RurAction. Handbook for Practitioners

  Based on findings from the overall RurAction programme this handbook’s stated aim 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 enterprises; 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

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 and diversity, active participation 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…

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…

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