Community Engagement

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar would like to thank the people of the Western Isles for their brilliant response to the new Social Media Activities Programme. The programme has been designed to keep people entertained during lockdown, it was launched last week and thousands of people across the Western Isles got involved.

The first activity on the programme was an online yoga class, taken by the experienced Sophie Marsh. Over two thousand people watched the first session and it is hoped this high level of participation will continue for her next session which will be available from 4:30pm today, Wednesday 15th.

The Comhairle is delighted to have received so many colouring in designs and looks forward to seeing more art from young and old participants.

One participant said: “I am in my 50s and I am currently colouring these in. I am enjoying every second of it.”

The Comhairle was also glad to hear that so many enjoyed the first episode of Fuine, one episode a week will be shared on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Facebook Page on Tuesdays at 6pm.

Tom Maciver has taken on the role of Quiz master and he put on quite the show last Thursday, four thousand people tuned in to give it a go. He will be back again this Thursday at 7:30pm with a new quiz, and a surprise new category.

The first week of the activities programme finished with a live ceilidh courtesy of Iain ’Spanish’ Mackay. With nearly seven thousand views, it was a huge success and the Comhairle welcomes the interaction which saw so many people requesting songs and getting involved in the comments.

One viewer said: “Brilliant. Best hour and a half I have spent during lockdown.”

Well known local artist Iain ‘Tosh’ will bring you a live set from 9pm this Friday. The Comhairle will introduce a new local artist every week and anyone interested in performing can get in touch on the Facebook page.

The Comhairle would like to thank all the entertainers who have given up their own time to make this possible. All the activities mentioned will be available every week on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Facebook Page for the duration of the current lockdown.