Inclusive Cairngorms is an advisory forum to the Cairngorms National Park Authority on inclusion and equality issues
The forum meets twice a year to discuss and advise CNPA on how to make projects and activities more inclusive, as well as to share experiences from guest speakers on other inclusion projects in and around the Park. Agenda items include outdoor access, planning applications, disability, young people, and low incomes.
Membership of the group is open to a wide range of interests covering the equality strands and the wider social inclusion agenda of the CNPA. This covers disability, race, gender, age, faith, religion, sexual orientation and other groups who traditionally face barriers in accessing the countryside, for example people on low incomes, and from inner cities.
Most equality and inclusion interests are represented, and there are currently over 70 members from a wide range of voluntary, public and private and charitable organisations within and outwith the Park.
The group is chaired by Dan Cottam from the Grantown Museum. The vice-chair is long standing member, Kevin Hutchens, an independent social worker from Aberdeenshire.
What is the purpose of Inclusive Cairngorms?
- To promote social inclusion in the Cairngorms National Park to help create a Park for All;
- To ensure the involvement of all groups in the promotion of the four aims of the Cairngorms National Park.
How is this achieved?
- By providing a voice and an ear for socially excluded people from both within and outwith the Cairngorms National Park;
- By creating wider links with people of all ages and backgrounds nationally and internationally;
- By providing information and advice to the CNPA and other organisations on social inclusion and equalities issues and policy development through the CNPA’s Equality Duties and Equality Impact Assessments;
- By ensuring inclusion and equalities issues are kept alive, and on the active agendas of the CNPA and other organisations, and lobbying where necessary; and
- By sharing information and spreading best practice on ways to promote equality and inclusion.
Working with the CNPA
Inclusive Cairngorms provides a useful resource to the CNPA in delivering the Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan, Corporate Plan and general policy development. Through its involvement, Inclusive Cairngorms has a key role in assessing the impact of CNPA policies and projects on equality groups and thereby ensuring our projects and activities are as accessible as possible.