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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, 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 who were previously on the shielding list can 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 1 October

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, please email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Glasgow Libraries’ BIPC shortlisted for SLIC Award 

Glasgow Libraries’ Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) has been shortlisted for the new Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) Award 2021. The inaugural award commends the outstanding contribution and innovation library teams across Scotland have shown over the past year in supporting their members. Glasgow has been shortlisted alongside teams from East Lothian, Falkirk, Inverclyde, Shetland and the Highlands.

Based in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow’s BIPC, which is part of the British Library’s national BIPC network, offers access to free business resources, advice from partner organisations and an Experts in Residence programme; serving as a one-stop-shop for new and growing businesses. Throughout the pandemic the centre has supported more than 300 entrepreneurs with starting or developing their business, with our team providing guidance via workshops, webinars and one-to-one support.

Principal Librarian Rosemary O’Hare said: “When lockdown began, the BIPC team had to find new ways to connect with their audience. At a difficult time, the team went above and beyond what was expected of them; continuing to develop their skills and making use of our online platforms to ensure a continuation of our offer while our building was closed. We’re delighted to be in the running for the trophy and the £5,000 prize, which would be put to good use supporting future events and audience engagement.”

The winner of the SLIC Award will be announced on Friday November 5 and you can find more information on all the nominees here. Congratulations everyone and good luck!

Glasgow Sport helps thousands of children and young people to ‘Get into Summer’

Glasgow Sport supported more than 100 organisations across the city to help get children and young people active throughout the summer. Get into Summer, a Scottish Government funded programme, was focussed on providing fun activities and helping young people to socialise again following the challenges of the last 18 months.

The programme aimed to reach children and young people in communities most affected by the Covid19 pandemic and more than 7,500 participants took part in a range of activities from weekly sports camps to summer-long clubs.

Glasgow Sport Development Officer, Grant Morrison said: “The team loved supporting such a varied programme throughout the summer; helping young people across the city to meet up safely and get active again. From sports camps for kids from low income families, to one-to-one guided bike rides for young adults with autism, the team has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people following such a difficult year.”

You can find more information about the Get into Summer programme and the organisations supported by Glasgow Sport here.

New Covid vaccination certification scheme launched

The Scottish Government has launched its new Covid vaccination certification scheme.

From 5pm today (Friday 1 October) anyone over the age of 18 in Scotland will need to prove they have been fully vaccinated against the virus to gain entry to most indoor and outdoor events, including football stadiums, as well as late night venues, such as nightclubs. You can prove you have been fully vaccinated by showing your vaccination certification in one of two ways:

  • Downloading NHS Scotland’s new Covid Status app from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store.
  • Requesting a paper or PDF copy of your vaccination record through the NHS Inform website or calling the national Covid Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565. This will be posted to you and may take up to 14 days.

Both the app and paper record provide QR codes that venues will be required to scan to confirm that a person has been fully vaccinated. All data on the app is encrypted, held by NHS Scotland and is only shared with trusted parties needed to deliver the service.

Celebrating National Libraries Week

Glasgow Libraries will once again be taking part in National Libraries Week which runs from 4-10 October. The theme for this year is ‘Taking action, changing lives’ and throughout the week library colleagues will be celebrating our much-loved libraries and the central role they play as a driver for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility, and community cohesion.

Teams across Glasgow Libraries will be creating special displays, activities, and sharing stories focusing on Black History Month, National Poetry Day on 7 October, and World Mental Health Day on 10 October. Our Health and Wellbeing services will also be in the spotlight with Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries and the reintroduction of our ever-popular Bookbug sessions in selected libraries. To find out more about Libraries Week activities across Glasgow, keep an eye on Glasgow Libraries’ social channels.

Healthy Working Lives: National Cholesterol Month

October is National Cholesterol Month. Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is needed in the cells of your body. Too much cholesterol in your blood can lead to a build-up in your arteries, which increases your risk of having a heart attack. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that is low in saturated fat and high in fibre is a good way to keep your cholesterol healthy.

Oats contain a type of soluble fibre known as beta-glucan, which can really help to lower your cholesterol. As the weather gets cooler, why not start your day with a comforting bowl of porridge. For more info on National Cholesterol Month and tips on how to increase your consumption of oats throughout the day, visit the Heart Research UK website.

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 1 October

A message from our Chief Executive – COP26 update:

Dear colleagues

As you know, participants and media from nations and territories across the world will soon arrive in Glasgow for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference – known as COP26.

Taking place from 31 October until 12 November at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), COP26 is one of the biggest and most significant events Glasgow is ever likely to stage.

Last month I wrote to you all to highlight the importance of this conference for our city, and today I have written to the Glasgow Life Board to inform them of what this means for Glasgow Life. I wanted to share this information, including further details about the impact of the conference, with you as well.

What does COP26 mean for Glasgow Life?

