Scottish Rural Action, the organisation responsible for the Scottish Rural Parliament, have launched their new volunteer scheme by announcing the appointment of Fiona Thompson from Fort William as their Volunteering & Campaigns Coordinator (pictured above).
Mrs Thompson, wife of local Councillor Ben Thompson, said, “’I am thrilled to be joining Scottish Rural Action at this exciting stage in the organisations development.
“With two successful Rural Parliament Events in 2014 and 2016 completed, Scottish Rural Action will be engaging volunteers across Scotland to work with us in raising the profile of issues affecting rural communities, including broadband, transport and land.”
The volunteering project starts with an offer of two-days free training in leading campaigns, led by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation. Volunteers will be supported to become ambassadors for Scottish Rural Action and encourage their local community to engage in campaigns on issues facing rural communities.
Emma Cooper, National Coordinator for Scottish Rural Action, said “Fiona joins us at an exciting time as we start recruiting our team of rural campaigners across Scotland, and campaign on issues of importance to those living in rural communities.
“The Rural Parliament highlighted five key issues of greatest importance to rural communities – digital connectivity, transport, land, enterprise and local democracy – and we are now moving forward with these priorities in mind to affect positive change for rural communities.”
Fiona Thompson joins Scottish Rural Action following the closure of Action on Depression where she successfully led campaigns across Scotland on mental health issues.
The first training scheme is taking place at the end of March in Perth and is free for members of Scottish Rural Action. Details of the training and how to join Scottish Rural Action, also free of charge, are available by going to www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/event/how-to-run-a-rural-campaign/ .