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ScotWays - Small Grants Scheme 29 Feb 2020 Deadline

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The ScotWays small grants scheme aims to help organisations fund a project up to 50% of the total budget for the project.

The scheme will award grants of between £500 and £1,500. It is hoped that this might enable organisations to achieve the completion of a community-based/access-related project which might not otherwise be able to proceed.

Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.

The next submission date for applications is 29th February 2020, and a decision on any applications received by that date will be made by mid to end of April 2020.

For further details please visit our downloads page where you’ll find an explanatory letter and the application form.

175th Anniversary Members’ Walks

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For our 175th anniversary, our members-only walks’ programme is focusing on the work that ScotWays does.  We’ve considered access issues, bridges, Heritage Paths, Scottish Hill Tracks, signposting, and projects we have been involved in and helped to fund.

New Year, New Job?

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This year marks the 175th Anniversary of ScotWays. We have special events planned and we’ll be highlighting both the history of ScotWays and the achievements of outdoor access in Scotland on our social media pages.

Internally, ScotWays is switching to a new IT system, changing our processes and consolidating our massive data archive. To work with us on these exciting developments, we are recruiting a third access officer.

ScotWays is a team of 6 staff, supported by many dedicated volunteers both in the office and across Scotland. You’ll be based in our Central Edinburgh office and, along with our two current access officers, will help with both the organisational changes and deal with the many enquiries that we get from the public and solicitors.

We need someone who is adaptable and able to support and embrace this period of change and celebration for us.

You can find out more by reading the job description and person specification.

NOTE We are now able to offer this job as either part-time 2 or 3 days a week or full-time 5 days a week.

Applications for this post are now closed.

Interviews: Week beginning 27 January 2020 


How To Apply

Please send your CV, accompanied by a covering letter, setting out:

  • How your skills and experience would enable you to meet the requirements of this post, as outlined in the person specification and job description, providing specific examples,
  • Why you want this job (in no more than 100 words),
  • Details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer - please state whether we may contact them prior to the interview,
  • Whether you are currently eligible for employment in the UK - please state what documentation you can provide to demonstrate this, e.g. British passport, European Economic Area identity card, full birth certificate/passport or travel document showing an authorisation to reside and work in the UK.

Please submit your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9am on the closing date of Monday 20 January 2020.

Applications received afterwards may not be considered.

If a job offer is made, the candidate will be required to fill in forms covering any relevant health issues and criminal convictions. Referees are not normally contacted prior to a job offer. Thus, any job offer will be subject to satisfactory references and no issues under health and criminal convictions.

Thank you for your interest in this post. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application is unlikely to have been successful on this occasion.

Celebrate!

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It’s the start of a new year, a new decade and it marks our 175th year of Upholding Public Access across Scotland!

We’ve got lots planned for our 175th Anniversary including a members walks programme themed to our history, a talk at the National Museum of Scotland and a bucket full of social media posts about ScotWays and the development of outdoors access in Scotland. 

Why not celebrate with us?  Become a member and join us on one of our walks. Volunteer with us and help to survey rights of way and paths across Scotland.  Make a donation to support our work.  Learn about the history of ScotWays and significant events in the development of outdoor access in Scotland.  Buy one of our limited edition 175th Anniversary pin badges.

Most important of all, follow us on social media and share your favourites posts of ours far and wide.

Christmas and New Year at ScotWays

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The ScotWays office will close on Friday 20th December 2019 and re-open on Monday 6th January 2020.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are working hard to answer as many enquiries as possible before Christmas, but unfortunately as we are very busy at present some of you may have to wait until the New Year to receive a response.

ScotWays webshop: Once the office is closed, we will not be processing any more orders until we re-open in the New Year. The good news is that there’ll probably then be a sale offer on our remaining Christmas cards!

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We aim to respond to all formal search requests within 10 working days of receiving them in our office. As our office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, any search request received after 5pm on Friday 6th December 2019 may not be completed until after we re-open on 6th January 2020. If your search request is urgent, please contact us before we close for the holidays to discuss when we will be able to complete it. 

Office volunteers: The office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and the New Year, so please take a well-earned break! Very many thanks for all your hard work, we look forward to seeing you in 2020 our 175th Anniversary Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at ScotWays!

ScotWays AGM - 23rd November 2019

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 The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (ScotWays)

Annual General Meeting
Saturday 23rd November 2019

Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth PH2 0TH 

 

At 1:30pm, prior to the formal business, Roseanna Cunningham MSP will speak on "Sixteen Years of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: Reflections on Public Access".

 

Lunch is available at 12 noon, for those who have booked. 

For those not joining us for lunch, tea and coffee will be available before the AGM starts at 1.30pm.

 

We look forward to welcoming you on the day!

 

 

A copy of last year's draft AGM minutes is available to download.

A copy of this year's Final Accounts to 30 June 2019 is available to download

The Centre is a short walk from Perth railway station and has plenty of parking. For more information on its location, please view details here.