COP26 is the latest major event to be hosted in Glasgow and gives us an opportunity to once again promote our city, which has a proven track record as a world-class host of global sporting championships, cultural events and conferences, on the world stage.

A number of Glasgow Life venues will be used to support the delivery of COP26. As well as COP26-related activity taking place in some of our cultural venues and museums, the table below indicates those venues which will be affected and the anticipated dates they will be closed to the public.

Please note that all dates are inclusive and subject to change as our requirements around COP26 and the security operation for the event continue to evolve.

Glasgow Life venues which will close to the public to support delivery of COP26

Riverside Museum

23 October – 15 November

(car park build begins on 20 October)

Kelvin Hall

28 October – 2 November

Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre

31 October – 2 November

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

31 October – 14 November

Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

31 October – 15 November

Emirates Arena*

*Certain areas of the venue will be used to support COP26 delivery, but it will not require to close to the public

While COP26 will inevitably impact on city operations and business continuity during the event, it’s our intention across the wider venues we have reopened to minimise disruption and operate business as usual as far as possible.  

Security and accreditation

The safety of our staff and customers remains paramount, and Glasgow Life is working closely with Glasgow City Council and other partners to ensure the city can support the delivery of a safe and successful event. The significance of this global summit and the profile of some of the expected attendees will mean that greater levels of security will be required.

In line with previous major events the city has hosted, it is likely that for some venues enhanced security will include accreditation of staff. If this is the case for your venue, your line manager will already have communicated this to you.

Bag searches may also be required when accessing certain venues, and we will update you on these protocols as soon as more information is available.

Transport and travel

COP26 will be unlike any other major event hosted in Glasgow, bringing its own unique challenges on our travel network and changing the usual movement of traffic around the city.

An event of this size and stature means it is inevitable that daily life for many people in the city will be impacted, and there will be a significant security operation resulting in road closures and restrictions on routes being implemented.

Some of these restrictions will be in place from Saturday 23 October and Get Ready Glasgow has prepared maps showing detailed information of road closures and alternative routes. For the latest information to help you prepare for the arrival of COP26, please visit www.getreadyglasgow.com.

Next steps

Your continued support remains crucial in helping Glasgow to deliver a safe and successful climate change summit and you will shortly be hearing from your COP26 Service Area Lead, who will provide further operational details on how COP26 will affect you and your service area.

We will be informing our customers of the impact of COP26 on Glasgow Life and our anticipated venue closure dates through our website and social media channels the week commencing Monday 11 October. We will also continue to engage and share updates regularly with our stakeholders, trade unions and elected members in the lead up to the conference.

In the meantime, should you have any questions or would like any further information, please speak to your line manager or Head of Service in the first instance.

Best regards 

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

Staff update – Tuesday 28 September

Learning and Development schedule for October to December 2021:  

Please find below the Learning and Development Team’s updated classroom and webinar schedule for October to December 2021.

To reserve your place on any of these courses, please email the Learning and Development team directly 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.

Defibrillator training: If any venue has a defibrillator and colleagues working in that venue have not been trained or refreshed in its use in the past 12 months, please contact the Learning and Development Team to arrange a session on-site. Training takes only two hours and can run for 4 to 12 colleagues in one session. 

Classroom schedule: 

  • Thurs 30 Sept: Emergency First Aid (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 2 spaces remaining
  • Tues 5 Oct: Health & Safety Essentials (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 5 spaces remaining
  • Thurs 7 Oct: Fire Warden (9.30am to 3pm) – NOW FULL
  • Tues 20 Oct: Emergency First Aid (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 8 spaces remaining
  • Tues 16 Nov: Recruitment & Selection (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 12 spaces remaining
  • Wed 17 Nov: Emergency First Aid (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 12 spaces remaining
  • Thurs 18 Nov: Fire Warden (9.30am to 3pm) – 15 spaces remaining
  • Tues 23 Nov: Health & Safety Essentials (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 5 spaces remaining
  • Wed 24 Nov: Dealing with Discipline (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 12 spaces remaining
  • Thurs 25 Nov: Carrying Out Effective Investigations (9.30am to 1pm) – 12 spaces remaining
  • Thus 2 Dec: Dealing with Difficult Situations (9.30am to 1pm) – 12 spaces remaining
  • Tues 7 to Thurs 9 Dec: First Aid at Work (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 12 spaces remaining
  • Tues 14 Dec: Emergency First Aid (9.30am to 4.30pm) – 12 spaces remaining
  • Wed 15 Dec: Fire Warden (9.30am to 3pm) – 15 spaces remaining

Webinar schedule:

  • Tues 5 Oct: Innovation Essentials (1.30pm to 4.15pm)
  • Thurs 7 Oct: Rediscovering our Resilience (1.30pm to 2.30pm)
  • Thurs 14 Oct: Introduction to MS Teams (1.30pm – 2.30pm)
  • Tues 19 Oct: Design and Deliver Great Online Events (10am to 11.30am)
  • Thurs 21 Oct: Visualise To Engage (10am to 11.30am)
  • Tues 16 Nov: Introduction to MS Teams (1.30pm – 2.30pm)
  • Wed 1 Dec: Handling Grievance Effectively (1.30pm – 4pm)
  • Wed 8 Dec: Leading Change (1.30pm to 3pm)
  • Thurs 9 Dec: Online Safeguarding (10am to 11.30am)
  • Thurs 16 Dec: Working Through Change (1.30pm – 3pm)

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 join early.

