CCDC staff hard at work in the office

About CCDC

Colonsay Community Development Company, formed on the 7th July 2000, is a registered charity (SC030317) and a company limited by guarantee (SC208892).

The CCDC is governed by a memorandum and articles of association. All directors, including those appointed during the year by the existing directors to fill vacancies, resign and offer themselves for re-election at the Annual general Meeting of members. All the directors are volunteers and none of the directors, nor anyone connected with them, receive any remuneration or other benefit from the company.

Objectives and activities

Colonsay Community Development Company (CCDC) is a registered charity with the following aims:

  • Promoting the wellbeing of the residents of Colonsay and Oronsay.
  • Advancing education amongst the community, particularly among young people and the unemployed.
  • Addressing the issues of social and economic exclusion and providing access to employment and enterprise.
  • Protection and preservation of the natural environment of Colonsay and Oronsay, for the benefit of the local population

The organisation works with the community to find out what their basic needs are particularly for those who experience disadvantage or acute isolation. We respond by fundraising and delivering a wide range of community learning and development activities. We aim to create opportunity for islanders, their families and visitors to come together through learning, history and celebration, Owner and managed by the community, we aim to promote a more sustainable future for our residents.


CCDC is independent but seeks to work in partnership with other private public and third sector organisations, it has the ambition to reduce dependency on grant support by generating income through enterprise and the ownership of assets. All trading surpluses are reinvested in the organisation and the community.

CCDC consists of a board of 8 Directors, democratically elected by the company’s membership each year.

CCDC employs two part-time project officers on a job-share basis, funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) delivery resource framework, alongside a Community Planning Officer as part of the recent Scottish Government Graduate
Scheme (facilitated by HIE).

CCDC also manages the service point on the island on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council under a service level agreement.

Colonsay Trading Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CCDC. The company buys bulk supplies of coal and bottled gas for retail sale, and runs the community filling station selling unleaded petrol and diesel.

The aim is to sell these fuels at non-commercial rates – Although with relatively high operating costs for the filling station, limited storage (which impacts on economy of scale), low turnover and expensive transport and ferry charges Colonsay’s fuel prices still end up being some of the highest in the UK.

Petrol and diesel can be bought from the Colonsay General Store during shop hours – the pump is immediately opposite.

Coal and Gas can be bought from the Service Point (situated at the far end of the Village Hall) Between 09:30-12:30 Monday to Friday. Coal
and gas supplies are stored in the yard behind the Gallery at the pier for self-service collection.

Looking ahead, the company recognises the global imperative to reduce fossil fuel consumption and expects to phase out and eventually cease sales in future, depending on
legislation and local demand.

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