A drop in surgery will be held on Thursday 12th January between 3.30pm – 7pm in Eriskay Hall. Members of the interim steering committee, a representative from Stòras Uibhist and the project architect will be on hand to answer any questions. All welcome!
A new charity, Urras Eilean na h-Oige (The Island of Youth Community Trust), created by the community of Eriskay has just been awarded SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) status by the Scottish Charity Regulator.
The new Trust will focus on contributing to the long-term sustainability of the Island of Eriskay and its environs as an attractive place to live and work, and as an inspirational place to visit. As it becomes established, the Trust will seek to play a creative part, in co-operation with the other facility and community service providers on the island and its environs, in ensuring that Eriskay’s unique history and identity is celebrated and nurtured for generations to come.
One of the first major projects being undertaken by the Trust is to support the community to acquire and develop the former Eriskay primary school. The Trust has been successful in securing agreement from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to transfer the school into community ownership. Work is now progressing to develop plans to transform the school into a new community hub. If sufficient funding can be secured, the hope is for the centre to include: a heritage and tourist information centre; community Ceilidh room; visitor accommodation; multi-purpose area for exhibitions, local markets, workshops etc.; public laundry; shower and toilet facilities; and, an outdoor gym and play facility.