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 24 September

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, please email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Global media and online coverage for Burrell reopening announcement

Our announcement earlier this month that The Burrell Collection will reopen next March has generated worldwide interest and media coverage.

Following an extensive, multi-million pound refurbishment and redisplay, more of The Burrell’s renowned collection than has ever been on display before will be available to visitors when the much-loved museum at the heart of Pollok Country Park opens its doors again. Featuring exciting new gallery spaces, displays and facilities, the building will also be an exemplar of sustainable, low-carbon design.

Media titles across the globe have featured our Burrell Collection news, including in the USA, Japan, Australia, France and Germany. More than 60 pieces of media coverage have been secured in recent weeks, reflecting an estimated 1.6m online views and more than 1,000 shares on social media. Coverage has featured in industry, travel and art titles with many more committing to featuring The Burrell’s reopening in the coming months. You can view a selection of the coverage here.

Content freeze on Glasgow Life website next month for crucial upgrade

From 4pm on Monday 4 October until close of play on Thursday 7 October there will be a content freeze on the Glasgow Life website. This project is part of Glasgow Life’s ongoing digital stabilization programme and will allow our digital team to upgrade the site’s Content Management System to the latest version. This crucial work will not only ensure that our web estate is supported and stable over the coming years, but will also improve functionality across the website and deliver an improved user experience for our audiences.

The site will remain live to visitors throughout this upgrade, however we will not be able to make changes to any of the existing pages or add new content while work to update the Content Management System is completed in the background. Any urgent communications during this period will be distributed via our social media channels if required.

Glasgow Sport helps record number of young players to start their footballing journey

Our Football Development team has been celebrating a record year for young players registering to play through Glasgow Sport’s partnership with the Glasgow and District Youth Football League (GDYFL).

Glasgow Sport and GDYFL have built a strong partnership over a number of years which has led to more than 500 young people from 85 teams now playing in the league every week across three of our venues at Toryglen, Glasgow Green and Crownpoint.

This positive collaboration is helping more young players than ever before to start their footballing journey, with hundreds of qualified volunteer coaches providing a safe and fun environment.

Football Development Officer, Steven McGhie, said: “It’s incredible and really pleasing that we now have so many children and young people involved in the game through our partnership with the GDYFL. A trip to Toryglen on a Sunday morning is a brilliant demonstration of the importance of sports development and a reminder of the reason why we choose to work in sport.

“I’d also like to name check our football coordinator, Jen McCluskey, who is responsible for communicating with all the teams. She does a fantastic job of managing their fixtures and informing them of any changes, often right up until the last minute on a Saturday, and she deserves enormous credit.”

Healthy Working Lives: Quit smoking this ‘Stoptober’

Stoptober is a 28-day stop smoking challenge from the NHS. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. There are lots of other benefits too, and they start almost immediately. Research shows that if you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you’re five times more likely to quit for good, so why not join the thousands of people stopping smoking this October and start breathing easier.

You can find lots of support on the NHS website including personal quit plans, advice on using stop smoking aids, and details of your local Stop Smoking Service. You can also download the NHS’ free Quit Smoking app, which allows you to track your progress, see how much money you’re saving, and access daily support.

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 22 September

Flu Vaccination Programme 2021 – second batch of vouchers released today:

We are again pleased to offer the opportunity for all Glasgow Life employees* to participate in the Flu Vaccination Programme.

Due to the continued Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s programme will involve the allocation of vouchers. We will email a vaccination voucher that you can redeem at a Boots store on a date/time that suits you. A list of participating Boots stores and step-by-step instructions on how to book your appointment will be given along with the voucher.

Today we have released the second batch of vouchers. If you did not get a voucher in the first batch, this is your opportunity to send another request. Once all the vouchers in this second batch have been allocated, a waiting list will be established so that returned/unused vouchers can be re-allocated.

To request your voucher, please email occupationalhealth@glasgowlife.org.uk with your name, SAP number and the email address that you wish the voucher to be sent to. Vouchers are limited so please request your voucher as soon as you can to avoid disappointment and please only request a voucher if you are certain that you will use it.

The email address you give will only be used to send you a vaccination voucher. Your details will not be shared with any other party or used for any other reason. If you supply a personal email address, you are consenting to Glasgow Life contacting you via this personal email address only with regard to this flu vaccination offer. Glasgow Life will not retain your personal email information.

