Sarah Asher presentation

Groundworks Event Inverness

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A chance to focus on planning, preparation and paperwork

On Monday 24th February 2020 an open meeting held in Inverness was attended by 20 participants focusing on compliance, legal duties, risk assessment and insurance.
Workshop 1 - Risk assessments, policies and procedures for social crofting enterprises led by Sarah Asher from Darach Croft.
Workshop 2 - Finding the right insurance for social crofting led by Chris Smith and Carolyn Oddy from Marsh Commercial.
Despite the seemingly dry nature of the workshop content, discussion led by Sarah Asher focused on practical advice gathered from her social work experience and background in nursing.  Sarah presented her story relaing to the start up of Darach Croft in Strontian which offers social crofting placements and opportunities.  Her take home advice, "write your policies and share it with those who visit for their input and feedback, review after six months and see if changes are needed". Chris Smith an experienced agricultural insurance broker talked through the thngs to consider when getting insurance whether you have employees or volunteers attending the croft.
A fantastic spread from Crown Deli in Inverness was the backdrop for a lively lunchtime discussion some attendees already providing social crofting activities and others looking to start very soon.  Attendees came from east to west  Applecross, Sheildaig, Forres, Keith, Findhorn, Ullapool and Inverness.

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