Local News for Friday 12th October 2018

NHS Western Isles Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Radiographers, and Speech and Language Therapists came together recently to explore how to better help patients live as healthy, active and independent lives as possible.
Over 100 people attended the event, the theme of which was the national AHP ‘Active and Independent Living Programme’.
At the event, Susan Kelso, AHP National Lead Early Intervention (Scottish Government), spoke about the ‘Life Curve’ research, which indicates that older people lose skills in a specific order and has the impact of gradually decreasing their level of independence.
The first sign of deterioration in independence is usually when older people are unable to cut their toe nails. There follows on a steady deterioration, from being unable to do their shopping, use steps, walk 400 yards, and so on, until they are eventually dependent on others for all activities of daily living.
However, research has also shown that people can significantly postpone this decline by remaining as fit and active as possible.

A delegation of Chinese academics on an exchange visit with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) have visited a Hebridean wind farm for the first time – at Point and Sandwick Trust’s (PST) community-owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag near Stornoway.

The visit to PST’s wind farm was organised by lecturers from Lews Castle College UHI, who help deliver a degree to the Hunan Institute of Engineering, where this group of professors and senior engineers had come from.

As well as getting a tour of the wind farm site, the delegation was also given a presentation by Donald John MacSween, PST General Manager, on the history of the wind farm and the many challenges the community trust had to overcome in getting it built.

The wind farm trust has already donated £20,000 towards the Lews Castle College Innovation Centre, set up by Dr Chris Macleod, which aims to foster a new generation of high-tech business start-ups and entrepreneurial wealth creation in the islands.

The Scottish Football Association and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have announced that the Scottish Cup will be on display at the Lewis Sports Centre, Stornoway, on Saturday 13th October from 10am - 4pm.
The public will have the opportunity to come along and see the oldest trophy in association football and to take photos of themselves with the trophy.
A Scottish FA spokesperson said:
‘We are delighted to be taking the Scottish Cup Tour to the Lewis Sports Centre.
‘While the trophy itself is obviously the star of the show, we hope those in attendance will enjoy the chance to brush up on the history of the competition and test themselves with our interactive quiz.
‘No matter which team you support; we look forward to welcoming you on the day.’
Tony Wade, Sports Facilities Services Manager said:
“We are really delighted that the Scottish Cup will be visiting the Outer Hebrides for the first time; we would encourage as many people as possible to pop in on the day and see the cup – it may be a once in a lifetime opportunity!”