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Community Development Alliance Scotland

April 2017



New Co-ordinator

This is my last bulletin as Co-ordinator of Community Development Alliance Scotland. A new Co-ordinator, Rachel Green, is taking over. We will give you her contact details shortly (any messages to cdas@pdtaylor.com will be passed on for the foreseeable future).

Thank you to all members and readers for their interest and support.

Peter Taylor

How Community Development Happens

CDAS has published a new booklet ‘How Community Development Happens: Why stronger communities matter and what it takes to develop them’, which invites people to think about what it takes to develop and support stronger communities. We believe that it may be useful as an introductory guide in a wide variety of settings.

Widening the welcome – surveying Community Development approaches to refugee resettlement

Following last year’s CDAS conference Sanctuary, Solidarity and Social Capital the Scottish Community Development Centre has been commissioned to support and share best practice among those working to help welcome and resettle people arriving in Scotland as asylum seekers, new migrants and – in particular – as refugees through Vulnerable Person Relocation Schemes. They aim to establish a draft community development support programme for use when supporting local refugee settlement and integration. As a first step, they are seeking to survey the views of those currently involved in delivering or planning resettlement work in communities. If you are involved in this type of work please give them your view. The survey will close on 29th May 2017.


Social Enterprise Action Plan

The Scottish Government has announced 92 commitments in its 2017-2020 Social Enterprise Action Plan. The plan follows publication of Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Strategy, aimed at sustainably growing the sector over the next decade. Actions include increased backing – £1m each year for the next three years – for the Social Entrepreneurs Fund, which offers grants and business support to help people to make their start-up aspirations a reality; a Buy Social certification scheme so consumers know when they are buying from a social enterprise; and social enterprise classes in schools.

Scottish Social Housing Charter

The latest version of the Scottish Social Housing Charter has been published by the Scottish Government following a review and consultation. The Charter was introduced as part of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 and was developed to set out the standards and outcomes that all social landlords should aim to achieve when performing their housing activities.

Mental Health Strategy

The 40 actions in the Scotland’s new ten-year Mental Health Strategy include:

  • Review counselling and guidance services in schools to ensure they are delivering for children and young people
  • Improving support for preventative and less intensive child and adolescent mental health services to tackle issues earlier
  • Testing and evaluating the most effective and sustainable models of supporting mental health in primary care.

Progress in implementing the CLD Regulations

Education Scotland has published Community Learning and Development (CLD) Planning: An aspect review of progress made in implementing the CLD Regulations, which complements the previously published Community Learning and Development Plans 2015-18: Planning for change in Scotland’s communities.

This review was focused on strategic level planning and arrangements within local authorities and community planning partnerships. The key messages emerging from the review include:

  • All local authorities visited had produced CLD plans in line with the Regulations but the extent to which they are fully exercising their duties to secure the provision with partners was variable.
  • There is a need to clarify what is meant by unmet need and produce succinct, clear guidance.
  • There is a clear need to support and develop leadership capacity for effective CLD planning.

The review identifies five recommendations. Working together local authorities and other CLD partners should:

  1. Build on the development of the plans including, where necessary publishing revised plans prior to the next round in 2018. …
  2. Provide a succinct summary of what CLD partnerships plan to change and improve in their areas.
  3. Ensure that regular progress reports are produced by CLD partners to demonstrate progress against specific and measureable objectives.
  4. Build on informed dialogue with participants and stakeholders in local communities to ensure the relevance of CLD priorities to their needs and aspirations.
  5. Work with the Standards Council for CLD and Education Scotland’s Policy and Improvement Team to improve the identity, confidence and leadership capacity of the CLD workforce.

National Youth Work Strategy Evaluation

This survey is part of the evaluation of the impact of the first two years of the National Youth Work Strategy 2014-19. The evaluation is being carried out by YouthLink Scotland in partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government. They want to find out about your experiences of youth work and how it may have been impacted by the implementation of the Strategy.

