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Beith Community Development Trust

In 2009 groups, clubs and teams in BEITH, with a shared interest in health, well-being, sport and activity came together to discuss the lack of suitable facilities and venues in the town. Years of neglect and lack of maintenance has left facilities in a poor state of repair or derelict, clubs, groups and teams were forced to source facilities and venues out of town, leading to increased transport and activity costs. Consequently an alliance of clubs, groups and teams commissioned a report in 2009 on the feasibility of community ownership of sports facilities in BeitH, and the basis of its recommendations BEITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST (BCDT) was established.

BCDT membership is open to anyone with a KA15 (Beith) postcode, and is made up of groups, clubs, teams and individuals. (350 approx) We also have junior members and associate members who do not hold voting rights. BCDT and its affiliated members currently deliver sport, health and wellbeing and fun activities to approx 350 children, young people and adults on a weekly basis. The children’s programmes is made up of 10 football teams ranging from age 4 – age 16 who train twice a week and play competitive games at weekends. Hockey and Athletics run training clubs and take part in competitive events. Our community programme ‘Wee Shots’ is made up of a series of taster sessions in a variety of venues in order to make activity accessible and attractive to all ages and stages of the community. The Women’s group meets once a week, Family Footy fun programme runs weekly. 2 adult amateur teams train twice a week and compete weekly and our Junior Team regularly attracts gate admissions in excess of 300, - over 10% of the community are involved in the activities of our members, from supporting, volunteering and participating.

BCDT is managed by 7 directors who were selected and elected to their roles because of their particular area of expertise and skills. Our directors have skills and expertise in business management, new business development, community development, participation, finance, sports development, construction and logistics. BCDT is a company limited by guarantee and we have applied for charitable status.

As a result of campaigning and lobbying throughout 2010 our local authority committed £300k towards the refurbishment of the synthetic pitch in advance of the facilities – two grass pitches, the new synthetic 11 aside pitch and changing pavilions – coming under community management in April 2012.

Development Officer

The Development Officer will contribute to the overall development of Beith Community Development Trust and work closely with the Board of BCDT and the Project Coordinator, the postholders main task will centre around developing robust structures which support volunteer development, learning and accreditation within a range of sports clubs, teams and groups, community events and community enterprise which contribute toward a fit, healthy and vibrant community.   The postholder will design and deliver projects and community enterprise which match community aspirations and needs, in line with the aims of BCDT, enrolling and recruiting suitable volunteers,  sessional workers and  consultants as required.  They will be responsible for managing an appropriate budget and sourcing the additional resources needed for the successful delivery of projects. They will be responsible for all communication through a variety of media; newsletters, flyers, website, email, facebook etc.  They will be responsible for recording, reporting monitoring and evaluation.  

Please send an up to date CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the details set out in the job description to Beith Community Development Trust by email - recruitment@beithjuniors.co.uk by 5pm, 31st May, 2013.