Funding boost for Udny Community Trust

A NORTH-EAST community group has been given a major boost through funding from the Big Lottery.

Udny Community Trust (UCT) is now preparing to recruit a development officer in Pitmedden who will be tasked with raising the profile of the organisation and building on community involvement.

UCT has been working closely with the community by funding projects such as the floodlighting at the Tennis club and the Pitmedden Music Festival, along with organising events such as the Xmas lights switch-on in the village.

But officials want to achieve even more this year and are delighted they can now employ a development officer, which will initially be a part-time appointment.

Trust chairman Brian McDougall said: “This person will play a key role, especially by liaising with other groups and organisations to ensure all funding avenues are explored, not only the Trust funding.

“This will be an exciting post where they will build up working relationships with lots of other organisations so that we can continue to adopt ‘best practice’ in all our activities. Their overall aim is simple in that we want them to ‘improve the quality of life for our community’.

One of the Trust’s high priority projects is the building of pathways such as the Drove Road.

These schemes will not only require path building skills but also skills to build and maintain dry stone walling which will run along the pathways.

Mr McDougall said that a training programme had already been designed to meet these requirements.

He added: “We would also like the development officer to undertake a series of energy audits within our community so that we can identify the most cost effective savings.

“This would involve working in the community to establish pockets of fuel poverty so that this can be addressed as a priority.”

General information regarding the Trust can be obtained from udnytrust@btinternet.com or by contacting Mr McDougall on (01651) 842704.