Rural Housing Scotland is a national charity which supports community action on rural housing issues by providing practical support for community-led housing initiatives and campaigning to secure more affordable housing in rural Scotland. Find out more in our About section.
In preparation for the 2021 Holyrood elections we have developed a manifesto highlighting the ten actions we believe are required to enable affordable rural housing and help our rural communities to thrive. Read the manifesto.
We create of resources and run events which support our practical work with communities and provide information and inspiration to those looking to develop community-led housing across rural Scotland. From webinars, podcasts and videos to our annual conference, we hope that these materials and events will be useful to you and help you learn more about various topics related to rural housing in Scotland.
Our acclaimed annual rural housing conference took place on 25th February 2022. During the event, we heard about some of the ambitious housing and regeneration projects taking place across Scotland, as well as discussing where policy and support could better support rural needs to allow communities to meet their potential and hopes for rural futures.
We are working with Stòras Uibhist to develop Smart Clachan in Uist. New Development Officer, Donna Young, has recently begun work to coordinate the project. We will be holding a series of drop-in sessions across the island over the coming weeks. These will be informal events where you can come along for a chat to find out more about this new affordable housing in Uist. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Learning Exchange to Spittalfield
In February 2020 we hosted a Community Learning Exchange to Spittalfield, supported by Scottish Community Alliance, so that communities from across Scotland could learn more about the more about their collaborative self build project.
Representatives from Colonsay, The Borders, The Highlands, Orkney, Blairgowrie, Canna, Rum, Lismore and Aberdeenshire visited the village to hear more from Cllr Grant Laing who, in 1993 along with 11 other families, built their own homes together using Rural Home Ownership Grants. They then joined together in Birnam for an afternoon of discussions to hear more about the Hope Co-housing project in Orkney and the Bath Street Collective build initiative.
Read our report on the Community Learning Exchange to Spittalfield to find out more.