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.

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.

Working with partners and communities

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.

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The team

We work passionately to connect and empower communities. Meet the people behind Outside the Box.