Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Fort William from the 1st to the 3rd of November for this year’s assembly. The event, held at Nevis Centre in Fort William and online, focused on the main theme of “village halls and community spaces.”

If you missed the event, don’t worry! Check out the event programme and the video to catch up on the valuable content shared during the assembly, and subscribe to our newsletter to receive an update next year on when the next event is happening.

Great to see first hand the impact of community empowerment and the reality of seeing that it is people in and from the communities who are best fit to make a change for the future.
Just a big thank you to all who organised this tremendous event and a big well done to all those who participated and collaborated throughout. It was also fantastic to see ministers in attendance and engaging meaningfully, taking away the key messages from the delegates.
The openness to conversation and connection throughout the days, and the many opportunities for structured discussion. The experience was quite unlike anything I have participated in or attended before – and in a most refreshing way!
“I really enjoyed the 3 days – much more than I thought I would. Thank you to the organisers.
Huge congratulations to all involved in running the event, I think everyone felt it was a huge success and a great opportunity to share thoughts with others on the challenges faced by our communities.
It was a great experience, being part of the SRIP. I enjoyed the debate, the conversations, and other people’s stories. And the final speech from the chair reminding us all how very lucky we are to live and work in the Highlands was excellent. We are lucky.
Thank you for all the hard work that went into a thought provoking and informative event. Was so good to have the chance to meet and share experiences in person.
It was a lovely event, and it was very clear that both organisers and attendees are very passionate about their communities and rural matters in general.

What is the Scottish Rural & Islands Parliament?

It is a grassroots democratic assembly, bringing together people who live and work in rural and island Scotland to debate the issues that matter. It forms part of a process to help mobilise rural and island communities in Scotland and amplify their diverse voices.  

It creates space for strengthening connections between communities, organisations and decision-makers in Scotland, the UK and Europe. Taking place every two years, and a member of the European-wide network of Rural Parliaments, this large-scale participatory democratic assembly attracts hundreds of people to build stronger collective influence for rural and island Scotland.

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or curator for the next Scottish Rural & Islands Parliament event, please feel free to get in touch with us.

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