News from Wales- May edition.

May has been so busy I am not sure where to begin; I will start with the Cafe that I have been talking about for some time. I am delighted to inform that you that the cafe is now open, only once a week, however, it is a start for now. We have had 3…

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Housing in Rural Areas

“The Rural Housing Crisis Is Destroying Communities, But How Can We Stop It?” This was the recent headline of an online article by Luke Murphy of HuffPost United Kingdom. The picture was of rural England; projections of youth migration/brain drain, fuel poverty, unaffordable house prices coupled with low rates of affordable homes being built in…

Finding Volunteers in Rural Areas

Lots of community groups and voluntary organisations find it can be a challenge to get people involved – both for formal volunteering roles and helping out in less formal ways. It can be a particular problem in rural areas and for groups which are looking more to older people. But there are also lots of…

Access to digital technology – tackling the barriers for older people living in rural areas.

The Centre for Ageing Better and the Good Things Foundation have published a new report on digital access. It shows that we need to think differently about digital inclusion policy and practise if we are going to reach those older people who most need practical help and encouragement around digital access. Across the UK there…

A wee slice of Rural Wisdom

A blog post by our new Development Worker, Jo Highet I was really pleased to accept the invitation to join Shona and Nicky from Rural Wisdom at the recent Conversation Café and made the long journey from East Berwickshire to Brechin. It allowed me to have my first sight of and drive over the impressive…

Pallative care in rural communities

We met Highland Hospice Helping Hands at our Rural Wisdom Inverness Get-Together and are always enthused to hear about organisations adapting their services in response to communities. We recognise the many challenges that people living in rural communities experience particularly around receiving palliative care and getting the right support for them. We asked Susan Smith,…