Trust & Cùram Launch New Hardship Fund – The Cruas Fund
In direct response to the economic impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, The Trust has decided to launch The Cruas fund. Cruas is the Gaelic word for hardship. The Trust will be supported by Cùram Thiriodh to administer the fund via the Solar food project. The fund is aimed as a short-term support mechanism for people in our community whose financial circumstances change quickly and is not meant to supplement any longer-term benefit system.
If you have recently found yourself in financial difficulty you can contact Solar in the strictest confidence on email@example.com or 07375 929350 (text or phone).
Community Fuel Station Update
A new company has been set up to operate a community owned fuel station in Crossapol. Tiree Community Enterprise Ltd is being established as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Trust and will operate with its own board, in the same way as our other subsidiaries like TREL & Tiree Broadband.
During September we will go out to tender for a specialist design and build contractor to design and construct the fuel station. Our aim is that, as with previous capital projects, this will create subcontracting opportunities for Tiree contractors. Keep an eye out or project updates in future editions of An Tirisdeach and on our website and social media.
This project has received funding from The National Lottery Community Assets Fund and HIE as well as a contribution from the Windfall Fund.
Trust AGM and Director Nominations
Tiree Community Development Trust and subsidiary companies will be holding an Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm Via Zoom. The details of which will be published at a later date.
We still require 10% of our membership (30 people) to be in attendance to have a quorum so please do consider joining us. If you wish to stand for election you must return the completed form by Friday 4th September to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be eligible for election you must be on the electoral roll for Tiree and be a full member of TCDT.
Lottery & HIE Back Community Fuel Pumps for Tiree
Tiree Community Development Trust has successfully secured just over £500,000 from the National Lottery Community Assets Fund and £150,000 from HIE towards building a new community owned fuel station in Crossapol.
MacLennan Motors informed The Trust last year that they intended to stop selling fuel as part of the handover of the business to the next generation and The Trust has been working with a steering group of volunteers to plan a resilient fuel service that will meet the needs of the island.
An Agreement has been made with MacLennan Motors to keep selling fuel until the new community facility is ready and the Trust helped by providing a working capital loan which will be repaid in full. It is hoped the new fuel facility will be ready in spring 2021.
Plot Required for Community Owned Affordable Housing Project
Tiree Community Development Trust is looking to purchase a modest plot of land with a view to building 2 (semi-detached) high quality community owned affordable houses to rent. The Trust had outline plans to build at The Camp in Crossapol but we were unable to come to a suitable final agreement with the owner. TCDT held a consultation event in January this year with 44 out of 48 attendees supporting such a project. If any land owner has a site that may be suitable, is close to both an access road and water and power services, please contact email@example.com or call 220 074 to discuss further.
The Trust has been working with Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), consultancy firm Delfinity and fuel specialists Adler & Allan on an options appraisal and feasibility study for a community owned fuel facility. The study looks at site options, costs and business model and we hope to be able to present this to the community in the coming weeks. The study has been fully funded by HIE.
• HIE has also shown support for our plans to investigate the development of The Camp at Crossapol, for community owned affordable housing as well as light industrial business and storage units, by providing funding to allow staff to develop this proposal further.
• We have had stage one approval for ‘Scottish Land Fund’ funding to purchase The Camp and will now work towards a final stage two application after the community consultation process.
• The Trust has also been working with Cameron Anson from Rural Housing Scotland to conduct a housing needs analysis survey which will aim to provide the evidence required for an application to the Rural Housing Fund. You can find the survey here: https://bit.ly/32RnMDD and also an employer’s survey here: https://bit.ly/2Wn3EXp
• Further Community Consultation will be conducted on both of the above projects once we have gathered enough information.
• Congratulations to Ishbel Campbell, our Gaelic Development Officer, for her medal and trophy winning performances at the National Mòd in Glasgow in October. Ishbel also conducts the Còisir Bun-sgoil Thiriodh (Tiree Primary School Gaelic Choir) as part of her role with the Trust and they won the Rural Areas Unison Singing competition. Well done to Ishbel and the kids!
