A lot can happen in a month.
Barely have a few weeks gone by since Fyne Futures hosted cabinet secretary for environment and climate change Roseanna Cunningham. Ms Cunningham toured our recycling centre, learning how the introduction of the Scottish Governments deposit return scheme would impact upon social enterprises running recycling and reuse operations. She then followed this with a visit to Chapel Hill raised bed garden, meeting with some of the volunteers that have made the Incredible Edible Bute project possible. She learnt of how Scottish government funding through Climate Challenge Fund is impacting local communities and helping support positive action.
Since then we have hosted John Finnie MSP, who also visited to learn the impact that the deposit return scheme would have, specifically logistically upon the highlands and islands. He was very interested in our efforts in furniture reuse and spent a good deal of time talking with Robert and David (pictured) about their experiences working with Fyne Futures and the training opportunities that the work brings. After an introduction to the community car club Car Bute and the ongoing developments of eBike project ‘Bike Bute’, he journeyed to Bute Produce where he was introduced to the training and growing that our community garden delivers. Ronnie led a tour of the site, telling Mr Finnie not only of the work done on site but also about the valuable community engagement that they do, and the ongoing CCF funded ‘Bute Carbon Free Families’ project.
Most recently at Fyne Futures we have received word and are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for an award at the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland. In the category of ‘environmental social enterprise’, Fyne Futures were nominated for our commitment to environmental work on Bute. We look forward to November, when winners will be announced at the Scottish Parliament.