LCDC news round up February 2021

Early years equipment and assistance

After consulting with Lochcarron Primary School, the Early Years/Nursery Groups, Outdoor Activity Practitioners and Kirkton Woodland volunteers we were made aware that the lack of equipment and materials was a barrier to delivering much of what was had planned. We can now report that with assistance from the Forestry Commission, much of what we needed has now been made available for early years outdoor work.

“Think Health Think Nature”

We must also thank HiLife Highland’s “Think Health Think Nature” for providing us with the means to deliver the Children’s Nature Activity Packs to 64 children, also the flower seeds, plant pots and bird feeders for those adults shielding indoors and to Lynda Beverage for organising the very successful Health Walks (which will be continued as soon as the current restrictions are eased).

Affordale Housing in Kirkton
There are still a couple of legal issues to  resolve but we are hopeful that planning approval will be granted in advance of the terms of contract being fully agreed.  Anyone wishing to view the plans can do so via the Highland Council E planning website, the reference number is 20/03255FUL for the affordable housing and 20/03482PIP for the affordable plots. The Highland Community Housing Trust are available to answer any of your housing stock queries and they can be contacted by telephoning 01463 233548

 Woodland Composting Toilet
After some time, the enclosure for our composting toilet in the woodland arrived, many thanks to Donald Ross for erecting it.

Tree planting.
With assistance from the Carbon Footprint Company, and under supervision from tree planters Ingrid and Shaun from Achmore, Lochcarron Primary School pupils helped plant 1200 mixed species of trees, just 40000-60000 left to plant!

Electric car charging point.
At very, very, long last we have been advised that the next stage towards the completion of the Smithy Hub electric car charging installation, will be early April and with some luck fully operative shortly afterwards.

Covid support projects over the last year.
We owe a huge thank you to all those who have supported our work throughout the pandemic. In particular the volunteers who helped with mask making, delivered fruit bags to every household, garden compost, hundreds of food vouchers, food parcels, wood fuel, social media updates, the befriending service, not forgetting the roast chicken dinners, and the hundreds of home cooked ready meals. A thank you also to the funders Highlands and Islands Enterprise/Scottish Government, The Highland Council, North Highland Initiative, TradeBe, Fair Share, Scottish Sea Farms, Green Space Recovery and to the local people who contributed financially to the Covid cause. During this time those involved in the delivery of the Covid Resilience package gained an insight into the lives of so many local residents, and we will put that knowledge to good use by delivering a series of outdoor based activities, workshops and events aimed at increasing the skills level, general health and well-being of those who participate. Our electric bikes have now arrived and will shortly be available for hire.

Other elements of the funding package, covered the cost of 2 x 1.8m  recycled plastic benches for use by the Nursery aged children, and a gazebo for the Early Years Group who regularly meet, through all weathers at the Smithy. If we were to prioritise the most successful elements of the Covid package it would be fair to say that the food vouchers, ready meals, garden compost and wood fuel were without a doubt the most popular and most appreciated items.

Covid cleaning equipment.
When restrictions are lifted, and they will be, we have in stock bulk supplies of hospital standard sanitising and cleaning materials. These are available at much reduced rates to local organisations and businesses, monies raised from the sales will be ring-fenced to aid the cost of further supplies.

What next ?
Post Covid – Well where do we start? In Kirkton, trees to plant, footpaths to construct, outdoor learning activities to plan, event spaces to create and if all goes well the beginning of a horticulture project and a part time employment opportunity, and at the Smithy Hub, much of the same

If you have time on your hands, skills to pass on, or would like to get involved in any way, just get in touch

Tel; 01520 722987, E.Mail or through our facebook, or twitter

February 2021

Covid Resilience – Assistance available

Covid Resilience – Assistance available
Please get in touch with us if, due to a change in your financial circumstances due to the Covid pandemic you are finding it difficult to;
1. Heat your home and use either wood fuel or use the electricity top up system
2. Provide enough food for your family
3. Provide enough digital equipment for home learning
4. Self isolate, feeling lonely and just need a chat – we can ring you
5.Access cash whilst waiting on payments due
We have a limited budget available but please get in touch;
E mail us at ;
Telephone ; .074983873431 or 01520 722987

covid19 related wood fuel help available.

