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Train to be a Ring of Gullion Ambassador in 2016

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The Ring of Gullion needs more Ambassadors and now you can get free training and lots of support to share your interest in our natural, built and cultural heritage and perhaps set up a part-time business.

Even if you would just like to give tours and presentations for your community, your school or other groups, this short Ring of Gullion Ambassador course will help you to build up your knowledge and stories and also give you the techniques, confidence and practical skills to lead a group as well as entertain them. The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership has commissioned specialist trainers, to deliver the courses in south Armagh and participants from this community are particularly welcome.

There is no specific entry requirements. However, candidates should have strong communication skills and a passion for telling the stories of the local area. If we are over subscribed we will ask candidates to provide a 250 word profile.

The Ambassador classes and site visits will run from Tuesday 31st May until Monday 19th September. This course is open to everyone from young people hoping to improve their CV’s and tourism businesses to retirees and people just wanting to try something different. No previous qualifications or experience is required. On completion you will receive a First Aid Certificate, a Ring of Gullion Ambassador Certificate, an OCNNI Accreditation and have insurance to lead free walks for your community. These can be a first step to further qualifications.

Places will be limited so please register your interest as soon as possible.

The course costs £65. Please book by calling into Crossmaglen Community Centre Mon-Fri 9-5 and ask for anyone in the Ring of Gullion team.

The Draft Tourism Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2020 sets out growth targets to increase our visitor numbers to 4.5 million, the employment supported by tourism to 50,000 jobs, and the revenue generated by tourism to £1 billion for the Northern Ireland economy. This is a growth industry and there are many opportunities for guiding visitors, especially for anyone with a second language skill.

Knowing more about our heritage and passing on that knowledge is also of vital importance to communities and our sense of place. This course will help you to explore your heritage, build up a collection of stories and share them with your own community as well as visitors.

These dates are right as of 4th April 2016 – they may change subject to tutor availability. All dates will be confirmed by 15th April.

Tuesday 31st May: 9.30am – 5pm – Crossmaglen Community Centre
Saturday 4th June: 10am – 2pm – Crossmaglen Community Centre
Saturday 11th June: 10am – 4pm – Pick up and drop off at Newry Museum
Monday 13th June: 6pm – 8pm – Meet at Cashel Lough
Wednesday 22nd June: 6pm – 8pm – Meet at Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Saturday 25th June: 10am – 4pm  – Meet at Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Friday 26th August: 7pm – 9pm – Meet in Camlough village
Monday 5th September: 9.30am – 5pm – Crossmaglen Community Centre
Monday 12th September: 9.30am – 5pm – Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Monday 19th September: 9.30am – 5pm – Crossmaglen Community Centre

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