Compilation of a development plan for Point has begun since Urras Stòras an Rubha appointed Donna Matheson as part-time development officer for the community.
Urras Stòras an Rubha, in recognition of its having representation from most of the community groups in Point on the Board, has been tasked to act as Point Area Forum, and the Development Officer will work closely with the forum, and with other community groups, in the formulation of a development plan for Point.
Donna, who has wide experience of community development, began working on 22 November as Community Development Officer for Point.
She will eventually have a base at Aros An Rubha, (the former Knock School), when the building becomes fully operational, but at present she is working from home. The funding for the post has been allocated through Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Crown Estate Fund.
Donna was born and brought up on the island and since graduating has worked in a variety of community related settings, in both rural and urban locations, in partnership with the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Having worked in Edinburgh and Glasgow for a number of years, Donna returned to the Hebrides in 2008 and during this time she has worked for the Outer Hebrides LEADER funding programmes, as part of a small team co-ordinating the effective delivery and implementation of the programme throughout the islands. In addition to this, she worked for North Uist Development Company, supporting and taking forward numerous economic development projects in the area, including a large renewable energy project.
The first task, currently underway, is consultation with community groups and organisations to work towards the compilation of a development plan for Point and to identify initiatives that contribute towards growth and sustainability.
This plan will give an overall picture of the work and activities of the various community groups in Point, and will identify priorities for further development, and the resources, financial and otherwise, required to bring these to fruition.
"We hope that all community groups will take the opportunity to participate in the consultation process. If you are involved in a group or organisation in the Point area, you should have received a survey to complete and return. If you have not received this, please contact Donna to ensure that she has contact information for all local groups."