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 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!
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.
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.
The Sand Bothy Funders
The National Lottery Awards for All
The David and June Gordon Trust
Aberdeenshire Council Community Planning Partnership
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 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
Dyce Parish Church of Scotland
Highland Hustle with Carolle
Aberdeen Dyslexia Learning Centre
Aberdeen Training Services
Brian and Sheila Gray
Balmedie Leisure Centre
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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Belhelvie Community Trust
Supporting groups, clubs and developing new projects in various parts of the parish since 2014