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We're gearing up for this year's Carers Week with a fun-packed festival and information events.
Our part in Joined Up Care Derbyshire's (JUCD) Wellbeing Programme has been recognised with a highly commended award
We're repeating the opportunity for colleagues interested in applying for a leadership apprenticeship to take part in our provider information webinars.
In our 2022 employee survey, an area you asked us to look at was some of our key management processes.
Our new photocopiers (also known as multi-function devices or MFDs) will start to be delivered to sites across Derbyshire from Tuesday 30 May 2023.
The Annual General Meeting of the Full Council yesterday (24 May 2023) saw a number of new appointments and changes.
On Tuesday next week, the Executive Directors will be holding an online live Teams event which all colleagues have been invited to.
Join us on Wednesday, 12 July 2023 from 1pm until 2.30pm for a webinar examining Antisemitism and Jewish culture by Dr Daniel Staetsky
Pay awards for council employees are negotiated on a national basis with other councils across the country.
Windrush Day marks the date when the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948, bringing over a thousand passengers on board from the Caribbean.
The Government is conducting an independent public inquiry into Government and public sector responses to the COVID pandemic.
Last month we held the first Our Derbyshire Awards as a celebration of our people and a chance to formally recognise colleagues' achievements.
Summer is almost upon us - have you thought about how Our Derbyshire Rewards could help you spend a bit less while having a bit of summer fun?
Changes on your payslip if your job means that you have to be available for contact or response outside your normal hours
Our therapy dogs session at County Hall, for Mental Health Awareness Week was a great success.
In our 2022 employee survey, a key area employees asked us to look at was work environment.
Find out more about the newly relaunched Derbyshire Time Swap scheme at an online launch event on Monday 22 May 2023.
Last month, Joe O'Sullivan shared the launch of the new Transformation and Strategy Division.
Boldness, innovation, embracing change and thinking and doing things differently are all essential to our success in achieving high performance for Derbyshire.
This week is the first of Foster Care Fortnight - an annual campaign to highlight the importance of foster carers.
It's Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the focus is anxiety and how to manage it.
Wearing the Hidden Disability Sunflower is a discreet way to choose to make the invisible visible.
Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is a campaign that raises awareness of business continuity and resilience and runs from 15 to 19 May.
We're taking the opportunity to make some changes that will help us save money and make printing easier.
17 May marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), which celebrates LGBT+ rights and culture.
Here's a date for your diaries – Thursday 15 June.
If you're looking to progress in your career or you're just looking for a new challenge, free careers advice and support is available from our careers team.
Have your say on proposals for a new political map for Derbyshire County Council.
Our next employee survey runs for 4 weeks across June and it's really important that everyone has the opportunity to participate and share their views.
We recently shared our revised Performance Management Policy and explained that we are replacing My Plan with a new PDR process.
Have you started saving using the discounts and cashback available with Our Derbyshire Rewards yet?
Henpicked recently delivered a 90-minute webinar in collaboration with Healthy Workplaces Derbyshire.
Do you have 3 minutes to help colleagues in the climate change and sustainable travel teams understand more about the council's 'travel to work' patterns?
If you've had an email asking you to complete the online information governance training, please make sure you do so.
First Aid at Work courses are available to book through Derbyshire Learning Online.
Research has shown that being around dogs and petting animals can reduce the heart rate and feelings of anxiety.
If you use our flexitime scheme you are permitted to work between the hours of 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday subject to agreement.
District and borough council elections are coming up next week and we're appealing for colleagues to help support the running of them.
All employees are reminded of the need to follow our rules in relation to the receipt of hospitality or gifts.
Please report any faults so that they can be sorted - making colleagues more comfortable, saving money and reducing our carbon footprint.
This year's Deaf Awareness Week runs from 2 to 8 May 2023. The theme is 'Access to Communication'.
Joined Up Care Derbyshire provides a programme of activities, groups and support to improve both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Boost your pension benefits for retirement through our Salary Sacrifice Shared Cost AVC scheme
We're encouraging local people to join us in planting a million trees in Derbyshire by 2030 to help tackle the effects of climate change.
We are launching a new initiative for our suppliers - the Early Payment Partnership
During National Apprenticeship Week 2023, for the first time, we ran virtual drop-in sessions to talk about apprenticeships at the council.
Our Women's Network invites colleagues who would like to better understand hearing loss and the role of our Deaf and Sensory Team to join their next meeting.
On Sunday 23 April 2023 at 3pm the government will test its national emergency alert system.
If your employee profile includes working from home, please remember to complete your working from home risk assessment by the end of April 2023.
