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Community / Environment and social integration focus of two new Yell development posts

Yell is the only location in Shetland that hosts a community owned wind farm. Photo: Shetland News

NORTH Yell Development Council (NYDC) is looking to expand by appointing to two new roles, including one relating to the environment.

The other role revolves around the lottery-funded Get North Yell Going Again programme which aims to increase community participation after the Covid restrictions.

NYDC manager Alice Mathewson said the two roles sees the development company branch out more into “social interaction”.

The environment officer role comes with a salary of £27,000 and is for an initial period of one year, but the hope is that it will run for longer.

Mathewson said it has been “brought on by the energy crisis”.

Another factor is the fact that Yell has been picked by the Scottish Government as one of six islands which will go carbon neutral by 2040.

The postholder would carry out duties like coordinating events to raise awareness of environmental issues, speaking to households in the community about energy efficiency and gathering data which could help to secure funding in the future.

It comes at a time when energy bills are set to rise.

The development council also operates five wind turbines which reinvest money back into the community.

Meanwhile the co-ordination officer post is designed to encourage the community to “get going again” after the worst of the Covid pandemic, with a focus on social integration.

Planned through the programme is an intergenerational lunch club for people of all ages, from any area.

It is a part-time fixed term position for 24 months, with a salary £12.55/hr for 25 hours per week.

More details of both posts can be found in the Shetland News jobs section.

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