sporting and heritage assets, events and experiences are of national and international significance and that they will be needed more than ever in helping to protect our citizens’ health and wellbeing post-pandemic as well as in supporting a shared social and economic recovery for Glasgow and Scotland.

There is abundant evidence of the positive community health and wellbeing benefits that culture, sport and physical activity can deliver. And as I have said before, Glasgow Life has the people, the infrastructure and the drive to deliver services and programmes which can do more to tackle the increasing health and economic inequality that Glasgow, and Scotland, is faced with in the wake of Covid-19.  

The Herald’s campaign will argue that now is the time for an honest conversation with the Scottish and UK Governments, the NHS, governing bodies in sport and major culture funders about how we may be able to work more effectively together, and how we can develop a sustainable funding model that puts culture, sport and physical activity at the heart of tackling some of society’s biggest challenges while also giving communities the opportunity to play a greater role in the management of their local services and facilities.

I have attached an article that I’ve written in support of the campaign’s objectives, which will appear in The Herald’s Saturday Magazine tomorrow.

Despite the incredible pressures we continue to face as a result of our financial situation, we remain firmly committed to supporting Glasgow’s mental, physical and economic wellbeing as the city emerges from the various levels of Covid restrictions and to building a positive and long-term future for Glasgow Life.

Best regards 

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 25 June

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Community facilities and teams recognised for important role during the pandemic

In March 2020, services across Glasgow Life were suspended and venues closed as Scotland went into its first lockdown.

Since then, our community facilities have continued to play an important role; providing safe spaces and helping to deliver essential services in venues across the city, including childcare; support for adults with additional and complex needs; emergency food distribution and pantry services; polling stations; and testing and vaccination centres.  

Many staff have been asked to work in venues that they wouldn’t normally be based in and to undertake different duties to help keep these much-needed services running. Our community services supervisors and officers have also been supporting the reopening of our libraries to the public.  

Throughout incredibly difficult times, the ongoing commitment and flexibility shown by our community facilities teams has made a real difference to people and families across Glasgow, as well as to our partners and stakeholders, and it’s clear just how much their efforts are appreciated by our regular lease holders:

  • “Thank you for supporting our services, we simply couldn’t carry out the work we do without every one of you.” The Jeely, Castlemilk Community Centre.
  • “Glasgow Life staff have been really supportive, which has allowed us to work as one big team for the benefit of our customers.” Capability Scotland, Penilee Community Centre.
  • “Without Glasgow Life we just would not be able to provide our much needed childcare to working parents in Darnley. Thank you!” Darnley After School Service, Darnley Community Centre.
  • “Glasgow Life’s staff and management have gone out of their way to accommodate and support us, it’s been invaluable.” GAP, Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre. 

A huge thank you to everyone in our community facilities teams for making it possible for these vital services to continue at a time when they are needed most. 

Pollok United lift Glasgow Club Trophy in long-awaited walking football rematch

It’s taken almost 17 months, but the second leg of Glasgow Club’s Walking Football Friendly Trophy finally took place earlier this month. Drumchapel United beat Pollok United back in March 2020, but Covid restrictions meant it wasn’t possible to play the rematch until now.

This time around, Drumchapel made the journey south from Donald Dewar to Nethercraigs to face Pollok, who ultimately triumphed on their home pitch to secure the trophy for their base at Glasgow Club Bellahouston. The plan now is that the trophy, donated by Glasgow Club Football, will be played for throughout the city over the summer, with Pollok facing Vale of Leven WFC later this month.

Glasgow Life Football Coach Simon McLean said: “Both teams were just delighted to be able to get back to playing now that restrictions have been eased. There’s always a friendly rivalry, but our walking football sessions are less about the result and more about connecting and reuniting with old, and new, friends.” 

You can find out more about our Walking Football sessions here and on our Football Glasgow Facebook page.  

