Fyne Futures: A Beacon of Sustainability on the Isle of Bute

Fyne Futures, a registered charity and social enterprise, is making significant strides towards sustainability on the Isle of Bute, a small Scottish is land with a population of just over 6,500. Since its establishment in 2004, Fyne Futures has been dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability, good health, and employability skills within the community. Community-Driven Programmes  Read more…

Young People, Equalities and Poverty

About 240,000 children (24% of all children in Scotland), were estimated to have been living in poverty in 2020-2023 according to the Scotland’s official statistics on poverty and income inequality. The data suggests that children have a significantly higher risk of poverty than pensioners. Child poverty in Argyll and Bute, the second-largest council in Scotland, Read more…

A Decade of Fuelling Dreams: Port Ellen Filling Station Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary

The Port Ellen Filling Station on the Isle of Islay is celebrating its 10th anniversary since being acquired by the South Islay Trading Company (SITCo), a trading arm of the South Islay Development (SID) charity. Serving as the only fuel provider in South Islay, the station has been a crucial asset for the local community Read more…

“Never Lost in Translation”: FCA Association Eliminating Social Isolation in rural Scotland

    The Foreign Communities of Alba Association (FCA Association) is a charity in Scotland’s West Lothian, Falkirk, and North Lanarkshire councils. Founded in 2023, it aims to combat social isolation through sports and recreation.   The FCA Association regularly offers a variety of activities, including football training sessions, hiking events, mental health workshops, and Read more…

Heart of The Community: Village Halls Conference

The village halls are a key place of activity for communities to gather, learn, access services, and have fun. This is also where new connections are born, bonds are made, and trust is built. It is not wrong to think that village halls are the heart of the community.   The Scottish Council for Voluntary Read more…

Art of Hosting at The Living Well Programme

In early June, some folks who are living and working in Argyll gathered at the Barmolloch Farm, responding to a call from the Living Well programme board. The aim was to address major issues affecting Scotland’s rural and island communities. The key questions they explored were:   How can we work together to meet the Read more…

Rural Social Enterprise Manifesto

Shape the future of rural social enterprise! Take the Rural Social Enterprise Manifesto survey today and enter the draw to win 1 of 5 online tickets to SEWF25. The survey is available in 74 languages.   Born out of the SEWF22 Rural Gathering hosted by @The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) and @Social Enterprise Read more…

Funding Futures Programme

Calling all young social entrepreneurs, disruptors and changemakers!    If you’re aged 16-30 with ideas to tackle financial exclusion in your community, this opportunity could be for you.    The Funding Futures Programme will help young people turn their ideas into reality.   Alongside funding, here’s what else to expect:   Resources to strengthen your financial Read more…

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…

Future Routes Fund 2024

Heads up!! If you have a great idea on your mind to help young people connect with nature and take action for biodiversity and the climate, applications for The Future Routes Fund are open now. The Future Routes Fund is created by and for young people, supporting projects led by individuals aged 11-26. The aim Read more…

£5 million for the island communities of Scotland

Funds to invest in local infrastructure and fight increasing costs. John Swinney, First Minister, will announce a package of £5 million for the island communities in Scotland while visiting the Shetland.  The funding is intended to support the island communities to help combat local issues and create more opportunities for a sustainable future. The First Read more…

Social Enterprise Census 2024

Take Part in the 2024 Social Enterprise Census! The Scottish Government’s Social Enterprise Census is now live, offering a comprehensive account of social enterprise activity in Scotland.   If your organisation has social or environmental goals and generates income through contracts or fees, please participate! Whether you’re running a community business, providing arts activities, managing Read more…

Community Energy Generation Growth Fund

£1.5 million for Community Energy Projects A new £1.5 million fund is available to help community groups in Scotland start renewable energy projects, like wind turbines, solar panels, and hydro power. These projects can help local communities by reducing energy costs and allowing them to sell any extra energy they produce. This fund is part Read more…

Efficient Email Practices for Leaders: Tips to Stay Organized and Balanced

Managing emails can be a daunting task, especially for leaders juggling numerous responsibilities. Finding a balance between staying responsive and not getting overwhelmed is crucial. Here are some practical tips to help leaders manage their email communication more effectively, ensuring they remain productive and balanced. Click the link below to read the full article and 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…

Fill Your Cup First – Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

“YOU CAN’T POUR FROM AN EMPTY CUP”   As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” It is important that we fill our cup first, especially when working in the third sector. Inspiralba and the Social Action Inquiry worked together last year to carry out a study that focused on both advantages Read more…

Climate Action Towns – Learnings from the Architecture & Design Scotland’s project

Climate Action Towns – Sharing the Learning   Climate Action Towns Report- How to embed Climate Actions in your place  This report summarises key learning from Climate Action towns, introduces the five ingredients for Place-Based Climate Action while sharing the activities in a case study from each of the 9 Climate Action Towns. https://www.ads.org.uk/sites/default/files/2024-03/Learningfromtheclimateactiontowns-report-2024.pdf   Read more…

Succession Planning Webinar – Skills Development Scotland

This webinar by Skills Development Scotland looked at 4 key steps to support your business’ plans for the future. They show how to bring your team along, identify budding stars, create an upskilling/reskilling strategy and communicate your plans to the team. Inspiralba along with some other top business leaders in Scotland speak about succession planning 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…

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies – Woman’s Work Report

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies has released a new report called ‘Women’s Work’ which looks at the experiences of women in the workforce. This is especially relevant in the context of social enterprise as current 72% of SEs based in Scotland are female-led. You can read the report and their summary below.   For more Read more…

Rural Social Enterprise & Digital Coordinator Job Description

We are recruiting! We have an exciting opportunity for a Rural Social Enterprise & Digital Coordinator! More info below. Deadline for Applications is Friday 29th March at 5pm with the aim to conduct interviews the following week. Please send your CV and covering letter to aspence@inspiralba.org.uk or 01586 552240 for more information. The full job 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…