Scotland’s Census is taking place on Sunday March 27th, and the Western Isles team have been planning a series of special events to help people take part.
Strùpag ‘s Census is a relaxed social event, which will also provide the opportunity for people to complete their census with extra help from census enumerators.
Supported financially by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and with planning support from Comunn na Gàidhlig, it’s especially meant to give people the best chance possible to complete their questionnaire in Gaelic if they wish to, as Census Regional Manager Annie Delin explained:
“This is a historic census year for Gaelic speakers, as they not only have the chance to record their use of the language, as they have every census since 1881, but this year for the first time they can also complete the questionnaire in Gaelic. The option is available online, and we know that not everyone will find that easy, so we are offering to help out with a friendly face and a Gaelic-speaker on hand to do the hard work for you!”
The confirmed timetable for all the Strùpag Census events is:
Wednesday March 23rd
10 am – 12 noon Berneray, Nurse’s Cottage – hosted by Berneray Historical Society
1pm North Uist, Claddach Kirkibost Centre, hosted by – Berneray and North Uist Community Councils.
Thursday March 24th
10am South Uist, Cothrom. Hosted by SHARE/Thrift Shop Daliburgh
1pm Third Sector Hebrides, 41 Airport Road, Benbecula. Hosted by Third Sector Hebrides
Friday March 25th
10am Castlebay, Barra Learning centre. Hosted by Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay
1pm Ravenspoint Centre, Kershader (South Lochs). Hosted by Co-chomunn na Pairc
Saturday March 26th
10am Scalpay School. Hosted by Scalpay Community Council
1pm Seilebost School. Hosted by West Harris Community Trust
Monday March 28th
1pm Uig Community Centre. Hosted by Cairdeas Over 60s club
Tuesday March 29th
10am The Bridge Centre, Stornoway, hosted by Comunn na Gàidhlig
1pm Sporsnis, Ness. Hosted by Sporsnis committee
Wednesday March 30th
10am Back School. Hosted by Back Parent Council
1pm Shawbost Old School. Hosted by the local community.
Everyone is welcome, as long as they bring a census questionnaire which needs to be completed. So come along for a strùpag with your census!