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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Scottish Rural Action: Round 1 Report

Rural Communities Survey on COVID-19 – Response and Recovery Round 1 – May 2020 Report on the first round of SRA’s survey designed to provide a whole community view on response and recovery from rural Scotland. Further rounds are planned in June and July to map changes as Scotland moves out of lockdown. Key message Read more…

Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust

Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust have initiated a community-wide meal drop of prepared soup and sandwiches, home baking, grocery items, and drawings and notes from local schoolchildren to elderly and isolated households. Goodie bags are delivered regularly by groups of volunteers who transport and deliver the supplies to isolated households. The main course meal Read more…

ShopperAide

ShopperAide provide support services for older people in South Kintyre, including shopping services. Since the start of lockdown, they have seen a significant increase in demand for their services and have doubled the amount of people they deliver shopping to. They reached capacity after the first month, and with staff and volunteers working flat out, Read more…

Jura Community Shop

The Jura Community Shop has been working hard over the last few weeks and months to keep up with the constantly changing situation which we all face from COVID-19. The Community run shop initially struggled to keep up with increased demand for orders of fresh fruit and veg, bread and milk at the start of Read more…

Exploring the Geographies of Social Enterprise in the Highlands and Islands

Research conducted by Ailsa Higgins, a student at the University of Glasgow, explores the geographies of social enterprise in the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland. Social enterprise activity is known to be particularly dense in the Highlands and Islands, where growth conditions have been described as “fertile context” for the uptake of social enterprise Read more…

New Anti-Racism Website

846 SOLIDARITY LEARN+ACT FOR ANTI-RACISM   The brutal death of George Floyd in May this year affected many, including a family who felt they had to act. Having lived in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, they launched the website 846 Solidarity. 846 represents the 8 minutes and 46 seconds in which a police officer leant Read more…

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