Scottish Rural Action: Survey Round 2

Scottish Rural Action are running an ongoing survey to better understand response and recovery in rural communities across Scotland. Round 1 of the “Rural Communities Survey on COVID-19 – Response and Recovery” was undertaken in May 2020, and the findings have now been published as a report. Read our summary, or click here to read the Read more…

New Rural Housing Report

A new report published by the Scottish Land Commission this week looks at how to improve the provision of housing in rural Scotland. This report is part of the Commission’s Review of Land for Housing and Development, which examines the way that land is delivered for housing and how this can be changed to create Read more…

Access and Progression Routes Survey

Discussion at the latest Rural SEN meeting highlighted the importance of social enterprises to provide access and progression routes for young people, especially in light of the unemployment and youth unemployment challenges that are being projected as a result of Covid-19. The provision of local access and progression routes are vital to give young people Read more…

Scottish Rural Action: Round 1 Report

Rural Communities Survey on COVID-19 – Response and Recovery Round 1 – May 2020 Report on the first round of SRA’s survey designed to provide a whole community view on response and recovery from rural Scotland. Further rounds are planned in June and July to map changes as Scotland moves out of lockdown. Key message Read more…

Kintyre Recycling Ltd works towards reopening its shop

As businesses begin to cautiously reopen, they are working hard to make sure they comply with government guidance and keep their staff and customers safe. This is especially true for social enterprises, who often rely on the income of their shops to assist with community benefit costs. As organisations start to think about the next phase and reopening, many have concerns about reaching the Read more…

CARES Funding Available

The next round of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewables Energy Scheme (CARES) is now open. Communities, public sector organisations and rural businesses looking to effect long term environmental change are encouraged to apply. As Scotland begins to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, there is a focus on a green recovery, which will prioritise economic Read more…

Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust

Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust have initiated a community-wide meal drop of prepared soup and sandwiches, home baking, grocery items, and drawings and notes from local schoolchildren to elderly and isolated households. Goodie bags are delivered regularly by groups of volunteers who transport and deliver the supplies to isolated households. The main course meal Read more…

Fyne Futures

Fyne Futures on the island of Bute have seen a significant increase in need and demand for their Veg Box deliveries. Their Green Box Scheme has been developed to provide affordable healthy fresh fruit and veg for the Isle of Bute community. This involves a box of fresh, seasonal fruit & vegetables being delivered to your Read more…

Kintyre Recycling

Kintyre Recycling are happy and proud to be able to offer a monthly Recycling Service in Kintyre, the only area in Argyll & Bute to provide this. After an initial halt to all waste management services across the area, liaison with Argyll and Bute Council resulted in Kintyre Recycling (KRL) continuing to deliver household kerbside Read more…

ShopperAide

ShopperAide provide support services for older people in South Kintyre, including shopping services. Since the start of lockdown, they have seen a significant increase in demand for their services and have doubled the amount of people they deliver shopping to. They reached capacity after the first month, and with staff and volunteers working flat out, Read more…

Jura Community Shop

The Jura Community Shop has been working hard over the last few weeks and months to keep up with the constantly changing situation which we all face from COVID-19. The Community run shop initially struggled to keep up with increased demand for orders of fresh fruit and veg, bread and milk at the start of Read more…

Senscot Reopening Sessions

With the news that Scotland’s tourism businesses can reopen on 15th July, many social enterprises are seeking guidance and clarification to assist them in planning for reopening. Senscot will be running a series of sessions, with partners, over the coming weeks and months to advise on re-opening, as and when appropriate. Sessions begin this week on Read more…

South Islay Development

South Islay Development Covid Response Since the end of March 2020, the role of South Islay Development has been entirely diverted into coordinating the day to day response to the COVID-19 pandemic on the Isle of Islay in the southern Hebrides. Prior to COVID-19, South Islay Development’s (SID) focus of work was delivering community benefit in Read more…

Built-in Resilience: Community Landowners’ Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis

In June 2020, Community Land Scotland and the Community Woodlands Association co-published a new report entitled “Built-in Resilience: Community Landowners’ Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis.” The report demonstrates the remarkable efforts made by community landowners’ to support their communities throughout the lockdown period, highlighting the ability of community landowners and organisations to be agile and Read more…

Upland: Spring Fling

Upland, Dumfries and Galloway’s visual art and craft development organisation, have had to make a quick pivot due to COVID-19 and the requirements of social distancing, since so much of their work relied on in-person events such as exhibits, classes and workshops. They introduced their Digital Diversions project, a new way of promoting, connecting and Read more…

3rd June 20, Rural SEN Notes

3/6/20 notes – Rural social enterprises and their supporters connected virtually at the Rural SEN meeting last week, giving people from as far north as Lerwick, to as far south as Kelso, the opportunity to share experiences, learning, and identify areas for future action and collaboration. A number of reports and resources were shared during Read more…

Resilience Economics Report from Common Weal

The recent report from Common Weal Scotland, ‘Resilience Economics’, sets out an economic framework for rebuilding Scotland’s economy post-virus. This new document explains the principles behind Resilience Economics – the act of building an economy designed to withstand and react to shocks such as financial crashes, global pandemics, and climate change.   Download the report Read more…

Letter to Aileen Campbell MSP

“COVID 19 has brought about a new appreciation of what is important and valued in society, and the reliance we all have on our local communities. The response to the virus has demonstrated the true value of ‘localism in action’ with community-based social enterprises providing crucial services and a lifeline in their communities.”   This Read more…

Rockfield Centre

The Rockfield Centre in Oban is a cultural hub and social enterprise which acts as a home for different groups, enterprises and organisations. During the Covid crisis, the Rockfield Centre has continued to support the community and has become a local community anchor organisation for the Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund and are supporting a Read more…

Lorn and Oban Healthy Options

Of the 574 people that Healthy Options is currently supporting, about 50% are in the shielding category due to being over 70, overweight, diabetic, or falling into another high-risk category. Lorn and Oban Healthy Options (LOHO) have redeployed resources as best as they currently can to support clients via online resources. This includes daily messages to Read more…

Digital Connections

The Digital Connections project is a partnership between Inspiralba and the South Kintyre Community Resilience Group, who are collecting donations of unused digital tools (laptops, tablets, and smart phones), and distributing them to local households who do not have access to digital tools and resources. Donations are collected by a local team, who offer non-contact Read more…

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