Alice Ritch and Laura Whittall founded their social enterprise, Bigton Collective, to provide a supportive and inspirational hub for arts and health on Shetland, promoting wellbeing and creative confidence for all.
Stress, mental health difficulties and addiction are all serious issues in Shetland, and there is a growing impetus in the community to address them. Adopting a community driven approach, the project aims to create a hub and safe space where everyone has access to creative opportunities and therapeutic services.
By securing a place on LaunchMe, Bigton Collective hopes to buy and remodel their local Kirk, transforming it into a multipurpose space with arts, health, and wellbeing at the core. They will use the building for community events, music therapy, and tourist accommodation.
The founders are looking to the future of the village post-Covid and considering the impact of prolonged social isolation and are driven to create a safe space where people can meet, connect, and support each other.
This is such an opportunity because we will be able to learn from these experienced mentors. We are going to have this expertise to help us build a sustainable model, so we can grow as an organisation and hopefully maximise the impact that we can make.Alice Ritch, Founder, Bigton Collective
Follow their progress at the Bigton Collective website.