Coigach Community Development Company

What We Do

Our vision: Coigach will be a thriving community where the school roll is rising. We are building a more diverse, more sustainable economy.

Our mission: Our mission is to work in an open and transparent manner with a view to enabling and delivering projects that support community development, aid population growth and contribute towards making Coigach a great place in which to live and work.

We have two community sources of funds from green energy production, from our 500kW wind turbine and from a profit-share in the 500kW Achvraie Burn hydro-electric scheme. The profits from these two schemes are gift aided to CCDC enabling us to undertake projects, provide money for our Community Fund grants available to local groups and individuals living in the area, and employ two part-time Development Officers.

A few examples of our achievements so far…

CCDC facilitated the Community Asset Transfer of Achiltibuie’s former Schoolhouse and, with the help of the Communities’ Housing Trust, converted the building into two affordable flats to rent. We also facilitated the community buyout of the former smokehouse building in Altandhu, which served for several years as the shore base for Scottish Sea Farms and is now due to be demolished for a future project.

The Community Fund has benefitted lots of local people and community groups in different ways, funding a wide range of projects such as driving lessons, e-bike conversion kits, school equipment and personal development courses. Our Covid Crisis Fund helped support a number of families during the pandemic. Since our Community Fund started in 2018 we have given £75,000 through it for the direct benefit of the Coigach community.

We have been actively involved as partners in a number of Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership programme (CALLP) projects including pathworks and arts’ projects.

Our challenges…

Rural depopulation is a very real problem here: Coigach is a desirable place to live and house prices are high. We need affordable housing and are working hard on this: affordable, sustainable housing will encourage our young people to stay, or to come back after training, and encourage new people to settle here and contribute to our future wellbeing.

We also need improved infrastructure: faster, more reliable broadband and more office and workshop space to help encourage the development of more skilled and varied livelihoods.

We have an aging population and we need to be mindful of people’s needs: we hope to see health provision improved for everyone.

At the heart of our vision is an awareness of the fragile environment in which we live and our need to protect this and to contribute further to reducing our carbon footprint. We hope to work with community members on a sustainable growing project which will benefit all age groups, teaching the young about our environment and contributing to the wellbeing of us all.

Fair Work First Policy

Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) are committed to advancing the Scottish Government Fair Work First Policy.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer where all staff employed by CCDC are paid at least the living wage. We are also committed to make every effort to ensure that our suppliers/contractors are offered the same Real Living Wage rate when procuring goods or services.

Here at CCDC we offer our staff and/or volunteers an Effective Workers Voice channel within the workplace.

If you’d like more information, please read our Articles of Association.

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