Chance to make a difference in rural way of life

The Ayrshire Leader group are asking for people in rural communities across Ayrshire to join a new local action group (LAG) to help transform communities.

Ayrshire Leader aims to build skills and knowledge within rural communities while encouraging innovation and co-operation.

The programme is part of the European funded Scottish Rural Development Programme and the European Marine and Fisheries Fund for the next six years.

Claire Monaghan, head of communities for South Ayrshire Council, said: “This is a real opportunity for people to get involved and have their say in how we develop and deliver our strategy so we can ensure that it reflects the needs and wishes of people who live and work in rural Ayrshire.

“Our aim is to ensure that members of the new LAG will support the rural communities of mainland Ayrshire to work together and contribute to rejuvenating their areas. “We want to help rural communities meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities available to them.”

The LAG will be made up of up to 19 people who have skills that reflect the five priorities of the Ayrshire LEADER which are fostering business and enterprise, connecting people and places, promoting tourism, culture and heritage, celebrating our natural environment and supporting coastal communities.

Training in LAG processes and procedures will be provided.

Times and locations of meetings will be agreed when the full LAG has formed, however in the main meetings will take place at the Local Action Hub in Ayr.

A chair of the LAG will be appointed by the members once they are all in place.

If you would like to express an interest in joining the Ayrshire LAG please complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/LZ69RWN.

All applications must be received by 4pm on Friday 5 December 2014.

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity in more detail please contact Sarah Baird at Sarah.Baird@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or call 01292 616655.