• Hayley Douglas has been appointed as the new Ranger for Tiree and will start on Monday 11th November. Hayley has been working as a Ranger and development officer at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park for the past 9 years and we look forward to welcoming her to the team!
• The Trust has recently appointed consultants Delfinity to undertake the Feasibility Study on the Community Owned Fuel Service. Work has started this week and we expect the study to be complete by the middle of September. If any community members would like to join the short-term steering group for this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Trust is in the process of trying to secure funds to undertake another feasibility study, this time to assess the viability of a small community owned affordable housing project, possibly at The Camp in Crossapol. Please contact Andy (see above) if you would like to join the steering group for this project.
• Gaelic classes will re-start on Monday 26th August, 7:30pm @ Trust Offices, all welcome to come and learn a song and opportunity to build confidence in speaking Gaelic.
• Bookbug – Gaelic rhyme, song and story time returns, each Thursday 9am in the library. Suitable for under 5’s and parents/guardians.
• Primary Gaelic Choir & soloists will be attending Mull provincial Mod on 13th Sept & National Mod, Glasgow in October. There will be a premod ceilidh in September, and we will confirm the details shortly.
• After school Youth Work activities will be back to normal as of 26th August, with some sessions running from Wed 21st. For more information see the ‘Tiree Trust – Youth Work’ Facebook page or contact email@example.com
• George Leslie Civil Engineering Contractors has won the tender for the Milton Harbour redevelopment. The competitive tender process was carried out under strict guidelines from funders and we expect the work, which includes an extension, raising the height and erecting a shed, to begin in early April.
• Unfortunately, we have not been able to apply to LEADER for the match funding required for the Beach Access Car Parks project. The Rural Tourism Infrastructure (RTI) Fund has awarded us 70% of the costs and we now have around 8 weeks to secure the match funding or we will lose the RTI grant. We are now considering all options including a crowdfunding campaign.
• Willie MacKinnon, the Trust’s Youth Worker, has started a new Sci-Fi after school club on a Monday.
• Ishbel Campbell, our Gaelic Development Officer, has been running weekly Gaelic classes for beginners which have
The Milton Harbour Project has been out to tender. We hope to announce the result in the next edition of An Tirisdeach and the proposed start date for the work is 1st April 2019.
The Trust has been conditionally awarded £131k from Visit Scotland’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund towards upgrading beach access car parks and extending the car park at The Business Centre. This forms around 70% of the costs required and an application to LEADER is ongoing to make up the funding package. Funding has also been secured from SNH, The Windfall Fund and Tiree Community Business.
Youth Worker Willie MacKinnon attended a Duke of Edinburgh training session in Inveraray and Lochgilphead along with Lydia Macajova, in preparation for leading a group of Tiree children to gain a Silver Award.
A visit from Fergus Murray, Head of Economic Development for Argyll & Bute Council, was delayed in early November for the second time and is now likely to be rescheduled in the new year.
At the time of writing a meeting was due to take place on Wednesday 14th November with crofters who participate in the Croft Camping Scheme to review the scheme.
The Trust recently welcomed Ishbel Campbell as the new Gaelic Development Officer. Ishbel will work part time (17.5 hours per week) continuing the fantastic work that Donna MacLean carried out during her time with the Trust including regular Gaelic Bookbug, Stradagan and School Gaelic Club sessions. Ishbel has also started weekly Gaelic classes for adults –if anyone is interested in beginner or intermediate classes please contact Ishbel for more information.
After completing a Gaelic course through Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Ishbel then completed a post graduate diploma (Gaelic Immersion for Teachers) via Strathclyde University and currently works part time as a primary teacher at the school on Tiree.
Apologies, as it has been a while since we have updated our news-bites via An Tirisdeach.
Please see below some snippets of what’s been happening over the last month. More detailed information can be found on our website.