Social Security Experience Panels

The Scottish Government will become responsible for some of the benefits currently paid out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  They want to work with people who have recent experience of receiving these benefits so that they can design a new social security system, and have therefore established Social Security Experience Panels. They want to reach as many people with recent experience of benefits as possible, and get a wide representation across all of the devolved benefits.  Register online by 12 May 2017. ‘Have Your Say’ Invitation

National accreditation for advice providers

Funding for a new accreditation model for the not-for-profit advice sector has been secured from the Scottish Government. The Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers (SNSIAP) accreditation model is available for housing, welfare benefits and money/debt advice, managed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Great Place Scheme (Scotland)

An investment of £2.5million National Lottery funding aims to ensure that culture and heritage are at the centre of the development of Scotland’s communities. The Great Place Scheme has been designed by HLF and partners to ensure intelligent investment in place-based regeneration. It offers funding for greater collaboration between cultural, community and civic organisations in tackling issues such as poverty and inequality, employment, education and health.

Commission on Highland Democracy

The Commission on Highland Democracy has published its interim report. Key findings so far are:

  1. Decision making is exclusive. … People consider decision making to be centralised not because it takes place a long distance from them. …(but) when a small group of highly empowered individuals take decisions in a way that has little reference to anybody outside the group
  2. People want involvement and engagement. …
  3. Most respondents want to be empowered consumers of services and decisions rather than deliverers or decision makers themselves
  4. Integrated local democracy. People want engagement and involvement in the democratic process to happen as part of their day to day living rather than as a separate thing. …
  5. Balanced decision making. Communities hold the view that for good decisions to be made there is a necessary balance between three different inputs… high quality professional officer advice…, the role of the elected and appointed decision makers…, a strong element of community input.

The Commission will publish a final report in May 2017.

Our Democracy – Act as if we own the place

The campaign ‘Our Democracy – #ActAsIf ‘ was recently launched in Glasgow.  You can join and/or follow the initiative via their new website.


Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education 2012-2016 HM Chief Inspector of Education, Dr Bill Maxwell, has released a report on Scottish education, from early years through to adult learning, based on evidence gathered by HM Inspectors over the past four years. Quality and improvement in Scottish education 2012-2016 sets out key areas of strength in Scottish education and also highlights areas where there is a need for more focused effort to achieve further improvements.

The section on Community Learning and Development reports that “In almost all learning communities, inspectors identified that a common strength was the way in which community-led organisations engaged effectively with their local community. We highlighted that in the most effective examples, local people were empowered to influence decision-making in their local communities. Local people increasingly secured new services and created employment opportunities in disadvantaged areas, for example through the creation of development trusts. There is scope for providers to involve local people and community groups more in decision-making processes, including Community Planning Partnerships”

Support for Social Enterprises Social Enterprise Scotland has brought together materials on its website to provide ‘ Your Complete Guide to Social Enterprise in Scotland’.

Power, inequality and community-led health A Community Health Exchange (CHEX) event report captures the proceedings of their March 2017 National Conference ‘Power, Inequality and Community-led health’.

Development Trusts – Infographic Development Trusts Association Scotland has produced an Infographic based on its survey of its 220 member organisations, showing the contribution they make.

NHS briefing on ‘Income, Wealth and Poverty’ NHS Health Scotland has published a new briefing paper as part of its series of insights into the subject of inequality. It focuses on the role of income, wealth and poverty in creating health inequalities, and the evidence for effective actions to reduce health inequalities in this area.

GCPH Briefing paper 50: social regeneration This Glasgow Centre for Population Health briefing paper proposes seven principles for effective social interventions and regeneration, based on the evaluation of Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programme. Infographic

Rights at Risk The Human Rights Consortium Scotland has published a collection of Scottish civil society perspectives on the possible impact of Brexit. The report contains chapters from 12 organisations, including Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), SCVO, Amnesty International and Unison, each outlining their organisation’s key concerns around the way in which Brexit may affect the everyday, essential rights of those that they work with.

