Oban and Mull Community Learning Exchange

Report on community learning exchange to Oban and Mull March 2020. Oban and Mull CLE report The key focus of this community learning exchange was on community based social enterprise and the role of collective leadership in rural social enterprise. The report covers key learning points from visits to Hope Kitchen, Green Shoots Community Garden, Read more…

COMCOT – An Innovative Tool for Improving the Competitiveness of Community-Based Tourism

‘Community-based tourism development is based on trust – the process should be understood as a long-term investment in the community. Also do not underestimate the importance of proper networking to ensure long-term co-operation’.

Appin Community Co-operative

When the village shop was under threat in 1983, local people formed the Appin Community Co-operative to take collective ownership of an important local asset. The group have managed to sustain the village shop, an essential service in such a remote location, and reinvest profits into community projects. Case study part of ViSENet materials under Read more…

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.

The impact of Coronavirus on rural Scotland

A series of blog posts by the Social Economic and Geographical Sciences Group at The James Hutton Institute looking at the research evidence on: Community resilience and social innovation. The impact on Scottish agriculture. How the virus may open up opportunities and technological change that could lead to positive changes in rural Scotland. Click here Read more…

Rural Lives

Rural Lives is a research project which is examining the wellbeing of people and families in rural areas, focusing in particular on peoples’ ability to meet their financial commitments and needs comfortably – having enough income to meet more than life’s essentials and to deal with unexpected financial shocks. The hope is that the project’s Read more…

Covid-19 and Rural Economies

Briefing note prepared by staff of the Centre for Rural Economy and Rural Enterprise UK, Newcastle University, April, 2020. Includes recommendations for government to address issues facing rural areas. CRE-briefing-Covid19-and-rural-economies

About the project

The most recent survey of social enterprise in Scotland (Social Value Lab 2019) identifies some vital statistics about rural social enterprise in Scotland. While social enterprises in rural areas are diverse, a rural focus group held in Oban in March 2019 recognised that the rural context provides particular challenges and opportunities for social enterprise. Challenges Read more…

Rural Scotland and the Slave Trade – Interactive Map

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement has swept the globe to protest against systemic racism and call for change. A huge number of people have joined peaceful protests, signed petitions, and participated in discussion online. In rural Scotland, it can sometimes Read more…

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