Autumn tea success


Senior citizens from ten local groups met on Monday for a Stornoway Afternoon Tea.

The event was organised by the Older People’s Partnership and was attended by representatives from Hebridean Connections and Living it Up.

The Older People’s Partnership (OPP) is made up of representatives from statutory, third sector and private partners who have an interest in improving services for older people.

Gayle Findlay, member of the OPP said: “The people who attended a smaller event we ran in April told us they would like the opportunity to meet with other groups on a bigger scale and that was what today was about.

“They also asked for help with fundraising ideas, information on becoming a charity and suggestions for guest speakers, so we went away did some research and came back with the information and ideas.”

The information sheets prepared by the OPP will shortly be available on the Older People’s Partnership website.

The website offers news on local activities for older people along with information on the different groups and clubs in the Western Isles.

The website is hosted by the NHS and can be visited

As well as tea and cakes the guests were also invited to sample the Living it Up and Hebridean Connections websites.

Anne Sobey from Co-Cheangal Innse Gall, was there to talk to groups about becoming a charity and guests were also asked to share their views on accessing shops and healthy eating for the more isolated.

Entertainment was provided by Callum Nicolson and his Gals, freshly returned from the MOD they performed some beautiful traditional Gaelic music.

Asked what’s next for the OPP Terri Davies explained: “Well, most of the groups who attended today are looking for new members. So we’re hoping to help them with some local promotion.

“We got to see photos of some of activities the clubs get up to, these are really active groups of people who do a huge variety of interesting things. We want to spread that message and dispel the myth of - I’m not old enough to join”.

To find out more about clubs in your local area, you can visit the OPP website or call into your local volunteer centre office.