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From left to right: Christine MacDougall, Adam and Kat Williamson, Ingrid Pottinger and Anne Smith. Photo: NHS Shetland

NHS Shetland has successfully completed a pilot programme that aims to support parents and carers of children and young people aged 5-18 who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition or who are on the ASD pathway for assessment.

The Cygnet group, which is a parental support programme created by leading children’s charity Barnardo’s, was piloted over a two-month period, with the last session taking place in June.

Due to the positive feedback and high demand, another group has just started the programme again. It is currently available to parents and carers of children and young people under the CAMHS service.

Karen Harley, who is a nurse therapist for the CAMHS service said: “At its core, Cygnet acknowledges that parents are the experts when it comes to their own children. The underpinning value in the development of the Cygnet programme is the belief that if parents and carers have access to appropriate knowledge, skills and support, they can often find practical solutions to build confidence in family life.”


ITHACA Energy will buy out Shell’s stake in the controversial Cambo oilfield to become full owners of the project.

The undeveloped field is located 75 miles west of Shetland, and it has drawn concern from environmental campaigners.

Ithaca CEO Alan Bruce said: “We are pleased to conclude the marketing process with Shell and to take full ownership of the Cambo development.

“Our primary focus continues to be the delivery of our buy, build and boost strategy, including the future development of Cambo, subject to fiscal conditions. We believe that Cambo has an important role to play in providing energy security and economic benefit to the UK, while reducing overall emissions intensity.”


PERCUSSIONIST, composer and sound artist Renzo Spiteri will join violist and music creator Katherine Wren to launch Nordic Viola’s Scotland-wide On a Wing and a Prayer project in the Boat Hall at the Shetland Museum later this month.

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The pair have a strong affinity with nature and over the last couple of years they have grown increasingly concerned with the changes they have noticed in Shetland’s habitat.

Over the past six months they have been working on a musical and emotional response to the sights and sounds they’ve experienced.

Their performance has been developed through improvisation on viola, viola d’amore and percussion with the addition of field recordings and electronics, plus words by poet Lesley Harrison, which are woven into the musical texture.

On a Wing and a Prayer takes place on 20 September at 6.30pm in the Boat Hall, Shetland Museum. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.


APPLICATIONS from young people in P7, S1 and S2 who attend school across Shetland wishing to form squads and take part in Junior Up Helly 2024 are now being invited to put themselves forward.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to help get them organised into squads and completed squad details forms submitted before the deadline of 5pm on 1 December. More information can be found here.

Junior Up Helly Aa will offer an opportunity to have an equal gender split of guizers. The festival has a capacity of 125 guizers, including the Junior Jarl and their squad, meaning there is space for 110 peerie guizers.

Oran McCulloch was recently voted in as junior jarl for 2024.


PEOPLE are being reminded that there is still time to get involved in this year’s Shetland Wool Week, which begins on 23 September.

Chief executive of organiser Shetland Amenity Trust Hazel Sutherland said: “There is perhaps a perception that Shetland Wool Week is only for visitors, but it is very much aimed at people living in Shetland too.

“Whilst the event is a celebration of Shetland wool it also aims to pass on the skills and knowledge that make Shetland’s textiles so distinctive.”

The ‘Hub’ which is located in the Shetland Museum will continue to be the main meeting area for participants. There will be daily demonstrations covering topics such as spinning, openwork, machine knitting and Fair Isle as well as short learning sessions where people will be able to try Fair Isle knitting and beginners lace.

Details of tickets still available can be found on the SWW Little Box Office webpage.

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