"To Promote and Develop the Outram Community"
The Trust was born out of the need to ensure positive growth of our community and explore what future opportunities there could be, whilst preserving what has already been achieved.
The community was approached by the DCC regarding the upgrade of the Skerries Street playground late in 2009. Work was then completed on the facilities for younger children and the practice wall is built in the tennis courts.
Spurred on by these initial playground consultations with the Dunedin City Council, a group got together to pursue the need for recreational facilities for the older children (10-14 years) in our community. It was decided to expand the purpose and vision of the group further, to promote and develop the Outram community as a whole and the Outram Charitable Trust was formed.
As with many community projects, it generally comes down to a few enthusiastic individuals to act as the catalyst. Outram is an awesome community which we're all proud to call home, and we are lucky enough to have so many talented and committed people here to get involved. Meetings are held approximately every six weeks. The current Outram Charitable Trust members are Greg McSkimming (Chair), Geoff Woodcock (Deputy Chair), Bernadette Hay (Secretary), Kate Botting (Treasurer), Tim Gibson, Raylene Gruppelaar, Dean McAlwee and Jillian Campbell.
Updates of projects we have undertaken are regularly published in the West of the Taieri newsletter. Your feedback (positive or negative) on what we are trying to achieve is essential to ensure we are providing for the community.
If a particular project whets your appetite or if you have an idea or an existing project you would like funding for, we would love to hear from you so you can get involved on a project level (you will not need to become a full trust member). Indeed, this is where particular expertise and input from the community will be invaluable.
Look out for Outram Charitable Trust fundraising events. Come and lend your support any way you can.