The Staffin Community Trust (Urras an Taobh Sear) is determined to unlock the economic potential of our community.
Staffin is classed as a fragile economic area by the region’s enterprise agency and a lack of permanent employment/affordable housing, an ageing population and the loss of our young people in search of work elsewhere are just some of the major challenges we face.
Staffin is one of the Gaelic heartlands of Skye. It has the biggest percentage of Gaelic speakers in Skye, with 50 per cent of the population fluent in the language. Sgoil Stafainn was one of the first schools in Scotland to offer Gaelic-medium education and we have a proud record of hard work and achievement at our local school.
The Trust’s objective is to improve Staffin’s economic prospects, stimulate social and cultural activities and improve services, with the Gaelic language an integral part of that.
The 23 townships of ‘An Taobh Sear’ are set amidst The Trotternish Ridge. At 18 miles from north to south, the Ridge (Am bearradh) is said to be the longest inland cliff in Britain. With outstanding geology and the most important dinosaur discoveries in the British isles, it is no wonder that the Staffin landscape has top-tier heritage designations.
The Staffin Community Trust has been actively developing projects on behalf of the community for three decades. The organisation, which is served by Staffin residents voluntarily giving up their own time to attend meetings, pursue projects and make the key decisions, was set up after a worrying fall in in the local population.
The Trust has undertaken a range of ambitious projects with expenditure of more than £750,000. Projects have mainly focused on historical and environmental themes, recognising the assets of the Staffin area: a strong sense of community identity and a spectacular and unique natural environment which is of great attraction to geologists, naturalists and walkers.
The Trust is now a company limited by limited guarantee. It has a board and eight people are currently serving as directors. Around 40 people are also members of the Staffin Trust which strives to closely with other key organisations like the community council and Staffin Community Hall Association, plus Staffin Primary School, Columba 1400 and local businesses.
Staffin Community Trust’s biggest project completed, so far, was the original redevelopment of the Staffin Slipway and access road.
The Trust has also created a number of walking paths in the community through the Skye Ecomuseum, been responsible for interpretation projects, tree planting, a local history project, patronymics study (family trees) and a place names survey (including digital mapping). The Sùil an t-Solais – Skye Photography Festival, was another successful project.
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Key contact: Hugh Ross