Project information


To help local people living in rural Scotland to make their communities more sustainable through immediate local engagement. To build confidence and competence in local communities by quiet, critical and immediate support.

The project is ongoing

Charity information

The Cadispa trust

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  • Need


    Increasingly rural communities are expected to take control of their own destinies, whether that be through asset ownership, influencing the local plan or attracting inward investment. Lack of knowledge and confidence plus geographical isolation are major barriers in building sustainable rural communities. This project seeks to overcome these barriers.


    By increasing knowledge, and creating confidence, community groups will be empowered to take forward projects that will ensure that their communities become strong and sustainable. In addition, sharing this knowledge with other rural groups will prevent the 'reinvention of the wheel' and will disseminate information while building relationships with similar groups, thus reducing feelings of rural isolation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The advancement of community development and regeneration


    » . Project based work where a community can bring forward a development task & seek the Trust's help in making it sustainable
    » . Community based action-research where, with CADISPA's help, a local group would investigate their own community to identify key development needs.

    Improving the skills and capacity of individuals within voluntary community groups,

    Aim 2

    •To deliver education in the principles of sustainable development as appropriate to communities


    » •To undertake non-formal education & training to allow local people in rural Scotland to become actively involved in their community's development

    More local people in rural communities in Scotland acquiring the necessary skills to become actively involved in the development of their communities

    Aim 3

    •To develop networks of communities which are involved in similar developments


    » The sharing of knowledge by the use of 'experts' in rural communities who have gained relevant experience. Newsletters. Day & weekend conferences.

    The formation of networks of communities which are involved in similar developments so that they can share experiences and learn from one another. Strong ties between communities

  • Impact


    Empowerment of local people in rural communities to become informed about the future development options of their community. The advancement of environmental protection and improvement by ensuring that this development is located within the ‘triangle of sustainability’ taking into consideration environmental, economic and social issues. Success will be strong, sustainable, confident communities.


    CADISPA is reliant on contract income from community studies and grant funding in order to deliver free advice and help to the network of communities. Lack of income would have a real negative effect on some of Scotland's most rural communities. This problem is dealt with by bidding for tenders for community studies and submitting grant applications to targeted funders.


    Donors will receive regular reports by e mail updating them with progress. Details of all current activities will be posted on the website

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £113,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £78,000 Salaries CEO (p/t), Administrator & Field Worker
      £20,000 Subsistence/travel Fieldwork in communities in rural Scotland
      £15,000 Events Gatherings/cross community visits

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Scottish Government £30,000 Guaranteed
    Community £9,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The CADISPA Trust operates throughout rural Scotland


    The Beneficiaries are local people. The immediate community group benefits by becoming re-skilled, re-engaged and rewarded as community leaders. Each community is a beneficiary, in that, it has new facilities or an action plan that is the product of secure research.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CADISPA is different from all other community development agencies in the UK in that it doesn’t dictate that a group comes to the process with a particular product in mind or that the groups adopt a particular definition of sustainability and sticks to this. CADISPA accepts from the beginning that local communities know what needs to be done and how to do it, and that there is usually little need for the specific ‘training’ of community members.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr. Geoff Fagan

    Dr. Fagan who is the CEO of The CADISPA Trust trained as an educator & community worker and is well respected in the field of community education.

    Rhona Anderson

    Rhona provides administrative support to the project and to a network of over fifty rural community groups.