Older people in the Western Isles can now take advantage of their new 'Older People Western Isles' website and accident prevention project, both launched by the Western Isles Older People's Partnership on Monday, October 1.
Aimed at those aged over 55, the 'Gabhaibh gréim air a' gheamhradh' (Get a grip this winter) project supports older people to venture out during icy winter conditions by offering free ice grips that are fitted to outdoor shoes. Those attending the launch took advantage of trying on the ice grips being demonstrated and commented on how easy the grips were to use and place over their footwear. The ice grips will be distributed via local older people groups and for further information please contact the Volunteer Centre Western Isles 01851 700366.
The Older People Western Isles website, developed in partnership with NHS Western Isles' Health Promotion Department, is also targeted at those aged over 55, and can be accessed at: www.olderpeoplewi.scot.nhs.uk
Since its launch, the Older People Western Isles website has been very well used, amassing an incredible 400 views in its two days since going live. The popular website is regularly updated and details the wide range of activities, events, groups and services available throughout the islands. Also featured are a large number of local photographs of individuals and groups from throughout the Western Isles.
Anyone who would like to promote activities and events being held in their local areas are asked to provide information which can be added to the website. This may include a coffee morning, fundraiser lunch, community ceilidh, bingo, evening classes, special speakers - anything at all which could be aimed at over 55s.
A further three events in the Uists were also held to mark Older People's Week, and with over 30 people attending, the events were felt to be a great success, with those attending enjoying viewing the new website. For further information please contact 01851 708057