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Scottish Rural Action

Rural topic(s): Civic engagement, local governance and dialogue

City: Rothesay

Country: United Kingdom

Web site: http://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk

Scottish Rural Action is the legal entity which organises the Scottish Rural Parliament (www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/). SRA takes forward priorities voted on at the Rural Parliament and advocates on behalf of rural communities on a wide range of issues.

They work by:

  • Influencing policy and services at a national, regional and local level on the 5 key priority areas in the Rural Manifesto for Scotland to ensure the needs and interest of marginalised people living in rural areas are not overlooked.

  • Representing the voice of rural Scotland on key Scottish Government decision-making committees including National Transport Strategy Partnership Group, Broadband R100 Expert Group, Rural Policy Cross-Party Group.

  • Connecting with rural communities through our developing active volunteer-led networks to build a grass-roots rural movement.

  • Organising the Scottish Rural Parliament every two years to connect rural communities with decision-makers and to raise the profile of rural needs and strengths.

  • Providing opportunities for rural communities to connect, share and learn from each other.

Scale of intervention : Regional

Keywords: rural parliament, Community Led Local Development (CLLD), community spirit, empowerment of rural communities, collective approach, bottom-up approach, integrated rural development

Places: United-Kingdom

Actors: association

Methods: advocacy, meeting, seminar and conference organisation, networking, campaigning