Help! We’re looking for some admin support

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Mediation skills for access professionals – online workshop – new additional date Tuesday 21 September, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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SOAN Knowledge Hub Live! Join us for some informal online networking chat …

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Join us for some informal online networking chat. We’re gearing up for a busy summer with plenty new challenges ahead. You’ve told us that you’re missing the chat that happens in the margins of our networking meetings, swapping tips and experiences over coffee. To help meet this need, we’re hosting a series of informal online sessions to help you get together and share your experiences and learn from what’s happening around the country. Next session 23 June 4-5pm. Continue reading

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Mediation skills for access professionals – online workshop – new additional date Tuesday 25 May 2021, 1:30-4:30pm (now fully booked)

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SOAN has teamed up with Scottish Mediation to offer 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. This event is now fully booked. We may run a further additional workshop. If you would be interested in attending this, email: [email protected] Continue reading

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

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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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