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.

Proposed new articles of association

The current governing document of WDT is out of date in terms of the Companies Act 2006, and the proposed document will bring the company in line with this Act.  Members will have received a copy of the proposed articles and an explanation of the main changes.   There will be opportunity to ask questions and discuss this at the AGM on 28th November, when the Trust Directors will seek the agreement of members to the changes.  The proposed new Articles of Association September 2013 can be downloaded by clicking the link.

AGM, membership, new directors and PEG members

All current members of WDT should now have received their information packs for the AGM, which includes the Annual Report.   The official date for the WDT AGM is now November 28th. This will be held in the Old Kirk from 7.00 pm.

All other permanently occupied households on Westray will also have got a letter that includes a membership application form, and information about becoming either a board member or a PEG member, and nomination forms for this.  Extra copies of the Annual Report are now in the shops.

If you have any questions about being a trust director, Project Evaluation Group member, or just a member of the trust, please contact the trust office.


AGM date change – now 28th November 2013

We had planned to hold the AGM of WDT on Monday 28th October, but have had to change the date to the 28th of November, at 7.00 pm in the Old Kirk.    Members will receive their information pack 21 days before this date, and the annual reports should be in the shops soon after.  Please keep an eye on the Trust website for further information.

Financial planning

The board invited Alan Long (The Long Partnership) to the last Board meeting to give advice on financial matters within the trust.  This was a useful session and covered areas such as funding the Community Interest Company, taxation advice, lending to businesses and individuals, and financial investment.

Tiree visit

Tiree Rural Centre with Trust officesAs part of her study (UHI Sustainable Rural Development), Corinne Curtis,  Community Development Officer for Westray, visited Tiree and spent some time with Tiree Community Development Trust, and other organisations, investigating how they worked to achieve their community goals, and how their community development officers assisted in that.  It was a very interesting visit and as well as the study reports, a lot of other interesting information was brought back.  Huge thanks to all the people from the Tiree Trust and community for their willingness to provide so much information and make this visit so useful.

Kalisgarth Care Centre

Kalisgarth Care CentreThe Kalisgarth Care Centre is a wonderful testament to the vision and determination of a small community.  The building opened in 2005 and has had a huge impact on the community that goes far further than just providing care for older adults.  With so much community involvement in decisions around the development of the centre, it really feels like a community facility.  The jobs created have allowed more young couples to stay on Westray.  The Friends of Kalisgarth group are also very active and ensure that Kalisgarth have the extra comforts and facilities that would not normally be provided in a care centre, as well as ensuring that there are regular social and fundraising events that involve the wider community.Stained glass window at Kalisgarth

The stained glass window in the shape of sails on the end wall of the day room was an artist-in-residence project (under the wing of the Westray & Papa Westray Craft Association) and was designed by local school children.  As predicted, Kalisgarth  quickly became “too small”  and in 2013 a further two supported accommodation units were built on the site.  These are separate from the main building, but tenants are supported in the same way as other residents by existing staff.

Kalisgarth build

The Tide is Turning… five years on (2005)

(image) With most of the 10 year targets of “Turning the Tide” being achieved within 5 years, the Trust was enjoying widespread recognition as a model of good practice in rural community development.  This new plan was created as a successor to the first, and followed the same extensive public consultation process in order to ensure wide community support.   The release of the plan also co-incided with the community’s moving on from the the first phase of the Scottish Executive’s Initiative at the Edge project.