Rural Scotland’s communities offered tourism expertise to support local recovery

A programme to help community development organisations and social enterprises support the recovery of rural Scotland’s tourism sector is being launched today (Thursday 2 July).
People working in community development with an interest in tourism, can apply for one of 15 places in the ‘Communities Leading in Tourism’ initiative starting in late September and running until December. The 12-day programme will give participants an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the tourism sector, including exploring the challenges and opportunities faced following the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s designed to develop the leadership skills needed to influence, plan and support sustainable tourism recovery.

This is the second of three intakes of candidates for the ground-breaking pilot programme which has been developed by social and economic development agencies Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE).

Douglas Cowan, director of Communities and Place at HIE, said: “When we developed this programme, we wanted to build a Scotland wide network of community leaders connecting local development and tourism.  As we tackle the impacts of COVID-19 in rural Scotland, community leadership is more important than ever. Engaging communities is an essential part of developing sustainable tourism going forward.” The Social Enterprise Academy (SEA), which has supported over 14,000 social economy learners, is delivering the blended learning programme of six live online learning sessions, six days of online learning, and three planned two-day residential tourism visits in Skye, the Trossachs and Stranraer. (The residential part of the programme will be subject to all COVID-19 government conditions.)Further information is available at


e-bike scheme

The Scottish Government is providing £900,000 to encourage the uptake of e-bikes across Scotland. Local authorities, public sector agencies, community groups and further and higher education institutions can now apply for money to adopt e-bikes, adaptive bikes and e-cargo bikes as an alternative to car journeys.

For the first time, the eBike Grant Fund delivered by Energy Saving Trust will also launch a Business e-cargo project to offer businesses the chance of a free trial of an e-cargo bike for a 12-month period. This will allow Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust to gather new data on the real potential for e-cargo bikes to address business needs. To find out more go to

Young Volunteering Delivering Meals during Corona Virus outbreak


Ciara seen here with meals ready to deliver meals

This dedicated volunteer is Ciara Walker, she is doing an amazing job delivering meals to people that are in the shielded category and unable to leave their homes.

From Monday to Friday each week she picks up the meals from the Pultenytown Peoples Project [PPP] and delivers over 30 meals each day to people around Wick in her own car. She said that many of the people are very lonely and isolated and want her to “come in for a cup of tea” forgetting that this is not possible, so they have a little chat from the safety of the garden path.

Ciara is currently on Furlough from her full time job in hospitality and when she found herself at a loose end she decided to come forward to volunteer. Initially her volunteering role was to dog walk for shielded people before moving onto the meal delivery service.

At the same time, she also helped her aunt, Lindsay Broomfield, to deliver Scrub sewing packs throughout Caithness. Her Aunt decided to support the Love of Scrubs campaign and is coordinating Scrub production locally to a team of volunteer sewers. Ciara helps distribute the pre-cut items to volunteers and then collects the sewn garments and masks again.

Ciara’s little car has travelled many miles in the last few months bringing a ray of sunshine to many people with her friendly face and kind words. Ciara has enjoyed volunteering with the elderly and vulnerable and feels that she has empathy and skills that she was unaware of, she definitely found this a very rewarding experience.

And so let’s put our hands together and clap for all the volunteer Key workers

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Just Enterprise Charitable Trading Training

During this session participants will explore the law and how it applies to charity trading. You’ll discover what kinds of trading are permissible for charities, and how you can carry out non-charitable trading and still stay on the right side of the law. The session will include information about the legal implications of trading as a charity, and when it is appropriate or legally necessary to set up a trading arm for your organisation.

For you if:

  • you work or volunteer for a charity which trades
  • you work or volunteer for a charity and would like to trade but aren’t sure what you can and can’t do within the law
  • you want to understand the implications of trading for charities

Fee: This course is fully funded and there is no charge to participants. This training takes place on 7th July, 11.15am-12.45pm. To book a space go to