New fund ensures the communities of Uists and Sutherland can apply for funding for vital local projects
Communities in and around Loch Duart in North and South Uist and Sutherland are set to have access to funds for community projects as part of a new initiative created by the last remaining small independent Scottish salmon farm and their feed supplier BioMar.
From providing for local schools’ wellbeing days and Goblin racing car building project to sponsoring local football clubs and local martial arts groups, the Loch Duart and BioMar Community Fund is already making a positive impact within the communities across Sutherland and the Uists. Durness Primary staffroom, Kinlochbervie Primary, Scourie Primary and Kinlochbervie High School were provided £2,000 towards staff well-being days.
Rebecca MacInnes, Loch Duart HR Manager, and Community Fund administrator, said:
“It’s an honour to announce some of the successful projects which have become the first recipients of the new Loch Duart and BioMar Community Fund. With a focus on supporting schools and health and wellbeing, we are ensuring that the funding goes to groups who really need this extra bit of money to carry on their important work.
“Whether it’s giving school environments a much needed makeover for both pupils and teachers, or wellbeing hampers and events being created for staff to give them a boost, it shows that a little bit of help can do a whole lot of good. We’re looking forward to sharing more news about the projects we’re supporting across Sutherland the Uists.”
Mike McLeish from BioMar, partners with Loch Duart behind the Community Fund, said:
“BioMar is delighted to supply high-quality, nutritionally balanced, sustainable salmon feed to Loch Duart’s farming operations in the Scottish Northwest and Hebrides. As part of this relationship, we have partnered to set up the Community Fund to ensure that the communities around Loch Duart’s farming sites have access to funding aimed at improving people’s lives through a range of amazing projects. We look forward to seeing how these brilliant communities use our funding to transform the Uists and Sutherland.”
The well-being funding from the Community Fund included:
- Staff Room Refurbishment – Local schools, Durness Primary, Kinlochbervie Primary and Kinlochbervie high school staff rooms received a makeover including new kitchen units, counters, walls painted, appliances, utensils, crockery and table and chairs. Staff love the changes and can now sit and eat together properly on their break in a much calmer, clean, and more relaxing social space for staff.
- Wellbeing hampers – all schools and nursery staff were bought wellbeing hampers to take items from, the hamper items include teas, snacks, candles, and bath bombs, perfect for a quick pick-me-up.
- Wellbeing day – in February some of the funds went towards a lunch together for staff. Money also went towards community groups to come in and provide dancercise, Zumba, yoga, and massage sessions during the day.
- Goblin Car Project – Funding went towards the build of an electric Goblin Car (Go Kart) involving the children for the Northwest schools, the children then went on to compete against other schools.
If you have a project in the Uists or Sutherland you’d like to be considered for funding contact Rebecca MacInnes at Loch Duart on:
Telephone: 01971 910390 Email: [email protected]
Sustainable and traceable feed: Loch Duart’s BioMar feed aims to replicate a wild salmon’s diet as closely as possible to optimise fish health. High in marine content from increasingly sustainable sources, Loch Duart achieves industry-leading Omega-3 levels, up to double that of a supermarket salmon bought from the top 4 UK retailers.