Four major community projects funded via a Scottish Government regeneration grant
fund have been completed in South Uist and Barra.
The comhairle doubled the amount with its own grant funding to help develop the Cothrom
Re-Store in South Uist, Vatersay community hub, Castlebay business units and the
extension of the Eriskay shop.
Development committee chairman, Donald Crichton, said: “Jobs will be created from
the income generated and the circular economy operating as a result will lead to
“The Comhairle’s regeneration team supported local communities directly to deliver
these projects and officers were instrumental in sourcing the funding and providing
project-management expertise to ensure that these proposals succeeded.”
In Ormiclate in South Uist, Cothrom Ltd has set up Cothrom Re-Store - a social enterprise
and vocational training project.
It seeks to create an economically sustainable social enterprise through the construction
of a purpose-built recycling and training centre. Spin-off benefits will contribute
to local economic growth directly, through the creation of jobs and indirectly through
the employability of its learners.
Manufacturing in Re-Store will contribute to improve environmental sustainability
through services to the community which encourage recycling, divert waste from landfill
and provide good quality low-cost household goods.
Barbara MacDonald, manager of Cothrom Ltd was enthusiastic about the opportunities
that the facility will bring: “We expect to double learner numbers in the first
year in the new building because of the extra space and additional staff we will
In Eriskay, the Co-Chomunn has upgraded the local community shop substantially -
with a bright and welcoming area for visitors together with an expanded range of
goods for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Shop manager, Catriona Walker, said: “Thanks to the completion of our extension,
visitors to Eriskay are finding a much expanded display of gifts, crafts and local
products in the Eriskay Shop. Customers can now browse through extensive displays
while enjoying a sea view and they are also able to buy a coffee.”
Vatersay Community Association have completely refurbished their community centre
to provide welcoming visitor facilities, a café, washing facilities room, an extended
community meeting / performance-space and commercial kitchen facilities for larger
In Castlebay, the comhairle built two business units to accommodate demand for business
space in Barra.