About us

About us

Belhelvie Community Trust (BCT) is a small charity which works throughout the parish of Belhelvie, which includes Balmedie, Blackdog, Potterton, Whitecairns and Belhelvie, and all dwellings in between.

It is an umbrella organisation, helping existing community projects and developing new ones, all in response to community need.

Our aims

Our aim is simple, to make things a bit better in our parish…by restoring and improving facilities or creating new ones…and to encourage volunteering …to make things happen!

Getting started

BCT was formed in 2014 as several local groups were experiencing difficulties with funding and recruiting volunteers and it was agreed that a Trust could pool resources, knowledge and expertise.

We sought charitable status to give the Trust credibility and enable us to apply for funding from a wider range of sources.

In April 2015 we were awarded SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) status – SC045563 with the purpose of community development, by OSCR (Office of Scottish Charity Regulator). BCT has successfully submitted annual returns to OSCR and takes its duty of care to its community seriously.

How we are organised - meetings and trustees

We are a constituted body, and all members can attend all meetings.  Meetings are formal but friendly!  Our minutes are available on request, contact us to let us know if you would like a copy.

We have seven Trustees who are responsible for running the charity, of whom one is chair person, one is treasurer and one is secretary.

Members are a mixture of people representing community groups and individuals with an interest in the local community.

Our work

Since 2014, BCT has taken on the running of The Sand Bothy in Balmedie Country Park – an asset transfer from Aberdeenshire Council. We have set up Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs and we are in the process of developing a sensory garden in Balmedie.

Over the years we have also assisted other community groups in the parish with funding applications, volunteer recruitment, links to other organisations, information and advice. These groups have included Balmedie Heath Walks, Better Balmedie and Belhelvie Community First Responders.

BCT is a member of Development Trust Association Scotland, and Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, so we can benefit from their advice both for BCT and other groups.


BCT has no guaranteed source of funding. Our projects have all been funded from a range of sources, including The National Lottery, local businesses, charitable trusts and local authority funds.

A lot of time is spent applying for appropriate funds for both BCT and other groups, which is has become increasingly competitive as Council budgets are cut and more communities are looking for funds for projects of all kinds.

We have also raised some funds by our own efforts from Family Fun Days, Sand Bothy Kiosk sales and the production and sale of a calendar.

Our Funders

The Sand Bothy Funders

The National Lottery Awards for All

The Co-operative

The David and June Gordon Trust

Dickies Pharmacy

Aberdeenshire Council Community Planning Partnership

Foundation Scotland

The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation

Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership

British Heart Foundation

Aberdeen Airport Community Fund

Premier Oil Community Fund

St James’s Place Wealth Management

Balmedie Beavers

Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs funders

In 2018 and 2019 we have had support in cash and kind from:

Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All

The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation

Apache North Sea Production Limited

Aberdeen Cerebral Palsy Association

Liz Boynton

David Cousins

Dyce Parish Church of Scotland

Highland Hustle with Carolle


Aberdeen Dyslexia Learning Centre

Carol Menlove

Aberdeen Training Services

Brian and Sheila Gray


Balmedie Leisure Centre

Barratt Homes

Joni Corbett


If you would like to support us you can donate on our just giving page.  We are currently raising funds for Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs and Changing Places (for a fully accessible toilet and changing room at the Balmedie Country Park).  Find out more about our latest fundraising campaigns.

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If you would like to support us you can donate on our just giving page

Belhelvie Community Trust

Supporting groups, clubs and developing new projects in various parts of the parish since 2014

Belhelvie Community Trust


The trust meets every 2 months.

Next Meeting:

Contact us

Rosie Nicol
28 Whitehorse Terrace
AB23 8XF

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