Rousay Eglisay & Wyre Development Trust

On behalf of the Development Trust we would like to welcome you to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre.



Introduction to REW DT.

Our three islands are home to a community of approximately 220 people. These residents worked together to form our Development Trust in September 2006, with a view to tackling our local issues and improving the quality of life for those living in our communities. Our aim, broadly, is to help our three beautiful islands to be both vibrant and sustainable.

To achieve this we gather ideas from our residents; identify projects; and with the aid of funding obtained via Government and social initiatives or by the funds we produce from our turbine, turn these ideas into projects or community assets. In recent years we have constructed the 900kW community-owned wind turbine, provided community gardens, introduced wifi centres, sought ways to make our homes and community buildings warmer and cheaper to run, introduced a grants and bursaries scheme, and we regularly organise the annual Rousay Lap Half Marathon and from 2018 our Peddie Lap 5K fun race. Further details of these, and other projects we are currently working on, can be found on this website.

Many of the UKs smaller islands have similar issues to ours, such as, a population decline (especially amongst the young), an ageing population, below average recreational facilities, a decline in traditional industries, limited employment opportunities, low wages and fuel poverty. 

Our Development Trust is trying to further enhance the quality of life, preserve our community and secure our future. All island residents over the age of 18 can apply to become a member of the Trust. Our directors are elected from within the membership, by the members themselves, and the combined Board makes decisions on what projects the Trust should develop, to try and meet these aims.

 

How it all started

Following a series of reports commissioned by the public sector, Rousay Egilsay and Wyre were defined as "becoming threatened" evidenced by

  • Population decline
  • Below average economic activity
  • An ageing population
  • Reliance on inward migration

Orkney- wide issues were also identified

  • High transport and shipping costs
  • A trend of depopulation on the inner and outer isles with a gradual centralistaion of people in Kirkwall and on the mainland
  • A general decline in the traditional industries of fishing and farming resulting in a need to train and support new business
  • High levels of under-employment, low wages and fuel poverty

With the support of Orkney Islands Council and HIE, Rousay Egilsay and Wyre formed a Development Trust to establish a way forward where we could start to reverse some of these trends.

 

Our Organisation

At an open meeting held on 18 September 2006 it was agreed to establish a Community Development Trust for the three island group. This mirrored activities across Orkney where island communities have chosen to set up Trusts to take forward a range of local projects.

We are registered as a company limited by guarantee and have charitable status. This enables us to apply for funds that other community groups can't. It enables us to own assets such as land and buildings.

We have been advised by and work in partnership with various agencies including Rousay Egilsay, Wyre and Gairsay Community Council, Egilsay, Rousay and Wyre Community Associations, Orkney Islands Council (OIC) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The Trust was formed legally on 16 March 2007 and the current Directors were formally elected onto the board in 2008.

For our latest accounts click here

 

Who's on board?

Qualifications

Between them members of the board have gained a range of academic and professional qualifications. subjects include Science, Marine Biology, Business Administration, Project management, Service Delivery, Music, Craft and Design and Civil Engineering to name but a few.

Skills and experience

The Directors and staff of the Trust have an enormous range of skills and knowledge gained from years of experience in a diverse range of occupations including Farming, Teaching, Structural Engineering, Science, Music, Ferry and Airline Services, Hospitality Trades, Plant and Machinery, Haulage & Transport, Agricultural Services, Secretarial, Active Service, Utililty Companies, Accountancy, Retail Trades, Construction, Business Analysis, IT services, Printing and Publishing, Renewables and Environmental Services.

Voluntary and Charity commitments

Trust board members and staff are actively involved in a variety of voluntary community and charity groups. This involves putting time and effort into activities that help others and create social opportunites. Involvement in organisations and activities such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Rousay Egilsay and Wyre Community Associations, Parent School Council, Gun Club, Darts Club, Certified First Aider, Fire Fighter, Coastguard, Rousay Egilsay Wyre and Gairsay Community Council and the Small Boat Owners Association. Members of the Trust also organise events to raise funds for community groups and charities such as RNLI and Cancer Research UK

 

Your Personal Data, REW DT / HSO Ltd and the new GDPR Act (General Data Protection Regulations)

The REW DT and its trading subsidiaries hold many of our residents’ names, addresses and email/phone contact information, so that we can involve you in our charitable activities. We use this to write and sometimes to email charities, project partners, and when engaging in consultations, including inviting you to our AGM each year. Under the new General Data Protection Regulation, effective from 25 May 2018 (you may have heard reference to the GDPR in the news), REWDT considers such data handling to be a “legitimate interest” and refers to use pertinent to what a member of a charity (or resident) would reasonably expect. However, as individuals, you retain the right to manage how we use your data: - If you wish to stop receiving our letters and emails at any time, please contact the office. And/or To tell us to update or remove your details, or for other queries about, REW DT, its subsidiaries, membership and/or your personal data, please contact Helen at the office.

News for REWDT




Housing Project: Design Plan
Posted 02/10/2022

The project is progressing well, and Directors are continuing to work with the consultants to plan the building of the two x 2-bed bungalows, which will be built on the land at the end of Johnston’s Road. The majority of the funds for the project are expected to be provided from the Island & Rural Housing Fund. 

Our consultants have produced the final design for the builds (please view below), following the Housing Needs Survey conducted in our community earlier this year. Each property will have its own garden and parking. We are on track to commence building in 2023, and we will keep provide updates as the project progresses. 

Housing Project Plan




02 August 2022 minutes
Posted 15/09/2022

The minutes from the board meeting on 02 August 2022 can be found here




Eleanor Barr
Posted 18/08/2022

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of our employee, Eleanor.

Eleanor joined REWDT as our Countryside Management Ranger in August 2021, to take our Trumland Project forward. We were impressed with her energy and enthusiasm for the project, and in that time she made a positive contribution to REWDT and our community. Eleanor had a passion for nature, evidenced in her excellent work with local organisations over the last year, and she formed many friendships with local people after moving to Rousay last August.

In her role with REWDT, Eleanor was working on the creation of a pathway and viewpoint on the Trumland land; this work will be continued, which will be her legacy for years to come.

I know that many of you are keen to pay your respects to Eleanor and are disappointed at not having the opportunity to do so on Saturday, but rest assured we will be doing something special to remember Eleanor; please look out for details in the usual places in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, our thoughts are with Eleanor’s family and friends.