- Local people have commented that numbers in Mums and Tots groups have ‘doubled’, while the nurseries that take the youngest children are full.
- The brand new school on North Uist had close to 90 pupils in 2018 rather than the 70 expected when it was being built in 2015-16.
- Particular townships are changing, such as Locheport on North Uist, that has recently experienced a rise from just 2 children to 15 now.
- When the CoDeL survey put out a Facebook message looking for young people between leaving school and turning 40, the survey quickly received 146 responses, which increased the survey sample by 100.
- At least 1 in 10 of the young people in the survey have set up their own businesses: builders and trades; hairdressers and beauticians; landscape gardening and grass cutting; cafe and pub; architects; gift shop; five IT based businesses; dog grooming; craft businesses and knitwear; photography and music; bike hire; childminding; managing crofts; and a planned distillery.
CoDeL’s study (published in 2018) of 469 young people on Uist, the seven inhabited islands stretching from Eriskay to Berneray, shows a trend with young economically active islanders returning or staying, and young people new to Uist settling on the islands. In fact, of the 469 young people surveyed, most in their 20s and 30s, HALF of them are returners or newcomers. Just as significant, many of these young people have children. Between them the 469 young people have 253 children. Four out of 10 of these children live on Uist because both their parents have chosen to return or settle on Uist. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that these young people, and these young families, are changing the feel of communities throughout Uist.