A calm day in the glen just outside Dornie at Bundalloch
Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust was set up to support community development throughout the Lochalsh area. Our Articles of Association specify the geographical area that the Trust covers in terms of postcodes, but basically we offer membership to residents of all the communities in Lochalsh from Corran in the south to Stromeferry in the north, from Kintail in the east to Erbusaig in the west, and all points in between. Eilean Ban also comes within our boundary.
There is a huge amount of voluntary activity already going on in the Lochalsh area and there are many other active groups, including community councils, community trusts, village hall associations, sports clubs, youth groups, as well as other environmental and social organisations, and many, many others.
We see our role as supporting community-led projects which are designed to help to deliver economic, social and environmental improvements in the Lochalsh area. Because of the high levels of deprivation in the village of Kyle (as measured on a number of different indicators such as the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and HIE’s Fragile Areas Review), we have so far concentrated our limited resources on projects aimed at improving facilities and services in Kyle.
Kyle is a service centre for Lochalsh and many people travel in to the village for work. Most people in the area visit Kyle fairly regularly for shopping, banking, doctor and dentist appointments, swimming, library, etc. Therefore improvements in Kyle will tend to deliver benefits for many people living in different communities in the Lochalsh area.
Our ambition is to develop as an organisation which can sustain itself through income-generating projects. This will allow us to work with other groups and organisations to deliver benefits throughout the wider Lochalsh area.
We hope that everyone in the Lochalsh area will take the opportunity to make use of this website, not only to find out information but also to send out information about your own community’s activities. We would like to invite Community Councils, Village Hall committees, and all other community-based organisations to share contact details, photographs, information about activities, and anything else you think relevant. We will be happy to host the information and to include links to your own websites.