UCT Winter News

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone on the UCT team!

A few important dates to note:

  • The New Broom will NOT be accepting donations from the 23rd of December to the 14th of January.
  • We are very happy to announce that we will finally be starting phase two of the project. Which is to start renovating the building and unfortunately we will be closed for a three week period whilst works are carried out. We apologies for any inconvenience caused by this.  



Community Benefit Fund Update 

Two significant events have now taken place which has brought the Community Benefit Fund a step nearer to being fully operational.  

The first is the appointment of the Panel who will assess applications to the Fund and decide how payments will be allocated. The Panel is made up of nine volunteers from across the community, who will meet twice a year to consider the applications. 

The second step is the payment of £5,000 to the Fund from BroomPower, the community hydro scheme run by Lochbroom Community Renewables Ltd, which was established by the UCT in 2015. This is the first ever payment to the Fund and has been drawn from the surplus income generated during BroomPower’s first year of operation.  

The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial help to community projects and groups located within the UCT area. In addition to BroomPower, it is anticipated that in future the fund will also receive monies from other community-linked sources.  

More details of how to apply to the fund and anticipated timings and dates will be announced soon.  


We Want You! 

Our Community Trust relies on a strong membership to be effective in improving social, economic and environmental aspects of the community. A healthy membership demonstrates local support for UCT’s aims and objectives and allows us to support more community based projects. 
  • You will be sent regular updates from the Trust regarding its progress and information about upcoming events. 
  • Get access to a wide range of projects and work experience/volunteering opportunities in our local area. 
  • Help to shape the work we do. UCT aims to work closely with our members to allow you to contribute suggestions for possible future activities – we are always looking for skills and expertise too! 
  • Membership also gives you the knowledge that you are supporting an organisation which is looking to develop the community for the better. 
  • You will be invited to AGM's to hear first hand the progress on projects and aims for the future. 
Anyone over the age of 17 residing in our community council area. If you are not in our area, you can be an associate member. 12-16yr olds can become junior members 

Membership is now completely free! If you’re not ot sure if you’re already a member email or pop into the New Broom.
Just email with your full name and email. 
Development Trusts are organisations operating in the United Kingdom that are community based, owned and led, engaged in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of a defined area or community. They are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, voluntary, and public - sector organisations. We have established a number of projects in our locality and UCT acts as an anchor organisation setting up other non profit organisations and projects. Check out our website to find out more about our work or come in and chat to us at the New Broom!
Community Forestry Update
There are two main aspects to this project – initial meetings of the working group highlighted myriad themes and opportunities for development in Lael. The group has effectively split into two areas. Loch Broom Community Renewables (LCR) are pursuing the area of land that Broom Power Hydro is built on. There was unanimous support from their shareholders at the LCR AGM in October and the project is being driven forward by LCR with support from UCT. Meanwhile UCT are looking into the broader potential of the Forest for woodland management, recreation and leisure and woodland crofting. The two groups are working in partnership to ensure that there is no duplication of effort and that there is maximum opportunity for community development.
UCT is very keen to acquire community woodland at Inverlael in order to have an area of amenity of woodland, to be managed long term sustainably, provide walking and cycling routes, bothies for overnight stays, a ‘green’ gym and a plethora of training opportunities including, footpath building and maintenance, horse extraction of timber, conversion of timber and building of simple wooden buildings. There are opportunities for heritage, recreation and leisure as well as tourism.
There have been a number of meetings of the working group which is open to the community to join if they are interested in the project (email:

Since then UCT has had a number of site visits and would like to give a special thanks to Nat Wilson and Bernard Planterose for offering their advice and expertise at this early stage. They have been more than helpful in shaping initial proposals. We now have a proposed area (marked by the hatched line) which we will discuss with Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) and at the next working group meeting. There will be another meeting of the working group in early December and all are welcome to contribute. The date is to be confirmed.

 Rehome, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose, Recycle, New Broom.

