Work for Us
We have lots of volunteering opportunities across a diverse range of projects and working groups. If you have specific skills you would like to share, or if you have an interest in the work we do, or even if you just want to help in your community. Why not get involved! We also have employment opportunities from time to time. If you are interested in working for us keep an eye on our website or contact our team.
UCT helps support other community projects and as a development trust we can advise on project start-up, potential funding and support as well as helping to undertake feasibility work into third sector development projects. We aim to encourage income generating projects which can then generate a surplus making UCT more sustainable and allowing us to reinvest that money back into what we do. Come and speak to our team if you have any questions!
UCT aim to contribute to the Social, Environmental and Economic development of our remit area. We do this through supporting a range of community-based initiatives. Sometimes these projects spin off from the Trust – much like a third sector business incubator. We are a not-for-profit organisation!
Current & Past Projects
UCT administers a number of projects which are chosen by the Board of Directors in line with communities priorities. Current priority projects include:
New Broom Charity Shop and Hub
The “New Broom Community HUB is a sub-project of Ullapool Community Trust. The Trust set up the New Broom in July 2016 as a community shop and community space for volunteering and training. The building was initially rented privately, but a successful bid to the Scottish Land Fund has allowed the Trust to take ownership of the building on behalf of the community. The project has gone from strength to strength and comprises a community charity shop which raises money for the local Development Trust and community initiatives, as well as an office space for the Trust and other community non-profit organisations. The HUB is an inclusive place which is open to all and offers a range of services and activities focused around community empowerment and development. The main trading part of the project provides a place for people to recycle there unwanted items and buy an amazing range of second hand items, which varies on a continual basis, the shop also stocks products from other local businesses with a focus on social enterprise.
Highland Community Broadband
This Community Broadband project is designed for communities excluded from the Superfast roll-out. It will provide fast internet for all Ullapool, Loch Broom, Little Lochbroom, Coigach and up to Elphin. This community interest company (CIC) was spun off from the Trust. UCT helped to do some of the initial research involved in the feasibility studies, and offered assistance in promoting the subscriptions needed to raise the capital to start the business.
Lochbroom Community Renewables Limited (LCR) is a Community Benefit Society which was set up by UCT to run renewable energy projects. Over the summer of 2016 it raised £900,000 in community shares to establish a hydro scheme in Lael Forest. This is a massive achievement by the community and shows that we have the ability to come together to support local initiatives. Our success in the community share offer has been widely admired by other community groups undertaking similar projects.
Lochbroom Woodfuels Ltd
Lochbroom Woodfuels is a wholly-owned trading subsidiary of UCT. It is a community-owned social enterprise that works to supply sustainable local woodfuel. The aim is to reduce Ullapool’s fossil fuel usage, mitigate fuel poverty and create employment. Lochbroom Woodfuels ran a project called Workin’ Wood which supported young people to access training, work experience, employment and volunteering in the local area
Lochbroom Woodfuels was the Winner of 2014’s One to Watch in the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards, and was highly commended in the same category in the UK Social Enterprise Awards.
Lochbroom Woodfuels is currently starting a new training programme to continue to build on this success and work to support young people in skills development and work experience.
Lochbroom 3D Fund
UCT received £30,000 to undertake a participatory budgeting approach to deciding how public money should be spent at a local level. The trust was awarded the grant through the Scottish Governments Community Choices Fund and in partnership with PB Scotland https://pbscotland.scot/. The trust had a number of projects which came forward for the event day where the local community voted on how the funds should be distributed.
Community Benefit Fund
The CBF is a community benefit fund and has been established as a means of enabling UCT to financially support community projects within its remit area. The fund came into existence through a partnership between Lochbroom Community Renewables and UCT. The CBF was set up to re-distribute the surplus income from scheme back into the community. UCT is hopeful that other current and future projects will also divert funds into the CBF. UCT are currently investigating the potential of shared ownership and possible profit share of two privately owned renewable energy schemes; loch a bhraoin hydro scheme and Kirkan Wind Farm.
Potential Acquisition of Lael Forest
Ullapool Community Trust is working on the buyout of Lael Forest The Forest overlooks Loch Broom with stunning views to the North and West. It is one of the most popular routes up Beinn Dearg and there are also several established walks in and around the Forest. Lael is in close proximity to Corrieshalloch Gorge, a popular tourist destination and site of geological significance. It is also home to Lael Forest Garden – an arboretum and specialist tree collection, which is unique in that it holds many rare and interesting species. There is a well-developed car park and walk through the Garden. https://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/members/ullapool-community-trust/