Community Stories

Corra believes that when people speak out about things that matter to them, they can make real change happen. We want to listen and learn about:

  • How the coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s lives.
  • How communities have responded and supported each other.
  • What needs to change if we want to ‘build forward better’.

We’d love to hear from you, especially if you don’t feel your voice is being heard.  This could be through a short blog, video, voice note, or a chat with one of the Corra team.

To help you tell your story, we’ve put together some Community Stories Guidance.

Send your stories to, or connect with Corra on social media. Twitter: @corrascot  Facebook @CorraFoundation  and Instagram: @corra_foundation

Four parathas in a basket Community StoriesNews
10th February 2022

Paratha in the Park: A Community Story by MCASS

Paratha in the Park is a Minority Communities Addiction Support Services peer support group working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women over the age of 55.  The project works…
BME Men's Group Let's Talk Community StoriesNews
10th February 2022

Let’s talk – MCASS BME Men’s group

Let's talk Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Men's group is a Minority Communities Addiction Support Services community led support group.  The project works with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic men…
Scotland in Colour written on a banner on the stage Community StoriesNews
8th February 2022

Intercultural Youth Scotland: Scotland in Colour

We are very grateful to Blair Wycherley from Intercultural Youth Scotland for writing this blog sharing his experiences of working alongside young people using community led grantmaking. The young people…
A group of women wearing colourful head scarf hijabs posing for a photo Community StoriesNews
2nd February 2022

Food for Thought: Mohila Ogrojatra

Corra believes that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is fundamental to its ten-year strategy, which centres on three themes: voice, power and change.  At the heart of the strategy is…
Sitting woman in a pink head scarf hijab - Saleha Community StoriesNews
2nd February 2022

Mohila Ogrojatra: A Community Story by Saleha

Corra believes that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is fundamental to its ten-year strategy, which centres on three themes: voice, power and change.  At the heart of the strategy is…
Graphic of two people stood by map of Scotland BlogsCommunity StoriesNews
8th October 2021

Challenge Poverty Week 2021 #NowIsTheTime

This Challenge Poverty Week Corra Foundation is sharing stories and learning from Henry Duncan Grant, STV Children’s Appeal Community funded projects as well as insights from People in Place, Getting…
Report cover with title and image of three females wearing masks Community StoriesNewsPlaceReports
4th October 2021

Community learning from an extraordinary year

2020 was a year of considerable challenge and change for communities across Scotland. However, it has also been a time of people coming together to support one another, and people-led…
Picture of man similing Community StoriesNews
2nd December 2020

Spreading Kindness in Lockdown

Many thanks to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) for sharing this article from Jonny, a Kindness volunteer. Find out more about CHSS and their Kindness services here: When…
A photo of two women standing in a field and their black labrador sat in front of them Community Stories
26th November 2020


Lesley and Kirsten, plus soft toys Mack and Mickey Mouse. Today is Carers Rights Day, and we are so grateful to Lesley and Camphill Scotland for sharing this blog with…
NHS staff with masks clapping and standing in hospital Community Stories
11th November 2020

David’s story: My lockdown experience and NHS Heroes

A huge heartfelt thank you to David for having a chat with us and joining in on the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation.  You have given us a real insight into your lockdown…
Community StoriesNews
24th September 2020

The Chef in the Pandemic: Mr T and the PM’s Award

Corra Community Stories took us to a virtual visit to Larkhall to speak with Tuoyo Ayiku.  A chef at the Heart in the Community Cafe, who throughout the coronavirus pandemic…
Community StoriesNews
1st September 2020

Broughton Primary School: coronavirus, lockdown and reflections on #BuildForwardBetter

A huge thank you to Broughton Primary School pupils and teachers for taking part in Corra's community stories.  We are grateful for the opportunity to listen to so many voices…
BlogsCommunity StoriesPlace
26th August 2020

Community Conversations | Castlehill

Huge thank you to Leane, Clare and Community Coordinator Janice for sharing what inspired them to get involved with the community in Castlehill, West Dumbartonshire, as well as reflecting on…
Community Stories
13th August 2020

