Rural Voices: Taking part in a multitude of community projects
I’m Grant and I live on the Isle of Harris
I’m a Development Officer, as well as a scallop diver and fisheries consultant. I also own a food van. Since lockdown began I largely feel the same. Obviously, I have concerns for the health of older relatives but I don’t feel hugely different, only more tired! I’ve not travelled off the island as much. Sadly that means I have seen less of my children based in Edinburgh.
My favourite thing about my job is the variety. I am involved in a multitude of community projects from a Bluefin Tuna Fishery to Community land buyouts. Each day is different with its own challenges. The most difficult aspect is the paperwork and the myriad of form filling that the job entails.
Since the lockdown began, there are no more face to face meetings! This means less travel, as all meetings are conducted on Zoom or other platforms. It’s a big change. I don’t get much downtime at present but, when I do, I enjoy playing the guitar and eating out.
Some of my favourite things about Harris are; the landscape, culture and heritage, for being so unique. In particular, I enjoy the landscape as we are lucky to have rugged fjord like bays, sweeping beaches and large mountains all on a small island.
Grant is a member of our rural advisory group. The group contributed to the design of our survey RuralCovidLife to ensure it was relevant to rural communities across Scotland.