Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 9th June 2020

FUNDING BOOST FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

The Aspiring Communities Fund, has allocated almost £617,000 to groups in the Outer Hebrides. The Fund which levers in European Social Funds, was launched by the Scottish Government in 2017, to help reduce poverty and enable inclusive growth, in disadvantaged and fragile communities across Scotland.
HIE has assisted community organisations in the Western Isles to apply to this recent round of funding, with six of the 11 new awards, coming to the area
Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “The Scottish Government wants to create a fairer and more equal Scotland. We know that local communities understand best, where funding can make a difference in their own areas.
“The Aspiring Communities funding will support organisations to deliver tangible, innovative approaches to tackle poverty and inequality based on local need and priorities, many of which have been impacted by the non-health harms caused by Covid-19.”
The successful groups were An Lanntair, Stornoway Stepping Stones, Carloway Community Association Building Brighter Futures, Ceòlas Uibhist Ltd Crossing Over Integration, Garadh a Bhagh a Tuath Growing the Garadh, Pairc Playgroup Nursery Expansion and West Harris Trust Community Participation Project.

 

CNE EDUCATION LIVE STREAM

CNES Education, Skills and Children’s Services staff, will hold a live stream discussion forum for pupils, parents, staff and members of the wider community. Today Tuesday at 2pm

The stream will be broadcast on the Comhairle’s Facebook page and also on the e-Sgoil website. Viewers will be able to submit questions in advance by private messaging the Comhairle Facebook page, or commenting on the live feed during the livestream.

The focus of discussion will be the measures that the Comhairle, with assistance from a range of partner organisations, is taking to prepare for the safe return of employees and pupils across the Western Isles over the coming months.

 

ISLES MP URGES BUSINESSES TO REGISTER EMPLOYEES FURLOUGH DEADLINE

Angus MacNeil MP, is encouraging businesses to register their employees for furlough before the scheme closes for employee registration tomorrow Wednesday.

The furlough scheme introduced in March to protect 80% of staff wages, a scheme due to end on June 30th, has been extended to October 31st, however the deadline for registering employees remains June 10th.

Commenting Mr MacNeil said: “It is important that businesses must act today to ensure that their employees are registered for furlough or they will lose out on the scheme.

 

CARERS PRAISED DURING SPECIAL WEEK

This week is Carer’s Week with special resonance due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Islands MSP Donald Cameron, said: “Each year, during June, we mark Carers Week, which reminds us of the contribution, so many people make by taking on unpaid caring roles to look after some of our most vulnerable citizens.

“These simple acts of kindness and thoughtfulness, can make a world of difference to people who have found themselves isolated, in need, and, perhaps, lonely.
“We owe a great debt of thanks to everyone who has helped and brought our communities together during this time of need, also not forgetting those who have been taking on caring responsibilities sometimes over many years.”


CORONAVIRUS: PATIENT TRAVEL OFFICE ARRANGEMENTS IN THE WESTERN ISLES

NHS Western Isles are reminding the public that are Patient Travel Offices across the Western Isles remain closed to the public – but bookings can be made by email or phone.
Lewis & Harris, Uist & Barra and barra Patient travel can be contacted by telephone 9.00am-1.00pm/2.00pm-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Travel documents can be emailed or posted to patients.

 

EYE CARE ADVICE

Urgent eye care advice, essential glasses repairs and contact lenses, are now available by appointment at Claire Whyman Optometrist on North Beach Street, Stornoway.