Grant awards December 2013

I-pads for the Learning Centre:   the WDT board has approved the purchase of two I-pads and accessories up to a maximum of £850, for use in the Learning Centre and Digital Inclusion projects.  These will be a great help especially to the older people taking part in the two I-pad classes that are already going, and the the folk waiting for the new class to start in early 2014.

A business loan application that had been received by WDT has now been withdrawn by the applicant.

Training Grants:  Nine further requests for grants towards the NFU Farm Safety course were approved, making a total of 22 people (of the 24 attending) being eligible for and each receiving a £50 grant towards this very important course.

NFU farm safety course
NFU farm safety course

Holiday office hours

The Trust office will be closed for the Christmas break from the end of the working day, Friday 20th December, reopening Monday 6th January 2014.

Westray Development Trust board and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Getting online – free classes

The first two Ipad classes are well under way with great enthusiasm, so watch out for some bigger than usual requests for Christmas presents this year, or unexpected new Skype callers!

Classes will continue in 2014, with at least one new group starting.   These can cover a wide range of needs:

–          People completely new to using computers or going online

–          People wanting to learn how to use Ipads (which can be much easier for older folk or those with difficulties with their hands)

–          Anyone who isn’t confident about using the internet

The classes are very informal, go at your speed, and you can use whichever type of equipment suits you  (Ipads, laptops, or desktop computers).  You don’t have to have internet at home, and you don’t have to have your own computer or Ipad.

Contact Corinne on 07766 266656 or leave your name and phone number at the WDT office if you think you would like to know more, or know someone who would benefit or would like to have a taster session.

Local training opportunities

These are some of the courses in the pipeline for the new year:

A Business Start Up course  (likely the very end of February) – course content and dates and times are still flexible, so if you think you would like to take advantage of this free course please contact Corinne as soon as possible.  This may also be relevant to businesses who have already started but want some help putting together business plans for future development.  Cost: free.    Time:  one to 1.5 days

Basic work related courses:   for example Food Hygiene, First Aid, etc.   If there are 6 people needing to do any of the Orkney College Short Courses then these may be able to happen on Westray.  The new Learning Centre Coordinator will be contacting local businesses to find out what your training requirements are for the next year.

Evening self study group (for people doing ECDL or any distance learning).  This can start when the new internet connection and computers have arrived for the Learning Centre

Drop in sessions for Ipad learners and anyone needing help getting online

Other courses – contact the new WDT Learning Centre Coordinator to discuss (through the WDT office).   Things like SAGE accounting, manual handling, or recreational and leisure courses (genealogy online, digital photography, etc) have all been suggested already.

High speed winds and our turbine

Not quite the 142mph winds that they were getting ‘doon sooth’ but the turbine at Gallowhill did read a maximum wind speed of 103mph and an average of 81mph at just after half seven this morning. Please bear in mind that this was the reading at the turbine which might mean it wasno quite as blowy as that elsewhere. Still a midleen breeze though!  (originally posted by Office Admin Janice on the Westray Facebook page)

At one point during this storm the turbine was producing just over 100% of theoretical capacity.   Think that’s a great advertisement for Enercon turbines.

CDO

The Board of the Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank Corinne for her hard work and support over her years working for the Trust as both Waste project manager and Community Development Officer, and to wish her all the best for the future.

Changes to articles of association

At the AGM, members agreed that more time was needed to discuss the proposed changes to the articles of association.  A separate EGM will therefore be called for this.

The articles of association needed to be changed in order to ensure they fitted with charity legislation that had been put in place since the Memorandum and Articles of association were first adopted.  It was also proposed to include additional charitable goals, to make sure that the trust could support all the charitable activity that was required in Westray.  The proposed changes had been checked by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and were acceptable to them, but needed member approval.

Project Evaluation and Grant Applications

As you may be aware, Corinne finishes in post on 31st December.  This leaves a gap in the administration of the PEG. Janice will take on this role for a period of time until the Operations Manager is in post. Janice will deal with completed applications; taking the applications to PEG for assessment and completing the report to the Board.

Learning Centre Coordinator

The Board have decided to advertise the post of learning centre coordinator which will be a one day per week post, on a self employed basis, for six months. This person will be responsible for ensuring the continued use of the learning centre and for assessing training needs on the island for both businesses and individuals.

AGM 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM in November. Following on from the AGM, the Board held a meeting to appoint office bearers. Danny Harcus was appointed Chairman, David Seatter was appointed Vice- Chairman and June Harcus and Margaret Hutchison are Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

If you missed the AGM, you can download copies of the Annual Report from the documents page of this website.