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Police Scotland is now recruiting police officers nationally, with a particular focus on finding new recruits ready to work in rural policing and keep communities safe across the Highlands and Islands, Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute and Dumfries and Galloway. To support those who wish to become police officers or police staff, they host various online and in-person recruitment events throughout the year.

At these events, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of their experienced recruitment team and learn more about the police officer or police staff recruitment process, what to expect of the job, the training you will receive and the wide range of benefits available.

There will be an online event (via MS Teams) on the 29th of February, from 6pm to 8pm, for people interested in becoming a Police Officer or volunteer Special Constable. To register, click here: www.policescotland-spacareers/register.

Police Scotland is committed to increasing the number of officers and staff from under-represented groups and run a range of bespoke events to ensure everyone has fair access to their recruitment opportunities. 

 

The Volunteer Centre Western Isles is currently looking for people to volunteer with Victim Support Scotland, who offer guidance, emotional support and practical assistance to anyone in Scotland affected by crimes, including victims, witnesses and their families.

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 commitments. 

To find out more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.victimsupport.scot/volunteertoday.

'Sunnd' is health and wellbeing programme facilitated by Urras Oigreachd Ghabhsainn, aiming to create opportunities for members of the Galson community to have a high quality of life by remaining active, healthy, safe and included.

Their 2024 programme, which includes a book club, ceilidh dancing, creative arts, first aid, and swimming and sauna sessions, among other activities, can be viewed here: www.galsontrust.com/sunnd2024. To see the online version and make a booking, go to: www.bookwhen.com/sunnd

After a spate of suspected drink-spikings (when someone is given alcohol or drugs without their knowledge) in Stornoway in recent weeks, members of the community are urged to take extra care of themselves and friends when out and about this festive season.

This following advice is from nationwide charity Change Grow Live:

"Being spiked isn’t something to feel guilty or ashamed about. The experience can be scary and affect your physical and mental health, but it is never your fault. Spiking often happens in bars and clubs, but it can happen in other places too, like parties and other social events.  

Everyone should feel safe to enjoy themselves without worrying about being spiked. Here are our tips and advice for keeping yourself and others safe, and what to do if you think someone has been spiked.  

How to tell if someone has been spiked

It’s not always easy to spot the signs and symptoms of spiking because they’re similar to being very drunk. But it can be helpful to look out for the following: 

Equally Safe is Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls, and focuses on the need for prevention of violence.  It was produced by the Scottish Government in partnership with the COSLA, Police Scotland, Health Scotland and specialist Violence Against Women support groups, such as Scottish Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland. You can read more about the strategy here: www.gov.scot/policies/equally-safe-strategy