Health Walks help Glasgow Life volunteers to reconnect  

Earlier this month, we told you about the ways teams across Glasgow Life have been celebrating our wonderful volunteers during national Volunteers’ Week.

Heather MacLeod, Sport and Physical Activity Development Officer, and Maureen Wilbraham, Partnership Management Co-ordinator, organised four Health Walks in Glasgow Green to give volunteers the chance to catch-up safely outdoors and enjoy some well-deserved coffee and cake.

Volunteers play a crucial role in many of the services we all rely on and their efforts have not stopped despite the pandemic. Over 700 volunteers help deliver much-loved Glasgow Life services across the city each year, and these Health Walks were just a small way of saying thank you for their continued contribution to their local communities.

Healthy Working Lives: Building healthy and happy relationships with new Workplace Options webinar

Workplace Options is hosting a new webinar this month focused on building healthy and happy relationships. It's good to be supportive to family, friends and colleagues, but it’s also healthy to know how to set some boundaries.

In this free session, you’ll learn how to set healthy boundaries and identify ways to build and maintain healthy relationships with those around you, even when these boundaries are in place.

You can join the webinar at a time convenient to you. All you have to do is call Workplace Options on 0800 247 1100 or log-in at workplaceoptions.com with the username GCC and the password Employee. If you need any help, you can email assistance@worplaceoptions.com.

Current Glasgow Life vacancies 

All Council Family vacancies are advertised on My Job Scotland. Bookmark this link on your device to view internal Glasgow Life vacancies. Please use this link to view external Glasgow Life vacancies on My Job Scotland. Managers, please ensure all vacancies are shared with your team members, particularly those who don’t have regular email access.

Glasgow Life is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Staff update – Wednesday 23 June

A message from our Chief Executive:

Dear colleagues

As you will be aware, the current Covid protection levels in all parts of Scotland are to be maintained for another three weeks.

Addressing the Scottish Parliament yesterday, the First Minister confirmed that the planned easing of restrictions from Monday 28 June will not go ahead, beyond some minor changes for weddings and funeral services, and that the intention now is for the whole country to move down to Level 0 on Monday 19 July.

Nicola Sturgeon revealed that the Delta variant of the virus is now dominant in Scotland and that the number of new cases recorded over the past week had increased by almost 40% on the week before, with the country’s infection rate now higher than at any point since late January.

However, she said there is strong evidence to suggest that vaccination is weakening the link between new cases and serious health harms, with the full double-dose of vaccine providing a high level of protection against hospitalisation.

The First Minister said that, by this Sunday, well over half of Scotland’s adult population will have been offered two doses of vaccine and she set a target of 12 September for all adults to be fully vaccinated. She added that the Government was also planning for possible future vaccination programmes, which could include booster jags in the autumn and the potential vaccination of 12-17-year-olds.

Review of physical distancing

As part of her update, Nicola Sturgeon highlighted the publication of two new papers: a revised Strategic Framework for tackling Covid, setting out what a move beyond Level 0 will look like, and the Government’s review of physical distancing.

We will review both of these documents in terms of what they may mean for Glasgow Life’s ongoing and future operations, but the First Minister said she hoped the need for physical distancing outdoors could be lifted from 19 July while the requirement for indoor physical distancing could be reduced from 2 metres to 1 metre. Informal social gatherings outdoors of any size will also be allowed while the current limits on indoor household meetings will be increased from that date.

Thereafter, it’s the Government’s intention to look to remove all remaining restrictions, including physical distancing indoors, and to go beyond Level 0 on Monday 9 August, which Nicola Sturgeon said will signal a return to almost complete normality in our day-to-day lives.

However, it’s likely that some safety measures, including the use of face coverings in certain settings and on public transport, as well as the Test and Protect system and self-isolation, will remain for a period of time.

Returning to office working

The First Minster advised that there will not be an immediate return to full office working from 9 August and that this should be gradual and phased, with continued support for home-working where possible and appropriate. We are currently reviewing what a return to office working and continued home-working this year will look like for Glasgow Life and more information about this will be shared in the weeks ahead.

