Local News for Wednesday 7th November 2017

The Move More Western Isles programme of activities was launched recently, aimed at helping islanders with long term conditions (LTC’s) including cancer, to be more physically active.
NHS Western Isles, MacMillan Cancer Support and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, have worked together to deliver the programme. Participants are referred to the Move More programme by health professionals.
Speaking at the MoveMore Western Isles launch, NHSWI Vice Chair, Mr Iain Burgess said: ‘Our goal is to have a healthier population of people who have been affected by cancer and other LTC’s, by their participation in more activity which suits their lifestyles.’

Also, CnES Convenor, Mr NA MacDonald commented: ‘we will deliver the Move More programme using a range of traditional and innovative uses of new technology. We will improve physical activity provision for people affected by LTC’s (including cancer) in rural areas of the Western Isles, where exercise referral has not previously been possible and social isolation may be an additional issue.’

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Local News for Tuesday 6th November 2018

As part of the Dìleab (Legacy) project, all schools in the Western Isles will be gifted a signed copy of the new Acair publication, The Darkest Hour, which is the most comprehensive account to date of the Iolaire tragedy.

The book, which was written by Malcolm Macdonald, Chairman of Stornoway Historical Society, and the late Donald John MacLeod.
The book is the result of 20 years of research by the authors and contains many personal stories connected to the Iolaire.

Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children’s Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: ‘We are very pleased to gift a signed copy of this wonderful book to all schools throughout the Western Isles. We felt that it was a very appropriate thing to do, particularly given that our schools have been involved in projects relating to World War I this year, working alongside the Comhairle’s Multimedia Team.’

The Darkest Dawn: The Story of the Iolaire Tragedy is available now from www.acairbooks.com

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Local News for Monday 5th November 2018

SNP MSP Alasdair Allan recently joined Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd MSP on a visit to Pairc Playgroup in South Lochs.

Pairc Playgroup have been operating an extended hours project in partnership with HIE and Muaitheabhal Trust offering wrap around childcare.

The Playgroup have been awarded an ‘Excellent’ grading by the Care Inspectorate for their care of the children and awarded a ‘Green Flag’ from Keep Scotland Beautiful for their Eco work with children.

Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said: ‘Thanks to the staff at Pairc Playgroup and to the children for letting us interrupt their play time!

‘It was really useful to hear about the impact extending childcare hours in South Lochs has had, and learning about how this has enabled parents to go either to work or into further education. It underlines the potential of the Scottish Government’s pledge to double the number of hours of free early years education and childcare to 30 hours a week for vulnerable 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds by 2021.’

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Local News for Friday 2nd November 2018

The Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery have announced funding raised up until end December 2018 by Supporters in the Ness & Westside Area will be awarded to the Committee of Airidhantuim Community Council to upgrade a local tourist attraction.

Sited in the village of Ballantrushal on the west side of the Island, Clach an Trushal, or the "Stone of Compassion", is said to be the tallest standing stone in Scotland.

The 5,000 year old stone, a popular Tourist attraction for coach tours, stands approximately 19 ft tall, and is approx. 6.0 ft wide.

A parking area is situated close by for the many coach tours that visit However, the stone itself and its surrounding area are in need of a facelift.
Airidhantuim Community Council aim to have a descriptive plaque made for the stone and improve the surrounding area as well as upgrading the pathway leading to it.

Residents in the Ness & Westside Area can find out more information about this project online at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk

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Local News for Thursday 1st November 2018

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil attended the parliamentary launch of CSW’s toolkit on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) recently.
The event saw the launch of humans rights organisation CSW’s toolkit on FoRB.

The newly-published toolkit recognises the important role of MPs and Peers in advocating for FoRB in the global context where more than three-quarters of the world’s population live in countries with severe restrictions on their religious freedom.

Mr MacNeil said: ‘I was pleased to attend CSW’s event and collect a copy of their toolkit on FoRB alongside receiving up to date briefings on the situation of FoRB around the world from CSW’s expert advocates.

‘I am committed to standing up for this fundamental human right, and urge the UK Government to do all it can to promote, protect and enable the enjoyment of FoRB for every religious community around the world without discrimination’.

Read more: Local News for Thursday 1st November 2018