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 email@example.com or phone the office on 220 074.
The Scottish Land Fund, which is Scottish Government money distributed by the Big Lottery Fund for communities to take ownership of land and assets, has awarded Tiree £141,000 towards buying the former I&F MacLeod shop building in Crossapol which closed down in February 2014.
Tiree Community Development Trust had been exploring the feasibility of a community shop, with paid employees but managed by a committee of volunteers but has now had approval from the funders to offer the shop out for lease to a private business at commercial rates, viewing this as a more sustainable model of community ownership with any profit generated from the rent being reinvested in community projects.
The purchase price of £160,000 has been agreed with the owners, however the total project cost is £173,000, including all fees and a full structural survey and the balance of £32,000 will come from community funds generated by Tilley, the community wind turbine. The agreement also includes a plot of land to the east of the shop which will be retained by the community for future development following consultation.
The opportunity to take on the lease has been previously advertised and is still available, subject to successful completion of the purchase. If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01879 220 074 for more details. Preference will be given to a highly valued community service, ideally a shop.
A closing date for noting interest in the lease has been set for Wednesday 17th June at 5pm. Interested parties will be asked to submit a business plan and a covering letter.
The Windfall Fund is open all year round and welcomes enquiries for the Community Support Fund, Community Investment Fund, Business Start Up Grant and Community Owned Buildings.
For more information or to apply then please have a look at our website or get in touch with a member of the Trust Team on the contact details above. Windfall decisions take a minimum of 2 months, so please make sure you get in touch as soon as you have an idea for a project and don’t leave it to the last minute!
The following awards were made in March 2015:
· An Talla received £3,000 towards purchasing tables and chairs.
· An Talla received £2,500 towards purchasing cutlery and table cloths.
· Vaul Golf Club received £1,281.08 to renew the fence round the golf course.
· An Iodhlann received £10,000 towards a three year project that will open up the archives of the Campbell family at Inveraray Castle, which will provide Tiree with access to historic maps, census returns, letters, emigrant lists and estate management documents over the last 340 years.
· Cùram Thiriodh received £24,000 towards running Tiree Resource Club for the next three years.
This year has seen a number of success stories, due to the £9.58 million Coastal Communities Fund being available for towns and villages all over Scotland. Among many other succesful projects Stornaway has received a huge £250,000 to go towards building a floating heavy duty pontoon in Stornaway harbour.
In addition Lochboisdale Community Development has also been awarded £221,973 to regenerate an unused quayside in Southern Uist with the addition of a pontoon, along with Barra and Vatersay Community Ltd. who received a massive £698,568 to install a set of pontoons in Castleby Harbour for the use of local water sports clubs, local residents, or visiting yachtsmen.
All the above are excellent examples of what can be achieved within a small community, and perhaps something that is in great demand within our own community of Tiree? Tiree Trust are currently trying to set up a steering group to investigate the opportunity of developing a harbour project on the island, if you are interested in being involved in the steering group then please get in touch with a member of the Trust Team.
Grow your island business!
Is your business ready for the next phase in its development?
Tiree Community Development Trust would like to hear from any island businesses who are seeking accreditation or training to expand and improve their operations. Would accreditation in quality management standards help your business to win bigger contracts? Would training sessions on managing finances help your business become more efficient? Tell us what you need and when you need it and we will investigate options for shared training days and funding support to help you take your business forward.
Initial interest has been shown in gaining ‘ISO 9000’ and ‘Investors in People’ accreditation over the winter months- would you like your business to be included?
Please contact Lynne Cox with your feedback: email@example.com
We would like to offer a huge congratulation to our Youth & Communications Coordinator Sophie and Tom, on the birth of their baby boy!
Now that the busy summer period is over, we have been busy looking at out winter events calendar and starting to organise some community events for you all to enjoy. Here are some dates for the diary – more information will be released soon.
· Saturday the 1st of November – Children’s Halloween party
· Wednesday the 5th of November – Community Bonfire & Fireworks Display – We would be grateful for any donations of fire wood that could be used for the bonfire, if you have any then please get in touch.
· Wednesday the 31st of December – Community Hogmanay Dance
Just a reminder that we are currently advertising intensive weekend courses, starting at the end of October.
Please see the advert in this edition for further information, if you have any other questions about the Ùlpan project; please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)
The Trust will hold an EGM on Tuesday 28th October to request members approval to make a small amendment to the Constitution. The brief meeting will be held at An Talla at 7:30pm. For full details of the proposed change please visit the Trust website and click on ‘News’ or contact Andy on 220 074 or email@example.com