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Castle Douglas Development Forum was established in 2012 and is now a two-tier Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation (SCO43639) and a Government recognized Community Anchor Organisation.

The catchment area for CDDF includes the town of Castle Douglas and the outlying villages and agricultural communities of the Ken/Dee valley to Parton and Corsock, the Urr Valley to Haugh of Urr and Milton and the parish of Kelton to Gelston and Bridge of Dee. 

All residents who reside within this area are considered members of CDDF, and therefore receive votes at the annual general meeting, and those aged over the age of 16 are welcome to join the board of trustees.

CDDF puts the community at the forefront of all its projects, run for and by the community, they encourage civic pride and community spirit. CDDF volunteers help to run the Heart of Galloway Visitor Centre, the Castle Douglas Town Shop, the Stepping Stones Foodbank and help write and deliver the Castle Douglas Journal. CDDF is also involved in running the local Men’s Shed, and an environmental action group: EcoCD. These groups strive to provide opportunities to build confidence and skills amongst the citizens of Castle Douglas so that the town can thrive, grow, and innovate.

CDDF fulfils its aims through its organisation of a busy calendar of civic events; from the full week of activities during the town’s civic week, to the monthly producer’s market. CDDF creates a hub of activity for the community that is accessible to all. Even though Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns CDDF has aimed to create events and opportunities for the community through the formation of its environmental action group ‘Eco CD’, which has hosted an online Climate Café’s and put together the opportunity for all local primary aged children to grow their own lettuce, and by putting together a socially distanced Easter Egg hunt in the towns’ shop windows.

If your organisation would like help with a project or a small grant towards a project please contact us with your request for funding. All applications will be considered by the Charities management trustees. Contact details are at the bottom of our home page.

Download the application form here :

Ongoing Projects

Town Shop

Stepping Stones

The Castle Douglas Town Shop opened is CDDF’s charity shop on King Street and has been running since the 19990s. From donations gifted by the community the Town Shop’s profit’s go to supporting the civic events Castle Douglas Development Forum hosts in the town. In addition, the profits raised in the Town Shop allow for CDDF to offer Grant money of up to £1000 to local groups and clubs.

In 2019 CDDF used this money to buy new uniforms for Castle Douglas Football club.

The Stepping Stones Project hosts the food bank in Castle Douglas and a satellite site in Dalbeattie, operated in partnership with the Dalbeattie initiative. A small free clothing service for those most in need is available in partnership with our Town shop which raises funds for CDDF via sales of donated clothes and goods. The project aims to help people in crisis, but also support them to move forward and get the longer-term help they require to become more financially independent. 

Heart of Galloway

CDDF took over the running of the Centre after Visit Scotland, the countries national tourism agency, announced its closure after a national restructuring. Alarmed at the prospect of the town losing this vital resource and concerned about the possible effect this might have on local tourism in the area, CDDF contacted Visit Scotland and started a trial lease of the building in May 2018.

The centre was re-branded as the Heart of Galloway Visitor Centre and provides a friendly welcome and information to visitors and also a retail area that sells locally produced artisan food and drink and gifts produced by local artists. The income generated is reinvested by CDDF into the community and helps fund civic events hosted by the Forum.

CDDF took ownership of the Tourist Information Centre in March 2020, and in June CDDF has agreed to a lease with The Toffee Shop which sells sweets, chocolate, and ice cream, and now coexists in the Heart of Galloway with the Tourist information desk.

Men’s Shed

Castle Douglas Development Forum secured premises for a Castle Douglas Men’s Shed in March 2019. The Men’s Shed Association is about finding community spaces for men to help reduce loneliness and isolation, improve mental well-being and have fun.

In Castle Douglas, this space is somewhere that men can meet and undertake an activity together, learn new skills, and share their own, but also where people can pop in for a chat to find information about local services and help their local community.

James Robertson (a CDDF Trustee) runs the Men’s Shed, helping find tools, equipment and projects for the group to use and work on. If you are interested in finding out more about the Men’s Shed, or want to join please email James at:

Castle Douglas Development Forum also runs the monthly producer’s market, is developing a Park Run for the town, and puts on a whole host of civic events for the town. One of their main projects at this time is Castle Douglas’ new Inclusive Play park.

Our Board

Castle Douglas Development Forum is a charity and a registered SCIO. The work of CDDF is overseen by a board of trustees.

CDDF’s Board is open to all members of the community, over the age of ___.  The Board is pulled together with the aims of equipping CDDF and a range of expertise, knowledge, skills, and experiences. It is up to the Trustees to ensure that the charity has a clear strategy and aims and continues to exist to promote the health and well-being of the people of Castle Douglas and the surrounding rural areas.

CDDF’s Board of Trustees have monthly meetings to be updated on the work of the staff and make decisions. Bi-monthly these meetings are open to the public and provide the community opportunities to bring any other business to the attention of the board.

The Board consists of:

-Carolyn Yates- Chair Person

Producer, Writer

-Neill Walker- Vice Chair

Mad Hatter Café

-Liz Stansfield – Treasurer

Small Print, CDDF Administrative Support Commission

-James Robertson- Trustee


-Ian Blacklock- Trustee


-Jayne Ashley- Trustee

Sustainability Practitioner

-Keith Irving- Trustee

Irving’s Baker

-Andrew Moore- Trustee

Moore’s Fish and Chips

-Anne Haliday, – Trustee

CrossFit Castle Douglas

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