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Posted 24/07/2019
By: Helen Castle

We now have two volunteer responders for this potential project, but for it to work well we need a few more.  If you are interested, please contact the REW DT office.

The Community Heartbeat Trust has contacted the REW DT to see if, as a community, we would like to operate a defibrillator scheme.  This requires volunteers to make it work effectively.  The volunteers would be allocated a section of Rousay (normally the area they live in) and if an emergency occurred in their area they would be required to go to the nearest defibrillator and get this to the incident scene and if needed, operate the defib until the emergency services arrived.  The defibrillators also require a daily check which takes around 15 seconds to do.

If we have enough volunteers the REW DT will look at getting defibrillators installed in zones (agreed with the Community Heartbeat Trust) around Rousay and arrange for full training on the use of the defibs.  The REW DT will also cover the replacement battery, pads and any other costs involved in ensuring these machines are kept in perfect condition and ready for use.

If you are willing to be a volunteer, please contact the office.
 




Posted 23/07/2019
By: Helen Castle

‘Community Land Scotland’ have designated 10th – 18th August as ‘COMMUNITY LAND WEEK 2019’ to celebrate community land ownership throughout Scotland. 

Though still at the early stages with regard to the purchase of land at the Trumland estate, REWDT have been invited to join in these celebrations so Rachael is organising a family-friendly event for Saturday 17th August.  

It will be centred around a tiny but fascinating plant, the ‘Round-Leaved Sundew’, that only grows in the peaty soils of hill-land such as we have in the centre of Rousay. There will be various arts activities open to all ages, an information board outlining ideas and possibilities for some of the Trumland land projects and Rachael will, of course, be on hand to discuss these with you

The local Brownies & Guides will be serving drinks & snacks and hoping to earn some money towards their future activities so please give generously!
 




Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

Thank you to everyone who came along last year and made our first Peedie Race so special, this will now be an annual event and the 2019 Peedie 5K race will be held on Saturday 08 June, watch this space for details.  Hope to see you all on Race Day.




Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

The 2019 Rousay Lap will be held on Saturday 31 August 2019.  Entry forms are here.  Please forward completed forms to info@rewdt.org by Wednesday 28th August.  After this date just bring the forms with you to the registration.

Registration will open at 10:30 and the race starts at 12 noon.  Come and run, cycle or walk around our beautiful island.  All participants receive a medal and a certificate.  Due to the Scottish Athletics Board rulings and this being classed as a 'fun race' we can no longer time the participants, but we will have a clock at the finish line and you are welcome to note your time on your certificate.

We look forward to seeing you all on Race Day.






Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

The next AGM will be held on 09 November 2019, venue to be confirmed, starting at 10:15


All members will receive an invitation to attend in October but if you are not a member but would like to come along and find out about the work of the REW DT and it's subsidiaries, please come, you are most welcome.
 





Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

Thank you to the 153 residents who voted for the Community Mandate to purchase the Pier Restaurant and for how best we can use the premises. The results are here

The directors are still awaiting the final information from the consultants regarding the valuation, feasibility study and potential new designs for the Pier Restaurant.  We are expecting these any day and once available we would like to share these with you all.  More information to follow.

Our thanks to Highlands & Islands Enterprise for part funding the costs of the feasibility study.
 





Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

Sarah is our Community Well-Being Co-ordinator.  This is a fixed term part-time position until 31/03/2020 and is funded mainly via the Aspiring Communities Fund.  Sarah’s role is support the well-being of REW residents.

 
If you or someone you know needs support or information that may help enhance well-being, then maybe Sarah can help.  
 
Whether it is seeking practical support, or maybe it is for seeking advice to manage physical or emotional issues. 
 
If you would like to arrange a visit with Sarah please contact Sarah on : Tel 821 229 
 
Or email: sarah.foulds@rewdt.org  Her normal working hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 8am – 3pm, visits can be arranged for any day of the week. All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence. 
 
 





Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

The current grant funding ‘pots’ along with all of the terms and conditions for each funding stream are currently under review.  Please see the April addition of the Review for the new information.  This will also be on our website and Facebook pages.





Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

The 2017/18 REW DT accounts are now available, click here to view




Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

The REW DT Directors and staff are thrilled to hear that they have been successful in their application and will received £260,000 for the purchase of land at Trumland estate.

The project will create two employment opportunities, a Project Office and a Ranger post. The project will create environmentally safe accessible walkways to allow access to the new viewing points and picnic areas, the provision of public toilets at Saviskaill beach and the possibility of using the land to enhance digital connectivity.

Rachael Harris has been appointed as the Project Officer.  One of her main roles is to help facilitate the Trumland Land purchase and then to develop, and find funding for, the related projects as voted for in the last community survey.  The purchase process is extremely complex and is likely to take some months yet so, meantime, Rachael has been researching the possibilities for creating access paths to viewing points at the top of Kierfea and nearby the big community turbine at Kingarly.

The Ranger post will be advertised later in the year and will involve looking at the control of invasive species and the promotion of the land and everything it has to offer. 






Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

The final version of the survey can be downloaded here for Adults, for Primary School children here and for Secondary School age here.  The first survey question was 'What would you especially like the trust to do for you?', the answers received have been collated as a 'Mind Map' and can be viewed here.  Hard copies will be placed around the three islands for people to read too.

The directors will use the report to improve services where possible and start projects linked to the report findings. There will be more updates on the DT's progress here and in future Reviews but we would like to hear from any individual or group regarding your ideas on how we can best serve our community and move forward the survey's findings.