History of Mull and Iona Community Trust
In 1996 a community project funded by the Corrom Trust identified the need for a community-owned development trust which had a clear remit to formulate strategies and provide practical support to local projects aimed at improving the social amenities, and physical and economic infrastructure of the islands. The Mull and Iona Community Trust was subsequently registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee and granted charitable status in 1997.
In 2011, the trust's ambition to provide a central hub and a permanent base for the trust was reliased. It was decided the building should have a Gaelic name to reflect the cultural heritage of the island, An Roth, meaning ‘The Wheel’. An Roth Community Enterprise Centre was officially opened on 10th February 2012.
Mull and Iona Community Trust has grown from just one employee in 1997 to its current 11 full time equivalent. A number of projects over the years, are now mainstays of the trust's operations -
- Countryside Ranger Services
- MESS (Mull and Iona Environmentally Sensitive Solutions), including Island Castaways Charity shops
- An Roth Community Enterprise Centre, providing office, meeting and training space
- Self Storage
- Nonhebel Park
- Ulva Ferry Regeneration - affordable housing, pontoon and community transport.