Starting the week with thanks for jobs well done

We’re all familiar with taking positives from the challenges we face day to day in the Council and the past few days have put that in the spotlight.

On Friday I had the privilege of speaking at our celebration for Care Day and it was really uplifting session. There’s tremendous work being done to address the inequalities faced by our care experienced community and it’s important we acknowledge that, continue the important conversation and keep building momentum.

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Thank you once again to everyone who played a part in organising our Care Day event, to all who attended and to colleagues who wore red on the day to show support – but most of all, thanks to the individuals and teams who every day to make a difference to the lives of care experienced young people and adults throughout the city.

As an organisation we protect and look after people in many different ways and in often unpredictable circumstances. Isla Newcombe, our recently appointed Chief Officer for Organisational Development, has had first-hand experience of that over the past week and I’d like to pass on my appreciation for Isla’s efforts – ably assisted by colleagues from various services.

Isla was on call as Duty Emergency Response  Coordinator for the first time, part of a rota shared by Chief Officers to manage our response to the wide range of incidents that the Council encounters, and had to contend with not one but two fire incidents.

The first I mentioned in my blog last week was in a block of mixed ownership properties, with some Council tenants impacted, whilst the second, in the early hours of Sunday morning, was in a block of private properties on St Clair Street.

Whether Council tenants or homeowners, our duty of care in emergency situations is no different and Isla, supported by Derek McGowan and his teams, was able to ensure those who required temporary accommodation were looked after in their time of need.

Care Day and incident response span very different areas of work, but both are positive examples of the way we serve the people and the place in the most testing of circumstances.