HEAART Is Up and Running At the Wellington
SUCCESS!!!!!!! The Wellington Boot (formerly the Wellington Centre)
became ours on 2nd April.
Congratulations to all involved we did it. Now instead of closing it's
doors at the end of March ,which would have been a crying shame and a
complete loss to the county and to everyone who has worked so hard in
the Wellington Centre over the last couple of decades, it will now
reopen it's doors but as a Community and Arts Centre run by and for
Adults with Learning Disabilities and anyone else who wants to come
along and join in. On Monday 26 March 2007 the council finally gave
their approval for HEAART to take on The Boot.
New Community Enterprises Section
Following the successful day held at the Wellington Centre by HEART
who are aiming to take over the Wellington Centre and run social
enterprises from it we have set up this new section to draw together any
information and details about any community enterprises in Caithness.
If you have a group
involved in any type of community enterprise in Caithness or Sutherland
and would like to have details in this section please get in touch with
Bill Fernie email@example.com
We will add more
information and links in coming months.
What's It All About?
Community Enterprises come in many shapes and sizes. Take look
Jargon Buster at Forth Sector to get some short explanations.
A network in Scotland for social entrepreneurs.
Social Economy Scotland
Information, news and policy updates.
CEIS – enterprise
support & employability solutions
Social Enterprises In Scotland
Sector formerly Edinburgh Community Trust
Very successful and runs several enterprises
Edinburgh Embroidery Services
Rolls on Wheels
Six Mary's Place
The Wood Works
Environment, Arts, Activities and Training (HEAART)
25 February 07
New Way Forward For The Wellington Centre Following Saturday's Conference
An all day meeting on Saturday of people interested in taking forward the
possibility of staring a Social firm or firms using the Wellington Centre
as the base was discussed by 74 people from a variety of backgrounds.
Wick councillors have already had meetings with Enable Scotland and HEAART
(new local group). Bill Fernie the Caithness area chairman of
Housing and Social Work said, "I was more than pleased to see this
proposal coming forward and told the meeting that the council was ready to
to as much as it could to help a new group get established using the
Wellington Centre for a Social Firm creating employment for some of the
client group and others. The council may offer the building to a new
venture at a token rent if a viable business plan comes forward."
"We have had one meeting a few weeks ago with Enable and another with
HEAART members and both have been very positive." It is hoped that
an outline plan will come forward in March. The Wellington Centre
officially closes at the end of March. Bill Fernie added" I looked
into the possibilities of a Social Firm a few years ago and I hope that
now is the time to bring one into being at the Wellington Centre and I
will be trying to help the organisers this new approach as much as I can
to make it happen."