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.”