The first Advisory Forum meeting brought together 31 national membership and network organisations to support Scottish Rural Action towards the inaugural Rural Parliament.
Advisory Forum members are all national organisations with significant memberships, a clear stake in rural affairs and provide a wide range of viewpoints on issues facing rural communities.
The first meeting, held on 18th March at Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, was hailed as an ‘historic’ occasion by facilitator Willy Roe. Advice was sought from participants about how best to engage rural communities in identifying the key themes for the inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament.
Suggestions for the engagement strategy included online debates, regional events and a Rural Innovator award. Members identified the need for the Rural Parliament to ensure the purpose of the Rural Parliament can be quickly and easily explained to people.
Participants expressed interest in attending further Advisory Forum meetings and many were comfortable expressing their support for Scottish Rural Action in taking forward the Scottish Rural Parliament.
Scottish Rural Action will be in regular contact with Advisory Forum members throughout the full two-year lifecycle of the Scottish Rural Parliament.
The Advisory Forum is one of the ways in which organisations can be involved in the Rural Parliament. To find out other ways you or your organisation can be involved, register your interest using the ‘Get Involved’ link.