Local News for Wednesday 5th December 2018


Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland hosted an event recently to celebrate their volunteers in the Western Isles and highlight the invaluable support they provide to people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions.
Danny McKay is a stroke survivor, he volunteers at CHSS’s Rehabilitation Support Service in the Western Isles to help people rebuild their lives after stroke. He gave a very inspiring speech at the event
“I was so grateful for my good recovery after my stroke. I’m aware how bad it could have been so I volunteer to give something back and help others to recover well.”

Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said “Our volunteers are so important to the charity. The work that they do in their local communities to support people with chest, heart and stroke conditions is vital to ensuring that there is no life half lived in Scotland. We couldn’t deliver the work that we do without our volunteers. They’re on the ground everyday making a difference to people’s lives.”


A National Panel wants to give tenants in the Western Isles a chance to have their say. Independent body the Scottish Housing Regulator is looking for new members for its Panel of Tenants and Service Users.

The Panel gives households the chance to have their say about social landlords’ services. This includes more than 2,000 tenants and service users in the western Isles.

It is open to anyone who uses the services of councils and housing associations, co-operatives or other social landlords.

Iain Muirhead, Director of Business and Digital Support, said: ‘We want to hear views from as many people as possible. So, I would encourage anyone who uses the services of social landlords to think about signing up. As a Panel member we will send you occasional surveys asking for your views’.

Anyone interested in joining the Panel should contact Engage Scotland (who manage the Panel on the Regulator’s behalf) on 0800 433 7212 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Isles SNP MSP Alasdair Allan gave his support to the recent Small Business Saturday – which encouraged people to shop locally and support their local businesses.

Figures from the Scottish Government show there are 1,180 small enterprises across the Western Isles, contributing £329 million to the local economy.

Alasdair Allan MSP commented: ‘I was delighted to show my support for this initiative, it is an excellent opportunity for us to show how much we value local businesses across the islands.
Small businesses are invaluable to the local economy, supporting jobs and growth in our communities, and it’s fantastic to see over a thousand small businesses in the Western Isles benefiting from the SNP’s Small Business Bonus Scheme. With Christmas fast approaching, I hope people will get out and support local shops as much as they can’