Dunterlie: A Community Story by Rena

We are very grateful to Rena for sharing her story with us and joining in on the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation.  A huge thank you also to Laura, Corra Community Co-ordinator in…
Community Stories
5th August 2020

Pandemic Awards: The Best Post Office in Scotland goes to…

Corra had a chat with Adil Bashir, who along with his brother Asif Bashir recently won the ‘Best Post Office in Scotland’ award for going above and beyond during the…
Community StoriesPlace
29th July 2020

Community conversations in Carbrain

'Who said there's no community spirit in Cumbernauld?'  Huge thank you to Corra Foundation Community Co-ordinator Shazia Riaz and community members Frances Parks, Maureen Hascoet de Cuestas and William Holmer…
Community Stories
21st July 2020

Fernhill: A community response to #BuildForwardBetter

Corra  Foundation Community Co-ordinator Cath McNally worked with Fernhill residents and active community volunteers on what they feel they and their community needs to #BuildForwardBetter. This information is based on…
Community Stories
7th July 2020

Portobello: a seaside town in the pandemic

  Portobello in the earlier stages of lockdown, May 2020 We are grateful to David for sharing his thoughts on his hometown, Portobello, lockdown and some reflections with Corra. Thank…
BlogsCommunity Stories
3rd July 2020

A Day in the Life of: “Local Delivery Team Leader” and Home Schooling ‘Teacher’

Thank you to Tracey for sharing her story with Corra and joining in on the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation. A day in the life of a Local delivery team leader and home…
Community StoriesNews
1st July 2020

Lockdown memories: Zoe’s thank you poem

We are very grateful to Zoe, a Primary 3 pupil from Braehead Pimary School for sharing her poem with us.  Zoe wrote this poem in the earlier stages of lockdown,…
Community Stories
29th June 2020

Imagine a world: A story by Rabbia

We are very grateful to Rabbia for sharing her story with Corra and joining in on the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation. An image of the park we do our family daily walks.…
Community Stories
26th June 2020

Dunterlie: A story from Laura

We are very grateful to Laura for sharing her story with us and joining in on the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation. A bit about me I live in Barrhead with my husband…
Community Stories
23rd June 2020

Superheroes vs Covid-19

In collaboration with SCOREscotland, Corra recently helped facilitate two sessions with SCOREscotland’s Knots and Crosses Children’s Club (KCCC) for 7-10 year old.  14 Superhero children Assembled for the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation.…
Maxine & Kirstin Fernhill Community Stories
10th June 2020

Fernhill: A story from Kirstin

Maxine and Kirstin, Ohana Club in Fernhill   We are very grateful to Kirstin for sharing her story with us and joining in on the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation. Before the lockdown…
Man and woman laughing BlogsCommunity Stories
8th June 2020

The Coronavirus Storm – No Safe Port?

I’m not often lost for words. Words are my livelihood. They steer me in activism, and as I stand alongside fellow unpaid carers, in the never-ending fight for better rights…
Grace poem Community StoriesNews
5th June 2020

Covid-19: A poem and artwork

Thank you to Clydesider Magazine for sharing their winning entry for their poem competition with Corra. The competition was open to all ages in West Dumbartonshire and this wonderful poem…
Woman holding child, pointing and looking out towards sea BlogsCommunity StoriesCovid 19News
5th June 2020

Unheard voices, Race and COVID-19

(5 min read) The prettiest of rainbow spikes, fanned in a row of stiff and sky high triangles, in the middle of two shaven sides.  Jewellery and buckles clanging together,…
Wester Hailes Watch this Space Community Stories
3rd June 2020

Watch this space: A poem

Eoghan Howard has lived in Wester Hailes for over 30 years. During this time he has been involved in a variety of local community projects and is currently chairperson of…
Corona Comic Community Stories
2nd June 2020

Homebound: A comic

This powerful comic was created by artist and illustrator knitsandcat. We're grateful to knitsandcat for letting us share it as part of the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation. "Homebound: a comic that is…