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Kevin Lillie-Business Development Officer at Ashington Community Development Trust is seen outside the Central Arcade building at Ashington.
Kevin Lillie-Business Development Officer at Ashington Community Development Trust is seen outside the Central Arcade building at Ashington.
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RESIDENTS in Ashington are set to benefit from a national community recruitment drive.

The Ashington Community Development Trust was selected as the first organisation in Northumberland to take part in the programme, and the trust is now ready to start recruiting for five local people to be trained.

The Community Organisers programme is being led by Locality, in partnership with Re-generate, the training provider, and the Office of Civil Society.

The community organisers will be trained in the ‘Root Solutions Listening Matters’ technique.

They will use their skills in the community to talk to local people, listening and understanding issues, developing trust and networks, which should then lead to the development of projects.

The development trust, on behalf of Locality, will be recruiting the organisers who will then work with the community.

Kevin Lillie, pictured, business development officer at the trust, said: “We’re really pleased that Ashington is going to be part of the scheme.

“To be able to offer training and employment to local people who will then be able to support the community during this period of high unemployment, particularly in this area, is great.

“There are so many people out there who are dedicated, motivated and really care about making our area a better place.”

Jess Steele, from Locality, said: “We selected Ashington Community Development Trust because of the strong relationships it has with its local community and its fantastic track record.

“I know they’ll choose some excellent community organisers and offer them the best possible support.”

Anyone interested in applying or finding out more should contact Ashington Community Development Trust on (01670) 854422 or initially send their CV to enquiries@ashingtoncdt.org.uk