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Hi, I wonder if anyone can offer advice ?? My wife and I are looking at moving permanently to Shetland - in the next few years (the sooner the better). My question is, How open/welcoming is Shetland to incomers (especially the English - although we haven’t thought of ourselves as English for the last 30+ years!) ? We want to be a part of the community and make friends - sadly, over the last 25+ years, we’ve never really fitted in anywhere - especially given the fact that we have moved 13 times (because of work and education) and so have never really set down any roots or, with work, the time or energy. My wife will look to find work - she’s a Community Matron/District Nurse Manager, but I have retired - having myself, been everything from a Composer, Lecturer in IT/Music, NVQ assessor, Community Development Worker and finally, a (State Registered) Music Therapist - for children with a Physical, Mental and Learning Difficulties. In my search for information about living in a Scottish Island, I messaged Skye’s “Tourist Board” and was told, quite plainly that we weren’t wanted and that it was, because of incomers, that none of the younger generation could afford to buy a house. I could understand the sentiment, but hadn’t expected it in quite that tone. Our children are both grown up and at university one in London and one in Dundee, so we’ve got a bit more freedom. I’m also rather shy/socially awkward, having suffered from Anxiety and Clinical Depression most of my life. So, now heading towards our mid-fifties, we want to break free and finally live life - can we do this on Shetland? So please, does anyone have any advice ? All the best Philip
Hello Everyone, Prospect Union Young Professional Network (YPN) has organised an open event to take place on Saturday 14th July at 5pm at the Sumburgh Hotel. This is in response to sharp rise in racist hate crimes and intolerance across UK as a result of Brexit vote. The guest speaker will be Gavin McColgan, from the Republic of Ireland who has been working with peace and reconciliation charity organisation fighting hatred among two divided communities Irish and British in Northern Ireland. Several other activities are included including: video presentation and group discussion. Food & drinks available. Everyone Welcome. Best Regards, Prospect YPN Sumburgh Airport