Local Access Forum Representative

Purpose of the role

It is important for ScotWays to be represented on local access forums as they are the eyes and ears of outdoor access throughout Scotland. As a Local Access Forum Representative (LAF rep) you provide a 2-way communication link between the local access forum and ScotWays.

The activities that you may be involved in include:

  • Attending meetings virtually or in person, usually 3 or 4 times a year.
  • Attending site visits with other LAF members and/or access officers.
  • Checking access issues and reporting back to the LAF.
  • Taking part in local consultations.
  • Taking part in any training offered by the local authority.

You will need:

  • A desire to improve outdoor access.
  • A good understanding of outdoor access law.
  • Time to commit to meetings and possible site visits.
  • Willingness to travel independently throughout your LAF area as necessary
  • To report back to ScotWays about any relevant issues.
  • To provide the ScotWays opinion on specific matters arising in your LAF area.

We will provide:

  • Training in outdoor access. This may be online or in person.
  • Advice on legal matters
  • Guidance on specific matters that arise.
  • Support to give you the confidence to participate in meetings.
  • ScotWays insurance cover for the work asked of you by ScotWays.
  • Reimbursement of agreed expenses.
  • The chance to make a difference to outdoor access in your local area.
  • The potential chance to work with others on larger projects.

If you have some spare time and you’d like to help ScotWays with this role, please get in touch with Neil Birch, the Access Officer responsible for volunteering. He will arrange a chat with you and discuss how volunteering for ScotWays works.