Isle of Rum Community Trust have been working with HSCHT to deliver housing objectives on the isle of Rum. Advice and support has always been speedy and forthcoming, staff are very friendly, approachable and, very importantly, appear to have an excellent knowledge and experience of the wide range of issues relating to developing and managing housing projects.
- Steve Robertson, Isle of Rum Community Trust
The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust have been a very useful contact to have as part of our local development work. We have worked closely with HSCHT on several occasions in the past. HSCHT conducted a local housing needs survey and report for us which has been extremely useful in informing and progressing our strategic aims and local projects. They have also attended a housing seminar which we organised in March 2014, their attendance and advice was again very useful. On an ongoing basis we continue to work with HSCHT on our local housing action group which is looking at all aspects involved in providing much needed local housing in our area. HSCHT are a fantastic source for information and advice and as well as being extremely knowledgeable are always very helpful.
- Lee Heaney, Ullapool Community Trust
I had heard about HSCHT long before I was involved with the Trust as it was recognised by people in the community and the network I work in as a trustworthy, efficient and important organisation that could really help small communities like ours.
- Julia Campbell, Coigach Community Development Company
The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust are keen to address the lack of affordable rural housing for the local community but have little experience in this area. HSCHT have provided invaluable advice and support and have enabled KoSDT to rise to the challenge of taking on a housing project.
- Catriona Hill, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
This is to certify that I have worked with The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust as a Community Elected Board Member and also as a Member of the Sub-committees for Cairngorms Skills Project and Finance.
- David Hannah, Ardgay & District Community Council
The Acharacle Community Company came into contact with the HSCHT in 2013 when seeking a solution to a long term unsuccessful search for funds with which to restore one of their buildings, a bungalow sited on the property, owned by the Company and known as the Post Office Buildings in Acharacle, Argyll. The Company’s aim has been to see this property added to the stock of homes available in Acharacle at an affordable rent.
- Ilanora Sharp, Acharacle Community Company
We have been working with Highland Small Communities Housing Trust for several years, with a view to providing badly needed affordable housing in Applecross. Their help has been invaluable in a number of ways. The housing needs survey provided strong evidence of the need locally, as well as providing detailed information of the type of housing needed, both in terms of size and whether people were interested in renting or owning affordable housing. HSCHT have enabled serious engagement with the local landowners on potential housing sites which otherwise would have been unlikely to happen. While we have not as yet got affordable housing underway, we have made substantial progress and feel confident that there will be new affordable housing in Applecross within the next two years or so.
- Alison Macleod, Applecross Community Company
The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust is a hugely experienced, professional and forward-thinking organisation which has been an invaluable help to our community in the north-east of Skye.
- Hugh Ross, Staffin Community Trust
I found the HSCHT to be a great help to me as I investigated the possibility of affordable housing in our area.
- Barry Sutherland, Melness and Tongue Community Development Trust
Shieldaig, like many small communities in the West Highlands, has had to cope with a range of problems arising from the growth in the number of second and holiday homes. The lack of affordable housing for local young people led at one stage to numbers in the village primary school dropping to three.
- Richard Munday, Chairman, Shieldaig Community Council.
HSCHT carried out a housing needs analysis on behalf of the Helmsdale Community, which identified the housing needs for the community, as Helmsdale had not had any affordable housing for more than 35 years. This evidence was used as the baseline to support applications for funding to various bodies and build the 4 new homes, 100% owned by the community.
- Paul Harrington, Helmsdale & District Development Trust