Postponement of our AGM and other events due to COVID 19


Before the coronavirus lockdown we had started to plan our AGM and various other events for 2020. Sadly, due to COVID 19 restrictions, these have had to be postponed. As a Committee, we are keeping the situation under review and, as soon as we are able to do so, we will start to put our plans into action again. 


In the meantime, you can keep up to date with our news on our website and via our Twitter account (https://twitter.com/ScottishAccess). We will continue to post COVID 19 guidance about outdoor access and active travel (as and when published), which you may find helpful.

You can also send us ideas for future training events to [email protected].

Stay well and keep safe.


The SOAN Committee

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Visitor Safety Group (VSG) publishes COVID-19 Recovery Planning Guidance – Working Practices for Landowners and Countryside Managers

The Visitor Safety Group (VSG) has published COVID-19 Recovery Planning Guidance – Working Practices for Landowners and Countryside Managers.

The guidance seeks to cover the key areas all landowners and countryside managers will need to consider and assess when re-opening and managing outdoor public access sites / attractions and associated indoor spaces during COVID-19.

The guidance should be underpinned by the regulations, guidance and advice from the Scottish Government and Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, VSG has decided to make this guidance free for distribution so you can share with networks.

For the full guidance see https://vscg.org/documents/uploads/covidguidance.pdf.

VSG are also running a free COVID-19 Recovery Planning webinar Thursday 4 June 11:00-12:30 open to VSG members and non-members (see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vsg-webinar-covid-19-recovery-planning-tickets-107105563624?aff=ebdssbeac). Pre-register by 3pm Wednesday 3 June 2020 to receive the access link for the webinar.

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What does exercising rights of access responsibly under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 mean during the COVID-19 emergency?

Scottish Ministers have today released guidance on what exercising rights of access responsibly under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 means during the COVID-19 emergency.

The guidance stresses the importance of responsible behaviour when visiting the outdoors during the Covid-19 crisis.

Access rights are still in place but users must take extra care.

For the full guidance see https://www.gov.scot/publications/ministerial-statement-on-access-rights-during-covid-19/.

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‘Provost Walk, Auchterarder’ – Sharing Best Practice to Improve our Shared Use Paths and Active Travel Routes (14th November 2019)

Our next Sharing Best Practice event is in Perthshire. Join us on a journey along the Provost Walk, Auchterarder to see the work that has happened over the past few years along this multi-use path.

£40 a person including refreshments. What could be a better way to spend a November Thursday? Visit our Conference and Events page to book.

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Help! We’re looking for some Admin Support.

Self Employed Administrator

Location: Home-based / Edinburgh

The Scottish Outdoor Access Network (SOAN) is looking for an administrator to provide a range of administrative support functions for our small, friendly and dedicated team. This is an appealing opportunity to support the ongoing success of the volunteer-led Scottish Outdoor Access Network.

About the Scottish Outdoor Access Network

SOAN works to support professionals working in the outdoor access and active travel sectors. The SOAN committee is comprised of volunteers from a range of public and third sector partner organisations who support the sector by delivering training and networking opportunities, and providing information through our website and social media.

About the role

The Administrator will support SOAN’s activities by providing administrative services on an ongoing basis, contributing to a well-coordinated and efficient organisation.

We welcome applications from people from a range of backgrounds who can meet the below conditions, together with the essential criteria detailed in the job description:

• Commit to a minimum of 100 (maximum of 200) hours per year,

• Be flexible to accommodate increased work commitment around events (typically 2 main events per year),

• Have access to personal office equipment to work with colleagues via a range of electronic platforms.

The self-employed rate of pay is £15 per hour which includes allowance for office overheads.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POST ARE NOW CLOSED
Interviews: 8
th of October, in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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Dumfries Street Design Project’ – Sharing Best Practice to make our neighbourhoods safer, more vibrant and attractive places to live. (4th September 2019)

This Sharing Good Practice Event will showcase the developments that have taken place within the Victorian Quarter area of Dumfries. This event is aimed at anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the strategic planning, community involvement, partnerships, technical design, funding and practical implementation considerations of a typical street design project. It will be led by two of the project partners, namely: Sustrans Scotland and the ‘DG1 Neighbours’ community group. 

Date: Wednesday 4thSeptember 2019 Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Theatre Royal Dumfries, 66-68 Shakespeare Street, Dumfries DG1 2JH (Tel: 01387 254209).  £40 per person

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What a response!

Our Upholding Access Rights – Recent Land Reform case law: developments and updates conference on 3 June 2019 is fully booked.

If you’ve missed your chance to join us on this fantastic day, don’t worry. You’ll be able to join us on our next amazing event!

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Paths for All Development Officer – Active Environments

Paths for All are looking for a new Development Officer to support our work with Community Path groups and develop our Path Skillz programme.

If you fancy this use the link blow to find ou more. The closing date is 21 June 2019

https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/about/jobs/job/development-officer—active-environments
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Upholding Access Rights – Recent Land Reform case law: developments and updates

Over the last 12 months, two decisive land reform cases have concluded in the courts, both of which could be significant in how Access Authorities approach their statutory responsibilities. At this event we will delve into the detail of those cases from the perspectives of both the legal teams and access specialists involved, and discuss the legacies and lessons learnt which could benefit the sector. The day will also cover the latest mediation process work being undertaken by the SORA (the Scottish Outdoor Recreation Association) which may provide another tool for Authorities as they seek to resolve challenging cases.

The event will be of particular interest to both public and private sector legal specialists, outdoor access professionals, other Access Authority staff and access and recreation organisations, as well as anyone with an interest in the law affecting access to land.

Where – The National Piping Centre & The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel

When – Monday 3 June 2019 10:30 – 16:00

For more details and to book visit our Conference and Events page.

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Dumfries Street Design Project’ – Sharing Best Practice to make our neighbourhoods safer, more vibrant and attractive places to live.

This next Sharing Good Practice Event will showcase the developments that have taken place within the Victorian Quarter area of Dumfries. This event is aimed at anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the strategic planning, community involvement, partnerships, technical design, funding and practical implementation considerations of a typical street design project. It will be led by two of the project partners: Sustrans Scotland and the ‘DG1 Neighbours’ community group.

Date: Wednesday 24thApril 2019                      Time: CANCELLED

For more details and to book visit our Conference and Events page.

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