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Wild Sparks

Wild Sparks Outdoor Play was founded in 2014 to help children in and around Eastern Perthshire to get ahead, stay healthy and have fun in the great outdoors.

They run a number of holiday activity programmes in Alyth and Dunkeld, an outdoor nursery in Coupar Angus and also deliver training for play and learning practitioners across Scotland.

Wild Sparks activities are led by experienced playworkers, teachers and For….


1st Step Linlithgow

Posted September 2018

1st Step Café was founded in 2015, the result of there being a severe lack of support for individuals situated in the surrounding areas suffering from addiction-based difficulties, such as alcoholism or drug abuse. 1st Step Café was initially formed with the primary mission of providing a warming abode for beneficiaries who could meet in […]

Abbey Soft Play (*)

Posted May 2002

Abbey Soft Play Abbey Soft Play is a unique and innovative project that has transformed a redundant public toilet block in Kelso into `Soft Play` facilities for children and their parents and carers. It opened for business in July 2000.  The project has over 250 child members aged up to 8 years who benefit along […]

Aberdeen Forward

Posted March 2006

Aberdeen Forward Aberdeen Forward is an environmental charity which runs a number of different projects in the city and across Aberdeenshire. The organisation aims to develop a portfolio of projects in the field of sustainable development.  Traditionally working in sustainable waste management, Aberdeen Forward is now moving on to look at projects that expand the […]

ACE Centre

Posted October 2007

Monday 15th October 2007 saw over 50 people turn up to celebrate the opening of the ACE Centre in Kelso, by local social enterprise CESEL, who put a huge amount of time and ‘sweat equity’ into developing this new community facility for the residents of Kelso and the local social enterprise sector. The building which […]

Aconite Productions

Posted July 2012

Aconite Productions Aconite is a social enterprise, recently established to bring topical stories of global significance to the world stage. They produce quality documentaries in collaboration with international partners.   It takes both to successfully produce the ambitious projects they undertake. Working together they can achieve meaningful changes in our world. Their partners are:   […]

ACRE Scotland (*)

Posted January 2008

ACRE Scotland   An Investment Coop for people interested in investing in Rural Community Businesses   Community groups across Scotland are trying to set up businesses to provide local jobs, provide local services and make their communities viable and good places to live.   There are grants to help with some aspects of setting up […]

Action for Change

Posted July 2009

Action for Change Action for Change was formed when Mike Trevett graduated from the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Fife in 2004.  Initially a constituted group, Action for Change is now a social enterprise and a charity, importantly an affiliate of the Earth Charter in Scotland. The Earth Charter is the UN sponsored document ‘Values […]

Active Communities

Posted July 2014

Active Communities Active Communities was established as a result of the success of Jogging Buddies, which was set up in 2003 to promote walking and jogging in the Paisley area.   In 2010, Jogging Buddies changed its company name to Active Communities to better reflect the range of work undertaken in local communities. The company […]

ACTive INquiry

Posted March 2012

ACTive INquiry ACTive Inquiry is an arts company based in Leith, Edinburgh committed to creating exciting new theatre and arts projects with and for communities. ACTive INquiry promotes increased participation in the arts as a catalyst for active involvement in society. There current projects include the Forum Theatre project in Leith which aims to create […]

Adventure Carrick

Posted November 2018

Adventure Carrick offers a wide range of adventure activities across the south west of Scotland for people of all ages, abilities and incomes. Adventure Carrick is a branching arm of the charity Adventure Centre for Education (ACE), which specializes in harnessing the power and energy of adventure sports to broaden people’s visions and aspirations. Specialising […]

Age Concern Enterprises

Posted October 2009

Age Concern Enterprises EARLY next year, Age Concern Scotland and Help the Aged Scotland will merge into one charity – under an as yet undecided title.With an ageing population in Scotland, the need for help and support for older people has never been greater. But like all charities, Age Concern and Help the Aged have […]

Ala Mairi

Posted July 2015

Ala Mairi Inspired by sunset in the Shetland Islands, the Ala Mairi brand reflects a desire to share the talents, stories and warmth of their artisans with the world.   What began as a look into traditional hand-loom weaving in Scotland and Pakistan, blossomed into a passion for the tales and experiences encountered along the […]