I’m sure you will agree that, from the hardships of lockdown at the start of the year to where we are now, the First Minister’s update yesterday marks a positive turning point in the pandemic and our fight against Covid.

We are living in much more hopeful times and while the path ahead is not yet quite obstacle-free, it’s clearer than at any point so far. We must all continue to act responsibly, use our common sense and stick to the rules in the coming weeks to ensure we can get back to a life without restrictions and enjoying again the simple but precious pleasures we have all missed so much over the past 17 months.

Best regards,

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 18 June

Does your team or service area have a great story to tell? It could be about a new project or community initiative, an award win or raising awareness of how you’ve developed new and innovative ways of working to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. To suggest content for inclusion in a future weekly bulletin, email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

There’s more to the EURO 2020 Fan Zone in Glasgow Green than just football

At the EURO 2020 Fan Zone in Glasgow Green, it’s not just about the football; there’s a packed programme of largely free cultural activity taking place throughout the tournament.

The programme kicked off this week with Wee Write storytelling sessions featuring celebrated children’s authors and continues this Sunday – World Refugee Day – with an afternoon of music and dance performances from Refugee Festival Scotland.

Visitors to the Green can expect lively performances from some of Scotland’s top musicians, from Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, and funk soul act Tom McGuire & The Brassholes to festival favourites Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 who will close the party on Sunday 11 July ahead of the EURO 2020 final.

The programme will also give visitors a flavour of some of the city’s best-loved festivals, including two evenings of entertainment from Celtic Connections; a night programmed by the Glasgow Jazz Festival, and a football-themed movie night showing Gregory’s Girl and Diego Maradona presented by Glasgow Film Festival.

Meanwhile, comedy fans can purchase tickets for Funny at the Fan Zone with Susie McCabe and Soccer FM, and Fred Macaulay and Friends. You can find out more and book your table, here.

Glasgow Life wins top tourism marketing award

Glasgow Life’s Destination Marketing team and creative agency partners Frame saw off competition from across the country last night (Thursday) to scoop a coveted tourism award. The team won gold in the Tourism, Leisure, Culture and Sport category at this year’s prestigious Marketing Society Star Awards for the city’s domestic tourism campaign, ‘Introducing Glasgow’.

Designed to grow Glasgow’s reputation as a short-break destination and attract more ‘staycation’ visitors from across the north of England, the campaign brought the city’s identity to life by showcasing our unique Glaswegian character and some of the best things to do in Glasgow.

Post-campaign evaluation revealed Glasgow’s position as a spontaneous city break choice increased to 5th in the UK and over a third of those who saw it said they were more actively considering a trip here. Inspiring visitors from across the UK to visit Glasgow is a priority action within the city’s Tourism and Visitor Plan and the team are currently working on activity to support our tourism and hospitality sector, and the city’s economic recovery. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena reopens for track sessions

Glasgow Sport have been delighted to reintroduce track sessions in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this month.  

As riders haven’t been on the track since last year, everyone wishing to ride is required to complete a ‘Revalidation Class’. This session is designed to rebuild riders’ confidence, ability, and safety before returning to full track sessions.

Revalidation Classes are one-hour long and currently have a special promotional cost of £10 per adult and £7 per junior rider. The session only needs to be completed once if passed, and then riders can progress to our coach-led sessions.

Sessions must be booked in advance and spaces are limited to six adults or 10 junior riders per Revalidation Class. You can view the timetable and make advance bookings using the Glasgow Club app, or our online booking website up to seven days in advance. Before attending, please view our protocols here, including a quick video walkthrough showing you what to expect on your return.

Riverside Museum turns 10 next week

Monday (21 June) will mark 10 years since the Riverside Museum opened to the public, and during that time the popular and much-loved venue has gone from strength-to-strength. Having welcomed 650,000 people through its doors in the first year, annual visitor figures have continued to climb steadily and, pre-Covid, more than 1.3m people enjoyed the museum’s exceptional variety of displays, events, activities and festivals; making it one of Scotland’s, and the UK’s, most popular visitor attractions.

