Development Officer Wanted for Dynamic Rural Development Trust

Following their successful applications to Leader Argyll and the Cruach Mhor Windfarm Trust, the Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust (CGDT) is recruiting a Development Officer to work on a freelance basis for two years.

The job

The position, which is worth £24,000 plus expenses to the successful applicant, will involve preparation, implementation and follow up on a variety of projects from public consultations to project managing capital projects in a wide range of endeavours.

The Development Trust has prioritised renewables schemes, and these will form the basis of the first year’s work, alongside, smaller, but no less important micro projects like getting laptops into village halls.

The background

Colintraive and Glendaruel are two rural communities in South-west Cowal, Argyll, united by proximity, the ColGlen shinty club and long tradition, with a total adult population of just over 250. They are beset by all the issues which characterise rural decline: aging population, lack of employment, poor housing stock and falling school roll.

The Development Trust is tasked with revitalising the community ensuring its longterm economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability – and the Development Officer is a key figure in this.

Founded at an inaugural meeting in November 2008, the trust consists of ten board members, including local resident and MSP, Michael Russell who says of the project: ‘A small and fragile community like Colintraive and Glendaruel must go forward or it will inexorably decline  – in population, in services and in viability. A development officer focussed on securing economic opportunities within the community , and accountable to that community, will be a vital step forward. In a very real sense this appointment could and must secure the future for all of us who live here’.

Application packs

These include research materials and information and are available to applicants from Sybel Peters, Camusfernan, Colintraive PA22 3AR, tel: 01700 841 200

Members of the Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust Board are: Annie Craig, Charles Dixon-Spain (Chair), Alex MacNaughton, Willie MacVicar, John McEwen, Sybel Peters (Secretary), Alan Poland (Hon. Treasurer), Michael Russell, Joanna Sinclair, Danuta Steedman and Donald Walker.

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