Firstly, a big thank you to all who took the time to complete the recent Ullapool Community Trust (UCT) Community Survey.
We had 304 completed responses from a cross section of the community which included both those living in Ullapool itself and those from further afield.
The main aim of the survey was to find out the areas that are the most important to you. This will inform where we will concentrate our focus and resources over the coming 12 – 18 months.
Please click on the link below to see the full results.
In summary, the three topics that people were most concerned about were Affordable Housing, Employment and Training, and Sustainability, Environment and Climate Change.
You also considered Health and Wellbeing and community transport other important areas.
The lack of affordable housing was by far the number one issue cited by local residents. There were many comments that supported this, and it was felt to be particularly relevant for young people. Many respondents made the link between the lack of housing, access to secure well-paid jobs, and the dependence of the local economy on tourism.
Employment and Training
The seasonal nature and quality of available work and reliance on the tourism sector are all a cause for concern. There were comments however highlighting that there is currently a shortage of workers to fill available jobs.
Sustainability, Environment & Climate Change
The three most pressing problems where people want to see action locally on are: single use plastics, facilities for sustainable tourism and fuel poverty/energy efficiency.
Health and Wellbeing
Key Project / Activities
Covid funding £65k funding in 20/21 cross community coordination channelled into the community through UCT
Community Benefit Fund £8k funds each year delivered into the community
New Broom promoting the circular economy, combating waste and providing local employment.
Reflect the needs highlighted by our community survey. If you would like to join any of the following groups get in touch e.g. meet monthly, currently investigating:
Employment and training
Health and well being