Our legal name is Nairn River Enterprise. We operate as “Green Hive”. This summarises our aims – to do all we can to promote our environment, protect and improve our green spaces, focusing on action, learning and community connections.
Our guiding principles are
Not for personal profit
Pride in Nairn
Sustainable economic development
Jobs and volunteering opportunities
Learning and development opportunities
Since our formation Green Hive has launched a number of environmental volunteering projects – more than 25 events in the 9 months to April 2018. Through our SEPA-registered community leaf mulching project, Nairn Viewfield community orchard, litter picks, fabric up-cycling project and “Art is Rubbish” competitions, we have made a practical commitment to the local environment.
All of our projects are conceived, developed and implemented by volunteers. Our board and membership are all voluntary and their decision making is steered by the feedback and consultation with our wider network of volunteers. Our ambition is to grow the community assets of our town, both physical assets such as community orchards and skills assets such as sewing and gardening, especially for those living in areas of deprivation.
Our immediate objective is to use the resources we already have to continue making an impact in Nairn and build our support and capacity to deliver.
Our longer term objective is to establish a community hub where people can meet up and think through ideas; a hub which includes a retail outlet to sell upcycled goods collected from the area, a workshop and store where the goods are brought, renewed and upcycled and where people can learn new skills and find routes to employment.
We hope you all enjoyed the start of the New Year, we have returned to the office and we are off to a flying start with getting the calendar filled in for events over the next 12 months!
We have added an “Upcoming events” widget to right hand side of the homepage of the website which gives you a quick summary of what we have coming up in the immediate future, we’ll also keep you in the loop each month with our newsletter, blog posts and social media shares, so watch this space!
Here’s how January is shaping up so far:
This week we have the first New Friends and Natter of the year on Friday 17/01 at 10am – 1pm, and the first Bumblebags session on Saturday 18/01 from 11am-2pm. Caroline is looking to get your input on how you are enjoying these activities and working out ways to implement your suggestions into these two fantastic events.
Andy and his expert team of workshop wizards are almost ready to start reforming waste plastic into artisan products, drop in and see him if you have time to spare on a Thursday between 11am – 5pm, whether just to drop of your HDPE plastic, or to do a bit of workshop maintenance – everyone is welcome.
We are also hosting a drop in session for the Highland Food Growing Strategy on the 24th of January between 17:30 – 19:30, this is a free session for anyone who currently grows their own food or who would like to start growing their own food and will be a really good opportunity to discuss the support that could be given to allow people to grow their own food. If you are interested in attending this event, please book your ticket here or contact email@example.com due to the size of the hub space there will be limitations on numbers.
As always we are keen to hear from our membership about any ideas they have for events, whether new or to improve – come and see us at the Natter or pop Caroline an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in growing your own food? Do you currently grow your own and are looking for support? Pop along to this drop in session –
Green Hive are proud to host this session for the Highland Food Growing strategy –
The Highland Council is currently in the process of developing a Food Growing Strategy for the Highlands, and is making a call to green-fingered Highland residents with an interest in “growing your own food.”
If you are involved in growing your own fruit, vegetables, herbs or flowers or would like to start but don’t know how, then we’d like to hear from you. As part of this strategy will be mapping out all the Grow Your Own activity across the Highlands, from allotments to community orchards and school polytunnels to market gardens, so if you are involved in any of these, please get in touch to let us know about your project.
We would also like to hear about your ideas for the future, challenges and barriers you have experienced, highlight models of best practice and identify opportunities to make growing your own easier.
The drop in session will take place at our Hub in the Links Studios on Grant Street, from 17:30 – 19:30 on the 24/01/20.
This is an exciting time for us as we establish our new workshop and launch income-generating projects transforming waste materials such as single use plastic into useful products for the community. We want to appoint a manager who can take a lead in working with the Board, managing our two part-time staff, helping us develop our income generating projects and taking on new projects and staff as funds allow. We also need you to ensure our continued engagement with the communities of Nairn.
This role is likely to appeal to those with experience of managing staff in a small organisation, managing and controlling budgets and grant fundraising, preferably in a voluntary sector, social enterprise or environmental organisation
An understanding of environmental action, recycling and the re-purposing of waste is highly desirable but not essential. Experience of product marketing would also be very useful.
This is a one-year full-time contract, renewable subject to funding. Remuneration £26,000.
The summary job description is downloadable below. Please contact Simon Noble, Chair, by email at email@example.com for a more detailed specification and further information. Apply by emailing him your CV and a covering letter explaining why you think you are most suitable for the role.
Closing Date for applications 5pm, Thursday 9th January 2020.
Kirsty is leaving us. We said farewell on Sunday at the Christmas Gaithering.
Kirsty was with us for two and a half years and saw us through very rapid growth from a small, volunteer group to the charity employing two other staff that we have become now. She did fantastic work growing the activities we run and building a great volunteer base. More recently she helped us to the point of launching our plastic repurposing enterprise at our Balmakeith workshop. She leaves us in good shape and we wish her all the best for the future.
We have had a fantastically busy year here at Green Hive and we would like to invite you to our festive gathering on the 15th of December at our hub space.
Celebrating not only the festive season but all of the successes of 2019. There will be mince pies, drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring a drink or a dish along too. The more the merrier so do bring friends or partners – everyone is welcome!
Our doors will be open from 4pm – 6pm – please RSVP so we know how many mince pies to bring along – wear what you are comfy in, Christmas jumpers and cheesy tunes are not essential, but are encouraged!
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped out this year and all the years before – we would not manage to do the things we do without your continued support and input.
From our amazing volunteer board members to our industrious Bumblebag sewers and our hardy helpers at the Orchard and workshop, you have all helped us get to where we are and our future looks very bright because of you, so come along and see us on the 15th and let us celebrate your hard work!
If you haven’t had a chance to share your thoughts on where we should go next, take a couple of minutes to complete our consultation survey here – your feedback is really important to us.
If you want to give us some feedback on our projects or potential future premises, we will be in the Nairn community Centre today until 2pm and we also have an online survey available for you to complete here: https://forms.gle/LaJ4PrFRrU1fWvh7A
Green Hive have commissioned a consortium of local specialists to undertake an “Options and Feasibility Study” which will help identify future activities and a main base for the organisation and to generate a commercial income.
A really important aim of Green Hive is to engage the local community in our projects, the consortium will be reviewing opportunities for Green Hive to retain this community engagement, grow income and assess the best premises to help support this activity.
To collect views on these opportunities, we are holding a community engagement event in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 30th November, the event will be in the crèche area.
It would be great to see you there and to get your feedback on the ideas for Green Hive’s future.
Anyone living in the postcode area IV12 can join NRE and have their say.
Anyone, aged 16 and over, can become a member of Nairn River Enterprise.
It is both a Company Limited by Guarantee and a charity, so any surplus must be ploughed back into running services.
People who join up do not have to pay anything. No member will have ANY financial liability except for £1 should NRE go bust.
A Board of Directors elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) oversee things on members behalf.