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Bridgend Farmhouse

Bridgend Farmhouse


Bridgend Farmhouse in South Edinburgh is among countless community organisations which have had to think fast and find innovative ways of offering help after their services were rendered impossible to deliver under social distancing guidelines.

In normal times, the farmhouse operates as a community hub for learning, eating and exercise. “It gives people somewhere to g….

Assist Social Capital

Posted June 2016

Assist Social Capital   Assist Social Capital CIC (ASC) works with individuals and organisations anywhere to develop  communities, using ‘social capital’ as a critical resource.   They use social capital to …   • Highlight the value human relationships • Explore the quantity and quality of relationships • Put numbers to soft outcomes in order […]

At Home in East Lothian

Posted April 2015

At Home in East Lothian   At Home in East Lothian has been set up by Social Enterprise in East Lothian Ltd (SEEL). SEEL is a network organisation, supporting people and organisations living and working in East Lothian. Their members use business as a way of tackling the social, economic and environmental issues that are […]

Atlantis Leisure

Posted July 2009

Atlantis Leisure In 1992, with no indoor sports facilities for 90 miles, no funding available from the local authority, financial pressure on the local swimming pool to reduce hours and with no public play park, local people in Oban decided something had to be done. Today Atlantis Leisure provides highquality sports facilities including  a six-court […]

Attune Theatre

Posted April 2012

Attune Theatre Attune Theatre company is a social enterprise which makes plays of an educational value. That is to say, we aim to offer our audience insight on issues. We do not lecture. We educate through engagement through entertainment. Attune also believe theatre can happen anywhere. We frequently perform our work outside of theatres; as […]

Auchencairn Initiative (*)

Posted March 2004

Auchencairn Initiative   The Initiative was established in August 2001 following a series of working group meetings within the Community Council. The Community Council recognised that, because of its Constitution, it was not able to access funds from Government and other bodies to carry out improvements for the benefit of the village. Since the establishment […]

Ayr Gaiety Partnership, The

Posted April 2012

The Ayr Gaiety Partnership The Ayr Gaiety will be an arts and theatre hub for South Ayrshire, and the premier performing arts venue in South West Scotland. The venue re-opened in 2011 as a vibrant meeting place for all those interested in the arts and creative industries with a studio theatre and performance programme, complemented […]

Ayrshire Initiatives

Posted February 2006

Ayrshire Initiatives   Ayrshire Initiatives is a social enterprise working across Ayrshire supporting individuals and communities meet their full potential.   Ayrshire Initiatives is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Scottish charity. We work in partnership with, and deliver services for, local authorities, housing associations and other third sector organisations.   Our main activities […]

Ayrshire Network Solutions

Posted September 2007

Ayrshire Network Solutions Ayrshire Network Solutions is a social enterprise with charitable status. The IT Sector is one where Consultants regularly command huge fees for jobs that often don’t merit the work that is actually done and because most people don’t fully understand what’s involved, it is seldom questioned. This business was set up to […]

Bad Idea

Posted September 2014

Bad Idea   Anthony Gerrard’s mantra is “there is no such thing as a bad idea”. After overcoming a chaotic background, growing up in poverty and becoming homeless at 18 Anthony put himself through college and university and then went on to set up his own company – Bad Idea.   Now his mission is […]

Badaguish Cairngorm Outdoor Sports Centre

Posted October 2005

Badaguish Cairngorm Outdoor Sports Centre A permanent site at Badaguish was purchased in 1984 to develop residential training facilities and provide equal opportunities training and outdoor education for people with disabilities. The centre has diversified into providing training opportunities for the voluntary care sector. The decision to develop and market accredited training in this sector […]

Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company

Posted August 2017

Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company (BSCTC)   Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company (BSCTC) is a registered charity set up in 1999 to support the transport needs of Aviemore and the surrounding areas.   Based in Aviemore around 35 miles south of Inverness , it now operates one of the most successful community transport […]

Baldy Bane Theatre Company

Posted March 2018

Baldy Bane was started way back in 1991 and has toured all over Scotland ever since.  Over the years, it has built up a strong working relationship with a broad range of partners that have included Scottish Government, NHS, Police Scotland, Zero Tolerance, Road Safety Scotland and many more. In this time, they have developed […]