Holiday office hours

The Trust office will be closed for the Christmas break from the end of the working day, Friday 20th December, reopening Monday 6th January 2014.

Westray Development Trust board and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.


The Board of the Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank Corinne for her hard work and support over her years working for the Trust as both Waste project manager and Community Development Officer, and to wish her all the best for the future.

Changes to articles of association

At the AGM, members agreed that more time was needed to discuss the proposed changes to the articles of association.  A separate EGM will therefore be called for this.

The articles of association needed to be changed in order to ensure they fitted with charity legislation that had been put in place since the Memorandum and Articles of association were first adopted.  It was also proposed to include additional charitable goals, to make sure that the trust could support all the charitable activity that was required in Westray.  The proposed changes had been checked by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and were acceptable to them, but needed member approval.

AGM, membership, new directors and PEG members

All current members of WDT should now have received their information packs for the AGM, which includes the Annual Report.   The official date for the WDT AGM is now November 28th. This will be held in the Old Kirk from 7.00 pm.

All other permanently occupied households on Westray will also have got a letter that includes a membership application form, and information about becoming either a board member or a PEG member, and nomination forms for this.  Extra copies of the Annual Report are now in the shops.

If you have any questions about being a trust director, Project Evaluation Group member, or just a member of the trust, please contact the trust office.


AGM date change – now 28th November 2013

We had planned to hold the AGM of WDT on Monday 28th October, but have had to change the date to the 28th of November, at 7.00 pm in the Old Kirk.    Members will receive their information pack 21 days before this date, and the annual reports should be in the shops soon after.  Please keep an eye on the Trust website for further information.

Website upgrades

You may have noticed that our website looks a little different following recent upgrades.  This should make it easier to keep you up to date with all the latest news from theTrust, and also allow you to find older information through “tags” and “categories” searching.   It has also been developed as a “responsive website” which means that smartphone and tablet users will find it a lot easier to use.  wdt-resp-300x225

3 years of the CDO

The HIE funding that has contributed to staff wages for 3 years comes to an end in September 2013, and all the CDOs have been asked what they consider their top achievements are.   The list from Corinne includes:

–          At least £69,500 additional grant funding brought into Westray through applications written by the CDO for WDT and several other community groups

–          doing the groundwork with DSL to set up the successful loan management partnership;

–          being part of the process of the trust obtaining Unit 1;

–          contributing strongly to improving the communications with the community through the website and Whats on contributions (which started with a very small CDO column)

–          keeping focussed on the need to be accountable with PEG and grant processes

–          More recently, my continued liaison with Orkney College has helped WDT get things moving in the Learning Centre (including the promise of new computers from Orkney College!)

–          as the “strategy” person for the inter-isles broadband group I have been able to arrange meetings at high level with people involved in Broadband Development UK in the HIE area to keep the focus on excellent broadband for all – not just the easiest 86%.

–          Its also an achievement to have successfully completed 7 core modules of Sustainable Development Study and an ILA level 5 Leadership certificate over the three years, while seldom being able to take the full allowed amount of study time.

Tiree visit

Tiree Rural Centre with Trust officesAs part of her study (UHI Sustainable Rural Development), Corinne Curtis,  Community Development Officer for Westray, visited Tiree and spent some time with Tiree Community Development Trust, and other organisations, investigating how they worked to achieve their community goals, and how their community development officers assisted in that.  It was a very interesting visit and as well as the study reports, a lot of other interesting information was brought back.  Huge thanks to all the people from the Tiree Trust and community for their willingness to provide so much information and make this visit so useful.