Local News for Monday 2nd July 2018

Welcome for Cal-Mac Management Post
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed a Cal-Mac Ferries management post being located within the ferry company’s network. The move would allow for the job to be located in the Islands.

The Comhairle has been calling for Cal-Mac to locate some of its senior posts within the Islands which would not only provide an economic boost within Island communities but also lead to overall improvement in service performance.
Cal-Mac are advertising for a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager to be based ‘within the Cal-Mac network with travel around the network’.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said: “This is a small but welcome development and will hopefully lead to the location of senior posts within Island communities. I would certainly urge any suitable persons living in the Islands and who is looking for an opportunity to work in the Islands, to apply.”

Child smile week
Childsmile weeks are about to take place in dental clinics all over the Western Isles.
‘Childsmile Week’ has been running every summer in the Western Isles since 2010.
A specific week where mainly children are seen by dentists and dental care professionals will kick off in the Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway and Liniclate Dental Clinic in Benbecula on the 2nd of July.

With appointments specifically for kids, they will have the opportunity to get their teeth checked and enjoy the fun in our tropical themed dental clinics.
Children will have the opportunity to participate in games, dress up as a dentist or tooth fairy, and enter competitions, whilst learning about the key messages of maintaining good oral health for the rest of their lives.

Reception areas will be transformed into a Hawaiian paradise with toys and games to play with. Every day there are prizes which include electric toothbrushes and toys; and of course, every child gets a goody bag.
Always an eye opener for children and parents are our ‘sugar boards’, which show the sugar content of foods and drinks with actual sugar cubes.

"This year we will feature fruit juices and smoothies which, whilst seemingly healthy, actually have very high sugar content. We will illustrate this and show healthier alternatives."
NHS Western Isles Director of Dental Services, Colin Robertson, commented “Childsmile week continues to be the busiest and most popular time of year at our dental clinics.
"Our tooth brushing and fluoride varnishing programmes in educational establishments, combined with the dental exams carried out in our clinics, have helped to reduce decay rates in Western Isles kids to an all-time low. This preventative approach has proved enormously successful and we continue to strive to do more to reduce childhood oral diseases. This success demonstrates the hard work of the dental teams, schools, nurseries, and parents throughout the islands.”

Be sure to telephone your local clinic to book an appointment for your child.
Start dates of Childsmile Weeks:
Lewis – 2nd July 2018, tel: 01851 707500
Liniclate - 2nd July 2018, tel: 01870 602178
Lochmaddy – 9th July 2018, tel: 01876 500242
Harris – 16th-July 2018, tel: 01859 504100
Barra – 16th-July 2018, tel: 01871 810400

UHI Gaelic Plan
Public invited to have their say on university's Gaelic Plan

The University of the Highlands launched public consultation on its proposed new Gaelic Language Plan.

The document sets out how the university intends to continue to promote and develop the use of Gaelic through its practices, communications and curriculum from 2018 to 2022.

Proposals include enhancing Gaelic curriculum, producing more bilingual resources for students, providing training opportunities for employees and increasing the amount of Gaelic in marketing and communication materials.

The document is the universit's third Gaelic Plan. The university was the first higher education institution in Scotland to produce a Gaelic Language Plan 2010. Members of the public are being invited to read the new plan and share their thoughts on it during the eight-week consultation.

The consultation on the University of the Highlands and Islands' third Gaelic Language Plan 2018 to 2022 is running until Monday 20th August. You can read the draft plan provide feedback on it at