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Common Weal Skye

Hello and welcome to our CW Local. If you want to say hello, get something going or hook up with other friendly like-minded folk then please get in touch.   

Hello and welcome to our CW Local. If you want to say hello, get something going or hook up with other friendly like-minded folk then please get in touch.   

Common Weal Skye, Rassay & Lochalsh was formed in 2014 after the Independence Referendum. Up until 2014 it was mainly an online forum. In 2017 a series of events on Housing were organized. Publications from each event were published on CommonSpace.

In 2017 COMMON WEAL SKYE held a regular series of events titled ‘Talk, Think, Do’. The aim was to give people the opportunity to engage, interact and respond to solution orientated discussion on relevant local matters. The ideas that emerged from the talks became published articles on CommonSpace Policy Channel - a much needed input of rural Highland voices into the national policy dimension. 

‘Lighting up the Glens: Land, Housing and a thriving rural economy’

The first event on 22 April, ‘Lighting up the Glens: Land, Housing and a thriving rural economy’, was attended by over 60 people, and heard talks from Alasdair Stephen, a local architect, and Ben Wray, then Common Weal Head of Policy.  The talks explored causes of the acute housing crisis in the rural Highlands which has seen young people in particular have to leave the area.

Halting the exodus: How a Community-led housing movement is taking rural repopulation into it’s own hands.

An outline of the acute housing crisis in rural Scotland and how recent events in Skye have shown a community-led housing movement is developing in the Highlands with innovative solutions to do something about it.

View From The North: Two community-led housing initiatives in the Hebrides.

A focus on rural regeneration and housing in the Highlands & Islands.  We were delighted to welcome two really innovative speakers; Agnes Rennie of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) on the Isle of Lewis, and Andrew Prendergast, Isle of Skye-based rural development practitioner. Common Weal was on the road and drove through the Highland rain to join us from Glasgow.

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