The Big Help Out is an initiative to get individuals, organisations or businesses to make a difference in their community.
If you live in Derbyshire and you're interested in having an electric vehicle charging point installed on the street near your home, we want to hear from you.
This week marks the official launch of our new portfolio management and transformation function.
On 13 March more than 80 of our apprentices joined our first organisation apprentice event at County Hall.
The booking system for the staff exercise classes has changed. We've also added a new class - lower back stretch and strengthen - from 2pm to 2.30pm on Mondays.
Data Breaches are defined as the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data.
Our new working arrangements policy has now been approved and will see the introduction of our revised employee profiles.
An updated version of our Constitution has been published which incorporates a number of amendments.
We're pleased to announce that the finalists for the Our Derbyshire Awards 2023 have now been chosen.
We started running climate change courses in 2021 as part of our climate strategy.
Healthy Workplaces Derbyshire has teamed up with Henpicked, a national specialist menopause training provider to deliver a free 90-minute interactive webinar.
Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar and this year it started on Thursday 23 March and ends on Friday 21 April 2023.
Thank you for your support during last week's Neurodiversity Celebration Week.
We hold monthly drop-in sessions for neurodivergent colleagues to share experiences, the challenges and the joys of neurodiversity.
This is a national event with participants across the country competing to become the Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2023.
All parts of the SAP system will be closed to all users to allow system updates, updates required for legislative tax and National Insurance changes.
Kinto, our car share partner, will be visiting County Hall on Thursday 13 April.
The Government has extended the £2 bus fare scheme until the end of June meaning most single fares on buses in the county will remain at £2 until then.
Updates on key areas where we are making improvements, based on our organisation action plan for 2022 to 2023.
Janet Scholes has become interim Director of Property and Jen Skila moves into the role of interim Director of Organisation Development and Policy.
As many of you will be aware Helen Jones left last week which means we have a vacancy for Executive Director for Adult Social Care and Health.
Do you know someone with a disability who is looking for a job?
Joined Up Care Derbyshire and Be Well Midlands is putting on a week-long lunchtime virtual menopause event starting on Monday 20 March.
Neurodiversity Celebration Week, runs from 13 to 19 March 2023, is an annual opportunity to raise understanding and bring about neurodiversity acceptance.
Please help to spread the word among family and friends about our Net Zero eNewsletter for Derbyshire residents.
It's No Smoking Day – a great time to quit for good!
Our countryside service has lined up a range of seasonal events for residents and visitors to enjoy.
8 March 2023 is International Women's Day, an annual celebration of women's achievements raising awareness of issues affecting women and girls.
This week we are launching our new equality, diversity and inclusion induction e-learning.
Join us during Neurodiversity Celebration Week to learn and understand the experiences of our colleagues living with neurodivergent conditions.
We were delighted to receive so many nominations for Our Derbyshire Awards.
Please make sure you understand all your responsibilities when it comes to keeping information safe and secure.
With Kinto, our car share partner, you can cut your costs and emissions by finding someone to share your journeys with.
Join us on Tuesday 7 March 2023 from 3pm to 4pm on MS Teams to learn more about the wellbeing and menopause support we offer.
If you're eligible, and find it hard to deal with your energy supply, you could get extra help from your energy company.
Colleagues in Highways are invited to find out progress, updates and the next steps in the service's ambitious transformation programme.
A tree-planting ceremony is being held at County Hall on Tuesday 7 March 2023 at and staff are invited to come along to watch the proceedings.
All employees are invited to observe a national minute's silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This year, BBC Radio Derby wants to celebrate and say thank you to people who make where we live a better place and they've asked us to help spread the word.
From the end of February 2023, there will be changes to our wellbeing support providers.
Please make sure you don't use the old 08456 058 058 telephone number that used to go through to Call Derbyshire.
National Apprenticeship Week 2023.
The Derbyshire Business Centre at County Hall, provides a large range of high-volume print, design, post, scanning, and van delivery and distribution services.
Adoption East Midlands urgently needs more adopters and is hosting information sessions specifically for our employees to find out more.
We're supporting a new energy efficiency scheme, Connected for Warmth, which is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to eligible households nationwide.
Last year we asked you to fill out a short survey to give police and partners understand emerging risk and gaps in knowledge around terrorism and extremism.
Flu vaccinations will help to protect you from becoming seriously ill if you become infected so it's important that you take up the offer of a free flu jab.
Mark Kenyon will take up the post of the council's Director of Finance and ICT in Corporate Services and Transformation in April.