Covid Emergency Resilience Fund
Lochcarron Community Development Company / Kirkton Woodlands
If you have a wood burning stove  struggling to heat your home for reasons linked to the pandemic, please get in touch, we can offer you bagged wood logs, sourced from Kirkton Woodlands reduced from £65 to £20 plus delivery (Lochcarron, Strathcarron, Kishorn areas only).
To get in touch either phone 01520 722987 or E.mail to

Covid Resilience Programme

Covid Resilience Programme –

Covid Resilience Programme – Back to Business
For hire to community organisations and local businesses at massively reduced rate;
Hand Held Electrosprayer with chemical solution – deep cleans rooms and buildings
Also available to purchase at reduced rates we have in stock the following items;
Floor cleaner, wipes, masks, shields, gloves, aprons, hand sanitiser dispensers, anti viral surface sprays, PPE travel packs
Money recovered from the sale of the above will help replenish stock
For further information and a product list, please contact Kristine MacKenzie Tel; 01520 722987 or e.Mail

Covid19 reponse news 4th May 2020

The Rockvilla Guest House has very kindly offered their car park for use as a plant exchange for the ‘ grow your own’ community project. Details will follow.

The free compost is all now allocated ( some bags still to be collected / delivered), thanks very much to all those who volunteered and helped with bagging and delivery. We’re looking into how to get some more as this has been very popular. 🌱

We’re really grateful to all the volunteers and helpers who are stepping forwards to lend a hand and support this Covid19 response project.👏🙏💪

We have information leaflets going out shortly, a website full of information is being worked on and will be up and running very soon. We have homeworkers sewing facemasks and our dedicated phone line will be up and running as soon as the mobile phone is delivered. 😷
Thank you everyone for all your work and efforts !😍😇🏳️‍🌈

Grown your own. Volunteers required.

1. Our peat free compost has arrived, it’s free to anyone growing vegetables. It’s in bulk bags, we are looking for someone to bag it into 25kg bags and deliver it locally to households. Expenses paid.

2.Looking for a central location in the village to act as a venue for a book and plant exchange and a volunteer to look after the plants, a place where people can bring along spare seed trays, plant pots etc, suggestions welcome

Please contact

Lochcarron  Covid19 Community Support Fund – further info

Lochcarron  Covid19 Community Support Fund is NOW OPEN with claim forms available. By the end of the week we will have produced a leaflet outlining in more detail the scope of fund, in the meantime, to give you an  idea of whats available see below;
1. Food Vouchers and Food boxes available to those struggling to make ends meet, this might be for any number of reasons; – those awaiting payments from government, furloughed workers, self employed workers, those who have lost their job, anyone whose primary income has been compromised, anyone enduring hardship caused by Covid19. Wood fuel vouchers also available.
2. Travel expenses and hand sanitisers for those delivering basic food items to those suffering hardship, self isolating and the more vulnerable members of the community.
3. Compost for those households growing their own vegetables, seed and plant exchange encouraged.
4. General Covid19 related enquiry/signposting service and chat line, we have a vacancy for a Covid 19 Coordinator Circa 10 hours per week x £10 per hour.
5. Some items of IT equipment for those home schooling – loan service.
6. Home sewers to assist in the making of masks/scarves , expenses available to cover the cost of materials .
In the short term, until we are fully operational, contact or ring 01520 722987 if you have any questions

Lochcarron Covid 19 Community Response Project – Covid 19 Volunteer Co-ordinator Required

Lochcarron Covid 19 Community Response Project

Covering, Strathcarron, Glencarron, Lochcarron, Achintraid, Kishorn

Covid 19 Volunteer Co-ordinator Required

We are looking for someone with a good knowledge of the community, able to commit to a regular time slot (average 3hrs x 3 times per week), for a minimum of 3 months, renumeration is set at £10 per hour plus expenses

Job Description;

Given the ever-changing circumstances the role may change in line with policy, as a basic guideline we wish the Co-ordinator to deliver the following;

  • Work with our existing team to establish a secure, signposting service, the “first port of call” for Covid 19 related information, the format to include alternative measures to meet the needs of those experiencing digital exclusion
  • Understand and be responsive to community needs – work closely with the community and encourage people to provide input to the service
  • Establish a befriending chat line service
  • Compile a register of known volunteers, seek to extend numbers and engage regular conversation with those involved

Essential Skills;

  • A good knowledge of the Third Sector
  • Good IT and social media skills
  • Diplomacy and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality


  • A basic understanding of the Third Sector

Please Note; Given the current circumstances and the need for swift action, please be aware of the following deadlines;

Expressions of interest – deadline for submission April 29th

Commencement – May 4th

For further information or an informal chat, please contact;