Recruitment Opportunities 2023

JOB TITLE: Youth Activities Sessional Worker
LOCATION: Stranraer Development Trust
RESPONSIBLE TO: Stranraer Development Trust Chairman
RATE OF PAY: 12phr
HOURS: 5 hours a week. Fixed position for 8 weeks commencing in autumn 2023, with the expectation that this will continue up to the end of May 2024.

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 ongoing youth work programme
2) To assist with 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

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 cover letter should be submitted for the attention of Romano Petrucci – Chairman, Stranraer Development Trust. Email:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 29th September 2023, with interviews expected at the beginning of October 2023.

By submitting an application, it is confirmation of your availability for interview during this time.

Exciting New Job Opportunity

Project Officer – Stranraer Development Trust

Stranraer Development Trust is looking for a project officer to develop and manage the first Stranraer Oyster Festival which will take place in September 2017.  The Stranraer Oyster Festival aims to position Stranraer as an attractive place to visit to enjoy warm hospitality and unique Scottish seafood, including oysters from Scotland’s only wild, native oyster fishery.  We are looking for someone who can help the board of trustees make this happen.

This exciting post is initially for 21 hours per week for a fixed term of twelve months at a starting rate of £12 per hour (to be reviewed after probationary period). We do expect the hours to be increased and term to be extended but this will be subject to available funding.  Holidays are 20 days (pro rata) and public holidays.  Pension scheme available.

Aside from specific skills and experience (see job description) We are looking for someone who has a passion for Stranraer and surrounding area, who is flexible, positive, willing to learn and committed.

Please see the job description below for further details.

SDT Project Worker Job Description

If you think you are the person that can help us please email your CV along with a letter to by 22nd January 2017.  Interviews will take place 30th and 31st January 2017.

Big thanks to Belmont School

Big thanks to the children of Belmont Primary who aided by school caretaker Dougie Hannah are looking after our plants until they are big enough to be planted out. Romano Petrucci and Carol Maxwell from our Board visited the school last week to thank the youngsters and see the all work they’ve done. They were so impressed by the children’s enthusiasm. Thank you Iona, Calvin, Elle, Macaulie and Morgan.  The youngsters have even offered to help us plant them this February – Okay, the offer of free ice cream, chips and cold drinks from Central Café may have helped a little!

The children have also been involved with creating a beautiful garden in the school grounds for Oscar Robertson, their school mate who sadly was lost to us all a few months ago.

Funding for Stranraer Resilience Fund

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £12,000 in order for us to start the Stranraer Resilience Fund. This fund will be used to make small grants to local community groups who are working with people in hardship. The funding has come from the Scottish Government through the Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) and also a Scottish Charitable Trust who wish to remain anonymous but heard about our application and wanted to contribute towards the fund.

We will announce the full criteria and details and invite community groups to apply in January 2017. Watch this space.

Stranraer Oyster Festival has a Logo!

The Board are delighted to unveil the new logo for the Stranraer Oyster Festival which has been designed as part of the consultation and initial development work for the Festival.

The next step is the finalisation of the Business Plan/Blue Print for the Festival.  This document is being produced by Liz Ramsay and Lorna Young who have extensive experience in event planning particularly in the food and drink sector.  This plan will help the Board of Trustees and their project worker to deliver a successful Festival.


Tesco Bags of Help!

The Trust are delighted to inform you that we have once again been successful in an application to Tesco Bags of Help, and we now go forward to the In-Store voting round to determine whether we achieve £1,000, £2,000 or £5,000 towards our aim of providing more flower-filled planters for the Marina area walkway at the old gas-works car park.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to support Scottish communities.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 1 to 31 December on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

We chose this part of Town was chosen because it is need of some brightening up in time for it being used for the inaugural Stranraer Oyster Festival in September 2017 and we have spent a lot of time this year speaking to the relevant bodies explaining the importance of the entire area being ready and clean for this huge event for Stranraer.

There will be three good causes to vote for, but we would be so grateful for your vote because you can see the difference it makes after the last time you supported us and we managed to place 18 of these planters around the entire Town centre . As before, when you shop at Tesco, you will be given a small plastic coin and the option to place it in one of three slots as you leave the store. Please look for the one supporting Stranraer Development Trust and help us freshen up another area of the Town. Many thanks. #bagsofhelp @tesco_scotland


More donations received

A big thank you to the Sir James Miller Edinburgh Trust and Drumpellier & Corsewall Estates for their recent donations.

