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Re- advert – Development Officer

Full time permanent post

Based in Finderne, near Forres, Moray

The Finderne Development Trust (FDT) is a company with community interests which aspires to be a driving force in the economic rural development of the Finderne area. Finderne is an area of stunning natural beauty to the south of Forres with a population of just over a thousand people.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join Finderne Development Trust and play a key role in developing our strategic projects including our community led affordable housing project. FDT has recently received funding from the Scottish Land Fund to purchase 3.6 acres of land in Rafford on behalf of the community to provide space to build ten affordable homes and two serviced self-build plots.

We are looking for someone to join our team with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, an approachable manner, good basic IT, and social media skills with preparedness to learn new skills if required, and the ability to plan and prioritize workload. Whilst previous project management experience is preferred this will be a great opportunity to develop project management skills whilst contributing towards positive outcomes for our Finderne community members.

Starting salary of £25,000 – £29,000 pa dependent on experience, plus employer contribution towards pension scheme.

For information pack contact:

vacancy@findernedevelopmenttrust.com or download here:

For an informal chat about this vacancy please

contact Jan MacPherson, FDT Development Manager,

on 01309 221026 or 074831 33203

Application deadline:

12 noon on Monday 23rd May 2022


Community Facilities Questionnaire March 2022

Checking in with our community – what is the reason for this questionnaire?

You can complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FDTCommunityfacilitiesquestionnaire

Working in partnership with the committees of all the existing community spaces within Finderne, FDT are conducting this questionnaire to gather information on which community facilities, activities, and services, including community transport, the community wishes FDT to help develop in the current and the post pandemic period. Had it not been for the pandemic we would have planned to consult on the issue of community spaces much sooner.

The Covid19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all our lives, on the way we do things, and possibly also on our priorities in life, and for our community. It was really inspiring to see the community spirit which emerged within Finderne during the early days of lockdown.

As we begin to move out of the pandemic the volunteer Directors of FDT, who are also members of the community, are keen to build on and strengthen the community spirit within Finderne in a way which continues to be underpinned by the Trust’s values and principles.

For the purposes of this questionnaire, the Board of FDT would like to take this opportunity to check in with all Finderne residents about two specific areas:

a) firstly, to seek your views about whether there is a need for a new community hub of some sort within the Finderne area, and secondly,

b)  to seek your views about whether there is a need for some form of community transport provision with the Finderne area.

Can you please complete and return this questionnaire on behalf of your household by 16th March 2022.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FDTCommunityfacilitiesquestionnaire

We are carrying out this community engagement as part of our ‘Connecting Finderne’ project which is funded by the Scottish Communities Recovery Fund via HIE. More information about the other activities taking place within this project can be found on our website.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact our ‘Connecting Finderne’ Project Co-ordinator Kerry McInnes   M: 07984 888312, email: kerry@findernedevelopmenttrust.com. We will post the outcome of this community consultation on our website in due course and will be happy to send out a paper copy on request.

Thank you for taking the time to complete and return this questionnaire – it is very much appreciated!

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Exciting news for Finderne Development Trust!


The volunteer Board of Finderne Development Trust are delighted to have received news that FDT is one of twelve groups from across Scotland who have been awarded funding totalling £2,754,897 in the current round of funding from the Scottish Land Fund. The programme is delivered in partnership by National Lottery Fund and HIE.


Minister for Environment and Land Refore Mairi McAllan said ‘’Its’s great to see such a diverse range of projects benefit from the support of the Scottish Land Fund. Thanks to this fund, communities all across Scotland are taking ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them.


These grants are a vote of confidence in the future of communities, and the projects they undertake. They are also a tribute to the hard work and resilience of the many people who have given up their time for the common good. I look forward to seeing these projects flourish’’.


Finderne Development Trust has received £331,740 to purchase 3.6 acres of farmland in Rafford in order to provide space for 10 affordable homes and two self-build plots, as part of an integrated project that will include co-working, allotments and a community orchard and retail space for local produce.

Brian Higgs, Chair of Finderne Development Trust, and Moira Dennis, one of the volunteer Directors of Finderne Development Trust, at the Brockloch site for our community led affordable housing project in Rafford.


Brian said: ‘’ We still have a very long way to go to achieve our ambition of developing some much needed affordable houses for our community, but the support of the Scottish Land Fund is a critically important step in that journey. This next year is going to be a very busy year in relation to the Brockloch proposals and this wonderful news gives us the very best of starts’’.


The link to the full press release from the Scottish Land Fund is HERE.


Community Litter Pick

Eleanor Garty, pictured here, collected a trailer full of rubbish at the roadside on the Grantown Road from Forres end Half Davoch turn off to the Sluie car park.

