Raasay Community Association
Set up in 2004, following on from Raasay Social Services. Its main objectives being to construct, own, manage and maintain the Community Hall, to advance education and provide or assist in providing facilities including arranging events, workshops, classes etc. for the benefit of the community.
RCA is a company limited by guarantee and a charity. Full voting membership of RCA is open to all persons age eighteen and over permanently living on the Isle of Raasay. Associate membership is open to any person (including those under 18 living permanently on the island) with an interest in the Isle of Raasay and in sympathy with the objects of the Company.
A Board of Directors (elected from the Full Membership) is responsible for the day to day running of the association, and hold monthly board meetings. The AGM is usually held in the latter part of the year, it is open to the public although only full members can vote. If you are interested in standing for the board please contact an existing board member for more information. Board members are elected at the AGM however if there are vacancies on the board Directors can be co-opted by the board during the year.
The board can have a maximum of 9 members, the current board is made up of:
Margaret Ferguson - Chair
Ann Oliphant - Vice Chair
Elizabeth Simpson - Treasurer
John A Gillies
The Community Hall
Following years of planning and fundraising the Community Hall was completed and opened in 2009 and has become a vital asset to the community. The hall is used both by individuals and groups on Raasay including the school for their PE lessons and school play, and for private parties and weddings. It is also used by off island organisations and businesses such as a local hairdresser, Highland Council, NHS Scotland, Forestry Commission when holding meetings etc on the island.
The Community Hall is split over two levels, with disabled external access to both levels and internal stairs between the two. The main parking for the hall is at the rear of the building, there is a drop off area and disabled parking at the front of the hall.
The main hall is downstairs and is suitable for sports, public meetings, parties and social events. It adjoins the kitchen and there are toilets, changing rooms and showers downstairs.
The upper level of the hall has a meeting room, large landing area suitable for informal meetings and a smaller room set up for the hairdresser. There is also a disabled toilet on this level.
The hall has sports equipment available for use (and included in the hire charges) for table tennis, badminton and indoor football. There is also audio equipment, a projector and lighting rigs.
The hall has 15+ tables and 80 chairs. The kitchen is well equipped and has crockery and cutlery to cater for 60+ people. The hall's capacity for functions is for 80 people when seated and 120 people standing, of these numbers the upstairs area can hold up to 20 people at any time.
The hall office also has desks available to rent by the day or half day which includes use of the Wifi.
Hire of the hall and it's facilities are available to both locals and visitors to Raasay.
Hire charges are as follows, standard terms and conditions of hire apply: Hall Rates 2016