Universal Periodic Review 2017 The UK and Scotland’s human rights records will be examined in Geneva on 4th May as part of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process. In its evidence to the UN, the Scottish Human Rights Commission has emphasised where the Scottish Parliament and Government can and must do more to ensure rights are realised in practice. Watch the review live (8-11am, 4th May).  Series of short briefings on key issues

10 tips to stop you breaking Data Protection law New laws on obtaining the consent of e.g. supporters to receive updates and information come into force next year.

Handbook on developing local facilities The CADISPA Trust, which specialises in support for remote rural areas, has produced a Handbook for communities wishing to develop a local facility.

A recent Scottish government survey showed that 80% of the 861 rural community facilities identified are community owned and two thirds are in need of major improvements to make them fit for purpose, failing which they are not sustainable. Local authorities are also trying to get local communities to take over other community buildings. Voluntary committees find it hard to design, fund and build these improvements. This guide has been written to provide guidance over the whole process.

Outdoor Access Design Guide The new design guidelines from Paths for All and Scottish Natural Heritage aim to ensure that our outdoor places are accessible to everyone. The Guide gives consistent and clear advice on the selection and design of outdoor access furniture and structures, such as gates, fences and boardwalks. It is aimed at land managers, access professionals, rangers, planners, surveyors, and community and interest groups involved in the development and management of outdoor access in Scotland.

Events Checklist – disability and access This Voluntary Arts Scotland Briefing includes:

  • Information on different disability and access requirements
  • Practical guidance on how to remove barriers and additional support you can put in place
  • A handy events checklist
  • Links to further information and support

Education for Sustainable Development Case Studies The UK National Commission for UNESCO is producing a new series of case studies showcasing good practice across UNESCO competencies. The first volume, which has just been published, contains examples of ESD projects from around the UK, ranging from higher education and schools and the public and private sector to grass-roots community projects.

Stories from Stalled Spaces Scotland Architecture and Design Scotland has pulled together five inspiring stories from the Stalled Spaces Scotland Project. The case studies range from gardens in neglected plots, the renovation of play areas through to projects to share and tell local stories.

2018 Year of Young People Scottish Government’s Year of Young People’s website has been launched. See what’s planned and how you can get involved.

Charity Digital Toolkit This guide is for everyone, from frontline staff at small charities to experienced digital managers and leaders wondering how to take their charity’s use of digital up to the next level. English chairty. Skillsplatform learned from their work on The Charity Digital Report that digital skills across the sector must be raised if the sector is to become more sustainable and stay relevant to its audience.

Community Health Assessment Toolkit The USA Association for Community Health Improvement has released a revised version of its Community Health Assessment Toolkit, which offers a nine-step pathway to guide and support a robust, community-engaged health assessment process.


Community Resilience to Climate Change Disadvantaged groups need to be helped to cope with the cost pressures caused by climate change, according to a new report compiled by the University of Dundee for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The report, ‘Community Resilience to Climate Change’ warns that shocks such as extreme weather events and stresses like changes in the cost of living will interact to generate hardships for local communities. The researchers from the University’s Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience further warn that climate change will disproportionately impact upon already disadvantaged people.

The team worked with three flood-prone communities in the Scottish Borders – Hawick, Peebles and Newcastleton – to improve understanding and approaches to building climate resilience. By bringing members of the community together with local authorities, policy makers and other stakeholders they brought about changes to a major flood scheme, increased understanding of social dimensions of climate change and facilitated new flood risk and renewable energy groups among other outcomes.

Climate Outreach Report Climate Outreach has published ‘Six Recommendations for Public Engagement’ on climate change, based on the key findings from the European Perceptions of Climate Change (EPCC) project. The EPCC, coordinated by Cardiff University, surveyed public attitudes towards climate change and energy transitions across France, Germany, Norway and the UK.

Community Wealth Building through Anchor Institutions Places across the UK are striving to find new ways of attracting wealth, enhancing economic growth and addressing poverty. For think tank CLES, the attraction of wealth is important; but of equal importance is understanding and harnessing existing wealth for the benefit of local economies and communities. Anchor Institutions are central to the concept of community wealth building as a result of the scale of the jobs they provide, the scale of spend through procurement, their land and assets, and the fact that they are unlikely to leave that place. This publication reflects on work undertaken collaboratively in one locality (Preston).

