Funded Mental Health Awareness Training

  Support in Mind Scotland are working in partnership with Mental Health UK to deliver a 3-year ‘Rural Connections’ project funded by Neptune Energy. As part of this project, SiMS is offering free half-day ‘An Insight into Mental Health’ awareness training to rural organisations, community groups and businesses with less than 50 members of staff. Read more…

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) September 28th-29th2021

Designed by and for social enterprises, SEWF 2021 will champion the potential of social enterprises – small and large, rural and urban – to bring about inclusive and sustainable economic development. With a spotlight on Canada, the two-day programme will feature keynotes and plenaries with live Q&A, online networking and a virtual marketplace giving you Read more…

Research calls for rural and island communities to be seen in a new light following Covid.

Research led by CoDeL and funded as part of the Northern Periphery and Artic Programme has found that while the health and economic disruptions caused by Covid-19 are undeniable, on balance many rural and island areas have performed relatively well during the pandemic by drawing on a wide range of resilience factors both for health Read more…

Island Communities Fund (ICF) Launched

Community organisations and businesses can apply for grants of up to £150,000 for projects focussed on supporting sustainable island economies and the journey towards net zero. The fund will support ‘shovel-ready’, island-based, community led projects that should be completed by 31st March 2022. More details: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-fund-opens-for-island-communities/

A new version of Scotland’s Social Enterprise Support Map

Developed by Community Enterprise and Bold Studio this free tool is designed to build connections between community and social enterprises and support organisations across Scotland. Categorised by type, location, sector and ambitions ‘this online tool is here to help you navigate the social enterprise support landscape with ease’. Access it here:https://sesupportmap.scot/

New Social Enterprise Action Plan

Inclusive growth through social enterprise Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan/ 2021-2024 This second of three action plans for social enterprise was published on March 24th. It positions social enterprise as central to Scotland’s renewal rooted in fairness and equality and key to transformational change for communities and our people. Read the briefing note prepared for Read more…

Community Based Social Enterprises fostering Inclusive Development in peripheral European Rural Areas.

Community Based Social Enterprises fostering Inclusive Development in peripheral European Rural Areas. Lucas Olmedo, Mara van Twuijver, Mary O’Shaughnessy.   This paper investigates how community-based social enterprises (CBSEs) foster inclusive development in European peripheral rural areas and in turn contribute to the sustainable development goals. CBSEs are seen as a subset of social enterprise that Read more…

RurAction. Handbook for Practitioners

  The RurAction Network: Handbook for Practitioners.   The stated aim of this publication is to: ‘to help practitioners – both on the basis of our own empirical research and a literature review – to reflect with greater awareness on rural conditions with their specific challenges; potentials; dynamics; organisational forms and the hybridity of social Read more…

LEADER and Spatial Justice

LEADER and Spatial Justice. Mark Shucksmith, Elizabeth Brooks and Ali Madanipour Sociologia Ruralis: Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology 2021.   This paper explores ideas of ‘spatial justice’ and how they can be applied via placed – based approaches in a rural context. It identifies four key dimensions to spatial justice – plurality Read more…

£7million fund to improve equality and human rights in Scotland.

The Equality and Human Rights Fund is a new programme to support work which advances human rights, promotes equality and tackles discrimination around age, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability and race. The fund, an evolution of previous Scottish Government funding streams, is managed by Inspiring Scotland and will distribute up to £7 million annually Read more…

Scottish Rural Parliament 2021: March 6th- 18th (online).

Registration for the Scottish Rural Parliament is now open. Billed as ‘a grassroots democratic assembly’, it is an opportunity for people who live and work in rural and island Scotland to engage with policy decision makers and influencers. Watch the launch video here: Launch Video for the 2021 Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament – YouTube Sign Read more…

Think Big, Act Small: Elinor Ostrom’s radical vision for community power

The report provides an accessible introduction to Nobel prize for Economics winner Elinor Ostrom’s work and the radical vision it offers for our current challenges. Described as the ‘intellectual hero of the community power movement’ it explores her decades long academic and practical research and how her ideas can be applied in the UK. The Read more…

Social enterprise, social innovation and self-directed care: lessons from Scotland

This study based on guided conversations with 19 stakeholders explored the experiences of social enterprises that deliver social care in Scotland within the Self Directed Support (SDS) framework. It found mixed evidence of transformation in the Scottish social care market and significant differences between urban and rural settings. It highlights misconceptions of social enterprise as Read more…

Social enterprises’ impact on older people’s health and well-being

Exploring Scottish experiences: Part of the Common Health research programme, this paper explores ‘what’ impact social enterprise activities had on the health and well-being of participants over 50 and ‘how’ this impact was created. The research covers the work of three social enterprises in Scotland, one in rural south west Scotland. Beneficial impacts were identified Read more…

Filling a void? The role of social enterprise in addressing social isolation and loneliness in rural communities.

This study of seven social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands looks at the ways in which they address social isolation and loneliness. It supports suggestions that in remote and rural areas social enterprises can be generators of health and wellbeing but also highlights the impact of managing and delivering services on small local populations. Read more…

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