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Posted 24/08/2021
By: Kayleigh Tipper

Our 5K Peedie Lap is now scheduled for Saturday 28th August. Registration opens at the War Memorial (Rousay) at 11.30am, with the Lap starting from there at 12 noon. 

The event was originally due to be held last week, but it was postponed due to the wet weather conditions - so fingers crossed for good weather this week! 

The fun event is open to all ages and abilities, and you are welcome to run or walk the route. Children under 12 years of age are permitted to cycle. 

The 5K will take you as far as the Fire Station, before turning around and returning along the route to the gates of Trumland House. 

We are really looking forward to holding our Peedie Lap after being unable to hold either of our annual sports events - the 5K & Half-Marathon - in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Rousay Lap Half-Marathon event will return in 2022. 




Posted 21/08/2021
By: Kayleigh Tipper

Unfortunately, we have taken the decision to cancel the 5K Peedie Lap, which was due to be held today, due to the poor weather conditions. 

Apologies for any inconvenience. 




Posted 20/02/2021
By: Kayleigh Tipper

Voting slips were posted out to all of our Full Members earlier this week, so this is a reminder to ensure that your vote is returned to VAO no later than Thursday 25th February 2021. 

Here's some important information when filling in your voting slip: 

* Vote for a maximum of 9 candidates (you can vote for less than 9 if you wish), by placing an 'X' in the appropriate box

* Your voting slip should then be folded and put into the envelope which shows your membership number on the front. This envelope should then be sealed, and you must sign the label on the front of this envelope, to ensure that your vote is valid. 

* The envelope containing your completed voting slip should be put into the envelope addressed to Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO), and this should be returned to VAO, by post, to arrive at VAO no later than Thursday 25th February 2021. This is because VAO are the independant scrutineers for REWDT - none of our staff or Directors will be involved in the count, and so voting slips should not be returned to REWDT. 

Associate Members and non-member residents are not entitled to vote in Director elections, in accordance with our Articles of Association, so voting slips have only be sent to Full Members of REWDT. 

The outcome of the postal vote will be announced by our Chair, John Garson at the REWDT AGM on Saturday 27th February 2021. 




Posted 06/02/2021
By: Kayleigh Tipper

We published our Annual Report this week, and this has already been posted out to all of our members, together with formal notification of our AGM (scheduled for Saturday 27th February) and accompanying documents. 

The Annual Report covers the period from our last AGM (held in November 2019). We hope you will enjoy reading about our projects, activities, and grants programme; members will have an opportunity to ask questions about all of our projects at our AGM. You can access a PDF copy of our Annual Report here

If any member has not received their AGM letter and documents, including the Annual Report, please contact us as soon as possible. 

Image of Annual Report




Posted 02/12/2020
By: Helen Castle

For information from Orkney Scam Action Group on how to avoid scams, please click here




Posted 29/10/2020
By: Helen Castle

Message from the Well-Being Co-ordinator
 
Hi All,

I just wanted to give you all a little update on what I have been doing over the last couple of months. Some of you will have seen posts on our Facebook pages, however, some of you may not have done.

Firstly, the well-being project has received the go ahead that all well-being co-ordinator’s are now allowed to offer help to all individuals over the age of 18, where previously we were limited to over 65’s only. This really is great news.

I have been working with “life changes trust” on their dementia dog project, attending webinars and zoom meetings which have been productive. There have also been            numerous webinars and zooms through the time to change mental health campaign that  I have been attending, these have provided me with some great ideas for the future.

I have a lot of ideas for group activities moving forward, we just need to wait and see what the future holds regarding Covid regulations. Fingers crossed we can get back to a bit of “normality” before too long.

I would like to thank those who attended the “lets zoom” chat.

If anybody has any queries or ideas, they would like to put forward to me please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If there is something you need help with, even if you feel it maybe something out of my remit, still get in touch as I can always signpost you to someone who can help.

