Di spent most of his adult lifetime helping small communities in the Highlands & Islands meet their affordable housing related community development needs. As such he was instrumental in setting up Lochaber Housing Association, of which he is still a Board member, and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (now the Communities Housing Trust). Although “retired”, Di currently chairs the Inverness, Badenoch & Strathspey Citizens Advice Bureau, the Partnership of Highland Citizens Advice Bureau and the Highlands & Islands Housing Associations Affordable Warmth Group, which lobbies on fuel poverty issues which affect remote rural communities much more severely than most. His interests in community development, affordable housing and fuel poverty all started on the Island of Colonsay where he lived nearly 50 years ago (and wrote about in “The Potter’s Tale”: Birlinn, 2017) and he is an enthusiastic supporter of the islander’s recent purchase of a key site for affordable housing there and its current crowdfunding appeal to help meet the inevitably high development costs involved.
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