Brandon Clements, Young Board Director – Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust

About the organisation: Name – The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (IGHT) Location – Isle of Gigha, Argyll and Bute About the Area Geography – Gigha is an island off the west coast of Kintyre, Scotland Population Size – Gigha has a population of around 160 people. Demographics – Gigha has an elderly demographic as Read more…

Digital Villages

Case study of the Digital Villages project in Germany where local residents, local authorities and local industry collaborated to develop digital solutions for the rural area. The partnership created a series of apps to encourage and enable community networking and participation via an online marketplace, local news app and a rural delivery service operated by Read more…

Smart Villages

“Smart villages are communities in rural areas that use innovative solutions to improve their resilience , building on local strengths and opportunities”. Smart villages is a sub-theme of the European Network for Rural Development’s work on ‘Smart and Competitive Rural Areas’. Case studies, publications and information from the thematic group available at:

Bearing Fruit: Good Practice in asset-based rural community development.

This report by DTAS and Carnegie UK looks at seven rural and semi-rural development trusts that have successfully developed and managed community assets. Underpinning the whole project was a desire to see ‘what works’. Current policy approaches to rural community development are often based on the perspective of rural deprivation and disadvantage. However, narrowly focusing Read more…

Ross of Mull and Iona Community Plan

Our Vision. In 10 years time the Ross of Mull and Iona will be a proactive community, developing practical ideas and opportunities to achieve a balanced, socially and economically viable and prosperous population. The Ross of Mull and Iona will be an even more attractive place in which to live, work and visit, by revitalising our fragile and distinctive settlements and communities, with an upgraded infrastructure, wholly in keeping with our outstanding natural environment.

HIE Community Capacity Building

Throughout our communities, there are a range of projects being scoped, underway or already completed and delivering real benefits to our communities. In this publication we have focussed on a selection of the communities we are supporting to give a flavour of the variety of developments being undertaken, always recognising that these communities are at different stages in their journeys towards resilience and have different priorities.

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