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Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday (22 November) and this included announcing a raft of community grants and plans for a new Energy Support Unit to help those most vulnerable in their local area.

The wind farm charity updated their members with news that their grants programme has been fully reinstated after the impact of the 2020 cable break which devastated income from their community owned wind farm.

This means the reinstatement of annual revenue grants such as the £55,000 annual pledge to the Bethesda Hospice and £5,000 to Point and Sandwick Community Councils respectively.  Other grants announced included £9,888 to Aignish Cemetery Committee and £5,000 to local friendship group Cairdean Og Allt nan Gall.

General Manager Donald John MacSween gave a full report on the activities of PST during 2022 and commented, “The news that we are now able to fully roll out our grant support packages to the community is so positive and we’re looking forward to working to continue this support, putting the impact of the cable break in 2020 well and truly behind us”.

Proposals for a new Energy Support Unit were also revealed at the meeting to provide help to those most in need in the Point and Sandwick area. 

Iain (Dan) Morrison and Stewart Wilson, formerly of Tighean Innse Gall, will draw on their many years of strategic and operational experience to design, lead and deliver the new Energy Support Unit, which will be funded by PST.  Further details will be announced when the new Unit is launched on December 1.

PST Chairman Norman Mackenzie said of the new service: “PST are working to provide targeted support to those in our community who are most in need during these times of the energy and cost of living crisis.

"Information on the practical support will be updated on the PST website in the coming weeks and we’re looking forward to working with Dan and Stewart, utilising their extensive knowledge to support those most in need here, in the PST area.”

PST also announced its newest member of staff – Catherine Anne Smith joins the Admin Team as Finance Manager boosting the team to three full time employees.

Catherine Anne commented, “I'm delighted with my new role with PST and very much looking forward to working with everyone. 

"Point and Sandwick Trust makes such a difference to our local community and everyone involved has such a great vision for our area and enthusiasm for everything they do, it will be very exciting to be a part of it all”.