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Community Partnerships is a social-inclusion volunteering programme which operates throughout Scotland. We work in partnership with national and local community groups and charitable organisations, offering opportunities to access and explore National Trust for Scotland properties by working as a team on a range of outdoor conservation projects.

Groups can become involved with Community Partnerships in many ways, whether it is a one-off day project, a five-day residential placement or volunteering every month at a Trust property.

A typical volunteering day can include a range of conservation tasks, team games, environmental activities, outdoor cooking and property tours. The conservation tasks can include:

  • Upland path maintenance
  • Bush clearing
  • Fence building
  • Drystane dyking
  • Footpath construction

Every project is tailor made to fit the needs of each individual partner group, while working to enhance the chosen property.

On the project there will be opportunities for volunteers to gain new practical skills, work with a range of tools and experience the rural environment. Working as part of a team to undertake the tasks can help volunteers develop a range of personal skills including communication, teamwork and leadership.

To date there have been community partnerships in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians, and the Highlands and Islands, with a range of partner organisations and groups including:

  • Prince's Trust Team Programme
  • Prince's Trust xl Programme
  • Queensferry High School Youth Inclusion Team
  • OpenDoor Accommodation Project

Our team is always looking for new groups to volunteer on one of our many projects, or corporate sponsorship to help us carry out this fantastic work.

If you are interested in helping us, or would like to be kept up to date with current information and developments, please contact us.