Four Syrian refugee families - consisting of eight adults and 10 children - arrived in Stornoway last night to settle into their new homes.

The new arrivals come after two Syrian families were resettled in the town last year. 

Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell, on behalf of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership, welcomed the families to the Western Isles, and appealed for help from within the local community in assisting them to settle.

He said: "Six Syrian families are now staying safely within our community and whilst the number may be small, our Community Planning Partners are doing what we can to support the UK Government funded programme of re-settlement.  The UK programme was set up in response to the human tragedy that we have all witnessed unfolding in Syria and I know that our community will welcome the new families with the same support shown to the earlier Syrian families who have been with us for seven months."

More volunteers from the Lewis area are now sought to support the families with a range of aspects of day-to-day life.  

Any volunteer will be supported with appropriate training and guidance and reasonable out of pocket expenses will be covered.

The Comhairle is also keen to hear from any Arabic speakers who may be able to donate some time.  

To sign up, please visit the front page of the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website in the ‘Features’ section to view the role description and volunteering guidelines:

http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/cxdir/externalstrategy/communityplanning/helprefugees.asp