Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has announced a programme of events, which will appear on the various corporate social media channels, in order to provide some engaging weekly content for family settings during the COVID-19 crisis.

The programme, which has been designed in collaboration with partner agencies, is an opportunity for engagement for everyone in the family setting, from nursery children to adults.

 Live COVID-19 Cèilidh Sessions

Well-known local artist, Iain “Spanish” Mackay, will bring you a live set of songs from around 9pm, on Friday 10th April, on the Comhairle’s Facebook page to entertain everyone across the Western Isles. The Comhairle hopes to have Iain and other local artists taking up this slot each week and would ask that anyone who is interested to contact the Comhairle page via Facebook Messenger.

Iain Mackay said: “I’m hoping to do a live stream on Friday on the Comhairle’s Facebook page in order to keep everyone’s spirits up with a wee laugh and with a few songs.”

You can find out more about Iain “Spanish” Mackay’s music on his Facebook page.

Cookery Programme

Each week, the Comhairle will share an episode of the well-known Gaelic cookery programme Fuine, on Tuesday evenings at 6pm.  You can give the recipes a go at home! All episodes are found on the MG Alba website.   Please send us photos of your finished products as a private message and we will share some of our favourites.  The programmes will be in Gaelic, but there are English subtitles available.

Colouring in Designs

The Comhairle’s Multi Media Unit has been working to produce some designs to keep all nursery aged children entertained at home. New designs will appear on the Comhairle’s social media channels every Tuesday morning at 9:30am. Please feel free to print these out and colour them in. You could even colour them in digitally.

Quiz

A live quiz, featuring a special quest quizmaster, will take place on the Comhairle’s Facebook page each Thursday evening at 7:30pm.  Questions will be suitable for all family members to take part.

Yoga classes

There will be two yoga classes available each week, one morning session and an evening session that will also include a relaxation session.  The classes will be taught by the well-known Yoga instructor Sophie Marsh who lived and taught in the Western Isles for 10 years.

The classes will go live on Facebook each week, and the first one will be available on Monday 6th April at 9:30am and the evening class will be available on Wednesday 8th April at 4:30pm.  The classes will then be available each week on Mondays at 9:30 am and Wednesdays at 4:30pm.

Please visit Rise up Wild for more information on Sophie’s online yoga classes.