Rural SEN – 30th May 2024

Our second Rural Social Enterprise Session of 2024 took place on the 30th of May and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Hilda Campbell from COPE Scotland. COPE Scotland is a charity organisation that has been offering free mental health tools and resources to promote mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and resilience Read more…

Granular Data Fiches

GRANULAR is a four-year multi-disciplinary and transnational project, which aims at generating new datasets, tools and methods to better understand rural areas. By doing this, they hope to gain new insights into the unique characteristics, dynamics, and drivers of change in rural areas. Using this knowledge and their Rural Compass, GRANULAR aim to help those involved in rural Read more…

Social Innovation Challenge 2024 – Key Information

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) is a grant-funding and support programme that seeks innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges of our times.  2024 Theme: breaking barriers to better health and wellbeing This edition will look to support innovative social enterprise solutions that address the core inequalities related to health and wellbeing in Scotland.  However, we are not looking for solutions that are Read more…

Uncovering Attributes of an Internal Islands Diaspora – James Hutton Institute & University of Aberdeen

A transnational migration lens has shaped diaspora research in recent decades. Yet exploring diasporas in the context of moves across international borders has obscured sub-national diasporas, and this has led to a gap in our understanding of how such groups can and do contribute to their communities of origin. This article aims to develop a Read more…

Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festival: A Celebration of Health & Wellbeing

Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festival: A Celebration of Health & Wellbeing   We were able to support some folks working in community-led and social enterprises to attend Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festivals in Tarbert, Argyll, and Broadford, Isle of Skye. This was in recognition of the stories gathered with social and community-led enterprises in Argyll through our work Read more…

Rural SEN – 26th February 2024

Our first Rural Social Enterprise Session of 2024 took place on the 26th of February and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Beth Mukushi from The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). SCVO is the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector. Through their Growing Climate Confidence website, Third Sector organisations in 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 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…