Advancing Equality

Advancing Equality – the report, recordings and outputs from the 2021vSRP Session on 8th March 2021 

Session curated by Sleeping Giants Community Interest Company and chaired by Grace Cardozo, Managing Director, Sleeping Giants.   

Not everyone has the same opportunity to participate in decisions about their communities. Different factors including poverty and social exclusion, belonging to a protected characteristic group or having caring responsibilities can give rise to barriers to participation. These barriers are frequently compounded by living in a rural or island community.   

In late 2020, the Scottish Government commissioned a preliminary exploration into the intersection of inclusive participation and rurality with findings published in February 2021.

The Advancing Equality session was specifically designed to build on the Government’s preliminary exploration, adding to a growing body of knowledge and proposing action that will help rural communities to operate on a more inclusive basis; ensuring seldom heard voices are included, respected, and valued.


  • Storyteller, writer and Travellers’ rights activist Jess Smith
  • Ian Buchanan, Access, Training & Engagement Manager from Disability Equality Scotland
  • Scott Cuthbertson and Eleanor Sanders White from the Equality Network
  • Joseph Ritchie and Emma McCallum from the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS)

More information

  1. Session Report
  2. Session Recommendations
  3. Watch the Session

Session Report

Session Recommendations

Watch the Session

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