A typology of poverty in Scotland This Scottish Government report groups together low income households based on similarities in their lived experiences of poverty. It uses data from the Scottish Household Survey and identifies 13 ‘types’ of poverty, spread across three life stages and discusses the different combination of services and interventions that each poverty type needs.

Designing Scotland’s Poverty and Inequality Commission Oxfam Scotland has published ‘Building a more equal Scotland: Designing Scotland’s Poverty and Inequality Commission, in collaboration with the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde. In their ‘Fairer Scotland Action Plan’, the Scottish Government stated that it ‘will establish a national Poverty and Inequality Commission in 2017/18’. The new report outlines the scale of inequality in Scotland, the drivers behind it and the powers of the Scottish Parliament to help tackle it. It contains a series of recommendations for the design and remit of the Commission.

Food bank use among residents of Glasgow’s deprived neighbourhoods This Go Well Briefing paper presents findings on the scale of food bank use and the characteristics of food bank users and non-users based on a range of variables including: socio-demographic variables; personal factors; health variables; and financial variables. Infographic. As well as statistical information, respondents’ experiences and perceptions of food banks and their reasons for using or not using them are described, showing, for example, that participants strongly identified feelings of shame and stigma with food bank use and this was often a reason why people did not use them.

New Scots strategy final report The Final Report on the Scottish Government‘s New Scots strategy : Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities 2014 – 2017 highlights progress which has been made to improve support for refugees in Scotland. It includes case studies and examples of specific projects and work which has taken place. It also explores the impact of the humanitarian crisis and Scotland’s response.

Gypsy Travellers Iriss has published its latest ‘Insight’: “Gypsy Travellers, human rights and social work’s role”

Supporting Roma Voices The Supporting Roma Voice project at the University of Salford has aimed to address knowledge gaps in the way in which the inclusion of migrant Roma in the UK is being addressed. The research was designed in partnership with a team of researchers from the Roma communities and undertaken wholly by these researchers in areas including Glasgow. The research study aimed to explore the following issues:

  • The settlement and integration experiences of Roma migrants living in areas across the UK.
  • The specific areas of community relations, housing, education, employment and social welfare and their role in settlement in the UK.
  • The provision of knowledge that would enable local authorities and other services to enhance the settlement experience of Roma migrants now and in the future.

SCVO Local funding survey In this report, SCVO demonstrate the difficulties and intricacies of local funding for much of the third sector.In brief:

  • If the funding situation for the sector continues as at present, much of the sector will be unable to continue its work
  • All local and regional bodies must improve their processes and their funding systems so that the third sector can function to the best of the ability.
  • Much time and energy is expended by organisations on seeking funding to stay afloat. This is time that could be better spent on achieving an organisation’s aims – delivering for communities.
  • Much funding does not allow for long-term projects or planning, meaning regular stress and upheaval for organisations, communities and individuals.
  • It is not, generally, large pots of money that are required, but rather a change in funding terms and processes – including recognising full project costs and core costs. Supportive staff at funder organisations can also help here.

National Report on BIDs in Scotland 2017 Business Improvement Districts Scotland has published its second national survey of BIDs in Scotland, which highlights the key contribution that BIDs at making at a local level to sustainable and inclusive economic growth. (Executive Summary) The report provides a snapshot of the impacts and outcomes of the 36 established and 24 developing BIDs across Scotland. In addition to direct economic benefits, the growing BIDs family has created dynamic partnership working between the private and public sectors at the local level, increased levels of local capacity and increased coordination with local community groups; reconnecting people and place.

