Isles FM News: Tuesday 7th April 2020


Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed confirmation that island families unable to access food due to coronavirus will get support from the Scottish Government.

Local authorities are sharing 30 million of new investment from the Scottish Government Food fund to support those struggling. The Western Isles has been allocated 147,000 from the fund. The funding is one part of the 350 million Communities Fund.

The funding will support those most in need including families with children who are eligible for free school meals, older people, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.

Councils will have flexibility to use this additional resource in ways that best meet emerging local needs and circumstances, working with community groups and businesses to support home delivery, provide financial help and meet dietary requirements.

Alasdair Allan commented: “The coronavirus outbreak has brought enormous disruption to all of our lives, and unfortunately as a result some people will be concerned about accessing food.

“This investment will help those most risk, such as older people and children eligible for free school meals, to access food through this unprecedented crisis.



NHS Western Isles has been inundated with generous offers of personal protective equipment (PPE), and we are extremely grateful to local businesses and individuals for their continued support and kindness.

To ensure all donations of PPE (Including hand sanitizers) are managed appropriately, people are being asked to email Chris Anne Campbell, Resilience, NHS Western Isles, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. first so that checks can be carried out to make sure all products are safe for use in a health and care setting.

Chris Anne said: “We have been overwhelmed by the offers of support we have received from the public, local businesses and organisations. On behalf of NHS Western Isles, I would like to thank everyone for their generosity. If anyone would like to donate any additional PPE equipment or products, ideally we would appreciate it if they could email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Donating in this way will allow us to carry out quality assurance testing and means we can distribute the equipment fairly and to where it is needed most.”



Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has announced a programme of events, which will appear on the various corporate social media channels, in order to provide some engaging weekly content for family settings during the COVID-19 crisis.
The programme, which has been designed in collaboration with partner agencies, is an opportunity for engagement for everyone in the family setting, from nursery children to adults.

Live COVID-19 Cèilidh Sessions

Well-known local artist, Iain “Spanish” Mackay, will bring you a live set of songs from around 9pm, on Friday 10th April, on the Comhairle’s Facebook page to entertain everyone across the Western Isles.

Cookery Programme
Each week, the Comhairle will share an episode of the well-known Gaelic cookery programme Fuine, on Tuesday evenings at 6pm.

Colouring in Designs
The Comhairle’s Multi Media Unit has been working to produce some designs to keep all nursery aged children entertained at home. New designs will appear on the Comhairle’s social media channels every Tuesday morning at 9:30am.

A live quiz, featuring a special quest quizmaster, will take place on the Comhairle’s Facebook page each Thursday evening at 7:30pm. Questions will be suitable for all family members to take part.

Yoga classes
There will be two yoga classes available each week, one morning session and an evening session that will also include a relaxation session. The classes will be taught by the well-known Yoga instructor Sophie Marsh who lived and taught in the Western Isles for 10 years.
The classes will go live on Facebook each week, and the first one will be available on Monday 6th April at 9:30am and the evening class will be available on Wednesday. 8th April at 4:30pm.