Social Enterprise World Forum- Youth Forum

27 September Calling all young changemakers, join the SEWF Youth Forum on 27 September to connect, learn and be inspired! The event is free for all under 30s and the first 500 to register will get free access to SEWF 2021 on 28-29 September. Programme content will be designed by and for young social entrepreneurs and will Read more…

Research calls for rural and island communities to be seen in a new light following Covid.

Research led by CoDeL and funded as part of the Northern Periphery and Artic Programme has found that while the health and economic disruptions caused by Covid-19 are undeniable, on balance many rural and island areas have performed relatively well during the pandemic by drawing on a wide range of resilience factors both for health Read more…

Island Communities Fund (ICF) Launched

Community organisations and businesses can apply for grants of up to £150,000 for projects focussed on supporting sustainable island economies and the journey towards net zero. The fund will support ‘shovel-ready’, island-based, community led projects that should be completed by 31st March 2022. More details: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-fund-opens-for-island-communities/

A new version of Scotland’s Social Enterprise Support Map

Developed by Community Enterprise and Bold Studio this free tool is designed to build connections between community and social enterprises and support organisations across Scotland. Categorised by type, location, sector and ambitions ‘this online tool is here to help you navigate the social enterprise support landscape with ease’. Access it here:https://sesupportmap.scot/

New Social Enterprise Action Plan

Inclusive growth through social enterprise Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan/ 2021-2024 This second of three action plans for social enterprise was published on March 24th. It positions social enterprise as central to Scotland’s renewal rooted in fairness and equality and key to transformational change for communities and our people. Read the briefing note prepared for Read more…

Community Based Social Enterprises fostering Inclusive Development in peripheral European Rural Areas.

Community Based Social Enterprises fostering Inclusive Development in peripheral European Rural Areas. Lucas Olmedo, Mara van Twuijver, Mary O’Shaughnessy.   This paper investigates how community-based social enterprises (CBSEs) foster inclusive development in European peripheral rural areas and in turn contribute to the sustainable development goals. CBSEs are seen as a subset of social enterprise that Read more…

Rural SEN Terms of Reference

Please find the terms of reference for the Scottish Rural Social Enterprise Network.   Rural SEN Terms of Reference

15th December 20, Rural SEN Notes

Members of the Rural SEN met in December 2020 to recap and connect on a challenging year, and look forward to 2021. Agenda items included: Recap of the October virtual learning exchanges, and identify themes for future sessions. Discuss Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy and set up Rural Focus Group to outline challenges, opportunities and Read more…

15th Feb 21, Rural SEN Notes

The Rural SEN met for their first session of 2021 on February 15th. Agenda items included:   An overview of key points from the Net Zero Rural Focus Group Discussion on the research agenda and questions proposed by the Rural SE Research Focus Group Update on SEWF Rural Forum Overview of upcoming Virtual learning Exchanges Read more…

RurAction. Handbook for Practitioners

  The RurAction Network: Handbook for Practitioners.   The stated aim of this publication is to: ‘to help practitioners – both on the basis of our own empirical research and a literature review – to reflect with greater awareness on rural conditions with their specific challenges; potentials; dynamics; organisational forms and the hybridity of social Read more…

Identifying the Characteristics of Rural Social Enterprise in Scotland

Inspiralba has hosted a PhD Intern for the past six months in conjunction with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Cat Aitken has looked at the characteristics of rural and island social enterprise and the extent to which this offers a different model.   You can read her full findings here….    

LEADER and Spatial Justice

LEADER and Spatial Justice. Mark Shucksmith, Elizabeth Brooks and Ali Madanipour Sociologia Ruralis: Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology 2021.   This paper explores ideas of ‘spatial justice’ and how they can be applied via placed – based approaches in a rural context. It identifies four key dimensions to spatial justice – plurality Read more…

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…

Women in the Rural Economy Training Fund

Administered by LANTRA, this fund has been created to give women in Rural Scotland more opportunities for land-based and aquaculture training.   100% funding is available for training up to the value of £500 per course and applications for training over the value of £500 will be assessed depending on the value to the individual 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…

An eye to the future

Our next series of virtual learning exchanges will be in March. Funded by the Scottish Community Alliance they cover themes identified by Rural SEN members as key to their future development. We will kick off on March 9th with Involving Young People in Rural Social Enterprise hosted by Inspiralba. On March 16th the theme will Read more…

A Different Approach to Community-Led Asset Development

In this short video, Douglas Westwater, Chief Executive of Community Enterprise Scotland introduces this research carried out in collaboration with The William Grant Foundation:   https://youtu.be/jb9pAl-sOd4   Read the full report here: A different approach to community-led asset development

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…

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