Local News for Thursday 29th November 2018

NHS Western Isles is seeking feedback on how life is for islanders living with a Neurological condition.

A range of local events and feedback opportunities have been arranged throughout the Western Isles. These include One-to-One telephone interviews; Daytime/Evening Focus Groups; an On-line survey to be completed at your own leisure, and the chance for a Cuppa and Catch-up with support group Neuro Hebrides.

Neurological disease can affect people in different ways; no two people living with a neurological condition are the same.

For islanders to have their say on life with Neurological conditions in the Western Isles, the seven pre-set question on-line survey can be taken at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NeurologicalStandards/

One-to-One phone interviews can be set up at a time to suit the individual – for more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Neurological Care & Support Public Consultation will run until Thursday, December 13th.

There will also be a Cuppa and Catch-Up with Neuro Hebrides on Monday, 3rd December, 2pm-4.30pm, Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway.

Listening to rural communities and keeping the mobile library service on the road is the aim of SNP Cllr John Mitchell who is urging councillors to support the view of the public on this issue.

Harris and South Lochs Cllr Mitchell says his perception from recent Community Conversations - organised by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to determine future service choices – was that people are strongly in support of the procurement of two new mobile library vans.

Certain groups within the Comhairle have suggested that the lifeline mobile library service could be replaced by Community Hubs offering library services.

Cllr Mitchell said: ‘I will be forwarding my amendment again at the December meetings and hope that just four Councillors would change their mind and support my amendment which would be enough to ensure that my amendment would be successful - assuming those Councillors who supported me before will support me again.’

SNP Comhairle Group leader, Cllr Gordon Murray, has hailed the new Innovation Centre at Lews Castle College as a key player in shaping the future of the islands.

The Innovation Centre offers training, advice and development facilities for the use of modern high technology and for people who would like to start their own business.

Cllr Murray (Stornoway North), has written to Dr Ann Murray, Assistant Principal of Lews Castle College, to congratulate the team on the opening of the new centre.

He said this type of investment was vital for securing a vibrant knowledge economy for the Outer Hebrides.

In his letter he states: ‘Innovation is a fundamental driver of long-term competitiveness and sustainable growth. The development of the knowledge economy is also a key focus in economic strategies for the Outer Hebrides.

He continued: ‘A vibrant knowledge economy in the Outer Hebrides could bring a number of social and economic benefits to the islands, fitting well with a number of strategic requirements in respect of addressing population decline and an ageing population’.