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.

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

For disadvantaged children, receiving the right support can help them fulfil their potential, and even change their lives. 

In the Western Isles, part of this support comes from the Children’s Services Partnership Group, comprised of Comhaire nan Eilean Siar’s Children’s Services and representatives from Action for Children, Western Isles Foyer, and Harmeny Education Trust.

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

Last month saw a series of events held in secondary schools throughout the Western Isles to introduce the options available to pupils in 4th-6th year. 

The Parental Engagement Sessions took place between 22nd-25th January, and provided parents with details on what will be on offer for young people in the 2018 school year and beyond.