Job opportunity: Countryside Engagement Officer (with Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme)

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New job opportunity; supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Working closely with local and national partners, Cambridgeshire ACRE is delivering a £1m Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided Landscape Partnership Scheme for the Ouse Washes area.

Countryside Engagement Officer (with Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme)

We have an exciting opportunity for the right highly motivated and committed individual to take charge of the Partnership’s engagement with the wider public as we seek to turn the Ouse Washes area into a tourism destination.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree-level and have previous experience of community engagement, using social media in a business context, developing engagement strategies and working with others to achieve project goals.

The job description/person specification can be downloaded from the Resources and Downloads area on the relevant Cambridgeshire ACRE website page, http://www.cambsacre.org.uk/jobs-detail.php?eid=18. If you wish to apply, please also download the application form from that page and follow the instructions on the form.

The closing date for applications is 3 November 2014 at 12pm. Interviews will take place in Littleport on Friday 7 November 2014.

Any enquiries, please call 01353 865029.

 

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The job description/person specification can also be downloaded here: http://www.cambsacre.org.uk/downloads/owlpcountrysideengagementofficer_141014090432.pdf

 

Ouse Washes LP Projects: Our delivery schedule

LogosA little while back we have given an overview of the projects we are delivering as part of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme.

NEW: Project Timeline

We have now also created an overview of the expected outputs of all 25 projects within the OWLP scheme, showing what will be delivered during each of the coming 12 quarters, until March 2017.

This project timeline can be found in our Resources section and can also be downloaded here: Timeline OWLP Projects Overview_June 2014

 

Project Locations

The below map gives some indication as to where the various projects will be carried out. the green dots on the map, however, only show those projects which are very location-specific. Beyond these, some projects will be happening in a variety of places and have not been shown on this map. Nevertheless, it shows that we endeavour to deliver something in each part of the OWLP area, to ensure that everybody will have a chance to get involved in his exciting scheme.

OWLP Project locations

Locations where a selection of the 25 projects will be delivered, across the length and breadth of the OWLP landscape area. Map © Crown Copyright and database rights 2013 Cambridgeshire County Council Ordnance Survey License 100023205.

 

Projects & their Aims

The below project overviews each tell a slightly different story of what the OWLP partnership is trying to achieve over the next three years:

OWLP projects and HLF Programmes overview

The 25 OWLP projects against the HLF budget allocation and three delivery years of the scheme. Note: ‘A’ = Conservation work; ‘B’ = Community Participation; ‘C’ = Learning & Access promotion; ‘D’ = Skills training provision

 

  •  The 25 OWLP projects against our Strategic Aims and Objectives (click on table for better view):Capture 4
  • The 25 OWLP Projects against our five Themes (click on table for better view):
The 25 OWLP projects set against the four HLF programmes and the five main Themes for the scheme.

The 25 OWLP projects set against the four HLF programmes and the five main Themes for the scheme.

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What next?

All our project delivery partners are busy getting ready for delivery of their projects, with some projects already doing so. See this previous post for some of the things that can be expected over the next few months.

 

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Radio interview about the Ouse Washes scheme

Getting the word out

On Sunday 5th May, Mark Nokkert – Programme Manager of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme – was invited to join Bill Hensley on his County Matters Logosprogramme on Huntingdon Community Radio to be interviewed about the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme.

It was a very full interview which covered a lot of ground, and it included information which is interesting both for those who are familiar with the scheme, and for those who are finding out about it for the first time.

Covering all aspects of the scheme it gives an in-depth feel for what the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership could achieve for the area, from the skills and training 337-LA-10 - Parish Boundariesundertaken and the legacy this will leave, to the bringing together of partnerships of parishes, districts and counties. From the emphasis on community involvement to the over-arching aim of “putting the area on the map”, it tells what the project is about, where it is and what it will do.

 

Radio StarProgramme Manager Ouse Washes LPS

You can hear the interview in its entirety at the link below; it’s about 35 minutes long, so maybe get a cup of tea ready before you start!

As a result of technical restrictions we are not able to upload the interview to this blog for you to download, however if you would like a copy of the file please get in touch and we will happily provide one.

OWLP: Our Plans for Delivery

LogosLately many people have asked me what exactly the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership has planned.

I am conscious that, so far, we have not given lots of details of the delivery phase activity programme. Following a year of research and community consultations, we have, so far, made it clear what we are trying to achieve; have told you who are involved in the OWLP scheme; and who we aim to target with this scheme.

