The FINDOCHTY and Buckie Development Trust (FAB DT) took its first official steps into the future when it held its inaugural meeting.
More than a year since initial public consultations to assess the level of support for the formation of the trust, the FAB DT took its first bold steps forward at the Extraordinary General Assembly meeting held in the Victoria Park Function Hall on Wednesday, 15 March.
On hand to explain the purpose, benefits and process of electing trustees was Dawn Brown of the Development Trust Association in Scotland, who has been advising the steering group on their journey for the past year or so.
Highlighting that development funds are charitable organizations that are owned, led and controlled by the community, she said, “Development funds are for local people led by local people.
“They harness local talent to support other local organizations and can pull off funding that other organizations might not be able to.
“They also keep money locally and don’t pose a threat to established community groups like community councils or area forums.”
She went on to highlight the many benefits of becoming a trustee or member of a trust, including helping fulfill the aspirations of the community, getting a say in the direction the organization is taking, learning new skills and having a little fun too.
The subsequent Extraordinary General Assembly saw Steering Group Chair Susan Chalmers joined by Christine Fairbairn, Ian Collacot, Cheryl Birtwistle and Jim Murray as trustees. Mrs Brown indicated that more trustees could be chosen at a later date if necessary.
Mrs Chalmers added: “The trustees will now come forward and choose who will fill the various roles of the desk bearer”.
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