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Please remember to use either Chrome or Edge as your Internet browser - This is important as some of the features of applications we use, or links to websites, do not work properly in Internet Explorer (IE). We cannot turn Internet Explorer off for everyone as some people require it to access specific tools but please use Chrome or Edge – some of the links below will not work with IE.
The Use of Zoom - people can access Zoom meetings sent by other organisations or individuals but you cannot setup your own Zoom meeting for Shropshire Council activity. We have Microsoft Teams and Skype for online meetings which are excellent offerings we know are safe for our needs. You can find more information on this on the Intranet.
Yammer - Love it or hate it, Yammer is a really useful tool for mass communication and discussion. Please know that you are encouraged to interact and get involved on Yammer as it’s a chance to get updates from colleagues you may not see alongside a social side that is much needed when working remotely. If you’re not sure, give it a go! You can get some guidance here.
Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)
We mentioned on Wednesday about the many activities on offer for staff during MHAW. As a reminder, Mental Health Awareness Week starts next week (18 – 24 May) and this year’s theme is Kindness. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity, so very prevalent during these times. Our Wellbeing, Public Health and Culture and Leisure teams will be promoting a host of online resources and activities to help support your mental health and wellbeing. These include podcasts, meditation initiatives, Mindful Museums, useful tips, advice and support, plus many more activities. You may have already seen that our Public Health team have launched a new suite of mental health resources in partnership with Shropshire Mind and other organisations.
In addition, Shropshire Mind are also putting on a bespoke Stress, Anxiety and Wellbeing Zoom session for Staff from 12 to 1pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Sign in any time during the Zoom meetings. Details for these are https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84094386585?pwd=TVp0cWtTMGNPWDRwaU5xcE9yK1R3Zz09
Meeting ID: 840 9438 6585
Share your act of kindness
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week this week, we want to get Shropshire talking about kindness and mental health. Throughout the week, we’ll be encouraging people to send in photos of their acts of kindness or tag us at @shropcouncil with their photos and use the hashtags #kindness matters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
To support this we’re asking staff to come forward with photos and comments of their act of kindness, this could be something that they’ve done for themselves, a family member or friend or even a stranger. It would be great if you could also give us permission to use these in our social media campaign. Acts of kindness could be anything like:
- Put a basket outside your house with a few treats in it, to say thank you to the postie or the refuse worker etc.
- Ask someone to have a cuppa with you, social distancing being observed, spend time to listen to them and enjoy their company.
- Make someone laugh.
- Give someone struggling some time and a bit of you.
- Hang your washing out, be kind to the environment.
- Take time to enjoy the birds singing, the weather, the beautiful place we live, be kind to yourself by giving yourself the time back you deserve.
Planning for the future...
Today, a small group of managers visited Shirehall to look around the building and discuss how it could be setup in light of Coronavirus, and for future use.
Any plans will be worked through with staff as changing an organisation is a collaboration, not a dictation, and that is recognised at all levels. Our hope is that the staff survey (detailed below) will begin to help the many people tasked with creating our shared vision of Shropshire Council, as we can take the good from this bad situation and look to a potentially brighter future.
Picture of Andy Begley with one of the new design concepts for sharing Coronavirus messaging around the county.