About Us.

 Arran Eco Savvy Community SCIO

Charity Number SCO45785

Arran Eco Savvy Community has currently raised, through our shop, over £12,000.

This fund will be put towards the purchase of land to be used for environmentally beneficial community projects.

 Development of composting on island to reduce our carbon footprint, reducing shipping waste off island, is being developed.


As a charity, Eco’s success has been up until 2017, 100% self funded through our local shop and donations.

We have recently embarked on our Arran Energy Challenge, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund. We have been awarded £112.151 to deliver a year long project to audit Arran residents domestic energy usage and help the local community to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. We will also hold local Energy Surgeries at our Micro Hubs in each village around the island, bringing carbon literacy education, advice on lifestyle changes and support in the fight against climate change.

In 2017 Arran Eco Savvy was awarded £63,436 with The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund including a maximum funding of £31,718 from the European Regional Development Fund.

The organisation’s charitable purposes are:

“The advancement of environmental improvement on the Isle of Arran by identifying and accomplishing environmental projects, which benefit the local community, increase environmental sustainability and support sustainable living, whilst working towards zero waste for Arran

The advancement of education by providing learning opportunities for vocational skills and training which are of benefit to all ages and abilities, increase employment opportunity and allow individual enhanced contribution towards improving lifestyles, the local environment and environmental sustainability.”

We also strive to :

1          Establish and promote an awareness of good environmental practice and facilitate a culture of re-use, re-cycle, up-cycle and  on the Isle of Arran

2        Work with other groups and partners to establish environmental schemes which will provide involvement and skills learning for Arran residents of all age groups and all abilities.

3        To ensure activities are cost effective and sustainable through partnerships with private enterprise and local business.

Strategy

  • To mobilise and energise a wide ranging large environmental community group on the Isle of Arran.
  • Through growing membership which is free and open to all over 16’s who support the aims and purpose of Arran Eco Savvy.
  • To identify and develop local environmentally beneficial projects.
  • To enhance the local community & environment by finding solutions which are of benefit to the local community and environment whilst improving environmental sustainability on Arran
  • To support collaborative working with other organisations who share our aims and values.
  • To make a positive contribution  to the community & strive towards financially sustainable developments.

Vision

To make a positive contribution towards achieving the island’s potential:  A happy thriving community living sustainably, with clean air, zero waste and an unspoilt, unpolluted beautiful environment, enriched with a healthy population of wild life, flora & fauna on the Isle of Arran


News 

We are now talking with North Ayrshire Council (NAC) with an intention to investigate  Green Waste Composting and a Public Service Partnership (PSP). 

A pilot scheme for food waste composting is being considered.

Proposals for acquiring land suitable for composting are being prepared.

Food and Beverage Waste Audits are being researched for local businesses 


Overview

Eco Savvy began as a not for profit group in March 2013

Opened a community shop run by volunteers in April 2014

Was granted charitable status in July 2015

Managed by  trustees

Supported by a volunteer Open Working Group

Eco Savvy has over 500 members.


Helping to make Arran a greener & more sustainable island.

 

February 1, 2018
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