About the Project
The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust are delighted to introduce the project team who will deliver the new Adaptive and Collaborative Communities project for Sutherland, funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund from the Scottish Government. Working in partnership with the Sutherland Community Partnership the Project Coordinator, Gail Prince, and three Project Officers, Jodie Ross, Laura Hamlet and Rebecca Dunphy started in their new roles in August 2020.
Chair of Sutherland Community Partnership Chief Inspector Jamie Wilson said, “I would like to warmly welcome the new team. I look forward to Sutherland’s communities benefitting from the skill and expertise that they will bring to the partnership as we work towards a positive future during recovery from Covid-19”.
Working with local partners and statutory agencies to deliver the project, the team will build on the success of the Community Engagement phase completed in 2019 to take forward the Locality Plans which were created for several communities across Sutherland.
This project will run over the next 21 months, up to April 2022, and will address issues identified as most important by the local communities. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will have a significant impact on the project delivery. The first step of the delivery will be an online consultation process with communities to gather evidence on how the needs in local communities have changed from the Locality Plans as a result of the pandemic.
The project will focus on the five locality areas identified as a result of the 2019 Community Engagement project: Brora, Golspie, Kinlochbervie, Creich and Helmsdale, and recognises the need to widen the geographical area to include wider Sutherland due to the pandemic. The Project Coordinator and Project Officers’ roles will be split across four regions of Sutherland – West, North, East and Central/South East.
Project activity will take forward the actions identified in the Locality Plans and will focus on proposals that most effectively understand and address local deprivation, the need to tackle poverty and increase inclusion, increase economic activity, enhance community resilience and develop community delivery of services.
Gail Prince, Project Coordinator said, “I am excited to be moving back to the Highlands to take on the role of Project Coordinator for this Adaptive and Collaborative Communities project. Despite the challenging circumstances we are all facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic this project has come at exactly the right time to make a real difference across the communities of Sutherland. The Trust have recruited an excellent team and we are all looking forward to delivering the project.”
David Watson, Trust Manager added, “We are delighted to have the new team in place and can’t wait to begin the hard work of supporting the most fragile communities in Sutherland to develop projects that will make a real difference as we recover from the impacts of Covid-19.”