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Rural Wisdom is...

...the project that listens to the voices of older people and empowers them to lead change in rural communities across the UK.

Our achievements to date include

  • Listening to over 3,200 older people in rural areas and embracing their ideas, big and small 
  • Helping new community groups get started and existing ones keep going 
  • Delivering over £370,000 of funding for local activities in a range of rural communities 
  • Contributing to policy making to ensure long-lasting national impact 
  • Bringing people together in a network of connected communities across the UK 

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Listening to older people

Rural Wisdom creates spaces for older people and others in rural communities to have a say. We complement and support all routes for people to contribute their views and ideas. We champion issues that matter to older people living in rural communities, even though they may not traditionally be thought of as older people’s issues. 

Sharing learning

Rural Wisdom offers a space for people to hear about what is happening in other areas and learn from what other people find useful. We make connections and work with new and existing partners who are working on issues that matter to people living in rural areas. Rural Wisdom is a project that was specifically designed to evolve and grow and it continues to do so as we help people learn from and support each other within and between communities.

Supporting age friendly communities

Rural Wisdom helps people come up with practical solutions that make life easier for people in their community. We get new things started and support existing activities to adapt. We showcase the many ways in which older people contribute to their communities and help them find more ways to lead and support others to get involved. 

Get in touch

If you have a story about a local initiative that started from a conversation with an older person, an intergenerational community event, or something that has had a positive impact for people living in rural spaces, we want to hear from you! Get in touch with our team via our contact form, on 0141 419 0451, or via email at hello@ruralwisdom.org

Keep up with all things Rural Wisdom via our blog and by signing up to our newsletter.

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5 days ago

Rural Wisdom

Digital Buddies has been successful in securing additional devices to get more older people connected in the Borders and Highland Perthshire through #ConnectingScotland.

Here's a little video to show the difference being digitally connected has made to people's lives.

If you or someone you know would like to get digitally connected please get in touch with Christine at christine@otbds.org in the Borders and Ruth at ruth.w@otbds.org in Highland Perthshire.

Age Scotland Scottish National Rural Network Heartland FM

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1 week ago

Rural Wisdom

As part of our series of workshops on storytelling we are running a podcast workshop on Tuesday 2nd and 9th March, 10.30-12.00.

This workshop will provide an introduction to podcasting, what is it, how it works and what you need to set up a podcast. This workshop will also give you the skills to create your own podcasts.

The workshops are part of a wider project called Community Solutions that is working towards increasing the learning and options around community solutions to social care in Scotland. The project is a partnership between Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Nesta and Outside the Box.

To register and find out more visit- www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/podcasts-tickets-133121033595

#storytelling #communitysolutions #podcasts

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2 weeks ago

Rural Wisdom

Zoom workshop free to join 2pm today - email fiona@otbds.org for the Zoom link - all welcomeWith so many of us increasingly online and the rise in the numbers scams out there - Networks in collaboration with Rural Wisdom Moray and Ability Net are running zoom workshops on what to look out for. First one is 2.00pm Thursday the 23rd Feb - free to join


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