Scottish Sea Farms launch £250,000 Heart of the Community Trust – Fishfarmer Magazine

Scottish Sea Farms launch £250,000 Heart of the Community Trust23 March, 2011 –

Elderly residents of Smiddybrae House in Orkney are the first to benefit from a brand new charitable trust launched today (Tuesday 22 March) by Scottish Sea Farms, one of Scotland’s leading salmon farming companies.

The ‘Heart of the Community’ Trust aims to improve the lives of the local communities where Scottish Sea Farms operates.

State of the art computer equipment, including i-pads and a wireless network, will allow the Orkney residents to communicate via the internet.  Scottish Sea Farms has supplied the technology and training in its use and will provide a year’s technical support as part of overall donation from the new Heart of The Community Trust.

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said: “Scotland’s growing aquaculture industry makes a critical economic contribution in fragile rural communities – particularly in Orkney, Shetland, the Hebrides and along the west coast of Scotland.  However, I’m pleased that Scottish Sea Farms is going beyond economic support and jobs creation, by giving something back to the communities they are involved with.

“This first Heart of the Community award is going to make a real difference to the people at Smiddybrae and I look forward to hearing more about the other projects that the programme will deliver elsewhere in Scotland.”

The initial Heart of the Community Trust funds available in the next 12 months total £250,000 and support will be allocated to community projects in the Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, the Highlands, Argyll and Dumfries.

Scottish Sea Farms operates within some of the most remote areas of Scotland and is often the largest employer in those areas.  Jim Gallagher, Managing Director of Scottish Sea Farms, commented on the new scheme: “The Heart of the Community Trust is designed to enhance our communities and make a real difference to the lives of local people.

“The broad aim of the “Heart of the Community” trust is to support community projects that will deliver lasting change to local communities and allow them to grow and develop.  We want to give something back to the communities in which our employees live and work.  We will fund projects in the areas of health and health promotion, education and life-long learning, personal development and various community projects that bring benefit.”

Application forms for the new grants can be found on the Scottish Sea Farms website – www.scottishseafarms.com – together with full details of the criteria required.