Over the past decade, Riverside has become a real success story for Glasgow and a worthy winner of the European Museum of the Year title in 2013. This week, we asked colleagues based there what their favourite object or memory is, and with the school holidays only a week away are you planning to visit and reacquaint yourself with a favourite display?

Museum Gallery Assistant, Elizabeth Devine shares her favourite part of the museum with many visitors. She said: “I’m particularly fond of the 1930’s street and the Victorian dress shop, aptly named Devine’s Gowns and Mantels. As a dressmaker I’ve made Victorian costumes for the photographer’s shop.”

Curator of Transport and Technology, John Messner, said: “My favourite thing about the museum is that it brings the history of Glasgow and its people alive. My highlight was the installation of the South African Railways locomotive. It was one of the first objects to go into the building and it’s the largest.”

Andi Howe, Transport and Technology Conservator, added: “I remember our opening day well. It was made even more special by sharing it with my daughter Eve, who was only three at the time. I have a photo on my desk of that day, which Eve made it into. She’s still very proud to say her dad works at Riverside, which means a lot to me.”

Michelle Woods, Programming Manager, said: “I love that Riverside is more than a museum. It hosts several popular festivals and indoor and outside events across the year, which bring a really varied mix of people to the museum. The whole place takes on a completely different vibe during our Blue Light, Christmas, skateboarding and music festivals. Music events were unknown to museums, we tried it and it was a big success. We’ve had DJ’s inside the museum with thousands of people dancing next to trams, trains and cars. I particularly loved watching the crowd bop about to Candi Stanton when she performed in front of our bike wall.”

Current Glasgow Life vacancies

All Council Family vacancies are advertised on My Job Scotland. Bookmark this link on your device to view internal Glasgow Life vacancies. Please use this link to view external Glasgow Life vacancies on My Job Scotland. Managers, please ensure all vacancies are shared with your team members, particularly those who don’t have regular email access.

Glasgow Life is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Staff update – Friday 18 June

A message from our Chief Executive – Update following our Board meeting and next Council Family Review to focus on Glasgow Life:

Dear colleagues

Following a meeting of Glasgow Life’s Board on Wednesday, I want to update you on what was discussed and to share with you some information which may be covered by local media in the coming days.

As you are aware, the considerable impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced significant changes to Glasgow Life’s operating model and we have been undertaking a comprehensive review of our organisational structure and strategic priorities, which will shape a new approach and ensure our long-term sustainability.

Despite the incredible and prolonged pressures we face as a result of our financial situation, we remain firmly focused on building a positive future for Glasgow Life. Our review has been looking at how we can maximise the resources available to us this year, and in the years ahead; from our people and financial planning to the venues and sites within our property portfolio and the broad range of services we deliver for local communities, visitors and tourists to Glasgow.     

Going forward, we will continue to focus on the contribution that Glasgow Life makes to the city’s Social Recovery and Economic Regeneration; reflecting our ongoing commitment to supporting Glasgow’s mental, physical and economic wellbeing as the city emerges and recovers from the various levels of Covid restrictions.

There is abundant evidence of the positive community health and wellbeing benefits that culture, sport and physical activity can deliver and our programmes, experiences and events are needed now as much as ever. Glasgow Life has the people, power and assets to deliver services and activities which can do more to tackle the increasing health inequality that Glasgow is now faced with, while also supporting the restart of tourism and the growth of our visitor economy; making a direct contribution to the city’s economic recovery.  

Whatever the post-Covid landscape may bring, our mission will remain the same: to inspire every citizen and visitor to become engaged and active in a city globally renowned for culture and sport.

Council Family Review: Glasgow Life

Since 2015, Glasgow City Council has completed several strategic reviews of the council family and made changes to the operating models where required, to help the Council to continue delivering best value services for the city.