Some groups of people can obtain their flu vaccination free on the NHS (for example if you are over 50). If you fall into one of these groups please access your vaccination through this route to enable as many colleagues as possible to access the vaccines. You can find full details of all groups included, as well as advice on preparing for the cold and flu season, on the NHS Inform website.

* The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has reviewed the latest evidence on influenza vaccines and published recommendations for the 2021/22 season. The NHS has issued guidance, based on these recommendations, which stipulates which vaccines are appropriate based on a person’s age and allergy status. Therefore, whether a person accesses a flu vaccination through the NHS or through a private provider, the most appropriate vaccine will be administered in line with the JCVI / NHS guidance.

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 17 September

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, please email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Have you completed your Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) awareness training on GOLD?

Thousands of participants and media from nations and territories across the world will soon arrive in Glasgow for COP26 and ensuring the safety and security of such a high-profile event is a key priority for the city.

All Glasgow Life staff should aim to complete the city’s Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) awareness training by the end of this month. The course can be found under ‘Core Programmes’ on GOLD and consists of seven short modules that collectively take around 1 hour and 15 mins to complete. These can also be completed individually as time permits.

This nationally accredited and interactive course provides invaluable knowledge on remaining vigilant and spotting suspicious behaviour, which will help to build our collective resilience and protect our buildings and workforce. Staff who work in a Glasgow Life venue that will be used to support the delivery of COP26 may be invited to attend a Police Scotland ACT training session over the coming weeks. Colleagues who complete the Police Scotland training do not need to refresh their GOLD training.

Temporary closure of the People’s Palace

The People’s Palace has been temporarily closed for essential maintenance after a section of the plaster ceiling on the top floor came loose and fell to the ground while the venue was open to the public. The incident resulted in one visitor sustaining minor injuries.

Remedial works will require the installation of scaffolding on the top floor and the objects on display in the affected room will be removed or secured in position before this takes place.

Further inspection of the ceiling plaster in the galleries on the ground and first floors is also being carried out and the venue will remain closed for the time being. It’s estimated that the top floor of the venue will be closed for 4-6 weeks. If the lower floors do not require repairs then we will look to reopen these to the public as soon as possible.

New Covid testing centre opens at Tollcross

The overflow car park adjacent to Tollcross International Swimming Centre has become the latest Glasgow Life site to operate as a Covid-19 walk-through testing centre. You can book a PCR test between 9.30am and 5pm daily via the NHS Inform website or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Fast, free and regular testing for people without Covid symptoms is also available through the use of Lateral Flow home-testing kits. For use twice-weekly, these can be ordered online here or by calling the national testing helpline on 119. One pack can be ordered per household, per day and will be delivered by post in 1-2 days. Each pack contains seven tests and includes instructions on how to administer a test and how to report the results.

Home-testing kits can also be collected for free from walk-through testing sites. You can find your nearest collection point using this postcode checker. Info on which Glasgow Life venues and sites are being used for vaccination and testing is available here.

Much-loved Dance International festival is returning to Glasgow

Dance International Glasgow (DIG) is set to return for three weeks, from 1-23 October, turning the city’s streets, galleries, parks and even moving vehicles into stages for a series of dynamic dance performances from local and national artists.

Experimenting with a new festival approach, this fourth edition of the much-loved biennial festival will travel beyond its Tramway home for the first time. Performances will be presented live indoors and outdoors, as well as through film, virtual reality and DIG’s new digital strand during October and then spring 2022.

Highlights of next month’s programme include Shotput with ‘Totentanz’ (1 and 2 October); and ‘Living in the Space Between’ presented by FRAN.K (14 to 23 October). Night-time outdoor performance and mobile projection parade ‘STRUT’ by MHz will take over the streets of Pollokshields (7 October) and Govanhill (10 October), and Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballet will present a series of five films that will tour on a moving van through the city (21 October). For the full programme and to book, click here.

Relatives of people with dementia urged to sign up to Herbert Protocol

Families, friends and carers of people living with dementia in Glasgow are being urged to sign up to a scheme which could help them be found quicker if they go missing. The Herbert Protocol is a form that contains a recent photograph and vital information about a person at risk that can be passed to the police at the point the person is reported missing.

People living with dementia often experience loss of their short term memory but can easily recall memories from decades earlier. Sometimes those who are reported missing are attempting to make their way to a place of previous significance to them and the Herbert Protocol is designed to capture this information.

It can be distressing for family members to have to give important details when their loved one has disappeared so by completing the Herbert Protocol form before any incident occurs, it will allow the police to respond more quickly and help identify where best to deploy staff and issue appeals for any sightings. You can find out more and download a copy of the form here.

