The Appin Community Development Trust is passionate about building community cohesion and resilience and meeting the challenges of being remote and rural. As a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) it is uniquely able to provide services and manage assets and infrastructure on behalf of the people who live and work in Appin.
It is owned by its membership – you can join if you are a resident. A leadership group of Trustees is chosen by the membership and is fully accountable to the membership. These Trustees take pride in their plans, projects and activities and promote a complementary community approach working in harmony with other organisations, particularly the Appin Community Council, and the Appin Community Co-op & Trust.
The Trust is run by a Trustee board, currently made up of 7 elected volunteers, all from Appin. In total the Trust can have up to 10 trustees elected by the membership, and a further 3 trustees nominated by the board if they wish. Some trustees are also on the Community Council, Co-operative Management Committee and Community Trust which helps working together to make the best use of our key community organisations. The trustees also have links with the two churches, the two community halls and other organisations.
All the trustees are active in other voluntary organisations, coming from different backgrounds with a wide spread of skills and experience across a wide age range. They are unpaid volunteers and give significant amounts of their time to support community services and activities.
Being a trustee is a responsible and fulfilling role and provides new and different insights and experience. If you want to make a serious contribution to Appin, have skills to bring, and want to be a trustee, please get in touch.
The current trustees are:
Bob Cornish – Chairman – Fasnacloich.
(Community Council, Community Trust)
Charles Steuart-Fothringham – Secretary – Achnacone.
(Convener Community Council)
Penny Cousins – Treasurer – Fasnacloich.
Iain McNicol – Trustee – Port Appin.
(Chair Appin Co-op, Chair Community Trust)
Louise Davidson – Trustee – Port Appin.
Sandy Lawrie – Trustee – Port Appin.
Alison MacCorquodale – Trustee – Inverfolla.
The Trust is owned by its membership, which is principally made up of the many residents who are interested in supporting their own local community. In addition, there are some non-resident members who have a keen interest in supporting Appin such as local businesses, and regular visitors.
The membership is responsible for appointing a board of trustees, who in turn oversee the management of the Trust and its operations. The Trustee Board generally meets up to 10 times per year, and reports to the membership annually at the AGM, usually held in March.
For many years, Appin has been strong, with a vibrant Co-operative shop, and a Community Trust responsible for distributing the Co-op dividends. However, as a remote community it has always been affected by limited public services. More recently, with a climate of tightening government and council funding, there has been a growing need for more self-sufficiency.
Appin needed an organisation that could own and operate infrastructure or services in its own right. The Appin Community Development Trust was established in January 2017. The first project was to create and run a small community transport scheme which would enable some of the older residents to be more independent in their own homes. Kicked-off in September 2018, this is now running well.
Appin.scot is the website service provided by Appin Community Development Trust (the Trust). The website acts as a local hub, publishes information about organisations and events relevant to Appin residents and visitors. The Trust respects the privacy of individuals who are either mentioned on the site or are users of the Appin.scot website.
We request permission before publishing personal information which is not already in the public domain, and we collect only the minimum information necessary from web visitors. Such information as is collected is stored securely and destroyed when no longer needed; it is shared only with trusted third parties and then only when we use them to provide our own services. We assess the third parties we use to confirm that they take the same care over the information as we do ourselves.
The Appin.scot website publishes information about organisations and events relevant to Appin residents and visitors. We take care to ensure that all the information we publish respects the privacy of any individuals concerned. We generally only publish personal information where this is already in the public domain. In the case of any doubt, we contact the individual to seek permission before publication.
Should you have any concerns about any information about you which is published on the website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request it being changed or removed; we will always respond positively and promptly to such requests.
We collect only minimal information about visitors to our website Appin.scot:
- IP address: as is industry standard practice, we record web visitor IP addresses for security and fraud prevention purposes. This data is stored with appropriate security by our webhost provider and is deleted after use; it is accessible only to our webhost provider’s administrators who require access for operational reasons.
- Website performance: visits to the website are tracked anonymously using Google Analytics. IP address anonymisation is applied to protect user privacy; no personal data is stored by us or by Google.
- Contact forms: Appin.scot includes a number of forms to make it easier for visitors to contact us (contact email addresses are provided as an alternative for every form). Users who opt to use a form must include minimal contact details (name, email address) to allow us to reply to their submissions. These details are emailed directly to the appropriate destination for the form (usually email@example.com) on submission and are not retained by us.
- Online donations: Appin.scot uses the Virgin Money Giving service to accept donations. PRIVACY IMPLICATIONS TO BE ADDED.
If you have any concerns or questions about data protection and privacy issues at Appin.scot, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.