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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…

Exploring alternative energy and fuel poverty in Moray

by Fi Thomson, community worker in Moray One of the first community meetings I went to was a get together to discuss Burghead, Cummingston and Hopeman becoming less reliant on oil and electricity and maybe even producing their own energy. There was interest in renewable and energy and the idea of a development trust to implement it, but it…

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…

The Ripple Effect

by Fi Thomson – Rural Wisdom community worker in Moray I recently had the opportunity to attend the first Ageing Research Network meeting at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. This was a well attended and interesting day. I was asked to contribute with my experience of the third sector. Initially I explained that I could only…

Time To Connect – Connecting Care Homes and Rural Communities

Time to Connect is a partnership project by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and Timebanking UK (TBUK), which aims to improve the lives of older people and people with learning disabilities who live in care. Below Carol Robinson from NDTI shares some fantastic examples of links between care homes and the community in rural places….

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…

Intergenerational National Network Meeting

We are looking forward to talking about Rural Wisdom at the next Intergenerational National Network sharing session, which will be held in Dumfries on the 5th April. We’ll be joining The Stove Network who will also be talking about their work- Stove run premises at 100 High Street in Dumfries as a fully accessible public…

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Rural Wisdom in Wales – a new way of looking at community work

Rural Wisdom partner, Volunteer Matters Cymru, celebrated ‘Older people’s focus week’ at the end of November. As part of this, Rachel – ones of our Welsh Rural Wisdom workers – gave a great update on what’s been happening so far to meet the aims of Rural Wisdom in Wales; that is – to support communities…

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What do you think about local bus services in Scotland? Tell the Scottish Government your views by 5th Dec

A lot of what we’re hearing in our discussions with people unsurprisingly revolves around transport & rural bus services. The Scottish Government are asking for views about Scotland’s bus services which gives us all a chance to feed in what we think is working and what could change to make things better. The deadline for…