Alongside our own ongoing internal review, the Council’s next strategic review will look at the efficiency and effectiveness of Glasgow Life as part of the ongoing appraisal of the council family; to ensure we remain fit for purpose and continue to deliver best value in support of the council’s strategic plan and action plans.

This review will be led by a team of senior council officers working closely with senior managers in Glasgow Life and will report back to the Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life’s Leadership Team. The review will begin next month and will take some time to complete; with the initial outcomes expected early next year. Glasgow Life staff will be kept updated throughout the process.

Meeting of Glasgow City Council’s Wellbeing, Empowerment, Community and Citizen Engagement City Policy Committee (WECCE) next week  

Following a meeting of the Full Council last month, Glasgow Life was asked to prepare a report for Glasgow City Council’s WECCE Committee, providing an update on the future of our venues and services as well as the status of the People Make Glasgow Communities programme.

The report will be discussed when the Committee meets on Wednesday (23 June), which may generate media coverage next week. You can read the report in full, here and should you have any questions, please raise these with your line manager or Head of Service.  

As always, I remain committed to sharing information about Glasgow Life’s future with you as fully and as regularly as possible.

Best regards,

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

Staff update – Wednesday 16 June

Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) training:

Colleagues within Glasgow City Council’s Strategic Policy and Planning Team have arranged two Microsoft Teams Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) training sessions next month:

  • Thursday 8 July from 10am – noon
  • Tuesday 27 July from 2pm – 4pm  

 The sessions will cover:

  • An introduction to EqIA and protected characteristics
  • The Public Sector Duty
  • Screening for Equalities: an outline of the process and examples of EqIAs               
  • Conducting an EqIA exercise (in groups)
  • A closing discussion about EqIA outcomes

This training is aimed at anyone who would be required to carry out an EqIA as part of their role.

If you would like to attend, please raise it with your line manager in the first instance and then email karen.porter@glasgow.gov.uk with your preferred date. Availability will be on a first come basis.

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 11 June

Does your team or service area have a great story to tell? It could be about a new project or community initiative, an award win or raising awareness of how you’ve developed new and innovative ways of working to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. To suggest content for inclusion in a future weekly bulletin, email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.   

More Glasgow libraries to reopen next week

Springburn, Pollok and Milton libraries will reopen to the public next week, welcoming visitors back for the first time during the pandemic. It will mean 22 of Glasgow’s libraries will have reopened to the public following lockdown, with customers able to borrow and return books as well as book sessions for free PC use. Any fines which Glasgow Libraries users may have incurred during our phased reopening period will be waived until 1 October 2021.

All Glasgow libraries are currently operating reduced opening hours: Springburn will be open on Monday from 11am–4pm, Tuesday from 11am–7pm and Saturday from 10am– 2pm. Pollok will be open on Tuesday from 2-8pm and Wednesday to Friday from 10am-4pm while Milton will be open on Tuesday from 2–7pm, and Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-4pm. We have shared this information with elected members, stakeholders, library members and with the public more widely via our website and social media channels this week. For more information, click here.

Glasgow City Council approves £1.4m funding for new Possilpark Community Hub

Glasgow City Council has approved up to £1.4m to support the creation of a new £2.9m community hub in Possilpark. The Council and Glasgow Life have been working to support the plan led by Possilpark People’s Trust, which has raised the remainder of the funding from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grants Fund and The Robertson Trust.

Possilpark People’s Trust recently completed a community asset transfer for Possilpoint Community Centre and its adjacent red blaes pitch. The new hub will be built on this site and will deliver a variety of services to the local community within a modern, purpose-built building. Tenants will include the DASH club, which works with disabled people across the city; parent and toddler group, Link Up, and Young People’s Futures, which runs a range of youth work programmes.

