CalMac rewarded for community commitment

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?


Subscribe Now

CalMac has earned a top award for its commitment to generating social value for its local communities.

Projects it has helped include North Argyll Carers Centre supporting five young carers through learning photography and also providing more involvement opportunities with Islay Archers.

The UK’s largest ferry operator has become the first Scottish company to be awarded a Level 2 Social Value Quality Mark with recognition of its CalMac Community Fund.

Last year, the Fund supported 76 different projects helping the lives of children and young people living in west coast communities and it is expected to deliver £676,391 of value over three years.

To get the Quality Mark, it had to show it helped make improvements including health and wellbeing; social and community; education and skills and employment and volunteering.

Other projects included Barra Children’s Centre developed and promoted awareness of water safety and increased participation in water sports for 45 young people.

CalMac’s community programmes were recently praised in a motion lodged in the Scottish Parliament by Donald Cameron, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, and which received cross-party support.

Gordon McKillop, corporate social responsibility manager for CalMac, said: ‘Our Community Fund is much more than corporate giving. The Community Fund was created to make a difference and we are beginning to see those results. We hope to build on the funds early success and sustain its impact for years to come by tackling the material issues affecting our communities.

‘This year we will support projects tackling mental health, loneliness, social isolation and or poverty and will announce the successful projects in the coming weeks.’

And Richard Dickins, managing director of Social Value Quality Mark added:
‘This award recognises CalMac’s outstanding commitment to create, report and embed social value within the fabric of their organisation.  We are delighted to remain their social value partner as they move through up through the levels.’