Do you care for someone who is concerned about their memory or has been diagnosed with dementia?
How much do you know about different genders? Find out more at an online workshop on 23 February 2023 from 10am to 11.30am.
Our Derbyshire Rewards is a valuable offer that includes discounts and cashback, help dealing with personal and professional problems and expert advice.
We're supporting National Apprentice Week which takes place this week, between 6 and 12 February 2023.
Our Derbyshire Rewards provides you with a package of benefits, discounts, support and advice in one place.
We were so pleased to see so many people, over 1800 colleagues, at our live Teams event on 31 January, led by Emma Alexander and our Executive Directors.
Can you identify when an interest in IT becomes a concern and puts young people or vulnerable young adults at risk of committing cybercrime?
Do you work with community or voluntary organisations that would benefit from funding to continue their local response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
As we approach the end of this financial year, it is an opportunity to reflect on the year and make time to have a quality conversation reviewing performance.
If you read this week's wellbeing edition of Our Derbyshire you will have spotted that we're introducing an exciting, new employee benefit platform.
Following a recent issue with the booking of electric pool vehicles, the booking Power App has been updated.
Parents and carers are being asked to talk to their children about what they're doing online as part of the fight to keep them safe from online harm.
We're delighted to announce that we are launching a 2-year graduate development programme which will begin in September 2023.
LGBT+ History Month runs throughout February and focusses on the celebration and recognition of LGBT+ people, history and culture.
We have a number of pedestals available free of charge for colleagues to use at home.
The contract for the management of all our printers, scanners and photocopiers is due to be renewed this summer.
We have had a fantastic response with colleagues right across the council sending in their nominations for Our Derbyshire Awards.
The National Education Union (NEU) has announced that its ballot of teacher members in England has met the thresholds required to begin industrial action.
We want to ensure all our employees feel confident with maths at home and at work.
We're aware of a problem with the Power App which staff use to book pool cars.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year.
The nominations for Our Derbyshire Awards have been flooding in - thanks for taking the time to get involved.
We're transforming the way we support people to ensure they are at the heart of our adult social care services.
Find out more about Skills builder - Unison's new literacy and numeracy app.
We have received 95 nominations so far for the Our Derbyshire Awards
Use the blind carbon copy (Bcc) function when sending emails to multiple external email addresses.
We recently updated our Attendance Management and Ill Health Capability Procedure which is now in place.
Friday 27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and it's a commemoration of victims of Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), is now consulting residents on the policing budget for 2023 to 24
Operation Explorer is a full day's immersive training on Prevent and safeguarding roles, run by Derbyshire Police's Prevent team.
Find out how more people from ethnic minority and other diverse backgrounds can get involved in taking part in public life and in their local communities.
We will be partnering with a leading external training provider, t-three, to roll out our new leadership development programme.
A range of free workshops that will focus on basic things that will make your work much easier.
To mark the start of the year we're encouraging residents across the county to consider starting their foster care journey.
Engineers from Circuit Compliance will be at County Hall to undertake Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) between Tuesday 10 January and Friday 3 February 2023.
We are delighted to announce that we are accepting nominations for Our Derbyshire Awards from today until midnight on Friday 27 January 2023.
An updated version of the constitution has been published which incorporates a number of amendments.
The digital adoption team has put together some top tips on how you can make your working routine easier, learn and upskill yourself.
Cyber criminals don't take a holiday, so the chances of the council or you becoming a victim of a cyber attack can increase.
Helen Jones, our Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Health, will be leaving the organisation towards the end of the financial year.
As winter viruses are circulating, please remember the to follow guidance about attending your workplace.
Unfortunately, due to limited resources, the SAP upgrade planned for January 2023 has been delayed.
As previously announced Pete Handford, Director of Finance and ICT, will be leaving the council this week.
Christmas can be a tough time. It's easy to feel pressured, lonely, anxious or sad at this time of year.
A big thank you to everyone who's been taking part in Thank You Week.
Taking annual leave is important for your wellbeing so please make sure you take leave at regular intervals or whenever it is practical to do so.
You can still get 5% off 7 day or 28-day Stagecoach Megarider tickets but the process is changing and this can now only be done using the Stagecoach app.
Emma Crapper has decided to leave the organisation to consider new opportunities.
There are increased fears that more people could be bitten by a loan shark this Christmas.
The image for this year's corporate Christmas card has been supplied by one of our employees, Chris Cookman.
Did you know that you can view live pictures from traffic cameras that we have across the county?
We've increased the amount available to charities, community and voluntary groups to set up warm spaces across Derbyshire this winter.
