The Island of Hoy Development Trust (IoHDT) is a charitable organisation founded in 2007. It’s role is to enhance social, educational, economic and environmental aspect of the island. It is a not-for-profit organisation but owns a commercial trading subsidiary Hoy Energy Ltd. which operates a 900kW wind turbine. This enterprise provides a long term income stream to support the Trust and it’s work.
The trust will provide assistance to island based community groups and social enterprises but also runs a number of projects and services in it’s own right. These include a community bus service, a newsletter and this website. It has also completed a number of stand-alone projects such as an extension to a community hall, the Arctic Convoys Memorial site and an archaeological study of WWII sites and records resulting in the Wartime Heritage Project. A study of the prospect for long-term care for the elderly is ongoing as is a home energy efficiency survey.
The trust is run by a volunteer board of directors currently supported by a finance officer and a project development officer. Membership of the trust is open to all permanent island residents and includes a majority of those eligible. The names and contact details of directors are available on the IoHDT Board page.