Tackling poverty in remote rural areas

3 years ago Killin News

Rural Stirling Housing Association (RSHA) has arranged for a study into the problems and issues facing those on low incomes and otherwise disadvantaged in the remote rural Stirling area.

 The group are looking for people who would like to take part in the study, ideally with direct personal experience and/or an active interest in the issues that are to be explored.

The purpose of the project group will be to identify and explore the main issues facing the socially disadvantaged across the remote rural communities of the Stirling Council area. This s to help inform the development and implementation of the Stirling Community Partnership’s overall Tackling Poverty Strategy.

The focus of this initial pilot project will be on those communities to the north of Callander (covering the three Community Council areas of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre; Killin and Strathfillan respectively).

Operating under the auspices of the Community Partnership the process will be community led. The active support and endorsement of the Community Councils and local Community Trusts will be sought and the project group will consist of volunteer community members.

A core groups of four RSHA volunteer management committee members has so far been involved in the early discussions about this project. All have a wider involvement in their local communities of Lochearnhead, Killin and Crianlarich (details attached) and are keen to stay involved.

The group’s findings and conclusions will be written up and Community Councils and Trusts will be asked to formally endorse this as an overarching statement of the key issues facing those on low incomes/poverty across these communities. This will be the first such document of its kind. It is anticipated that the process will also improve collective understanding of what the problems are and how this compares with other areas. This will hopefully provide a basis for more focused consideration of these issues and identification of possible solutions by all of the agencies and community bodies concerned with the area.

For more information on the study please contact RSHA on 01786 841101 or at enquiries@rsha.org.uk.

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