Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 2 November 2018

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Focus on: A ‘Big Conversation’ for Argyll and Bute’s Young People

Young people from across Argyll and Bute will be given the opportunity to have their say on how the area is run, when they meet with some of the area’s key decision makers next week.

‘The Big Conversation’ is being organised by Argyll and Bute Council’s Youth Services Team, and will provide a platform for young people to talk to the Council Leader; members of the Scottish Youth Parliament; and community planning representatives, including Skills Development Scotland and the police.

The event is part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People, and will enable young people aged between 11 and 25 to express themselves and voice their opinions, particularly those who are too young to vote.

The Big Listen will take place in the Marriage Rooms at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Wednesday 7 November between 1pm and 3.30pm. The panel will be seated with lapel mics, whilst a roving mic will enable young people in the audience to ask their questions.

Buses have been arranged to transport young people from throughout Argyll and Bute, and a web link is available to for those who can’t make the event. The hashtag #TheBigConversation will be used on social media to enable people to follow what is happening.

If you would like to attend the event, or would like information on how to join remotely, email:

Read the full story on the Council website.

Did you know?

Our hardworking Roads team often start their shifts in the early hours, with 33 gritters treating 750 miles of local roads. For an interactive guide to our gritting routes, visit:\


Winners announced in October Holidays photo competition: The winners have been named in our October holidays photo competition – although picking the best pictures was no easy task thanks to the quality of shots submitted.

Development site, with a view, available at Oban Airport: The Council is making a final call for offers from partners with the vision to help assist in developing this new strategic site to its full potential.

International relationships are strengthened at Oban High School: A group of education professionals from a school in Norway made a second visit to Oban High School this week as part of an international exchange programme which looks at ways of sharing best practice and explores opportunities for young people aged 16 years and over.

Single people can become foster carers too: Our foster carers come from a wide range of backgrounds – the most important thing is that the young person is matched with people who will give them love and stability. Dave wanted to make a difference to a young person’s life and that’s why he became a foster carer.

Planning your wedding? Our civil ceremonies team can help: The Argyll and Bute Civil Ceremonies Team can create a bespoke ceremony that is truly personal and unique to you.


Work with us

Can you believe it’s November already? The year might be drawing to a close, but you could open a new chapter in your life. There are plenty of jobs available here in Argyll and Bute including teaching posts, a horticultural mechanic, a catering early years co-ordinator, an admin support worker and a graduate civil engineer. You can find out more at MyJobScotland.


Budget Consultation 2018: We would like to hear from you about your priorities for the year ahead as we identify how best to use our reduced funding allocation to invest in the longer term future of Argyll and Bute, and the services that are most vital now.

Review of polling places and districts: Are you happy with the venue you go to to vote in elections? Please let us know.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 9 November 2018.