SRA has recently been successful in a bid to the Voluntary Action Fund – a fund that supports new volunteering programmes throughout Scotland and ensures that disadvantaged groups have the opportunity to benefit from volunteering. We are looking for people from across Scotland to join us in the ‘Rural Voices’ project. The project will be a series of short-term volunteer groups (6-12 months) that will run from July 2018 to March 2021.
‘Rural Voices’ will work with volunteers from rural communities to ensure that rural issues are heard by decision-makers, and that disadvantaged groups can be part of that process. We want to overcome the struggle that many groups face to have their voice heard – and SRA has the expertise and resources to help do this.
The issues that we have identified for the 2018 groups are ‘Rural Homelessness’ and ‘Impact of Brexit on Rural Scotland’. Issues for future groups could include rural transport, mental health or a variety of other topics that we know affect rural areas.
We will form two groups in 2018-19 of 4-6 volunteers each and support these groups to examine a chosen issue. Once the group has been set up we will provide training in campaigning and support for volunteers to try out some campaigning methods. This is great opportunity for anyone who lives rurally/remotely or is home-based as a lot of the communication will be done via email/Skype/chat room with the training day being in-person.
We are keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in volunteering in either of this year’s groups. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, develop creativity, improve employability and contribute your own thoughts and ideas to getting your issue heard. In addition, you may wish to attend the Scottish Rural Parliament in November as part of the group activity.
For more information on how to get involved visit our Volunteering page.