The Arran Eco Savvy Community is a group based on the Isle of Arran with the aim of identifying and accomplishing environmental projects to benefit our community, increase environmental sustainability and support sustainable living, whilst working towards zero waste for Arran.
We also work to provide learning opportunities and training for vocational skills which are of benefit to all ages and abilities. This helps to increase employment opportunities and allow individuals to move towards low carbon lifestyles.
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.
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 “Sustainable Island Life Project” funded by the Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund. This 2 year, multi-faceted project will continue existing focus on energy efficiency, but additionally target two other low-carbon strands, namely, sustainable food and sustainable transport.
‘Arran Energy Challenge‘, also funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, in 2018/19 we were 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 our first funding for ‘Arran Eco Savvy Reuse Micro-hubs’. £63,436 with The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund including a maximum funding of £31,718 from the European Regional Development Fund. Eco-Savvy’s project created an island wide network of reuse and up-cycling sites to encourage local communities to come together to tackle waste and build a more sustainable future.
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.
- 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.
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
Arran Eco Savvy Community SCIO SCO45785
Arran Eco Savvy Community has currently raised around £18,000 through our shop.
This fund will be used for the development of projects to help improve the sustainability of Arran and the continuation of the work currently happening. This could include the purchase of land to be used for environmentally beneficial community projects.
Our aim is to reduce Arran’s carbon footprint, supporting residents and local businesses to make our home a greener and more sustainable place.