Have your Say on Human Rights in Scotland

Events: Have your say about the future of human rights in Scotland

Last year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set up an independent Advisory Group to develop a series of recommendations and actions around human rights in Scotland – and you can have your say at these events across the country.

Human rights are a vital part of a just and equal society. They give you a set of rights and freedoms regardless of where you are from, how old you are, what you believe, or how you choose to live your life.

How your human rights are affected by governments and other bodies is becoming increasingly important. The Advisory Group is making recommendations on how we can protect our existing rights and examine how Scotland can go further in demonstrating human rights leadership.

The Advisory Group want to hear your views and feedback on their developing recommendations and how they can be made as effective as possible in improving the lives of people and communities. We’re inviting you along to a discussion event so you can have your say:




All events will be held in the afternoon, with exact timings to be confirmed. We’ll also have an opportunity to share your views online soon.

We’ll also be having lots of discussion on Facebook and Twitter using #HumanRightsLeadership, You can follow the @HRLeadershipSco Twitter account, Like them on Facebook  and visit the website www.humanrightsleadership.scot for more.


Scottish Rural Action – August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Rural Transport Convention

We have announced the fantastic speakers and a broad range of workshops for the Rural Transport Convention.

The event takes place over two days, 11th and 12th of September in Inverness. For full details and to book your ticket – click here.

What happens after Brexit?

We are going to be travelling to rural communities to hear their thoughts about what happens after we Brexit – what are the concerns and problems? What can be done to ensure our communities aren’t unfairly impacted?

You can read more about the project on our website, but we are looking for communities that can offer an opportunity for us to come and talk about these issues.  We will take the issues raised and potential solutions to both the UK and Scottish governments.

Innovator Awards at the Scottish Rural Parliament

A real highlight of previous Rural Parliaments has been the innovator awards. This is a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience to build better communities.

This years categories are:
💡 Environment and land use
💡 Transport and infrastructure
💡 Innovation in Dumfries and Galloway
💡 Youth-led (up to 25)
💡 Food and drink
💡 Building rural communities

Find out more about this competition and how to enter by clicking here. You can also find out more about the Scottish Rural Parliament and book your place by clicking here.

Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund

The Scottish Government Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund provides grants of up to £300 (in exceptional circumstances up to £500) to small voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland to help them run an event with a group of five or more people to discuss what matters to them in relation to democracy.

Groups and voluntary organisations with a turnover of up to £100,000 can apply for a grant to run an event and cover costs such as venue hire, catering, childcare and inclusive communication such as interpreters. Click here for more information.

Banking at the Post Office

As bank branch closures become a bigger problem across rural Scotland, we thought we should share this useful information from our friends at the Post Office. There is lots of useful information for personal banking and small businesses alike. Find out more by clicking here.

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The Future of Eastwood Leisure Centre

A public consultation on the future of leisure provision in Eastwood has been launched.

East Renfrewshire Council is seeking the views of the public to consider the best way forward for providing leisure facilities which meet residents’ needs in the future.

The current Eastwood Park Leisure complex was built more than 40 years ago and both the building and swimming pool are now reaching the end of their natural lifespan. Carmichael Hall and Eastwood Theatre also require major renovation and refurbishment if they are to remain fit for purpose.

So the Council has now put forward four options to allow residents to consider and influence how facilities in Eastwood are developed in the coming years.

The options include continuing to run the centre on a maintenance basis only, refurbishment, redeveloping the existing site with an extension or scoping out the potential for creating a new state-of-the-art leisure and recreational facility on a different site within Eastwood”.

East Renfrewshire Council has published the consultation on the future of Eastwood Leisure facilities in Giffnock, https://getinvolved.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/erc/eastwoodleisure


There is an article explaining it here.

NW: HMRC Scam Alert

HMRC – Scam Alert

Alert: Fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC



Following a reported incident from a local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator who received a cold call purporting to be from HM Revenue and Customs stating that court proceedings were being taken regarding a Tax Debt and directing the person to press 1 on the phone key pad to speak to the Police for confirmation we are issuing the following advice:

  • Fraudsters are again contacting persons including the elderly and vulnerable claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs.
  • Victims are being told they have arrest warrants, legal writs, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.
  • The fraudsters are asking victims to purchase iTunes gift cards as payment or requesting bank card details, account information.
  • There are a variety of methods being used including calls, texts and voicemails.

We are warning people once again of scammers contacting victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that trick people into paying bogus debts and taxes.

Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are being told they owe an outstanding debt. In most cases they ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes or by asking for bank account / card details etc.

Fraudsters like iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone.

Methods fraudsters use:

Spoofed calls: Fraudsters cold call victims using a spoofed number and convince them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC. 

Voicemails: Fraudsters leave victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them

Text messages: They may also use text messages that ask victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt.

How to protect yourself: 

  • HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
  • Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.
  • If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately
  • Remember – HMRC will only make contact by official letter

If you have been a victim please contact Police on 101, Action Fraud or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

NWS Team

Message Sent By
Willie Clark (NHWN, Community Engagement Officer, NW Scotland)

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