Calling all new prospective volunteers!
This has been a challenging period for all visitor attractions and Craigtoun Country Park is no different. However, by adapting quickly and making some fundamental changes to how we operate, we have been successful in our commitment to keeping the park and facilities open and accessible to all, providing a refuge and place of recreation for the entire community. We have had to consider COVID safety measures at an individual and overall level, from PPE and distancing, to the closure of the boating facility and the move to a takeaway only service from the café. These have been difficult decisions, taken in an ever-changing climate, but Craigtoun has remained open and, as far as possible, fully functional. As things begin to return to a new type of normality, visitor numbers and feedback have been very positive.
During this time we have been very grateful to the Craigtoun team (both paid staff and volunteers ), a number of funding bodies (for their generosity) and the Government support schemes. We could not have survived without this support and the positive attitude of everyone involved.
Despite now being in a more stable position, challenges remain. Repairs and maintenance of both buildings and the gardens are a constant issue, as are a number of pressing major upgrade projects. As a result, we need new volunteers to give us more depth and breadth as we tackle the workload. This is particularly acute with Directors, who oversee and provide direction for the Park. We urgently need to increase the number of Directors to spread the load and provide us with a bigger skills pool that will benefit the park, allowing it to operate effectively now and in the future.
The term Director may sound grand and onerous but, rest assured, it is neither! Directorship involves around 10 monthly meetings per year (held in the evening) plus ad hoc actions between meetings. Possible skills include IT, Human Relations, administration, marketing and accounts but this list is not exhaustive. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in joining the team, we would love to hear from you as we urgently need more volunteers at this level. For more information, please contact us in the first instance by emailing us at . We look forward to hearing from you!