Mediation skills for access professionals – online workshop Thursday 22 April 2021, 1.30-4.30pm (& new additional date Tuesday 25 May 2021, 1:30-4:30pm – due to popular demand!)

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SOAN is teaming up with Scottish Mediation to offer two tailored training sessions for members who are dealing with access issues and would like to learn mediation skills to help them do so more effectively. Read on for more information and to register … Continue reading

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A96 Dualling East of Huntly to Aberdeen – Preferred Option – Virtual exhibition

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If of interest … feedback period running until 15 February 2021 … Continue reading

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SOAN’s survey featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme & in other media

SOAN’s survey was featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme in an interview with David Henderson Howat, convenor of the National Access Forum. Continue reading

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Survey reveals alarming cuts to outdoor access jobs in Scotland

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Joint press release issued by Ramblers Scotland on behalf of Scottish Outdoor Access Network.

Landowners and outdoor groups are jointly calling for better resourcing to support Scotland’s world-class access rights – as a new survey highlights alarming cutbacks in countryside access jobs.
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Our first virtual AGM and mini-networking event

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On 11 November 2020 we hosted our first virtual AGM and Mini-Networking event 2020 (Reflections and developments in access and active travel, lessons from the Summer and looking forward to 2021). The event proved a success with 43 people attending and a full and varied agenda including presentations from representatives of Ramblers Scotland, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority, NatureScot – on behalf of the National Access Forum, Paths For All and Sustrans Scotland. Continue reading

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Reflection on some of our past events …

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Provost Walk, Auchterarder – Sharing Best Practice to Improve our Shared Use Paths and Active Travel Routes (14 November 2019). An informative and enjoyable day out for those that attended sharing knowledge gained during the upgrading of a narrow, muddy path to a fully inclusive, shared use route. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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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