This article was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 02/08/2018

Angela Buchanan was voted Childminder of the Year for the Western Isles for 2018.

Annually, May is childminding month when the Early Years Partnership promotes childminding as a career.

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 08/03/2018

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week from 5th-9th March, an apprenticeship fair was held in Stornoway Town Hall to advertise the benefits and opportunities of apprenticeships to young people in the Outer Hebrides. 

The event was just one of many happening across the country, as part of an annual awareness campaign organised by Skills Development Scotland, which administers funding for apprenticeships on behalf of the Scottish Government. 

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 08/03/2018

The strength of community is one aspect of life in the Western Isles that is often praised and remarked upon. 

But as the Extended Learning Manager at Community Learning and Development, Fiona MacInnes-Begg, notes, “even in the Western Isles, every community is different.  They need different things, they’ve got different strengths and different areas in need of improvement.”

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 08/03/2018

Not every child gets a positive start in life.  Some need to be looked after, while others are affected by homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, and long-term health problems, and it’s young people like these that Western Isles Foyer, the independently-funded local charity, works to support.

Based on Bayhead Street in Stornoway, Western Isles Foyer works with vulnerable young people aged 16-26, supporting them in finding accommodation, developing independent living skills, and assisting them with housing, health, education, and training. 

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 08/02/2018

As a national children’s charity, Action for Children help disadvantaged children across the UK from before birth until they reach early adulthood. 

It’s the only dedicated children’s charity in the Western Isles, where this year they’ll celebrate 20 years of helping the region’s most vulnerable children.