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Sustaining Rural Communities – Scottish Rural & Islands Housing Conference session focus

4 & 5 October, Thainstone House Hotel, Inverurie.

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Young people are fundamental to the vibrancy, energy and economic outlook of rural communities. However, the interim results from the Rural Youth Project survey have shown that nearly 40% of young people living rurally plan to move to urban centres.

Employment opportunities, access to housing, and education are identified as some key factors in young people choosing to leave their communities. So in this year of the young person, what opportunities need to be available to encourage young people to stay?

At this year’s Scottish Rural and Islands Housing Conference, Mandy Littlewood will explore the opportunities needed to encourage young people to stay in rural locations.

Mandy Littlewood is an independent housing researcher with over 20 years of experience in housing need, affordability and poverty. She is an Honorary Fellow with i-SPHERE (Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Environment and Real Estate) at Heriot Watt University and an Associate with the Indigo House Group.

Delegates at this year’s conference will have the opportunity to find out and discuss what the future for rural housing looks like. The conference will also hear from Vikki McCall on housing’s role in health and social care; from Derek McIlreavy on Passivhaus and its role in eliminating fuel poverty; the next steps for universal credit; the future for rural housing; and from Bob Grant and Scott Restrick on how to reduce fuel poverty.

Closing the conference will be Minister for Local Government Kevin Stewart MSP giving his ministerial address.

This year’s Scottish Rural and Islands Housing Conference takes place on 4 and 5 October with the RIHAF Study Tour and meeting taking place on 3 October. The conference will be held at Thainstone House Hotel in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

Residential places start at £425 for RIHAF members and day delegate rates start at £190 (RIHAF members) and £245 (non-members). Why not bring a colleague for free? Book three places and receive a fourth FREE!

For more information or to book your place please visit www.sfha.co.uk/whats-on. Book now to avoid disappointment!

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