Tollcross hosts successful British Swimming Glasgow Meet

Tollcross International Swimming Centre welcomed its first showcase swimming event since the start of the pandemic last weekend with the British Swimming Glasgow Meet. The event featured the best of Britain’s elite aquatic athletes and was the final opportunity for those looking to earn selection to the British Olympic and Paralympic teams heading to Tokyo.

Venue Manager Debbie O’Brien, said: “It was amazing to see so many familiar faces return to the venue from Scottish and British Swimming as well as all the event officials and volunteers. And it was hugely significant for our staff too; the team worked really hard and showed, once again, their capability and commitment to delivering sporting events of the highest calibre. I hope this is just the first of many outstanding events that will restart at Tollcross.”

If you’re keen to get back in the pool, Glasgow Sport’s Family Swim Sessions have restarted at Castlemilk, Drumchapel, Easterhouse, Gorbals, Maryhill, North Woodside, Springburn, Tollcross and Whitehill pools. Family groups of up to five people (from up to three households) can enjoy a swim for just £5. To keep everyone safe, sessions must be booked and paid for in advance, which you can do using our Glasgow Club app (tap the swimming button) or booking website. If you’re not a member or haven’t booked before, you can register here. For more information, click here.

Healthy Working Lives: Carers Week – Making caring visible and valued (7 to 13 June)

This week marks Carers Week; an annual campaign which aims to raise awareness of caring and highlight both the challenges faced by unpaid carers and the incredible contribution they make to families and communities across the UK. However, many people with caring responsibilities don’t always think of themselves as carers and are often not aware of the variety of support that’s available.

The theme of this year’s national campaign is making caring visible and valued, and, as a Carer Positive employer, we’re encouraging staff who have caring responsibilities to identify themselves as carers. Caring can be hugely rewarding, but it can also be demanding and have an impact on all aspects of your life. Glasgow Life recognises the vital contribution unpaid carers make and we want to make sure staff know about the help, advice and support available to them. 

Carer help and support resources:

The Health and Wellbeing section of our staff portal also has links to a variety of resources to help with any aspect of your wellbeing.

Current Glasgow Life vacancies 

All Council Family vacancies are advertised on My Job Scotland. Bookmark this link on your device to view internal Glasgow Life vacancies. Please use this link to view external Glasgow Life vacancies on My Job Scotland. Managers, please ensure all vacancies are shared with your team members, particularly those who don’t have regular email access.

Glasgow Life is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Staff update – Wednesday 9 June

Learning and Development schedule for June and July:

Please find below the updated Learning and Development classroom and webinar schedule for June and July.

To reserve your place on any of these events, please email the Learning and Development team at: glLandDenquiries@glasgowlife.org.uk with the name, date and time of the session you would like to attend together with your SAP number. There is a maximum of 12 participants for each session and spaces will be provided on a first-come basis. Webinars will now run on MS Teams.

Classroom schedule:

  • Wed 30 June: Fire Warden, Govanhill NC (10am to 3pm) 10 spaces remaining
  • Wed 7 July: Dealing with Discipline, Govanhill NC (9.30am to 4.30pm) 8 spaces remaining

Webinar schedule:

  • Tues 15 June: Online Safeguarding (1.30pm to 3pm) 8 spaces available
  • Mon 21 June: Rediscovering our Resilience (1.30pm to 2.30pm) 11 spaces available
  • Tues 22 June: Leading Change (1.30pm to 3pm) 10 spaces available
  • Mon 28 June: Working Through Change (1.30pm to 3pm) 8 spaces available
  • Thurs 8 July: Working Through Change (1.30pm to 3pm) 9 spaces available
  • Tues 13 July: Leading Change (1.30pm to 3pm) 10 spaces available
  • Wed 14 July: Handling Grievance Effectively (1.30pm to 4pm) 5 spaces remaining

Support with MS Teams

MS Teams is relatively new to most of us. The Learning and Development team will be online 30 minutes before each training session begins to help you navigate the basic tools you will need to get started. They will not be able to fix any technical issues once the session has started, so if you would like some support please be sure to arrive early.

