Tagsa Uibhist - Your Local Charity!
Tagsa Uibhist - Your Local Charity!




We are delighted to announce that our application for funding from Transport Scotland's Bus Investment Fund has been accepted. The award of £73,213 will be used by Tagsa Uibhist Community Services to purchase two new vehicles for our Dial-A-Bus service, and to support the continued employment of a driver for this service.




Tagsa Uibhist, along with Cothrom Ltd, have been successful in our bid for funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund for our new joint initiative Local Food for Local People. Press release below:

Tagsa Uibhist and Cothrom are pleased to announce they have secured funding of £128,734 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund for their joint Local Food for Local People initiative, which will start in April 2015. The Climate Challenge Fund offers funding to community-led projects throughout Scotland that help to tackle climate change and reduce CO2 emissions.

Local Food for Local People will build upon and develop Tagsa Uibhist’s Horticultural and Social Project at their East Camp site and Cothrom’s work with learners at the Walled Garden in Daliburgh.  The project will also deliver support to individuals and communities throughout Uist in several ways:

  • Helping new growers to start growing their own vegetables, as well as existing growers, and crofters, to expand their production

  • Providing training in horticulture, including accredited training, open to anyone in the community.  The accredited training will be developed by Cothrom in partnership with Lews Castle College, and should commence in the spring.

  • Raising awareness of opportunities to grow and purchase local food, of food waste and its impacts, and of creative ways of reducing waste and encouraging more composting, through community events, workshops and leaflets.

  • The key aim of the project is to encourage the growing and consuming of more local produce on the islands of Uist, and so reduce CO2 omissions.  Through training and work experience, the project will also deliver job opportunities and health benefits.

The funding runs for twelve months from April 2015, and will see the creation of three full-time posts: the Project Leader, the Project Coordinator at East Camp, and the SVQ Tutor at Cothrom.  Cothrom will be working in partnership with Lews Castle College in the delivery of the Horticulture SVQ at level 1 and 2 next year, so please let us know if you are interested in training from February onwards next year.

Both organisations are grateful to the Scottish Government for the funding and the opportunities it brings for the Uist community.


Tagsa Uibhist wish to thank the Co-operative Membership Community Fund for their grant of £844. This money will go towards the running costs of our Mental Health and Wellbeing Outreach Project.




Tagsa Uibhist have taken the difficult decision to increase charges at the Doigheag Respite Care Home.

We are acutely aware that this will havc an impact on our clients and potential clients, and are anxious to do what we can to ensure that there is as little disruption and distress as possible.

We feel that Doigheag Respite Care Home provides a valuable and unique service to our community in Uist, and wish to make its future secure so that it can provide a sustainable service in the long term.

It is clear that the revenue we receive based on the COSLA agreed National Care Home Contract rate is insufficient to cover our costs, and continuing to offer respite care at our current fees will place at risk our core home care service, which we cannot allow to happen.

We are inviting statutory agencies to meet with us to discuss the situation in the hope that we can find a way of continuing to provide this respite service to all those who have a need in our community.



Tagsa Uibhist wish to thank Shared Care Scotland who have contributed £14,313 to the running costs of the Doigheag Respite Care Home in Iochdar through their Creative Breaks programme. This money will cover 18 weeks of free respite care in the Home.


Tagsa Uibhist are hosting an information day about Parkinson's in our East Camp office from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 9th September.


Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Parkinson's disease is welcome to pop in for a chat or to browse our information booklets.




Dyslexia Scotland is coming to Benbecula! The Dyslexia Scotland van will be at the layby by the old Balivanich School between 3pm and 6pm on Wednesday 27th August. Please drop in, chat to staff and find out more about dyslexia. The van will also be in Lochmaddy on the same evening with a chance to hear a talk on 'What is dyslexia?' at 7pm in Lochmaddy Hotel. The van will also be in the Hotel car park from 7-8pm.


Tagsa Uibhist wishes to extend a belated thanks to Donnie Macleod (Donnie Maroot) for donating some of the proceeds of his world record breaking joke telling to our organisation. Donnie told 580 jokes in one hour in Glasgow's Park Bar on the 5th March to break the world record for the most jokes told in one hour. Along with the earlier proceeds from his 'Awful Joke Book', Donnie's efforts have raised £6100 for Tagsa!

On top of this, we also want to thank Donnie for his help in receiving £1000 from the Company of Actuaries Charitable Trust Fund, which will go towards the continuation of our Mental Health and Wellbeing Outreach Project.




A very big thank you to Sheona Griffiths who raised £2083.67 running the London Marathon. Sheona donated the money to Tagsa Uibhist Community Services.




The graduate placement 'Fundraising Co-ordinator' has been filled.


We have received funding for a minibus replacement from 'Community Transport Fund' through Scottish Government.


Tagsa Uibhist is now able to offer 'Moving and Handling Training'.




How to Donate





Please add Gift Aid as Tagsa Uibhist will get up to 25% on top of your donation by reclaiming any tax you've already paid on the amount you give.


By Text

Tagsa Uibhist has signed up to offer JustTextGiving by Vodafone! The service charges no set-up or running costs for charities, there are no network charges for people making donations, and charities receive 100% of the amount donated plus Gift Aid if applicable.


Just text TGSA12 £1/ £3/ £5/ £10 to 70070 e.g.'TGSA12 £5'


In Person

Simply pay in your money at the Bank of Scotland or at the Tagsa Uibhist office at East Camp in Benbecula



By post

A cheque or postal order made payable to Tagsa Uibhist to our East Camp office.


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