Areas of impact

Areas of impact

People placing their hands in the middle of a circleRural Wisdom works with people in rural communities in Scotland and Wales. We’ve been learning from the experience of people in local areas and connecting them to a wider network of people and organisations with whom we share learning and also learn from, so that the impact of the project is as far reaching and long lasting as possible.


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. Our conversations with residents in each of the areas involved in our projects explored these four key questions. The answers shaped our involvement in each community.

  • What is it like living in your local area?
  • What is working well?
  • What could be better – especially for older people but also for whole community?
  • Have you any ideas that would help improve the area?


The project developed from a wider conversation about the lives of older people living in rural areas and has been granted the freedom and flexibility to evolve as required to meet the needs of these communities. Rural Wisdom is an adaptive project that is continually learning and developing to best represent rural communities. The timeline below highlights some of the key stages of the project.

Timeline Infographic

Stage one areas:

Eaglesham and Waterfoot | Highland Perthshire | North AngusLeeswood and Pontblyddyn | Milford Haven

Stage two areas:

Burghead, Hopeman and Cummingston| The Scottish Borders | The Dale Peninsula | Holywell

Map of Scotland and Wales with 9 areas highlighted