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…

Scotland’s third Land Use Strategy

  The Scottish Government is consulting on its third Land Use Strategy to be published in March 2021. This sets out the vision for achieving sustainable land use in Scotland, the objectives and the policies and actions that will help deliver it. To view the consultation document please click here. Communities, bio-diversity and climate change 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…

Think Big, Act Small: Elinor Ostrom’s radical vision for community power

The report provides an accessible introduction to Nobel prize for Economics winner Elinor Ostrom’s work and the radical vision it offers for our current challenges. Described as the ‘intellectual hero of the community power movement’ it explores her decades long academic and practical research and how her ideas can be applied in the UK. The 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…

Community Wealth Building 2020

  This latest report from CLES provides a picture of community wealth building in 2020 and examines the conditions needed for it to flourish. It argues that inclusive economies – those that focus on social goals, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity for all rather than those that focus solely on growth will be key to 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…

Launch Me – Firstport

Firstport’s LaunchMe Programme has launched it’s 6th round! If you’re a social enterprise or community group looking to scale your business then why not attend one of Firstport’s LaunchMe webinars?  Online: 12th November at 1.00pm 19th November at 12.00pm and 24th November at 11.00am Find out all you need to know by registering for one 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…

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…

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