Rehome, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose, Recycle – it’s all happening at the New Broom 

Over the Summer, the staff and volunteers at the New Broom have been busy selling all your unwanted items.  Each time a donation comes into the shop, we log it to keep a tally of the amount we handle. Since Christmas, we have taken in approximately 15 tons of donated goods including books,  crockery,  clothing, toys and bric a brac.   The aim is to keep to a minimum the amount of things that end up in landfill, which should always be the last resort.  Where we can, we sell or repair and repurpose and pass on to other users. We only have a normal sized green bin which like your own is emptied once a fortnight and this is the sum of our contribution to landfill. So please if you are bringing us donations, remember we have no laundry facilities on site and have to rely on volunteers for any washing and ironing, so items ready to sell are ideal. 

What do we do with it all? Anything we cannot sell but which is in good order, we pass on to the charity Blythswood. Clothing that is serviceable but not sellable  goes to the Highland Refugees centre at Conon Bridge. Clothing and bed linen which is no longer usable, goes to be recycled as rag and we supply a few places in the village with clean cut rag. We are currently developing some ideas for repurposing textiles. Such a large amount of energy goes into making clothing, curtains and bed linen, etc. so finding a new use for items once they are worn or torn will in itself save energy. Patchwork, rag rugs, bag making and darning are all on our to do list, so if you are interested in  joining us for a bit of remakery – do get in touch! 

We are open 6 days a week, 9.30 to 4.30.  If you haven’t visited us yet,  do call in, you will be surprised by the range and volume of stock we have. If you want to bring in donations, then we are happy to accept these during opening hours and we have an ottoman outside which can be used out of hours. 

Takings from the shop pay for all the overheads and the payments for the purchase of the premises. We are currently seeking funds to improve our very basic facilities. Our plans are to improve our sorting and storage area, get some heating into the shop and separate the office and hub space from the main shop.  We hope to do some initial work this winter, so if you would like to get involved, help with sorting, painting decorating or have joinery skills, do get in touch.  Shop volunteers are also always welcome.  


The New Broom isn’t just about giving stuff a new life, it also supports other charities and social enterprises. The Ullapool Fire and Light, Clachan Church Trust, Made in Ullapool, Men’s Shed, Gino’s Cantina, Isle Martin Trust, Barnes Bikes,  Lochbroom Woodfuels and the Big Issue  are just some of the groups we have supported in different ways over the last 6 months.  

Contact Gill Wilson or drop into the shop and speak to any of the staff. 
New Broom tel: 01854 613879  email:



What is Ullapool Community Trust?



Ullapool Community Trust is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation set up to deliver projects that benefit the community which we serve.

Ullapool Community Trust’s remit area (or community) is sometimes referred to as our area of benefit and is shown in the picture, highlighted by the red line. It includes the highland communities of Strathcaniard, Rhue, Leckmelm, Braemore, Lochside, Dundonnell, Scoraig, Badcaul and Gruinard as well as the main population area of Ullapool Village itself. 

The definition of a development trust organisation is described as one that operates in the United Kingdom and is community based, owned and led. They are engaged in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of a defined area or community. They are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, voluntary, and public sector organisations. 

Ullapool Community Trust also acts as an ‘anchor organisation’ which means that we often support other third sector, voluntary or not-for-profit groups. Sometimes these groups have limited capacity to employ their own staff, or they may need advice on how to set-up projects and bring in investment, they may also use the Trust to undertake initial feasibility work into projects that they believe will benefit our communities.  


Ullapool Community Trust acts as a third sector business incubator, we help to support other charities and groups in their initial development. Sometimes these groups remain linked to the Trust and bring income back into the community. Sometimes these organisations “spin-off” from the Trust and set-up on their own after an initial period of support. 

Ullapool Community Trust also delivers discrete projects that bring economic, environmental or social benefit to our remit area. All of our work is community led, and we consult and engage with our communities on a continuous basis, in order to highlight areas of regeneration or development which are most wanted or needed by our residents. 

Registered in Scotland no. SC356419     Registered Scottish Charity SCO41228

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