Now the HLF has granted the partnership the money to get the delivery phase going, it is time to reveal more of what exactly we are now going to do.

The OWLP Partnership projects

First of all, an overview of the 25 projects the partnership will deliver as part of the OWLP scheme (click on the image to enlarge):

Projects overview listAs most of the 25 projects planned between now and March 2017 will already start this spring or summer, I will regular get information out to alert people of the partnership’s developments and of opportunities to get involved.

Scheme Summary Document

To start with, we have created a document which summarises the OWLP scheme to date. This condenses all research reports commissioned and our stage 2 application (including its main report, the Landscape Conservation Action Plan) into a 29-page document. This also gives a quick overview of all 25 projects: who is doing what, with a short outline of the projects. Please find it here to download (PDF, 3.5 MB):

Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme_March 2014

Let me know what you think. Do also contact me if you would like to know more about specific projects or would like to get involved.

Getting the Ouse Washes into the world of social media

Heritage Lottery FundThe Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme wishes to spread its information to more people by using a wide range of social media and other online media; however each of the online media has its pros and cons. I did some research to find out what other Landscape Partnerships have been doing at this front, to get some information and inspiration.

Currently the Ouse Washes LP scheme is using this blog and Twitter; these are also linked so that when adding a blog it sends a direct link onto our Twitter page and vice versa, thereby increasing our online activity and visibility. We will also have our own website, once the HLF gives us the ‘green light’ (and money) for the delivery phase, i.e., in spring 2014.

Online presence of other LP schemes

Looking at the online presence of all 66 current Landscape Partnership schemes (including the 13 which – like ourselves – are in the development phase; and those schemes which have already ended), it is clear that the vast majority of the schemes have a website, about half have a Twitter account, but only six other schemes have a blog.

Other online media options

However, there are a few more options which are also being exploited by some other schemes: these include Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Vimeo, all of which have different way of getting information out to the public. The potential value of YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Vimeo is in getting more people engaged with the OWLP scheme and increasing the awareness of the landscape and its heritage to a wider audience.

facebookHaving a Facebook page for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme would also have potential. However, there are fewer options to directly link its contents with Twitter and the blog. There are some other Landscape Partnership schemes which make use of have Facebook including the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership and the Tag Landscape Partnership, but they often get few likes (‘followers’), much fewer followers than schemes seem to get through Twitter. So the Ouse Washes could perhaps start a Facebook page once the scheme is in its delivery phase, but it will take some time to gain a large number of likes through this online medium.

New Picture (3)vimeo YouTube and Vimeo are both video sharing websites; these two platforms could help to inform the community about different projects and how they are developing. One Landscape Partnership scheme which has recently finished is the Neroche Scheme which has made videos throughout their project and by the end of the scheme – after 5 years – they used the video to show how the journey unfolded; see here: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkqsDUqw-Wk).youtube

When creating such videos there clearly needs to be a continued use of this throughout the whole of the project in order to tell the whole story; for instance, this method can be used as a diary to show how events and projects are developing. The two websites which can be used as an option for uploading videos are YouTube which have a wider number of people using it, or Vimeo which has better quality videos but a much smaller audience.

flikFlickr is a photo sharing website which is good way to show how the area changes over time through the seasons, the conservation activities and community involvement all clearly captured in images. This is being done quite nicely, for instance, by the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme, managed by the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/ccght.

What do you think we should do?

Each new online medium of course takes time to keep up; therefore we would like to make sure it is best ‘value for money’. For each of the above platforms we would like to be able to manage them and keep them up to date, and getting you involved in different ways. Each new online medium employed by the OWLP scheme will certainly also all be linked to the main website for the Ouse Washes once we can start our delivery.

We would like to have your option on what you think would be the best way for us for those media that we have not yet gone for, including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr. Please leave suggestions for how you think we can best expand our online presence!

Ouse Washes now also on Twitter

Heritage Lottery FundFollowing on from my last post, setting out our Communications Strategy, we are now also expanding our exposure through the Social Media: we are now also on Twitter.

We just created a Twitter account for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership Scheme. It’s @ousewasheslps if you wish to follow – see also the quick link to the right.

As the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is still in its development phase, with most of the work not starting until 2014, we will probably not send out many Tweets of our own just yet.

Nevertheless, there are already many good and exciting activities and events happening within the area we cover, often organised by our partners in the scheme; we are keen to give these more coverage by retweeting useful information. So, if you have an event or such going, we are keen to hear about it.

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