A man carefully plants seeds in a community garden

A labour of love – the future of funding systems

The future of funding systems for projects like Rural Wisdom A labour of love Getting funding to support community development projects, like Rural Wisdom, has often been an un-paid and precarious labour of love. Many hours are often spent shaping a project to meet a particular set of criteria, filling in forms, gathering evidence and…

Creating space for rural voices

Earlier this year we designed and hosted a series of online webinars that brought together individuals and organisations from across Scotland and Wales. Shared learning has always been an important part of Rural Wisdom and we’ve been learning new ways of doing this since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the lockdowns and…

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Rural Wisdom driving policy change

Rural Wisdom driving policy change Having a say about policies that affect us One of our aims is giving older people in Wales and Scotland more opportunities to influence policies affecting them. Rural Wisdom made strides in this direction before the pandemic, building connections with the Scottish Parliament, Older People’s Commission in Wales Office, and…

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Creating a butterfly garden

By Shereen Devine and Rachel Evans We are six months in, and the pandemic continues to highlight loneliness, isolation and the frustrations that come with the lockdown. To address these issues, local colleagues are looking into reviving the Pembrokeshire Befriending Network. In the meantime, we continue to provide support for people who are still shielding…