Free dementia friendly concerts available online

To support World Alzheimer’s Month this September, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall team is releasing four dementia-friendly concerts that were filmed in the venue earlier this year. All will be available for free on Glasgow Life’s YouTube channel, with new concerts added each week. Each set lasts around 30-40 minutes and will be available to watch for four weeks. The first concert is live now and features a relaxed afternoon performance by folk-song duo, Josie Duncan and Owen Sinclair. You can watch it here.

Healthy Working Lives: It’s National Eye Health Week from 20-26 September

Your vision matters. National Eye Health Week, which runs next week, promotes the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

Many people think a sight test is just about checking whether your vision needs correcting with glasses or contact lenses, but there are several other important reasons to get your eyes tested regularly. A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure, so if you’ve not had an eye test in the last two years, now’s the time to visit your local optician. You can find tips on caring for your eyes, as well as an eye health calculator, on the Vision Matters website.

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 16 September

A message from our Chief Executive – Scottish Government’s ‘Stop the Spike’ campaign:

Dear colleague

As you’ll be aware, Glasgow Life has taken a cautious approach to the reopening of our venues and has taken Scottish Government guidance and advice into account at all stages.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen a spike in the number of Covid cases being registered in Glasgow and across the country. In recognition of these rising numbers, the Scottish Government has launched its ‘Stop the Spike’ campaign.

As we enter the colder autumn and winter periods of the year, Glasgow Life will do all it can to support the Scottish Government’s campaign and relieve the strain on NHS Scotland.

The campaign aims to remind us of the key safety measures we should continue doing to keep ourselves and others safe. These include:

  • Try to meet people outdoors wherever possible
  • Continue to wear face coverings when required
  • Keep mixing with others to a minimum
  • Try to keep a distance from others
  • Continue to test regularly

You can order coronavirus rapid lateral flow tests for free by clicking here. Please remember to register these results here, even if the result is negative. It is recommended to take two tests per week as many people may be symptomless and unknowingly spread Covid-19.

The attached poster will begin to replace other coronavirus signage in Glasgow Life venues, reminding customers and users of the key measures they can take to keep themselves and others safe within our venues.

As we progress to a more ‘normal’ opening of our venues across the city, please continue to do as you have done over the last 18 months and closely follow the advice from the Scottish Government. Doing so will keep us all as healthy and safe as possible.

Best regards 

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 10 September

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, please email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Eastbank Academy’s new Writer-in-Residence

BAFTA-winning writer Michael Lee Richardson will join pupils at Eastbank Academy to inspire young readers and work on projects to help celebrate LGBT+ voices at the school.

School Librarian Dana Neumannova received funding from the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature initiative to bring a Writer-in-Residence to Eastbank Academy. Michael is one of 13 authors taking part in the programme. His film My Loneliness is Killing Me won the BAFTA Scotland for Best Short Film in 2018 and explores loneliness and division in the gay and queer communities.

Michael said: “I’ve worked with Eastbank Academy in the past, and I’m incredibly excited to be working on this longer-term project with them. We’ll be working with words and looking at ways to make LGBT+ pupils and their experiences more visible within the school – I can’t wait to get started.”

Dana said: “We are excited about working with Michael Lee Richardson on a project involving some of our most vulnerable pupils and celebrating their strengths and individuality. The residency will complement the work currently underway within the school and will assist us in celebrating LGBT+ voices and stories.”

In-person cancer support returns to six libraries and new virtual tour

Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries are delighted to have relaunched in-person cancer support and information services in Pollok, Royston, the Mitchell, Partick, Castlemilk and Dennistoun libraries.

There are new, weekly, in-person appointments available for people living with or beyond cancer, family, friends, carers and people who are bereaved. Appointments can be booked by contacting the team on 0141 287 2903, macmillan@glasgowlife.org.uk and through NHS Inform, or people can just drop in for the duration of the service.

Find out more about the days and times in-person support is available, at glasgowlife.org.uk/macmillan.

The easing of restrictions allows us to get back to in-person support and reintroduce volunteers to Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries. However we understand that even positive change can lead to anxiety and it's okay if you feel worried. The team at Macmillan can help people who are worried or feeling anxious around cancer and Coronavirus.

Here is a short video showing what to expect at our cancer support and information services in Glasgow Libraries: https://vimeo.com/598864531

Walking Football round up

It's been a busy couple of weeks for our Walking Football teams across the city. On Monday 30 August the inaugural Over 70’s Walking Football Glasgow Cup was held at the Emirates Arena with eight teams (80 players) from across the country taking part.

A terrific day played in such a great spirit saw Morton FC defeating EK Gerihatricks in the final to take the trophy home to Greenock. Glasgow was represented by partner clubs Pollok Utd and Drumchapel Utd.

First Women Only Walking Football session

Thursday 2 September saw the launch of our new Women’s Only Walking Football session at Toryglen Regional Football Centre (7pm).

