New Virtual Community Learning Exchange Series

We would like to invite you to our upcoming series of virtual community learning exchanges, funded by the Scottish Community Alliance. The sessions will focus on themes identified by Rural SEN members as important to their future plans, and will be hosted by social enterprises from Uist, Tiree, and Dumfries. See the links below to Read more…

£7million fund to improve equality and human rights in Scotland.

The Equality and Human Rights Fund is a new programme to support work which advances human rights, promotes equality and tackles discrimination around age, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability and race. The fund, an evolution of previous Scottish Government funding streams, is managed by Inspiring Scotland and will distribute up to £7 million annually Read more…

Report of the Citizen’s Assembly of Scotland

  The report of the first Citizen’s Assembly of Scotland has been published. You can check out its vision for Scotland and its 60 recommendations on how decisions are taken, incomes and poverty, tax and the economy, young people, sustainability, health and wellbeing and further powers here: Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland | Citizens Assembly

Social Enterprise Place Awards

Uist, Lewis and Govan recognised in new Social Enterprise Places Scotland scheme.   Scotland has a longheld reputation for social enterprise activity, and on the 21st of January, Social Enterprise Scotland will recognise the impact of social enterprise as part of their Social Enterprise Places awards. Uist and Lewis will be formally recognised on Thursday Read more…

Community Land Scotland’s Manifesto for a Sustainable Scotland

In 2020, Community Land Scotland published their Manifesto for a Sustainable Scotland, titled ‘Land for the Common Good’. The manifesto calls for a “renewed focus on land reform”, and presents bold new proposals that place communities’ relationship with land at the heart of Scotland’s journey towards resilience and sustainability. The manifesto focuses on the following themes: Read more…

Scottish Rural Parliament 2021: March 6th- 18th (online).

Registration for the Scottish Rural Parliament is now open. Billed as ‘a grassroots democratic assembly’, it is an opportunity for people who live and work in rural and island Scotland to engage with policy decision makers and influencers. Watch the launch video here: Launch Video for the 2021 Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament – YouTube Sign Read more…

Ireland signs the Toledo Declaration on Social Enterprise

Signing the Declaration On Friday 4 December, Heather Humphreys TD, the Irish Minister for Rural and Community Development, announced that Ireland has signed the Toledo Declaration on Social Enterprise. The Toledo Declaration is a commitment to strengthening and supporting social enterprises, recognising the significant role that the social economy has in improving socioeonomic, environmental and health Read more…

Communities Leading in Tourism – SEA

The Social Enterprise Academy are now recruiting for the final cohort of learners for their Communities Leading in Tourism programme – which starts in January 2021.  Read more about this opportunity on the SEA website.  What is it? Communities Leading in Tourism is a personal development programme, which will equip learners with the knowledge and Read more…

Interface Student Opportunities

Need some help with social media, website development, marketing, business planning in these difficult times? Interface, which matches up businesses with a Scottish university to carry out a project to help in some aspect of running your business, would like to make you aware of the following student opportunities. As these will be done digitally, Read more…

New Community-led Housing Report

Community Land Scotland have, this week, published a Report on Community Led Housing. Written by David Ross, Home Delivery reports on the communities and social enterprises across Scotland who are leading on developing their own affordable housing to address local need. The report presents a number of case studies and calls for the principal funder Read more…

Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report

The Rural Social Enterprise Hub has today published its 2020 Stakeholder Report, detailing the background of the project, work to date, ongoing development, and future priorities.  The report is available to view here: Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report Nov 2020   The report informs on the key objectives of the Rural Social Enterprise Hub, which are Read more…

Rural mental health and wellbeing session

We are pleased to announce an upcoming session on Mental Health and Wellbeing for Rural Social Enterprises, being run by Inspiralba as part of Senscot’s Restart Rebuild Week.   Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is especially important in these challenging times, and the need for guidance and support has been highlighted as a Read more…

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