The Leadership Campfires: September 1-2

The Leadership Campfires is a two-day online global festival bringing together people to explore experiences and ideas for practicing leadership as collaborative agency. The festival took place for the first time on 1-2 September 2021. It featured a variety of self-hosted 80-minute campfires scheduled throughout the two days and offered across varying time zones. It enabled participants Read more…

West Harris Trust: A Collective Leadership Case Study

Harris is the southern and more mountainous part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides. West Harris is an area with a population of roughly 150 people. The West Harris Trust is a community, land-owning charity responsible for managing 7225ha of land on the West side of Harris. They’ve been in existence since 2011 Read more…

The Embo Trust: A Collective Leadership Case Study

The Embo Trust Urras Euraboil (the Trust) is a community development trust which aims to revitalise its local community by refurbishment of the former village school for community use. This will help in creating: a strong, resilient village; community owned assets; income generation opportunities, and significant local services.   Embo is a small village which Read more…

South Ayrshire Community Transport Hub: A Collective Leadership Case Study

South Ayrshire Community Transport Hub (SACTH) are a community transport organisation who serve both urban and rural areas within Ayrshire. SACTH hires out vehicles with or without drivers to community groups and organisations. In addition to this, they also run excursions and shopping trips for the elderly and disabled. Their scheduled bus service runs 4 Read more…

The Langholm Initiative: A Collective Leadership Case Study

Langholm – Eskdale’s largest town – was once well renowned for its busy textile mills and growing population. Since the 1980s however, traditional industries have been in decline in Eskdale and as a result, Langholm’s population has rapidly decreased, and the economy is suffering. The Langholm Initiative Community Development Trust was established in 1994 in Read more…

15th December 20, Rural SEN Notes

Members of the Rural SEN met in December 2020 to recap and connect on a challenging year, and look forward to 2021. Agenda items included: Recap of the October virtual learning exchanges, and identify themes for future sessions. Discuss Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy and set up Rural Focus Group to outline challenges, opportunities and Read more…

15th Feb 21, Rural SEN Notes

The Rural SEN met for their first session of 2021 on February 15th. Agenda items included:   An overview of key points from the Net Zero Rural Focus Group Discussion on the research agenda and questions proposed by the Rural SE Research Focus Group Update on SEWF Rural Forum Overview of upcoming Virtual learning Exchanges Read more…

New Virtual Community Learning Exchange Series

We would like to invite you to our upcoming series of virtual community learning exchanges, funded by the Scottish Community Alliance. The sessions will focus on themes identified by Rural SEN members as important to their future plans, and will be hosted by social enterprises from Uist, Tiree, and Dumfries. See the links below to Read more…

Social Enterprise Place Awards

Uist, Lewis and Govan recognised in new Social Enterprise Places Scotland scheme.   Scotland has a longheld reputation for social enterprise activity, and on the 21st of January, Social Enterprise Scotland will recognise the impact of social enterprise as part of their Social Enterprise Places awards. Uist and Lewis will be formally recognised on Thursday Read more…

Community Land Scotland’s Manifesto for a Sustainable Scotland

In 2020, Community Land Scotland published their Manifesto for a Sustainable Scotland, titled ‘Land for the Common Good’. The manifesto calls for a “renewed focus on land reform”, and presents bold new proposals that place communities’ relationship with land at the heart of Scotland’s journey towards resilience and sustainability. The manifesto focuses on the following themes: Read more…

Ireland signs the Toledo Declaration on Social Enterprise

Signing the Declaration On Friday 4 December, Heather Humphreys TD, the Irish Minister for Rural and Community Development, announced that Ireland has signed the Toledo Declaration on Social Enterprise. The Toledo Declaration is a commitment to strengthening and supporting social enterprises, recognising the significant role that the social economy has in improving socioeonomic, environmental and health Read more…

Communities Leading in Tourism – SEA

The Social Enterprise Academy are now recruiting for the final cohort of learners for their Communities Leading in Tourism programme – which starts in January 2021.  Read more about this opportunity on the SEA website.  What is it? Communities Leading in Tourism is a personal development programme, which will equip learners with the knowledge and Read more…

Interface Student Opportunities

Need some help with social media, website development, marketing, business planning in these difficult times? Interface, which matches up businesses with a Scottish university to carry out a project to help in some aspect of running your business, would like to make you aware of the following student opportunities. As these will be done digitally, Read more…

New Community-led Housing Report

Community Land Scotland have, this week, published a Report on Community Led Housing. Written by David Ross, Home Delivery reports on the communities and social enterprises across Scotland who are leading on developing their own affordable housing to address local need. The report presents a number of case studies and calls for the principal funder Read more…

Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report

The Rural Social Enterprise Hub has today published its 2020 Stakeholder Report, detailing the background of the project, work to date, ongoing development, and future priorities.  The report is available to view here: Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report Nov 2020   The report informs on the key objectives of the Rural Social Enterprise Hub, which are Read more…

Rural mental health and wellbeing session

We are pleased to announce an upcoming session on Mental Health and Wellbeing for Rural Social Enterprises, being run by Inspiralba as part of Senscot’s Restart Rebuild Week.   Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is especially important in these challenging times, and the need for guidance and support has been highlighted as a Read more…

R-evolution for Good

R-evolution for Good are a new community benefit society based in Moray, offering training and development to businesses, using 100% of their profit to work one-to-one with families, helping them to step out of poverty.   Earlier this year, R-evolution received start-up funding from Firstport, allowing them to launch their services. However, their planned launch date Read more…

12-month Graduate Placement

Fyne Futures, based in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, are offering an excellent opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to improve their current systems and processes.  Read more here: https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/scotgrad/scotgrad-fyne-futures/   The Role:  Based in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute. Salary – £19,047 per annum 12-month graduate placement Full-time, 35 hours per week Read more…

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