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
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