The Galloway Glens Scheme aims to ‘connect people to their heritage’, while giving a boost to the local economy and supporting sustainable communities. A key strand of these efforts is to support young people of working age that are seeking employment, allowing them to remain in the region.
The Galloway Glens has therefore launched a programme that supports paid internships within the Galloway Glens area and the second intern in that programme has just started in post.
The second intern, Calypso Coulton, has now started in post (pictured with Helen Keron). Calypso is the new Social Media and Communications Intern for both the Better Lives Partnership and the Castle Douglas Development Forum. These two local charitable organisations were in need of similar support, and so Calypso will split her time equally between the two organisations.
Calypso Coulton, the new Social Media and Communications Intern with BLP and CDDF, said: “I’m so pleased to have had this opportunity. It’s really hard to get a job without relevant experience, and the fact that its paid means that I can pay my way through the 6 months. I’m really enjoying working with both organisations and already feel as though the experiences I am gaining will be invaluable to my future career goals.”
Helen Keron, Education and Community Engagement Officer for the Galloway Glens said: “It was great to meet Calypso this week and see how well she’s settling into the role. It’s a challenging position but she’ll be able to make a real contribution to both organisations while at the same time gaining key experience that will serve her in good stead for her next role. Abbie has also hit the ground running over at the Galloway Fisheries Trust, and it’s great to see them both so excited about the opportunity and really making the most of it. These roles explore opportunities to connect us to our heritage, in a contemporary setting”
Carolyn Kennedy, Project Co-Ordinator for the Better Lives Partnership said: “We’re delighted to have Calypso on board and can already see that she’s going to make a huge difference. The Better Lives Partnership is very grateful to the Galloway Glens for the funding that has enabled us to offer this role and we’re looking forward to working with the Galloway Glens, Castle Douglas Development Forum and Calypso in making this an excellent experience for all involved.”
In September, Abbie Nye began her role in the first intern position with the Galloway Fisheries Trust, working with the GFT team on improving habitats in the Black Water of Dee.
Abbie said: “I have loved my time at GFT so far, I have been fully integrated into the team and working on a number of projects to develop my skills and knowledge in fisheries conservation. This is a fantastic opportunity to expand my skills and gain project management experience that will enable me to be successful in my future career within fisheries conservation. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to the rest of my time with GFT.”
With the third and final intern of the 2020 programme expected to start in early 2021 (application deadline has now passed), with Natural Power Consultants, the Galloway Glens will oversee an intern network programme for the successful applicants.
Other interns working in the Galloway Glens area are also very welcome to join the network – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. The network will add value to the intern positions by working on leadership, personal and employability skills, ensuring that each intern leaves their position in a much stronger position for finding full-time employment.
The Galloway Glens Scheme hopes to support further positions in coming years.