Social Impact Pledge

Cairngorms National Park Authority   

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Social Impact Pledge logo

Cairngorms National Park Authority pledges to:

Challenge ourselves to increase the positive impact we make on our local community and make better use of our assets – our buildings/grounds and our people.

In the next six months we will do at least three things that we don’t do at the moment to improve our social impact.                                                                                                        

Signed, Signature of CEOGrant Moir, Chief Executive, August 2016.                                                                                                                                                                     

1st Commitment

We will  hold a Planning Committee meeting in one of the local secondary schools during the school term, and will invite young people to attend. We will change the protocol of Committee meetings for that day, to allow for a Q&A session at the end. This should give young people in the National Park the opportunity to gain experience of the operation of the CNPA Board and also increase their understanding of how planning decisions are made.

Geographical location of impact

  • Badenoch and Strathspey (the secondary school will either be one located in Grantown, or in Kingussie)

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2nd Commitment

In accordance with the recently adopted Learning and Development Policy, CNPA staff are able to use up to 2 paid work days each year to get involved in volunteering activities in the Park. To date, uptake of this opportunity has been limited. Going forward, we will engage in a programme of promotion of this opportunity to both staff and local communities, thereby ensuring more staff are aware of it, and also ensuring that community groups and charities are able to approach CNPA to recruit volunteers from staff. 

Geographical location of impact

  • Cairngorms National Park area

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3rd Commitment

Staff in the CNPA have developed a Social Conscience Group, which raises funds through a number of activities, including monthly cake sales and lunch time talks. Co-ordination of the Group, and its fund raising activities are carried out during work time, which CNPA fully supports. The fund currently sits at approximately £2,000, and we aim over the coming months to invite communities to apply for small grants (of up to £250) from this fund, using corporate e-mail addresses, and staff time to administer and manage. The grants will be available to organisations and groups providing, or facilitating provision of, activities within the Cairngorms National Park. This will include youth groups, toddler groups, social clubs, local sports groups and special needs groups.                                     

Geographical location of impact

  • Cairngorms National Park

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 Additional  Information

CNPA already does a huge amount of work that impacts positively on our communities. Some of this work is part of our corporate planning, but much of it is ad hoc, and in response to specific needs within communities.  We have set out below just some of the key activities that CNPA has implemented recently: -

1. We’ve led on the development and delivery of the Regeneration Strategy for Tomintoul and Glenlivet, which has brought substantial benefit including the establishment of the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust and the T&G Landscape partnership

2. In Donside, our investment in the Marr Area Partnership has allowed for this very scattered community to come together to produce their first ever Community Action Plan

3. In Ballater, we supported the Community Council in organising two large public events following the flooding, which allowed for questions to be asked, points made, answers given.

4. The CNPA’s Ballater office has provided emergency space to the Tourist Information Centre following the fire of the Station Square premises that destroyed the TIC office. This is ongoing pending the rebuild of that facility, and has had a hugely positive impact on a community that has suffered loss of business due to the fire and the flooding.

5. We provide support for communities to sign and promote local path networks including the production of 17 easy to read Community Path Leaflets

6. We’ve promoted “Wee Walks Week” to encourage 2.5% of the population of the National Park to undertake a short walk as a “stepping stone” to more habitual activity

7. We provide support for 32 Health Walk groups specifically aimed at encouraging the less active and inactive people to take regular moderate exercise

8. Over the last 5 years, we have supported three young people with paid apprenticeships. We employ an apprentice for a period of two years, during which we support them gaining their SVQ level 3 in Business Administration. To date, one of the apprentices was promoted to a more senior, permanent post, and another is still completing the qualification.

9. We have participated in annual “employability events” in the local high school, running workshops with young people in S5 and S6 on how to complete application forms and CVs.

10. We provided support for the Cairngorms LEADER Local Action Group in delivery of the Community Led Local Development programme

11. We’ve supported and led the establishing a community led local development charity (The Cairngorms Local Action Group Trust).

12. We provide wider support to the Cairngorms charitable and voluntary sector - Voluntary Actions Badenoch and Strathspey, Laggan Forest Trust, Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust - with provision of professional advice and support on finance, HR and governance issues

13. We provide additional paid leave for staff to work on a volunteer basis in uniformed and emergency services, which provides an important aspect of community service provision in our rural communities.

14. We coordinate a steering group of community representatives from all across the National Park to deliver a project that will see a high speed broadband service rolled out to some of the hardest to reach communities in Scotland.

15. We provide support for the Backbone Community Leader Programme, developing leaders in under-represented groups in cities in and around the National Park

16. We provide an online ‘Communicating Cairngorms’ toolkit to help local community groups, individuals and businesses promote their activities and events and make the best use of National Park status through free images, videos and use of the National Park Brand.