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How innovative communities are shaping local development

#GoPlaces - a community voice

Our #GoPlaces campaign is all about sharing the latest activity and thinking in community-led development.

We want to bring together latest information, share innovative ideas, showcase examples of real-time projects, link you to organisations which can help you, and explore a range of topics relevant to communities. Topics include: income generation, assets and enterprises, community energy, net zero, Gaelic, funding, housing, tourism, crofting, culture and heritage. 

The focus is on Scotland, and we'll include UK and international content where it's relevant.

Get in touch if you have a story to tell. You can also take part by sharing information on social media channels tagged with #GoPlaces. 

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What's happening in community development

Inspiring communities

Are you interested in how communities deliver complex projects, providing a range of products and services? See some examples in our features and video wall.

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Community led organisations and tourism

Who better to spot opportunities which offer the best experiences to visitors than local communities? Meet some of the region's organisations combining local vision, community benefit and tourism services and attractions.

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust

Housing, a nationally recognised tourism attraction, local service delivery. Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust don't shy away from the big projects in their community.

They've gained so many skills they are now offering consultancy to other communities to help them deliver their projects.

Sandwick Social and Economic Development

The Sandwick community in Shetland has delivered a variety of projects which allow locals and tourists alike to share in the culture and heritage of their area.
They've converted a former weaving shed to a cafe, their visitor centre is a hub for all, and it's a great place to for crafts and knitwear.

Westray Development Trust

Westray's community wind turbine supports a wide range of community group projects which touch every aspect of island life. Clubs and groups, facilities, services - all helping meet local needs and maintaining a fantastic quality of life for the residents.

Minginish Community Hall Association

With 186,000 people visiting the beautiful Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle in Skye the community took on the challenge to solve the parking chaos.

A car park project has made life better for visitors and the community, and the income generated is re-invested into the local environment and community projects.

Northmavine Community Development Company

To reduce food miles, and address a long supply chain, the residents in the north of Shetland Mainland developed an innovative Polycrub.

As well as bringing the people of the community together, these now sell across the world, supporting them to deliver a range of community-led projects locally.

Off grid communities lead net zero goals

The island communities of Canna, Eigg, Rum, Muck, Fair Isle, Foula and the west coast peninsula communities of Knoydart and Scoraig are working together as a consortium to decarbonise heat, transport and electricity supplies.

Find out how they are going about it.

Pioneering low carbon communities

Fair Isle Community celebrating 24 hour electricity

Support from the public sector

Find Business Support is a Scottish Government website which brings together information and support, including COVID-19 funding, for Scotland.

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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

SCVO is the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector. They provide members with a range of practical business services, training and latest third sector job information.

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Scotland’s Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth

Scotland’s Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth has been set up by the Scottish Government to support public, private and third sector partners to design, develop and support the delivery of Inclusive Growth within Scotland’s regions.

It encourages a people centred approach to decision making and investment in community wealth building, business and inclusive growth and regeneration.

Find out more on the website

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Got an idea for a #GoPlaces story? Please get in touch


Lesley Gallagher

Regional Marketing Manager

+44 (0)1463 383 224 lesley.gallagher@hient.co.uk


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