Mull and Iona Community Trust

The Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) was created in 1997 with a remit to formulate strategies and provide practical support to local projects aimed at improving the social amenities, and physical and economic infrastructure of the islands. Since it was formed, MICT has brought in well over £5 million of funding for community projects on the islands and it employs 14 staff working in the Charity Shop, recycling operation, and ranger service as well as on specific projects and in the central administration function.  MICT's activities are funded partly by grants and…Read more …

Neilston Development Trust breaking new ground — again

Neilston is one of those communities that can only be described as pioneering.  They show us what communities in Scotland can achieve when they work together to take control.  Neilston was the first semi-urban community to invoke the right to buy.  A substantial building – formerly the Clydesdale Bank – was purchased and transformed into a community hub by the Neilston Development Trust.   [Read more about that here.]  The Neilston Charter -- a long term development plan for the community -- gives strategic focus to their work. And on Monday, 13 May,  another…Read more …

Aberfeldy’s Birks Cinema project now completed

Congratulations and well-done to our neighbours up the road in Aberfeldy for their vision and commitment in turning a large empty building in their town centre into a state of the art cinema for the entire community.  Read the news here. [ How did they do it? |  Birks Cinema website ]Read more …
Inspirations: Lanark CDT

Inspirations: Lanark CDT

In the coming months, we'd like to showcase a variety of community projects and community organisations, to show just how much can be achieved when a community works together for the common good. First up is Lanark Community Development Trust. Lanark's a great example because, like Crieff, it's a larger town (population ~8000 people). Here's how the Lanark CDT got going (via the DTA Scotland website): How we started There is no shortage of community groups in Lanark but, for a long time, there seemed to be a gap. Ideas for new events…Read more …