Two social enterprises win national Rural Innovators Awards

October 3, 2016

The Rural Innovators Awards recognise projects, people and organisations that improve life in rural communities across Scotland.

Inspired by Autism (based in Dunoon and Cowal) and Bùth Bharraigh Ltd (Isle of Barra) have respectively won an award in the Health & Social Care and Business categories.

Bùth Bharraigh, founded by Sarah MacLean, is a community local produce hub selling quality goods from Barra and Vatersay. It provides convenient access to local produce, wholefoods and other items island residents find hard to source otherwise. Local producers receive 70% to 80% of sale price on their goods. It also offers employment and work placements and meaningful volunteering opportunities.
But Bharraigh is one of the participant on our LaunchMe programme.

Inspired by Autism, created by Duncan MaGillvaray, provides support services for families living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D). Plans include a parent support group, specialised training for parents and carers as well as respite facilities and activities for people with autism. Being a parent living with A.S.D, Duncan is passionate about providing an active support network in the community. Using his experience in the care sector, he provides specialist support, tutoring and training for both individuals and organisations. Duncan is part of our Vital Spark programme in Argyll.

The other award winners are:

Climate Change Greening Kyle-Cosy Homes East Sutherland Scheme

Angus: The Food Life (Angus)

Community Council: Sleat Community Council (Isle of Skye)

Young People: Dynamic Dance (Shetland)

Housing: Ulva Ferry (Isle of Mull)

Land: Rockfield Centre (Oban)

Transport: Mull & Iona Sustainable Transport (Isle of Mull)

Food & Drink: Mull & Iona Food Trail (Isle of Mull)

The winners will present their project to delegates attending the Scottish Rural Parliament, taking place in Angus in early October.