6 outcomes for a Friday
Friday, 10 February 2023

Did you know that Stratherrick and Foyers scores in the lowest decile ranking, 45th out of 6,976 areas, for geographical access to services on the Scottish index of multiple deprivation.

When I work on budgets for the next financial year I always start from going back to the Mission and Vision of the organisation, set up by the community for the community.  I think it is useful to share these, not buried in some strategic document somewhere, but to re-emphasise our goals to help improve the statistic above.

The role of the Trust in details is

(1)To prevent or relieve poverty particularly among the residents of the Stratherrick and Foyers Community Council area.

(2) The advancement of education, training or retraining, particularly among unemployed people, and providing unemployed people with work experience.

(3) To advance heritage and/or preserve, for the benefit of the general public, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around the Stratherrick and Foyers Community Council area in buildings (including any structure or erection, and any part of a building as so defined) of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest.

(4) To advance environmental protection and improvement in the Stratherrick and Foyers Community Council area through the provision, maintenance and/or improvement of public open space and other public amenities and other environmental and regeneration projects (but subject to appropriate safeguards to ensure that the public benefits so arising clearly outweigh any private benefit thereby conferred on private landowners).

(5) To advance citizenship and/or community development (including the promotion of civic responsibility and the promotion of the voluntary sector and/or the effectiveness or efficiency of charities).

(6) the provision or assistance in the provision of recreational facilities for the public at large and/or those who, by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social and economic circumstances, have need of such facilities; But such that the company shall do so following principles of sustainable development.

The statistic above suggests we don't have the same facilities people elsewhere take for granted.  So we do plan to invest a lot of money in facilities (some of our own, some from external sources).  But these facilities offer so much more than that, as defined by our shared vision.  Here's how.

Errogie

Errogie will be a uniquely designed, supportive and inspirational multi media venue for crafts, music, heritage and biodiversity and a meeting space in Stratherrick and Foyers that promotes learning and creative confidence for all.  

Sports Field and Slipway

Aims to be to be a world class sporting facility near the banks of Loch Ness. It will bring individuals, schools, local sports clubs and healthcare professionals together to work collectively to further enhance sporting opportunities in the area and to support and improve the health and wellbeing of the Stratherrick and Foyers community.

Housing

Aim is to provide new or upgraded affordable, sustainable, passiv style housing to the community of Stratherrick and Foyers for rent or purchase.

Pathways

Aim to upgrade or develop current or new pathways in the Stratherrick and Foyers area to support well being and access. To support and encourage visitors to the area, providing guidance on where to walk/run/cycle/horse riding and create local employment by supporting tourism in the area.

Land and Forest School

Aim to provide a facility and area to encourage life long learning and teach people of all ages new skills, an appreciation of their natural highland environment and environmental responsibilities.

The Wildside Centre - Completed

The Wildside Centre is a multi purpose community venue where members of the Stratherrick and Foyers can meet and support each other.  The Wildside Centre provides an area for study, work and social activities inside and outside the building.  It aims to be a destination venue and will be suitable for family friendly, training or conference activities with local accommodation providing a welcome place to stay.

Back to the budgets....

2024
February (32 stories)
21 February Website Feedback!
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21 February Wood available soon!
Our Trust director Malcolm Stewart has successfully obtained a quantity of wood from the felling that took place along the B852 at the end of last year. Our&nbs...
21 February School Term Dates Available!
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20 February Loch Nan Laan and Knockie 'Boat House'
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20 February Optician service available! BOOK NOW!
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20 February Fantastic turnout at Eagle talk!
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14 February Stratherrick Clay Target Shoot
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14 February Book the Community Van
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14 February Sunday Social at the Polycrub!
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13 February The new play area at Wildside takes another step closer!
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13 February Have you tried cooking with pheasant?
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13 February Fancy some FREE porridge?
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13 February 2024 Forres win for Alex Sutherland
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13 February SPRING MAGAZINE! - We need you!
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13 February Potholes – give Highland Council a call!
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12 February We can highlight your job vacancies!
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9 February BE POSITIVE THIS FRIDAY
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8 February Shinty News – Sutherland Cup Draw 2024
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7 February Have you heard of the Family Fund? 
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7 February Great Glen Energy Co-Operative Fund!
Read about it all HERE!
6 February February Newsletter 2024 is here!
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6 February Communications 2024!
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6 February University of the Highlands and Islands Student Development Fund 2024
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6 February We know you can help!
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6 February Energy Support & Advice Presentation
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5 February Local Produce Day, Warm Wed & Mobile Library
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2 February GOSSIP FOR A FRIDAY
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1 February The children of Stratherrick & Foyers show off their artistic talents
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1 February Sunflower Home Care are recruiting in our area!
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January (29 stories)
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31 January Look out for the Monkey if you’re on the A9 near Kincraig!
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31 January Updated playpark plans available to view
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30 January Scottish Canals are currently advertising seasonal jobs at Fort Augustus.
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30 January Walk the Walk!
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30 January Open Boot Local Produce Day is BACK for 2024!
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30 January There’s help to get a start in the Construction Industry.
Two of our local Highland Councillors have welcomed a construction skills course for unemployed people under 29 years of age.   Cllr David Fraser, HC Co...
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26 January 'Golden Eagles In The Highlands. Past, Present and Future'
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24 January Local Shinty Update!
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23 January Warm Wednesday returns tomorrow!
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17 January New customers secure a permanent stop for the Mobile Library!
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17 January The Screen Machine Returns
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17 January *Warm Wednesday Postponed!*
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16 January Warm Wednesday’s are back at Wildside!
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16 January *New Class Alert*
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16 January **Postponed ** Riverside Liaison Group Meeting
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12 January **FREE STRAW**
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11 January **Important Info**
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8 January What's On 2024
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1 January Happy New Year 2024
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