aspiring communities

Delivered in Partnership with Caithness Voluntary Group, Pulteneytown People’s Project and Thurso Community Development Trust

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Thurso Community Development Trust are a partner organisation in a Scottish Government Aspiring Communities consortium project with Caithness Voluntary Group and Pulteneytown People’s Project. The Project sees three Development Officers employed across Caithness who have the specific task of identifying inequalities in our communities and consulting with those living there to discover and prioritise issues facing those who are experiencing disadvantage.

The Development Officers are;

  • Joan Lawrie, Thurso Development Officer

  • Julie Marker, Rural Development Officer

  • Jennifer Harvey, Wick Development Officer

The results of these community consultations are to work with the Caithness Community Planning Partnership and feed the results into emerging local improvement plans. For Thurso Development Officer, Joan this means providing information and contributing to the Thurso Locality Plan.

The Thurso Locality Plan is a working group and working local action plan which identifies priority needs and through collaboration and partnership with local statutory organisations such as Highland Council, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, NHS and local community organisations seeks to address these issues making Thurso a more fairer and equitable society with facilities, services and initiatives which meet the need of the community.

Joan has completed several reports to complement her work which are available below with more to be added. Some reports are confidental such as a focus group with Young Men under the age of 25 in the area. However, if you are a local organisation who requires evidence for funding applications or to deliver services please get in touch and Joan will be happy to pass along the details. To get in touch with Joan directly please contact using her regarding this project to