Aberdeen

Council continues to develop workforce of the future

Council continues to develop workforce of the future News Image ellmcdonald Mon, 06/02/2023 – 4:22 pm Aberdeen City Council is progressing its plans to equip and develop their workforce of the future.  Last week the Staff Governance Committee welcomed the overarching plan for delivery of its approved workforce strategy – part of the Target Operating Model (TOM) 1.2 – and for engaging with employees as the council moves through the next phase of transformation on how we develop our future workforce together.   The workforce delivery plan describes how having the right structures, skills, people and support, and supporting people to work in the right location for the demands of their role and the needs of our customers, can help enhance services whilst improving efficiency.  Staff Governance Committee Convener, Councillor Neil Copland, said: “We welcome the progress made already in developing our workforce of the future.   “The work that has been done so far in developing Guiding Principles and also in supporting policies and strategies across the council has been fantastic and, with this new plan in place, can continue over the coming years.”  Vice-convener Councillor Gill Al-Samarai said: “Our staff helped to create our Guiding Principles and we look forward to hearing more ideas from them about how, as an organisation, we can deliver best for the people and place of Aberdeen as we move through our transformation journey.” 
News Time and Date Monday 6 February 2023 News Topics Employment Aberdeen City Council …


Woods which were decimated by Storm Arwen have been replanted

Woods which were decimated by Storm Arwen have been replanted News Image kaallan Fri, 27/01/2023 – 10:51 am

A popular woods which was devastated by Storm Arwen has been cleared and replanted with more than 7,000 trees after a huge effort of work. It was estimated more than 15,000 trees were felled across the city during the 26 November 2021 storm and the City Council recorded more than 450 tree incidents on that day – one incident could have been dozens of trees felled or a single one. There was a particularly devastating impact on Carnie Woods, at Hazlehead, and the woodland surrounding Aberdeen Crematorium and work is continuing in Hazlehead and at the Crematorium.  The work to clear Carnie Woods of the fallen trees and impact to surrounding flora included a digger being brought in to push the brash into piles so the planting could happen. The trees planted at Carnie Woods are mostly native species and three people planted all of them, sometimes in bad weather. As part of monthly patrols, the Countryside Rangers will remove any tree guards that are not possible to salvage and missing guards will be replaced if required. The species and numbers planted are: Norway spruce – 1,400; Scots pine – 1,400; European larch – 1,507; Gean – 800; Silver birch – 800; Rowan – 800; Hazel – 275; Oak – 100; Total – 7,082. The work at Carnie is part of the recovery and replanting of trees taking part across the city and is being coordinated by the council’s arboricultural and countryside rangers teams. Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Ian Yuill said: “Storm Arwen was a devastating storm which wreaked havoc across Aberdeen, damaging huge areas of woodlands, and blowing down trees which caused power cuts as well as damage to buildings. The effects of the storm will have long-lasting implications for the city’s woodlands – and some will never be the same again in our lifetimes. “I want to thank the Council’s Arboricultural Team both for the vast amount of work they carried out at the time of the storm and for the huge removal and recovery effort since then. “The work carried out at Carnie Woods has been a huge effort and I want to thank every single person involved.” The council’s arboricultural team were out in the worst of Storm Arwen to ensure trees were made safe and that roads were cleared for…


School Strike Action

School Strike Action News Image ellmcdonald Fri, 23/12/2022 – 11:06 am SCHOOL STRIKE ACTION – JANUARY 10 AND JANUARY 11 The EIS and NASUWT teaching unions have called two days of strike action in pursuit of their national pay claim, on 10 and 11 January 2023. This is likely to reduce the number of headteachers, depute headteachers, principal teachers, and classroom teachers available to work on the day. Given the high level of uncertainty around the number of teaching staff who will be available to teach classes, we have taken the decision to close city primary schools and Orchard Brae School on 10 January, and secondary schools on 11 January. Schools have written to parents and carers to inform them about arrangements.
News Time and Date Friday 23 December 2022 News Topics education Aberdeen City Council …


Date for Dyce/ Bucksburn/ Danestone Council by-election announced

Date for Dyce/ Bucksburn/ Danestone Council by-election announced News Image IFrampton Fri, 23/12/2022 – 9:09 am   The forthcoming Aberdeen City Council by-election for the Dyce / Bucksburn / Danestone ward will take place on Thursday 23 February 2023, it was announced today (Friday 23 December). The electronic counting of votes will take place the following morning on Friday 24 February in the Town & County Hall at the Town House   The by-election is being held following the sad passing of Councillor Avril MacKenzie earlier this month. The Election Timetable, Election Notices and Nomination Papers will all be accessible from the Aberdeen City Council website at:   www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/dbd2023
News Time and Date Friday 23 December 2022 News Topics Elections Aberdeen City Council …


