It is 50 years ago that writer Adam Nicolson first visited the Shiant Isles with his father, and the experience has stayed with him to this day. “I will never forget the dazzling, entrancing moment when he first showed me the bird colonies there.”
It’s widely recognized that the opportunity to be have fun, be creative, and develop physical literacy through play is important for children, particularly in their early years.
But as public budgets shrink, and the costs of maintaining traditional play areas becomes challenging, local authorities – including Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – are looking at alternative ways to provide play space for young people.
If, as the dictionary definition explains, a signature is a “distinctive pattern, product, or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified,” what would the signature of a community look like? What would be its distinctive characteristics?
Last month’s launch of the new e-Sgoil satellite hub, in the old Carinish School building in North Uist, showcased a number of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s educational aims, from developing the islands’ young workforce to working within the community.
The launch of new apprenticeships in the Outer Hebrides is being hailed as a success, after 250 applications were submitted for the 40 work placements, which were announced by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in May.
The results of the May 2017 follow-up inspection of the Outer Hebrides care services for children and young people were announced this month, showing dramatic improvements across all areas of the service.
In an effort to tackle population decline and boost employment opportunities for the islands’ young people, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – with funding from the Scottish Government – recently launched a group focused on ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ of the Outer Hebrides.
The Northern Alliance celebrated a new success last month when Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney announced that the regional education collective, of which Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is a part, would be receiving £385,000 in funding from the Scottish Government.