The Urras strives to involve the whole community in its decision-making process through ongoing consultations and communication. The overarching vision is to build a sustainable future for the communities of the Galson Estate.
The development of a Community Renewable Energy Project coupled with income from commercial developments provides the Urras with an income stream. This income will enable the Urras to give back to the community. We try and engage with the community in as many ways as possible, most recently through our strategic plan. Find out more about it below, and other ways we engage with the community.
STRATEGIC PLANNING DOCUMENT
The Urras spent most of 2016 working towards the creation of a Strategic Plan through a consultation process to look to the future and to allow for the effective distribution of income for the next 20 years.
This consultation process involved a series of group discussions with cross-sections of the community and with a range of interest groups. The findings from these events were fed into a household survey which was made available to all homes on the Estate. In addition, a sample of households across the Estate, covering a mix of ages and location, were interviewed in person to gain a more detailed insight into their survey responses.
The Plan is available for download as a working document and we greatly appreciate any feedback you may have that will build on this for the future development of our community.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT / Ag obair le òigridh
The Urras understands the importance of young people in the community and strives to involve and support those living on the estate. The Urras regularly meets with school / youth groups, either visiting the office or turbine site or us going out to the schools themselves, to involve and inform young people about our work within the community. This helps young people gain an understanding of land ownership and gives us an insight into what young people in our community want.
Plòigh and Plòigh Mhòr
The summer of 2016 saw the start of family outdoor sessions, involving bushcraft, river dipping and rockpooling to name a few, giving young people and their parents / guardians the opportunity to engage in new activities and discover the natural environment on their doorstep. This was a great success.
We are now delighted to provide a programme of activities each year during school holidays, in partnership with local organisations on the island. 'Plòigh' usually offers a programme of activities for
5-12 year olds on the Estate, whilst 'Plòigh Mhòr' offers activities for those aged between 12 and 18.
To see more about 'Plòigh' and 'Plòigh Mhòr', visit our dedicated webpage: www.ploigh.co.uk
SUNND / Slàinte agus Sunnd
sunnd (Scottish Gaelic: 1. Joy, cheerfulness, hilarity 2. Sprightliness 3. Health, fitness)
The ‘Sunnd’ Health and Wellbeing programme is an initiative led by Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (UOG) which aims to facilitate opportunities for the community to support all to have a high quality of life by remaining active, healthy, safe, and included.
The initiative begun in the spring of 2018 as a pilot scheme for individuals over the age of 60 in partnership with the local ‘Young at Heart’ club. It has since opened up to all members of the community, partnering with a range of different organisations/individuals such as the NHS, Fire Service, ‘Empower’, and ‘Stress Monkey Solutions’ to name a few. The initiative is currently partially funded by UOG, predominantly for Galson Estate residents.
'Sunnd' Programme - Aims and Objectives
Living an active lifestyle doesn’t have to mean running marathons (although that’s great too!). Physical activity contributes to the ease of doing everyday activities and is extremely important for better movement, enhances fitness, injury prevention and promotes functional health.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet plays an essential role in overall good health. In order to feel good it’s important to eat a wide variety of foods in the right proportions to achieve and maintain a healthy body.
Safe at Home
Staying safe at home is key to remaining independent. Small measures can be taken to improve home safety and help prevent trips and falls as well as other serious accidents, including house fires.
It’s important to take good care of yourself to try and reduce pains and discomfort. Self-care can mean various things to different people, but can include things such as good footcare, and improved physical and mental health.
Safe in the Community
It is important to feel safe in your community and online. It is essential to have the knowledge of potential online and doorstep crimes and be aware of the key prevention advice.
COMMUNITY ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT / Stiùireadh Coimhearsnachd
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), in partnership with LEADER, committed further funding in 2011 towards the Community Account Management ‘Growth at the Edge’ programme, which provides revenue funding for Local Development Officers in ‘fragile’ areas. There is a network of CAM Officers working throughout the Highlands and Islands, one of them being based at the Urras for the North Lewis area.
The Local Development Officer works with the Urras and the wider community, to support delivery of priority projects identified. Support includes project management, community consultation and business planning as well as supporting the completion of funding applications and reports. The post holder will be expected to ensure groups make best use of the Urras’s Community Investment Programme that was created to support the delivery of community projects.
The Urras is grateful to HIE for funding this post to enable us to work with the community to support and enhance their ideas and projects. Click on the link below to visit the HIE website for more information on Community Account Management.