About Highland Perthshire (west of A9)
Rural Wisdom is working in Highland Perthshire, in the area west of the A9. Within this area, the main communities that we are working with are Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Fortingall, Glen Lyon, Kinloch Rannoch, Grandtully, Strathtay and Amulree. Read more about these areas.
What are we doing?
We have attended public events and visited activities to speak to local people. Our conversations centred on 4 questions:
- What is it like living here?
- What is working well?
- What could be better – especially for older people but also for whole community?
- Have you any ideas on what would help?
What we heard:
– This is a welcoming and friendly place that values and uses the strengths of people and communities. Older people want to continue being an active part of this.
– People want to stay independent in their own communities.
– Family, friends and neighbours are the main support for most people. People want to have better access to support and care that is based in the area and is flexible, to extend the natural supports in these communities.
– This area needs more options on housing, especially smaller houses to let people stay in the area for longer.
– Community facilities here are good and people value them. There are barriers to using some public facilities and older people are looking for more access to computers.
– Transport is a big problem for some people. There are specific problems that need specific solutions, especially on access to NHS services and to other services based in Perth.
– People value local shops and have ideas on how they can work better for older customers.
– Informal routes for information and communication work well. Poor access to broadband is a major problem for the area.
– People want to be heard and be part of decisions that affect their community. They have ideas on ways to make this better.
– People want to be part of building connections in the community, including between people moving to the area and those living here, and between older people living in settings like care homes and others in the community.
Keep up with what’s happening
Rural Wisdom Development Worker (Highland Perthshire)