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Situation Vacant- Hungry for Rights Training Tutor/Facilitator

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Self-employed Training Tutor/ Facilitator

0.5 FTE £22,680 - £25,200 pa pro-rata for 28 months

The Scottish Crofting Federation requires a part-time self-employed training tutor/facilitator working with communities in the Western Isles and Skye and Lochalsh. Part of ‘Hungry for Rights’, a new EU funded project, the person will be responsible for assessment of training needs among different stakeholders and the design and implementation of a training programme on capacity building for local supply chains.

The candidate must have experience with adult education and designing training programmes.

Job requirements:


- Informal training and adult education

- Facilitation and management of group dynamics

- Training design and ongoing tutoring

- Active and engaged at local level (Western Scotland)

Knowledge and skills:

- Basic knowledge of alternative food systems and food policy issues

- Knowledge of and experience with local authorities in the target areas

- Familiar with internet and social media

- Excellent social and communication skills

- Ability to work with others remotely

This job may require working evenings and weekends.

Apply sending CV with covering letter to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday 24th May 2013

For more information please have a look at the project summary on the Project and Partners Page or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Crofters Urge Crofting Commission to Block Croft Land Speculation

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Scottish Crofting Federation is calling on the Crofting Commission to act to prevent a “blatant speculative development” on croft land in Lochaber.

On Monday evening (13th May) members of the Crofting Commission will travel to Ballachulish village hall to hear Donald and Elizabeth MacGillivray’s application to decroft land at 37 North Ballachulish on which they have been granted planning permission for ten houses.

Their planning application was subject to fierce local opposition and refused by Highland Council in order to protect locally important agricultural land. However, a Scottish Government reporter overturned the decision in 2011 and the MacGillivrays are now seeking to decroft the land in order that the housing development can proceed.

SCF chief executive, Patrick Krause, said: “The 2010 Crofting Act gave the Crofting Commission more powers to reject decrofting applications. The notes that accompany the Act say these powers have been granted in order 'to tackle speculation on the development value of croft land'.

“What is being planned for 37 North Ballachulish is a blatant speculative development of the sort that the Act is intended to prevent and which the Commission has a duty to prevent. It is essential that the Commission refuse this application and demonstrate their commitment to following the intentions of the crofting legislation that they exist to uphold."


Contact: Patrick Krause, SCF Chief Executive 07739 941 199

SCF Office 01599 530 005

Notes to editors

A link to the full account of the background to the North Ballachulish case, and the SCF’s submission to the Crofting Commission, can be found below:

North Ballachulish Crofting Report

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Meeting of the Scottish Parliament March 12th 2013

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Deputy Presiding Officer (John Scott): The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-04411, in the name of Jean Urquhart, on the role of crofting in the Highlands and Islands. The debate will be concluded without any question being put.

Motion debated,

That the Parliament understands that there are 18,027 crofts in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland, housing over 33,000 people; considers that crofters play a key role through the production of store animals for the agricultural supply chain and in maintaining land in remote areas; believes that crofts are a valuable source of high-health status animals for larger agricultural food producers; considers the work of crofters to be vital to Scotland’s national food and drink policy and to the continuing success of the sector; understands that most crofters rely on common agricultural policy subsidies to earn a marginal income and that they have to take on second jobs; believes that, by bringing in new inhabitants and because of the economic links that crofters have with the rest of the agricultural sector, crofting has helped maintain population levels in remote communities, considers crofting to be of paramount importance to the environment, food and drink sector and economy, and would welcome the interests of crofters and their communities being championed.

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