Local News for Wednesday 31st October 2018
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS ON SERVICE REDISIGN
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is hosting Community Engagement Events throughout November focussing on a radical programme of Service Redesign.
Comhairle Leader, Roddie Mackay, said:
‘Since 2010 the Comhairle’s funding has been cut by 17% (the highest of any council in Scotland) and around 250 local authority jobs have been lost in our community.
‘We have committed to making savings of nearly £10m through service redesign but the fact is that even more may be required. I and other Members do not believe that we can just cut services. We believe we have to take a more imaginative approach.
‘Officers and members have discussed a process of community engagement and empowerment aimed at identifying those issues that are important to local communities, in addition to investigating ways that could reduce the demand for some services, identify other services that could be more efficiently provided by communities, and agree which services could be changed.
The Comhairle’s website has a dedicated page with detailed information on Service Redesign - https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/conversation
Also the Community Engagement Event dates and venues are shown on Isles FM Facebook page.
MOVE MORE WESTERN ISLES
Most of us know that being active plays an important part in managing many long term health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but how many of us realise that taking part in physical activity before, during and after a cancer diagnosis can help prevent and manage some of the effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health?
Move More Western Isles has been established by MacMillan Cancer Support, NHS Western Isles, and CnES to enable more people with long term conditions, including cancer, to benefit from taking part in a range of appropriate physical activities.
The Move More Western Isles project has trained staff and volunteers from Barra to Ness to support a number of free classes and activities.
All Move More Western Isles activities are free and run for a minimum of 12 weeks.
Currently participants in the Move More Western Isles programme can choose from a range of activities including Circuit Classes, Easy Aqua, 1:1 Physical Activity Advice and Support and Gentle Movement Classes
‘FLEET OF POPPIES’ COMMEMERATE REMEMBRANCE DAY
For the second year running, Gleaner Oils will be displaying poppies across its fleet of commercial vehicles to show support for the Remembrance Day commemorations.
The poppies will be displayed on the fleet of tankers and boiler maintenance vans on the lead up to Remembrance Day, until November 12th.
Gleaner’s headquarters’ has remained neighboured with RAF Barracks, throughout the companies near 65 years. With a strong bond, many of Gleaner’s customers, and staff are associated with the armed forces.
Managing Director, David Todd said;
‘Our upcoming 65th Anniversary will be an opportune time to reflect on how Gleaner has continued to build networks within our communities. The staff at Gleaner are committed to building bonds with our customers and local business’ to provide fuels and services.