Youth project volunteers

Kirkcudbright Youth Project is looking for a couple of enthusiastic adult volunteers to help at the junior sessions on some Wednesday nights 6pm – 7:30pm. We have a fantastic group of young people aged 9 – 13 and as our member numbers have increased, we are looking for some volunteers to help supervise the young people and join in with activities where possible, alongside youth work staff. Please note, the new volunteer/s would NOT be required at every session (unless desired by the volunteer!), as the volunteer would primarily be stepping in when staff are ill or unavailable.

We currently meet at the Scout Hall, behind St Cuthbert’s Church and occasionally during winter months we run a sports session from the Kirkcudbright Primary School Hall.

All volunteers MUST be registered on the PVG scheme and be checked. We can organise this via our PVG scheme and there will be no cost to the volunteer/s. All costs incurred through volunteering will be reimbursed to the volunteer/s.
Preferably, volunteer/s will have experience of working or volunteering with children and young people in a youth club or school environment, but this is not essential as we will help you along the way. Most importantly the new volunteer/s must enjoy working with young people, be non-judgemental, understanding and enthusiastic!
For more information, please contact Amy-Dee Watson at or on 01671 820654 or find us on Facebook under Kirkcudbright Youth Project.
(Kirkcudbright Youth Project is run by trained youth work staff from Kirkcudbright Development Trust.)
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Volunteering Opportunities at Kirkcudbright Galleries

The Trust have received a request from Dumfries and Galloway Council to post an appeal for volunteers to work in our new art gallery.  Here it is.

Volunteering Opportunities at Kirkcudbright Galleries

Are you interested in engaging with our future visitors, letting them know about the wide variety of artists and artistic styles of those who made Kirkcudbrightshire their home, either in the summer months, or permanently, during the 19th and 20th centuries and up to the present day?

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping us connect our visitors to the rich artistic heritage of Kirkcudbrightshire. If you like working with people and enjoy sharing your love of our local artistic heritage, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Volunteers will be supported through free training focusing on the collections of Kirkcudbright Galleries, the temporary exhibition programme of both historic and contemporary art and the Galleries’ programme of events and activities. Volunteers will also be encouraged to develop their own particular interests and skills and to lead specialist tours or run practical art activities, to enable Kirkcudbright Galleries to further engage with our audiences.

For further information please contact:

or telephone 030 3333 3000 extension 66241

You can also keep up to date with our developments through our monthly newsletter.  Sign up through our Facebook page:

or through our new website which will be coming soon:

Opportunity for a guest curator for Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

The Kirkcudbright Festival Management and Partnership Group is seeking to commission a Festival Guest Curator with an international reputation. She or he will help research and programme a high-quality arts festival. In essence, the appointment of Festival Guest Curator is the artistic fulcrum of this project, and will bring all the cultural elements of the planning together.

Some elements of the Festival Programme will be researched and taken forward by the Management and Partnership Group. The Guest Curator is therefore not responsible for the full Festival Programme, but for the “Curated Strand”. Project management support to the Festival and commissioned Festival Guest Curator will be provided by the Kirkcudbright Development Trust.

The Festival is planned to coincide with the opening of the new art gallery – a £3.1m publicly funded, public gallery which will house nationally significant collections in the former town hall – the Festival will take place in October 2018.

The Kirkcudbright Festival of Light aims to create far-reaching outcomes. The proposed legacies are cultural and commercial:-

• To profile Kirkcudbright as beautiful, contemporary artists’ town that is developing in an organic way and that now possesses a national gallery of art.

• To plan, manage and deliver an exemplar International Festival that will act as a basis for future creative ideas in the town.

• To create new and effective partnerships between businesses and galleries in the town that will help promote Kirkcudbright in years to come.

For more information please apply for the Full Guest Curator Brief by emailing Andrew Ward on

Applications to be received by 20th October 2017.

KDT new constitution

The new constitution for Kirkcudbright Development Trust was agreed at an EGM on 4th September 2017.  You can find a copy here.

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KDT Extraordinary General Meeting

KDT will hold an extraordinary general meeting on 4th September at 18:30 in Daar Road House to ratify a new constitution.  The proposed new constitution can be found here.

The changes to the constitution are as follows.

We have based the new constitution on the latest template from the Development Trust Association of Scotland which has new clauses allowing the right to buy land under the Land Reform (Scotland) act 2016.  These new powers are included as Section 6.

We have clarified our membership structure with the introduction of Associate Membership for organisations.  These changes are included in sections 14 to 27.  Our current constitution allows organisations to register as members.  These new clauses make it clearer on how this is done and what voting rights associate members have.

