A training grants policy has now been agreed by the board, with a total budget of £10,000 – £5000 for individual applications, and £5000 that can be applied for by businesses who have to provide training to meet regulations (both types are up to a maximum of 50% of course fees, and £500 per person per year). The full policy and criteria can be found here.
In summary, grants will be available for work related courses (subject to available budget) to residents of Westray who are working or available for work, and who aren’t in full time study. There are slightly different criteria for people wishing to obtain a full drivers licence. Where other training funding is available (such as Individual Learning Accounts or Flexible Training Opportunities), this should be used first. Both businesses and individuals can get help from the CDO to fill in the forms required.
WDT are working with Westray Community Council and have agreed to fund 2/3 of the £5000 total budget to provide stone chippings for private roads leading to houses. This contributes to the charitable goal of “maintenance or improvement of the physical infrastructure” of the island.
Westray Senior Youth Club were successful in applying for £500 to purchase fireworks for a display at the November community bonfire night. We look forward to another exciting night after last year’s well-attended event.
The Screen Machine will be visiting Westray in June, and the Board approved a donation of £100 towards the costs of this, to add to sponsorship already approved by the Community Council.
Following a request from the Westray Community Council, the board agreed to contribute £460 towards the costs of the winter on-demand boat service between Westray and Papay. This supports the maintenance of the inter-island ferry service which provides social, educational, recreational and employment benefits for Westray.
The Westray & Papa Westray Tourist Association were successful in their application to the turbine fund for part of the costs of reprinting the very popular Westray Walks leaflet. A grant of £883.50 was approved, matching the Westray Community Council contribution. The leaflets have now been printed and widely distributed, both on Westray and mainland Orkney.
WDT will provide funding for a recumbant bicycle for the Healthy Living Centre Gym. The total cost is £1639, with a contribution being made from a coffee afternoon fundraiser organised by healthy living centre staff and users. Thanks to all who supported the fundraiser.
This equipment should be a lot easier for people with limited mobility to use, so hopefully it will attract some new gym users.
Westray Sports Club were awarded £500 towards the costs of hosting the North Isles Sports in June this year. Some of this funding will go towards the costs of purchasing equipment required for the sports.
Westray Processors have been awarded £2500 towards the costs of purchasing tools and equipment to allow their newly qualified engineer to carry out refrigeration engineering. Having a qualified engineer on the island will be of great benefit to those businesses that require refrigeration repairs and maintenance.
The Westray Nursery received a grant of £400 from Westray Development Trust to spend on fruit and vegetables for snack time. This has meant that even though the Westray Nursery doesn’t have access to cheap supermarket snack items, it can continue to charge the same session fee as other Orkney nurseries and provide a healthy tooth kind snack every session. It also means that the children can try out some more exotic fruits when available. The children did some lovely drawings of the fruit they enjoy most.