Local News for Monday 14th January 2019


The Nicolson Institute’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) winning team for 2018/19 presented their £3000 cheque to Western Isles Women’s Aid recently. This is a very welcome boost for the charity and great recognition of the team’s hard work and commitment.

The YPI which is sponsored by the Wood Family Trust is run with S6 pupils at The Nicolson Institute. This international programme is geared towards developing community leadership skills, encouraging young people to engage with local issues and charities in a meaningful way and to provide opportunities for hands-on experience of philanthropy.

Groups of pupils were asked to research a local charity of their choice and produce a ten minute, multi-media presentation explaining why it was deserving of the £3000 award.


Brighten up everyone’s day with a Rainbow Raiser at your school, college or workplace this February all in aid of The Leanne Fund.

The Leanne Fund offers a range of services to individuals affected by Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and their families across the Highlands, Islands and Grampian regions.

This special fundraiser on Friday February 22nd will help make a real difference to the lives of those with CF and ensure a fun charitable activity for your class, group or workplace.

All you have to do is request a Rainbow Raiser pack and get set to wear your best/wackiest and brightest clothes for the day.

Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund said: ‘We are inviting schools, colleges, work places and businesses to partner with us in hosting a ‘Rainbow Raiser’, from which the funds raised will contribute towards making a difference in the lives of those affected by this life-limiting disease. To find out more email The Leanne Fund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Leanne Fund was set up in 2009 in memory of Leanne Mitchell from the Isle of Lewis.


NHS Western Isles are seeking public engagement as the islands’ health board develops its local British Sign Language Plan.

The NHSWI British Sign Language (BSL) Plan follows the BSL National Plan, published in October 24th 2017, and has been developed with engagement with NHSWI health professionals and members of the local deaf community via Western Isles Sensory Centre.

Community Engagement is now sought on the draft plan which can be viewed online at: https://www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/community-engagement

The Deadline for feedback on the NHSWI BSL Plan is Friday, January 18th, 2019.

NHSWI Operational Diversity Lead Murdo Macleod said:

‘NHS Western Isles is committed to safeguarding and supporting BSL, including in its tactile form; and to protecting and supporting BSL users in our patient body.
‘All comments and feedback on the contents of this plan are welcomed.’

Comments/feedback can be made by contacting Murdo Macleod on 01851 704704 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or in writing to: NHS Western Isles Equality and Diversity Team, Chaplaincy, Western Isles Hospital, Macaulay Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2AF.