The latest stories from Inspiring Scotland and our partner charities.
Andrew Magowan, Link Up Programme Manager shares his reflections onÂ Inspiring Scotlandâs Link Up Programme turning 10.Â Â My colleague described our plans for the celebration as âbeautifully ambitiousâ.Â True, but the phrase is also a great way to capture the essence of Link Up since its launch in 2012. Link Up was never really aRead More
To mark this yearâs Challenge Poverty Week, Inspiring Scotland is reflecting on nearly ten years of running Link Up, a programme that has enabled grassroots change at the heart of some of Scotlandâs most challenged communities. Too many people are locked in the grip of poverty. We know that one in five working age adultsRead More
The National Lottery Community Fund announced today that Inspiring Scotlandâs Link Up project in Saltcoats will benefit from an additional two-year funding of ÂŁ95,400. âOur success in securing this new funding through National Lotteryâs Community-led Fund will be critical in helping us to enable local people to drive the change they want for Saltcoats.â BrianRead More
Link Up worker Hannah Kirby reflects on Hilary Cottamâs book âRadical Helpâ and the parallels with Inspiring Scotlandâs community development and wellbeing programme.Read More
We must take this moment to reappraise and reimagine how our systems of support for the most vulnerable should operate in future, writes Andrew Magowan. How we shape and control the world around us is the primary means by which we develop and express our place and role in this world. If we are unableRead More
This article was written by David McPhee and originally appeared in Positively Scottish in May 2017 Isolated. Cut-off. Islands. These are just a few of the new buzz words used to describe people who, often through no fault of their own, become disconnected from mainstream society. If the isolation lasts long enough, they can becomeRead More
Link Up, Inspiring Scotland’s pioneering community project led by local people, has been awarded funding from Big Lottery Fund Scotlandâs Supporting Great Ideas Fund to help combat long-term poverty and disadvantage. The ÂŁ296,452 award will support Link Up in the Whitfield area of Dundee and Saltcoats in North Ayrshire to support more local people toRead More
From board rooms to community halls, volunteers are the backbone of our thriving third sector.Â National Volunteers Week (1 -8th June) is shining a spotlight on the extraordinary commitment of the 12 million volunteers who give their time and experience to charities across the country every week. It is an opportunity for those of usRead More
Mental Health has been a taboo for a long time. It is encouraging to see the topic going up the agenda and becoming a subject of lively conversation, not just amongst professionals but with family and friends too. It is slowly but surely becoming looked at for its universal relevance and central importance to ourRead More
Let’s break the cycle, says Deputy Chief Executive Helen ChambersÂ We know inequality breeds poverty. And poverty, in turn, breeds inequality. But itâs not that simple. Inequality is not just about being poor. Inequality means never having opportunity when you have ability and knowledge. Itâs about not having a choice when there should be soRead More
Tackling societies biggest issues depends on very special types of people on the frontline. At Link Up we have been analysing what the critical factors are that make our workers most effective in connecting the communities in which they work. Â Since 2012 Inspiring Scotlandâs Link Up Programme has been leading efforts in actively tackling inequalityRead More
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