As the coronavirus responses develop, we are aware that communities throughout the Western Isles are trying to gather together to coordinate support for people and businesses throughout their communities.
  • There are people with services and ideas to offer.
  • There are people who need them.
  • There are great ideas in one area - but maybe no one has thought of that in another area.
Here in the welovestornoway.com family - between our websites with around 37,000 users a month and our social media presence - we can offer the biggest chance for people to exchange information and develop support.
Tell us what you are doing…and we can tell everyone else.
Because we run our own website, we can develop it to adapt to the needs of the communities we serve.
Start sending us the information about your plans…and we will do our best to tell everyone else who needs to know.
And - a gentle reminder - remember Facebook is a giant American corporation that has no base in the Islands, whereas welovestornoway.com is completely locally based, employing local people.
 
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Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn have brought together volunteers to co-ordinate the setting up of Whatsapp groups for each village on the estate. The Whatsapp groups will allow residents to stay in touch, offer support, seek support and generally stay connected. Volunteers are visiting and calling homes to gather phone numbers. 

If no one has reached your house yet and you would like to be added to the Whatsapp group for your village, please message 07469 189449 and specify your name and village.  We understand that many people do not have a mobile phone or Whatsapp, however, those that can seek to ensure they are included in communications. 

The group is for everyone from your village, so please be mindful of not posting lots of details. Just ask for help and someone in the group will get in touch for the specifics of your request.  This is basically just neighbours wanting to help each other out and spread a little kindness during a challenging time. This is not a service to replace emergency services or other support services, but as a community we want you to know that someone will be around to help with some of the smaller things. Staying connected is critical and we all just want to spread a little kindness and to let you know you matter!

South Harris…Community Response Group
This group has been set up in conjunction with South Harris Community Council and local groups and agencies. This will give a platform to share information and co ordinate responses where required in times of need.
 
Resilient Uist
A Facebook page has been set up to help the Uist community during the pandemic.  
 
Grimsay
If you are social distancing or in self-isolation on Grimsay and need any help, i.e. you don’t have anyone to fetch shopping, collect prescriptions for you, you’re feeling lonely etc., please contact Grimsay Community Association on 01870 603359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to get someone to assist you.
 
Comunn Eachdraidh Nis
As you will have read, here at CEN we have had to close our doors to the public as per Government guidelines. The good news is, as from Thursday 19th March, we will pilot a non-contact takeaway menu which will be available to pre-order from between 11am and 3pm.
Payment options: Pay over the phone when you place your order or pay on collection using contactless.
Payments and order collection will be from the gable end window of the former schoolhouse. A member of staff will be waiting for you when you come to collect your order. A reminder that our telephone number is 810 377. We will also accept orders through Messenger.

Breasclete Community Association
The Association are looking to compile a list of volunteers to help pick up prescriptions, do shopping and help deal with isolation. The Association is also looking to make a list of the vulnerable in the community. Anyone who would appreciate a visit or assistance is asked to call or text 07395929314 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to phone, text or email with your name and the best method of contacting you.

North Lochs Community Association
The Association have compiled a list of volunteers to help with dog walking, animal feeding, shopping, collecting prescriptions, meals, advice on staying connected with technology or simply a friendly phone call. North Lochs Community Association commented: “Please remember, you will not be bothering us at all. We are here to help.” A list of volunteers’ contact numbers is on the attached poster.
 
Park Guesthouse, James Street, Stornoway - Richard Grandison says we are running a takeaway and collection service from the restaurant on James Street.

Berneray Community Council is pulling together a group of helpers to offer support to those entering into a period of self-isolation. The effort will be co-ordinated by Hilary Turnbull who can be contacted on 01876 540384.

Carloway Community Association is offering support with shopping and collecting prescriptions etc. Contact Chris Schofield on 01851 643297.

Salvation Army are offering help to those who need it.  The Crown Inn has donated individual meal portions to the Salvation Army. These will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12pm to 2pm. Frozen food, toiletries, baby items and groceries are free to those who need it. The Salvation Army commented: “Don’t struggle over the next few days, we are here to help. Bring a bag and take some items for the cupboard and the kids at home.”

District shops which are prepared to offer home delivery:

Cross Stores, Ness: Port of Ness to Borve - 01851 810241
Welcome Inn, Barvas: Borve to Shawbost - 01851 840343

Tolsta shop: Tolsta to New Tolsta - 01851 890281
Gordons Diesel: Tong to Gress - 01851 820200

Buth an Rubha: Point district - 01851 870713
Campbell’s: Stornoway to Newmarket - 01851 702127
Campbell’s: North Lochs to South Lochs pending volunteers - 01851 860377
Uig shop: Gisla to Brenish - 01851 672444
Bernera shop: Bernera to Tir Mor - 01851 612282 
Brownies, Tarbert: North Harris to Scalpay - 01859 502319
Leverburgh: East, South and West Harris excluding Tarbert - 01859 520370
AD Munro: Harris excluding Westside - 01859 502016,

Ardhasaig Stores: North of Tarbert including Hushinish - 01859 502066 

Please give as much notice as possible for all deliveries.

 
Tong Community Hall



It's wonderful to see everyone  pulling together at this time