Tolsta Community Development Ltd (TCDL) is extremely grateful to have secured funding of £19,822 from the Scottish Government “Supporting Communities Fund” to support the Tolsta community during this Covid-19 crisis which is having both an emotional and financial impact on many.

HIE is distributing the Fund in the Highlands and Islands on behalf of the Scottish Government for all eligible community organisations who play a role in providing a service within communities.

On 18 March, Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government announced an investment of £350 million to support local communities and households in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The investment comprises a range of funds to be delivered using a combination of approaches, to ensure resource is mobilised quickly to the places and people where it is needed.    

Mr Murdo Maciver, TCDL, commented that the charity had been approached by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to bid for the funding.  Tolsta is a very clos- knit community and TCDL were aware that some residents would be travelling to Stornoway during the lockdown for their weekly shop putting shoppers at risk to the Covid 19 virus, with this in mind and with the increased demand for deliveries within the village, TCDL has given the local shop, Buth Tholastaidh, the use of an extra two vans to enable a more efficient service. Two large freezers have been purchased to support the Buth with extra storage given the increase in stock.  Frozen meat packs have been sourced for the communities benefit also.  Assisting the vulnerable in the community is the main objective.

Mr Maciver further commented, “During this difficult and uncertain time, TCDL felt that local families should receive some support, as well as Coronavirus being a health crisis, it is also a financial crisis for some, therefore, TCDL is supporting households with children by providing weekly food vouchers,  they will receive a food voucher each week for the next eight weeks.”

Support is also being given to Langabhat Medical Practice in that TCDL has provided a vehicle and volunteer to collect and deliver prescriptions within our area.