CAMERON BACKS NFU SCOTLAND ON CHINESE LANTERNS
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron is backing NFU Scotland’s condemnation of plans for a mass release of Chinese lanterns.
Mr Cameron said:
“My region, which encompasses thousands of acres of heather moorland, is very vulnerable to wildfires, particularly after a spell of dry weather like the one we are experiencing now.
“NFU Scotland are rightly concerned about the possible impact of a release of lanterns on agricultural land and buildings and the threat to animals, not to mention the pressure wildfires would put on our emergency services.
“There are much better ways of showing appreciation of our frontline services and I very much hope that anyone contemplating releasing a Chinese lantern will think again.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Monday 20th April 2020
NHS WESTERN ISLES LAUNCHES LOCAL COVID-19 WEBSITE
The local Health Board has launched a new dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) support website for those living and working within the Outer Hebrides at www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot
Aimed as a one-stop gateway for the local community, the new site offers easy access to essential and accurate information on COVID-19. Providing links to the latest guidance from NHS Inform, Scottish and UK Government, the site also offers local information on support and services. This includes the ‘Near Me’ virtual appointment system, maternity services, dental health, patient travel and virtual visiting.
A list of commonly asked questions and answers is featured, as well as information on pregnancy and child immunisations, to even how to care for your hands. Also included are the local video updates provided by Gordon Jamieson, NHS Western Isles Chief Executive.
Staff guidance has been included to help staff cope with issues and concerns that they may experience. A section to help cope with isolation also features, offering a range of support, tools and tips to help individuals and families stay at home. Information on keeping well and healthy living is provided, as well as useful support on how to stay in touch with family and friends outwith your household.
A community links section offers information on the local Community Support Hub and Helpline, which offers community support for those who require support whilst self-isolating or may be considered vulnerable during this time. This includes support with shopping, collection/delivery of prescriptions, walking pets and telephoning those who may be feeling lonely or isolated.
In addition, a useful support section offers information on local support services, financial and accommodation support, as well as water and energy supplier information. The new website will be updated on a regular basis.
NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said:
“This new website has been launched as part of our COVID-19 communications strategy to provide a wide range of local and national updates in one place for our local community. It will be updated as required and will contain the most current information for the people of the Western Isles. We would encourage members of the public to visit the website.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Friday 17th April 2020
Brilliant Response to new Social Media Activities Programme
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar would like to thank the people of the Western Isles for their brilliant response to the new Social Media Activities Programme. The programme has been designed to keep people entertained during lockdown, it was launched last week and thousands of people across the Western Isles got involved.
The first activity on the programme was an online yoga class, taken by the experienced Sophie Marsh. Over two thousand people watched the first session and it is hoped this high level of participation will continue for her next session.
The Comhairle is delighted to have received so many of your colouring in designs and looks forward to seeing more art from young and old participants.
The Comhairle was also glad to hear that so many of you enjoyed the first episode of Fuine, one episode a week will be shared on The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Facebook Page on Tuesdays at 6pm.
Tom Maciver has taken on the role of Quiz master and he put on quite the show last Thursday, four thousand people tuned in to give it a go.
The first week of the activities programme finished with a live ceilidh courtesy of Iain ’Spanish’ Mackay. With nearly seven thousand views, it was a huge success and the Comhairle welcomes the interaction which saw so many people requesting songs and getting involved in the comments. Well known local artist Iain’Tosh’ will bring you a live set from 9pm this Friday. The Comhairle will introduce a new local artist every week and anyone interested in performing can get in touch on the Facebook page.
Read more: Isles FM News: Thursday 16th April