The purposes of the Trust have not been changed although there is a small addition to Section 4 which now specifies that the Trust will benefit the community of Kirkcudbright and District (DG6).  Our current constitution included this in the membership section.

The remaining changes in the constitution are small and relate to renumbering of paragraphs.

There are no other changes to our constitution – it is basically almost identical to our current one.

The changes that we have made have been ratified by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.


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KDT 2016 Accounts

The 2016 accounts for Kirkcudbright Development Trust can be found here.  Our income for the year was £113,578 and our expenditure was £56,688, giving an overall surplus for 2016 of £56,890.

The Trustees would be happy to answer any questions you may have on the accounts.

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Johnston School – £140,000 grant from The Holywood Trust

Kirkcudbright Development Trust have been awarded £140,000 from The Holywood Trust to help with the redevelopment of the Johnston School.  This award follows hot on the heels of our Big Lottery Award bringing our total for the project to nearly £1,000,000.

Work continues to apply for further funding from other organisations in order that the School can be developed to its fullest potential.

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Silvercraigs Caravan Park now under KDT control

The Trust is now running Silvercraigs Caravan Park under a service level agreement with Dumfries & Galloway Council. It is hoped that the Park will be transferred to the Trust in autumn 2017. Colin Wyper and his team have made a huge difference to the park and the letters of complaint received by the Council in the past, have been replaced by complimentary letters of thanks. Buildings have been cleaned and painted and a huge clean up completed. Bookings are looking very promising for the rest of the year and a healthy final profit is forecast which will enable continued work improving the site in the winter months. It is hoped to improve the facilities at the existing pitches and increase the number of pitches available. Looking ahead it is thought that there is a growing market for camper vans and this will help extend the season. Colin has advertised in several national magazines and it is hoped that bookings will continue to increase.

Colin has set up a website at: Silvercraigs Caravan Park and booking can be done online. A video of the Caravan Park can be seen on You Tube Any surplus profits will be used on Development Trust projects for the benefit of the town

Johnston School Dark Skies Visitor Centre – £59,000 grant from Galloway Glens Project

Galloway Forest Park is one of the darkest places in the UK and has been awarded a Dark Sky Park designation, one of only four in the western world. Part of the development of the Johnston School will be a Dark Sky Visitor Centre open to the public promoting the park and all things astronomical. The Trust will work in partnership with the Dark Skies organisation to create a unique, educational and diverse venue which will encompass the magic of the Dark Skies yet deliver an educational outlet.

Discussions have taken place with The Glasgow Science Centre and they are very keen to work with us to develop the Visitor Centre. The planetarium at the Glasgow Science Centre is a memorable experience and we hope to incorporate some of the outstanding material into the Kirkcudbright Dark Skies experience. It is hoped we will be able to offer practical astronomy courses for schools, the community and visitors alike. The Barhill Woods offers an idealplace to hold outdoor courses and with shelter from the lights of the town, the Dark Skies can be superb.

Work is progressing with designers and architects. Now a large part of the funding has been secured planning permissions can be sought and Listed Building applications made. The Trust has been awarded £59,000 by the Galloway Glens Project towards the development of the Dark Skies Visitor Centre. This will hopefully encourage other funders to support the project.

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Barrhill Wood – £25,000 award

Discussions are progressing between the Kirkcudbright Development Trust and Dumfries & Galloway Council (D&G) and the Forestry Commission (FC) to enter into a joint management agreement to enable community management of the Barrhill Woods. The Barhill is a very important community asset for Kirkcudbright and it is important that the town has a say in its future.  If, as was proposed, the wood were commercially exploited it would ruin the iconic backdrop to the town. If Forestry Commission Scotland sold the wood for commercial use, large parts of the wood would be excluded from public access. If the wood can be brought into community management the wood can be maintained largely as it is for the benefit of all.

Several proposals have been put forward including an outdoor study centre, red squirrel/bird watching hide, improved paths, mountain biking area etc. An application has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Galloway Glens Project to help finance the project and we are delighted to say we have been awarded a grant of £25,000 toward this project. Again, by getting a major funder on board will help the Trust find other funding sources. Plans have been drawn up for a small study centre and local businesses asked to provide quotations. Quotations have also been requested for the upgrade of existing paths and a new path through the centre of the wood. Discussions are continuing with the FCS and D&G Council to secure a management agreement. At a recent committee meeting Dumfries & Galloway Council have indicated that they are content to enter an agreement with the KDT subject to a competent business plan being completed.

We are looking to form a larger steering committee to develop ideas for the wood and if you would like to get involved with this project please contact Rob Asbridge at

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