Acharacle Community Company is a small not for profit organisation which was originally formed in 2001 in order to save the local Post Office from Closure. It is a constituted body which is made up of members (over 70 in number at the moment) and a board of directors, currently 6 in number. The members and directors can be anybody over the age of 18 who live in the Acharacle area.
Since 2001, the company has started and continues to run various projects including the Re-use Project and Local Produce and Craft Markets. Alongside these projects the Company have organised events such as dances, Whist nights and family woodland days. We will be celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the founding of the company in 2022, so keep an eye out for special events.
The Company owns property in Acharacle including a bungalow 'Druim Garbh' which has been renovated by the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust and is now rented to a local family. Next to this the Company owns the wooden building which is currently leased out to Na'vi Organics and Cafe Tioram.
Regular woodland events (before Covid-19) have been held at the Sgoil na Coille (wood school) in the Salen woodlands with help from Highland Council Rangers and the Forestry Commission. The Company is currently working with the Forestry Commission to renew the lease of the Sgoil and the Composting Toilet so that the community can continue to freely use the area and the buildings.
One of the main activities the Company started in 2007 was the Re-use Project. This recycles anything from furniture to bric a brac It is run by Volunteers who do excellent work sorting and delivering items. A successful application to the Awards for All fund, by one of the re-use volunteers, and an application to the Highland Council Ward Discretionary budget, with a top up from the Community Company's own funds has meant we have a van for collections and deliveries. Income for the whole project comes solely from donations. The project operates throughout Lochaber and is based at the Community Centre. Development of a brand new Reuse Centre is proposed opposite the Community centre which could include workshop space as well as a charity shop.
In December 2012, the Community Company began a 5 year lease to run the Community Centre (formerly the Highland Council day care centre) and using funding from the Highland Council and the NHS, it managed this asset very successfully for the last nine years. Recently the Company bought the centre from the Highland Council through a process called asset transfer. Together with this, a Project Worker also started work in May 2021 to develop the centre to it's full potential. It is hoped the centre will gradually re-open from June 2021 Covid restrictions permitting. The centre is located on MacNaughton Crescent in the village.
The Company is striving to become more independent and less reliant on grant income and to this end is always looking out for new projects that may provide a steady income. New ideas are being formed as this is written, so watch this space....
Just to let you know the directors of the Community Company currently are:
Marie-Luise MacDonald (chair) Fiona Cameron David John Cameron Angela Williams Mia Berwick Tracy Cameron
Acharacle Community Company is a company limited by guarantee, having no share capital, registered in Scotland. Registered Company in Scotland Number: SC217376. Registered Charity in Scotland Number: SC033393. Registered Office: Acharacle Community Centre, Morrison Place, Acharacle, PH36 4JJ