June 16, 2017, 10:15 am
The Special EU Programmes Body has announced that a new cross border environmental project, that will protect endangered species and restore natural habitats, is to receive €8.1m worth of funding under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme.
March 31, 2017, 9:55 am
52 weeks of kindness is a year long initiative to promote acts of kindness for better mental health in Scotland. The initiative is being led by Breathing Space, Scotland's mental health phoneline, in partnership with a number of different organisations across the country, including Argyll and Bute.
December 12, 2016, 12:40 pm
Here’s a quick round up of what we’ve been doing since ACT launched in April 2014. We’ve been listening to your suggestions, taking advice and exploring the most effective ways of achieving our objectives:
To care for and enhance our environment
To encourage people to enjoy and benefit from our environment
To encourage investment that will improve our environment
To share ideas on how to care for, enhance and enjoy our environment
To increase opportunities for local people such as work, training and volunteering
To work in partnership with individuals or groups with an interest in our environment
We’ve taken your suggestions and project ideas to existing groups and created some new partnerships, and with them we have been successful in bringing funding and projects to Argyll and the Isles.
Here’s ACT’s twelve days of Christmas to let you know how we have been delivering our objectives so that they can have a positive impact for your community and your part of Argyll.
October 27, 2016, 10:05 am
Plantlife Scotland, are looking for volunteers across Scotland for a new wild plant survey, which is building up important information about the health of wild plant habitats including those in the more rural and upland areas of Scotland.
August 18, 2016, 9:45 am
Our second AGM in June 2016 was well attended, and a great opportunity to update our members, partners and supporters on our progects and progress. We've published an updated Business Plan 2016 - 19, and a Projects and Progress Report. Please take a look at our reports and don't hestiate to get in touch if you've any comments or would like to get involved.
January 14, 2016, 9:50 am
Act Argyll Ltd is the trading company launched by Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (Act) in September of last year and since then they have established teams in Helensburgh and Oban and appointed 2 full time Chargehands and 6 trainees on 12-month contracts to join the Act Argyll Skills and Contracts Manager Douglas Grierson and Admin Officer Suzi Billings. Over the next few weeks interviews will be taking place for Assistants to take up work experience placements of up to 6 weeks, in partnership with JobCentre Plus. The aim of Act Argyll is to equip people with the skills needed to enhance local areas and to improve their own employment prospects, and all the signs are that those aims are already being achieved.
The teams carry out environmental projects and ground works improvements such as brick work, paving, landscaping and small-scale joinery as well as receiving certificated skills and qualifications. Act Argyll Ltd is supported by the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund, which was procured through Dunbritton Housing Association in partnership with West Highland Housing Association. The company has also received support from Argyll and Bute Council, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. The Trainees and Assistants earn 10% above the national minimum wage.
August 24, 2015, 1:35 pm
Isle of Mull Rugby Club is one of 12 clubs from around the world who Club been selected to feature in Land Rover’s #WeDealInReal global campaign for Rugby World Cup 2015 .
Isle of Mull Rugby Club, situated off the west coast of Scotland has been chosen as one of the 11 finalists due to the club’s remote setting which sees players often hitching rides on local fishing boats to get to training. Visiting teams also have to arrive by boat and Saturday games are precisely timed around the ferry schedule. The sole focus of the island’s sporting community; the club’s challenges only inspire a greater degree of commitment from the local fans, who have taken the team to heart and are very vocal on the side lines.
Fergus Whyte, Isle of Mull Rugby Club said: "Turning out for training on the Island often involves long difficult journeys, up to 100 miles for some, but that doesn't deter the lads. Where there's a will there's a way and we are always determined to field a side. So for Land Rover to reward our commitment to the Game with this global recognition is a huge honour.”
May 28, 2014, 4:55 pm
ACTing together to fight alien invaders
Contractors, forest managers, landowners and land managers from across Argyll attended an event at Glencreran Estate recently (Friday 16 May) to find out how best to fight off invasive aliens!
April 28, 2014, 11:00 am
New local charity ACT (Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust) launched on Monday (April 28th) with a strong and positive vision – to maintain, enhance and promote the coast and countryside of Argyll so it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors.
March 17, 2014, 10:35 am
New initiative ‘act’ launches its website this week paving a way for the local people of Argyll and the Isles to find out what’s happening in terms of support and development in their area. The charity, which is supported by The Forestry Commission, Argyll and Bute Council, Scottish and National Heritage and NHS Highland, has one main vision - to maintain, enhance and promote the coast and countryside of Argyll and the Isles, so it can be enjoyed by residents, businesses and visitors.
March 17, 2014, 10:30 am
New local charity ‘act’ invited local people to be the ‘face’ of their new brand by putting themselves forward to be models for the day. The project, which is supported by The Forestry Commission, Argyll and Bute Council, Scottish and National Heritage and NHS Highland, launches next month and has one main vision - to maintain, enhance and promote the coast and countryside of Argyll and the Isles, so it can be enjoyed by residents, businesses and visitors.