Call for community resilience volunteer groups

Call for community resilience volunteer groups News Image kaallan Tue, 13/12/2022 – 9:47 am Organisations across Aberdeen are today being encouraged to form community resilience volunteer groups which provide assistance to emergency services and the council during incidents or emergencies. The call follows on from the successful Peterculter, and Cults and Milltimber, Community Resilience Groups formed by the areas’ Community Councils which helped considerably during Storms Arwen, Malik, and Corrie last winter. Aberdeen City Council Net Zero, Environment, and Transport committee Vice-Convener Councillor Miranda Radley said: “We know that when emergencies happen that there are many people keen to help their community but are not sure how. “Community resilience volunteer groups can assist as they are trained in what to do and how to best help the emergency services in these situations. “We want to help organisations set up their own resilience group by providing help with training, grants, and insurance, which will help communities feel safe and prepared for emergencies.” A new resilience group has just been set up in the Bridge of Don and Danestone area supported by the The King’s Church Aberdeen, local community councils, Men’s Shed Bridge of Don, Sport Aberdeen, a Rotary club, and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. A spokesperson for The King’s Church Aberdeen, which is one of the organisers for the new group, said: “We are delighted with the privilege to partner with the council and other agencies located in north of the city to provide community support as part of the community resilience volunteer group and be there for people when they need us”. There are more than 300 resilience volunteer groups across Scotland and there are three in Aberdeen, the new one in Bridge of Don/Danestone, and also in Cults/Milltimber, and Peterculter. Typical emergencies which benefit from help from a group include floods, fires, snow and ice conditions, power cuts, and missing persons. Resilience groups keep people informed, have a role for all, bring residents in a community together, helps communities feel safe and prepared for emergencies, and people become more community spirited. Aberdeen City Council can help interested organisations by: Offering advice, guidance, and training; Assisting in compilation of a community plan; Giving guidance regarding grants and funding; Providing insurance.
A typical group would practice call outs, do volunteer work in non-emergency times to keep the group active, and would also receive input from…


Hunt for the “Lost Toys” Christmas Trail Launched

Hunt for the “Lost Toys” Christmas Trail Launched News Image korchard Thu, 01/12/2022 – 9:59 am Aberdeen’s Sculpture Trail has been re-imagined and returns to the city centre today with a fun interactive surprise.   Twelve sculptures have been placed across the city centre, each with a QR code printed on them. People following the trail can scan each code using a mobile device to unlock a fun new challenge where participants can find twelve interactive festive characters in their quest to find all the lost toys.  There will also be two character unique to Aberdeen included in the trail that have entered the festive spirit, a seagull and Spotless the Aberdeen City Council mascot.   Once the trail has been completed, participants will then have the option of entering a prize draw to win one of eight Aberdeen Gift Card Vouchers with a top prize of £250.   All participants can also claim a Christmas reward for completing the trail from the Aberdeen Christmas Village on Broad Street by showing their completed trail on your device at the Belgium Fries catering unit to claim their reward.    Please check the village opening hours on our website to avoid disappointment.  Aberdeen City Council Education Convener Councillor Martin Greig said: “This mystery trail is a chance for some extra fun as we approach Christmas. “Discovering the stories and the characters along the journey will give you a real sense of adventure that people of all ages can enjoy and take part in.”   The trail will be available to complete until 24 December, with prize draw winners being contacted in early January.   This is just one of several events coming up in Aberdeen over the festive period. To find out what else is coming up, visit www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/christmas
News Time and Date Thursday 1 December 2022 News Topics Events Aberdeen City Council …


Councillors welcome new pledges to support female employees through pregnancy loss and menopause

Councillors welcome new pledges to support female employees through pregnancy loss and menopause News Image IFrampton Mon, 21/11/2022 – 11:39 am   Aberdeen City Councillors today (Monday 21 November) endorsed two new pledges to support female employees who have experienced pregnancy loss or are going through the menopause. The pledges were approved at the Council’s Staff Governance Committee and will be formally ratified by Convener, Councillor Neil Copland and Vice Convener, Councillor Gill Al-Samarai. The Pregnancy Loss Pledge is run by the Miscarriage Association and has been signed by many public and private organisations. Councillor Copland also extended an invitation to the group leaders and two independent councillors sign the pledges.   The main purpose of the Pledge is to urge employers to commit to supporting their staff through the distress of miscarriage, by meeting a pregnancy loss standard that ensures that employees are supported and get the time off they need during what can be a difficult or traumatic time.   The Menopause Workplace Pledge is run by Wellbeing of Women and has been signed by the Scottish Government, the House of Commons, the Civil Service, as well as many other public and private sector organisations in the UK.   The main purpose of the Menopause Workplace Pledge is to get organisations to commit to being a supportive and understanding place for employees going through the menopause.   Councillor Al-Samarai, said: “I am delighted that as a council, we have collectively and rightly – agreed to formalise our approach to supporting those members of staff among our almost 6000 female employees who may have suffered the heartbreak of pregnancy loss or who may be impacted by going through the menopause.   “These are life changing events which can have an enormous impact on women and it is absolutely correct that we do everything we can to support those who are affected by them.   “As a caring employer we have many support mechanisms already in place but by signing the pledges we are reinforcing the positive message to staff who may be struggling that they need not suffer in silence; we can help them.”   Signing up to both pledges will see the Council review its existing relevant policies and procedures in line with its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion plan and with engagement and inclusion with relevant working groups, to determine if any…


