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Our Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan for Galson Estate

“A thriving and well-connected community

with excellent local services and amenities, harnessing its natural assets to sustain a unique cultural and social environment.

“Coimhearsnachd a tha soirbheachail le deagh cheanglaichean anns a bheil sàr sheirbheisean agus ghoireasan ionadail, a’ cleachdadh a stòrasan nàdarra gus cultar agus àrainn a tha sònraichte a dhèanamh seasmhach.”

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn’s Aims / Amasan an Urrais

To promote for the public benefit rural regeneration (following principles of sustainable development, where “sustainable development” means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) and the development of the areas of social and economic deprivation within the Galson Estate area of the Isle of Lewis, for the benefit of the Galson Estate Crofting Community.

To reach the aim, the following objectives are adopted:


the relief of poverty in such ways as may be thought fit.


the advancement of education, training or retraining, particularly amongst unemployed people, in providing them with work experience and the advancement of education in the benefits of sustainable development.


the provision of housing for those who are in a condition of need and the improvement of housing in the public sector and charitable ownership.


to develop, or alternatively develop through other agencies, infrastructure and communication links within the Galson community for the benefit of the general public.


the protection and conservation of the environment. 

strategic plan

In 2016 the first strategic plan was launched shaping the vision for the next 20 years. 2022 was dedicated to a series of community consultations to ensure the plan remains relevant and takes into account the rapidly changing circumstances the past six years have seen.


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. 

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