Covid-19 Rural Communities Survey Round 2

SRA have published a report on the second round of their Covid -19 Rural Communities survey. Responses collected from 349 people between July and August this year highlight a greater sense of anxiety, and trust and resourcing at a low ebb. 35% of respondents thought that government was not as good as it had been Read more…

Social enterprise, social innovation and self-directed care: lessons from Scotland

This study based on guided conversations with 19 stakeholders explored the experiences of social enterprises that deliver social care in Scotland within the Self Directed Support (SDS) framework. It found mixed evidence of transformation in the Scottish social care market and significant differences between urban and rural settings. It highlights misconceptions of social enterprise as Read more…

Social enterprises’ impact on older people’s health and well-being

Exploring Scottish experiences: Part of the Common Health research programme, this paper explores ‘what’ impact social enterprise activities had on the health and well-being of participants over 50 and ‘how’ this impact was created. The research covers the work of three social enterprises in Scotland, one in rural south west Scotland. Beneficial impacts were identified Read more…

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…

Young People and Access Routes into Social Enterprise Report

In rural areas, there is often the expectation that young people should relocate to urban cities to access employment and education – this is known as the ‘brain drain’, and is one of the key drivers of rural depopulation. Social enterprises in Scotland have a track record of providing access routes into employment for marginalised 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…

Brandon Clements, Young Board Director – Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust

                            About the organisation: Name – The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (IGHT) Location – Isle of Gigha, Argyll and Bute About the Area Geography – Gigha is an island off the west coast of Kintyre, Scotland Population Size – Gigha has 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…

18th August 20, Rural SEN Notes

18/8/20 notes – Scotland’s Rural SEN met earlier in August, with 34 people attending from across Scotland. The group included social and community-owned enterprises, representatives from support agencies, and supporters of and those interested in rural social enterprise. We welcomed fellow social entrepreneurs from Estonia, connected via the Erasmus+ ViSEnet project, who joined the meeting Read more…

Filling a void? The role of social enterprise in addressing social isolation and loneliness in rural communities.

This study of seven social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands looks at the ways in which they address social isolation and loneliness. It supports suggestions that in remote and rural areas social enterprises can be generators of health and wellbeing but also highlights the impact of managing and delivering services on small local populations. Read more…

Unlocking the potential of rural Social Enterprise

This paper reports on an exploratory study with social enterprise stakeholders in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders focused on the potential of social enterprise to contribute to rural development. It considers three key domains that impact on this potential – the rural, the social enterprise and the policy. It argues that ‘social enterprises can 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…

Social entrepreneurship in a rural context: an over-ideological state?

This study from 2008 considers the factors that influence how social entrepreneurs operate in rural areas, the difficulties they face and how they might be addressed. Based on interviews with 30 social enterprise stakeholders in the Highlands and Island it argues that rural settings present some distinct challenges as well as advantages. While issues of Read more…

Can social enterprise contribute to creating sustainable rural communities?

This study based on interviews with social enterprise stakeholders in the Highlands and Islands considers the extent to which social enterprise can address social and economic challenges in remote and rural areas. Promotors of social enterprise include the market context, the culture of self-help, support from rural communities and the small size and thus flexibility Read more…

Starting social enterprises in remote and rural Scotland: best or worst of circumstances?

This study extends the analysis of specific promotors/ barriers to the success of social enterprise in the Scottish Highlands to consider issues relating to health and social care. It finds thinking not well developed and issues in relation to procurement. While those interviewed could see a role for rural social enterprise in maintaining the wellbeing 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…

Zero Carbon Communities Tool launched

Zero Carbon Communities Tool launched on 16 July! A Dumfries and Galloway College staff member has played an important role in the development and launch of a new tool that will help lower carbon emissions across the United Kingdom. Assistant Web Developer, Rebecca Rumble, worked closely with other industry experts at SP Energy Networks to 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…

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