Last week Castle Douglas Development Forum (CDDF) this week, said goodbye to their Project Development Officer, Sarah-Jane Allsopp.
Sarah-Jane has been Project Development officer at CDDF for the last 4 years after stepping down as chairperson. During her time at CDDF she has been instrumental in their successes and expansion. She has overseen the asset transfer and the reopening of the town’s Visitor Information Centre, now known as Heart of Galloway, led the start-up of an emergency food bank during the pandemic, and played a huge part in the success of the Food and Bike festival held last August.
Sarah-Jane has done a lot of fundraising for Castle Douglas, through applying for grants and funding but also by setting her own personal challenges. Over the last year she has done the virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats walk to raise money for the Inclusive playpark. After finishing this challenge, she is now attempting to go back again, this time running to raise money.
Sarah-Jane leaves the role to take on a new post with the council as an economic development officer within the capital projects team covering Stewartry and the Machars.
Announcing her departure, Sarah-Jane said:
“I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to work within the community in my hometown. It has been a fantastic experience. The trustees and volunteers are truly inspiring, and I will miss working for them. I look forward to using the knowledge I have gained locally within my new role. I wish the team at CDDF all the best for the future as they continue to pour their heart and soul into our wonderful wee town!”Sarah-Jane Allsopp
CDDF Chairperson, Carolyn Yates, added:
“Sarah-Jane will be a loss to CDDF but it’s a gain for the council, our town and the Stewartry area. Sarah-Jane is brim full of ideas and has the capacity to make them happen. We are looking forward to the energy and knowledge of our local area she will bring to economic development in and around our town as well as the Stewartry and the region. “Carolyn Yates
CDDF, and its whole team, wish Sarah-Jane the best of luck in her new role.
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