Who are we?
We are a group of people who live in Weymouth and love our Town and the countryside around it. There are lots of reasons we think Weymouth is a great place to live. Firstly, we have the sea, lovely beaches and great opportunities for sailing and water sports like kite surfing and kayaking. Secondly, we have our heritage, our quintessential promenade and lovely Georgian buildings.. Thirdly, our Town has some fab shops, and cafes, restaurants and pubs, serving food that that has just got better and better over the past few years and we mustn’t forget our green spaces and terrific walks and cycling paths. Finally, we love Weymouth for its wonderful people (we could be biased of course, but we don’t think so).
What is a Development Trust?
A Development Trust is
- Community based, owned and led
- Engaged in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of a defined area or community
- Independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, voluntary and public sector organisations.
- Self sufficient or aiming for self sufficiency, and not for private profit.
So that’s who we are. We are not for profit, we have no shareholders and if, at any time, we had to close down all assets go to the community.
Weymouth Area Development Trust was established in May 2016 as a ‘constituted community organisation’ by a small group of people because a much, much larger group of people suggested it. The need for a Development Trust was then established from research done on behalf of the Weymouth and Portland Partnership and consultation and discussions with residents and community groups.
In March 2017 we were approved as a not for profit Community Interest Company, and are now Weymouth Area Development Trust CIC Ltd. Regulated by the CIC regulator. We are a not for profit company with charitable aims.
Other local coastal towns with Development Trusts include Lyme Regis, Bridport and Swanage.
We love a good story… and we want to share this one with you.
Our logo was inspired by:
The Star Thrower
I was walking along the beach on morning, early. It was after a storm had cleared away leaving piles of seaweed and stuff on the sand. The sun was already warm and it promised a hot day.
I saw a young man up ahead picking something up and throwing it into the sea. A starfish.
He walked a bit further and did it again and again. I looked around me and I realised there were hundreds of starfish on the beach.
When I got to him I asked, “Excuse me but what are you doing?”
He said, “The sun is coming up and it is going to be hot. The starfish will dry out and die. So I am returning them to the sea.”
I pointed up along the beach “But look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
He looked at me, and then after a few moments he looked at the starfish in his hand, drew back his arm and threw it into the sea.
“Well I made a difference to that one!” he said and continued his work.
I watched for a while and then joined him.
We made a difference.
— Adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren C. Eiseley