Achiltibuie Smokehouse Development Officer

Part Time Position – 19 hours per week

Salary £24,480 pro rata; up to 2 years funding available

 Closing date for applications: 12 Noon 06 May 2013

Achiltibuie Smokehouse Community
Members of the community celebrate their new acquisition!

Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) is seeking to appoint an energetic and self-motivated person to drive forward the development of the community owned Achiltibuie Smokehouse to deliver a real benefit for our community. Working with a number of partners, professionals and contractors you will have excellent organisational and communication skills, and good written English. The work involves working with the local community to assist with the stimulation and evaluation of project ideas; to undertake research on the proposed project ideas; and to participate in planning and development of the smokehouse property with the project management committee and/or project manager.

Experience of securing funding would be desirable. 19 hours per week, some evening and weekend working, some travel to external training courses, seminars or study visits will be required.

The creation of a modern business premises and establishment of one or more new businesses is the expected project outcome. Job creation, re-employment of former smokehouse staff, and the creation of a popular tourist attraction could make a significant contribution towards the socio-economic wellbeing of Coigach.

Place of work: Achiltibuie Smokehouse in Altandhu (and some home working).

For details of the post please contact Julia Campbell by email ( or phone 01854 622379 – or to help make our recruitment greener, please  download the details here:

Job Description for Smokehouse Project Officer

 The post is funded by the Scottish Land Fund

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Sits Vac: Intern for the Summer in Achiltibuie

Coigach Community Development Company

Community Research (Renewables) Intern

Summer 2013 in Achiltibuie

£2,607.50 based on £7.45 per hour. A total of 350 hours, to be worked either 35hrs pw x 10 weeks or 17.5hrs pw x 20 weeks (flexible and open to discussion). Working from home (or base other than office) may be considered on occasion or where appropriate.

Coigach Community Development Company has been successful in securing funding for a Summer 2013 internship post. In broad terms the intern will -: help to propose a fair and equitable way of managing community income from renewable energy projects developing in Coigach by researching the approaches taken by other communities and considering guidance provided on the subject from other sources. The intern will also have the opportunity of contributing to other ongoing projects.

The post is currently advertised nationally on and throughout careers services within universities in Scotland. Candidates will be required to complete the online Third Sectors Internship Programme application form. The vacancy is open to all students currently studying at a Scottish university. Closing date for application is 12th April. Interviews will be held in Achiltibuie on Monday 13th May.

For further information about Coigach Community Development Company please contact Julia Campbell, Local Development Company 01854 622 379

Ben Mor Hydro Ltd: Information Meetings



Tuesday 19th March 7-9pm  and Wednesday 10am – 12noon (note, the Wednesday session may finish early due to a funeral in the hall).

Coigach Commmunity Hall, Achiltibuie

An invitation is extended to come and view the plans for the proposed hydro scheme on the Alt Ach A Bhraigh (Youth Hostel) Burn in Coigach. The scheme is a collaborative one between Coigach Community Development Company and Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Representatives of all parties involved  will be  present (weather permitting)  and are keen to share their vision for this exciting project.
Supported by Community Energy Scotland, the aim is to generate a sustainable income for inward investment within the community.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Achiltibuie Smokehouse: we’re getting there!

A member of the co-moo-nity celebrates.
A member of the co-moo-nity celebrates.

Last week we were delighted to report the news that we have successfully secured Scottish Land Fund grant assistance for the community of Coigach to purchase the former Achiltibuie Smokehouse and appoint a project officer to develop the building and business.  Our appeal for assistance from  community members and the Coigach Diaspora to raise the remaining 5% contribution of the purchase price has met with a fantastic response so many, many thanks for the help so far.

It looks like we are now well on target to be ready to take ownership by the middle of the month.  We still have a little bit to go, and should we succeed in exceeding our target any extra will warmly welcomed and invested in the future of the Smokehouse development. We promised to supply bank details for anyone who would like to use this quick and easy method to contribute – so here they are:


The Co-operative Bank PLC, Skelmersdale

Account Number:  65637890,

Sort Code:  08 92 99


And of course we are only too happy to receive cheques made out Coigach Community Development Company, c/o J Campbell, Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie IV26 2YG.

Thanks again to those generous people who have contributed so far and watch this space for further developments.

Julia Campbell, Local Development Officer, Coigach Community Development Company  01854 622 379

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Can you help Coigach buy the Smokehouse?

Altandhu - where the Smokehouse sits looking out over the Summer Isles

Achiltibuie Smokehouse Fundraising

Coigach Community Development Company has successfully secured £104,500 towards the £110,000 asking price for the vacant Achiltibuie smokehouse property. We now need to raise the remaining £5,500.

If CCDC succeed in completing the purchase, the award from the Scottish Land Fund will include funding for a project officer to drive forward the developments for the first two years, including help towards refurbishment and development of the building, and support with the establishment of one or more businesses in the premises.

Over many years the smokehouse was a central pillar of our local economy, and now following the departure of Summer Isles Foods it can regain that important role with the help of the community. There have been lots of ideas coming for the development of new and existing businesses in the building, bringing the prospect of steady local employment once more – we just need to complete the purchase!

