Month: June 2014
I’m Ed Garrett and I work for the Council for Voluntary Service Aberdeenshire. My role is to support local community and voluntary groups with things like constitutions, funding and business planning.
As part of this we developed in partnership with Community Learning and the Business Club in Laurencekirk the Effective Community Group pack. This pack contains a whole host of useful material for new and developing groups, from how to write a constitution to roles of office bearers. I’ve just finished some additional inserts to go in the pack with information on campaigning, publicity, child and vulnerable adult protection, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and event management, recruiting new members, data protection and risk assessment.
There are more than 1,200 castles in Scotland. Although I’d like to be ambitious and say I’ll have time to visit them all, that might not be 100% realistic. With this robust figure it has been quite the daunting task to decide which ones to travel to.
After two hours, we hopped off the train and arrived in a little suburban town, no castle in sight. I think visiting Stonehaven is the equivalent of someone coming to study in Boston and saying they’re gonna take a train up to Beverly for the day. Nice little town, but…
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