Published: 09/01/2018 07:00 - Updated: 04/01/2018 14:23

Shieling Project hopes for jobs boost after funding bid success

 

Shieling
The Shieling Project offers a range of volunteering and activity opportunities.

A RURAL learning centre, a popular outdoor area and a sports club were among the latest projects to benefit from funding from the Highland LEADER Programme.

The Shieling Project Community Interest Company was one of the latest groups to successfully secure funding with an award of £61,975.

The social enterprise, based in Strathfarrar near Beauly, aims to engage people with the tradition of the shieling.

The Shieling Project offers school trips, both day trips and residentials, summer camps for children and adults, volunteering opportunities, and has recently opened an outdoor nursery for three to five-year-olds.

Funding from LEADER, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and a loan from Social Investment Scotland will support the creation of accessible and sustainable accommodation at the project site.

This includes six cabins and an accessible compost toilet building.

Sam Harrison, Project Manager of the Shieling Project said: "Developing our infrastructure will allow us to accommodate more people and to extend our season.

"An increase in bookings will lead to the creation of new jobs as well as safeguarding existing posts and by 2018, the Shieling Project will be the biggest employer in Glen Strathfarrar.

"Generating additional income will also further our aim of being fully financially sustainable and independent of grant funding within two years."

Scottish Canals has recently been awarded funding of £42,362 from LEADER to help towards new public toilet facilities at Dochgarroch Lock on the Caledonian Canal.

Some £65,000 was also awarded to Nairn Sports Club towards alterations and an extension to its sports club building.

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