Children’s Hearings Scotland is looking for local people to volunteer and support children and young people in Eilean Siar.

Panel Practice Advisors are part of the local volunteer Area Support Team, who are the local leadership group. They are responsible for selecting and recommending Panel Members for appointment.

They also regularly observe and provide feedback to Panel Members within children's hearings to recognise good practice and propose any improvements. Their goal is to support Panel Members through feedback to ensure the strongest possible decisions are being made for infants, children and young people.

Penumbra, the mental health charity, has opened a new support service in the Highlands and Islands for people aged 16 and over who are experiencing self-harm. 

Self-harm is a complex way of coping with difficult emotions. If this is something you’re experiencing in your life, this new support service can offer you a safe, non-judgemental space where you can talk openly and explore how you’re feeling.

A new Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund, managed by Impact Funding Partners, was launched last week. 

The aim of this fund is to support projects and organisations to facilitate progress towards the priorities of A Connected Scotland (2018) strategy, contribute to the recovery and reduction in societal harm associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, and mitigate the impact of the ongoing cost of living crisis.

The fund is open to:

On Sunday the 23rd of April 2023, there will be a national test of the UK Emergency Alerts Service - a new mobile phone service being trialled by the UK government, designed to warn people if there is a danger to life nearby, such as severe flooding, fires or extreme weather, by sending an alert to mobile phones and tablets and advising people how to stay safe. 

NHS Western Isles: Statement on the suspension of flights to/from Inverness for a six week period

NHS Western Isles was informed by email at 4.15pm on Friday 3rd March that Loganair would be suspending services from Inverness to Stornoway and Benbecula, from 17th March, for a period of six weeks.

Since the announcement, NHS staff have been working hard to ensure that all steps are taken to minimise, as far as possible, the impact on Western Isles patients. However, it is important to stress that we have limited options as a Health Board when the decision has been taken to suspend a lifeline service.