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Alison Campbell Clark has been appointed as Oifigear Leasachaidh Iar Thuath Leodhais, which will entail creating and developing a Gaelic Language Plan for the area, working between Ness and Lochganvich.

Alison studied Gaelic Language and Culture at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and has previous experience as Oifigear Leasachaidh - Iomairt Ghlaschu for Comunn na Gàidhlig, and at Astar Media in Stornoway. She is a Gaelic speaker who lives in the area, is deeply connected to the community and has now moved back to contribute to its cultural preservation and growth.

Funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, this year-long post will see Alison collaborating closely with key community partners to promote and support Gaelic across the North-West of Lewis. She will engage with community groups and third-sector bodies to develop the plan, ensuring it meets the community's needs. Alison will also work closely with Joe MacNeil, who is conducting similar work in Uist.

Iain MacArthur, of Comann Eachdraidh Chàrlabhaigh, said: “It’s gratifying that an effort is being made to assess the state of health of Gaelic in the districts of north-west Lewis so that we can have a better understanding of the benefits of our language and culture in terms of the economy and social wellbeing of our communities. A plan will also be produced that will give guidance as to how to develop these benefits.”

Alison will conduct consultations throughout the area, aiming to raise awareness of Gaelic as a social and economic asset, promote Gaelic policy, and enhance opportunities for learning Gaelic. Regular updates on progress and engagement opportunities will be shared via social media, community radio, and television channels.

The role will focus on building productive working relationships with local groups and identifying ways to promote Gaelic language and activities at a community level. Opportunities to learn the Gaelic language will be promoted throughout the area, aiming to increase both awareness and use of the language.

Anne MacLeod, Operations Manager at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, said: "This is the first role of its kind for north-west Lewis, an area with a high number of fluent native Gaelic speakers. Alison's engagement with local organisations and community groups will ensure the community’s wishes and needs are reflected in the new Gaelic plan "

Alison will have an office in Comunn Eachdraidh Nis but will work throughout the area from Port of Ness to Lochganvich, ensuring a wide-reaching impact across north-west Lewis.

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