Leisure, sport and culture staff are being consulted on how best to provide these services to the people of Renfrewshire.
Bosses at Renfrewshire Leisure are mapping out the way forward for the organisation that operates sports, leisure centres, libraries, museums and community halls in the face of competing demands on public sector finances and competition from the private sector.
Now the board of trustees of Renfrewshire Leisure has given the go-ahead for a consultation process to begin with the people who work for the organisation.
Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar says the organisation needs to look at a ‘re-design of the service’ and new ways of working to meet the needs and aspirations of its customers.
Joyce explains: “We operate in ever-changing times with new challenges facing us as we try to give the people of Renfrewshire the best possible services and facilities.
“And we also need to make sure that Renfrewshire Leisure is run in a way that gives everyone working for the organisation a long-term future and we stay relevant to the marketplace and our customers.
“In the face of commercial pressures, like the rise in the number of budget gyms and the competing demands for public finances, we need a re-design of our services and how we deliver them to the public.”
Joyce continued: “We’re definitely not contemplating compulsory redundancies, as this is against our company policy. But we’ll have to look at some of our current job roles to evaluate if they need to change, so we all can continue and flourish in an economic climate that is much different now than it was in years gone by.
“We plan to consult with both the trade unions and staff members on the best way forward for Renfrewshire Leisure. Anyone whose job role may change after this process is complete will be offered alternative roles in the organisation, or if they wish they can apply to be considered for early retirement or voluntary redundancy.”
Joyce says that as well as having to face up to issues that have a negative impact on the services Renfrewshire Leisure provides, there are also positive opportunities for the organisation.
“We have invested in sports pitches, community halls and libraries in recent times and a great momentum has been generated by the City of Culture bid process.
“There is lots of potential for the future, but we have to be in the right shape to take advantage of that potential by providing the services our customers want and at a price they are willing to pay.”