Ayrshire LEADER is looking for enthusiastic people from rural communities across Ayrshire to join a new Local Action Group (LAG) and help make a real difference to people in Ayrshire.
The aim of Ayrshire LEADER is to build knowledge and skills within rural communities and encourage innovation and co-operation by supporting innovative projects which tackle rural development issues. LEADER is part of the European funded Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) and the European Marine and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) from 2014-2020.
Claire Monaghan, Head of Communities for South Ayrshire Council said: "We are looking for enthusiastic people from rural communities across Ayrshire to become members of the Local Action Group.
"This is a real opportunity for people to get involved and have their say in how we develop and deliver our strategy so we can ensure that it reflects the needs and wishes of people who live and work in rural Ayrshire.
"Our aim is to ensure that members of the new LAG will support the rural communities of mainland Ayrshire to work together and contribute to rejuvenating their areas. We want to help rural communities meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities available to them.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real and lasting difference to rural communities throughout rural Ayrshire."
To reflect the make-up of communities in Ayrshire the LAG will be made up of up to 19 people who have skills that reflect the 5 priorities of the Ayrshire LEADER:
- Fostering business and enterprise
- Connecting people and places
- Promoting tourism, culture and heritage
- Celebrating our natural environment
- Supporting coastal communities
Training in LAG Role processes and procedures will be provided. Times and locations of meetings will be agreed once the full LAG has formed, however in the main meetings will take place at the Local Action Hub in Ayr. A Chair of the LAG will be appointed by the members once they are all in place.
If you would like to express an interest in joining the Ayrshire LAG please complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/LZ69RWN.
All applications must be received by 4pm on Friday 5 December 2014.
Should you wish to discuss this opportunity in more detail please contact Sarah Baird at Sarah.Baird@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or call 01292 616655.