Participants and exhibitors at the Scottish Rural Parliament can host a fringe workshop, on any topic relevant to rural Scotland, at the Rural Parliament this year.
We are not alone. By working together we can change things.
Fringe workshops will be taking place on Wednesday afternoon and usually last 1 hour. It is free to host and to attend a fringe workshop if you are a participant or exhibitor. You can tell us your idea when you register to attend the Rural Parliament.
Opportunities to exchange ideas with others and make new contacts.
Fringe and film will only be confirmed a couple of days before the event, but currently include:
Wednesday 14th – 1pm – 5pm
Drop in any-time for a rolling programme of short and longer films on rural Scotland, rural development and anything else we found interesting! Includes a showing of #NationNorway – one of a series of films about Scotland’s successful wee European neighbours by Phantom Power Films and Lesley Riddoch that will help us understand about other small Northern countries and why they are doing so well from 13:10-13:55.
with Gill Hay
A drop-in session you can pop along to at any time, exploring what Climate Change will mean for rural Scotland and what we need to do to address and reduce the impacts. We will submit the resulting statement to the Scottish Rural Parliament on Thursday afternoon as an addition to the Manifesto for rural Scotland.
13:10 – 14:10
The challenges of supporting the long-term resettling of refugee families in rural areas
with Carolyn Yates
In recent years the Scottish Government has welcomed refugees to both urban and rural areas. However, in rural areas we face not only the same challenges for any resettling families anywhere, but the added complexity of the difficulties rural communities themselves face in modern Scotland. How can we encourage families to invest in their future in rural Scotland when urban areas offer them so much more in terms of cultural diversity in schools and communities, opportunities to integrate and better infrastructure, such as broadband speed, transport and access to further and higher education? This is an open discussion to share experiences and ideas.
13:30 – 15:30
A Celebration of 25 Years of Scottish LEADER
with Peter Ross, Chair of LEADER Chairs
A facilitated discussion with the Local action Group Chairs about past successes and suggestions for the future open to all.
Brexit: What does it mean for the rural third sector in Scotland?
with Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway
Deal or no deal, Brexit WILL have an impact on the sector! Take your opportunity to raise points, ask questions and listen to others’ views. TSD&G will ensure that a summary of the issues raised at the event is put to the Secretary of State for Scotland and the First Minister.
GPs – how to get them and how to keep them
with Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative and NHS Scotland
Find out how you can be involved in recruiting and keeping GPs for rural Scotland.
14:30 – 15:30
Brainstorming Rural Barriers
with D&G Voice
Free flowing discussion of barriers faced by disabled people in rural Dumfries and Galloway and potential solutions to issues uncovered.
16:00 – 17:00 Remote Control: A play by young people
Performance Collective Stranraer takes you to a small town in remote and rural part of Scotland and shows you what it’s like as we attempt to grow into adulthood. Our show is about theories of evolution, parking violations and that look you get in a local pub when you walk in… and you’re clearly not from there.
Remote Control was shown at the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange festival in Inverness and is written by the company with Drew Taylor. PCS is funded by The Hollywood Trust, The Barfill Trust and DGU.
Friday 16th – 9am – 9.45am
Rural gender pay-gap
with SRUC and Scottish Government
Following the launch of the report into the rural gender pay-gap released on Thursday at the Rural Parliament, this is an opportunity to ask questions about the report and share your views on how the pay-gap could be addressed.
Digital Scotland: R100 update
with Digital Scotland
An update on the R100 superfast broadband programme.
General Practice in Rural Communities: the 2018 GP Contract
with the Scottish Government Primary Care Team
New GP Contracts offer a transformation of Primary Care services in Scotland that encourage GPs to spend more time with patients. Come and hear about how this will work in Scotland’s rural communities, and the unique role rural GPs serve and the challenges they face.
with Women in the Highlands
Workshop attendees will help create part of an ongoing art project. This project began at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and comprises of self-portraits done on mini-canvasses in colours which were used by the Suffrage movement. The aim is to eventually have a mosaic about identity.
Young returners: Learning from Uist
Find out how Uist is attracting young people to return to the island.
We can help people with an idea for a fringe workshop connect with others who may have a similar idea, but do not control the content or quality of fringe workshops – that’s up to you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can run a fringe workshop?
Participants and exhibitors at in the Rural Parliament can run a fringe event.
How much does it cost?
It is free to run a fringe workshop.
What facilities are there?
There are classroom spaces of varying sizes with projectors, tables and chairs. There are also other spaces as you would expect in a leisure centre, such as dance studios, catering areas etc., which may be suitable for a demonstration or a more hands-on workshop.
How long can fringe workshops last?
Fringe workshops usually last 45min – 1hour, but we can be a little bit flexible. You may want to do a workshop which is actually a series of 10-minutes drop-in sessions, or which is more of a demonstration e.g. cookery skills, or even a practical class such as dance.
What sort of activities do you expect people to do in a fringe workshop?
We hope there will be an exciting variety of fringe workshops, from the more practical hands-on to in-depth discussion and debate on key issues. People may book a fringe event with no specific agenda, but make the time and space available for a certain group of people, community council representatives for example, to chat with each other.