Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 2nd July 2020


Representatives of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, met with Cal-Mac’s Community Board, Chair Mr Angus Campbell and Western Isles Board members, to discuss some of the pressing issues around ferry services changes, how they impact the Islands and how the views of residents influence that process.

Both the Comhairle and Western Isles Community Board members agreed, that priority for travel going forward, should focus on key workers, island residents and friends and family, living on and from the islands, while maintaining a safe environment for everyone.

A range of ferry travel issues were discussed, including foot passengers and booking arrangements, capacity for residents, health appointments, campervans, pet travel, and social distancing.

A further meeting being held this week which will include Dr Alasdair Allan MSP.



Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s library service, is now able to prepare Book Bags, for customers at Stornoway Library. The service is specifically for library customers, who have no internet access, are visually impaired, shielding or housebound.

Library members who would like to take advantage of the service can contact the library to make a request. The Book Bags can be collected or the library service can liaise with a volunteer, who will arrange a suitable time to deliver the books.

Library staff aiming to meet each person’s tastes and preferences, will be working with Health & Social Care staff to ensure that the bags of books reach people in need.

Kathleen Milne, Libraries Manager for Western Isles Libraries said:
“Over lockdown, the library service has been available with lots of eBooks and eAudio books. However, eBooks are not for everyone, and can’t replace the tactile pleasure and satisfaction people get from a real book. We are glad to be able to provide books to those who have been deprived of materials over the lockdown period.”



The project Developing the Young Workforce, will launch the first virtual Scotland’s Parents' Event. This initiative is for parents of pupils leaving formal education

A series of four broadcasts will provide parents and carers, with information about where they can go to make informed judgements, to support their young person's next steps.

With input from a range of experts covering topics such as exams, mental health, apprenticeships, skills development and pathways into industry, the events aim to provide a message of reassurance and optimism to parents and carers at this challenging time.

Broadcasts will be on Developing the Young Workforce website



Horshader Community Development on the Westside of Lewis, have been running
a variety of projects which improve community life and encourage growth and sustainability in the area .
In May over 300 meals provided by 40 North, were delivered by 26 volunteers, to a number of the over 65s in the area.
Tonight live on the Horshader Community Development Facebook page there will be a ceilidh with community members Elsa Jean MacTaggart and Gary Lister.




Researchers from the University of the Highlands and Islands, Language Sciences Institute and Soillse launch a new book today
‘The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community” is the most comprehensive social survey, on the state of Gaelic communities, ever conducted. The book presents new sociolinguistic research about Gaelic communities in the Western Isles, in Staffin in the Isle of Skye and in the Isle of Tiree.
Professor Conchúr Ó Giollagáin, Professor of Gaelic Research at the University of the Highlands, explained the motivation behind the new book: “It is important that we are clear about the immense scale of the challenges involved in reversing the ongoing decline in the use of Gaelic in these areas”.


The Government having eased restrictions on outdoor markets, the Lewis and Harris Horticultural Producers group, will be back in Perceval Square this Saturday
Social distancing measures will be in place at the stall, with locally grown vegetable and herb plants, potatoes, bedding plants and locally eggs, available from 9am to 1pm on Saturday.