Act Hubs launches at Achamore Gar­dens

The Oban Times - - Outdoors -

ACT Hubs, an ex­cit­ing new Ar­gyll- based project led by Ar­gyll and the Isles Coast and Coun­try­side Trust (Act) has been launched.

The project aims to help com­mu­ni­ties across Ar­gyll and the Isles to en­hance vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences while ben­e­fit­ing their com­mu­nity and lo­cal econ­omy.

One of the projects al­ready signed up to work in part­ner­ship with Act Hubs is Achamore Gar­dens’ vol­un­teer pro­gramme on the Isle of Gigha.

Amy Wil­son of Achamore Gar­dens said: ‘ The Achamore Gar­dens Trust ex­ists to lead the restora­tion of Achamore Gar­dens on the Isle of Gigha.

‘Our man­date from the Gar­dens’ com­mu­nity is not only to in­vite peo­ple to cel­e­brate the wild beauty of Achamore but also to fa­cil­i­tate par­tic­i­pa­tion, en­gage­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion.

‘ Pro­vid­ing the gar­dens’ com­mu­nity with a high- qual­ity vol­un­teer pro­gramme is an in­te­gral part of our sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment ap­proach to meet­ing the learn­ing, health and well­be­ing needs of our com­mu­nity and is­land vis­i­tors.

‘ With the as­sis­tance of Act Hubs, we will be able to fa­cil­i­tate the cre­ation of new par­tic­i­pant-fo­cused op­por­tu­ni­ties, built around their pas­sions, skills and am­bi­tions.’

Act Hubs project of­fi­cer Elaine Cameron and her team will be work­ing with groups across Ar­gyll and the Isles to help demon­strate in­no­va­tive and sus­tain­able ap­proaches to im­prove tourism, sup­port lo­cal economies and en­cour­age peo­ple to ex­plore their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

The Act Hubs team will pro­vide sup­port to com­mu­nity groups to de­velop their project ideas in to fully-formed plans ready for de­liv­ery.

Ms Cameron said ‘Com­mu­ni­ties should be able to use the de­tailed plans we pro­duce to de­liver their projects in their own time.

‘ This could in­clude ap­ply­ing for fund­ing to cover project costs or fol­low­ing a step- bystep guide to get their project started.’

Act Hubs is jointly funded by Act, the Scot­tish Govern­ment and the Euro­pean Com­mu­nity Ar­gyll and the Is­lands LEADER 2014-2020 pro­gramme. The project will be de­liv­ered by the project team: a full-time project of­fi­cer, part-time mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer and part-time fi­nance of­fi­cer.

The project team will be sup­ported and ad­vised by a steer­ing group.

Act Hubs launches at Achamore Gar­dens

Ross Lil­ley is one of the Act Trustees sup­port­ing Ms Cameron to de­liver Act Hubs.

He said: ‘ This project gives the trust an op­por­tu­nity to help Ar­gyll res­i­dents and vis­i­tors get more out of the coun­try­side sur­round­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘ I’m look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing Elaine and her team help com­mu­ni­ties trans­form their ideas into ready-to- go projects.’

Act Hubs is launched at the beau­ti­ful Achamore Gar­dens on Gigha.

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