I would like to start by thanking our various teams and contractors who worked to keep services running and vulnerable people cared for this week.
Monday and Tuesday saw unprecedented temperatures and understandably our waste contractor Veolia reduced its working hours to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, with collections finishing earlier and our tips closing early too. Despite this, the majority of collections were completed on time. Other teams and services also kept going in the extreme heat to ensure local vulnerable people, from young to old were looked after, so a big thanks to those staff too.
However, the weather remains hot and temperatures at the weekend will be high so please remember to keep hydrated, use sunscreen and most importantly keep an eye on those vulnerable friends, family and neighbours. By looking out for each other, we are helping each other.
Earlier this week our fostering team hosted an afternoon tea at Porters Civic House as a thank you to our amazing Foster Carers for all the support they continue to give to the young people in Southend. It was one of the hottest days of the year so the team were delighted that so many could join us. If you are interested in fostering, please visit our fostering website.
This week has also seen the launch of our campaign to recruit more children’s social workers. Social work is crucial, and Southend is a great and rewarding place to be a social worker. Even when the work isn’t easy, it’s always rewarding. You’d be joining a friendly team who help one another to achieve their full potential and feel supported. If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our website for more information.
Next week the council’s cabinet will meet to discuss a number of important matters, including the search for a leisure provider post 2025, a re-ballot of the Southend Business Improvement District (BID) area, and a report on a City of Culture 2029 bid and carrying out further engagement and research on that. If cabinet agree the report, we will be looking to carry out resident engagement over the summer.