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ScotGrad Associate Supports Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn

A ScotGrad Associate has helped Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) to mark its 10th anniversary.

Published: 29/08/2017

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) on the north west of the Isle of Lewis turned to ScotGrad to support their work in marking the 10th anniversary of the buy-out of the  estate.

The Community Land Trust was set up to undertake the management of the 56,000 acre estate and the charity looks after a number of wide and varied projects ranging from renewables through to tourism.

The Trust also supports other organisations in the local area to develop and grow projects in line with the aspirations of the community.

ScotGrad Graduate, Fiona Rennie, joined the team in September 2016 and has made a valuable contribution to the organisation.

Lisa Maclean, Development Manager for Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, said: “We are committed to providing opportunities for graduates and as we’ve had a number of successful ScotGrads previously, it was an easy decision to turn to ScotGrad when we identified a project where support was required.

“A positive and can-do attitude are very important for anyone working at the Trust, as there is not yet a degree that can fully equip anyone for what might be thrown at them!

“Fiona’s attitude gave us peace of mind that she would be able to cope with the wide and varied elements of the role. We consider ourselves a forward thinking organisation and we needed someone who wanted to come on that journey with us and Fiona fitted the bill perfectly.”

A picture of Lisa with ScotGrad Associate Fiona

Lisa Maclean with ScotGrad Associate Fiona Rennie

A key project led by Fiona was a social documentary initiative which resulted in an exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the Trust. The Trust were keen to capture the “face of the community” for historical purposes but also to celebrate the milestone in a unique and creative way. Fiona also implemented a social media strategy which delivered great benefits in regards to community engagement.

Lisa explained: “We attended workshops on how to use social media but seeing it working in practice illustrated the power it can have in raising your profile, engaging with people and in highlighting important issues. We now have the bug and are looking forward to delivering another interesting marketing related project soon.”

Lisa would highly recommend the ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme to other businesses. She said: “It is important that the organisation is flexible and that you ensure that you tailor the work to suit the needs of your graduate and bring out the best in them as everyone needs to be supported differently.

“Fiona brought a new energy to the team and allowed us to undertake an initiative that was out with our core business; what she delivered was beyond my expectations.”

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