Support and Connect Project
The aim of the Rural Support and Connect project is to enable the community to enjoy a better quality of life through the community minibus and handy person service.
The Rural transport service is a door to door service which is not provided through scheduled bus services, on a non-profit basis, enabling members to have access to services and amenities which they would otherwise not be able to access. The minibus is fully wheelchair accessible and can accommodate up to 4 wheelchairs.
The project employs a full time driver and has a pool of 6 volunteer drivers who are MiDAS trained. The service is available to any member of the Rural Support and Connect project and can be used as a dial a bus. The bus is also available for use by other community groups. Please note if you are supplying your own driver they MUST have a full and clean driving licence with category D1 entitlement and a valid MiDAS certificate.
The project employs a handy person to carry out a variety of odd jobs. The service is available to any member of the Community project, especially the most vulnerable, to help them remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
To find out more about the project, becoming a member and availability of both services please call in to the office or contact us.
Grow Your Own
Started April 2016, the Grow Your Own project is about minimising carbon emissions through revitalising of food growing skills in the community, alongside a programme of waste reduction and hands on cookery workshops. Farmers markets will also be held to enable the community to buy produce grown by Horshader. For more information, see our Facebook page
Community Growing Project
The Community Growing Project has now come to an end. It was set up at the beginning of 2014 following a community consultation process. It was made possible by funding from Keep Scotland Beautiful's Climate Challenge Fund and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and employed a full-time gardener and a part-time outreach officer. The project provided four food-growing polytunnels and a solardome at its site in Grinnivat, South Shawbost to supply year-round fresh fruit and vegetables for the community. It also offered two allotment polytunnels, one in South Shawbost and one in Dalmore, for community members to grow their own produce. Additionally, the project included a programme of talks and activities on everything from ways to prepare fresh and tasty meals with locally-grown produce while reducing food waste and food miles, to sustainable gardening advice.
The Growing Project was invited to participate in the 2014 Sustainable Scotland Network conference under the strand 'Tactical Benefits of working with your community; exploring how to deliver change in partnership. It was also the winner of the Best Practice in Community Regeneration category of the prestigious 2014 SURF awards.
The activities of the project were:
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We now have a large open plan office on the ground floor, one smaller office, a meeting room and a larger community meeting room for social occasions. On our first floor, we have 2 additional office spaces which are available for community groups or businesses to use. Additionally, we converted the lounge bar and restaurant into an area which would facilitate the development of a small shop and café. Further work includes re-slating the roof and ensuring the building is watertight.