Community ownership is alive and kicking as the people of Muir of Ord in Inverness celebrate a Growing Community Assets award. The Muir of Ord Hall & Facilities Company receives £1,156,957 to refurbish and extend the existing Old Tarradale School. This will provide a new community owned facility offering social and learning opportunities for 3,300 residents, as well as visitors to the village.
From the new hub, the Calman Trust will operate a café which will provide training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Plans for the building also include a heritage and information centre, an auditorium, IT facilities and meeting space for groups to socialise.
Speaking on behalf of the Board and Members of Muir of Ord Hall & Facilities Company, Ian Dempster, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that our application for funding has been successful. The new community hub will improve the appearance of the village centre and provide a focal point for community activities. The Company are also delighted to be working in partnership with The Calman Trust who, in providing the cafe service in the new hub, will offer employment and employment training opportunities for local young people.
“It is very exciting and we hope the Hub will be seen as a ‘springboard’ for wider regeneration of the community. There is a wide range of excellent grassroots activity in the village and with a Community Development Worker, funded as part of the development, energy can be channelled to achieve improvements and increased opportunities for local people.”
The Big Lottery Fund’s Growing Community Assets fund supports communities to take control and influence over their own future through the ownership of assets. Find out more about Growing Community Assets.