• Lochshell Engineering (based in Wick) has been appointed to undertake the repair works at Scarinish Harbour and an agreement with Argyll Estate to gift the Harbour over to the community is at an advanced stage. A grant has been secured from Marine Scotland and work is due to commence in late February/early March.
• Funding has been awarded from the Scottish Land Fund to cover the costs associated with the Trust taking ownership of the Hynish Buildings from The Hebridean Trust. This includes funding for a 2-year development officer post. This is currently being developed and more information about the post will be announced in due course. The legal process is lengthy, and we are still not at the point of taking on the buildings quite yet.
• We have recently funded a variety of training courses on the island, including ‘health and safety at work’, ‘food hygiene’ and ‘personal license’ which over 25 members of the community have benefitted from.
• We are pleased to welcome Youth Worker Willie MacKinnon back to the office, following a short period of absence due to a leg injury. Willie will be conducting desk duties for the next month or so, we are delighted to report that he is slowly but steadily on the mend!
• You may have noticed that Tilley has not been turning over the last month. This is due to a generator fault and we are working with manufacturers to try and resolve this as part of our maintenance contract.
• The Tiree Ranger Service Guided Walk Programme for 2018 is now available online at: www.isleoftiree.com
We’ve got three new routes for you to enjoy this year, and the programme will commence in April (rather than June as has previously been the case).
• Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative held a Mini Tourism Summit at the end of the month which was attended by various people involved in the tourism industry.
We are sorry to report that after nearly 7 years fantastic service, Sophie is leaving to take up a new job in Oban.
Sophie is the longest serving member of the Trust team, taking up the role of youth worker back in 2009.
Over the years Sophie has supported a variety of different youth groups on the island to develop the youth program into a very successful project including a variety of weekly activities and also some memorable events including the food festival, sailing workshops, graffiti workshop, archery lessons and career days – just a snippet of her achievements.
Rhoda Grant, Labour MSP representing Highlands and Islands, paid a visit to Tiree last week.
On her first fact finding trip to the island Rhoda toured the business centre and met members of Tiree Community Development Trust and Tiree Community Council.
Rhoda is interested in health care in rural areas and has a ‘bee in her bonnet’ about the delivery of broadband services to remote locations. She said, ” There is no better way to find out about the issues which affect folk in rural Scotland than paying a visit to talk to people. This is my first time on Tiree but I hope it won’t be the last!”
Rhoda talked at length to Tiree Community Councillors Ian Gillies and Alison Kennedy about air and sea transport and travel problems, about economic development on the island and about broadband issues and mobile phone signal coverage. She was in complete agreement with the argument that development on Tiree, as with other remote locations, was increasingly dependent upon improvements to mobile and internet services. She said, “There is no question that these things are of crucial importance and everywhere I go I am told that the extension of good internet connectivity to rural areas is vital. If these parts of Scotland are left out of the loop they will wither.”
Ian Gillies said, “We had a very productive meeting with Rhoda and hope that she will visit Tiree again soon. We did not hold back in making her aware of the most important issues that affect people here and she took it all on board.”
Last month saw the launch of the Windfall Fund’s new Skills, Education and Training (SET) Fund. The first recipients of the fund were Tiree Rural Development who received £1,240 towards running sheep shearing training on Tiree. This training, run by the British Wool Marketing Board was open to all, whether a beginner shearing a sheep for the first time or more advanced crofters, but provided a great opportunity for some of Tiree’s young crofters and farmers to build their skills.
Crofters and Farmers on the island who own sheep have to have them sheared at least once a year, and as there are a limited number of individuals with the relevant skills, off island help needs to be brought in. Now, thanks to this training, there are more locals equipped with the necessary skills to carry out the work, keeping skills and employment local.
‘We were delighted that the Windfall Fund awarded TRD with this money to facilitate the course, because the course was run on the island it meant more locals could attended than if it was on the mainland. The instructor who came along was very impressed by the high standard that was achieved by the end of the course’ Archie John MacLean- TRD Director.
The Tiree Skills, Education and training fund is now open and welcoming enquiries from local groups, businesses and individuals. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office on 220 074.