Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 29 September 2017

Welcome to Argyll and Bute Council’s weekly news round-up.  


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Focus on:

Growing our own: A programme to train teachers in Argyll and Bute has been a big success, with 21 people registering to teach since a partnership with Argyll College to run a post-graduate education diploma began in 2015. It’s part of a drive to train, recruit and retain high-quality teaching staff. See the Council’s jobs page on myjobscotland – we’ve 14 jobs across primary and secondary. Come and join a successful service.


Did you know?

Wear Red Day: Charity Show Racism the Red Card is asking everyone to wear red on Friday 6 October to show their support. Red ties, socks and even hair clips welcome! Workplaces and schools are invited to take part.


Flu. We’re ready for you: Should you or a loved one be immunised for flu? Find out who should and how.



Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead feedback wanted: A consultation drop-in event will be held on 4 October for people to give their views on improvements to the area.

Community help: Grants are available to groups in Helensburgh and Lomond for community projects designed to tackle inequality. A drop-in information event is being held on 3 October for people to find out more.

Opportunities for businesses: Local firms are being invited to events across Argyll and Bute to find out how they can bid for contracts with the Council.

New lease of life: Three former Council properties in Helensburgh and Lomond have been sold and work is ongoing to sell others not in use. The new owners plan to bring them back in to use.

Do you live in the Campbeltown area and have experience of flooding? Come to our drop-in consultation event, part of our flood prevention project for the area. Campbeltown Town Hall, Thursday 5 October, 1 to 8pm.



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Your views on our website: We’d love you to help make our website better – please let us know what you think.


Early years learning improvements: The number of hours of early learning and childcare available to families is due to increase from 600 to 1140 a year by August 2020. We’d like to know your thoughts on how this should be provided. Take our survey and let us know what’s best for you.

Procurement and Commissioning Strategy: We want to make sure we get best value for local residents. We are putting a strategy in place to achieve this through our procurement processes. Pease read our plans and give us your views.

Community Learning and Development (CLD) plan: This plan allows members of the public to find out about the CLD work going on in communities around Argyll and Bute. The plan has a simple email feedback facility that can be used to contact the partnership. For more information go to and let us know what you think.

Community councils: We are proposing some changes to the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils. This sets out our mutual agreement with our 56 community councils to help them represent their communities as widely as possible.

Your View Counts: Police Scotland wants your opinions on policing which will help shape how it operates in future. Please take part in this five-minute survey.



The Council delivers a wide range of services for our communities. This means that we employ a huge variety of professions, skills and experience. You can find out more here about opportunities to work with us.


This week we have jobs in the fields of child protection, mental health, IT, teaching, and community planning. We are also looking for cleaners, classroom assistants and trainee mechanics.



Next edition

Our next news round-up will be issued on 6 October 2017.