Scottish Rural Parliament 2018: Programme Update

There are just two months to go until the Scottish Rural Parliament in Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway! Have you booked your place yet?!

SRP2018 Draft Programme Short
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We have an incredible line-up of workshops, speakers and exhibitors for you including:

Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell

A keynote speech from Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell.

Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment Mairi Gougeon

A post-Brexit rural policy discussion panel, chaired by Ruth Wishart.

Rural Innovators Awards 2018

Hear from the winners of the 2018 Rural Innovators Awards; inspiring projects from all across rural Scotland. To enter:

Community shares

with Development Trusts Association Scotland

From harbours to heritage, energy to education, find out how community shares can be used to fund “What Matters” to your community.

It’s all about who you know

with Scottish Rural Action

An opportunity to speak to officials in different roles and different levels of local and national government about their roles and how best to forge a relationship with them.

Digital Scotland: R100 update

with Digital Scotland

An update on the R100 superfast broadband programme.

Radically rethinking rural democracy

Think creatively and join our conversation about how to reshape rural democracy. This workshop will help to shape our response to the Local Democracy Bill in 2019.

Rural services: Equality of access

with Disabilities Equalities Scotland, Age Scotland and Rural Mental Health Forum

Examining how we can ensure that all essential rural services – including those provided by the private sector such as banking and broadband – are inclusive now and in the future.

Rural homelessness

with Rural Housing Scotland and Scottish Rural Action

Rural homelessness can be a hidden issue, with people migrating to the cities due to a lack of affordable and suitable housing. Join our campaign to tackle rural homelessness taking place throughout December 2018.

A community banking hub?

with Development Trusts Association Scotland and Community Junction.

A discussion about the possibility of a community banking hub and some ideas about how it might be achieved.

Remote Control: A play by young people

Performance Collective Stranraer takes you to a small town in remote and rural Scotland and shows you what it’s like as we attempt to grow into adulthood. Our show is about theories of evolution, parking violations and that look you get in a local pub when you walk in… and you’re clearly not from there.


Emma Cooper


Emma joined SRA in 2014 and was our Chief Executive until February 2019. She is going to be touring in a mega motorhome so might be out of touch with us for a while.

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