Revitalising a traditional island industry

Uist Wool is reconnecting the communities of the Outer Hebrides with their cultural heritage of wool-working.

This year the Social Innovation Competition will celebrate and support individuals and start up companies in Scotland that are using their creativity and imagination to solve pressing social issues, focusing on culture, heritage and tourism.

The Uist Wool Mill spins local and other fleece into desirable, unusual yarns to supply weavers, craftspeople, and visitors alike.

Their aim is to revitalise this traditional island industry through creating employment, training and workspace using a local asset - wool.

Uist Wool has recently constructed the Wool Centre where skills, ideas, design and inspiration are shared by young and old, novices and experts, islanders and visitors alike, through training programmes, workshops and education.

The project encourages inter-generational transfer of knowledge and delivers environmental and economic benefits associated with local production.

After receiving a Build It award in March 2017, Dana MacPhee, along with a committed staff of five, is focused on making Uist Wool a sustainable trading enterprise. Over the next year they hope to move the company into a successful trading position through active marketing and retail positioning in the UK and overseas.

Find out more about the Uist Wool Mill on the website

Do you have an innovative idea that tackles a social and/or environmental issue? You could apply for the Social Innovation Competition.