The newly-formed and professionally-trained local group of Arthritis Care volunteers invites all those who share their lives with a long-term condition (LTC) to join them for a series of fun, interactive, and free workshops which explore the topic of ‘self management’.

The aim of the workshops is to enable people with LTCs to step into the driving seat of their lives, and to help carers, friends and families understand how best to support this. Self-management is not about ‘going it alone’, and all about choosing what help is required from whom.

Neither is it a set programme which tells people what to do; it’s more about exploring what would work best for each individual. As those who live with, or care about someone with an LTC face challenges of their own, the workshops are also open to them. Although the course is developed and funded by Arthritis Care, there is no focus on medical details and so it is relevant to all who have arthritis and other long-term conditions that seriously affect day-to-day living. 

Four separate, stand-alone workshops will be delivered over the next 3 months, starting with the first module “Introducing Self-Management” on Monday 1st December 2014 to be held at ‘The Shed’ behind Martin’s Memorial Church on Francis Street. The 3-hour session will start with some light refreshments at 5.30pm.

Although the first course will be held in Stornoway, it is hoped that this will be followed by events on the other islands in the spring of 2015. 

Anyone interested please contact Keiran McAuley on Telephone No: 0141 954 7776 or e.mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ullapool-Stornoway (MV Loch Seaforth)

The published timetable will operate throughout the period of the Ullapool Linkspan closure.

Until Saturday 21st February 2015, passengers and vehicles will be accommodated on this service as normal.

From Monday 23rd February 2015 until Monday 7th April 2015, the published timetable will operate on a passenger only basis.

Note: there will be no service between Ullapool and Stornoway on Sunday 22nd February 2015 and Sunday 22nd March 2015.

Uig-Tarbert (MV Finlaggan or MV Hebrides)

The published timetable will operate during the period of the Ullapool Linkspan Closure

Uig-Stornoway (MV Isle of Lewis)

An alternative service for passengers and vehicles will operate between Uig and Stornoway during the period of the Ullapool Linkspan closure. 

This service will operate on a tidal basis and some short notice. Weather-related, minor adjustment may apply to timings. 

Christmas is a great time to bring the community together, so, why not be part of Stornoway’s main Christmas event – the switching on of the Christmas lights?

This year is set to be extra special, but we need your help to make it that way!

Perceval Square will play host to the main event – the switching on of the lights, and its following acts: The Big Band, Kirstie Anderson’s dancers, and carol singing. There will also be mince pies and mulled wine (and mulled apple juice) galore!

As well as this, there’s going to be something a little different: a kids’ winter wonderland! The former WeeW building is going to be transformed into a kids’ Christmas paradise, with bouncy castles and games. We can’t do everything though, and we need charities and groups to come and host child-focused stalls: bobbing for apples, fishing for ducks, pin the tail on the donkey, whatever you like – we want them to enjoy some good, old fashioned fun, and you get a chance to raise money for your chosen cause! If you're interested, email Melissa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Town Hall is going to play host to some special stalls for the night, too, to give the grown-ups a chance to do some late-night Christmas shopping! If you’d like to host a stall, get in touch with Nellie Mackaskill, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

If you can help in any other way, let us know. Extra hands are always useful!