Projects

As a community owned social enterprise GALE's remit to improve the standard of living, economy, environment and social life of the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area.  We do this by carrying out a range of community owned and managed projects.

Some of our projects are one off, we carry them out to completion and then move on to a new project.  These projects can be found in our Past Projects pages. 

Other projects we tackle are ongoing and may last for many years, being managed and developed by GALE for the benefit of the local community.  These projects feature on our Current Projects pages.

Current Projects at GALE view past projects

GALE Community Markets

Weekly craft and produce markets enabling local people to buy and sell local products ... read more

Supported Volunteering

GALE provides an opportunity for local people with special needs to get involved in community action and local volunteering. ... read more

Community Shop

We run the only community owned and managed shop in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area. ... read more

Gairloch and District Show

An annual competition to find the best baking, vegetables and craft produce made or grown in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe Area ... read more

Highland Real Nappy Project

As part of its environmental remit GALE is keen to reduce the amount of waste generated in our area. In response to a request from a local mother concerned about the number of disposable nappies filling her bin each week, GALE got actively involved in th ... read more

Public Toilet Provision

We provide free public toilet facilities all year round in Poolewe and Aultbea ... read more

Shot in the Dark Digital Photography Project

Finding a creative route to living a full life, following a period of mental illness can be a daunting task- especially for those who live in rural areas. There is, however help at hand with the Sho in the Dark Project ... read more

Gairloch Tourist Information Centre

Get the most out of your holiday in the gairloch and Loch Ewe area by visiting Gairloch Tourist Information Centre for free information and advice on things to see and do in our area. ... read more

Fairtrade

Where possible we stock and use Fairtrade and ethical products from other social enterprises in all our activities and evetns. ... read more

 

Past Projects at GALE view current projects

Community Computer and Office

The SCVO com.com/holyrood project awarded LEAF/GALE an Internet ready computer for public use, in November 1999. This was a useful addition to our office in Poolewe, which offered the public photocopy, fax, printing, word-processing, desktop publishing a ... read more

Composting

The Longman landfill site in Inverness takes most of the waste generated in our area but is due to close in 2003. Urgent action is therefore needed to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and we believe this is the ... read more

Environmental Projects

As part of our environmental remit we have been involved in a range of small environmental projects over the past year. These have included ... read more

Gaelic in the Community

In January 2009 we launched a new project to promote the use of Gaelic in the community. The aim of the project is to increase the use of spoken Gaelic in everyday activities both in the home and in the wider community. As well as organising social even ... read more

GALE Branding

2011 saw the launch of a new GALE logo and brand identify. ... read more

Inverasdale Affordable Housing

The lack of affordable housing in the Inverasdale area was highlighted at the time when Inverasdale Primary School was being threatened with closure. The community recognised that many young families were either moving out of the area or being prevented f ... read more

Inverasdale Primary School

Much of our time and energies during the later part of 1997 and early 1998 were devoted to the campaign to save Inverasdale Primary School, which the Highland Council had been threatening to close. At the time, the village school was the only communal fac ... read more

Inverasdale Slipway and Jetty

The original, 150 year old, stone jetty at Inverasdale had being showing signs of its age for some time, before local people decided to do something about it. A small track from the road was the only means of accessing the jetty and parking facilities wer ... read more

Laide Chapel

The Chapel of Sand of Udrigil or Laide Chapel, stands in an old churchyard overlooking Gruinard Bay in the village of Laide. Although it is traditionally said to have been erected by St Columba or one of his followers, the character of the building sugges ... read more

Laide Community Woodland

In early February 2002 the idea of purchasing Laide Wood, for the community to own and manage for local benefit, was born. £72,000 was required to purchase the wood and needed to be raised quickly to meet the sellers closing date. With considerable tim ... read more

Poolewe Burial Ground and Turning Circle

Working in partnership with Wester Loch Ewe Community Council, GALE secured over £5,000 for the community to purchase a piece of land adjacent to Poolewe Burial Ground. ... read more

Poolewe Village Hall

The current hall was built in 1964 to serve the communities of Wester Loch Ewe. Although the building was still in fairly good condition it is too small and basic to meet the modern needs of today`s larger community. The current building is used almost ev ... read more

Wester Ross Alliance

During the winter of 2001 a new European funding programme for community-based projects was launched. GALE was employed to write a development plan for Wester Ross and establish a suitable means of managing the new funds locally. This resulted in the la ... read more

Wester Ross Calendar

2006 saw the launch of the first ever Wester Ross Calendar. Working in partnership with well-known local photographer Gordon Harrison, GALE produced a calendar of Gordons photographs to celebrate the beautiful scenery of Wester Ross and raise vital ... read more

Wester Ross Crofting Initiative

In July 2004 GALE was awarded a contract with the Wester Ross Alliance to help deliver and administer the Wester Ross Crofting Initiative. This is an initiative to help crofting communities throughout Wester Ross to develop plans for their communities an ... read more

Youth Cafe

In September 2000 LEAF/GALE carried out a survey among the pupils of Gairloch High School to assess the demand for a youth facility in the area. The results of the survey were very informative and showed an overwhelming demand for such a facility to be es ... read more

Wester Ross Brand

n April 2004 a partnership of community groups and businesses involved in the Wester Ross tourism industry was formed. The aim of the group is to work in partnership to attract more business to Wester Ross. GALE sits on the partnership alongside Celtic ... read more

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Loch Ewe WWII festival

20th April 2017

Loch Ewe WWII festival to be held in Poolewe and Aultbea. 6th and 7th May 2017...

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The Crawl Down The Ogre: An Illustrated Talk - July

13th April 2017

An Illustrated Talk by Mountaineer Doug Scott CBE, Doug will be telling his story of ...

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Christmas Tree Festival Launch

8th November 2016

GALE's Christmas Tree Festival will have it's opening on the 26th of November, at 4pm...

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