We recently welcomed two new Trustees to the Project, Douglas Kerr and Jason Railton. We couldn’t make the difference that we do without the input from the Befriending Project’s management committee.
No stranger to the Project, Douglas (or Doug) was a befriender for about 20 years and helped many young people. Keen to continue supporting us, the semi-retired Stewartry farmer will now bring his wide experience, knowledge and communication skills to the Board. Doug is a former President of Dalbeattie Rotary Club (still a member) and a trustee of the Church of Scotland. If not seen volunteering at Dumfries hospital, you may see him out on his e-bike. Other hobbies include skiing and curling and he is in the process of completing a unique challenge to climb to the highest peak of all 93 of Scotland’s inhabited islands – and all for charity.
Jason is a Project Manager with the Langholm Initiative and will bring a wide variety of skills and experience to our charity. He currently manages their Digital Skills Project which focuses on enhancing digital skills for older people and the business community, as well as connecting young people with employability and aspirational opportunities. He is also Chair of OutPost Arts, working to bring creative opportunities to people of all ages in Langholm and the surrounding areas. Jason has a real passion for the Third Sector and his hobbies include photography, reading and art.