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Want to make a difference to the NHS in your local community?
Why?
The NHS impacts on everyone’s lives at one time or another and this could be your chance to get involved in improving, sustaining and protecting the health of the local population.

What’s involved?
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is looking for two new members to join its Board. These are challenging, rewarding and worthwhile opportunities that will take up around 8 hours a week and last for up to 4 years in the first instance. In return, you will be paid £8,842 a year. You will also get reasonable travel and subsistence costs, dependent carer expenses and support to help you carry out your duties.

Can I apply?
To complement the current skills on the Board, we are looking for individuals who can specifically bring financial governance experience or clinical experience, ideally in a primary care setting.
You do not need to have previous experience of being on a Board. You do need to have a commitment to helping us improve the health and wellbeing of the people living in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

If this is you, we would like to hear from you.
If you are appointed you will receive training and support to develop your skills and to learn any new skills you may require.

How do I find out more?
More information on these roles can be found at the public appointments website: www.gov.scot/collections/public-appointments or by calling 0300 244 1898 (Freephone).

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Local Roadworks. (CANCELLED)

A78. 10th November 20 until 26th November 20. A78 (Kelly Bridge to Eglinton Terr), Northbound, Traffic Lights will be in operation.

Road Closure: Motorists travelling on the A78 between The Lighthouses and Kelly Burn are being warned that essential work will take place overnight from Friday November 20 until Monday November 23.

Diversion Information: A78 Northbound leave at Haylie Brae (Largs) – A760 – Largs Rd – B777 – A737 NorthBound – Johnstone Northbound offslip – Barrochan Rd – A761 – Clune Brae – A8 Newark Roundabout WestBound – rejoin A78

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Loves Local Fund.

The Scottish Government Scotland ‘Loves Local Fund’ aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery, and giving them support and guidance to help them achieve aims important to them.  You can find more details at the following link – https://www.scotlandstowns.org/scotland_loves_local_fund_application_form_and_guidance.

Also, today the Scottish Government ‘Restrictions Fund’ opened for applications.  The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Restrictions Fund provides one-off grants to businesses very directly impacted by Covid-19 brake restrictions implemented on 9 October 2020.  You can find out more details and how to apply at the following Inverclyde Council link – https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/covid-19/business-support.

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An Apology from NHSGGC about the Flu Vaccination Programme

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) issued an apology earlier this week to members of the public for the way in which the flu vaccination programme has been delivered so far this year.

The Health Board is very aware of the concerns that have been raised by members of the public and the anxiety felt by those in the 65+ age group who are yet to receive their flu vaccination.

NHSGGC would like to reassure members of the public that all remaining letters to the 65+age group will be sent this week and their appointment will be scheduled before the end of November.

The Chairman, Chief Executive and the Director of Public Health, along with senior members of the Health Board team, have met with local MPs and MSPs to understand in more detail the concerns of constituents and explain the actions that are underway to resolve these issues.

Professor John Brown, Chair of NHSGGC, said: “On behalf of the Health Board, I would like to sincerely apologise to all those people who have experienced issues with their flu vaccination appointments. We are very sorry for any distress and anxiety this has caused, especially among the more vulnerable members of our local communities.”

Jane Grant, Chief Executive, said: “There have been a number of challenges with the delivery of the flu vaccination programme and we have taken action to ensure this situation never happens again.

“We would like to offer reassurance to those in the 65+ year old age group who are yet to receive their flu vaccination that all remaining letters will be sent this week and you will have your appointment scheduled to take place before the end of November, before the flu season starts between late December and January.

“For those who received their letter after their appointment date, we will ensure that you get an alternative appointment. We understand that many people have struggled to get through to our appointment line and we are very sorry for that. We have now employed an additional 20 call handlers to manage enquiries so that more people can be supported in a more timely way. If members of the public do need to change their appointment, please contact us on 0800 707 6699 or via email at adult.flu@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

“If individuals need to change the timing of their appointment, we will do everything possible to rearrange this for them. If there are accessibility issues with their assigned vaccination centre, we will work with each individual on a case by case basis to find the centre most suitable for them.

“The flu vaccination programme has been especially challenging this year, due to the increased number of eligible people and because it is vitally important that we adhere to physical distancing guidelines when administering vaccinations. However, we will make sure that we learn the lessons from what has happened this year and put measures in place to avoid these issues being repeated when we deliver the COVID vaccination programme.

“Finally, we would also like to thank all of our staff who are delivering flu vaccinations to members of the public. We very much appreciate the work you are doing to support our communities.”

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Want to Volunteer, but don’t know where to start?

Whether it’s practical or emotional support, there are lots of ways you can volunteer to help.

For some that may be right now in helping to manage the crisis, for others there will be roles in the weeks and months to come.

But for many of us, the most helpful thing we can do to support our NHS and our communities is to stay at home to save lives. 

You can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving your home, once a day, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.  Please check the latest advice at NHS Inform.

To sign up, please follow the relevant links below: 

Please be assured that as soon as your help is needed, you will be contacted. Where possible your offer will be matched with specific needs.

I need to stay at home – can I still help?

You can still help even if you need to stay at home by signing up to provide telephone support. This way you can help keep in contact and provide reassurance to those in need.

Business offers of help

If you represent a business and would like to volunteer your services, please email covid19response@gov.scot.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Source:- https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/volunteering

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Official Notice concerning Inverkip Village Post Office.

Please follow thi link below for information concerning the Inverip Village Post Office.

https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/inverkip-pa16-0as-157859/?fbclid=IwAR2LGfTW4DIRnRblV969tfNBDK2XgwcFxUxwATg-eO4U_LMGQmo8tvAxe18

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Your Voice Announcements and Newsletters

Keeping Busy, a 4 page Leaflet available for download HERE.

A4 page leaflet, available for download HERE.

Enthusiasts, A 4 page leaflet available to download HERE

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Citizens Advice Scotland – Help to Claim service

Following the announcement in October 2018 that the Citizens Advice network will provide a new service to help your constituents make a Universal Credit claim, I’m getting in touch to let you know that as of today the service is live across Scotland and the rest of Great Britain.

Our new Help to Claim service offers independent, tailored and practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim, and receive their first full payment on time. It is available through our free phone line, website and local Citizens Advice Bureaux. I have included more details about how your constituents can access the service below. Your local CAB can also provide more details about the specific options available to your constituents, which might include face-to-face advice through outreach clinics, for example in libraries or Jobcentres.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in Scotland have given over 100,000 pieces of advice on Universal Credit since roll out began, and many of these issues are with the initial claiming process.

Help to Claim can provide people with advice on how to apply for Universal Credit and support them through the application process. The support provided will vary depending on individual need, but might include things such as: helping someone gather evidence of their housing or childcare costs; ensuring people know that Alternative Payment Arrangements are available; and offering advice on what to expect at a jobcentre appointment and how to prepare for it.

Our local offices have been working closely with Jobcentres, local authorities and other local organisations in preparation for providing the service. This close working relationship will continue throughout the operation of the service.

Support is available through our free phone line and web chat from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday:

Phone line:                 0800 023 2581

Webchat:                    www.cas.org.uk/helptoclaim