We're taking steps to support colleagues with hidden disabilities by joining the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.
Under our modern ways of working programme, we are currently looking at options for the future management of our printers, scanners and copiers.
This year December's pay date will be Thursday 22 December 2022.
Next week we are celebrating thank you week, to recognise the support and hard work of colleagues across our organisation.
Do you know which roads we grit? You can view a map which tells you when a road was last gritted.
From Monday 12 December 2022 we're celebrating Thank You Week to recognise the support and hard work of colleagues in delivering services for local people.
We've made some changes to our data protection impact assessment process (DPIA) process.
Pride in Belper has teamed up with Derbyshire LGBT+ and the Reunion Deli to host a social evening for the LGBT+ community and allies every month.
We're running an online workshop on Thursday 8 December 2022 from 2pm to 2.45pm.
A public consultation about Devolution for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby, and Nottingham is now live and runs until Monday 9 January 2023.
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
It's really important that we have a consistent style when it comes to email signatures.
Winter is on its way and many of our colleagues are now on standby to help out the travelling public by gritting the roads whenever needed.
Now that the heating is on in our office buildings you may find you need to adjust the room temperature to make it comfortable.
Join us on awareness sessions to learn more about neurodiversity and dyslexia.
As part of the SAP upgrade, Orderpoint is being replaced by a series of apps for ordering, approving and goods receipting.
As part of our work to support Derbyshire residents with the rising cost of living we're launching a newsletter containing advice and information to help them.
Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is a discreet way to choose to make the invisible visible.
Do you care for someone or know somebody who is a carer? Please help us spread the word about this year's Carers' Rights Day on Thursday 24 November 2022.
This week is Trans Awareness Week which culminates in Trans Day of Remembrance on 20 November 2022.
We are delighted to announce that we are launching our new recognition toolkit.
It's International Fraud Awareness Week so it's a good opportunity to think about the risks of fraud and how we can protect ourselves.
The public consultation on the proposed East Midlands County Combined Authority has been launched.
We will be marking Remembrance Day at 11am on Friday 11 November 2022.
The SAP upgrade will see the introduction of dashboards to replace Workplace and OrderPoint and will also provide lots of additional finance functionality.
Please spread the word about our £50,000 Warm Spaces Fund, launched to support residents affected by the rising cost of living this winter.
The 2022/23 national pay agreement for local government service employees has now been agreed.
You could receive a one-off payment for recommending people to join our care worker community team who support vulnerable people in their own homes.
During the engagement forums we received lots of brilliant suggestions and ideas from colleagues about what we could do to make improvements.
We run a careers service which offers impartial information, advice and guidance about career opportunities, learning and employment.
From January 2023 the current Workplace portal will be replaced with Fiori.
Would you like to develop your administration skills, work with colleagues across the council and contribute to a disability inclusive workplace?
Please take this opportunity to share your views, which will help to inform our future policy on working arrangements.
Thank you to everyone who made last week's Black History Month event happen.
The next steps on the road to devolution are taking place as detailed proposals about a devolution deal are due to be discussed at key council meetings.
You may remember back in 2020 we sent out a survey asking for your feedback on how working arrangements were working for you.
Join us on Thursday 17 November 2022 from midday to 1pm for our next 'Equali-Tea Break' webinar focusing on Trans inclusion and awareness.
A new programme of wellbeing activities run by Joined Up Care Derbyshire is now available for all employees.
It's important anyone who is eligible and able to have a flu or COVID-19 jab should take up the offer.
You can get 5% off 7-day or 28-day Stagecoach Megarider tickets online using a unique discount code.
A series of spectacular night-time displays of light and sound set against the backdrop of iconic local landmarks is coming back to Derbyshire.
We're sending out a short series of communications to share with you. This week, we are focusing on "I am rewarded fairly".
Today is World Mental Health Day – a perfect chance to recognise how important it is to talk about how we feel and to seek help for help if we need it.
If you feel that talking to someone about your mental health would help, you can talk to one of our mental health first aiders.
New classes include circuits, midweek refresh, back care Pilates and 'core and more'.
Earlier this year we told you that the SAP upgrade would take place in October, however unfortunately this will now be delayed until early January 2023.
We're asking Derbyshire residents to have their say on our budget and services.
We want to start sharing with you our plan to address the feedback we've been hearing from you in our department and organisation engagement forums.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the support programmes that the Thrive mental health app offers.
Ensuring the confidentiality of information and keeping people's personal information safe is of huge importance.
If you manage anyone who uses a fleet vehicle, their own vehicle or a hire vehicle for business, you need to make sure they have the correct documentation.