In total we have now received over £5,000 in donations ranging from £10 to £500.

This money has come from individuals, businesses, organisations and charitable trusts.  We are very grateful for this support.


Big Ideas sought for the new Stranraer Oyster Festival

Stranraer Development Trust is calling on the “collective brainpower of the people and businesses of Stranraer” to come up with some big ideas to help create a blueprint for the new Stranraer Oyster Festival, which is set to launch in September next year.

Plans for the festival took a significant step forward last week with the appointment of local food and drink expert Liz Ramsay and the formal backing of Tristan Hugh-Jones of Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Ltd.

Liz, formerly of Dumfries & Galloway’s food organisation Savour the Flavours, is leading a consultation and development project that will create a blueprint for the festival. The consultation launched this week with a community survey which can be accessed online at .   Community groups and volunteers are also being consulted over the next month and the development plan is due to be completed shortly thereafter.   The project is supported by The Big Lottery Investing in Ideas programme.

Chairman of Stranraer Development Trust Romano Petrucci said:

“Plans for the Stranraer Oyster Festival are now moving ahead confidently, and I’m delighted that we have the backing of Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery as well as the support of Liz in developing plans for the festival. Liz has an impressive track record in making local food and drink events and activities happen, so the Trust was keen to make use of both her knowledge of food events, and her many contacts in the industry.

“The plan is to create a festival that will involve and inspire our whole town, and which will create a late summer tourism highlight to attract visitors to Stranraer. So we would love as many local people and organisations as possible to contribute their ideas and their suggestions to help shape Stranraer Oyster Festival. We are also keen to hear from people and community groups who are able to volunteer to support the festival.

“The Trust is absolutely committed to making this festival something that will put Stranraer on the food tourism map. I would urge everyone in the town to have their say in how this happens by taking part in the survey.”

Tristan Hugh-Jones of the Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery last week assured the Stranraer Development Trust of the company’s full backing for the festival. Tristan said:

“The idea of an oyster festival for Stranraer has been talked about for quite some time, so we were delighted to see progress start to be made and we will work with the Trust to create oyster-related focal points for the festival.

“One of the things we are keen to do is to raise awareness of just how special the native oyster bed in Loch Ryan is, explain how we manage and protect the bed and, if possible, give local people the opportunity to visit the oyster bed by boat.

“Oyster festivals are of course about much more than just oysters themselves. What has really enthused us about this project is the passion of the people involved to make it a successful annual celebration of Stranraer’s heritage, food production and people, so we are very pleased to give it our full support. “

Liz Ramsay said Stranraer’s unique claim as the home to Scotland’s only wild and native oyster fishery should create an ideal focal point for the event. She commented:

“Food tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in the UK, and Stranraer’s rich seafood heritage means the town is perfectly placed to capitalise on that growing interest in themed food festivals.

“Oysters are considered a luxury food, but oyster festivals are by no means elitist. Oyster festivals tend to take the oyster as a focal point and then create a celebration of local food, local culture and the local community around it. As Scotland’s only wild and native oyster fishery there is a huge opportunity here for Stranraer to use its unique oyster and coastal heritage to create a festival of national significance.

“I’m delighted to be working with Stranraer Development Trust on this project, and I would urge local people, community groups and local businesses to share their thoughts and ideas with us to help make the Stranraer Oyster Festival a must-visit event.”

The festival survey can be accessed online at .

Businesses, organisations and community groups who would like to find out more about the project can contact Romano Petrucci of Stranraer Development Trust at or they can contact Liz Ramsay at

309 laps of Agnew Park

As many of you will know on 31st July,  Philip Miller attempted to set a world record for the distance covered by a mobility scooter in ten hours in Agnew Park.

In 10 hours, doing 309 laps of Agnew Park, Philip covered a staggering 70.72 miles on a scooter to raise money for 3 causes to better the Stranraer area, one of them being Stranraer Development Trust.  With the help of many, Philip raised £1,200 and Stranraer Development Trust would like to say a huge thank you to Philip for his kind donation of £400.  Well done Philip!!