Muaitheabhal Trust Weavers Project

Three new jobs are to be created in the Pairc, Kinloch and North Harris areas in a new Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust project.

The new initiative – working with the Association of Harris Tweed Weavers – sees the Trust purchase three new tweed looms from manufacturers Griffith Textiles which will then be loaned out to three new weavers living within the Trust area.

The exciting new project will enable new weavers to develop a business at home, support the local economy and also support existing weavers Pairc, Kinloch and North Harris.

The Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust’s Helen Sandison expanded: “The Trust are proud to be in a position to be able to offer this sort of opportunity to residents in the Trust area, it meets our charitable purposes of creating employment and supporting the population.”

She added: “If successful, we hope to be able to develop this project further and enable more to work at home weaving.”

Anyone interested in applying for a loom must reside in Pairc, Kinloch or North Harris and have access to secure premises to house the loom.

Applicants do not need to be trained weavers, although previous experience will be an advantage. And the closing date for applicants is Friday, September 5th.

The project will be managed by the Association of Harris Tweed Weavers, who will receive a management fee from the Muaitheabhal Trust to do so.

William Macleod, Development Officer for the Association, said: “We are very pleased to be working with the Muaitheabhal Trust on this timely project. The leasing of these looms will significantly reduce the start-up costs for new weavers at a time when the purchasing cost of a loom are considerable. We are confident the project will bring much needed jobs to the local community.”

This is another positive development for the Muaitheabhal Trust, who announce they will be allocating a further £100,000 to their funding pot for 2014-2015.  The Trust have so far committed over £218,000 in grants and £68,000 in loans since the fund opened in April 2013, it will have supported 10 jobs (full time, part time and short term) within the local community and helped to lever in over £350,000 of match funding into the area.

For more information about the new project, contact Helen Sandison on 01851 880296 or email helen@muaitheabhal.org.uk