Challenge to be record breakers for food drive

From Monday you will notice collection crates in kitchen areas across Marischal College, the Town House and Frederick street as a five day food drive begins.

The Council and CFINE, as part of Food Poverty Action Aberdeen, are joining forces to raise awareness and, most importantly, gather donations for food and supplies that can be distributed in the ongoing efforts to tackle food poverty.

Last year we raised 550kg and the challenge for 2018 is to beat that total and make another valuable and vital contribution.

As employees of the Council we share the common purpose of protecting the people and place from harm – and that isn’t always in the most obvious or high profile ways. By contributing to initiatives like the food drive we can all make a difference.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Don’t miss the chance to recognise colleagues who shine

There’s just one week to go until nominations close for the 2018 Star Awards – if you haven’t taken the opportunity to make your voice heard, now’s the time to do so.

The Star Awards have become an important part of the Council calendar for us and are all about celebrating those who go the extra mile for those we serve, colleagues and the organisation as a whole.

It’s always humbling to hear the stories behind the nominations – we’re very fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated, skilled and, in so many cases, selfless team members.

The nomination process is straightforward and I’d love to see recommendations coming in from across every service. The response so far has been great, but the more nominations the better as far as the Star Awards team and I are concerned.

On that note, can I thank all those who have made themselves available to organise this year’s awards. A lot of hard work goes into making it happen and I know that is appreciated  throughout the Council.

Nominations can be submitted in a range of categories and all of the information can be found here. The deadline is noon on Friday, March 2.

I appreciate the contribution of everyone who has taken time out to nominate a colleague so far and hope there are many more to follow over the next week.

Target Operating Model – engagement sessions

A big thank you to everyone who has attended one of the sessions so far. There’s been 9 to date with 15 more at the Town House and 4 at Frederick Street to come.  More are being booked to run through the October holidays and beyond.

So far over 1000 colleagues have attended or have booked to attend a future session, there’s plenty of space for more!  The events offer a real opportunity to give thoughts, ideas and opinions on the Council’s future structure and how we can best organise ourselves to deliver with a focus on the customer.  I urge everyone to come along and share their views.

A note of thanks too to those colleagues who have so far played a part in delivering the sessions and indeed in taking their own teams through the details in their own meetings.

There’s plenty of other ways for staff to get involved in the Council’s Transformation activities – check out the Transformation Hub on the Zone.

Star Awards

Is it really a week since the wonderful evening at the Beach Ballroom when we celebrated all our fantastic 2017 Star Awards winners?

Happily, there’s still time to once again recognise the incredible achievements of all the awardees:

  • Angus Beacom – Rising Star
  • Children’s Social Work, Reception Team – Team of the Year
  • Jean Stewart-Coxon – Improving Staff Experience
  • Ross Allan – Improving Customer Experience
  • Seaton Park Team – Collaboration
  • Countryside Rangers – Use of Resources
  • Mike Chalmers – People’s Champion
  • Gilbert Road Children’s Home – Innovation
  • John Anderson – Shining Star

A heartfelt well done to all!  It’s now only 51 weeks to the presentation of the 2018 Awards, let’s all keep out eyes open to the work that goes on around us and be ready to nominate once the call goes out.

As I said last Thursday evening – let’s all commit that before this time next week we’ve all at least once said thank you for a Council service received and at least once expressed our appreciation to a Council colleague for the work they’ve done. Let’s be that organisation!  

If you were there last week I really hope that you’ve been able to do this and you can make a weekly habit of it.  If you weren’t at the Beach Ballroom, no worries the invitation to commit is open to all!

Food Bank Appeal

You may have noticed that the Food Banks Partnership Aberdeen crates are once again available to receive donations.

There is currently an urgent need to replenish stocks and I wanted once again to take the opportunity to invite you to support this drive.  Colleagues have been incredibly generous in the past and I hope that once again we will be able to provide the Partnership with greatly needed supplies.

Thank you in advance.

Step Up, Step Out

There’s a final call today (Wednesday 26th April) for entrants for this year’s Step Challenge!

A Council-wide event hosted by Corporate Governance and the Office of Chief Executive, the Step Challenge begins on the Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May and steps all the way to Sunday 4th June.

This period covers a range of running and walking events across Aberdeen; including the Baker Hughes 10k, Hazlehead Park: Colour Me Rad 5k & on the final day of this event the Aberdeen Kiltwalk takes place.

Last year the challenge saw 168 Steppers raise over £680 for charity (split between Kayleigh’s Wee Stars & Charlie House)

There’s a £5 donation from everyone that signs up and the winning team, both the team with the most steps overall & also most improved will split the total prize pot and be able to donate the whole amount to a charity of their choice.

For more information and to sign up find the link on the Zone, the deadline for signing up is 5.00 pm on Wednesday 26th April with teams to be announced on 27th April.

I’m one of the 144 who have signed up so far, join me.

 

Employee Opinion Survey

A quick reminder that the first of a series of drop-in sessions looking at next steps following the results of last year’s Employee Opinion Survey takes place at Marischal College this morning.

Over and above the action plans being developed for each service, four members of ECMT have been working on proposals to address Council-wide common themes that emerged from the Survey.  The drop-in sessions offer an opportunity to hear about these suggestions and to give feedback on them.

Today’s event takes place between 10.00 and 12.00 in Room 2-W-01 at Marischal.

The three further sessions take place as follows:

Tuesday 4th April, 10.00 to 12.00 – Frederick Street, Room 5

Thursday 6th April, 1.00 to 4.00 – Kittybrewster

Wednesday 19th April, 7.30 to 9.00 – Tullos Training Room

There’s no need to book, just drop-in to whatever session best suits you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent visits

Two fascinating and very different visits to Council teams over the past few weeks.

A big thank you to Andy Mearns for giving me an opportunity to see the in-cab technology we have installed in our refuse lorries in action. I know its early days, but I was really struck by the potential there might be to use it in support of improving internal communications with teams out an about across the City.

Another day, another visit, another team using technology.  It was excellent recently to visit the Council’s Creative Learning team based at Rosemount Learning Centre, what an incredible and inspirational range of activity is generated there.  Again, I was struck by the use being made of technology, in this case the team’s Youth Arts Advice website  www.inspiration-point.co.uk.

I’m always interested in visiting teams across the Council and throughout the City to find out more about the services we’re delivering.  Do get in touch if you and your colleagues would like me to drop in.

 

Star Awards 2017

A quick note to remind you that the deadline for nominations for the above is rapidly approaching with a just a week to go.

Take a look at the Star Awards Categories page on the Zone and think about individuals or teams who you consider deserve our recognition for the work they’ve done in the past year.  Then make sure your nomination is in by 8th March.

The Star Awards are one of the main opportunities we have to together celebrate the fantastic work that goes on across the Council throughout the year, let’s make the judges lives difficult by giving them even more great examples to choose between.