Thousands across the Western Isles got involved in the new Social Media Activities Programme.

Designed to keep people entertained during lockdown, the programme was launched last week and kicked off with an online yoga class.

Over 2,000 watched the first class, taken by Sophie Marsh.  Sophie will hold a second class on Wednesday, available from 4:30pm.  

The Comhairle have also received multiple colouring in designs.  One participant said: “I am in my 50s and I am currently colouring these in. I am enjoying every second of it.”

The first episode of Fuine, one episode a week will be shared on The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Facebook Page on Tuesdays at 6pm.

Tom Maciver has taken on the role of Quiz master and he put on quite the show last Thursday, four thousand people tuned in to give it a go. He will be back again this Thursday at 7:30pm with a new quiz, and a surprise new category.

The first week of the activities programme finished with a live ceilidh courtesy of Iain ’Spanish’ Mackay. With nearly seven thousand views, it was a huge success and the Comhairle welcomes the interaction which saw so many people requesting songs and getting involved in the comments.

One listener said: “Brilliant. Best hour and a half I have spent during lockdown.”

Well known local artist Iain ’Tosh’ will bring you a live set from 9pm this Friday. The Comhairle will introduce a new local artist every week and anyone interested in performing can get in touch on the Facebook page.

The Comhairle would like to thank all the entertainers who have given up their own time to make this possible. All the activities mentioned will be available every week on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Facebook Page for the duration of the current lockdown in place to tackle COVID-19.