Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 24th June 2020

EVERYONE WITH SYMPTOMS URGED TO BOOK A TEST

NHS Western Isles is asking people to play their part in helping stop the spread of coronavirus, as information on the Test and Protect service is sent to households this week.

Test and Protect is the next important step in fighting coronavirus, and people across the country are being asked to take these necessary steps, to break the chains of transmission as lockdown restrictions slowly change.

As well as explaining how Test and Protect works, the leaflet provides information on how families and households can plan for being asked to isolate immediately, and the support that is available.

 

LOCAL CHILDREN ATTENDING HOSPITAL BENEFIT FROM LEGO®

The national charity ‘Fairy Bricks’ donated £2000 worth of LEGO® sets to Western Isles Hospital, Uists & Barra Hospital and St. Brendan’s Hospital, for children attending hospital.

The generous donations will help children find moments of playful joy with their families when they attend hospital appointments or are having to stay in hospital as Inpatients.

Fairy Bricks, a charity which donates LEGO® sets to children’s hospitals and hospices and hospitals, is a long-standing partner of the LEGO Group who, alongside other donors, provides the charity with sets to brighten the lives of sick children. Each year Fairy Bricks donates more than 40,000 LEGO sets to hospitals in the UK and internationally.

 


SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVICE - CONTINUING TO BE HERE FOR YOU DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES

The NHS Western Isles Speech and Language Therapy Service offers personalised assistance by responding to requests for help from anyone who has a speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulty. The team is spread across the Outer Hebrides, with bases in Benbecula and Stornoway.

Christine Lapsley, NHSWI Speech and Language Therapy Service Manager, explained, "Many people experience difficulties with their communication at different stages of their lives and for different reasons. Later in life, communication might be difficult as a result of an acquired condition such as a stroke or Parkinson’s. These patients are helped by the Speech and Language Therapy Service, which also help those with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, which can affect people of any age."

The service has compiled a variety of video clips which will be issued during this week on NHS Western Isles social media and Vimeo channels, to give individuals some ideas about things they can do to help develop and support their children and family’s communication skills


KEEP SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL, LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE SUMMER EDUCATION PROGRAMME.

Ten brand new interactive online learning courses will be available for young people across Scotland during the month of July. These exciting new online learning programmes have been developed to provide a fun and enjoyable way for young people to continue their environmental learning during the summer holidays.
The courses cover a range of topics and environmental activities which encourage young people and families to explore the world around them and to think how to protect and improve the places they love. Included are courses on Eco-Schools, heritage, food and the environment and climate change, as well as other environmental topics.
Each course consists of a combination of online learning and practical, fun activities, and all those who complete a course will be rewarded with a certificate of involvement.
Registration is now open for each course on Keep Scotland Beautiful’s website.
Daniel Barrie, Education and Learning Manager, said: “ “These courses will provide a fun and engaging way for young people and their families to explore some important environmental issues, such as climate change and sustainable food, and the work completed can contribute towards their school’s next Eco-Schools Green Flag award. We have something exciting available for all ages – from nursery through to S6.”

 

GOATHILL AND SPRINGFIELD RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

Goathill and Springfield Residents Association in Stornoway, have announced support for members of the Community.
The Association have received a grant from the Community Wellbeing Fund from the Corra Foundation to help those vulnerable individuals and families in our area, with food vouchers for the next number of months.

The Food Vouchers will also be supporting local businesses. Individuals and families who wish to request some Food Vouchers support at this time, are asked to contact the Residents Association or Cllr Charlie Nicolson, 01851703325. Requests will be dealt with in the utmost confidence.

Cllr Charlie Nicolson stated “ We wish to thank the Community WellBeing Corra Foundation for this wonderful support for vulnerable individuals and families in our area. It adds to the support that the Association Committee is giving with other agencies, community groups, businesses working together and helping the area of Goathill and Springfield and our community.