Closed CLOSING DATE: 18/09/2019

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust)

Community Media Coordinator

HNC, HND, Undergraduate Degree, Postgraduate Degree

Closing Date:
Western Isles
£19,000 per annum
12 months
Ref code

Placement summary

Galson Estate is a community-owned estate on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (UOG) undertakes all estate business and manages a large range of projects to support and develop the area.

There is now the opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to produce engaging content for the community newspaper (Fios), promoting UOG’s work and strengthening links within the community. The role will involve attending and reporting on community events, and also establishing and managing a junior version the newspaper.

Job description

Project Description

This is an exciting and varied role, which will have a positive social impact through developing and improving public relations with the community.

Placement Objectives

As above.

Role Description

This is an exciting and varied role, which will have a positive social impact through developing and improving public relations with the community.


Specific tasks of the placement will include:

  • Engage with local school to establish, deliver and promote junior Fios.
  • Attend local events, take photographs and write articles for the local community newspaper, Fios.
  • Write relevant articles to support community development for Galson Estate which will be published in Fìos.
  • Develop and deliver journalism/writing workshops to primary pupils who are keen to develop their writing skills.
  • Public Relations – encourage collaboration between UOG, Fios and the wider community.
  • Attendance at UOG events. Take photographs, interview attendees and produce articles about the event. 
  • Put a plan in place to ensure Junior Fios is sustainable and will continue to run once the placement is complete.
  • Write and submit press releases where appropriate to promote UOG activities.
  • Organise three writing/reporting/journalism workshop for secondary pupils as part of the Ploigh holiday programmes.
  • Manage the estate community calendar, for providers to promote their events.
  • Produce final written report on the outcomes of the project, and recommendations going forward.

For informal enquiries regarding this position please contact Christine Amos on 01851 850393.

This position is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.


Minimum HNC level. All subjects accepted provided the candidate has the required skills. 

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • The skills and enthusiasm to work with young children.
  • Knowledge of graphic design and use of associated software.
  • Creative, with the ability to write engaging content.
  • A confident and self-motivated individual.
  • Good collaborator, able to establish a professional network promptly
  • The ability to co-design and deliver workshops suitable for primary aged children.


Desirable Skills

  • Ability to read and write Gaelic.
  • Experience of community events/activities.
  • Understanding/experience of intergenerational activity.
  • Experience of event co-ordination.


Company benefits

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in a community led development organisation. There will also be free gym membership available at Spòrsnis, the local sports centre.

Placement benefits

An integral part of the ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme is the tailored 4-day residential graduate business skills training course. ScotGrad placements also offer a unique opportunity to connect with a network of graduates and ScotGrad alumni. All graduates appointed through the programme are encouraged to use ScotGrad’s networks to communicate with other ScotGrad participants, learn about any professional development opportunities, including any relevant networking events and build up a professional network.

Additional information

Isle of Lewis


Company information

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn is a community-owned estate of 56,000 acres of coast, agricultural land and moor in the North West of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The estate passed into community ownership in 2007 and has since been managed by UOG.


Company website: www.galsontrust.com