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Rural Wisdom: How older people in rural communities are responding to the pandemic

Rural Wisdom is a joint project between Outside the Box, Volunteering Matters Cymru and the National Development Team for inclusion. It is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. It began in 2017 now operates in nine different communities across Scotland and Wales. We work with older people in rural communities to support community action…

Rural Wisdom Evaluation Key findings, January 2020

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) are the appointed evaluation partners of the Rural Wisdom project. Following their visits and research, they have now published their key findings fo far, along with a number of case studies that highlight the varied and interesting work of the project: Rural Wisdom Evaluation Key findings, January 2020…

Rural Wisdom 2020 News

In this issue, we celebrate some of the initiatives, projects, events and ideas set up with older people in rural communities. Download the PDF version here In October, community members and workers from Scotland and Wales came together to discuss Rural Wisdom. It was a chance to take stock and reflect on all the successes…

So, what’s it like being a Project Worker at Outside the Box?

As Project Worker for the North Team at Outside the Box, I am part of two smaller project teams. The Support Choices team is made up of 3 Community Workers all based in Dunkeld and in the community. With my support, the team help people understand the ins and outs of the Self Directed Support (SDS) process…

We are recruiting!

Project Worker – North TeamMaternity Cover from early September  Part-time: 20 hours each weekAnnual salary: £10,000 (pro rata on £20,000)  Closing date: Noon, Monday 29th July 2019 We are recruiting maternity cover for our Project Worker to support the work we do over several projects: Support Choices in rural parts of Perth and Kinross and Rural…

Rural Wisdom – Spring Gathering 2019

“It’s important to take these events out to rural communities, to be in the communities where people live and work. At the start of the project we heard that most of the networking events happen in places such as Perth, Glasgow or Edinburgh which can create extra challenges and often means that older people from…

We’re Recruiting…

Outside the Box was established in 2004.  We provide community development support, shared learning and capacity building for people who want to make changes in their communities. We are recruiting two part-time Community Workers for the new Community Connections projects in two areas: Waterfoot and Eaglesham area of East Renfrewshire The areas around Brechin and…

Rural social work in Scotland

The idea that social work in rural areas in Scotland might best be based on different approaches to those used in urban areas (where the vast majority of the population live) has received scant attention in recent years. There is a dearth of research on which to plan services that fit with such a notion. However, given the Scottish Government’s emphasis on community engagement, this is of interest.