Fifteen groups from Skye have grabbed a share of a £15,000 community pot.

It was local people themselves who decided just who should get the cash during a public voting session staged at Portree’s Fingal Centre over the week-end.

The money, put forward through a Highland Council backed “Your Island, Your Cash, Your Choice” initiative will now go towards funding everything from the Isle of Skye Pipe Band to an after school club focussing on Gaelic singing, drama and music, gymnastics coaching and therapy through gardening.

Councillor John Gordon who sits on the local implementation working group said: “Residents of Skye and Raasay have decided the projects they feel will benefit the local area. The criteria of fund and rules of the event have been decided locally.  The feedback from those who attended has been positive but we are still interested to hear how we could develop the process for the future.

“This is the first time we have tried anything like this in Skye and Raasay, the process was planned to engage the public in taking a view on all the applications and then deciding which holds most value for their area.

“The event showcased all the fantastic work that community groups do locally and I am extremely grateful for everyone who came along and made the day such an excellent success.”

 

The final winners chosen from nearly 50 groups who put their names forward are as follows:

Isle of Skye Pipe Band - Isle of Skye Pipe Band

Staffin Lunch Club - Enhancement of Activities for Lunch Club Members

Dannsairean an Eilen Sgitheanaich - Strictly Skye 2016

Clann Throndairnis - After school Gaelic Club focusing on Gaelic singing/drama/music.

Skye and Lochalsh Gymnastics Club (SLGC) - Growing SLGC with coach development

Way Forward Group - Way Forward Group To Meet Fortnightly To Reduce Isolation

Tarskavaig Communities Hall Association - Save Energy & Save an Accident

Crossroads Care – Skye and Lochalsh - Crossroads Connecting Communities

Isle of Skye YMCA - YMCA Skye Outdoors                                                          Some of the lucky winners

Viewfield Garden Collective (VGC) - Therapy Through Gardening

Broadford Youth Club  - Summer Trip

St Columba’s Church - Bread Basket

Friends of An Acarsaid Care Home - Otago exercise sessions