Cothrom Òg is now registered to provide tax-free childcare.
If you are eligible for it, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider via an online account. You can check your eligibility and sign up for it here.
We are holding a Relaxation Day on Monday October 1st filled with activities such as gentle movement and print making. Come along for a great day in the Learning Centre.
Lunch is provided. £10/person. Please book a place by phoning 01878 700910.
This past week we have been sharing on our Facebook what we as an organisation do to reduce the amount going to landfill. If you missed any of our posts, you can see them all here:
Monday, September 24th - The ReStore van
ReStore has been equipped with a van since being set up in 2006 and has been actively collecting used furniture and textiles for restoration and recycling since. Last year alone we collected over 14000kg of furniture and 10000kg of textiles!
Tuesday September 25th - Nursery crafts and wood recycling
The nursery children visit ReStore weekly for craft sessions. During the hour that they're there they get to explore their creativity while improving motor- and communication skills. They also have a lot of fun! Last week they recycled some fabric by printing it and making it into aprons that they then got to wear in their play cafe. You can see the full blog post by clicking the photo below:
The ReStore workshops are always busy with exciting projects. In woodworking Chris and some of our learners have been recycling wooden chairs into practical chopping boards with an interesting decorative pattern created from alternating the grain of the wood.
Wednesday September 26th - Upcycling
Yesterday we saw the upcycling from wooden chair to chopping board. In the textile and paint workshops we use donated materials to bring new leases of life into furniture, fabric, and various other materials. Earlier this year the children made lanterns out of glass jars that they decorated with pieces of napkins. They've also made bottle cap boats!
If you'd like to see more of the furniture we have upcycled in our workshops, take a look at our latest newsletter by clicking the image below. If you'd like to try a bit of upcycling yourself, why not sign up to our community classes! We offer a five week course in upcycling starting on Thursday October 4th, either at 9:30am-11:30am or at 6:30pm-8:30pm. Give us a call on 01878 700910 if you'd like to sign up.
Thursday september 27th - restoration
This oak sideboard was brought in to ReStore for restoration. The old varnish was stripped and the unit then sanded. A light oak stain was applied and the piece was finished with linseed oil. If you have furniture you think could do with some TLC, why not get in touch to learn more about our Repair+Return service.
Friday september 28th - Compost
Yesterday the nursery took advantage of the sunny weather and went outside to learn about compost with Sue. You can read more about it and see all the photos on the blog through the link below.
This week is Recycle Week and on our Facebook page we'll be posting about what we do as an organisation to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
We will be holding an outreach service for our digital skills sessions in North Uist on October 10th at Claddach Kirkibost. This is a great opportunity to get some help with your devices if you live on or near North Uist and can't make it to our Learning Centre in Ormiclate.
Our community classes are back by popular demand! Starting the first week on October, we are offering classes in creative writing, Italian, upcycling, sewing, and woodworking for five weeks. Get in touch if you'd like to book a spot! The ReStore classes are available both in the morning and in the evening.
Come along to Cothrom Òg's Disco at Southend Hall on Friday September 28th to raise funds towards the Nursery Christmas Party!
We will be running a Design Thinking Workshop aimed at new and existing businesses in the Uists and Barra on Friday October 5th between 10am-3pm. The purpose of the workshop is to provide the opportunity for businesses, through a number of exercises and activities, to explore and develop sustainability, future growth, or new ideas in business.
Please book a place by phoning 01878 700910 or by emailing email@example.com
E-Learning Development Officer
There is now an opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to market the e-learning programme, and to explore the options of using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for community engagement to support e-consultation. The graduate will develop this service and market it to local agencies and organisations.
For more information and application details, please visit the ScotGrad website.
This post is part of the ScotGrad Programme and is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and European Regional Development Fund.
The Cothrom AGM will take place on Thursday September 27th at 11am. It is the intention of the Directors to propose a special resolution to amend the Articles of Association of the Company.
The key changes to the articles are to amend the objects of the company to:
1. The company’s objects are:
The advancement of education among the community of the Western Isles:
(a) To promote and/or provide adult learning opportunities of all kinds within the community
(b) To promote and/or provide training particularly in skills that will assist people in the community in obtaining paid employment
(c) To provide Nursery education, childcare and family services in the medium of Gaelic with a view to furthering the above objectives
The advancement of Health:
(a) To support the local community to become more resilient and enterprising
We also wish to clarify that the minimum number of Directors shall be three and the maximum shall be seven and to bring the Articles of Association into the style of the 2006 Companies Act.
Documents are available below. Directors nominations have to be in by Thursday September 20th.