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
HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED FOR HEBCELT THIS SUMMER
KT Tunstall and award-wining duo The Shires are the latest headliners to be announced for the Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer.
KT Tunstall will top the bill on the Friday of HebCelt week, which runs from 17-20 July in Lewis and Harris. The Shires will headline the Saturday programme of the event, which is being held for the 24th consecutive year.
HebCelt also confirmed eleven other acts, including Newton Faulkner, one of the UK’s most successful singer songwriters. They join the previously announced Tide Lines, Talisk and FARA in a strong and diverse line-up that showcases the vibrant Scottish traditional and contemporary music scene.
Weekend tickets for this year’s festival are available from www.hebceltfest.com
KT, who is currently on tour said: ‘I can’t wait to come back and play HebCelt. It’s an excellent festival with a great vibe. A real diamond of the summer.’
The Shires said: ‘We are both so excited to be playing the festival. Looks like a magical place to play, and Scottish audiences are always amazing.’
Festival director Caroline Maclennan commentated: ‘KT Tunstall is one of our greatest singer songwriters and a brilliant live performer. Many HebCelt fans will remember her wonderful show here in 2011 and we are very excited that she will be back in Stornoway this summer.
We are also thrilled that The Shires have joined our line-up. They are outstanding artists who have rightly won acclaim, both here and in the US, and we look forward to seeing them on the HebCelt stage.’
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 19th February 2019
STORNOWAY CASTLE GROUNDS £5 MILLION RESTORATION
Work is set to start next month on a major project to restore and regenerate the historic Lews Castle Grounds in Stornoway. A partnership involving the Stornoway Trust, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the National Lottery and Historic Environment Scotland, will oversee investment of over £5 million over the next few years.
Building and civil works contracts with a total value of over £3.6 million have been awarded to two island based contractors by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in partnership the Stornoway Trust.
Neil Mackay & Co will undertake comprehensive repairs to the Porters Lodge, the Category A-listed Boatman’s House and the adjacent Seawall. Other important features, including the Castle’s bastion wall, steps and terrace path will also be repaired and restored to their original form.
Breedon Hebrides will be doing drainage works in the former private gardens and the Castle Green, extensive renovation of paths in the core area of the grounds and environmental improvements in key areas. The Woodlands Centre will get new outdoor terrace and children’s play area. The works are scheduled for completion by summer 2020. Following on from the construction works an extensive programme of landscape planting and restoration will be undertaken by the Stornoway Trust under the direction of a Head Gardener
Roddie Mackay, Comhairle Leader said: The Castle Grounds are a hugely important asset for our community and this project will deliver significant and much needed improvements that will complement the restored Lews Castle. The Comhairle and the Trust have very worked closely with our funding partners to reach this point and I’m sure the community will be delighted to see work finally starting.’
Read more: Local News for Monday 18th February 2019