UPDATE RE TENANTS’ FORUM 26 MAY 2021
20 June 2021
We held our monthly Tenants’ Forum on Teams on 26 May. Thanks to all those who attended.
MONTHLY UPDATE: Craig Renton, Chief Operating Officer at The Crichton Trust welcomed tenants and partners to the meeting including Emma Eden who provided an insight into the work of Genesis Occupational Health and Safety. Main points of update:
- Apologies from Gwilym Gibbons, Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust
- Scotland’s first Rural 5G Hub: As you may have seen in the local press The Crichton has now been confirmed as Scotland’s first rural 5G Hub. This is transformational and very exciting for The Crichton and for the South of Scotland and other rural communities. (See Crichton Blog for details). Andy Todman has also been appointed by The Scotland 5G Centre as the new Business Engagement Manager – Dumfries and will soon be hosted by The Crichton Trust. We look forward to welcoming Andy to The Crichton.
- Crichton Central: All going to plan with building control and Covid restrictions, we will have a phased opening of our new Crichton Central venue starting with the café and outdoor terrace in June (date tbc). It looks fantastic and we look forward to showing you around very soon and providing a more detailed update at the next meeting. Details of our phased opening will be shared soon.
- Easterbrook Bistro: Easterbrook Bistro will continue operating from 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week during the summer. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the Bistro. We really appreciate your custom.
- Swimming Pool: We are aware that a lot of our regular and new customers are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the swimming pool in Easterbrook Bistro. Due to the size and scale of the pool and changing areas, we intend to review our plans for opening the pool when we reach level zero, which at the moment is expected to be sometime towards the end of June or early July. This is all subject to change.
- The Crichton Magazine: The Crichton Magazine continues to be a great way to access news and information about The Crichton. Please share your news with either myself or Caroline Bell via email@example.com
UPDATE FROM OUR TENANTS/PARTNERS: Craig welcomed Emma Eden, Director of Genesis Occupational Health and Safety to the meeting to provide a Tenant Update.
Key points of interest:
- Business: Genesis Occupational Health and Safety (established 2005)
- Location: Kindar House at The Crichton (previously Buccleuch Street, Dumfries)
- Services: Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Services (see below)
- Sectors: Everything from retail and manufacturing to hospitality and construction (but not rail or nuclear)
- Team: Directors: Scott and Emma Eden, plus Business Development Manager, Business Support Manager, Health & Safety Practitioners / Advisors, Occupational Health Nurses, Occupational Health Technicians, Counsellors, Occupational Health Physician, Physiotherapist and Cleaner.
- Occupational Health Services – includes Fitness for Work Assessments, Health Surveillance, Counselling, Physiotherapy, Immunisations, Wellbeing Medicals.
- Health & Safety Services – Risk and COSHH Assessments, Health & Safety Management Systems and Policy Development, ISO Accreditation and Audits, Workplace Inspections, Incident Investigations, Pre-Qualification Questionnaires
- Training – over 55 courses including Health and Safety, Occupational Health and First Aid courses, interactive webinars and planned SQA accreditations.
- Ethos: We want a happy health workforce (our team and our clients), so it’s important that our team are knowledgeable and able to offer the best advice to clients. We face recruitment challenges locally, so tend to ‘grow our own’ when possible and we take an active part in the local community, offering support whenever we can whether offering in-kind Health & Safety support for community groups or sponsoring sports clubs to promote active lifestyles. As an organisation we practice what we preach eg. Mile A Day initiative, staff training, flexible working, support services and interactive workplace challenges. Emma is also the volunteer Director of Crichton Parkrun (timed 5K event on a Saturday morning at The Crichton, but currently cancelled due to coronavirus)
- The negative perception of Health & Safety: Emma said: Focus on supporting clients to do what they can safely, rather than to stop them doing things.
- Impact of Covid on their business: Obviously a reduction in face to face contact services and an increase in telephone/video calls, which has been beneficial to all. Reduction in some business services, but increased demand for Covid-safe Risk Assessments and in Mental Health Services eg. awareness training and self-care training techniques and a growth in wellbeing medicals.
- When will Parkrun return: still to be confirmed, but estimated 26 June in England and 3 July in Scotland (but not guaranteed). Update: New estimated start date of 14th August in Scotland.
Anyone interested in working with Emma and her team at Genesis Occupational Health and safety can visit: https://genesisohs.co.uk/
Craig thanked Emma for her update.
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REMINDER TO ALL TENANTS:
If you are a tenant at The Crichton, please remember to keep your profile updated on The Crichton Directory – complete the form at the top of the page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please encourage your colleagues to sign up to The Crichton Trust Newsletter which is accessible in the footer of our website and to browse The Crichton Magazine.
If you would like to provide an update at future meetings, please get in touch.
The next Tenants’ Forum will take place on Wednesday 30 June at 11am. As usual, tenants will receive an email invitation from The Crichton Trust with joining details. Please note future meetings will take place on Teams. Any queries please contact the office on 01387 247544.
The next Crichton Briefing (now quarterly) will take place on Tuesday 7 September at 4pm. Details will be shared on social media. All welcome.