A new carbon neutral sustainable facility has been opened by South Uist learning
centre, Cothrom, for its furniture recycling and training project.
‘Cothrom’ which means opportunity in Gaelic, offers a range of flexible learning
opportunities to adults including training and employability skills, and is supported
by a full time Gaelic nursery.
ReStore was established by Cothrom in 2006, operating from a small workshop in Bornish,
to provide a valuable furniture refurbishment and textile recycling service to the
communities of Uist and Barra.
The new facility in Ormiclate will allow ReStore to diversify its training and expand
A broad range of retail and training opportunities will be developed, focusing on
recycling furniture, textiles and white goods, gardening and landscaping services,
and making and selling recycled timber items such as wooden benches, bookcases and
hen houses to order.
ReStore also works with Blythswood Care co-ordinating the local textile bank collections.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has awarded a grant of £127,188 for the project
which also received finance from other funders.
Kathleen Stewart, account manager at HIE, said: “Cothrom is an innovative organisation
which provides opportunities to people in a fragile island community.
“The new modern energy-efficient facility provides a fantastic base for Cothrom to
deliver these services from and we wish them every success as they develop and expand
A street party is being organised on 27th June by the Adult Learners Forum as a celebration
of 25 years of learning since Cothrom opened its doors in 1992, and to wish the manager,
Barbara Macdonald well as she leaves her post after 19 years at the helm.
Barbara said: “We would like to thank the funders for their help and support in bringing
this project to fruition and we are delighted with the spacious new facility which
completes the campus so well. Staff and learners look forward to working and learning
in the new workshops, and we look forward to welcoming customers to the new shop.”