Bressay Development Ltd is a not for profit community group which runs the Speldiburn Cafe and Good As New Shop in the former Bressay Primary School along with a community library and rooms available for hire, used regularly for meetings, sewing classes, yoga and by the Bressay Under 5s group. Luna Hearth Jewellery and other artists operate from rooms within the school.

The main aim of our organisation is to secure and sustain a vibrant future for Bressay, with an active, connected, thriving and resilient community.

Objectives include retaining and supporting the existing population; improving and developing facilities on the Island; identifying and exploring funding opportunities for community activities on the island and strengthening the community bond.

Since its formation, BD Ltd has produced a quarterly newsletter ‘Weel Bressa, Whit News’, organised regular community skips for the collection of bulky household waste and held numerous social and fundraising events. BD Ltd provides a recycling facility at the school where Bressay residents can leave newspaper, plastic bottles, batteries, ink cartridges and drinks cans to be processed for recycling.

Since securing the lease of the former primary school in December 2015 and with grant assistance from the Climate Challenge Fund, Awards for All, Shetland Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

BD Ltd have worked hard to create and run a community hub which includes a café, generous creative studio and exhibition spaces, a good as new shop, community library, community training / work room and recycling facilities.

Bressay Development Ltd is currently managed by seven volunteer directors and employs a part time development worker and part time café staff.

Inside About Us

History

Originally set up in January 2014 as Bressay Community Development Association, the group's intention was to address major challenges faced by the residents of Bressay including depopulation, an aging population, lack of on-island services and increasing ferry fare costs to the Shetland mainland.

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Committee

Set up to “Secure and sustain a vibrant future for Bressay, with an active, connected, thriving and resilient community”, Bressay Development Ltd have two sub groups set up to pursue environment and tourism ideas.

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Community Office

The Skills for Sustainability project has been one part of a larger effort by BD Ltd to transform an empty former primary school building into a thriving community hub.

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Documents

BD Ltd newsletters, reports and miscellaneous documentation.

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