Kinloch Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of the Community Inclusion Project.

This 15-month project, led by the newly appointed Community Inclusion Project Officer, Gemma Malcolm, is funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund, which is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Scottish Government.

The project seeks to engage with the Kinloch community in new and innovative ways, for the purpose of identifying and addressing the most prominent social challenges affecting the area.

The Community Inclusion Project is focused on building meaningful and lasting connections between local individuals and their community.

Working alongside key project partners, Gemma will act to boost involvement in various aspects of community life, such as participation in social groups and events, and attending workshops and training.

The project’s partners, are: Western Isles Health Board, Third Sector Hebrides, CnES Children and Social Services, Western Isles Citizens Advice Bureau and Langabhat Medical Practice.

Gemma said of her new role: "There are many within the Kinloch community who are isolated or have needs that are not being met.

"As Community Inclusion Project Officer, I hope to develop relationships with individuals within the Kinloch area, to help them access services and resources that have, until now, been unavailable to them.

"It is also the objective of the project to help create new and sustainable community groups. This will have a positive and lasting effect on the area, increasing personal and community growth in Kinloch. It is not just about wanting the community to grow, we want it to thrive."

The project will be based at the Community Hub at the Old Balallan School, now the property of Kinloch Historical Society. Refurbishment of the Old School has created a flexible space, with areas available for small, medium and large community events or groups. The Society expects that through the project, the Hub will be used to its maximum, and so ensure that the Hub is sustainable.

Chairman of the Kinloch Historical Society, Ken Roddy Mackay, said: "The start of the Community Inclusion Project is an important step forward in the development of the Community Hub. We would like to get as many of the community as possible, whatever their interests, using the Hub."

Those in the Kinloch area will be able to keep up-to-date with the project through a variety of channels; community consultations will be ongoing throughout the project, progress of the project will be discussed at the monthly open meetings of the Kinloch Historical Society, and the creation of a new Kinloch Community website will also inform people of the project’s progress as well as acting as a valuable source of information on the area for visitors and locals.

Those interested in learning more about the project, how they can get involved, or how they may benefit from it, are encouraged to contact Community Inclusion Project Officer, Gemma Malcolm on:

Tel: 01851 830 778

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