Supporting & Enabling Sustainable Communities: An Action Plan to Address Depopulation

This Action Plan newly establishes a strategic policy position for Scottish Government around addressing depopulation and maps a range of new and existing supportive activity being undertaken across Scottish Government and by local and regional delivery partners. The Scottish Government set out actions to take forward at both a local and national level, to address the Read more…

Supporting & Enabling Sustainable Communities: An Action Plan to Address Depopulation

This Action Plan newly establishes a strategic policy position for Scottish Government around addressing depopulation and maps a range of new and existing supportive activity being undertaken across Scottish Government and by local and regional delivery partners. The Scottish Government set out actions to take forward at both a local and national level, to address Read more…

Rural Scotland Data Dashboard Overview

For context, analysts in RESAS (Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division) were asked to prepare a Rural Scotland data dashboard for the Rural Delivery Plan Ministerial Working Group chaired by the Deputy First Minister of Scotland. The first draft of the dashboard was shared with the group ahead of their second meeting on Read more…

Research into Barriers to Accessing Investment for Ethnic Minority Social Entrepreneurs

Social Investment Scotland, Firstport and Dechomai Ltd have partnered to research into the barriers to accessing investment for Ethnic Minority Social Entrepreneurs in Scotland.   The objectives of the research are to:   Enhance a better understanding of the factors responsible for accessing investment for Ethnic Minority Social Entrepreneurs in Scotland Explore the lived experiences Read more…

Rural & Islands Housing Action Plan

Equality, opportunity, and community are the three overarching defining missions of the Scottish Government, and the provision of affordable housing in Scotland’s rural and island communities is a recognised priority within the Government’s long-term Housing Strategy, Housing to 2040, Scotland’s National islands Plan and also the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and New Deal for Read more…

Rural & Islands Housing Action Plan

Equality, opportunity, and community are the three overarching defining missions of the Scottish Government, and the provision of affordable housing in Scotland’s rural and island communities is a recognised priority within the Government’s long-term Housing Strategy, Housing to 2040, Scotland’s National islands Plan and also the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and New Deal for Read more…

Promoting Internationalisation of the Social and Solidarity Economy: From Local to Global – OECD

Building on strong local roots to address local development challenges, many social and solidarity economy (SSE) entities are increasingly extending theiroperations internationally. By responding to international social and environmental challenges, SSE entities can help make global value chains more inclusive and sustainable. With the pursuit of a social mission and participatory governance at the core Read more…

Promoting Internationalisation of the Social and Solidarity Economy: From Local to Global – OECD

Building on strong local roots to address local development challenges, many social and solidarity economy (SSE) entities are increasingly extending their operations internationally. By responding to international social and environmental challenges, SSE entities can help make global value chains more inclusive and sustainable. With the pursuit of a social mission and participatory governance at the Read more…

Rural SEN – 21st September 2023

Our fourth Rural Social Enterprise Session took place on the 21st of September and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Jill Keegan from Scottish Community Alliance (SCA). SCA has two main functions – to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy in order to reflect Read more…

Understanding your Preferences to Build a Better Future for Rural Scotland – The James Hutton Institute

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute (JHI) in Aberdeen are conducting surveys to understand the challenges and opportunities facing Scotland’s vast rural areas. In particular, their research focuses on localities as potential places to live, rural travel, and local food. And they want you to take part to hear your views. The surveys are part of the project “Informing a Read more…

Sustainable Communities Fund – Crown Estate Scotland

A fund designed to support local regeneration and sustainable development around Scotland’s coast has been launched by Crown Estate Scotland (CES).    The Sustainable Communities Fund, is made up of two different programmes. Total investment across the two programmes could reach £750,000 over the next three years.   The Community Capacity Grants Programme, open to Read more…

Cairngorms Youth Climate Camp August 2023: Write up from Scottish Rural Action

Overview Scottish Rural Action (SRA) were delighted to join the Youth Climate Camp in Badaguish from the 7th to the 11th of August 2023. SRA Board director, Aimee Spence  and staff member, Catriona Mallows attended and delivered a workshop encouraging young people to reflect on the ways in which their voices, both individually and collectively, Read more…

SRUC Rural & Islands Report 2023

Currently, there is a limited evidence base on the makeup and drivers of change in our rural and island communities and economies. This report is the first of an annual series of reports stemming from research funded by the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme 2022-27, that aims to provide novel insights on Scotland’s rural and Read more…

FSB Big Small Business Survey Findings Report 2023

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) recently published their ‘Big Small Business Survey: 2023 Findings Report’ which presents the views of Scotland’s small business community on a variety of subjects, with insights into the variance in different groups according to business age, sector, gender and more. In the weeks and months ahead, FSB are looking Read more…

Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2023

The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland are back for 2023, celebrating the incredible work and impact of social enterprises across the country.   The awards are a real opportunity to showcase the very best of the sector, highlighting the agility, ability and active role that social enterprises play in building places, supporting communities and making a Read more…

Rural SEN – 13th June 2023

Our third Rural Social Enterprise Session took place on the 13th of June and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Robyn Barclay from Third Sector Lab. Third Sector Lab have extensive experience of working in digital and design for charities, social enterprises, community groups and public sector. One of the biggest projects undertaken Read more…