Sport for Change This research for the Robertson Trust, Scottish Government, sportscotland and Sport for Change Network explored how the ‘sport for change’ approach could be developed and supported within Scotland. By ‘Sport for change’ they mean ‘using physical activity and sport intentionally to bring about positive benefits for individuals and communities, to address specific needs’. Executive summary

The future of public libraries Carnegie UK Trust has published its major report Shining a Light which provides an insight into how people in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales use public libraries and what they think of them. Research was conducted with over 10,000 people via polls in 2011 and 2016.

Young People’s Views on the Benefits of Volunteering in Areas of Multiple Deprivation Volunteer Scotland has provided a summary of research by James Davies. Key points include that ‘Youth-to-youth relationships work well’.

Implementing Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-making at Community Level This new briefing from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research on Families and Relationships addresses how children and young people’s participation in decision-making at the community level can be meaningfully supported by NGOs, using research findings from Tamil Nadu (in South India) and Scotland. Key findings are:

  • Children and young people’s participation often results in their views being heard, but not taken account of or acted on in decision-making processes.
  • Decision-making processes in local communities should involve children and young people directly. To make this happen, facilitators (staff members from non-governmental organisations) can support more meaningful dialogue between adult decision-makers and children and young people.
  • The three-point relationship between children and young people, facilitators and adults in power can be used to strengthen bottom-up processes for children and young people’s participation. These relationships should take account of diversity amongst adults and social hierarchies.
  • Adult in power (decision-makers) should be involved from the beginning of the process when implementing participation projects.
  • To effect meaningful change in matters that affect them, children and young people’s participation should be embedded within existing adult decision-making mechanisms.
  • As part of the participation process, facilitators should advocate for the adaptation of existing decision-making mechanisms to accommodate children and young people’s meaningful involvement.


Developing a Citizen-Based Response to Climate Change and Extreme Weather in Rural Communities Tuesday 2 May, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, University of Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ

This seminar will examine the successes and challenges of the Jefferson Center’s Rural Climate Dialogues program, a participatory effort to engage rural communities to address climate change through democratic deliberation and grassroots collective action. A Rural Climate Dialogue (RCD) convenes a demographically and politically representative group of residents for three days of deliberation about the local impacts of climate change and about how their community can work to address those changes. Through the Citizens Jury model of deliberation, participants spend three days hearing expert testimony, deliberating together to identify elements of their community that are threatened by climate change, and devising recommendations for individual and community actions that can enhance their community’s climate resilience.

Seeding Success: Learning from Stalled Spaces Scotland Wednesday 10 May, 9:30-16:00, Paisley Town Hall.

Join A&DS for a free one-day learning event to explore how communities have used vacant spaces to transform their places. Learn how these projects support town centre regeneration and find out more about the future policy direction. Hear from local authorities, Scottish Government, community groups and others on the impact of the Stalled Spaces Scotland project and how it supports community empowerment.

Designing health and social care services for adults: co-creating effective services in partnership with service users 11 May, LT1B, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9JS

This workshop at Edinburgh University will showcase some of the ‘state of the art’ work being undertaken on co-creation and service design and also give participants an opportunity to think through the implications for their own services.

Change: The Health and Social Care Integration event  Tuesday 30 May, Radisson Blu, Glasgow

Join the ALLIANCE, their members and partners at their 2017 annual conference focused on integration and change.  The event will focus on putting people firmly at the centre of decision making and will cover broad areas that affect people’s lives.  The programme and venue will be designed around different zones reflecting many of the key issues that most affect the lives of people who live with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers.

The role of food in addressing wellbeing, learning and the attainment gap Thursday 1 June, Glasgow

Food, including food poverty and food security, is a major social issue. Join Children in Scotland at this one day conference to discuss the role of food in our society, and its links with wellbeing, learning and attainment within the context of GIRFEC.

Conference topics include:

  • The link between food and attainment in children
  • Recipe for Success? An update on policy
  • Tackling food poverty through a multi-agency approach
  • The role of food in promoting social inclusion, social interaction and positive behaviours
  • Establishing healthy attitudes to food from an early age
  • Adopting a child rights approach to food.

2017 DTA Scotland Annual Conference & AGM :  It’s All About People Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th September, Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld

Bookings will open in June – save the dates.



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