Finderne Coronavirus Support

This week, we have been working alongside an inspiring team of local volunteers to help co-ordinate essential support for the Finderne community during these challenging times.

If you need support at any time – from a friendly phone call to shopping – you can contact the FDT development manager, Pery, on 07483 133 203. Pery will then send on your request to the local support team who covers your area to try to ensure help reaches you!

This all relies on willing volunteers and we are looking forward for more volunteers to join small local networks where neighbours can work together to support each other, whether it is with shopping, dog walking or a chat.

Volunteers can do as much or as little as they can and those self-isolating can still be an active part of this over the phone. If you can help please send your name, email address, mobile number and location to Pery at

We will be sending out the flyer below to all households as soon as possible.

In light of the latest Government advice, FDT have made the decision to close the doors of our office for the foreseeable future, however, we look forward to continue working with, and for, this wonderful community.


Voices Scotland Workshop

26th February, 10:00 – 13:00, The Long Room, Logie Steading

20200203 Voices LogoWe’ve teamed up with the Scottish Health Council to bring Voices Scotland to Finderne which will kick off our Health and Wellbeing project!

Voices Scotland is a free and flexible workshop which provides an ideal platform to explore the health, social care and wellbeing issues that are important to our community and is open to all. 

This is a great chance to have your voice heard, help shape future services and improvements and gain an understanding of how the health and social care structure works.

For those of you who can’t make it but would still like to be involved in shaping our wellbeing project we would love to hear from you! After we’ve learned lessons from the workshop we will be holding focus groups so that we can tailor our project to what Finderne needs!

If you have any questions, please get in touch at or call 01309 221 026 / 07483 133 203.

Sign up to the workshop here.

Find out more by downloading the Voices Scotland Leaflet.

Rural-based Apprenticeships

Finderne Development Trust Development Manager, Pery Zakeri, and Roddy Innes, Employment Engagement Advisor at Skills Development Scotland at Finderne business Logie Timber

The Trust has today announced plans to deliver a financial boost to Finderne based businesses to recruit apprentices.

It’s rural-based apprenticeships project will fund a percentage of salary, travel and training costs to help businesses into recruitment to expand their workforces.

FDT Chair, Chris Piper, said, “Finderne has more older households than the Scottish average, more families with no children and fewer single-person households than the Scottish average of any age. The out-migration of our young people presents a real challenge to our rural community and during our community consultation in 2018 it was identified as an area of priority for the Trust to help address.”

“By working in partnership with Finderne based businesses to create opportunities and cultivate the skills required for business growth, we can grow the rural economy and enable more young people to remain in the area to train, work and develop fulfilling careers.”

Development Manager, Pery Zakeri, added, “This project has great potential to bring about long lasting change to Finderne. If we can enable a major shift in the population profile, we can build a vibrant, sustainable and balanced community.”

“We have already been approached by businesses working in timber, horticulture and tourism who have welcomed the project for breaking down obstacles which may have prevented them from being able to upskill their employees and create new positions.”

The Trust will kick off the project by working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland to deliver an apprenticeship and Skills for Growth workshop to provide a step-by-step guide to apprenticeships and skills development, from finding the right training provider to recruitment and beyond.

Roddy Innes, Employment Engagement Advisor at Skills Development Scotland, said, “Apprenticeships are tailored to meet the needs of business. They’re designed by employers, for employers to help invest in young talent or upskill current employees and are proven to help improve productivity.”

“For businesses looking to identify their skills needs first, we also offer Skills for Growth, providing up to two days fully-funded business consultancy, resulting in a detailed people plan and guidance to the right support.”

Rural-based apprenticeships is the first in a series of projects that the Trust set out to deliver during the launch of its first 5-year Strategic Plan in late May 2019, which includes the provision of fast broadband and affordable housing. Having been awarded community benefit funding from the Logie Wind Farm (Hill of Glaschyle Renewables LLP), the Trust is focused on delivering legacy benefits to Finderne.

Businesses based in Finderne are invited to attend the workshop, being delivered on Monday 24th February at The Long Room, Logie Steading, from 10:00 – 11:30. For more information and to register for a place contact the Trust on or call 01309 221 026.