Latest Projects News
Our main project for the last year has been the ongoing refurbishment of our new building at 14 Oldmeldrum Rd. The building which was previously in use as a small hotel, restaurant and bar had been empty for a year before we took it on. Its interior décor was dated and shabby and the grounds and garden just looked uncared for. Work began to bring it up to date in August 2020 and is now well underway. The project is ongoing, but it has started very well and a huge amount of progress has already been made. Regular updates are posted on both our facebook page and website as well as being published in the local news letter for the area.
Volunteers are at the centre of everything we do. From the long-term commitment of the company Directors, to the home bakes provided by supportive local bakers, every little helps.
Jobs that have been done by volunteers in the last year include the following.
Working in the Café or kitchen
Health walk leader
Mini Digger operator
Cherry picker operator
Project Evaluation Group (PEG) member.
First Aid Trainer
Chain saw operator
Volunteering opportunities are many and varied so if you have a few hours to spare we will do our best to find a task to suit your skills and interests.
Call 01651 843 776 or email Development@udnycommunitytrust.org.uk
As well as distributing grant funding to local organisations and good causes, UCTC have been working within the community to bring forward a range of projects since 2011. During that time, UCTC have worked with volunteers, community groups and partner organisations, to help turn good ideas into reality.
Some stand out projects that UCTC think have made a real difference to the community are as follows.
UCTC worked with local Community Councils, grant funders, property owners and volunteers to have five defibrillators installed at locations throughout Formartine.
Christmas Lights Switch-on Events
Events have taken place each year since 2011, except for 2020 when Covid19 restrictions meant that it could not safely take place.
UCTC commissioned a community consultation event and report "Imagine Udny" which has since been used to help demonstrate the wishes of the community to key decision makers.
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Paths Improvements and Map
Working with Udny Paths Group and enthusiastic landowners, UCTC have helped to improve walking access throughout the area. The Paths Map which was produced in early 2020, has been very well received and was particularly welcome during the lockdown which came later in that year. The Path Group continues to work tirelessly to improve access for walkers in the area.
Fit for Friday
UCTC funded and arranged for a weekly chair-based exercise class to be held in Pitmedden Public Hall. The class has been very popular and is now running independently.
Udny Health Walks
UCTC work with Paths for All, who co-ordinate Health Walks throughout Scotland. With the help of several very enthusiastic local volunteers, UCTC run a weekly walk around Pitmedden. Covid restrictions meant that Health Walks had to be stopped for a while but we are very pleased to have resumed them.
Education and Training
Over the years UCTC have organised First Aid, Food Hygiene, Path Maintenance and Drystone Dyke Building courses which have all been very well attended by the local community and which have helped groups to increase their capacity to complete their own projects.
The opening of Cafe48 was a huge milestone in the development of our new facility. As well as allowing us to offer good quality food at a reasonable price to customers, it has allowed us to offer education and training opportunities to the wider community.
We were very pleased to be able to take part in the Scottish Government Kickstart scheme with the aim of getting younger people back into work. The scheme has enabled us to create two new posts in the kitchen and café. Post holders will gain valuable work experience and support to improve their general employability.
Part time posts have also been created which allow local youngsters to gain work experience and confidence in a busy working environment.
What are we working on today?
Our main project is the continued development of our new community building on Oldmeldrum Road.
Since receiving the keys for our new building in March 2020, we have overcome all obstacles to get our Cafe48 up and running.
Several rooms upstairs have also been refurbished and are available for hire: See "Hire a Room" section.
Work is continuing to raise the standard of the rest of the building, to meet 21st century expectations. We are looking forward to seeing how the site develops.
Alongside this, we continue to work with local partners to maintain and expand on the more established projects. You can find out what’s new by following us here, or via the UCTC facebook page.