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About us

Outside the Box provides development support to groups and people across Scotland who want to make a difference in their communities.

We began in 2004. We are a small, independent charity and aim to work as a social enterprise.

We give practical support and enable people to learn the types of skills that are important both for establishing new ventures and for sustaining them.

We assist people to contribute on issues that are about how their community or how society works. For example, we support people to share their skills and experiences, work with others to develop community-based solutions to challenges they experience, and have their voices heard in policy.

We encourage people to think of themselves and other people as citizens, rather than as recipients of services or as people who are restricted by a particular description or label.

Over the years have learned about the issues that affect the thousands of people and hundreds of groups with whom we’ve worked, and about what kinds of community development support work best in different situations. Watch our short video sharing what we do:

Vision and Values

Outside the Box’s vision is a society where communities are welcoming and inclusive, and where people can contribute to making their communities work well for them and for everyone.

We help achieve this by supporting people to make their communities work better.

Our values and approaches are:

  • Promoting human rights in our communities and in the work we do.
  • Creating a more equal society where people have opportunities to develop their skills and confidence and to contribute in ways that are right for them.
  • Celebrating and valuing people’s strengths and supporting people and communities to think bigger and wider around what they could achieve.
  • Encouraging and enabling people to have as much control as they want in their own lives and in their communities.
  • Sharing and learning from other people and places.
  • Recognising people’s experience of disadvantage and working alongside them to use that experience as part of making life better.
Themes

We work under the following key themes:

Having Different Conversations

Creating Inclusive Communities

People Having More Choice in their Lives

Building Strong Sustainable Organisations

 

Our diverse range of projects have impacts for individuals, groups and communities, and in society more widely. Watch our short video on the difference Outside the Box’s approach makes:

Partnerships

All our work is developed and delivered in partnership with people in local communities.  We also work in partnership with many other organisations on local and national matters.

Thank you to everyone we work alongside to make positive change happen.

Our Workplace

Outside The Box is a recognised ‘Mum Friendly Workplace’, meaning we meet the standards identified by mums as being supportive and flexible for mums returning to work.

Living Wage logo

Outside The Box is a certified Living Wage employer.

Our Team
  • Anne Connor
    Anne Connor

    Chief Executive

  • Jill Keegan
    Jill Keegan

    Community Development Advisor

  • Kate Robertson
    Kate Robertson

    Community Development Advisor

  • Ania Sandland
    Ania Sandland

    Community Development Advisor

  • Louise Willson
    Louise Willson

    Community Development Advisor

  • Ciara Maguire
    Ciara Maguire

    Community Worker

  • Christine Ryder
    Christine Ryder

    Community Worker

  • Ruth Noble
    Ruth Noble

    Development Worker (Food Buddies Borders)

  • Nicky Bolland
    Nicky Bolland

    Development Worker

  • Rhiannon Davies
    Rhiannon Davies

    P/T Communications Coordinator

  • Holli Wilks
    Holli Wilks

    P/T Project Worker - Dunkeld Office

  • Liz Highet
    Liz Highet

    Community Worker - Community Connections, Eaglesham & Waterfoot

  • Derek Harper
    Derek Harper

    Community Worker - Community Connections, Brechin & Edzell

  • Fi Thomson
    Fi Thomson

    Community Worker - Rural Wisdom, Moray

  • Ruth Wright
    Ruth Wright

    Project Worker

  • Angela Ross
    Angela Ross

    P/T

Our Board
  • Heather Calvo

    Board Member


    Heather has 24 years experience in the Social Care Field. For 13 years she has worked with Neighbourhood Networks to develop peer support networks across Scotland for Vulnerable Adults. Her interests are community development and self-management.

  • Donald Macaskill

    Board Member


    Until April 2016 Donald ran a human rights and equality consultancy working across the health and social care sectors in the United Kingdom. He is now the Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the membership organisation for older people care providers.

  • Rosie McIntosh

    Board Member


    Rosie has a decade of experience in charity communications; with ENABLE Scotland, Oxfam & the Mental Welfare Commission. She works with Third Sector Lab & is the Project Manager for Mind Waves: a citizen journalism project about mental health.

  • Pat Scrutton

    Board Member


    With a background in community development; Pat has worked with people with learning disabilities & more recently with older people. She has a particular interest in intergenerational practice & co-ordinates the Intergenerational National Network.

  • Mike Conway

    Board Member


    Mike has over 40 years experience in international organisations. He was a Director of Shell UK and is a specialist in Human Resources and Organisation. Heis former trustee of United Way in Anchorage Alaska and the Temple Theatre in Saginaw Michigan.

  • Rhonda Leith

    Board Member

Cyber Essentials

In 2020, Outside The Box received the Cyber Essentials accreditation.

Donate
You can help support our work building strong inclusive communities right across Scotland by making a one-off or regular donations. To learn more about how this money will be spent, contact admin@otbds.org


Certified Living Wage

Outside the Box is a certified living wage employer