SENScot & Community Enterprise: Community-led Tourism Report

Communities are increasingly getting involved in tourism and shaping the offer their area provides to visitors. The drivers and motives behind this vary considerably and include the desire to secure greater levels of visitor spend; managing visitors to limit their impact on the environment or to safeguard community assets through diversification of income. This paper Read more…

Community-led Tourism in Scotland – Lessons Learned May 2022

Tourism plays a key role in supporting Scotland’s regional and local economies with many rural and island communities reliant on visitor spend. The economic value of the tourism industry has historically been the predominant focus for both industry and government but in recent years the significance of hospitality and tourism as a driver of sustainable Read more…

#RuralPact Conference – ENRD Session, 15th June 2022

On the 15th of June 2022, the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) ran a session at the #RuralPact Conference which put focus on rural revitalisation. During the session, ENRD disseminated the results of their thematic group on rural revitalisation. ENRD Contact Point Team Leader, David Lamb outlined the most important outcomes of the thematic Read more…

Outside the Box seek assistance from Rural Social Enterprises

  Outside the Box have put out a request to Health and Rural Social Enterprise Networks for support in a new project. Outside the Box (OTB) are an independent charitable social enterprise who provide development support to groups and people across Scotland who are looking to make a difference in their communities. They are currently Read more…

FREE Courses in Working with Communities

Dumfries and Galloway College are delivering two exciting new FREE courses in Working with Communities. Working closely with CLD Standards Council Dumfries and Galloway College are excited to be able to launch these two courses, providing skills development options for individuals who are currently working, volunteering or interested in working in the community: HNC- Working Read more…

Student Placement Opportunity – 3rd Year Law & Management at Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University are currently looking for an organisation to host student placements. The opportunity, which is now available through Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, would allow an organisation to benefit from having a 3rd student deliver a defined project in relation to Law and Management. Students studying the BA (Hons) Law and Management degree will Read more…

Community Solutions 2022 Diagrams

As part of current Community Solutions work, Outside the Box have produced a set of diagrams along with Health Improvement Scotland, to illustrate how community support and good communication links contribute to making life better for people and supporting other services. It started out as one drawing but grew too far – which is a Read more…

Community Ownership Cold Spots Briefing March 2022

Community Land Scotland, with the support of the Scottish Government, has been working to get a better understanding of Scotland’s “community land cold spots”. The process started with desk-based research and the results have informed this paper.   The following areas were researched:  • Urban – rural split • Deprivation on an SIMD and local Read more…

Fyne Futures Ltd Celebration

Fyne Futures Ltd recently held a celebration which honoured many of the achievements over the past couple years. They celebrated community participation in Bute Dignity in All Work project which was funded through the Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund. This also recognised people who contributed to Fyne Future’s cookery skills events with the creation Read more…

The David Hume Institute: Community Insights March 2022

  Throughout 2019-20, the David Hume Institute’s Action Project brought people across Scotland together to discuss what was needed to progress towards a more prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair country. They spoke to people from all walks of life, including many from smaller communities in Scotland which retain a strong sense of identity but feel Read more…

Student Placement Opportunity – Postgrad International Tourism & Hospitality Management at Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University are currently looking for an organisation to host student placements. The opportunity, which is now available through Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, would allow an organisation to benefit from having a postgraduate student deliver a defined project in relation to International Tourism & Hospitality Management.  The University are now actively seeking projects for Read more…

Student Placement Opportunity – Postgrad Health Sciences at University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen are currently looking for an organisation to host student placements. The organisation would benefit from having a student from one of U of A’s postgraduate health sciences courses do a dedicated piece of work over a 10 week period (2.5 days/week = 200 hours in total).  These project placements will run Read more…

Collective Leadership: Research and Learning

On the 1st of March 2022, the Rural SE Hub hosted a session at the Illuminating Leadership Festival, a virtual, week-long event hosted by Collective Leadership for Scotland, with a focus on the topic of collective, systems- and place-based leadership. The name of the session was ‘Communities leading Collectively’. Collective Leadership was a subject that Read more…

Dumfries and Galloway College’s Courses in Sustainability and Health & Social Care

Do you want to upskill or gain some new knowledge? Then this is your opportunity to do this via a range of Open Learning courses. If you meet the eligibility criteria you can enrol for FREE – deadline is 31st March 2022! Dumfries and Galloway College offer courses in IT and Cyber Security, topics relating Read more…

Illuminating Leadership Festival ’22 Programme

Taking place for the first time from 28th February to 3rd March 2022, Illuminating Leadership 2022 is a global online festival aiming to shed light on the benefits and opportunities, as well as challenges of collective, systems- and place-based leadership. Over the course of the four days, the festival will see a variety of self-hosted Read more…

Community Wealth Building in Rural & Island Scotland Report Published

Report from practitioner roundtable – December 2021   Organised by Scottish Rural Action, InspirAlba and the David Hume Institute, the roundtable brought together experienced practitioners to discuss rural and island wealth building strategies and to explore how wealth building policy, particularly the Preston model adopted by the Scottish Government may be leveraged to strengthen these Read more…

Uist Social Enterprise Places Brochure

In January 2021, Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) announced the results of their first, Scotland- led Social Enterprise Places Programme. Uist was one of the areas where the panel felt there was much to highlight about the impact social enterprise has on the area. As a result, Uist was named as a ‘Social Enterprise Place’. The Read more…

SEWF: Rural Forum

On the 27th & 28th of October, the Social Enterprise World Forum hosted its first-ever virtual Rural Forum. Developed in partnership between social enterprises in Canada, Australia, India and Scotland, the forum was attended by people all over the world and was extremely well received. The event spotlighted Canada, while also addressing priorities and issues Read more…

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…

Assynt Development Trust: A Collective Leadership Case Study

Assynt is a sparsely populated area in the south-west of Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. It has a population of around 11,000 and is an area which has become dependent on tourism as its main income. Due to the creation of the Northwest 500 driving route, Assynt has had a massive influx of visitors passing 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…

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