Our affordable credit project wants to find out more about experiences of borrowing and saving and awareness of local community banks.
Our thanks go to all our employees who were involved in some way in making arrangements during the mourning period.
October's Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities.
Would you like to help your colleagues eat more healthily and get active?
Join us on Wednesday 28 September 2022 from 2pm to 4pm for our next online Women's Network meeting.
Arrangements for booking British Sign Language interpreters will change from 1 October 2022.
In partnership with AVC Wise, we've introduced a new salary sacrifice Shared Cost AVC scheme.
Colleagues in highways are invited to join our latest series briefing events to find out progress and the next steps in our ambitious transformation programme.
On Monday 19 September 2022 there is an additional bank holiday in the UK to mark the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Pete Handford, Director of Finance and ICT, will be leaving the council to take up a new role.
The Digital Adoption team has a range of resources on the Learning Centre for you to learn more about Office.com, the starting point for online productivity.
Pension awareness week takes place from 12 to 16 September 2022 and is an opportunity to improve your pension knowledge.
If you have an LGPS pension with Derbyshire Pension Fund, your annual benefit statement may now be available through the My Pension Online Service.
High blood pressure doesn't have any symptoms so the only way to find out is to have a blood pressure check.
You may have heard that the government is making cost of living payments to people who receive certain benefits or tax credits.
Find out more about the concept of 'intersectionality' and what it's got to do with equality and diversity.
Our Cycle to Work Scheme is now available as a 24 month option.
If you're working remotely and you need documents printing, our professional print production team in the business centre can do this for you.
Have your say on drug and alcohol recovery services in Derbyshire
We have been made aware of potential strike action by Royal Mail on 26 and 31 August, and on 8 and 9 September.
The removal of pandemic restrictions in April has enabled us to consider the working arrangements for everyone
Thank you to all of you who supported the Chesterfield and Belper Pride events this summer
The Public Health department is inviting all our Derbyshire colleagues to join us for a 'Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) development workshop'.
Each year the International Association for Suicide Prevention marks 10 September as World Suicide Prevention Day.
Since we ran our employee survey in February, each department has run an engagement forum to discuss the results
The Director of Public Health's Annual Report is now out and this year the report looks at our response to COVID-19.
Anyone receiving Pension Credit will automatically be paid the cost of living payments – and they could be entitled to an extra £650, paid in two instalments.
Our finance division now operates as one team, supporting departments with advice on a range of accountancy and finance matters.
We recognise that employees are likely to make use of social media in a personal capacity.
Our countryside service is busy organising their flagship event – the Woodland Festival.
Between now and the end of September, Joined Up Care Derbyshire is running a large number of wellbeing sessions that you're welcome to join.
We're working to improve the health and wellbeing of men across the county.
Our 'no purchase order (PO) no pay' policy is now in force and will apply to invoices dated from 1 August 2022 onwards.
We want to make ICT as accessible as possible to everyone. You can find out more by visiting accessibility on the Learning Centre.
As part of the work we're doing to support your wellbeing, we joined up with Thrive - an NHS-approved mental wellbeing app.
We are very proud to have been involved in this year's virtual Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2022 event.
If you're producing content for our website, including the Our Derbyshire website, please take a few minutes to read through the web accessibility guidelines.
If you've uploaded a profile picture to Office 365, or would like to, please make sure it meets with our simple criteria.
Our digital adoption team have given the Learning Centre homepage a revamp.
We are delighted to announce Ellie Houlston as our new Director of Public Health.
As forecasters continue to predict a prolonged period of high temperatures it's important to be aware of the risks and stay safe.
No matter how hot it gets, don't be tempted to cool down in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and quarries. You really don't know what is lurking beneath the surface.
Join Deaf-initely Women's online session to find out how they empower deaf and hard of hearing women
A note about key payroll data and personal identifiers
The Guide Dogs charity is running free sighted guiding training sessions.
You are now able to reset your password yourself, securely, anywhere, anytime, without needing to contact the ICT Service Desk.
We're working with 3 other councils in the East Midlands to bring decision-making powers out of Westminster and more investment to the region.
Is your pension enough to support you in retirement so you can spend future summers the way you want to?
July is the Samaritan's Talk To Us Month, reminding people that they are there to help.
CiC – the company behind our employee assistance programme – will be running a mindfulness webinar on 13 July at 11am.
We're upgrading SAP this October - the software that we use to manage our data and information in HR, including Workplace, finance and procurement (Orderpoint).
We are aware of the current pressures around recruitment and retention, and the challenge this poses in the provision of our services.