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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: lynne.cox@tireetrust.org.uk


We would like to offer a huge congratulation to our Youth & Communications Coordinator Sophie and Tom, on the birth of their baby boy!

Community Events

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 donna@tireetrust.org.uk

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 andy@tireetrust.org.uk

Cùram and TCC Join Forces

There was a public meeting on Monday 29th September 2014 to share with the Community the progress made by Cùram and the effect the inclusion of the TCC (Tiree Community Council) will have moving forward.
The objective of the meeting was “To obtain input and support from the Community”. The meeting was chaired by Doctor John Holiday, John Bottomley presented the progress made by Cùram and Kate MacCallum explained how the new care delivery system will work.
Although Cùram has made significant progress to date there are restrictions made upon the group which prevent them from sharing their independent view. Joining forces with TCC allows the views and opinions of the Tiree Community to be shared and communicated more openly.
The closure of the Eventide home is not unique to Tiree, it is a National policy with the aim of becoming more efficient which means we need to reform and change the way care is distributed amongst our growing elderly population. The way we will look after our elderly is by caring for them wherever possible in their own homes rather than being institutionalised long before they need round the clock care and attention. We will witness changes to all the Services providing care and support to the Community, Social Work and Nursing Services will be joined as will Carers in the existing care home and the Community Carers.
Cùram is about building up resources in the Community and there will be more reliance on groups like the Tiree Resource Club and Charities. The community meeting provided the forum to share knowledge, ask and answer questions and overall provide a feeling of inclusion. We were asked to provide a show of hands on various topics, such as where the new facility should be built, should the facility have a kitchen, a chapel of rest, medical bed and other pertinent questions. This allowed the two groups to gauge the feelings in the room.
Change is always difficult especially when the subject matter is emotive and Cùram and TCC will work collaboratively to achieve the best outcome possible. We are in good hands, they are passionate individuals who have thoroughly investigated their subject matter. We have voted these individuals onto their respective groups and committees because we believe in their abilities and strength of character and with that foremost in your mind I would urge you to attend the next meeting.
A note to the wise, be part of the discussion, share your views but don’t be dogmatic, be prepared to accept compromise, don’t ask for the earth because Cùram don’t have an ever ending pot of money but they do have Tiree’s best interest at heart. The quicker agreements can be made the sooner the new Progressive Care Home can be built,we need to move swiftly – 2018 is just around the corner and we’ll all be three years older!

Tiree house- shortlisted for RIBA Manser Medal

House No7, a refurbished black house on the Isle of Tiree belonging to Dave and Liz Kerr has been short listed for a prestigious design award. The homes are named in the Royal Institute of British Architects’ shortlist for this year’s Manser Medal.
The Manser Medal is given for originality, quality and imagination, rather than the scale of a project’s social aspiration. More often than not, the shortlist focuses on bespoke houses – large and small – that come about when an architect with a good idea gets to work with a particularly courageous client. The architect in question, Murray Kerr was under additional family scrutiny as he is the son of Dave and Liz.
Six homes have been short listed and the winner will be announced on 16 October 2014. Earlier in the year this stunning property was the winner of Grand Designs Home of the Year 2014 and Kevin McCloud one of the judges said “I fell in love with this project because of it’s simplicity. It’s rather breathtaking”.
The build was undertaken by local firm, John MacKinnon Builders and they have delivered a beautiful property, the result being the old and new parts of the property blend effortlessly together.
We wish everyone involved in this project the very best of luck in October.