Rethink Mess Spring Update

The ReThink MESS project has been running from April last year and will run until April 2020. We received grant funding from the Scottish Governments Climate Challenge Fund. Our Community fridge is going well with 283kg being redistributed or composted since the start of 2019. This would otherwise have gone to landfill, producing methane as it breaks down. This is a great success, and we hope to be saving even more as the 2019 season springs into action. We have also just sent out leaflets and fridge magnets to all the…

Ulva Ferry Shore Facilities Project Update

Over the past 8 months, we have been continuing to work on Phase 2 of the waterfront development at Ulva Ferry – to improve the visitor – and local – experience and services, provide economic benefit to the area and sustain and help develop business opportunities. We have recently been awarded funding from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) for the proposed car park improvements, the 3 motor home stances and chemical waste disposal point and Ulva car park resurfacing works and this should help with congestion and motorhome management in the…

Tobermory Light Industrial Park Update

Credit: Barry Whenman, Tobermory Light Industrial Park progress from above With the recent spell of drier weather, our contractor, TSL Contractors have been able to surge ahead with work on site, with the site layout clearly visible in this aerial photo recently taken by our director, Barry Whenman. This site has been developed to provide storage and premises for individuals, community groups and new and expanding businesses. Once complete, the site will provide self storage options, fenced compounds, 8 x 30m2…

Investment Opportunity

An Opportunity to Invest in the Sustainable Future of Mull We are offering the opportunity to directly support acommunity development which will facilitate economic growth for our community. Tobermory Light Industrial Park was first conceived when MICT was approached in 2007 by a local businessman who needed more storage for his business. He quickly gathered the details of 12 other individuals andbusinesses who required more storage or dedicated small business premises. MICT purchased the 0.8-hectare site near Tobermory in March 2016 and has secured funding for phase 1 development of…

Volunteer Assistant Ranger

We are looking for a volunteer assistant ranger for 3 months full time beginning early June. This is a great opportunity to develop skills and experience in nature conservation and rangering. The role involves assisting with varied tasks over a number of island sites, including wildlife survey work, delivery of education projects and public events programme, providing information to visitors, practical maintenance tasks. Accommodation and some travel costs will be covered. You must show enthusiasm for wildlife and the great outdoors. Some knowledge/experience in the…

Ulva Ferry Housing Funding Update

MICT are delighted to receive a grant of £18,000 from the Prince’s Countryside Fund in their most recent round of Rural Four funding, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.  Rural Four aims to support communities in the British countryside cope with isolation and its related issues, with a focus on connecting residents and encouraging the development of community hubs. The grant for Mull and Iona Community Trust will build on an existing project to part fund a Housing…

Green Light for Second Affordable Housing Project at Ulva Ferry

Green Light for Second Affordable Housing Project at Ulva Ferry Mull and Iona Community Trust, working with Ulva School Community Association, has secured a grant of £156,865.51 from the Scottish Land Fund to realise a second affordable housing project at Ulva Ferry on the Isle of Mull.MICT and USCA successfully delivered two affordable houses at Ulva Ferry in 2017, increasing the number of children in the area by 40% and working age adults by 10%, thus strengthening Ulva Primary School’s roll, and the overall sustainability of the community.  Despite this success, there is a continued need for affordable long-term rental housing in this remote area of Mull, which is essential for the continued sustainability of the community.  The Scottish Land Fund award will cover the majority of the cost of the purchase of a plot at Ulva Ferry, along with half of the staffing costs to appoint a project officer.This project will deliver 4 more houses across two sites at Ulva Ferry, which will be offered as secure, long-term let, via an allocation process, and at an affordable rent.  Extensive feasibility work carried out over the winter months confirmed that there was a particular shortage of housing for working age couples and families, and local businesses were struggling to recruit and retain staff as a direct result.USCA, and the wider Ulva Ferry community, will be at the heart of the project as it develops – having the opportunity to be involved in the whole decision process from the design of the houses to the allocation policy.  Funding towards the build costs will be sought from grant sources including the Rural Housing Fund, set up by the Scottish Government in 2016 to increase the supply of affordable housing of all tenures in rural Scotland.MICT General Manager, Moray Finch, commented, ‘we are delighted to receive this grant from the Scottish Land Fund, which will enable us to deliver a second housing project for Ulva Ferry.  In such rural areas provision of affordable housing is key to securing wider social and economic benefits for the community as a whole’. USCA Convenor, Josh Liddle, added, ‘affordable housing remains the top priority at Ulva Ferry, and this project will ensure there will be more pupils in the school, more working age adults to boost local businesses and a stronger community overall – we can’t wait to start building again!’.For more information, please contact Helen MacDonald, Housing Project Officer:  hmacdonald@mict.co.uk 01680 812 900  NOTE TO EDITORSThe Scottish Land Fund reopened to applications in April 2016. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, both of which have extensive experience of helping communities to acquire and develop their assets for over a decade.   The SLF Committee was appointed following the normal procedures for public appointments.The BIG Lottery Fund distributes lottery funding to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. It also uses its expertise in grant-giving to distribute non-Lottery funding. Full details of the BIG Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website:http://www.biglotteryfund.org.ukBIG Lottery Fund Public Enquiries Line call: 0300 123 7110.Mull and Iona Community Trust was formed in 1997 and is one of more than 200 Development Trusts across Scotland. MICT is involved in a wide variety of services and projects, ranging from a dementia singing group to a £1million hydro electric scheme.Ulva School Community Association was formed in 2011 to give Ulva Ferry residents a say in the future plans for the area.  The Association grew out of the successful fight to save the local primary school from closure.  The USCA Committee now work with MICT to jointly deliver local development projects including community transport, a pontoon and shore facilities, and affordable housing.

5 Reasons to Shop in Island Castaways Charity Shops

If you have never experienced the delights of charity shop browsing, now is a great time to have a browse. Our three shops on the island are full of goodies from fantastic fashions to vintage treasures. 1. Great for the Environment Why waste valuable resources when you can do your bit for the environment by reusing materials. We saved 42 tonnes of goods from going to landfill through charity shop sales last year. 2. Cheap and Cheerful We are lucky to have a lot of generous donors on the island so we always have lots of good quality clothes at a fraction of clothing shop prices. It’s a great way to change your wardrobe at a price that won’t break the bank. We always have a great range of bric a brac, electrical goods, furniture and household items too! 3. Be Original High street shops offer similar goods in every town across the country. Charity shops offer an eclectic mix of styles fashions and colours that allow the shopper an opportunity to express their own style. We also have lots of high fashion items. 4. Raise Awareness and Your Island MESS (Mull and Iona Environmentally Sensitive Solutions) is a community initiative that provides local solutions to the waste and environmental issues that affect our communities, and brings economic as well as environmental benefits to Mull and Iona.We aim to reduce, reuse, recycle as much as possible on the islands of Mull and Iona. Every year customers, donors and volunteers at Island Castaways help promote recycling on the islands and help provide thousands of pounds to community groups. 5. Range of Goods It’s always worth popping in to see if we have what you are looking for in our shops. After quality checks, we aim to display a huge range of donated items, from long lost phone chargers to that piece of china that makes up grannies favourite set. If you don’t see it on the shelves just ask- we can check our storeroom or get in touch when we get one in. The list of benefits is endless... but we hope this has spurred you on to try out a guilt-free shopping trip whilst supporting our recycling project, looking unique and feeling fab about it! Craignure Bunessan Tobermory Click here to Learn More