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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….

Building Futures

Posted September 2018

Building Futures believes every individual in society deserves a fair shot at their chosen career path without facing stigma or stereotype – with their mission being to promote equality and greater diversity within the construction sector.  They are not driven by profit but by the prospect of bettering the local community and are distinctive within […]

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 […]

The Dunlop Community Hub

Posted September 2018

The Dunlop Community Hub is the name given to the community group which clubbed together to buy the last remaining pub in the village, turning it into a community space for the wider benefit of local residents.   The idea behind DCH was floated after fears were raised about the possibility of the Merito Bar […]

The Pitstop Community Facility

Posted August 2018

The Pitstop Community Facility is the social enterprise arm of the Loganlea Miners’ Charitable Society (LMCS), offering a variety of services to the people of Addiewell, Loganlea and the surrounding area. LMCS has been at the heart of the local Addiewell community for decades, with many of the village’s 1,700 population registered as members. The […]

Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise (CJCE)

Posted August 2018

Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise (CJCE) runs a series of community regeneration programmes from its base in Townhead to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the local community. Established in May 2013, CJCE focuses on the delivery of high-quality facilities, programmes and resources to encourage regular participation in sport and physical activity. An ethos of […]

Break the Silence

Posted August 2018

Operating since 2004, Break the Silence provides a range of tailored, holistic support options for Survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, aged 13 years and above. Options for support include; one to one professional counselling using qualified psychotherapists, outreach counselling, couple support, complementary therapies, advocacy, group activities, and volunteering opportunities. All support is designed […]

Mixed Fish

Posted August 2018

The roots of Mixed Fish go back some 50 years, first established as The Friends of Woodlands 1962-2003 and then The Friends of Elmwood 2003-2011. In 1962, a group of staff, families and friends with a starting sum of £42.17 built up a new charity dedicated to providing time and resources to children and adults who were associated […]

ApparelXchange CIC

Posted July 2018

A social enterprise selling second-hand uniforms aims to help families on low incomes – and do their bit for the planet too. ApparelXchange CIC opened at Shawlands Arcade yesterday, kicking off a four-day mega sale of low cost quality pre-worn school uniforms. The shop will be selling stock for £2.50 or less per item… So […]


Posted July 2018

MENSELF + (Men Encouraging and Nurturing Self Efficacy to Live life Fully) offers a range of innovative and relevant educational support services with a view to improving the health and well-being of men in Scotland. Menself+ facilitates access to existing health services and appropriate health related information to men living in Scotland by providing a […]

The Brock Garden Wood and Craft Centre

Posted July 2018

The Brock is a social enterprise and charity which provides therapeutic horticulture, woodwork and craft activities to individuals who live with severe and enduring mental health conditions.   The Brock works on a referral basis, working in partnership with care professionals to find appropriate placements for patients.   They aim to assist people with severe […]

Arran Eco Savvy Community

Posted July 2018

The Arran Eco Savvy Community (AES) is a group based on the Isle of Arran with the aim of identifying and accomplishing environmental projects to benefit the local community, increase environmental sustainability and support sustainable living, whilst working towards zero waste for Arran. AES also works to provide learning opportunities and training for vocational skills […]

Montrose Playhouse Project

Posted July 2018

Montrose Playhouse Project is registered as Scottish charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), staffed by a group of local volunteers whose ambitious plan is to renovate the former swimming pool situated on The Mall, Montrose into an Arts Centre & Three-screen Digital Cinema called The Playhouse for the benefit of Montrose and the surrounding areas. They intend […]