Our Work

Building platforms for an inclusive and powerful rural movement

Together with our members and partners, Scottish Rural Action's main area of work is building the platforms required for an inclusive and powerful rural movement. 

First launched in Oban in 2014, the Scottish Rural Parliament is our most established platform. It is a three-day event bringing together hundreds of rural activists with policy and decision makers to identify action that is required to build the resilience of rural Scotland and enable rural communities to thrive. Subsequent Rural Parliaments took place in Brechin in 2016 and in Stranraer in 2018.

A current focus of the rural movement is exploring how online platforms and co-production approaches can enable the participation of groups - including younger people, minority ethnic residents and those with caring responsibilities - who frequently experience barriers to actively shaping their local communities. 


Campaigns and policy work

Our campaigns and policy work builds on the actions identified by each Scottish Rural Parliament and evolves in response to emerging issues, including climate change, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. 

When lockdown was announced in March 2020, Scottish Rural Action launched the Rural & Islands Beyond 2020 (RIB2020) programme in order to channel learning from rural Scotland's pandemic response into action at local and national level that will strengthen rural resilience, redesign and renewal beyond 2020.