Local News for Thursday 28th April 2016

Plan for anything
Local plans to cope with severe weather and other emergencies should be prepared in all island communitiues, according to Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD). They electrical distribution company is offering support to draw up local plans at three short introductory roadshows next week in Stornoway, Tarbert and Linaclete. As well as gathering local knowledge, skills and facilities, the sessions will help community groups find out about SHEPD's Resilient Communities Fund, which will open to applications later in the year. The three roadshow sessions are at the Cabarfeidh Hotel in Stornoway on Monday; at Tarbert Community Centre on Tuesday and at the Dark Island Hotel in Liniclate on Wednesday next week, all from 7pm until 8:30pm. These will be followed up by workshops in a month's time at which participating communities and groups will be helped to develop their own draft plans. SHEPD Community Liaison Manager Mo Bates said: "Islanders have always been good at looking out for each other, but drawing up a simple emergency plan can still make a big difference when it comes to coordinating local efforts. Our work with communities in recent years has delivered great results with community organisations from local residents' groups to radio stations.  The events are completely free and fun to take part in.  Most importantly, communities tell us they have made a big difference whether during winter storms, disruption to transport or other emergencies”.

Living with cancer – your experience counts
If you or a loved one has been through cancer treatment, NHS Western Isles is asking you for a little time to help shape cancer services in the future. A new project called TCAT – Transforming Care After Treatment – aims to support cancer survivors in the days, months and years ahead.  TCAT project officer Morven Macleod wants to hear from anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis or who is a carer, relative or friend of someone who has. They are currently gathering evidence for what needs to change, looking at the issues that can face someone at the end of their cancer treatment. Morven said: “The programme can’t be designed until we get the feedback to find out what’s needed. What are people’s concerns? What do they feel was lacking? I need to hear from all parts of the Western Isles so we can design a programme that suits local needs.” If you would like to be involved, please contact Morven on 01851 762030 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.