Dunoon Area Alliance Community Development Trust (DAA) is delighted to announce that, following a successful recruitment process, they have now appointed their first three members of staff to support the development and delivery of their Community Action Plan.

Thanks to a three-year funding award from the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities Programme DAA has been able to engage Ann Campbell as Partnership & Development Manager and Hannah Clinch as Information & Engagement Co-ordinator (part-time).

Alongside the Scottish Government funding, DAA was also successful in an application to the National Lottery Communities Fund Community-led Programme and as a result Barbara Henderson has been appointed as Volunteering for Wellbeing Programme Co-ordinator (pert-time), as part of the three-year project.

This is a very exciting time for Dunoon’s Community Development Trust which has only just celebrated its second birthday.  Over this time the Trust has been supported by SURF, Scotland’s regeneration forum, to continue the community-led regeneration activity established through its Alliance for Action programme in Dunoon.  SURF’s support also allowed the Trust to apply for funding and to develop the policies and procedures needed to manage major grants and to support staff and volunteers.  The volunteer trustees have worked hard to establish a well governed organisation and to ensure that the Trust’s priorities for action are informed by engagement across the community.

Dunoon Area Alliance aims to inform, engage and inspire its members to work together to support the sustainable regeneration of Dunoon.  Members share information, support one another and work together to develop action on priorities as identified through engagement with our community.  Membership of the Trust is free and open to anyone over 16 who lives, works or studies in Dunoon.  Anyone from across the Cowal peninsula with an interest in the regeneration of our main town can also become a member.  Junior members aged 14 and 15 are also encouraged to join as non-voting members and make their views heard.  The Trust also actively involves local organisations, public bodies and constituted community groups and all are encouraged to become Associate Members to show their support for collaborative action.

DAA is keen to build on the skillset of the current trustees and is looking to recruit new directors with expertise in HR policies and procedures, finance, IT, marketing and promotion, enterprise development and regeneration policies and practice.  Directors must be willing to engage actively in the governance of the Trust and in strategic planning that supports sustainable regeneration.  The minimum time commitment for trustees involves 2 hours a month attending board meetings with some reading in preparation beforehand. Additional involvement in sub-groups, discussion and research is optional.

If you would be interested in joining the Trust or in being co-opted as a Trustee, please contact Ann Campbell at ann@dunoonareaalliance.org or visit dunoonareaalliance.org.