Project Evaluation Group

This year there will be an election for at least one new PEG member.   Start thinking who you would like to see representing you.  Nomination forms will be available from the office soon.

Successful funding applications

Training grants have been awarded to farmers to take part in a safety course that is being coordinated by the NFU.  Up to 20 places will be funded at £50 per place.

The Westray Heritage Trust was successful in securing £10,000 per year for the next three years to employ someone to take the Heritage Centre through museum accreditation.

WDT now has a “Supported by the Westray Development Trust” logo, which will be required to be displayed by successful applicants to the turbine fund.  new wdt support logo

Westray Processors feasibility study

WP and WDT have now appointed a consultant to carry out the business review and feasibility study at Westray Processors.  Colin Clark has already made his first visit to Westray.  We expect to get the results of this study back soon.

Website upgrades

You may have noticed that our website looks a little different following recent upgrades.  This should make it easier to keep you up to date with all the latest news from theTrust, and also allow you to find older information through “tags” and “categories” searching.   It has also been developed as a “responsive website” which means that smartphone and tablet users will find it a lot easier to use.  wdt-resp-300x225

Turbine Production for August

The turbine produced 169 MWhs in August which is around 25% of turbine capacity and a gross income of just under £24,000.  This is slightly down on the last two years production for the same period but is in line with normal production.

Learning Centre – getting online

Janette Mackie from the citizensonline Get IT together project is coming back out to Westray on September 11th and 12th to help anyone who either wants to get online, or do more online.   There are also plans for more sessions later in the year, such as “doing your Christmas shopping online” and using Skype to keep in contact with family outwith Orkney.  Janette will be visiting the Auk club on 12th September as well to show people how they can use the latest technology.

During September there will also be a Learning Centre drop-in (for any help with training enquiries, computer use, getting online, etc) :

Wednesday 2.00 to 3.30 and Thursday 2.00 to 3.30 pm

New computers for the Learning Centre are expected to arrive soon, thanks to Orkney College, and there have been requests for an evening session for general computer learning.

Turbine production

The turbine produced just over 208 MWhs in July which equates to 31% of its capacity and a gross income of just over £29,000. This is slightly more than was produced for the last two years but similar to that which was produced in the first year of production for the same period.

3 years of the CDO

The HIE funding that has contributed to staff wages for 3 years comes to an end in September 2013, and all the CDOs have been asked what they consider their top achievements are.   The list from Corinne includes:

–          At least £69,500 additional grant funding brought into Westray through applications written by the CDO for WDT and several other community groups

–          doing the groundwork with DSL to set up the successful loan management partnership;

–          being part of the process of the trust obtaining Unit 1;

–          contributing strongly to improving the communications with the community through the website and Whats on contributions (which started with a very small CDO column)

–          keeping focussed on the need to be accountable with PEG and grant processes

–          More recently, my continued liaison with Orkney College has helped WDT get things moving in the Learning Centre (including the promise of new computers from Orkney College!)

–          as the “strategy” person for the inter-isles broadband group I have been able to arrange meetings at high level with people involved in Broadband Development UK in the HIE area to keep the focus on excellent broadband for all – not just the easiest 86%.

–          Its also an achievement to have successfully completed 7 core modules of Sustainable Development Study and an ILA level 5 Leadership certificate over the three years, while seldom being able to take the full allowed amount of study time.