Making perfectly sure that they’re keeping busy during lockdown, sport and health service staff have been re-deployed to the Co-op on Macaulay Road for the past few weeks.

Workers usually based at Lewis Sports Centre – sports development staff and sports facilities staff – have been helping the Co-op’s own home deliveries team to supply vulnerable people with essential shopping.

Sports facilities services manager Tony Wade said: “It’s a joint operation between Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s sports team and the Co-op, responding to an emergency request from the Co-op for help packing and sorting deliveries for people who are vulnerable and can’t travel to shop.”

Comhairle sport and health staff are also still ensuring that people can get their exercise, despite the fact that sports centre doors are shut and training sessions suspended.

Tony Wade said: “We’ve been learning some new tricks with technology, trying to be as adaptive as we can. We have online activities available including fitness instruction and teaching and one-to-one training advice already available in Stornoway and in Uist, with Harris due to be offered some home-grown help soon.

“We know there’s plenty of online exercise options already available, but it’s nice to have a familiar face to do your exercise with and we want to maintain that contact with the people we would normally see.”

Online fitness classes can be booked by Slainte Mhath members here- www.cne-siar.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/sport-and-health/online-booking/ . Non members or those who don’t wish to book online can contact - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The CNES MyWellness app is also available and will be updated with a further three weeks of workout content this week. The MyWellness app is free and has three levels of workout available each day. Anyone interested can check it out here- https://www.mywellness.com/cnes

Individual training advice in Uist and Barra comes via Nicola Steele directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk and Lewis and Harris customers can contact Lisa Weir at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.