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Moves to develop a new action plan for Alyth’s future have taken a big step forward with the appointment of Laura Rodger to the role of Community Connector.
Alyth Development Trust (ADT) and the Alyth Community Support Group are leading a consortium of local groups and organisations in working out a vision for the town’s future and formulating a Community Action Plan (CAP) for turning it into reality. The CAP will identify the main priorities for Alyth and set out how the community can help influence and achieve positive changes at a local level.
As Community Connector, Laura’s task for the next few months will be to engage with local people and groups to gather opinions, ideas, facts and figures about all aspects of Alyth. All this data will then be fed into a detailed plan setting out the strategies, priorities and actions to be followed over the next few years.
Laura will interview local people and groups and support ADT and the other consortium members in running community consultation surveys. She will compile a report outlining the key findings and also help deliver a community event to feed back the findings to the community and get agreement on priorities for action.
Laura grew up in Alyth and went to Blairgowrie High School before going on to complete undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Dundee, where she also got involved in documentary film-making and Great War research. She has travelled and worked in mainland Europe, North and South America, including spells teaching English to primary and secondary school pupils in Colombia and Spain and working as a research assistant on a Native American research project.
Laura commented: “I am very excited begin undertaking my role as Community Connector here in Alyth. I am eager to start building the profile of the town as it is today. Most importantly, I am looking forward to engaging with the community as a whole in order to establish what we can do to make Alyth a better place for everyone in our community.”
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Alyth should soon see more investment coming its way thanks to Alyth Development Trust’s newly appointed grant-writer.
The Trust has recruited community development professional Colin Reed to a six-month contract to write compelling funding proposals for the town. Working with ADT and a small number of partner organisations in Alyth, Colin will identify sources of funding such as government and local authority grant schemes, charitable trusts and foundations and private sector organisations. He will then work closely with groups in the town, including ADT, to develop positive working relationships with funding bodies and prepare persuasive applications for investment in community projects in Alyth.
Colin was born on the west coast of Scotland but brought up on the south coast of England. After college and university, he started working as a freelance music journalist whilst supplementing his income with a wide variety of other jobs. He relocated to Scotland in the late 90s, eventually settling in Kirkmichael. He worked for Angus College on tourism-related projects, and later for Learndirect Scotland (later Skills Development Scotland) helping to pilot new projects and initiatives with colleges and schools, trade unions, training providers, community groups, employers and learners all over Scotland.
For the last 10 years, he’s been running his own business as a self-employed consultant supporting local communities. Since early 2017, he has worked for Mount Blair Community Development Trust as their development officer, helping them to become more ambitious with the size and scope of projects they have taken on. He has a proven track record of success getting funding from local, regional and national bodies, and becoming very knowledgeable about what each funder is looking for and how to frame proposals in the most effective way.
Colin said: “I believe that community organisations such as Alyth Development Trust will play an ever more crucial role in supporting local residents and bringing new ideas and investment into their communities. The pandemic has shown just how important our local Trusts are and as our communities and their businesses move towards a post-covid recovery there’s never been a better time to get involved with them. I have seen first-hand the difference community trust-inspired projects can make to our communities and I very much look forward to working with ADT on their ambitious and wide-reaching plans for the town.”
David Whipps, treasurer of ADT, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Colin on board at what is turning out to be an exciting time for ADT and the town. Several major projects are developing which will require significant investment and we’re sure that Colin has the skills and experience to help generate the resources that will support our ambitions for Alyth.”
REMINDER: the deadline for applications to the current round of our Community Projects Fund is 21 March. If you have a great community idea but need up to £2,000 to make it a reality, go to the online application form here: http://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/
The Fund was established under our agreement with Temporis Ltd, who operate the windfarm just northeast of Alyth, to distribute the community benefit funds they are donating to the community of Alyth. We allocate 35% of the money each year to individuals and organisations in our community through the ACPF.
Picture shows Christine and Ruth of Thrifty One taking delivery of the new e-bike from Neil Tuer of Alyth Cycles.
Alythians can now try out an ‘e-bike’ (a bicycle with an electric motor) without the expense of buying one for themselves, thanks to Thrifty One and Alyth Development Trust.
Thrifty One has purchased an e-bike using a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund, and plans to add a second machine in due course, depending on uptake and extra funding. The bike was supplied by Alyth Cycles, who will store and maintain it.
It will be made available from April onwards, subject to the easing of pandemic restrictions, free of charge for up to a day at a time to anyone wanting to try out cycling as an alternative means of transport. Thrifty One hopes it will encourage new-comers and returnees to cycling to explore Alyth and its surrounding area either on their own or as part of one of the local cycling groups such as ‘Alyth Coffee Cycle’ every Wednesday (currently suspended due to the pandemic).
Ruth Brown of Thrifty One explained: “Cycling benefits both mental and physical health through exercise, and by helping create a connection with the environment it also improves quality of life. We hope that easy access to a community bike will encourage an awareness that bikes are a good alternative to cars for short journeys. An increase in cycling is beneficial to our community, being both environmentally friendly & sustainable.”
ADT’s Community Projects Fund (CPF) distributes money from the community benefit funds donated to Alyth by Temporis Ltd, who operate the windfarm just northeast of the town. ADT is currently inviting applications for funding up to £2,000 before the deadline of 21 March. Applications are assessed and awarded by an independent Community Panel in accordance with ADT’s aims and objectives. Find out more and connect to the application form here. If you have a big idea but need funding to turn it into a reality, don’t delay and get your application in today!
The new Jubilee Park Working Group is calling for views from the community on proposals for a proper path around Jubilee Park. Read the chair’s Facebook plea for people to make their opinions known:
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