With many people spending more time at home and without access to certain services there has unfortunately been a surge in phone scams lately.
There are so many online scammers that wait for the right moment to trap you with wrong intentions. These scammers might call you and claim to be from reputed companies. They might try to trick you into scams related to your insurance, banks, the lottery and other scenarios. Be careful with any information you give out over the phone, and you'll be in better shape to avoid such a scam.
Here are some steps we think are useful in keeping you and your personal information safe:
It is also worth noting that scammers use text messages and emails too. Always be wary of opening unsolicited messages.
The information below has been provided by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Key Worker Registration
To help us to better shape the provision being made for key workers, we are introducing an online registration system for attendees from Wednesday 25th March and it is open now.
Each registration will be screened and a confirmation issued to parents if their children are eligible to attend school from Wednesday onwards.
The registration form can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/2UjT6Ys
Adult Literacies and life-long learning
As Adult Learning is now closed due to COVID-19 we thought we would provide you with web sites that you can access from home.
This is a selection of websites that can help people with reading, writing, numbers and language skills. This list is not exhaustive but these are all sites that you may find useful. The sites are listed here by their main use but many cross-over between disciplines.
Reading and Writing
This site contains resources to help adults improve their reading, writing and number skills. Level one and entry level three literacy and numeracy resources and worksheets
The Irish National Adult Literacies Agency website contains a wide range of resources to help develop adult literacy skills.
This site contains hints and tips to develop reading skills for both adults and adults supporting their children with reading.
This is a comprehensive website for those who want to improve their own or their children’s numeracy skills and also at practitioners who need classroom resources.
This site contains a self-assessment tool which allows you to identify your numeracy strengths and weaknesses.
This site contains over 6000 free printable maths worksheets (with answers) on all areas of numeracy.
English for Speakers of other Languages
This site contains free printable resources for teaching and learning English. There are worksheets for students both young and old, and of all levels of proficiency.
This is a website that contains lessons for ESOL beginners on different topics to help practise their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Free English lessons online for all levels of ESOL learner.
This site provides free teaching resources for beginner levels of ESOL
This site lists the top 10 best sites for free online computer training, it is best to go and look at what is there to find a site that suits your own needs
General Learning Websites
FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. The company is wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. The site has free online courses in many different subjects.
This is one of many sites that will help you to prepare for the CSCS card required on all industrial sites.
This is one of many sites that will help you to prepare for the driving theory test.
This site is provided by Skills Development Scotland; it is primarily aimed at school leavers but can be of assistance to older people looking for a change in direction.
Cothrom Learning Centre and Cothrom ReStore will be closed effective 4:45pm Wednesday 18th March until further notice. Cothrom Òg will close at 5:30pm on Friday 20th March until further notice.
This decision is based on the announcement by the First Minister on Wednesday 18th March to close all schools and nurseries after Friday 20th March.
This closure is a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Our substance misuse and recovery support service is still available, but the drop-in and cooking classes are cancelled. You can utilise this service through Richard, whose contact details are in bold below.
Our website will be updated with the latest information, followed by our social media channels including our Facebook.
You can still reach staff on email@example.com
If you are a Cothrom service user and are needing any urgent advice or support, please consider using these helplines:
Richard - Drug & Alcohol Recovery Support - 07552863869
The Samaritans 01324-622066
NHS Alcohol Misuse Community Nurser 01870-603279
GPs at Daliburgh 01878-700302
U+B Hospital 01870-603600
Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Balivanich 01870-602421
Universal Credit Stornoway 01851-743663
In light of the current coronavirus outbreak Cothrom has decided to temporarily halt the following events including our Knit & Natter group, the Ceòlas Gaelic classes, Gentle Movement, Financial Inclusion drop-in, and our Horticulture course. We are also temporarily not making collection and delivery bookings for furniture, however items already scheduled for delivery will take place given staff availability.
The Learning Centre is open as usual for essential education services (including ReStore and Cothrom Òg), and we are taking appropriate measures to ensure hygiene is maintained, which includes not allowing non-nursery staff entry to Cothrom Òg. We also ask all visitors, staff, volunteers, and learners who are attending to wash their hands regularly during their stay, as well as immediately after entering the building. Door handles throughout the building, but especially at Bùth ReStore, are regularly sanitised along with all hard surfaces.
These measures are in place to protect the people of our community who make use of the services Cothrom provide.
If you have a piece of furniture in need of some attention, whether it needs refinishing, repairing, or even repainting, ReStore offer a Repair+Return service where we can complete these restorations for you to a professional finish. Read more on our Repair+Return page.
Pass it on Week is a national call to action for people in Scotland to embrace the incredible potential of re-use. The aim is to make buying a second hand kitchen table as normal as re-using a carrier bag.
If you've got clothes and textiles, books, CDs, DVDs, or furniture that you no longer want - pass it on! You can drop it off at Bùth ReStore, alternatively use the clothes banks dotted around the island for any textiles, or ask our van for a free pick-up.
Scottish Vocational Qualifications allow you to study for a qualification in an area relevant to your current job. It is a great way to gain more skills while still working and getting paid.
Cothrom offers a variety of SVQ's including Business and Administration, Social Services and Healthcare (including childcare), Hospitality, and Horticulture. Whether you are currently in a job in any of these areas or not, having a qualification that comprises largely of practical experience is a great way to upgrade your CV.
Read more about what SVQ's we offer here:
Business and Administration
Food and Drink Operations
Management (Professional Development Award)
Social Services and Healthcare
Social Services (Children and Young People)