The Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC) is offering young people in rural Scotland discounted practical training including forklift, chainsaw, welding and pest control management training.

As part of their Cultivating Futures agricultural and business training programme, SAYFC has formed a new partnership with Borders Machinery Ring, Tayforth Machinery Ring and Highland Machinery Ring to offer the training at a discounted rate.

Scottish Borders LEADER is recruiting for up to three new members for our Local Action Group (LAG) following recent resignations and retirement from the group.

We are particularly keen to fill the vacancies with representation from youth groups, the business community and from environmental management organisations.

Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER are seeking new members for their Local Action Group.

Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER are looking for people with experience of economic and/or community development in rural parts of East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk to join the Local Action Group (LAG).

The Scottish Rural Parliament's Rural Innovators Awards are currently open in seven categories.

Do you know a project, person or organisation improving life in rural communities?

Nominations are now being accepted in the following categories:

  • Business
  • Young People
  • Climate Change
  • Community Councils
  • Housing
  • Health and Social Care 
  • Angus

The closing date for all applications is 31 August 2016.

Scottish Rural Action are recruiting volunteers to campaign on rural issues and facilitate workshops at the 2016 Scottish Rural Parliament event.

The Scottish Rural Parliament brings together people from communities and decision-makers from public bodies, NGOs and private bodies, with the aim of improving rural policy and finding better ways of providing services.

The installation of an artificial bowling green and a community hall refurbishment are the first two projects to benefit from funding from the Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.

The Kirkwall Bowling Club will install an artificial outdoor bowling green which will allow assurances of play irrespective of the weather, extending the playing season and increasing the opportunity for members and non-members to use the facility.

Book your place at the free 'Connecting communities in rural Lanarkshire' conference to find out more about Lanarkshire LEADER.

The new £4 million Lanarkshire LEADER programme will be launched at the event in Carluke on 1 September.

It will also be a chance to find out more about the priorities and objectives against which applications for funding will be assessed.

There will be three interactive workshops and a chance learn about successful projects from the previous programme.

Connecting communities in rural Lanarkshire

The main aim of the conference is to launch the new Lanarkshire LEADER Programme and advise on the priorities and objectives against which applications for funding will be assessed. The Programme has £4million of support available and runs until 2020.

They event will again be showcasing some of the projects that have been supported through the previous LEADER programme. There will also be three interactive workshops on topics. While details are still being finalised these will include:

Bioblitz day

Join Trees for Life for a free family fun day in Glen Affric to discover nature’s delights! 

Find out what species they have recorded in the previous day's BioBlitz and take part in fun activities including:

  • Making a mini nature reserve 
  • The big bug hunt 
  • Guided walks 
  • Spot the species 
  • Tree tales - storytelling with Claire Hewitt 

Everyone is welcome to call in at The Quarry car park near the end of Loch Beinn a’Mheadhoin, and to join in the free activities.

Views are being sought as part of a review of enterprise and skills support in Scotland.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown has issued a call for evidence asking businesses, students and others who use enterprise and skills services for their views on the support on offer.

The end-to-end review aims to ensure the Scottish Government and all public agencies are delivering the joined-up support that young people, universities, colleges and businesses need to increase sustainable economic growth.

Mr Brown said: