Recruitment Opportunities – May 2022

JOB TITLE: Youth Activities Engagement Officer
LOCATION: Stranraer Development Trust
RESPONSIBLE TO: Stranraer Development Trust Chairman
GRADE: Full-time salary £25,000pa
HOURS: 35hrs per week Duration: 12 months

1) To work as part of a team to establish the needs and wishes of young people in Stranraer and to encourage their engagement with a new youth work programme
2) To run evening programmes based on issues important to local young people
3) To advise, support and offer encouragement to young people aged 10 – 25
4) To work with the other youth workers and any volunteers to provide a range of positive opportunities for young people
5) To promote the active participation of young people in the community
6) To support volunteers during youth work sessions when required
7) To evaluate youth work sessions as and when requested
8) In the long term, to support the development of a young leader’s volunteer programme and encourage young people to enrol on award schemes, such as Saltire Awards and Youth Achievement Awards

1) Ability to relate to and support young people
2) Ability to work effectively as part of a team
3) Ability to take a democratic and non-judgemental approach to working with young people.
4) Enthusiastic, team player, who has experience in working ‘on the ground’ in a youth work context
5) A good basic knowledge of youth work procedures.

1) Possible evening and weekend work
2) The successful candidate will require a satisfactory PVG check

Applications with CV and covering letter should be submitted for the attention of Romano Petrucci – Chairman, Stranraer Development Trust. Email:
Closing date for applications 5pm 31st May 2022. Interviews to be held in Stranraer on 7th June 2022.

By submitting an application, it is confirmation of your availability for interview on this date.

Recruitment Opportunities – April 2022

Art & Engagement Officer

This is an opportunity for a motivated person to use their creativity to bring local people into the heart of regeneration initiatives in Stranraer. Initial community consultation has identified a desire for culture to play a key role in the future of the town through activity and animation of the town’s spaces. This role will help support development of a thriving cultural sector and a potential major capital project for the re-development of a derelict heritage building in the town centre. The Arts & Engagement Officer (AEO) will bring together existing groups and creative initiatives in the town. Working with a production budget and other stakeholders they will develop a programme of creative activity for the town that engages the wider community and supports the sustainable development of the local creative sector. This programme will act as a backdrop for a major consultation exercise to record need and demand for re-development of the site and inform the proposed end use.

The post will be based with the Stranraer Development Trust (SDT), a respected and successful Community Development Trust. The commission is also supported by DG Council (DGC) as a strategic partner in the regeneration of Stranraer and The Stove Network (TSN) a regional arts organisation with a national reputation in Creative Placemaking. DGC will support the post holder to work as part of a wider project team developing capital investment bids for Stranraer and to bring creativity and culture into the centre of these projects. TSN will guide the AEO in techniques of Creative Placemaking that have been developed regionally and nationally for the creative sector to engage local people in the future vison for their area and through this to create a network and opportunities for local creatives.

The post sits within the context of two national arts initiatives currently taking place in Stranraer – What We Do Now (Culture Collective) and Dandelion (Unboxed Festival), and, also a major capital project to develop a creative, culture and/or activity venue on the site of the former George Hotel in the town centre. The AEO will develop their own programme of creative projects in coordination with other initiatives and groups in the town (eg Stranraer Music Town, Stranraer Performance Collective, Millennium Centre and Sea Pyots) – this programme will support and inform the developing plans for the proposed cultural venue and public realm improvements.

The post is funded for an initial 12 months with potential that it will be continued if successful.

Salary £30,000 pro rata with option to opt into a pension.

Hours 25 per week.

Key Responsibilities
• Developing and delivering a creative programme in partnership with local stakeholders in and around Stranraer town centre.
• Developing and delivering creative community engagement projects that support and inform potential re-development projects for the town.
• Supporting the development of a multi-artform network of creative practitioners in Stranraer
• Setting up and programming a small ‘Project HQ’ (eg small empty shop unit or under used space) for the project that will help facilitate the aims of the project and serve as focus for
creative vibrancy for the town
• Working as part of a project team comprising SDT, DGC and TSN and other consultants involved in capital project development
• Working as part of Stranraer Development Trust team to support the charities wider aims and objectives
• Providing project monitoring and reports as required
• Managing project budget

Person Specification Skills and Experience

We recognise that all types of work experience are valuable and provide useful transferable skills, so please do tell us about your previous work history and the skills you can bring to the role of Arts & Engagement Officer for Stranraer.

It is essential that you have:
• Commitment to being based within the community of Stranraer for the role
• Experience of working with artists
• An ability to build relationships with communities, colleagues, external partners, and stakeholders
• The ability to manage different priorities and work to tight deadlines
• Excellent communication skills
• Competent IT skills
• An interest in community wealth building

Personal Qualities
We are looking for people who are:
• Familiar with Stranraer
• Open and engaging
• Approachable and empathetic
• Curious and creative
• Resourceful and adaptable
• Team players

Interested, but want to know more?
We know that these documents can never cover everything and can ask more questions than they give answers. We want to do everything to encourage you to apply and will be holding an open drop-in session for anyone who thinks they might be interested but isn’t sure exactly what is involved and would like a friendly and informal chat about what is involved and whether this could be right for you. Members of the team will be at the Stranraer Millennium Centre between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 21st April with tea, biscuits and a warm welcome.
If you can’t make the Drop-In but would like a chat, please contact Stranraer Development Trust on 01776 748 812 and we’ll do all we can to support you in putting yourself forward for this role. Give us a try!

How to Apply

Deadline for Applications: Sunday 1st May, midnight

Please provide a CV and covering letter of no more than 500 words,
identifying what interests you about this opportunity, why you feel you are
suited to the role.

Please send by email to (max file size of 5MB) with heading
Arts and Engagement Officer

We are happy to provide you with the interview questions prior to your
interview. Please ask us for these if you are shortlisted.
Stranraer is committed to creating a positive and inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and valued. We are an inclusive organisation and believe our work will be stronger with greater diversity and, as such, we welcome applications from those who bring a difference to our team. We welcome the whole person to work, and understand that each of us bring our experiences, our backgrounds, and our own unique lens to what we do.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from those who are currently under-represented within the sector, including those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled candidates, LGBTQI+ and/or those from a low socio-economic background or requiring flexible working arrangements

Interviews will be held in person in Stranraer on Monday 9th May
By applying you are deemed to be making yourself available for interview on
this date, please let us know however in your application should you need to
arrange a different date

Priorities and Working Criteria
Local connections – We are interested in supporting and growing
opportunities for people local to Stranraer with this work and as such this
position requires that you have strong local connections and knowledge. We will add a weighting to applicants based in Stranraer or with strong local connections.

Inclusion and Diversity – An optional Equalities Monitoring Form will be
included in the project application. We are committed to ensuring that these
opportunities are as accessible as possible for everyone. If you have any
questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of the project, please

Recruitment Opportunities- April 2022


Job Description

Job Title:  Gateway to Galloway Project Officer

Organisation: Stranraer Development Trust

Duration: 24 months

Hours & Salary:35 hrs per week may include evening and weekend work Salary £24,000 PA.

Location: Stranraer, office base Gateway to Galloway Centre, with occasional travel as necessary

Responsible To: Stranraer Development Trust Board of Trustees & Project Coordinator

Responsible For: Daily operations of Gateway to Galloway Centre including management of part time staff members and volunteers.

Job Purpose:

Stranraer Development Trust is a registered charity and was set up to achieve sustainable regeneration of the community of Stranraer addressing a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues that the town faces.  Gateway to Galloway Centre is a new and exciting way for SDT to deliver a first class customer service through various avenues whilst displaying a passion for the area and wealth of local knowledge.

Main Responsibilities:

The development and organisation of the Gateway to Galloway Centre to align with business plan proposal.

Skill & Experience

The following key skills are essential requirement when applying for the position unless indicated otherwise

Community development qualification or similar desirable.

Previous experience of managing and delivering a range of community projects.

Previous experience of working with the tourism sector.

Previous experience working within a community organisation.

Previous experience in the supervision of staff.

Self-motivated and ability to work under own initiative.

Ability to work with and motivate volunteers.

Confident in providing presentations to groups and organisations.

Computer literate in Microsoft Office applications, including PowerPoint presentations, excel and access.

Confident in social media.

Ability manage workload within time available.

Able to meet deadlines and targets.

Able to communicate effectively with people from all backgrounds and abilities.

Able to manage project budgets.

Driving licence desirable but not essential

Performance Management

The job activities listed are not exhaustive and may be added to or amended consistent with the job purpose.

To manage your own performance and any volunteers you may be responsible for in accordance with the company’s values of customer first, continuous improvements, openness and honesty, local decision making and team working.

To develop knowledge and skills required by a community project Officer.

To achieve the agreed performance targets detailed in the work plan and contribute to performance appraisal activities.

To manage your own performance in compliance with all Codes, Regulations and procedures including Code of Conduct, Health and Safety and Governance.

To manage risk, promote risk awareness and prioritise work in light of the risk analysis.


To apply please send CV and covering letter, which should be submitted for the attention of Mr Romano Petrucci, Chairman, Stranraer Development Trust to

Alternatively, you can send to Stranraer Development Trust, Clock Tower, Market Street, Stranraer, DG97RF.

Closing date is 29/04/22 with interviews to be held on 04/05/22 in Stranraer.

Stranraer Oyster Festival Confirms 2022 Return

Stranraer Oyster Festival Confirms 2022 Return

Stranraer Oyster Festival, one of Scotland’s biggest food festivals, is set for a sensational return later this year, with organiser Stranraer Development Trust confirming the event will take place from 2nd – 4th September 2022, with support through EventScotland’s National Funding Programme and from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The community-run festival was last held in 2019 when it attracted more than 17,000 people to the shores of Loch Ryan, home of Scotland’s last remaining wild, native oyster fishery. The festival celebrates the town’s native oyster heritage and it traditionally hosts the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championship, alongside a three-day programme of chef demonstrations, entertainment and activities.

Covid guidelines and ongoing restrictions for large gatherings scuppered plans for a post-lockdown comeback last year, but Romano Petrucci, Chair of Stranraer Development Trust, says now is the right time to bring back the popular event.

“In a very short period of time Stranraer Oyster Festival has become a hugely important part of Stranraer’s identity, and a real focal point for celebrating the very best that Stranraer and the wider Galloway area has to offer. So I was heartbroken when I had to cancel planning for the festival last year, but it was the right decision.

“We have taken time and given a lot of thought to how we can put on a spectacular event that makes the most of our open-air, harbour-side location. Our goal is to bring our community, visitors and guests together in a way that retains the truly wonderful festival atmosphere that Stranraer Oyster Festival is known for, while being mindful of the need for fresh air and space throughout. We have also put a lot of effort into creating a mind-blowingly-good festival programme, with some fantastic celebrity chefs lined up and some seriously delicious experiences on offer.”

General admission tickets for the 2022 Stranraer Oyster Festival cost £5 per day or £10 for the full three-day event for over 16s, with concessions available. Under 16s are free of charge, and tickets are available to purchase now. The full programme will be announced in May, when tickets for chef demos and activities will go on sale.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said:

“Scotland’s natural larder is renowned for its quality so I am delighted that we are supporting the return of the Stranraer Oyster Festival. Scotland is the perfect stage for food and drink events so I look forward to celebrating our world-class seafood in Dumfries and Galloway this September.”

Romano is encouraging people to buy tickets early to support the sustainability of the festival, he added:

“One of the things we want to do this year is minimise queues within the festival site. So we are inviting people to plan ahead by booking their admission tickets early online and signing up for our e-newsletter so they’re bang up to date with festival announcements.

“Having an understanding of attendance early is going to be incredibly helpful to our small team.  It means we can make informed decisions around things like marquee sizes, to create a festival atmosphere that we can all be proud of. So I’m personally encouraging people to book now to secure their festival ticket, and then we can all look forward to the return of the incredible Stranraer Oyster Festival this September.”

General admission tickets for Stranraer Oyster Festival 2022 can be purchased from Eventbrite.




For more information or to request photos, please contacts:

Lorna Young  01387 263 886 or email:


EVENTSCOTLAND – Notes to Editor

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events by securing and supporting an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events. It provides funding opportunities and access to resources and information to develop the industry.

EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation, alongside Business Events and Development teams.  For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit or follow Twitter @EventScotNews and LinkedIn.

Thank you to our Festival Funders

A big thanks to all the funders who have supported the Festival which will allow us to make it a really special event and create a legacy for the town.

Oyster festival shortlisted for Food Tourism Award

We are thrilled to announce that the 2019 Stranraer Oyster Festival is a finalist in the prestigious CIS Excellence Awards in the Food Tourism Award category. These awards celebrate the very best in Scotland’s hospitality industry. The food tourism category is new, recognising the growing importance of food tourism to Scotland, and we are incredibly proud that our festival has been recognised in this way.

We’ve no idea what the final will involve, or even when it is, but we’ll keep you posted on the outcome. In the meantime you can read more about the awards on the link below.

Stranraer Oyster Festival has been a joy to develop and it’s something that everyone in Stranraer Development Trust is incredibly proud of, but our festival is more than that.

The festival simply couldn’t be the amazing success it is without the support of so many volunteers and supporters - including the young people who have enthusiastically supported the event over the years. So being shortlisted for this award is a real pat on the back for everyone in Stranraer – whether you’ve volunteered, traded at, helped promote or simply visited and enjoyed Stranraer Oyster Festival, this recognition is for you and for our wee toon. Thank you.


Stranraer Oyster Festival 2019 chosen as the 2020 winner of the CIS Excellence Awards

Stranraer Development Trust have the pleasure in announcing that the Stranraer Oyster Festival 2019 was chosen as the 2020 winner of the CIS Excellence Awards, in the Food Tourism Award category.

The Stranraer Oyster Festival has grown to become an amazing success and is now recognised at national level by Visit Scotland. This is down to the many volunteers who have offered their time and skills, as well as all the support given by the community.

“This award is for every person who attended, supported and volunteered at our fantastic festival in 2019. No one could have imagined what would transpire in the world since that weekend but when this is all over one thing for sure is that SDT will be ready and eager to go again and create a festival that will be once again the pride of the entire region. This is the third highly prestigious award the Trust has been put forward for and on each occasion SOF has come out as the winner every time. Thank you to everyone for your continued support- for now stay safe and close to your loved ones and we will go again in 2022.” Romano Petrucci - Chairman SDT.

To see the full list of winners and photographs please visit:

Dumfries and Galloway Council grant £15,000 for 2022 Oyster Festival

Stranraer Development Trust are pleased to announce that funding of £15,000 has been granted by Dumfries and Galloway Council for the 2022 Oyster Festival.  The funding was first announced in April 2020 and the Development Trust has now put detailed plans in place to deliver the Festival in the Autumn of 2022. This funding will help secure the return of the Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors to the area and in 2019 generated over £1million for the economy.

The seafood celebration promotes the town’s native oyster heritage from the shores of Loch Ryan, home to Scotland’s last remaining wild, native oyster fisher and welcomes people from all over the UK and abroad.

Visitors can also experience local artisan crafts, from the many stall holders that attend the weekend festival, along with activities for all the family, live local music and entertainment.

Councillor Adam Wilson, the Council’s Events Champion said, “The Oyster Festival is one of Scotland’s most important food festivals and has tremendous local support and economic significance. The Council is absolutely determined to safeguard and promote the Festival and our funding provides an excellent platform for the Development Trust’s work to plan the Autumn 2022 programme.”

If you would like to keep up to date with information for the forthcoming 2022 Oyster Festival, please or visit us at Facebook – Stranraer Oyster Festival.

Stranraer Oyster Festival 2021 Cancelled

Stranraer Oyster Festival 2021, one of Scotland’s biggest food festivals, has announced it will not take place this year due to continuing uncertainty over the impact of Covid-19.

In 2019 the three day community-run festival attracted more than 17,000 people to the shores of Loch Ryan, home of Scotland’s last remaining wild, native oyster fishery. The festival celebrates the town’s native oyster heritage and hosts the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championship, alongside a programme of entertainment and activities.

The 2021 festival had been scheduled for 10th – 12th September, and it was hoped that ongoing easing of Covid restrictions might allow for a major gathering of people in the autumn of this year.  However, festival organisers, Stranraer Development Trust, announced this morning that the 2021 event has been cancelled.

Romano Petrucci, Chair of Stranraer Development Trust, said:

“Despite our best intentions, and with the clear knowledge that our community is desperate for a boost and some good news, the Board of Stranraer Development Trust are sorry to announce the cancellation of this year’s Stranraer Oyster Festival.

“We have been working very hard behind the scenes to explore approaches that might allow our festival to return this year.  We carried out a very thorough examination of all the possibilities, but circumstances make it impossible for us to guarantee a festival that is safe for our community and safe for our visitors at this time.

“Hosting Stranraer Oyster Festival is a huge undertaking for our community and it involves a great deal of planning in advance. It is of course tempting to be optimistic, and to hope that circumstances in September will be different, but as a community organisation we have a responsibility to put the community first. Postponing making a decision about this year’s festival till July or August simply is not an option.

“We had an incredible headline guest lined up, and that has made this decision all the harder. In that regards, a huge thanks must go to Doug McLean and his team at the Scottish International Airshow, as well as the many, many people the Trust have engaged with these last few months as we attempted to find the reassurances and confidences we needed to make our decision.

“By the time 2022 and the next planned Stranraer Oyster Festival comes around, it will be a staggering and very sobering three years since we last all gathered for such a wonderful weekend celebrating our local oysters. For now, all we can do is apologise for this year’s cancellation and wish each and every one of you a safe, happy and healthy summer.”

Stranraer oyster festival ‘worth £1m’

An independent study has found an oyster festival in south west Scotland generated about £1m for the economy.

The second edition of the event was held in Stranraer in September and attracted 14,000 visitors.

It represented a 40% rise on 2017 and the number of people staying in the town also showed an increase.

Mark Kummerer of MKA Economics, who carried out the research, said the event had generated more than double the economic impact of the first one.

“The second hosting of the Stranraer Oyster Festival was a greater success than the inaugural event,” he said.

“The festival attracted a much larger audience with more visitors from outside the region.

“There was a considerable increase in the number of visitors staying overnight and there was a big uplift in average spend.”

Romano Petrucci, who chairs the Stranraer Development Trust which runs the festival, said: “This is a staggering economic impact figure and it highlights just how important Stranraer Oyster Festival has become to our town in just a few short years.

“While we knew that the 2018 Stranraer Oyster Festival was a big success, we were blown away by the economist’s findings, so much so that we asked him to double check those figures just to be sure, which he did.

“This research demonstrates the power that communities have when they pull together to imagine a positive, more ambitious future.”

However, he stressed that the town needed to be made “more accessible” and said the trust would “fight endlessly” to see the local transport network improved.

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