Helmsdale & District Development Trust (HDDT) began life some four years ago as a group of local residents united by the ambition to reverse the trend of decline which has been steadily eating away at the resources of this area over the past decades.
As a result of an extensive preliminary consultation carried out among the community, certain priorities were identified, and in order that these might be addressed effectively, the group proceeded to become a legally constituted development trust with charitable status, in 2012.
The business of the Trust is now managed by an elected board of 8 directors, including a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, all of whom are local residents, and give of their time to the Trust on a voluntary basis.
The day-to-day business of running the office, located in Helmsdale Community Centre, is in the hands of our Local Development Officer (LDO) Paul Harrington, whose post, currently funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), is essential for realisation of our projects, as most of the directors are in full-time employment.
Success to date includes the completion of the innovative 100% community owned social/affordable housing project, the first in Helmsdale for more than 35 years. Owned by the community, for the community.