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Groups across Highlands – amongst them Ullapool Community Trust and Transition Black Isle – on a mission to cut waste in hook-up with cycle advocates Velocity

By Imogen James

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Velocity workshop mechanic Duncan Tullis.
Velocity workshop mechanic Duncan Tullis.

An eco-friendly social enterprise is working with groups across the Highlands to reduce waste and build more sustainable consumption.

Velocity is taking part in the Highland Community Waste Partnership (HCWP) which is being funded with £1.5 million from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Running over three years, the project seeks to build collaboration across community groups and beyond.

Velocity CEO and project manager Emily Williams.
Velocity CEO and project manager Emily Williams.

Velocity interim CEO and project manager, Emily Williams, is looking forward to the difference the programme will make to the Highlands.

“This is a really exciting project, and we are looking forward to playing our part working towards sustainable development in the Highlands,” she said.

Each partner on the programme will lead activities that match their interests and expertise, whilst also collaborating to connect activities and resources across the region.

The other partners are: Thurso Community Development Trust, Lairg and District Learning Centre, Broadford and Strath Community Company, Ullapool Community Trust, Transition Black Isle, Lochaber Environmental Group and the Highland Good Food Partnership.

“A focus across the region will be powerful,” Ms Williams said. “It is about creating movement to repair, reuse and provide resources and skills.”

The project is being coordinated by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful whose Highland community waste partnership coordinator, Georgina Massouraki, said: “Our eight community partners each bring invaluable local knowledge, experience and expertise to the table.

“We share their commitment to step up to this challenge and bring about change with, and for, communities across the Highlands.

“By creating more opportunities for connection, collaboration and learning we aim to make the most of existing initiatives whilst also supporting new ones to grow and flourish.”

The programme has created eight jobs, with each organisation allocating a designated project coordinator through the funding.

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