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Help Look after Jura’s Community Assets – Become a Member

For a download version of our membership form please click here: JDT MEMBERSHIP 2016 w gift aid v 1.2

Jura Development Trust Membership Form

 Who are we?

We believe in an independent, successful and sustainable Jura. Our aim is to help facilitate and sustain long term social and economic development for the island. Owned by it’s members, The Jura Development Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. The JDT was established in 1997 and today operates with 2 part time staff, 3 self employed contractors and a board of volunteer directors.

What do we do?

The Trust is able to operate as a business while attracting funding and support from charities, public and private sector organisations. This allows us to help deliver a really wide range of projects and ideas. Some of the projects we have completed or continue to manage include:

  • Purchase of the community shop building
  • Purchase of the Antlers building
  • The Stone Pier, moorings and pontoons
  • Funding for Jura passenger ferry
  • The Oral History project
  • Funding of renewable energy initiatives and research
  • Funding for the refurbishment of the village hall and creation of the hall car park
  • Interpretation boards and way signs
  • Working with Argyll and Bute Council to run the Service Point.

Why do we need members?

Membership directly supports the community assets and services in our care. Good membership numbers help us when we apply for funding and give us a stronger voice when lobbying for Jura. The money we raise through membership fees helps cover some of our core running costs.

Members can stand for directorship and vote for which directors take office, as well as voting on any big changes. Ordinary members are those resident on Jura, associate membership is available to those further afield and businesses. Membership is vital for our survival, but we also feel it’s important to connect with the whole community, whether someone is a member or not. For this reason we try to speak to everyone when we do consultations and our AGMs are open to all.

Other ways to get involved

We’re always looking for ideas and suggestions. New directors are always welcome as is any volunteering, be it one off, regular, something big or something small. The opportunities available to the Trust and the future for Jura is exciting, and working with the trust can be rewarding, delivering tangible results.

Contact us:, 01496820161. Isle of Jura Development Trust, Service Point, Craighouse, Isle of Jura, PA60 7XG.

 Thank you for your support


Jura Development Trust

Cost of annual membership – £2 per person

Please return the below slip to the Trust with any membership fees or donations to the service point, or shop. We accept cash or cheques made payable to “Isle of Jura Development Trust” .

Thank you for your support

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The Isle of Jura Development Trust is registered for Gift Aid. If you agree to gift aid your donation by completing one of the options below, it will boost your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate. Gift Aid is reclaimed by the charity from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer.

I want to Gift Aid my donation of £______________ and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years to the Isle of Jura Development Trust. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.


I want to gift aid this donation of £______________ only to the Isle of Jura Development Trust. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

Please notify us if you want to cancel this declaration, change your name or home address or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains

Community Housing Research

As part of our Strengthening Communities Programme (funded by the Scottish Government) Debs and Annchris will be reserching the viability of community housing over the coming year.  To start things off we had a really great meeting with Jodi from Rural Housing Scotland in July.  Here is a brief report: Jura Housing Information

Would you like to be involved in this research?  Do you have ideas about how housing needs on Jura could be addressed through a community controlled scheme?  Let us know what you think –

For more information on Rural Housing Scotland, visit

2016 AGM minutes

Thanks to everyone who came along to our AGM.  Here are the draft minutes if you missed it:

JDT 2016 AGM DRAFT minutes

If you have an idea you think we should take forward, would like to help out with a particular project or just generally on the board (either short or long term), please contact


Annual General Meeting – ALL WELCOME

The Antlers

Thursday 14th July 2016, 7pm.

The meeting will cover all the necessary aspects of an AGM and there will also be a chance for informal discussions about the future of the Trust and the exciting possibilities for Jura. Light refreshments will be provided and the meeting is open to members and non-embers alike.

Jura Development Trust wins 2013 ABSEN Social Enterprise Volunteer of the Year Award

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Last updated: 9.00am, Wednesday 5th June 2013 by Bill Stewart

Jura Development Trust won the ABSEN Shield for Social Enterprise Volunteer of the Year at the Argyll Voluntary Action’s Volunteer of The Year Awards in Lochgilphead on Friday 31st May, 2013.

This Social Enterprise made up entirely of volunteers recently secured an amazing £654,000 for Jura to purchase the islands only shop ensuring this lifeline service continued to survive. Their consultation highlihted the extent to which the shops closure would affect local people where some would have been forced to leave the island permanently. As population retention and growth is a priority for Jura the prospect of losing existing residents could have had a serious effect on island sustainability.
Due to the work needing done on the building and the small profit margins the shop was not attractive to the private sector and had Jura Development Trust and the subsequent new Jura Community Stores CIC not progressed with the community purchase there is no question this shop would have closed.
Finally it is also vital to recognise the importance of this success in a national contect as a model for promoting the community right to buy scheme and how social enterprises can deliver key business services. This was a lengthy and often fraught experience for the Jura Development Trust but when others may have simply decided it was too much work or effort, this voluntary group stuck it out through the difficulties to achieve an amazing result.