Cothrom is among the first groups to benefit from Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) funding.
A grant of £10,000 to complete Cothrom’s funding package for the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the new recycling centre, due to be built at Ormiclate, South Uist, has been awarded from WIDT.
‘Restore Renewables’, part of Cothrom, recycles and repairs furniture, as well as textiles, electrical goods, books and magazines. Its primary purpose is to provide Cothrom’s learners with skills training, mentoring and work placements. Its core services focus on environmental sustainability through recycling and reuse of household items-providing affordable furniture for the community while diverting from landfill.
Barbara MacDonald, Manager of Cothrom, said: “We were delighted to receive the funding from the Western Isles Development Trust, which completes the renewables scheme for our new furniture and textile recycling centre. This funding will help the organisation to become more sustainable in the future.”
Western Isles Community Care Forum received a grant of £8000 towards its Carers’ Trainers Project, which – as well as the provision of practical assistance and training – seeks to improve the financial position of carers where possible and inform and direct carers to agencies which can advise on energy bills, energy efficiency and insulation with a view to tackling fuel poverty.
Peggy MacKay of the Western Isles Community Care Forum said: “I am delighted that the Forum has been successful in this grant application which will enable us to continue supporting Carers in the Community through Training and Development which benefits Carers and those that they care for.”
A grant of £10,000 was awarded to the Hebrides Energy Community Interest Company to contribute to initial start up and running costs of the Energy Supply Company over two years, enabling it to deliver a community tariff in partnership with a licensed electricity supplier.
Cllr Angus Campbell, Chair of WIDT, said: “ I am very pleased that the WIDT has been able to fund these projects which reflect the key priorities for us moving forward, particularly in relation to utilising the fantastic renewable opportunities we have here in the Western Isles. Given the limited income stream currently available to WIDT, the Board decided to prioritise projects which meet more than one of its charitable objectives and projects which utilise or promote renewable energy initiatives. ”
The purpose of the WIDT is to support the regeneration and development of the Outer Hebrides through disbursement of Community Benefit secured from the local deployment of Renewable Energy installations. This Community Benefit will come from a range of technologies, predominately onshore wind, offshore wind, wave and tidal. Over time and as Grid connectivity allows, WIDT will expand its activities to support community ownership of large scale Renewable Energy infrastructure with the objective of addressing Fuel Poverty through access to locally generated “green” electricity.