Sutherland Community Engagement

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust is carrying out 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

Funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund, the Community Engagement Team at Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust is assisting local communities and the Sutherland Community Partnership in creating local development plans. Using a wide variety of methods to capture views and opinions of local people we evidence current needs in local communities. By doing this, we are helping to bring communities and statutory agencies together to work on the issues that matter the most, whether this is through a better provision of public services or by supporting community-driven local developments.

Sutherland Community Engagement 2018/19 will run until June 2019. By this time, all people in Sutherland will have had the opportunity to have their say on shaping their community’s future.


Photo from a community engagement event

Update – November 2018

Community Engagement activities in Assynt, Melness-Tongue-Skerray and Ardgay and District have now concluded, and the Community Engagement Team are currently putting the finishing touches on Community Plans which have resulted from the engagements in each of these Community Council areas.

We have also begun initial engagement activities in Durness, Edderton and Scourie and are working closely with organisations in these communities, promoting the questionnaire and preparing for the follow-up workshops. We also recently visited Tain Royal Academy to conduct a workshop with pupils who live in the communities in the Kyle of Sutherland so that their voices can be reflected in the Ardgay, Creich and Edderton Community Plans.



Update –  August 2018

Image of Community Engagement Workshop

The Community Engagement Team have now finished engagement activities in the initial five priority areas: Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale, Creich, and Kinlochbervie. Results are currently being summarised into engagement documents, and actions arising from the engagements are being agreed by members of each area’s Locality Group.

At the same time, we have started engagement activities in Assynt, Melness-Tongue-Skerray; and Ardgay and District. We are working closely with local organisations in these areas and are currently promoting the questionnaire and arranging follow-up workshops.

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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