About Us


“A brighter future from an industrious past"

Gorebridge Community Development Trust is a charitable, non-profit body which delivers projects with Gorebridge and the surrounding area. It is an independent, volunteer and community-led organisation which is part of a large network of Development Trusts in Scotland.

In Gorebridge, we aspire to engage with and deliver projects that leave a social, environmental, enterprising and economic impact. We do not replicate statutory services, but seek to add value or enhance what already exists.

We undertake short and long-term projects: from the 5 year partnership with Historic Environment Scotland in the CARS Project, to building the new community hub (The Beacon), to working in partnership with other groups and agencies for service delivery in Gorebridge.

At any given time we will be working on a range of projects which will be at various stages of development or deliver - from taking a small idea right through to a funded project. You can read all about our projects here.

We are keen to be recognised as a group that can support and help other groups, organisations, charities, social enterprises, small businesses and individuals to realise their own ideas.

We want to deliver projects that create a legacy, those that leave a long-term impact to all residents of Gorebridge. We are keen to have conversations and build relationships with anyone who shares or common purpose to make Gorebridge a vibrant and inclusive place to live.

The principle mission of the Trust is to support the economic and social regeneration of the former coal-mining town of Gorebridge and surrounding areas in Midlothian.

Our Mission Statement

Our aims will be achieved by:

  • Managing community facilities and projects that impact on the quality of life for all residents in Gorebridge.
  • Providing leadership, focus, support and encouragement for local community groups making sure that the community feel empowered to improve their own lives.
  • Managing projects and initiatives that will bring more economic growth along with increased volunteering and employment opportunities to Gorebridge.

Registered Charity

Gorebridge Community Development Trust is a registered Scottish Charity established in 2004.

The Trust was borne out of a small group of local people who wanted to reach out to the community in order to determine how together we can improve life for all residents in Gorebridge.

From its office at 58 Main St, the Trust has formed strong partnerships with other charities, services and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The Trustees

The Trust is governed by a board of Trustees made up of local residents with a wide range of complementary skills. Today the Trust has over 200 members and its facilities and projects are managed by a part-time Development Trust Manager and a part-time Administrator/Bookkeeper.


Gorebridge Community Development Trust members have the right to attend annual general meetings (and any extraordinary meeting), members elect people to serve as Directors and take decisions in relation to changed in the articles of association.  If you would like to become a member of GCDT please click here for more information and membership forms

The Future

The future of Gorebridge is a bright one and the aim of Gorebridge Community Development Trust is to make a real difference to the community and environment in Gorebridge and through our initiatives and projects our collective future will be every bit as industrious as our past.

You are more than welcome to pop into our office at The Beacon, Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge EH23 4TT