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,…

High Street, Llanberis

Boosting the health of our highstreets

We’re pleased to see the Institute of Health Equity and PHE’s new report examining how high streets are used to improve the overall health of local communities. The report focuses on reviewing the evidence on healthy high streets in urban settings, saying that “good quality design and furniture in local high streets that provide accessible, safe,…