New trust for the north of the city seeks directors


Fancy becoming a director of a community interest company designed to transform the lives and fortunes of those living in the north of Plymouth?

 

The Four Greens Community Trust, the new economic development trust covering Whitleigh, Ernesettle, Honicknowle and Manadon, has been granted legal status and now the search is on for board members.

 

Its official new status as a Community Interest Company means all the legal arrangements are in place for the trust to own and manage assets ring-fenced by the Council and to develop and run businesses.

 

The trust already has 120 members but there are already four founding directors from the local community, and another four directors will be elected at the first FGCT members meeting on Thursday 16 October at the Parkway Sports and Social club in Ernesettle.

 

Previous experience of being a director is not essential, as support and training will be given. Even if you just want to become a member, you can come along and join on the night.

 

David Vear, local resident and chair of the trust said: “We want local people who can give some time to help develop the new organisation.

 

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Cooperatives, Housing and Community Safety said: “Experience is not essential, but enthusiasm is. This is an amazing opportunity to be at the start of something that has the potential to change lives in these neighbourhoods.

 

Ward Councillor John Taylor added: “This is a great example of how the Council is putting power back into the community.

 

“I’m absolutely convinced that trust can make a positive difference in north Plymouth by creating jobs and much-needed services, but for this to happen we need people to get involved.”

 

Working closely with the Council, the trust plans to generate an income, improve access to job opportunities and training, develop and support new enterprises, improve local services and facilities, and encourage investment in the area.

 

Great progress has been made on the trust’s first project which is to turn the Whitleigh Care Home into a community and enterprise hub. A pilot scheme to better link young people in the area with the construction industry is also being considered.

 

Anyone interested in being a director please contact cedt@plymouth.gov.uk for a profile of the role and an application form. The deadline for application forms has been extended to Friday 10October