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The Ross of Mull Community Café receives grant from MESS

19 June 2012

The Ross of Mull Community Café has been given a grant of £220 by Mull Environmentally Sensitive Solutions (MESS).

The Café was started by volunteers Dianne Farley and Scott Gates in 2011 using Bunessan village hall as a base. Dianne and Scott were already considering setting up the café, when the idea was subsequently confirmed by the community consultations carried out by Local Development Officer, Morven Gibson.

Morven is employed by the Mull and Iona Community Trust on a "Growth at the Edge" project funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The aim of the "Growth at the Edge" project is to prepare and then implement a Community Development Plan to regenerate what HIE recognises to be a fragile rural area.

The monthly café, which is run entirely by volunteers, gives local people the chance to come together as a community, an "all you can eat lunch" and the opportunity to chat with people that they might not get to meet otherwise.

Dianne commented, "The café is going from strength to strength and we would like to thank MICT for assisting us achieving charitable status and for the financial support."

The grant will be used to buy crockery and a toasted sandwich maker to help make the café even better.

Surpluses raised from the café are in turn being donated to the Ross of Mull Community Transport Association, another project which has been created from the "Growth at the Edge" work.

Moray Finch of Mull and Iona Community Trust commented: "We are delighted to be able to help the Ross of Mull Community Café committee with this grant. Their hard work is really appreciated by the local people and visitors who turn out in high numbers for the café each month. It is particularly impressive to see surpluses being ploughed back into Community Transport which also figured very high on the Community Development Plan."

MESS relies on donations of clothing via textile banks around the island, which are then sold through the three Castaways Shops. Surpluses from sales in the shops are donated back to island groups and projects.

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