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Exploring how participation and community ownership enables community engagement by cycling around the west coast of Scotland.

Please get in touch with suggestions of groups to visit 

Questions I'm exploring

​I'm not expecting to answer all of these questions everywhere I visit but these are guiding my trip 

  • How are communities involved in decision-making? How connected do they feel to decision makers, in their local community, in their council, in Scotland, in the UK? 

  • How does community ownership work in practice, do people feel like they actually have ownership 

  • How are intentional communities working, both in theory and practice 

  • How have communities taken ownership of assets, how effective has it been, what are the barriers 

  • What are examples of Social Enterprises in rural communities, what lessons are there to learn?

What I'm offering

I know groups get frustrated with lots of visitors, and I’d love to offer something in return for them sharing their expertise, I’ve got some skills that I’m happy to share.

  • I’m happy to help out wherever is needed, washing up, setting up spaces, joining in with volunteer activities, etc. 

  • I’ve got lots of facilitation skills so am happy to share these or help facilitate discussions as needed

  • My professional expertise is as an interim manager in the charity/social enterprise sector so am happy to talk through challenges you’re having, strategic planning, innovative models of participation and leave you with an action plan

How can you be involved

It's really important to me that my journey can be shaped by other people and the learning is available to all. So I'd love you to be involved 

  • Please send suggestions of places for me to visit, this could be community groups, community assets, a great campsite/hostel or , the perfect tea shop 

  • Suggestions of reading material, I'm going to have several evenings in the tent and time to read. At the moment I'm reading about participation and awesome women adventurers 

  • Come and join me, I'd love to have company for part of my journey

  • Follow and share my journey on twitter, facebook and instagram 

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Glasgow to Ardrossan

18th May

Starting at Milk Cafe Glasgow who do amazing work with refugee and asylum seeker women and then following the cycle route through Paisley and Lochwinnoch down to the ferry

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18th - 23rd May

Starting the trip with a retreat on Holy Isle exploring Joanna Macey's work Active Hope and then heading around Arran to Lamlash.

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Clanoig to Oban

24th - 27th May

Following cycle route 78 from Clanoig up to Oban via Kilberry, Lochgilphead, Kilmartin and Taynailt

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Castlebay to Butt of Lewis

28th May - 9th June

Following the Hebridean Way cycle route through Barra, South Uist, North Uist, Harris and Lewis before heading to Tarbet to get the ferry to Skye. Looking forward to visiting the Harris Guide Units

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Uig to Oban

10th - 24th June

Heading down through Skye, visiting Eigg and across to Mull before getting the ferry back to Oban

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Oban to Glasgow

25th - 27th May

Heading back to Glasgow via the Cowl peninsula