10 women came along for an hour of exercise, activity and camaraderie enjoying the many benefits of walking football. Sessions are open to women of all ages and bookings can be made directly through the Glasgow Club App.

Healthy Working Lives: Know Your Numbers Week from 6-12 September

Know Your Numbers Week is the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event. Around a third of people in the UK have high blood pressure, but most don’t know it. It doesn’t have any symptoms so, the only way to find out is to have a blood pressure check.

High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses. Once you Know Your Numbers you can get support to bring your blood pressure under control and prevent these diseases. 

This year Blood Pressure UK are focussing on home monitoring as an effective way to keep blood pressure in check. It gives you a way to take control of your health, feel confident and take the pressure off the NHS at the same time, as there’s no need to visit your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist in person.

The Blood Pressure UK website has a range of tips on how to choose the best home blood pressure monitor and use it effectively, as well as healthy living advice to help lower your blood pressure and keep your blood vessels and heart healthy. 

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 10 September

A message from our Chief Executive – COP26:

Dear colleagues

As you know, next month, participants and media from nations and territories across the world will arrive in Glasgow for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties – COP26.

COP26 is one of the biggest and most significant events Glasgow is ever likely to stage, with more than 120 world leaders gathering in our city to accelerate plans for a safer, cleaner and more just planet. These vital climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners, to agree coordinated action to tackle the climate emergency.

I wanted to share some details about the conference, and what it will mean for Glasgow Life.

When will COP26 take place?

COP26 will be coming to Glasgow next month. Following postponement of the conference in 2020 due to COVID-19, COP26 will now run from 31 October – 12 November 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is responsible for this event and is working closely with the UK Government, the event organiser, to prepare and deliver COP26, with the support of other partners including Glasgow City Council as host city and Police Scotland.

At this stage, the intention remains to hold the summit in person, and this is particularly important to enable all countries to be able to come together on a level playing field. But, of course, the health and wellbeing of our citizens and delegations, in light of the pandemic, will guide how the event takes shape in the next weeks.

What does COP26 mean for Glasgow Life?

COP26 is the latest major event to be hosted in Glasgow and gives us an opportunity to once again promote our city, which has a proven track record as a world-class host of global sporting championships, cultural events and conferences, on the world stage.

A number of Glasgow Life venues will be used to support the delivery of COP26. As well as COP26-related activity taking place in some of our cultural venues and museums, the key venues which will be used by COP26 are:

  • Riverside Museum
  • Emirates Arena
  • Kelvinhall
  • Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls & Tennis Centre

Each service area has colleagues who have been working on COP26, and they will liaise with your manager to provide further details for staff on how the venue will be used and what that means for staff in those venues.

Security and accreditation

The safety of our staff and customers remains paramount, and Glasgow Life is working closely with Glasgow City Council and other partners to ensure that the city can support the delivery of a safe and successful event. The significance of this global summit and the profile of some of the expected attendees will mean that for some venues, greater levels of security will be required.

As with most major events, it is likely that the security protocols for accessing some of our venues will be heighted during the delivery of the event.

At this stage, we are unable to provide further details. However, in line with previous major events the city has hosted it is likely that enhanced security might include:

  • Accreditation of staff
  • Accreditation required to access venues
  • Bag searches may be required when accessing venues

We will update you on these protocols as soon as more information is available.

Transport and travel

COP26 will be unlike any other major event hosted in Glasgow, bringing its own unique challenges on our travel network and changing the usual movement of traffic around the city. Public transport is being strengthened on key routes to support the expected increase in demand and to mitigate against road closures and parking restrictions.

Information relating to the traffic and transport planning will be updated regularly on www.getreadyglasgow.com, a one-stop-shop for information and advice ahead of COP26.

Next steps

If you are normally based in one of the venues that will be used to support the delivery of COP26, you will receive further information on what this might mean for you from your manager in the coming weeks.

The significance to Glasgow of hosting COP26 cannot be underestimated and the whole city will feel its presence. The city’s focus will be on supporting and delivering a safe and successful event by keeping the city moving, supporting the appropriate public health measures and delivering a legacy in relation to the action on climate change.

We can use this opportunity to showcase our world-class sport, cultural and heritage offer, putting Glasgow Life at the heart of the city’s intention to build better lives in healthier neighbourhoods for all our citizens. Together we can help Glasgow thrive during its moment in the spotlight.

Best regards 

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

Staff update – Wednesday 8 September

Flu Vaccination Programme 2021:

We are again pleased to offer the opportunity for all Glasgow Life employees* to participate in the Flu Vaccination Programme.

Due to the continued Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s programme will involve the allocation of vouchers. We will email a vaccination voucher that you can redeem at a Boots store on a date/time that suits you. A list of participating Boots stores and step-by-step instructions on how to book your appointment will be given along with the voucher.

