This page will provide information about and links to other Transition and Community groups, mainly those closest to the Black Isle, but also some further afield.
MOO Food, Muir of Ord
(information from Facebook, October 2017)
MOO Food is a social enterprise based in Muir of Ord with a vision to create an inclusive hub for producing environmentally conscious food that sustains a healthy, empowered, low carbon community.
To inspire healthy, environmentally friendly living and give the Muir of Ord community opportunity to reduce carbon footprint and contribute to the production of affordable, chemical free food. Whilst providing hands-on learning opportunities and increasing social capital.
MOO Food Aims
- to improve access to affordable, local, seasonal, chemical free fruit and vegetables.
- to inspire healthy, sustainable, green living
- to provide opportunities for the community to be active
- to empower the community by increasing knowledge and confidence through delivering a suite of courses on growing fruit and veg, food preparation, nutrition, waste reduction and composting, and ongoing support
- to increase social capital by bringing people together and facilitating sharing of knowledge and skills within the community and to prepare the younger generation for the future
- to facilitate an organic waste collection service and community composting
- to be inclusive
For information about MOO Food contact Emma Whitham at MOOFood@mail.com
Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum (GALE)
14 October 2017 GALE 'Social Saturday' newsletter
More about 'Social Saturday'
GALE, or Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action forum, is a community owned and managed charitable development company. Its key aim is to develop and improve the way of life and standard of living in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area of Wester Ross. This involves working with a range of community groups and volunteers to develop sustainable community projects that tackle important issues within our community, such as improving the social life, the local economy and the environment.
GALE is based in a new purpose-built centre in Gairloch, which includes a cafe, offices and community shop. The aim of the shop is to provide a permanent outlet for local people to sell their products and in many cases launch new product ideas. It also creates valuable year round local employment opportunities for both the shop staff and for those who supply the shop with their locally made products.
GALE has been running community markets in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area for over 10 years. They have grown significantly in size and frequency and have become a regular fixture in local diaries.
The Community Markets are currently held in Gairloch, Poolewe and Aultbea and feature a wide range of products and producers. As well as offering local people an opportunity to buy and sell local products they are of great social benefit to the community, offering a friendly meeting point over a hot drink and local homebaking.
For more information visit GALE's website at www.galeactionforum.co.uk
Transition Town Forres
This is an article contributed by TTF's Treasurer and Company Secretary Carin Schwartz. Transition Town Forres .
You can of course find out more about the activities of Transition Town Forres by visiting their website at www.ttforres.org
Soirbheas is a community development organisation for Glen Urquhart and Strathglass, receiving income from a part share in the locally-owned Corrimony wind farm to re-invest in the community through a variety of projects, in conjunction with other community groups. One of these is a year-long 'Tattie Project' - one of several offshoots from our own potato days - and another is a High Speed Broadband project in conjunction with Community Broadband Scotland, with the aim of extending fast broadband coverage to all households and businesses in the area.
Find out more about Soirbheas by visiting their website at http://www.soirbheas.org.
Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
Based in Bonar Bridge, the Trust aims to ensure that long-term, sustainable benefits are achieved throughout the Kyle of Sutherland area, by focussing on how best to utilise funding from local wind farms and renewable energy projects and identifying match funding opportunities.
A priority of the Trust is to oversee the implementation of a local development plan, with the aim of strengthening and uniting the local community through a range of projects. These include increasing leisure and outdoor activities available to residents and visitors, supporting local businesses and industries including tourism, fishing and food production and increasing education and training opportunities.
Find out more at www.kyleofsutherland.co.uk.
Lochaber Environmental Group
LEG is a registered Scottish Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Its aim is to encourage the development and the desire to take action on the environment locally and to help local communities and people to realise this. The company runs various projects throughout Lochaber - more information can be found in the current projects section of thir website.
Highland Biodiversity Partnership
The Highland Biodiversity Partnership comprises around 30 representatives of local groups and key organisations committed to understanding, safeguarding, restoring and celebrating biodiversity within the Highland Council area.
Its purpose is to provide guidance and support to the existing network of local biodiversity groups, and to make progress on the key strategic biodiversity issues in the Highlands.
Since the Highland Biodiversity Project was started in 2002, over £700,000 of new funding has been spent on biodiversity action and planning in Highland. Over two thirds of this money was targeted towards local biodiversity projects. Seven Local Biodiversity Action Plans have been produced, over 130 projects delivered and over 250 awareness-raising events held across the seven LBAP areas.
Highland Biodiversity Officers
Janet Bromham and Jonathan Willet (job share)
The Highland Council, Planning & Development Service
Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX
Ross-Shire Voluntary Action
Ross-shire Voluntary Action exists to support voluntary groups across Ross-Shire, working to build communities which are safe, strong and sustainable for the future.
As one of the partners of the Highland Interface, The Highland Third Sector Interface, we work collaboratively across the area to ensure that the voice of the voluntary sector right across Highland is heard.
Valerie Cameron, Chief Executive Officer
Ross-Shire Voluntary Action, Thorfin House
Bridgend Business Park, Dingwall IV15 9SL
Scottish Charity No. SC006582 Registered in Scotland No. 234092
The Dùthchas Project - Our Place in the Future
The Dùthchas Project was a demonstration project funded by the EU Life Environment Programme from 1998-2001. Focused on the Scottish Highlands and Islands, the Project worked with 3 communities and 22 public agencies to explore ways of sustaining fragile rural areas – the natural heritage, the people and the economy. North Sutherland, North Uist and Skye’s Trotternish peninsula were chosen as the 3 Pilot Areas.
The Duthchas website www.duthchas.org.uk is packed with still really ground breaking and useful information for the kind of things that TBI are seeking to achieve.
Transition University of St Andrews
Transition St Andrews came to our attention in October 2014 when Anne Thomas went to their two-day Transition Roadshow, which included a talk by Transition co-founder Rob Hopkins. A quick look at their website shows them to be engaged in activities similar to some of TBI's, with bike maintenance classes in May, a report on one member's first experience of an electric car, and a whole section of the site devoted to re-using and re-economy, including training in repair skills.
For the main Transition Network website go to www.transitionnetwork.org/
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