Community Engagement Project

The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust has recently launched a Community Engagement Project covering all of Sutherland.


Meet The Community Engagement Team!

From left to right: James Turner, Martin Thomsen and Jodie Ross









Click here to take part in the Community Engagement Questionnaire

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust is delighted to announce that the Scottish Government has provided funding for a project that has created three new positions  for a Community Engagement Team.

Working in partnership with local communities and the Sutherland Community Partnership (SCP), the team will assist in identifying solutions to key issues recognised by the people in Sutherland. The team will work with the community to create a locality plan that will enable the community to carry out projects on its own.
Martin Thomsen, the new Community Engagement Officer at the Trust said: “We are excited to begin working with communities in Sutherland and the SCP, and the team is looking forward to hearing what people in Sutherland think is the best way to develop their local area. Starting with Brora, we want to work with each community in developing their own locality plan that will highlight the opportunities that have the most support in the community”.

The first phase of the project consists of a questionnaire. Community responses will be analysed, and key areas of action identified.
In the second phase, the community will be invited to workshops where participants will work together to identify the best solutions to the issues identified through the questionnaire.

In the third and final phase a locality plan will be created that will outline what has been produced from the questionnaires and workshops.
Over the course of the project the team will be engaging with local communities all over Sutherland.

The Community Engagement team are:

Martin Thomsen, Community Engagement Officer. Martin has an MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy from RGU in Aberdeen. He lives in Tain and has previously worked on community projects in Aberdeen.

Jodie Ross, Community Engagement Assistant. Jodie holds an HND in Advertising, PR and Tourism from North East Scotland College. She lives in Dornoch and has previously worked in tourism.

James Turner, Community Engagement Assistant. James holds a BSc in Sustainable Development from UHI. He lives in Inverness and has previously done research work with Common Weal.

For further information or to get involved feel free to contact the team at:




or Tel: 01863 766190