R-evolution for Good

R-evolution for Good are a new community benefit society based in Moray, offering training and development to businesses, using 100% of their profit to work one-to-one with families, helping them to step out of poverty.   Earlier this year, R-evolution received start-up funding from Firstport, allowing them to launch their services. However, their planned launch date Read more…

12-month Graduate Placement

Fyne Futures, based in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, are offering an excellent opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to improve their current systems and processes.  Read more here: https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/scotgrad/scotgrad-fyne-futures/   The Role:  Based in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute. Salary – £19,047 per annum 12-month graduate placement Full-time, 35 hours per week Read more…

Rural virtual learning exchanges

We are excited to announce the launch of rural virtual learning exchanges, taking place this October, supported by Inspiralba and the Scottish Community Alliance. In place of traditional learning exchanges, there is still a need for rural social enterprises to be able to share learning and solutions to the challenges posed by Covid.   Stakeholders from Read more…

Free online business training for island and coastal enterprises

The Scottish Islands Federation are offering free on-line training & mentoring for island & coastal entrepreneurs across Scotland and Europe, through the Erasmus+ Blue Social Growth free online programme. Register at bit.ly/registerentrepreneur, and visit www.scottish-islands-federation.co.uk for more info. There are invaluable resources for those promoting enterprise available on the Blue Social Growth learning platform. The Read more…

Involving young people on social enterprise boards

We’ve just published a new case study featuring Brandon Clements, the 20 year-old director on the board of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust. Brandon wanted to act as a voice for Gigha’s youth, and was elected as a director of the board in 2019. Brandon has since overseen a number of projects and research Read more…

Crowdfunding for Peace of Mind

The Peace of Mind program aims are to work with individuals, families, community groups and local businesses to ensure that people with disabilities and those who are socially excluded and experiencing loneliness can get more involved in their local community. Peace of Mind helps people to create and develop their own local groups, which they Read more…

Apply for the Communities Leading in Tourism Programme

There’s never been a more important time for communities to take the lead in tourism. We’re all saying we don’t want to go back to how it was before – unmanaged tourism, creating social and infrastructural problems without real benefits for local people, yet we’re sliding back into this already. Across the world communities are Read more…

Digital Media Animation online course now open for bookings!

Ever fancied creating your own version of Wallace & Gromit or other animation? Join experienced lecturer Penny Humphreys, who also trained with Aardman Animations, on your journey to learn the fundamentals about digital media and digital animation. This online course starts on 14 September 2020. It will run over 36 weeks. There will be webinars Read more…

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…

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…

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…

Social Enterprise RESET report

“There has never been a more critical time to ensure that the central goal of economic recovery and the various strategies that will deliver it, also delivers collective well-being and greater community resourcefulness which will be essential in order to tackle the deep-rooted inequalities that this crisis has not just laid bare but exacerbated”.

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…

Interview with Ailsa Clark during lockdown

Fablevision Studios is a social enterprise based in Glasgow, situated in Paisley, and is a sister company to the charity, Fablevision. It offers a range of affordable video production and other media-related services predominantly to social enterprises and charities, but also to the public and private sectors across Scotland.  They have produced a number of Read more…

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…

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…

New Anti-Racism Website

846 SOLIDARITY LEARN+ACT FOR ANTI-RACISM   The brutal death of George Floyd in May this year affected many, including a family who felt they had to act. Having lived in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, they launched the website 846 Solidarity. 846 represents the 8 minutes and 46 seconds in which a police officer leant Read more…

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