Staff update – Monday 7 June

Aged 18-29? Be one of the first to be invited for your vaccine – register today:

If you're in this age group you could be one of the first 18-29-year-olds in Scotland to be invited for the Covid-19 vaccine by registering online today.

How to register

Register at https://www.nhsinform.scot/under30register or phone 0800 030 8013 before Friday 11 June to get your vaccine appointment sent to you by email or text.

If you don't register you will be sent your appointment later by letter.

The vaccine is our best way out of this pandemic

It's important to get the vaccine when invited, as you can get seriously ill with Covid-19 at any age.

Having the vaccine doesn't eliminate the risk of Coronavirus but it does reduce the impact of the virus and, along with regular testing, it is our best way out of the pandemic and to get back to all the things we miss.

Please take advantage of this vaccination scheme to help protect yourself, your family, friends and work colleagues.

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 4 June

Does your team or service area have a great story to tell? It could be about a new project or community initiative, an award win or raising awareness of how you’ve developed new and innovative ways of working to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. To suggest content for inclusion in a future weekly bulletin, email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.  

Glasgow Life to use Check In Scotland service

Following the Scottish Government announcement this week that Glasgow will move to Covid protection level 2 as of Saturday 5 June, Glasgow Club indoor fitness classes are available to book and adult outdoor contact sport will restart. 

Glasgow Life is using the Check In Scotland service which aids businesses in collecting contact details of visitors, customers and staff. This digital service allows NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service to conduct faster contact tracing and help stop the spread of Covid-19. Individuals can quickly and securely provide their contact details by scanning an official Test & Protect Check-in Scotland QR code poster via their smartphone camera or by downloading the Check in Scotland app. It will be the responsibility of the individual to do this.

Check In Scotland works with NHS Scotland's Test and Protect contact tracing system to:

  • Collect your details
  • Alert you if you came into close contact with someone at a business or venue who later tests positive for Covid-19

Anyone over the age of 12 can use the Check In Scotland service. The service is designed to take as few details from you as needed. The Check In Scotland app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. For information on how Check In Scotland uses data, please see the Check In Scotland privacy policy.

Contact information can still be manually collected using the existing Test & Protect set up in venues if anyone enters the venue and cannot access Check In Scotland.

ESOL parents celebrate their achievements

A group of parents from Saint Roch’s Primary in Royston have been supported throughout the pandemic by Margaret Ramsey, Family Support and Engagement Worker, to complete their Level Four Glasgow Kelvin College Community Achievement Award in ‘Learning ESOL through Storytelling’. 

All of the learners have increased confidence in telling stories to their children, and do this much more regularly now with one participant saying that the course has “helped me be more involved in the community. Now I feel more in control”.

Many of the group have gone on to further learning and volunteering opportunities. Two are now volunteering for the Healthy Living Initiative by cooking and selling their products in the Royston Community Pantry, one is studying Health and Social Care at Glasgow Kelvin College, two members of the group have been recorded storytelling in their first language and feature on YouTube for the city wide Families in Partnership Project, and two have had a baby during lockdown and have still not stopped learning!

A huge congratulations to all who took part in family learning at Saint Roch’s Primary. For more information on the project please contact Margaret Ramsey on gw20ramseymargaret@glowmail.org.uk or  laura.kennedy@glasgowlife.org.uk

National Volunteers’ Week – 1 to 7 June

It’s Volunteers’ Week, a time to celebrate and say 'Thank You' for the fantastic contribution volunteers make to people and their communities. Volunteers are behind many of the services we all rely on and their crucial efforts have not stopped despite the uncertain times we find ourselves in and will continue as an important part of the nation's recovery.