The vouchers will be released in two batches in order to let colleagues on leave access a voucher. The first batch is released today and there will be no waiting list once all the vouchers have been allocated.

The second batch will be released in two weeks’ time on Wednesday 22 September. If you did not get a voucher in the first batch, this will be your opportunity to send another request. Once all the vouchers in the second batch have been allocated, a waiting list will be established so that returned/unused vouchers can be re-allocated.

To request your voucher, please email occupationalhealth@glasgowlife.org.uk with your name, SAP number and the email address that you wish the voucher to be sent to. Vouchers are limited so please request your voucher as soon as you can to avoid disappointment and please only request a voucher if you are certain that you will use it.

The email address you give will only be used to send you a vaccination voucher. Your details will not be shared with any other party or used for any other reason. If you supply a personal email address, you are consenting to Glasgow Life contacting you via this personal email address only with regard to this flu vaccination offer. Glasgow Life will not retain your personal email information.

Some groups of people can obtain their flu vaccination free on the NHS (for example if you are over 50). If you fall into one of these groups please access your vaccination through this route to enable as many colleagues as possible to access the vaccines. You can find full details of all groups included on the NHS Inform website and staff in these categories can request a flu vaccination from their GP. 

For more advice on preparing for cold and flu season please visit NHS Inform

* The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has reviewed the latest evidence on influenza vaccines and published recommendations for the 2021 to 2022 season.

The NHS has issued guidance, based on these recommendations, which stipulates which vaccines are appropriate based on a person’s age and allergy status. Therefore, whether a person accesses a flu vaccination through the NHS or through a private provider, the most appropriate vaccine will be administered in line with JCVI / NHS guidance.

Weekly staff bulletin – Friday 3 September

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, please email internalcommunications@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Reopening date for The Burrell Collection announced

We have today announced that The Burrell Collection will reopen in March next year following an ambitious building upgrade and redisplay. As Kier Construction Scotland finishes work on the refurbishment of the building, installation of the works of art has now begun.

Since The Burrell Collection closed to the public in October 2016, a comprehensive consultation programme has engaged with more than 15,000 local people, giving ideas, insights and opinions which have shaped every aspect of the redesign of the building, including access to it and the development of the new displays, galleries and spaces within and around the museum.

A new entrance will bring visitors straight into the heart of the building and a newly created central stair will encourage people to explore all three floors of the reimagined collection for the first time. The outdoor landscaping has also been enhanced creating new links between the museum and its stunning greenspace setting within Pollok Country Park.

Sir William Burrell devoted more than 75 years of his life to amassing one of the world’s greatest, single personal collections, renowned for its quality of Chinese art, exquisite stained glass, intricate tapestries and breadth of fine art.

On reopening, the museum’s gallery space will have increased by 35%, allowing important and unique objects from the collection, which have not been seen for decades or have never been on permanent display, to go on show. New displays will give visitors a better understanding of the artworks, the people who made them and some of the people who have owned them. You can find out more about the collection and refurbishment at our new website, burrellcollection.com

Music returns to Kelvingrove Bandstand this September weekend

Across the public holiday weekend of Friday to Sunday, 24-26 September, you can enjoy a packed programme of free family entertainment at Kelvingrove Bandstand.

Friday and Saturday mornings will be full of activities for little ones including Bookbug, Be Bop Bairns, Creative Martyrs and Family Yoga. Meanwhile, for the adults we will have ceilidh bands, an afternoon of jazz with AKU! and Paul Towndrow Trio, and record label Last Night from Glasgow will be taking over the Sunday stage. There will be two sessions each day across the weekend, from 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm, with limited capacity to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone attending.

All sessions are free but ticketed, and advanced booking is advised. A small number of tickets will also be available on the day for walk ups. For the full schedule and to book, click here.

Join Macmillan’s virtual coffee morning on Thursday 23 September

Macmillan@ Glasgow Libraries is hosting a virtual coffee morning with a difference on Thursday 23 September.

You can join staff from Glasgow Libraries and Macmillan’s Support Line, Digital and Fundraising teams for a fun morning of learning, sharing and networking, and all for a great cause.

Each team will present a short update on their current project work before heading into breakout rooms for a cuppa and a chat. Prizes will also be available on the day, including brunch for two from Wilson St Pantry in the Merchant City.

One in two of us will face cancer in our lifetime, and funds raised on the day will go towards helping people with cancer to live life as fully as they can. As the event will be online via MS Teams, please bring your own tea, coffee and sweet treats. You can find out more and sign up for free here.

Healthy Working Lives: It’s Migraine Awareness Week from 5-11 September

Migraine is the third most common disease in the world and is estimated to affect one in seven people. Yet despite being recognised as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions, awareness and understanding of it remains relatively low.

National Migraine Awareness Week runs from Sunday to Saturday, 5-11 September, and is aimed at raising awareness of the condition, highlighting its impact and providing support to the millions of people that suffer from it.

