Kerrera Old School Community Centre

Help us renovate the old school on the Isle of Kerrera into a new community hub

Help us to renovate the old primary school into a much needed multipurpose space for residents and visitors alike. We need your help to give our community a home and bring the old school building back to life!
£22,401
raised of £30,000 target
by 470 supporters
RCN SC040372

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Story

While there's an abundance of stunning scenery, the Isle of Kerrera boasts little in the way of facilities for the 68 strong community or the 15,000 annual visitors. Following years of efforts and dedicated energy from the volunteer board of the Isle of Kerrera Development Trust- the islanders are delighted to finally own their first ever community building. The IKDT purchased the old primary school building in July 2019, thanks to the Scottish Land Fund. Now we need to raise around £30,000 by community fundraising for the renovations by hosting events and from donations from generous individuals - and that's where we need your help!

This new facility will mean that our thousands of annual visitors will be able to use the flushing toilets, access drinking water, buy island produce, learn about island life and even stay overnight in unique accommodation. There is no school, doctor, library, post office, shop or pub on Kerrera- islanders need to travel to the mainland for all services. With the last scheduled public ferry at 6pm, opportunities to take part in any sports, cultural or social activities are very limited. We plan to change all that and renovate the old school to create a simple, fit-for-purpose community centre, right in the heart of the island.

With it's first ever community building, islanders will have a place to meet, to learn, socialise and develop lasting relationships and memories. The 19 island children can attend playgroups, classes and after school activities. Islanders can keep fit, learn to dance, discuss their favourite books and have meetings to continue and develop island projects. Birthdays, weddings, Halloween and Christmas parties will all have a home. The benefits of the new centre are undeniable, the reasons are many- and hopefully the donations will be too!

Please help us to give an old island building a new lease of life! Help our island community reduce the impact of social isolation and finally have a shared space to meet, socialise, learn and thrive! Help us to make the island a more visitor-friendly destination, and please come to visit us!

About the charity

Kerrera is a rugged wee gem, lying off the coast of Oban in the west of Scotland. The Isle of Kerrera Development Trust represents the small but vibrant community of 68, including 19 children. We initiate and develop projects that will benefit the island, its community and its visitors.

Donation summary

Total raised
£22,400.17
+ £849.88 Gift Aid
Online donations
£6,370.17
Offline donations
£15,880.00
Direct donations
£2,520.17
Donations via fundraisers
£4,000.00

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