Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have received over 200 offers of volunteering support during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Last week, the Comhairle launched a dedicated service to collect details of individuals and community groups willing to help throughout the Western Isles.
The Comhairle have praised the public for their willing responses. Comhairle Leader, Roddie Mackay, said: “When the call went out for volunteer help, we knew that many in our islands would step forward. This is what community is about and the Western Isles remains a community which truly understands what the concept of “community” really means.
“I am full of admiration for those who have volunteered and whilst I would have expected nothing less, it is still quite overwhelming to see the kindness and consideration, and not a little courage, from those who are contributing voluntarily. Their efforts and commitment together with all those employed in delivering crucial services at this time should lift our spirits and give us all encouragement during what is, undoubtedly, a troubling and challenging time for our islands.”
· James Muir, working for the volunteer registration helpdesk.
· Joan Muir, a volunteer with Stornoway Community Council.