People often think of migraines as a severe headache, but it can be a whole-body experience and symptoms can include head pain; sight problems, such as seeing flashing lights; being very sensitive to light, sounds and smells; acute fatigue; feeling sick and being sick.

When you have a migraine attack, you may not be able to function normally, which is why The Migraine Trust has put together a range of resources and advice for those living with migraine, as well as tips for their family members, friends and colleagues. The Health and Wellbeing section of our staff portal also has links to a variety of resources to help with various aspects 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 1 September

A message from our Chief Executive – returning to the office and hybrid working:

Dear colleagues

As you know, throughout the pandemic Glasgow Life’s focus has been on reopening our venues and restarting our frontline services, and I would like to thank you for your continued commitment to this.

During this time, the majority of our office-based staff have been working from home. Some business-critical staff have also been working from our four main office spaces: Commonwealth House, Emirates Arena, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre and The Mitchell Library.

As I said to you last month, Glasgow Life is now working towards the introduction of hybrid working. Like many businesses, our aim is to strike a balance between our ongoing requirement for office working, supporting staff with their return, and continued homeworking.  

It’s important to remember that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to our hybrid working model and your line manager will soon be in touch to discuss what returning to the office and hybrid working will mean for you, recognising your personal circumstances and the role and business requirements of your team.

What will a phased return to the office look like for staff?

Some office-based staff in our Sport, Communities, Libraries, Museums and Corporate Services teams have already been working from our offices.

From this month, we will be extending the availability of office space to around 50% capacity. Commonwealth House, for example, will now have 128 desks available daily.

This means that most staff who have been working predominately at home during the pandemic should now have the opportunity to spend some time in the office and some time at home.

For colleagues who are returning to the office, the following safety measures will remain in place:

  • The requirement to continue wearing a face covering in all indoor communal areas (e.g. kitchens and corridors) and when moving around the office, unless you’re exempt. Face coverings do not need to be worn when seated at your desk or seated at a table in a meeting room.
  • Desk cleaning materials will be provided in all offices.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available for staff and visitors.
  • Cleaning of surfaces will be carried out daily.
  • Available workstations have been planned to maintain 1m physical distancing in the short-term and teams will continue to have their own designated area.

Designated team areas

  • Each team will retain a designated area.
  • This will consist of a set number of desks for your team.
  • Desks may be a mix of fixed (permanently used by the same staff member) or flexible (usable by your whole team), dependent on your team’s requirements.
  • As an example, the attached floor plan highlights the team areas within Commonwealth House.
  • Space will also be made available in Commonwealth House for staff from other office locations which are not yet scheduled to reopen.
  • Your line manager will inform you about the use of desks within your team area.

Hot desks

  • The introduction of more flexible workspaces and hot desk booking processes will be implemented, where possible, in the coming weeks.
  • As an example, nineteen hot desks will be available in Commonwealth House (shown in green on the attached floor plan).
  • You will soon be able to book these desks directly using the FM Easy Room and Desk Booking System accessible through the Glasgow Life intranet (click on the ‘Room Booking’ tab on the homepage).
  • Please be considerate of your colleagues when booking hot desks. Only book one desk on a day-to-day basis and don’t block book hot desks for long periods at a time.
  • The availability and booking of hot desks at our other office locations is being reviewed and further information will follow.

Meetings

  • Meeting rooms will operate at 50% capacity and you should use good judgement in terms of booking the right size room for the right amount of people. For example, where a room capacity is eight, please ensure no more than four people are present.
  • Meeting rooms can be booked directly using the FM Easy Room and Desk Booking System accessible through the Glasgow Life intranet (click on the ‘Room Booking’ tab on the homepage), or through the usual arrangements at your own venue.
  • Microsoft Teams meetings will continue to be the norm as we move to hybrid working. Please be considerate of your colleagues when joining online meetings at your desk, particularly in terms of noise or where discussions may be confidential in nature. Please consider using headphones when joining online meetings.
  • Smart Boards within meeting rooms in Commonwealth House have been upgraded to facilitate video conferencing; enabling office-based staff to interact with those working from home. This is being reviewed at our other office locations. 

Next steps 

If you are normally office-based, your line manager will invite you to attend a one-to-one discussion about returning to the office. This will be an opportunity to discuss your individual circumstances and will help to establish an office rota as part of your team’s hybrid working plan. Should you have any questions or concerns, please raise these with your line manager in the first instance.

Our hybrid working position reflects the Scottish Government’s current guidance. As such, while a gradual return to the office is being explored to support business need and staff wellbeing, we will continue to encourage our office-based staff to work from home where possible and appropriate.

This interim measure has been designed to ensure that staff who are returning to the office feel comfortable and confident about doing so, and we will continue to review our approach to hybrid working and engage with our trade unions, managers and staff throughout this operational year.

Best regards 

Bridget

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

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.