31 October 2019Trustee Opportunity for Young Adults
The Pebble Trust is looking for a young adult based in the Highlands, interested in working with us as one of our small group of trustees. The Trust, a Scottish charity established in 2014, has a vision of a more sustainable, equal and low-carbon society, where constraints on fossil fuels lead to a more localised economy with stronger, more resilient, communities, and where human activities take account of climate change and the wider environment.
The Trust has two main strands of activity, grant-aiding other local groups in their work to improve sustainability, and pursuing projects which the trustees themselves have identified as important and relevant.
The trustees are responsible for overseeing these activities, so they assess and approve grant applications, commission and over-see work on the Trust’s own projects, and generally promote and manage the affairs of the Trust.
At present we have 6 trustees. There is also an administrative function, which we anticipate hiring someone to carry out, although at the moment the work is being carried out by two of the trustees. Trustees are all volunteers but the Trust reimburses out-of-pocket expenses.
This is an opportunity for a younger adult with a drive to make the Highlands & Islands more sustainable to see some of the grass-roots work being done at present and help develop it. The trustees meet typically about 4 times per year in Inverness over a working lunch, and carry out business between meetings by email and phone. It would be helpful, but not essential, for applicants to be employed in a relevant position, particularly if their employer was prepared to support them in their work for the Trust.
To express an interest in joining our team, send us an email with details of your background and why you want to become a trustee, to info(at)thepebbletrust.org – or if you want more information, give us a call on 01349 877822.
08 October 2019Engaging the Highlands and Islands in Permaculture
With funding from the Pebble Trust the Permaculture Association has been working to increase engagement in permaculture across the Highlands and Islands. As part of this programme they were able to deliver the first ever Permaculture Design Course in the Highlands and Islands which took place in Stromness. They also took steps to remove barriers to joining the Permaculture ScotLAND network and hosted a skills sharing event to a capacity crowd on Skye. As a result of this work they have strengthened their network and have reported to us that it is double the size it was 2 years ago. An impressive achievement.
08 October 2019Outdoor Learning Space for Findhorn
The Pebble Trust is delighted to announce that we are supporting the Findhorn Hinterland Trust to develop their outdoor learning space which is located in their edible forest garden. The forest garden is already well used by local schools, the local communtiy and visitors to the Findhorn Foundation. The new outdoor learning resource will enable them to extend their educational work on sustainable lifestyles.
28 August 2019
This is an ambitious programme to bring a renewable energy network to the Isle of Iona. The Pebble Trust contributed with a grant towards the initial set up cost for the community contribution and to support financial management and advice.
The project is still in the development stage and we wish them all the best in obtaining the grants and support required to bring this to fruition.
25 August 2019
In 2017, The Pebble Trust contributed £5,000 to this project to develop high quality, affordable office and workshop space for innovative social enterprises in Moray. We have just received their End of Project Report and we are pleased to see that there are now 7 businesses located there including arts, consultancy and food producers.
21 August 2019 Green Hive Community Hub - Feasibility Study
The goal is to establish a permanent hub in the community based around an income-generating upcycling business that complements their activities in community food growing and waste
reduction. The hub will include retail and workshop facilities, a cafe and a welcoming place for local people to drop by, meet up, chat and help long-term development and grow the project’s volunteering and employability opportunities.
There are 3 phases to the plan and during 2019 phase 1 of the project will see engagement with the Green Hive community, volunteers and members, other Nairn residents and local groups, partners and other stakeholders to establish options for collaboration and partnership in the development of the community hub business plan and assess options for a building to house the hub.
The Pebble Trust are delighted to provide a grant towards the cost of this feasibility study and are looking forward to the business plan and the development of some shareable innovative ideas for similar projects.