Kind regards

Alice Foulds

(Rousay Well-being Co-ordinator)

My hours of working are:
Wednesday: 9am-1:30pm
Thursday: 9am-2pm
Friday: 9am-1:30pm
 
Email: alice@rewdt.org
Phone: 07948 466380
 
 




Posted 24/08/2020
By: Helen Castle

I would like to apologise for being quiet and not replying to emails this last couple of weeks. Many of you may have heard already, but, for those who haven't; I managed to break my leg in a ridiculous manner and had to have an operation on it, so I have been resting.

I am now back to working my normal hours, however, due to the injury and doctors orders I am currently working from home so if you need to get in touch you can contact me via:

Email: alice@rewdt.org oMobile: 07948466380

I understand calls to mobiles can be costly so feel free to request that I call you back and I will do so promptly.

My hours of work are:
Wednesday 9am-11am 1:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday 9am-3pm
Friday 9am-11am 1:30pm-3:30pm
 
thanks
Alice





Posted 24/08/2020
By: Helen Castle

The Hardship Fund was created by the British Red Cross to help those most financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
 
Click here for more information




Posted 27/07/2020
By: Helen Castle

The Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust has teamed up with The UHI Archaeology Institute to support islanders during and beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic. Fieldwork activities on Rousay in 2020 (e.g. Skaill farm and Swandro) have been postponed. This project provides an opportunity to support residents (young and old) to discover, access and enjoy archaeology and heritage resources on the internet.

The digital resource pack is designed to provide islanders with a basic guide and links to online archaeology and heritage resources. This will support training sessions where participants can undertake their own research, or this pack can be used for general interest.

Go to the Heritage page for more information and a link to the resource pack.

To register an interest in the project contact Dan Lee on Daniel.Lee@uhi.ac.uk
 




Posted 09/06/2020
By: Helen Castle

This programme is open to people who are most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic i.e. those on the shielded list or those in group 2 (those who are clinically vulnerable/ eligible for the flu jab).

Through this scheme, those who do not have access to the internet and are eligible, are gifted a device and initial connectivity. This is an effort to help those who do not have the existing means to keep in touch with family and friends remotely and possible access services to help and support them during this time.

If you think you are eligible please contact Kerry Spence at OIC 01856 873535 ext. 2425.






Posted 05/05/2020
By: Helen Castle

Caring for People Group have produced a leaflet Coronavirus & Your Mental Health – Where to Find Help. The leaflet provides details of local and national support organisations and some tips on how to look after your mental health. 

Click here for the leaflet.

 




Posted 24/03/2020
By: Helen Castle

The Covid‐19 Government changes regarding Phase 2 relating to the opening of play parks is good news! As of 29th June, Brinian Play Park will re‐open.

Thank you for your patience and stay safe when playing, have fun!
 
 




Posted 23/03/2020
By: Helen Castle

For the REW DT Articles of Association please click here




Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

Pier Restaurant Update 27/10/2020.
 
 
Dear members,

We are aware that a letter from an anonymous source is currently circulating on Rousay, Egilsay, and Wyre, suggesting that the Trust is planning to move our offices into The Pier building.

The Trust currently has no plans to move its office into The Pier building. On the contrary, the premises is currently closed to access as it is deemed unsafe. As part of the re-development at The Pier, there will be a community consultation process, and no plans or work will be started until this process is complete.

We are in the process of appointing project consultants, and we will be making a further announcement to the community this week.

In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns regarding The Pier premises, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


For information previously shared with residents, please click here for the original feasibility study conducted on behalf of the REW DT and paid in part with external funding from Highlands & Island enterprise.


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

For the information shared in the March 2020 Review regarding the Pier Restaurant Building Project please click here.



 





Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

We still have some funding available in our 2019/20 grant funding ‘pots’, if you think you could benefit from applying for a grant, please either complete a form and return to the office ASAP or give us a call.

The 2020/21 Grants are currently being approved, along with all of the relevant terms and conditions for each funding stream.  Please see the April 2020 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 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.

Ellie Roberts 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.