The latest articles and ideas from Inspiring Scotland and our partners.
Artist and founder of the Stove Network, Matt Baker guests blogs on Creative Communities programme after attending its showcase earlier this Month.Â Â Firstly, I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Creative Communities programme – from those who first thought up the idea and made it possible – to everyone who has beenRead More
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
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
By Jill Fraser, Community Play Performance Advisor Community is an old and deeply human idea. It is about sharing; people sharing experiences, sharing places and sharing hopes. We gain a sense of community early in our lives. For children, playing is intrinsically linked to a burgeoning sense of belonging to a bigger group of peopleRead More
I firmly believe that the wellbeing of people is paramount. It directs the work we do at Inspiring Scotland, as well as the work I do personally as a member of several community and advisory groups. It directs the work I do as a sports coach for children and young people. Thatâs why I wasRead 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
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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