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Community Health and Wellbeing Graduate

Placement summary

Galson Estate is a community-owned estate in the North West of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (UOG) undertakes all estate business and manages a large range of projects to support and develop the area.

There is now the opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement, to develop and promote the Sùnnd Initiative, a pilot initiative which aims to provide opportunities for individuals on the estate to maintain a high quality of life by remaining active, healthy, safe and included. 

Job description

Project Description

The successful candidate will develop the ‘Sùnnd’ Initiative, following a successful pilot, giving individuals the opportunity to become actively engaged in events and activities aimed at tackling social isolation and increasing health and well-being in the community.

Placement Objectives

As above.

Role Description

Specific tasks of the placement will include:

  • Develop and promote the ‘Sùnnd’ Initiative in the Galson estate, in partnership with Spòrsnis (community sports centre).
  • Develop a 3-year marketing strategy for the initiative.

  • Organise 8 workshops/sessions for the initiative at Spòrsnis.

  • Work with the ‘Young at Heart’ Group to determine activities to develop for the following year and beyond.

  • Recruit volunteers to visit schools and nurseries on the estate, to read to the children, developing language skills and working with the Gaelic Development Officer to support bilingual opportunities.

  • Carry out research into intergenerational activities that teenagers in the area would like to be involved in and produce report on findings.

  • Advise and support Spòrsnis to develop activities which will appeal to the teenagers in the area.

  • Produce regular articles for Fios (local newspaper).

  • Collaborate with local schools staff and pupils to set up, write and deliver junior version of Fios, reporting on wellbeing activities.

  • Produce handover document on project, to be incorporated into organisation’s overall strategy.

For informal enquiries regarding this position please contact Christine Amos on 01851 850393.

This position is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.


Minimum HNC, preferably related to Marketing, Events Management however all subjects accepted provided the candidate has the required skills. 

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Knowledge of marketing principles and its application, including events management.

  • Knowledge, and understanding of social media for business use and events.

  • Knowledge of graphic design and use of associated software.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Confident and self-motivated individual.

  • Resourceful and able to establish a good professional network promptly.

  • Ability to work on own initiative, but also as part of a team.

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to read and write Gaelic.

  • Experience of community events/activities.

  • Understanding/experience of intergenerational activity.

  • Experience of event co-ordination.


Company benefits

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn is a community-owned estate of 56,000 acres of coast, agricultural land and moor in the North West of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The estate passed into community ownership in 2007 and has since been managed by UOG.

Placement benefit 

An integral part of the ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme is the tailored 4-day residential graduate business skills training course. ScotGrad placements also offer a unique opportunity to connect with a network of graduates and ScotGrad alumni. All graduates appointed through the programme are encouraged to use ScotGrad’s networks to communicate with other ScotGrad participants, learn about any professional development opportunities, including any relevant networking events and build up a professional network.

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