Helping hand on the way

Carrick communities will soon have an extra helping hand in asset acquisition and management as interviews for a new staff member at Ailsa Horizons begin today.

The social enterprise, based in Girvan’s Dalrymple Street, advertised for a community asset development manager last month after having received a boost in funding from South Ayrshire Council’s Community Planning Partnership.

The successful applicant to the newly-created post will provide assistance to communities wishing to purchase and manage assets in their local area – something that Ailsa Horizons manager Stuart Lindsay believes will become an increasingly important feature of regeneration work in coming years.

The new arrival, who will join Ailsa Horizons’ existing team of five, is likely to be qualified at degree level and have at least five years’ experience of acquiring and managing physical assets.

Other desired qualities include work in a community-based setting and a good understanding of rural regeneration issues.

Horizons staff hope that the new employee will not only help financially with projects of benefit to local communities, but will also relieve some of the heavy workload created through involvement with a large number of community initiatives.

Mr Lindsay said they had had a good response to their vacancy, and – depending on the notice period required by their current employer - hopes the successful candidate will begin work at Horizons later this month.