Volunteers are also at the heart of Glasgow Life, with over 700 volunteers donating over 45,000 hours last year, helping deliver much-loved annual events such as Celtic Connections, community sports, Health Walks, Digi-PALS, as well as many other roles in our Museums, Arts and Music venues, Libraries and Community facilities. Teams across Glasgow Life have been organising online meetings and digital thank-yous to safely celebrate our volunteers this week. There will even be a series of Health Walks in Glasgow Green so groups of up to 25 volunteers can meet up and enjoy each other’s company, along with a celebratory hot drink and some cake.

Many Glasgow Life staff are also volunteers, going above and beyond to help others through programmes such as MCR Pathways and Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries. Why not share your own story about being a volunteer and inspire others to get involved in volunteering, or say 'thank you' to an amazing volunteer you know using the #VolunteersWeek on social media.

Carer’s Week – Power of Attorney information session; Thursday 10 June

In support of Carer’s Week, the council family has arranged an information session to learn more about Power of Attorney arrangements. The event will take place via Microsoft teams on Thursday 10 June between 12.30 and 1.15 pm. 

For many, caring is something which happens gradually when someone becomes older, or has a progressive illness. For others, it can arise suddenly, for example as the result of an accident, a stroke or because of Covid-19. It is a hard fact of life that there may come a point in all our lives when we have to help and support others such as elderly relatives. But have you ever thought about what would happen should you need to support others who have become incapable of making decisions? Most people think that as their next of kin or family member they will automatically be able to do this, but you can't, not without a Power of Attorney.

Power of Attorney is a legal document; drawn up when the person has capacity, that lets them choose who they want to deal with their affairs should they become incapable of making their own decisions. It allows them to detail exactly what they want the person to do for them and can cover financial and personal welfare or both.

To find out more, please register for this online event here via eventbrite. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and please discuss your attendance with your line manager if this is within your normal working hours.

Healthy Working Lives: Clear Your Head – new Scottish Government campaign

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life for all of us. As things start to open up again, feelings of worry, loneliness and uncertainty are natural, and shared by everyone to differing degrees.

A new 'Clear Your Head' campaign has launched to help people across Scotland cope as life gets busier again. The Scottish Government campaign provides a range of practical and simple hints and tips to help those feeling overwhelmed or nervous as they start to go out more.

Connecting with people before you meet up in person, planning ahead before leaving the house, keeping active and focusing on your breathing are just some of the things that you can do to feel calmer and more in control. For information and advice to help you through the coming weeks, visit https://clearyourhead.scot/

If you need to talk to someone you can phone:

  • Workplace Options our Employee Assistance Provider, anytime free: 0800 247 1100; LGBT helpline: 0800 138 8725; BME helpline: 0800 288 4950; Bullying and Harassment helpline: 0800 042 0135.
  • Samaritans anytime free on 116 123 or visit Samaritans.org to find out other ways of getting in touch.
  • Breathing Space free on 0800 83 85 87(6pm to 2am on weekdays, 24 hours at the weekends).

The Health and Wellbeing section of our staff portal also has links to a variety of resources to help with any aspect of your wellbeing.

Current Glasgow Life vacancies

All Council Family vacancies are advertised on My Job Scotland. Bookmark this link on your device to view internal Glasgow Life vacancies. Please use this link to view external Glasgow Life vacancies on My Job Scotland. Managers, please ensure all vacancies are shared with your team members, particularly those who don’t have regular email access.

Glasgow Life is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Interim Homeworking Guidance and Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment

To support public health and reduce the spread of Covid-19, Glasgow Life is continuing to follow the Scottish Government’s guidance on homeworking. The government’s current position is for employers to maximise homeworking where feasible.

As we continue to reopen venues and restart services, we expect that working from home, for those staff who can do so, will remain our default position. We have created Interim Homeworking Guidance, which sets out our approach to continued homeworking as well as responsibilities for everyone.

This should be read in conjunction with Glasgow Life’s Homeworking Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment, which must be completed by all members of staff who are working from home, with support from their line manager.

Managers should keep a copy of each assessment on file and staff members should also retain a copy. Please familiarise yourself with these documents and discuss any queries you have with your line manager in the first instance.

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