Great to see Arisaig Community Trust director, Heather MacDougall, and volunteer, Alison O’Rourke, at the Lochaber Voscars! Heather and Alison were accepting an award at the Voscars ceremony (9th June 2016) on behalf of ACT, who were runners up in the ‘Organisation of the Year’ category, for ‘making our community a better place to live’.
Well done, and thank you to everyone who helps ACT make Arisaig a better place to live.
The Voscars is an annual awards ceremony, organised by Voluntary Action Lochaber, which recognises and celebrates the work carried out by the many, many people who volunteer their services in Lochaber.
(Alison and Heather – 2nd & 3rd from right)
A bit of background on the work of the Community Trust . . . .
Arisaig Community Trust (ACT) was set up to support and promote the sustainable development of the Arisaig community (in this context the Arisaig community includes all addresses with a PH39 postcode). All aspects of community life are included – education, environment, recreation, culture, employment – for all generations who make up our diverse population. ACT wants to assist in developing a true sense of community.
The Trust can act in a variety of ways including: initiating new projects; supporting community groups; taking responsibility for local amenities; promoting environmental schemes such as a community carbon footprint analysis; and, perhaps most importantly, endeavouring to set up a long term income-generating scheme to support local initiatives. The Trust has charitable status, and is a company limited by guarantee.
The Trust is managed by a board of directors, the members of which are elected by full members of ACT (i.e. members aged over 18 and resident in postcode area PH39). Board members can also be co-opted. Other categories of membership include those of Associate and Junior members. More information about membership categories can be found in the ACT Memorandum & Articles of Association (see below).
At the last ACT AGM, (held on 30 September 2015), new members joined the Board of Directors. The Board now comprises:
Hugh Cameron (chair), Julia Gordon, Heather MacDougall, Iain Macniven, Kate Mundell, Gordon Stewart (treasurer)
New Director, Mairi Orr, was co-opted to the Board in May 2016
Company Secretary: Kate Mundell
The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Arisaig Community Trust can be found below.