HARRIS FOOTBALL CLUB TO GET WESTERN ISLES LOTTERY FUNDING
The Western Isles Lottery have given Harris Football Club their first result of 2019 by announcing they will receive all funding currently being raised by supporters of the Lottery across Harris.
All proceeds raised will go to the Football Club to ensure they receive the best start to their resurgence into the Lewis & Harris Football League.
A Team spokesperson said: ‘This will be the first time since 2014 that we have entered a Harris senior team in the league.
‘We also believe it is important to give the youngsters the opportunity to get involved in a team representing their island, which will promote a feeling of pride among them and point towards a bright future for football on the island by encouraging younger age groups, giving them something to aspire to.
‘Without a sponsor providing direct financial support, we rely on bodies such as the Western Isles Lottery to enable us to function as a club and we also hope that the community will again unite around what is still a great institution!”
The Lottery Team said: “The Club’s application identified specifically what they required the funding for, which matched one of our 3 criteria and we therefore had no hesitation in agreeing to the request.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 26th February 2019
BETTER SANITARY FACILITES FOR DISABLED CONSULTATION
A change in legislation is proposed to help more people with complex care needs take part in everyday activities such as travel, shopping, family days out or sporting events.
Changing Places Toilets (CPTs) offer larger, supported facilities that address the needs of people for whom current accessible sanitary accommodation is inadequate. A network of nearly 200 Changing Places Toilets exists across Scotland but there is no current legislation requiring their provision within buildings.
The Scottish government have launched a consultation on proposals to introduce a requirement for Changing Places Toilets through revisions to the building standards system.
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart welcomed the new proposals saying:
“These changes to building standards will improve the lives of thousands of families who are severely restricted by a lack of facilities and as a result find themselves excluded from their communities and travel. I strongly encourage people to take part in this extremely important consultation.”
A Changing Places Toilet (CPT) provides sanitary accommodation for people with multiple and complex disabilities who have one or two carers. It offers adequate space for a disabled person when they are not in their wheelchair, as well as their wheelchair and one or two carers; and contains equipment to enable safe and easy use of the facilities, including an adult sized, height adjustable changing bench, a ceiling tracking or a mobile hoist and a peninsular (centrally placed) toilet.
The consultation runs until 13th May 2019 and can be accessed online at
Read more: Local News for Friday 22nd February 2019
SSC EXTENDS ISLAND GAMES ASSOCATION SPONSORSHIP
The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) is to continue sponsoring the Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) for the fifth consecutive year as they prepare to travel to Gibraltar for the 2019 International Island Games.
Run with the support of volunteers from across the sporting community, WIIGA works in partnership with local sports clubs throughout the Western Isles and provides invaluable support to athletes to enable them to compete in the international competition every two years.
The 2019 event will see the team of approximately 40 athletes travel to Gibraltar where they will spend a week (6 – 12 July) competing in sports including badminton, cycling, shooting, swimming and athletics. In 2017 the WIIGA squad of over 70 athletes took home a record haul of 10 Gold medals; 2 Silver medals; and 1 Bronze medal, a feat which they will be hoping to match this year.
SSC has a proud history of supporting the communities in which it operates, directly enabling local athletes to compete at an elite level on the world stage.
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The SSC, said:
‘We are very proud to be supporting the Western Isles Island Games Association for a fifth year. This partnership reinforces our passion for promoting health and wellbeing in the areas where we live and work.
‘We wish the athletes in the Western Isles team the best of luck in their training as they prepare for the 2019 Island Games.’
Iain GG Campbell, General Team Manager of the Western Isles Island Games Association said ‘Our partnership with SSC is of great benefit to the Western Isles Island Games Association, and it really shows the benefits that a successful sponsorship can provide for the local community.’
Read more: Local News for Thursday 21st February 2019
CONSULTATION HELPED BY WOMENS AID WESTERN ISLES
Changes to ensure people at high risk of harm through domestic abuse are better protected and provided with quicker support are being considered. A public consultation is looking at the way that police, local authorities, health
and social care, the third sector and other relevant organisations work together to assess the risk of the most serious levels of harm.
The consultation closes at the start of April. Ahead of this, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville visited Stornoway to meet Women’s Aid Western Isles and people who use this service.
Ms Somerville said: ‘We know local factors, such as those living in a rural location, can present unique challenges and potentially greater barriers in terms of safety. However, I
believe there will be good practice across the country that can be adopted to ensure we have a consistent approach to keeping vulnerable people safe.’
Mary Kettings from Women’s Aid Western Isles, who have already provided a response to the consultation would like to encourage others to do the same.
She said: “Partnership working is pivotal when delivering frontline services across remote and rural areas.
“Through the consultation, we would hope to see National Standards being introduced by the Scottish Government to minimise the post code lottery effect for the women and children that we support in the Western Isles, and reduce variances in service responses throughout Scotland for families who experience abuse in their lives.”
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 20th February 2019