Local News for Friday 12th October 2018

NHS Western Isles Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Radiographers, and Speech and Language Therapists came together recently to explore how to better help patients live as healthy, active and independent lives as possible.
Over 100 people attended the event, the theme of which was the national AHP ‘Active and Independent Living Programme’.
At the event, Susan Kelso, AHP National Lead Early Intervention (Scottish Government), spoke about the ‘Life Curve’ research, which indicates that older people lose skills in a specific order and has the impact of gradually decreasing their level of independence.
The first sign of deterioration in independence is usually when older people are unable to cut their toe nails. There follows on a steady deterioration, from being unable to do their shopping, use steps, walk 400 yards, and so on, until they are eventually dependent on others for all activities of daily living.
However, research has also shown that people can significantly postpone this decline by remaining as fit and active as possible.

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Local News for Thursday 11th October 2018

The chance to chat with professionals about your child’s development is on offer as the NHS Western Isles (NHSWI) Allied Health Professional (AHP) team invite all to a series of free and informal Child Development Drop-In sessions.
The service has been created for parents and carers who wish to seek advice regarding their child’s development, and has been set up to give parents improved access to professional advice and early intervention.
Families may want to ask about their child’s general development, their child’s behaviours, the way their child moves, or their communication and language development. At these informal sessions, where no appointment is required, parents will have the opportunity to speak to a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and a Speech and Language Therapist about their child’s development.
Providing general information, advice, support and helpful tips, the AHP Child Development Drop-In sessions are held from 10.30am to 12.30am in the Soft Play Area at Lewis Sports Centre, Stornoway.

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Local News for Wednesday 10th October 2018

The announcement of the preliminary rounds of the National Gaelic Schools Debate competition has been made and the 2018 competition looks set to be another excellent year. The first two rounds will be held at the Town Hall in Stornoway, on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of November 2018.

Last year, for the first time ever the first rounds from Stornoway were available online, through e-Sgoil’s You Tube channel and the Committee will be making sure that this year’s first round will also be live streamed to a potentially global audience.
Sixteen teams from fourteen schools are due to compete in the 2018 competition. Following on from the positive feedback received from the new competition format, all the schools will participate in debates over the two days, with the four teams with the highest points, across the two days, progressing to the final stages which will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday the 27th and 28th of November 2018. The Committee welcome Agnes Rennie and Boyd Robertson who will join Iain Stephen Morrison as judges.

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Local News for Tuesday 9th October 2018

Putting local communities in the driving seat of shaping future services is the aim of the SNP Group at the Comhairle. The Comhairle is currently preparing its response to the Review of Local Governance being conducted by the Scottish Government and COSLA. A report with a draft final submission will come before councillors in December.

Recently, the full Comhairle backed an amendment by SNP Group Leader Gordon Murray on this matter.
Cllr Murray also called for the final Comhairle submission to introduce ‘the widest possible flexible and home-working arrangements to meet the needs of the Comhairle and the needs of an increasingly ageing workforce.

The amendment included a point on the re-introduction of the provision for itinerant music/art teachers to be considered through the community conversations.
Comhairle Leader Roddie Mackay indicated he would accept the amendment with the omission of that particular point.

Highlands & Islands Labour Regional MSP Rhoda Grant has commented on the RBS recent independent review on rural area bank closures, she said;
‘Out of the 62 earmarked for closure by RBS only two have been reprieved. This highlights what we all knew and that was that they were merely getting a stay of execution.

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Local News for Monday 8th October 2018

SNP MSP Alasdair Allan raised the issue of social security assessments in island communities recently during a sitting of the Scottish Parliament.
The islands MSP was questioning new Cabinet Secretary for Social Security Shirley-Anne Somerville about how assessments will be delivered in island and other rural areas to meet their distinctive needs.
Certain powers on social security are now devolved to the Scottish Parliament, with legislation being passed earlier this year to set out how 11 benefits, such as Winter Fuel Payments and Personal Independence Payments, will be delivered.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said: “It is vitally important that Scotland’s new social security agency avoids the mistakes of the UK Government and recognises the challenges that face people in island communities. The UK Government’s approach to welfare has been truly horrific. It is unfortunate that 85% of social security payments will still be controlled by Westminster, but I hope Scotland is able to put dignity and respect at the heart of delivering the limited welfare benefits we now have control of.’

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