Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Thursday 7th May 2020


The Scottish Government, is proposing an additional £19.2 million investment, in Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This is in recognition of the additional pressure, that carers are under, as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

If approved by parliament, eligible carers will get an extra £230.10 through a special one-off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June.
Carers are not required to register to get this extra payment, as it will be paid automatically, to those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, said: “We introduced the Carer’s Allowance Supplement to recognise the important contribution unpaid carers play in our society. They provide vital support to family, friends and neighbours. Our collective efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus, will see many of these carers experiencing additional pressures, particularly financial, right now”.



Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has warned that the elderly must not be overlooked, as ministers turn to technology in the drive against the coronavirus.

Mr Cameron said: “In a dispersed region like the Highlands and Islands, with a greater proportion of elderly people and with patchy broadband, a technological solution may not be a total solution.

“I welcome the development of apps which can help with the test, trace and isolate schemes, but we will have to take great care to ensure that the measures taken to tackle the virus are appropriate to rural regions like ours and don’t leave gaps.
“As we have sadly seen, elderly people are particularly at risk, and we have a special duty of care to them as we manage our way through this pandemic.”



NHS Western Isles has re-united families via ‘virtual visiting’ and has supplied wards with iPads to enable them access to their loved ones.

Virtual Visiting is now live in Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh in Benbecula, enabling vital face to face conversations to happen between patients and the people that matter most to them in their lives, which is inevitably going to be instrumental in their recovery. To book a visit with a patient in Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh, please telephone 01870 603601

NHS Western Isles Nurse and AHP Director/Chief Operating Officer, William Findlay, commented: “This is an extremely challenging time for inpatients who are in an unfamiliar environment, at a time of considerable anxiety, and are not able to see their friends and family. This is why we took the decision to develop this service for our patients who do not have their own mobile phone, tablet or laptop to use, to connect with others. Keeping in touch with those important to us is clearly beneficial in terms of patient wellbeing.”



The Comhairle’s Education Department e-ceilidhs, are Livestreamed fortnightly on Saturdays at 7.30pm. e-Cèilidh will be available to watch live online, through the new dedicated e-Cèilidh website
Every fortnight the cèilidh will feature one host performing live items, as well as introducing pre-recorded video contributions, from other musicians and members of the local community.

Contributions are invited from members of the local community of any age, to give the events a true community involvement feel. These contributions should be a maximum of 5 minutes in length and can be in any musical genre.
In addition to the e-Cèilidh, the Comhairle is hosting live Facebook Cèilidhs every Friday and Saturday evening from 9pm, with various local artists.

Friday 8th May at 9pm – Iain “Spanish” Mackay

Saturday 9th May at 7:30pm - e-Cèilidh with host Iain “Costello” Maciver

Saturday 9th May at 9pm - Iain “Tosh” Macintosh