Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 18th January 2019

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Proud to care – read Jade’s story

We began our #proudtocare social media campaign this week to highlight how much carers matter and are valued in people’s lives, and all the different reasons people have for choosing the care sector.

We asked if experience in home care can help people get jobs in other professions?

The answer is yes. This was the case for Jade, who used her experience in home care to build a career as a police officer. You can read Jade’s story below.

Why working in the care sector suited me

I decided to join the police whilst working in hospitality and during the application process I thought it would be better to move to a role more suited to my future goal in which I could gain the relevant experience and skills.

Why I am proud to have worked in care

I loved working in the care sector. The fact that people were relying on me daily to remain at home independently and to carry out day to day tasks was fulfilling and rewarding. It gave me a great sense of pride that I was helping making a difference to their lives.

Why I would recommend it to others

For anybody looking for a new challenge, or anybody who wants to make a difference to someone’s life, I would recommend becoming a Support Assistant.

You can find out more about Jade and working in the care sector on our website.

Did you know?

Please don’t waste appointments: the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is urging patients to cancel appointments if they don’t need them. In December 200 people did not turn up for the consultants appointment, at a cost on average of £176 each. You can find out more about HSCP’s activity in December on its website.


Moving forward at Campbeltown Grammar: Staff and pupils at Campbeltown Grammar are excited to be moving forward in their new school building and to be making positive changes in light of the recommendations made by Education Scotland in their inspection report.

Are you eligible for home energy improvements?: People living in Argyll and Bute are being given the opportunity to make their homes more energy efficient as a result of the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS).

Supporting communities fund – still time to apply: Organisations eligible to apply include voluntary, community, charities and social enterprises which may be involved in Sports and Leisure, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare or Education. This includes Community Councils and Parent Councils

Check the road before you go: You can find information on our website to help you prepare for travel in winter weather.


Houses in multiple occupation: A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 (unrelated) people who share facilities such as the bathroom or kitchen. We would like to hear your views on what issues will be considered when assessing applications for HMO licences and planning permission

Work with us

Even in the depths of winter, Argyll and Bute is a great place to live and work – just wrap up warm and get out in the fresh air in our forests, hills and beaches.

There are lots of jobs available in January including social workers, accountants, cleaners, clerical workers, leisure assistant and teaching staff. Have a look at what’s on offer at MyJob Scotland.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 18 January 2019.