Finderne locals invited to join second community-led litter pick

The worldwide climate emergency is top of mind for many, especially with the 26th United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) under way in Glasgow this month.  Finderne residents are invited to take local action to protect the environment by joining a community-wide litter pick throughout November and into December.

Our local litter problem is part of a larger troubling trend across Scotland that is wreaking havoc on marine wildlife and ocean waters around us. According to a 2020 Marine Scotland Science study, Scottish littering puts more than 1,000 tonnes of macro plastics into the sea annually, and 90 percent of this is caused by land littering. Furthermore, Zero Waste Scotland estimates half of all litter in Scotland could have been recycled.

This second community-led litter pick builds upon a spirited outpouring of volunteerism last spring. More than 50 Finderne residents picked up rubbish and recyclables from our roadsides and nature trails in April and May, accumulating more than 100 bags of litter and many bulky items for collection by Moray Council.

Nine Logie Primary School pupils participated in last spring’s litter pick as part of teacher Jane Wallace’s class. “It is important to put rubbish in the bin because it can break into tiny pieces and affect plants and animals and how they grow,” said Volcano Evans, a P6 Logie Primary School pupil last spring, reflecting on the lesson.

“The commitment and outpouring of the Finderne community in support of local wildlife and plants last spring was incredibly inspiring and heartwarming,” said Rafford resident Lisa Wolff, who is leading the community-wide effort again for the November/December clean-up.

In a follow-up survey of volunteers, 71 percent of respondents expressed interest in having bi-annual litter picks. “I am very happy to initiate litter picks every spring and autumn because of the volunteer interest and the great support we get from the Finderne Development Trust (FDT) and Moray Council,” added Lisa, who also volunteers as a board director for Moray Waste Busters and is co-owner with her husband of the Bee Home Cottage zero-waste skincare line.

The FDT and Moray Council have supported the community-led litter picks, loaning equipment such as litter grabbers, bag hoops, bin bags, gloves and other safety equipment. All litter is collected in either black bags for rubbish or clear bags for recyclables, and Lisa is coordinating pick-ups with Jim Durkin of Moray Council’s Environmental and Commercial Services.

Clean-up efforts begin the week commencing November 8th and will continue throughout November and into December. If you would like to volunteer, contact Lisa Wolff at beehomecottage@gmail.com or 07981177625.  


FDT AGM 2021

Get tickets here to join the AGM on the 9th of November on zoom.


‘CONNECTING FINDERNE’

We are delighted to announce a new project offering a programme of free, weekly, half day, excursions in a mini-bus with space for up to 12.

This is open to all members of the Finderne community, and could be your chance to get out and about and visit places such as Loch of Blairs, the monthly Logie Primary Cup of Joy community café, or maybe a trip into Forres, and to meet new folk along the way.

The ‘Connecting Finderne’ project, funded by the Scottish Communities Recovery Fund, will begin at the end of October and run until the end of March next year.

If you are interested to find out more, and to be added to a mailing list to receive a copy of the weekly programme when it is finalised, please either give us a call on 01309 221026 or email hello@findernedevelopmenttrust.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Finderne Development Trust

Knock of Braemoray


Finderne Development Trust (FDT) was formed in 2018 to act as the anchor organisation and key driver of the sustainable rural regeneration of the area of Finderne. Finderne is a stunningly beautiful part of Scotland and the Trust will work towards “unlocking the future” for Finderne and achieving its vision.

FDT’s vision captures Finderne’s special sense of place, its outstanding environmental and cultural qualities and its ambition to help nurture these qualities whilst at the same time helping to make it socially attractive and economically possible for people of all ages to live and make their livelihoods in the area for the long term.

This vision is encapsulated as:

 “Finderne is home to a welcoming community where people of all ages want to live, work and visit because of its outstanding environment and the quality of life it offers.”

To achieve this we will concentrate our efforts on a number of fundamental strategic themes. These include:

  • Social – developing a stronger identity for Finderne, a more balanced demographic, enhanced well-being and combatting social isolation.
  • Economic – facilitating availability of infrastructure to support local businesses and encouraging more people to establish livelihoods in Finderne’s rural industries.
  • Environment, Art & Culture – creating opportunities to access, enjoy and participate in environmental stewardship and enhancing and cultural life of Finderne.

The following set of values and principles will underpin the work FDT undertakes in pursuit of its vision:

  • Community focused
  • An emphasis on long term investment and legacy benefits
  • Sustainability
  • Supporting other groups and partners in achieving their goals through collaboration and empowerment

Finderne Development Trust (FDT) is a charity registered in Scotland, SC049191, regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)