Aberdeen Responsible Business event 2022

Aberdeen Responsible Business event 2022 News Image delliot Thu, 10/11/2022 – 10:53 am Community Planning Aberdeen is holding its annual Aberdeen responsible business event in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC).    The theme of the event will be surrounding the cost-of-living crisis and ways businesses can get involved in supporting communities and people within Aberdeen.   Established in 2020 with just two founding business partners, the Aberdeen Responsible Business network has grown to 191 members and 21 actively engaged Responsible Business Partners.   Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader, Councillor Alex Nicoll, said: “I am so pleased that the event is taking place in person for the first time in 3 years.   “Aberdeen Responsible Business event provides a fantastic opportunity for businesses to come together and learn from one and other. We know first hand the vital role that businesses, small and large, can play in responding to crisis in the short and longer term. We urge anyone interested to sign up to attend.”   The event will provide an opportunity for the business  community to contribute corporate social responsibility efforts towards lasting, transformational change by working with Community Planning Aberdeen to deliver the City’s Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP).    Louisa Macdonell, Business in the Community Scotland Director, said: “With one in 10 people living in Scotland saying that they will need to rely on food and warm banks over the next six months, organisations need to ensure that they understand how they can support their employees, customers, suppliers and communities right now. The cost-of-living crisis is causing worry and stress for people across the UK and Responsible Businesses can help by paying the Real Living Wage, offering flexible working options, targeting support for their customers and watching out for their employees on lower incomes who may be struggling to make ends meet.”   The format of the day will include discussions from keynote speakers and workshops aimed at offering attendees: A deeper understanding about the issues impacting the City and how business can help, An opportunity to hear what other members are doing or are planning to do, The opportunity to share challenges and opportunities, Time for networking and collaboration.
  The event will also launch Living wage week in Aberdeen. It is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement across the UK and will take place 14th to the 20th of November 2022.   Aberdeen City Council…


Aberdeen City Libraries to celebrate Year of Stories 2022 with storytelling events for children

Aberdeen City Libraries to celebrate Year of Stories 2022 with storytelling events for children News Image IFrampton Fri, 28/10/2022 – 3:15 pm Aberdeen City Libraries is taking part in the Year of Stories 2022 this autumn with a series of storytelling sessions for children aged 8 to 11 exploring the wealth of traditional stories and folk tales from the North East.    As part of its ‘Aberdeen Voices: Iconic stories of childhood’ programme, together with the Grampian Association of Storytellers and local storyteller Pauline Cordiner, Aberdeen City Libraries will take a look at some of the iconic childhood tales from the North East.   Children can join the storytellers for a fascinating journey through stories from Aberdeen’s past, including The Beast of the Clash, Theft of a Smell and The Horseman’s Word.   Councillor Martin Greig, Aberdeen City Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener, said: “There is a great wealth of stories from the north East so it is good to have this chance to focus on our local literature.   “Young people in particular will be able to enjoy the adventure of exploring and hearing about the characters and events.”   This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.   Marie Christie, Head of Development at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to be supporting Aberdeen City Libraries through the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund.   “Events play an important role in our communities as they sustain livelihoods and help to celebrate and promote our unique places, spaces and stories.   “By supporting events taking place within our communities, including the Aberdeen Voices Storytelling Sessions, new opportunities with be provided for locals and visitors to come together and find out more about the diverse stories, past and present, that our communities have to share.”   The events take place on the following dates:   Aberdeen Voices: Stories from the Northeast with Pauline Cordiner Aberdeen Central Children’s Library  Saturday 5 November, 11am to Noon   Aberdeen Voices: Iconic Childhood Tales with Grampian Association of Storytellers
Culter Library
Saturday 12 November, 11am to Noon   These sessions are suitable for children aged 8 to 11. Booking is essential.
To book, contact Aberdeen City…