Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 17th June 2020
STORNOWAY MINISTER OPENS SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT SESSION
The session of the Scottish Parliament was opened with Time for Reflection by Rev James MacIver of Stornoway Free Church yesterday. Mr MacIver was invited to deliver Time for Reflection by Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan.
Time for Reflection opens business in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament, and is presented by invited speakers from different faith communities every week. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the address was delivered via video link.
NHS WESTERN ISLES SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES THROUGH STAFF VOUCHER SCHEME
NHS Western Isles Donations Group, is requesting all local businesses throughout the Outer Hebrides, sign up to a NHS Staff Voucher Scheme, to enable its staff to purchase items from their businesses.
During the COVID-19 pandemic NHS Western Isles, received many generous cash donations from local and national organisations. including a £40,000 donation from Point and Sandwick Trust and a £39,000 donation from the NHS National Charities Together.
This provided a number of comfort items to frontline staff and patients including toiletries, electrical goods and comfortable seats for break areas.
A questionnaire was distributed to staff seeking their views on how to spend the monies. Following feedback it has been decided that a portion be used, to give all NHS Western Isles staff a £20 voucher, to be redeemed at any local business that supplies approved goods or services and has signed up to the scheme.
Staff feedback showed they are keen that as much of the money as possible is spent supporting local businesses. The vouchers, which will be distributed to staff and retailers/businesses who sign up, will then be reimbursed by NHS Western Isles.
If you are a business based within the Outer Hebrides and would like to be included in the scheme, please email the Donations Group at HHS Western Isles for further details.
B&BS URGED TO SEEK FUNDING SUPPORT
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron is urging the owners of Bed and Breakfast businesses to consider applying for support, if they have suffered financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Cameron is one of several MSPs who successfully lobbied the Scottish Government to change its funding rules to allow businesses, without a separate business bank account, to apply for financial support.
The Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron said: “Bed and breakfast businesses make a substantial contribution to the economy of the Highlands and Islands which is so reliant on hospitality and tourism.“ Without them, we would all be substantially worse off. This funding pot will help those businesses to welcome visitors in the future.
“The funding will be administered by local authorities and I would like to thank council officials for all the work they have done to help their communities get through this crisis.”
Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (Carloway Estate Trust) has been awarded £10,700 from Scottish Governments Supporting Communities Fund.
The Trust manages the community owned estate and is taking on being an anchor organisation, a co-ordinating role for a wider area, which has a population of around 825 people.
Volunteers are already very active in the community and are checking on residents, delivering groceries and prescriptions. The front-line volunteer effort is being co-ordinated by four community organisations - Breasclete Community Association, Breasclete Community Council, Carloway Community Association and Tolsta Chaolais Village Association.
The Scottish Government fund, which is administered in the region by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), will provide a financial boost to support the Trust to support vulnerable people in the area.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Nicolson Institute pupils had planned to be performing in 3 performances of the Musical The Wizard of Oz this week. The show was postponed due to Covid 19 restrictions.
To celebrate the achievement of all pupils involved in last year’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof, the school are releasing a video of the full performance.
Fiddler on the Roof 2019,.will be available to watch on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Facebook Page, this Friday 19th June at 9pm
Pupils and staff are to be congratulated on this achievement