SIN (Link) was set up
in 2001 to bring together the Scottish Islands, share good practices and facilitate
information exchange, disseminate and utilise knowledge resources through the
Internet and encourage intra and inter-regional island networking.
A website was set up and a newsletter was
produced which had a distribution list of 2000 readers by 2005.
The website became the first port of call
for anyone looking for information on Scottish Islands, and the newsletter
became an important means of keeping in touch with island issues.
SIN produced several case studies.
became an active member of ESIN, the European Small Isles Network, in 2001.
programme ended with SIN hosting the final conference on Islay in
The decision to change from network to
federation was taken by the SIN steering group at the Islay conference, as a
need was identified for the network to
develop and become a more representative body, on a par with
other European islands organisations in order to continue playing an active
part in ESIN.
The SIN Steering
group widened its membership to become the SIF steering group. This group
worked together to identify a way forward for SIF, and presented its
conclusions at the SIF inaugural conference in Mull in November 2007: “a
Voice for the Islands.”
The Scottish Islands Federation would like to
acknowledge the grant support provided by the Scottish Executive Rural Strategic
Support Fund, Leader+, Highland Council, Argyll and Bute Council and North