Victim Support Scotland, whose team of volunteers offers guidance, emotional support and practical assistance to anyone in Scotland affected by crimes, including victims, witnesses and their families, are currently recruiting for volunteers in the Western Isles - specifically for Lochmaddy and Stornoway Sheriff Courts. 

Anybody over the age of 18 and living in the Outer Hebrides can apply. Victim Support Scotland are flexible, and can help you fit in your hours around student timetables, work, family and personal committments. 

To find out more and complete an application form, visit their website at

Neuro Hebrides are looking for volunteers to help out with their weekly Cuppa and Catch Up meetings at the Failte Centre in Stornoway, for people affected by neurological conditions. They would love to start running the group in other Islands too - Harris, Uists and Barra. If you can spare any time to support them, even just once a month, please get in touch, either by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by phone, on 07385 596 842.

NHS Western Isles is informing the community that the Breast Screening Mobile Unit is back in the Western Isles this year.

If you’re a woman over the age of 50, the combination of checking your breasts regularly and attending your breast screening appointments gives you the best chance of being diagnosed early - and surviving - breast cancer. From late summer this year, women aged between 50-70 years living in the Western Isles and registered with a GP practice will receive a letter or an invitation to attend the mobile unit.

In the last round of screening across the Western Isles which took place in 2020, over one in five women didn’t take up the offer of screening, with only 78% of the women invited attending their appointment. 

The Scottish Parliament's Health, Social Care & Sport Committee is planning an enquiry into healthcare in rural & remote areas of Scotland, and would like to hear your ideas and suggestions for topics they should focus on.  

Sharing your views will help MSPs understand the key issues surrounding rural and remote healthcare. The Committee will analyse the ideas that people put forward, along with ratings and comments on ideas, then produce a summary of the feedback which MSPs will use to inform planning for their future inquiry.