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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….


The Rockfield Centre

Posted June 2018

In 2015, Oban’s former Rockfield school faced the threat of demolition after falling out of use. Eager to retain the school as a centre for community activity, the community clubbed together to form the Oban Communities Trust (OCT) – with the aim of reclaiming the school and transforming it into a bright, modern, cultural community […]

Invisible Cities

Posted June 2018

Invisible Cities is a social enterprise that trains people affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city and offer these alternative tours to tourists and locals. Their training focuses on confidence building, public speaking and customer service – and they partner with professional tour guides to build bespoke tours and practice […]

Cook at the ‘Nook

Posted June 2018

Cook at the ‘Nook offers professionally-led cookery courses for a range of beneficiaries, including those suffering food and housing insecurity, people living with mental health issues and also people living in rural isolation. Classes are run by a trained chef and cover cooking disciplines including Indian cookery, modern Scottish cuisine and Italian, sharing their skills […]

Limelight Music

Posted June 2018

Limelight Music is a music training and production company which works to enhance employment prospects in the performing arts industry for people living with impairments. It is the largest employer of disabled musicians in Scotland and has two main aims: To address current inequality by creating pathways to employment for people with impairments within the performing […]

Windmills Cafe

Posted May 2018

Windmills is a social enterprise cafe in the heart of Motherwell which acts as a community hub for local groups and financially supports the charitable aims of Windmills Lanarkshire. Windmills Lanarkshire’s commitment to the development of the young workforce has been enshrined since the commencement of the organisation. In 2006, a group of pupils from […]

Vox Liminis

Posted May 2018

Vox Liminis is a Glasgow-based arts organisation which works with people with convictions, artists and academics to develop the role of the arts in criminal justice. Founded in 2013, Vox has developed a number of pieces of work that support individual rehabilitation, develop the role of the community in reducing reoffending, and explore new ways […]

Projekt 42

Posted May 2018

Projekt 42 is a not-for-profit gym and wellness centre in Leith, Edinburgh, focusing on strengthening the connection between mental health and physical fitness. To change the way people think about mental health, Projekt 42 has a range of activities and fitness programmes designed to create positive mental health outcomes. A unique 12-week course combines personal […]

Nortenergy

Posted May 2018

Nortenergy is a community-owned enterprise based in Northmavine in Shetland which produces durable polytunnel/greenhouse hybrids using recycled materials from the aquaculture industry. The venture was started by Northmavine Community Development Company (NCDC) in 2008, after community consultation identified a strong desire in Shetland for home-grown produce – hitherto having to rely on food that had […]

Wild and Kind Studio

Posted May 2018

Wild and Kind CIC (W&K) is a creative collective which aims to address the gender imbalance in the creative industries by helping start-up businesses and artists become self-sufficient. The team at W&K recognise that the process of becoming a self-employed artist is fraught with difficulties. They therefore strive to aim as much assistance and encouragement […]

Campbeltown Picture House

Posted April 2018

Campbeltown Picture House is one of the first purpose built cinemas in Scotland, built in 1913. It survives today as a rare space, largely unaltered from the 1935 remodelling by the original architect Albert V. Gardner – complete with an art nouveau exterior and an equally impressive and unusual ‘atmospheric style’ interior. The Centenary Project […]

Carpetinc

Posted April 2018

Carpetinc is one of three subsidiaries – others include Removalinc and Joinerinc –  operated by Instant Neighbour and is the only carpet re-use social enterprise in the North-East of Scotland. It was established to enable those on low incomes to have good quality flooring, lowering heating costs and increasing comfort combining social welfare activity with […]

Communities Insurance

Posted April 2018

Communities Insurance is a not-for-profit insurance broker which provides specialist insurance broker services to social enterprises, charities and other ethical clients. Communities Insurance’s philosophy is simple – all commissions and earnings associated with their brokering services are invested in programmes to develop financial services products for those who find themselves financially excluded. Identifying the need […]