Pamela Barnes – Development Worker

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” Cesar Chavez

8 years ago I moved to Linlithgow, with my husband, young daughter and another on the way. It won’t surprise anyone that it didn’t take long for us all to love living here and feel proud to call Linlithgow our home. My professional background is in communications and research with a Scottish children and families charity. Before that I worked as a social researcher around health and social care, housing and community regeneration issues.

During this past year I took some time away from work to be a full-time mum and got more involved with some community groups. I loved connecting with local issues, and really getting to know some of the people and organisations that make the town tick.

So when the LCDT Development Worker opportunity arose, I jumped at it. Combining community-led action with an enterprising approach? I like the sound of that. I love the ethos of Community Development Trusts of just getting things done, being wholly community-owned and working collaboratively, to unlock the capacity of communities in these hard pressed times.

The multi-sport facility at Kettilstoun is such an exciting project. Since starting in this post it has been fantastic speaking to people about the plans and seeing the amount of support from across the community. Looking to the future I feel privileged to be helping the Trust work towards the challenge of Linlithgow realising its full potential, capitalising on our wealth of assets and working together with the plethora of community groups. Growing our membership, and really engaging with the whole community is going to be key for the future and what we can achieve. I’m really looking forward to this and helping the Trust become an established part of community life in our wonderful town.

Pamela Barnes Development Worker