Rousay Eglisay & Wyre Development Trust

Rousay Eglisay & Wyre Development Trust

On behalf of the Development Trust we would like to welcome you to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre.

Job Vacancy - Project Manager 21 hours a week @ £14.00 per hour

A vacancy has arisen for a Project Manager to be responsible for the delivery of current and new projects being developed by REWDT for the benefit of the community. The successful applicant will be expected to co-ordinate the administrative and practical delivery of projects and manage project staff.


The duties will require excellent administration and communication skills and the successful applicant must be able to use Microsoft Office applications and perform of day to day office duties as an office manager.   


Applicants should be able to work as part of a team, have experience of communicating effectively with people at all levels and be keen to be involved in community development.  The successful applicant will be polite, self motivated, enthusiastic, flexible, work without supervision, be able to lead a team and make decisions and must support the aims of the Development Trust.


Appropriate training will be provided.  The successful applicant may be subject to Protecting Vulnerable Groups checks.


The successful applicant will be expected to work from the Trust’s Offices at the Manse, Rousay.  Travelling within and, from time to time, outside Orkney is an essential part of this post for which travel and subsistence costs will be met at HMRC approved rates.


For an application form and job description please contact the Trust’s Offices on 01856 821229 or email or visit our website at

Closing date for applications is 17 August 2018

2017 Survey Reports.

The final version of the survey can be downloaded here for Adults, for Primary School children here and for Secondary School age here.  The first survey question was 'What would you especially like the trust to do for you?', the answers received have been collated as a 'Mind Map' and can be viewed here.  Hard copies will be placed around the three islands for people to read too.
The directors will use the report to improve services where possible and start projects linked to the report findings. There will be more updates on the DT's progress here and in future Reviews but we would like to hear from any individual or group regarding your ideas on how we can best serve our community and move forward the survey's findings.

Your Personal Data, REW DT / HSO Ltd and the new GDPR Act (General Data Protection Regulations)

The REW DT and it’s trading subsidiaries hold many of our residents’ names, addresses and email/phone contact information, so that we can involve you in our charitable activities.  We use this to write and sometimes to email charities, project partners, and when engaging in consultations, including inviting you to our AGM each year. 

Under the new General Data Protection Regulation, effective from 25 May 2018 (you may have heard reference to the GDPR in the news), REWDT considers such data handling to be a “legitimate interest” and refers to use pertinent to what a member of a charity (or resident) would reasonably expect.

However, as individuals, you retain the right to manage how we use your data: -

         If you wish to stop receiving our letters and emails at any time, please contact the office.


To tell us to update or remove your details, or for other queries about, REW DT, its subsidiaries, membership and/or your personal data, please contact Helen at the office.

Introduction to REW DT.

Our three islands are home to a community of approximately 260 people.  These residents worked together to form our Development Trust in September 2006, with a view to tackling our local issues and improving the quality of life for those living in our communities.  Our aim, broadly, is to help our three beautiful islands to be both vibrant and sustainable.

To achieve this we gather ideas from our residents; identify projects; and with the aid of funding obtained via Government and social initiatives or by the funds we produce from our turbine, turn these ideas into projects or community assets.  In recent years we have constructed the 900kW community-owned wind turbine, provided community gardens, introduced wifi centres, sought ways to make our homes and community buildings warmer and cheaper to run, introduced a grants and bursaries scheme, and we regularly organise the annual Rousay Lap Half Marathon and from 2018 our Peddie Lap 5K fun race.  Further details of these, and other projects we are currently working on, can be found on this website.

Many of the UKs smaller islands have similar issues to ours, such as, a population decline (especially amongst the young), an ageing population, below average recreational facilities, a decline in traditional industries, limited employment opportunities, low wages and fuel poverty. 

Our Development Trust is trying to further enhance the quality of life, preserve our community and secure our future.  All island residents over the age of 18 can apply to become a member of the Trust.  Our directors are elected from within the membership, by the members themselves, and the combined Board makes decisions on what projects the Trust should develop, to try and meet these aims.

Forthcoming events

REWDT 2018 Annual General Meeting

The next AGM will be held on 10 November 2018 at the Church Centre starting at 10:15All members will receive an invitation to attend in October but if you are not a member but w...

2018 Rousay Lap


'Landing Trumland Estate' Community Consultation

Thank you to all who contributed to the community consultation to establish the community's preferences for developing the land of the Trumland Estate, if REWDT are successful in obtaining funding from the Scottish Land Fund.The Scottish Land Fund application was submitted in September and we will hear if we have been successful in November..An extract from the report from the Consultants can be found if you ...

Live projects

The Stone Chippings Scheme has now closed (on Friday 2... Discover more...
Since March 2012 the community-owned wind turbine on Kingarly Hill has been subjected to higher level... Discover more...