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…

Rural Housing Conference 2020 at Birnam Arts and Conference Centre

by Fi Thomson, Rural Wisdom Community Worker, Moray Housing in Rural Scotland is a complex problem. Key issues such as land ownership, demographics and depopulation, holiday houses and tourism, rural enterprise and affordability were all discussed at this conference in the lovely surroundings in Birnam.   The attendees included journalist and broadcaster, Lesley Riddoch whose talk was aptly named ‘Not Doomed…

Change is coming… Scottish Rural Action Conference

By: Joan Megson, Community Activist Change is coming. How should Scotland’s rural communities, businesses, organisations and people respond? I went to the Scottish Rural Action Conference to find out more. The location of the conference, the Lanark World Heritage Centre set the tone of what we were to focus on well. The questions posed were;…

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Scottish Borders Transport -Connecting Villages & Towns

Last month we were in Duns to talk about transport issues in the area. The Royal Voluntary Service and Living Streets came along to talk about the work they have been doing in the Borders. Four main themes came through from the discussions: Issues around connecting villages & towns through public transport Issues around pavements…

Sunshine Cafe Beats The Winter Blues

by Shereen Devine Sunshine Cafe is the little Community Cafe that Rural Wisdom helped to develop in May 2018. During this time, we have grown from strength to strength and gained some very loyal customers and priceless volunteers. We have also welcomed many visitors including, Warmer Wales; Age Connects, and a doctor seconded to falls…

Rachel’s Blog – Rural Wisdom, Milford Haven, October / November 2018

by Rachel Evans This has been another varied and busy couple of months for Rural Wisdom in Milford. As you may have read in a previous blog, October saw the start of Soup & Sarnies at a Community Centre on one of the town’s estates, a collaborative effort with some enthusiastic local residents supported by…