A BBC documentary called the 'Great Storm That Saved a City' provides a fascinating insight not only into the storm itself, but how it played its part in transforming Glasgow’s housing and in particular how it sowed the seeds of the city’s community controlled housing associations. These tenant-led organisations have consistently argued for their governance to … Continue reading The power of the volunteer
Ten years after Greener Kirkcaldy began tackling disadvantage and inequality within their town, last week local people were celebrating the official opening of their new community hub. With purpose built premises, Greener Kirkcaldy can continue tackling food and fuel poverty in the town, but always with an eye to promoting Kirkcaldy as a greener and fairer place … Continue reading Why is this even tolerated?
It’s an annual tradition for the Edinburgh Festival or the Fringe or both to declare that once again all box office records have been smashed - thereby reaffirming the City’s right to call itself the festival capital of the world. But this never-ending growth comes at quite a cost. The explosion of Airbnb properties disrupting … Continue reading Citizen Power
ScotPHO have recently published a new Housing section on their website, which aims to highlight the important connection between health and housing. Housing affordability, housing quality, fuel poverty, and the role of housing as a home within a community, all have an impact on health and health inequalities. The section highlights data sources and provides an … Continue reading Home is where the heart is
No one doubts that many in places a housing crisis exists - there are not enough houses on the market to rent or buy at an affordable price. And thus far, it has been left to the market (with an occasional helping hand from government) to sort it out. But with little sign of any … Continue reading Berlinners take action
Doirin Graham is the CEO of Clare Local Development Company which on Monday learned that it was successful in its bid for LEADER funding worth €8.9m to County Clare. Doirin's company, set up in 1992, went against the tide in competing with the county's new Local and Community Development Committee for the funding. It was … Continue reading Doirin Graham – on Community-Led Local Development now
A paper presented at the 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, ‘Building a scientific field to foster social enterprise eco-system,’ June 30th to July 3rd, 2015, Helsinki, Finland. In Ireland social enterprises are seen primarily as non-profit organisations driven by social objectives. Irish thinking on the social economy has been influenced by … Continue reading Social Enterprises in Rural Communities – Case Study Ireland