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SSE Sustainable Development Fund - May 2014

Monday 31st March 2014 was a landmark day for the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust.  The Trust purchased Bonar Bridge Post Office with the intention that it will continue to be used as the Post Office and mailwork sorting office thus avoiding the potential loss of another business in the community. 

 As part of the purchase there is also a house but the house has been vacant for many years and the Trust wants to carry out renovation work to make it available for social housing.

 The Trust is extremely grateful to the SSE Sustainable Development panel for their award which will allow the house to be brought up to standard and thus provide modern affordable housing for a local family.  The house will have a renewable energy heating system and be insulated to a high standard. The rent from the property will support the Trust to meet its long term aim of becoming a sustainable organisation.

 Trust Chairman Pete Campbell said “the award from the SSE Sustainable Development Fund allows the Trust to implement its plans for the development of the Post Office house in a time frame which was not expected.  We are delighted that the award panel saw value in the work which the Trust is doing in the Kyle of Sutherland.”

 

CLIMATE CHALLENGE FUND

GREENING KYLE

 Award: £155,339

Period: for 2 years

 Greening Kyle project will work with the community to decrease energy use, bills and carbon emissions by offering advice on how to use energy efficiently in the home which will help to reduce fuel poverty. The project will also provide information and support to enable local people to decrease food waste and grow their own food. Both of these activities will help to further decrease local carbon emissions and tackle climate change while helping residents save money.

 The Kyle of Sutherland is an off gas area with the majority of households depending on off peak or oil heating.  Apart from the social housing the majority of the housing stock is terraced or detached and most of the pre 1950 would be classed as hard to heat homes. Whilst there are two main settlements in the Trusts area being Ardgay and Bonar Bridge much of the target housing is in the hinterland and is scattered across the Kyle.

 The climatic conditions also means that householders have to heat their homes for longer periods of the year and again this leads to higher fuel use and a resultant increase in CO2 emissions.  Being far from the main markets also means that oil is higher in cost than in the central belt. There is a higher than average number of older people living in the area and they will be more likely to suffer from fuel poverty.

 Our home energy efficiency service will be a signposting and advice service.  Home visits will be offered and a comprehensive audit that covers billing, metering, settings, insulation, appliances, lighting and other resources giving tailored and practical advice on how the household can reduce their energy use. This service will initially be targeted at the most vulnerable people in the community.  Older people, tenants, lone parents and disabled people.  Working with support organisations, such as Creich, Croick & Kincardine District Day Care Association, for these vulnerable groups' Greening Kyle will provide advice sessions to stimulate one-to-one advice sessions which will then be arranged. The project will also provide energy monitors and training on how to use and fit radiator reflector panels. Energy advice to householders will be ongoing throughout 24 months of the project. Each of the primary schools Gledfield, Rosehall and Bonar Bridge will be engaged through talks and competitions.  Previous experience has shown that if the children get the “switch it off” bug parents will be more receptive to the processes!!

 During the two years Greening Kyle will provide information sessions and practical help to reduce household food waste and will encourage and support people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

 Between January and March the Trust will recruit a project manager, project assistant and a part time admin assistant on two year fixed term contracts.  The new members of staff will become colleagues to the Trust’s newly recruited graduate Kirstin Pickett who starts work with the Trust in January 2014.

 The Trust is very pleased to have secured inward investment of over £175,000 to create these four new employment opportunities in the Kyle of Sutherland.

 

 April 2014

Greening Kyle Project – Welcome the team! 

 The Greening Kyle Project, part of the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, welcomed Valerie Houston, Rhionna Pace and Irene Macnab on Monday of this week.  This sees the roles of Project Officer, Project Assistant and part time Project Administrator being undertaken to deliver the 2 year project.

 The Greening Kyle project will work with the community to decrease energy use, bills and carbon emissions by offering advice on how to use energy efficiently in the home which will help to reduce fuel poverty. The project will also provide information and support to enable local people to decrease food waste and grow their own food. Both of these activities will help to further decrease local carbon emissions and tackle climate change while helping residents save money.

 Home visits will be offered and a comprehensive audit that covers billing, metering, settings, insulation, appliances, lighting and other resources giving tailored and practical advice on how the household can reduce their energy use. This service will initially be targeted at the most vulnerable people in the community; the elderly, tenants, lone parents and disabled people.  Working with support organisations, such as Creich, Croick & Kincardine District Day Care Association, for these vulnerable groups Greening Kyle will provide advice sessions to stimulate one-to-one advice sessions which will then be arranged. The project will also provide energy monitors and training on how to use and fit radiator reflector panels. Energy advice to householders will be ongoing throughout 24 months of the project. Each of the primary schools Gledfield, Rosehall and Bonar Bridge will be engaged through talks and competitions.  Previous experience has shown that if the children get the “switch it off” bug parents will be more receptive to the processes.

Contact the team: gkassistant@kyleofsutherlnad.co.uk or telephone: 01863 766554