We have already had some generous people come forward with spontaneous donations towards the funds we need.  CCDC would now like to extend an opportunity to everyone who would like to make a contribution to this new, challenging and exciting chapter in the life of the Coigach community by making a small (or large of course…!) financial contribution to it. We need to complete the purchase by mid-March, so unfortunately we don’t have time to organise any big fund-raising events.

Enquiries regarding a contribution can be directed to Julia Campbell (622379 / Cheques should be made out to : Coigach Community Development Company and can be posted to CCDC, FAO J. Campbell, Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie, IV26 2YG.

Details of our new fundraising account will be here very soon but we will of course welcome any contributions in the meantime!

Many thanks in advance for every contribution that helps us complete the purchase of the Achiltibuie Smokehouse. We plan to devise a creative way to acknowledge donors when the building is refurbished and welcome ideas for that too, but we will also respect the privacy of those who prefer to remain anonymous.

Thanks to all in Coigach and beyond who have supported us in spirit so far and of course the Big Lottery Fund, HIE and the Scottish Government for the funding award.

Julia Campbell

Local Development Officer

Coigach Community Development Company

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Great News for the Achiltibuie Smokehouse from the Scottish Land Fund!

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Our bid for funding from the Scottish Land Fund has been successful: this means we have 95% of the purchase price of £110k and funding for a project officer  to drive forward plans for redevelopment of the former Achiltibuie Smokehouse building. Watch this space for details but in the meantime here is the press release from the Big Lottery Fund:

Scottish Land Fund Grants Awarded

A community in Wester Ross is one of four today (FRI 22 FEB) taking control of their future, thanks to the new Scottish Land Fund, as the first grants are announced.

Launched last year, the £6 million Scottish Land Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Today’s awards, of over £3/4 million, in Wester Ross, Cowal, Moray Firth, and the Borders means these four communities can now purchase land and assets ensuring they are able to shape their own brighter future.

Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, John Watt, said: “We know from experience that communities can achieve great things when they own and manage local land and land assets. So I am delighted to announce this first round of funding to these three projects and look forward to seeing them develop. Land ownership helps build independent, resilient and confident communities which benefits, not only themselves, but the country as a whole. The Scottish Land Fund, with funding over three years, aims to empower more rural communities, giving them the tools and resources they need so they can achieve their plans of local sustainability.”

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs & Environment said, “I am delighted that the Scottish Land Fund is empowering four of our rural communities in Moray Firth, Cowal, Wester Ross and the Borders to take control of their own future by helping them to acquire land and community assets. These innovative and diverse projects will bring clear long term benefits, making each community stronger, resilient and more sustainable. I would urge other communities to look at these projects – three of which are achieved through the community right to buy provisions and the National Forest Land Scheme – to see how community land ownership and funding from the Scottish Land Fund can make a real difference to them.”


Achiltibuie is a remote crofting and fishing community in the Coigach area of Wester Ross. Thanks to today’s Scottish Land Grant of £160,700 the Coigach Community Development Company can purchase Achiltibuie Smokehouse land and buildings and ensure community control of any future development. Ownership of the land and building presents significant potential business growth and employment opportunities for the area. Plans have still to be finalised but it is envisaged that the site will be designed to provide a flexible space accommodating food and tourism industries.

Ian Muir, Chairman, Coigach Community Development Company, said, “This is great news. This time last year we learned that our biggest employer and tourist attraction, Summer Isle Foods, was moving to Alness and, with all these jobs going, things looked gloomy. A year on and, thanks to this funding, we can complete the purchase of the smokehouse they vacated. It’s a very exciting time for us all and we look forward to establishing a vibrant new business to bring employment to the community.”

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which is delivering the Scottish Land Fund in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Highlands and Islands Enterprise is delighted to be playing a part in delivering the Scottish Land Fund, along with our colleagues in Big Lottery Fund Scotland. These first four grants, each for very different projects, will empower these community groups and help them to determine their own futures. This announcement is only the beginning of the journey for these groups and for the Land Fund itself.”

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Coigach Citizens Online

Citizens Online


We, in partnership with  Citizens Online are holding a FREE  INTERNET TRAINING DROP-IN SESSION this Wednesday 20 February in Coigach Community Hall.

Do you or someone you know want to find out more about using the internet? Are you missing out on the pleasures of shopping online, social media, and getting information and receiving help now that more and more services are being delivered via the internet? Then this friendly session is just the ticket. Come along on Wednesday have a cup of tea (and a biscuit if you’re lucky) and find out more about our free forthcoming classes led by local tutors (Linda Macleod, Maureen Fraser and Anne Campbell) who will guide you through the maze.   All welcome – 11am – 1pm  and/or 7pm – 9pm.  For further information please contact Local Development Officer Julia Campbell 01854 622 379    and please spread the word to your offline friends and family.

Citizens Online is a national charity set up to tackle the issues of digital inclusion, to make sure that the internet is available to everybody and help individuals and communities understand and gain from the benefits of being online.