Several Barra and Vatersay projects have been awarded funding from CalMac's Community Fund.

Feis Bharraigh’s ‘Music for All’, the Gaelic arts and culture event, has been awarded £2000.  The Barra and Vatersay Junior Sports Club received £1,000 and Barra Children's Centre in support of their Children of the Sea project were awarded £2,000.

The Community Fund is open to non-profit organisations involved in activities to benefit young people in island or coastal communities.  

Feis Bharraigh’s ‘Music for All’ project is an annual event designed to improve the musical skills and abilities of the children living on Barra and Vatersay.

Feis Bharraigh’s, Catriona MacNeil, stated: "Music for all will allow our charity to continue to support our children to understand and learn more about the music and heritage of the islands.

"Feis Bharraigh pupils perform regularly at social events throughout the year and are a great asset for the islands. This funding will enable us to split students into classes of appropriate ability to enhance their learning.

"The life skills the young people will develop will be skills they will use throughout their lives."

Each application was judged by a screening panel of young people recruited from across the company’s network, in partnership with Young Scot.

"The response since we started taking applications in March has been amazing. We had no idea the variety and creativity of different projects that are going on to help improve the quality of life for young people on the islands we support," said CalMac’s Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Brian Fulton.

"We are delighted to make a contribution to these projects on Barra to help make them a success."



Picture shows: Colin Rodgerson 2nd officer on MV Isle of Lewis presents their Community Fund cheque to some young musicians from Barra.