Social Impact Pledge

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority logo

Social Impact Pledge logo

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs 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 Chief Executive Gordon Watson, Chief Executive, June 2016.                                                                                                                                                                     

1st Commitment

We will support the delivery of the Callander Landscape Partnership project.

The Callander Landscape Partnership secured £1.5 million of Heritage Lottery Funding for the ‘Callander Pass’ scheme which is focused on the Leny Pass.

The ‘Callander Pass’ scheme represents a significant opportunity to deliver a range of community aspirations including the development of cultural and natural heritage, rural skills and voluntary engagement in the Callander area, taking a co-ordinated and landscape-scale approach.  The next year will see community aspirations envisioned and worked up into fully developed project plans for submission to Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding. The Callander Landscape Partnership comprises:

  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority
  • Callander’s Countryside
  • Callander Community Council
  • Callander Community Development Trust
  • McLaren Leisure Centre
  • Callander Heritage Society
  • Callander Ramblers
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust (Callander)
  • Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Stirling Council
  • Drumardoch Estate

                   

Geographical location of impact

  • Callander, FK17

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2nd Commitment

We will develop opportunities for young people to engage in volunteering throughout the national park. 

The National Park already has an excellent volunteering programme, with an impressive list of outcomes; improved health and wellbeing, development of new skills and increased social/community interaction.  The challenge is that currently we do not attract young people to volunteering.  We will develop volunteer opportunities targeted at 16-24 years over the summer period with a range of skills and experience enhancing opportunities.  We will develop relationships/agreements with local youth groups/schools offering opportunities for young people to engage practically with current volunteer supported projects, including with our key partners. 

Geographical location of impact

  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

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3rd Commitment

We will recruit our first ever Modern Apprentices.

Whilst our Education and Inclusion team work extensively with school age pupils as part of our inclusion agenda and supporting outdoor learning and delivery of John Muir Awards we have never before employed young people.  In 2016 the Park Authority was ranked as a Top 100 not-for-profit Organisation to Work For in the UK.  However, the youngest member of our workforce is 29 years old and we have traditionally only recruited very experienced individuals.  Working with West Dunbartonshire Council we will recruit at least two school-leaving age Modern Apprentices studying towards Level 3 Business Administration.

Geographical location of impact

  • West Dunbartonshire

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