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Community Development Alliance Scotland

August 2016


Sorry about the size of this Bulletin – it seems harder and harder to give it a summer break.


Social Work and Community Development

Social Work and Community Development share many values, but in Scotland nowadays they are often neither practiced nor taught together. CDAS has been exploring the issues that might be involved in bringing them closer together. First we issued a ‘proposal for dialogue’ paper and then invited a number of people from both fields to a ‘conversation’. This concluded that there was a need for more, wider discussion, so we will be looking at how to facilitate that. A report of the conversation is available.

International discussions on sustainable development in Glasgow

A date for your diary: The International Association for Community Development (IACD) in partnership with the European Community Development Network (EUCDN) and CDAS is planning a European conference on 8th November in Glasgow to look at Community Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Further details will follow. The conference will develop core strategies to ensure that:

  • SDG processes, mechanisms, plans and monitoring procedures at National, European and Global levels reflect and integrate community development values, methodologies and practices
  • Community development practitioners and organisations play a key role as stakeholders and partners in the SDG process.

The EUCDN is celebrating 25 years of community development across Europe. A fuller review of their work, with case studies of community development, will be out soon. Their latest information Bulletin is also available.


Social Impact Pledge

The Social Impact Pledge is a Scottish Government initiative that asks public sector organisations across Scotland to commit to increasing their social impact by making a public commitment to changing three aspects of their current operations or policies. These should be three things that they are not doing currently and haven’t done before. A range of public sector organisations have already made pledges, including Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Social Services Council and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Communities Channel website contains more information. The site shows all the pledges made so far in full.

The Scottish Government’s own three pledges are:

  1. ‘Live our Values’: This initiative makes contact with schools and colleges local to Scottish Government buildings and in areas of deprivation. Offers the opportunity of mentoring or visits to help young people raise aspirations. Includes proposals for mutual mentoring with disadvantaged adults.
  2. ‘Money Matters’ : [Following the] Procurement Reform Act 2014 … we will lead the way by considering potential economic, social and environmental outcomes in all procurement strategies, frameworks and contracts let by the Scottish Government
  3. ‘Make Space and Open Doors’ SG staff who are directly involved with charities or community bodies may use SG meeting facilities, bringing community groups and charities into closer contact with the SG, saving them resources in securing business space for meetings and events.

How Good is the Learning and Development in Our Community?

Education Scotland has refreshed its self-evaluation framework for Community Learning and Development practitioners. The new framework replaces How Good is Our Community Learning and Development? (2nd edition) published in 2006. HM Inspectors will use the new framework for inspection and review from September 2016.

Proposed Child Poverty Bill

The Scottish Government are seeking views on proposals for a Child Poverty Bill. The deadline for responses is 30th September 2016. The Bill will provide a framework for action and ways to hold the Government to account for their efforts in tackling poverty. The proposals include:

  • Enshrining in legislation the ambition to eradicate child poverty
  • Reinstating statutory income-based targets to reduce the number of children living in poverty (previously abandoned by the UK government)
  • Placing a duty on Scottish Ministers to develop a Child Poverty Delivery Plan, and to report annually on their progress towards delivering it.

Consultation on Social Security in Scotland

A consultation on social security in Scotland (summarised version), which is seeking views on how to deliver the welfare benefits that are being devolved, as a first step towards the creation of the Scottish Government’s own social security system, is open until 28th October 2016.

Strategic Police Priorities Consultation

Following on from an initial programme of engagement centred the Scottish Government has launched a formal consultation on draft Strategic Police Priorities, open until 16 August 2016.

The proposed new priorities are:

  • Ensure that the needs of communities are understood and reflected in the planning and delivery of policing
  • Ensure the police service works to prevent crime and reduce fear of crime through education, partnership, innovation and communication, placing particular focus on the need to address inequalities within and between communities
  • Focus policing on keeping people safe by tackling crime and responding to and investigating incidents effectively and efficiently
  • Ensure that the police service works collaboratively with partners at both a local and national level to deliver better outcomes for people in Scotland
  • Maintain public confidence in policing and inspire trust by being transparent, accountable and acting with integrity, fairness and respect
  • Ensure the police service is able to take advantage of new opportunities and meet emerging threats and challenges.

Mental health strategy

The Scottish Government has published a paper, which reflects what has been heard and considered so far in relation to a new 10 year mental health strategy. It is seeking responses by 16 September. You can respond to the consultation here.

Response to Planning Review

The Scottish Government has responded to the independent planning review’s report, which was published at the end of May (SURF has provided a ‘jargon busting summary’ of the review). A new planning bill will be put before the Scottish Parliament next year. In line with the review’s recommendations, the Scottish Government has confirmed it will not introduce a third party right of appeal in planning decisions.

Island challenges

The recently formed Scottish Islands Federation has issued a survey to help it to put together a report on the challenges and opportunities that matter most to Scotland’s island communities.

SCDC Community Empowerment Act responses

The main points in SCDC’s responses to the recent Scottish Government consultations on the guidance and regulations for the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act are as follows:

Community Planning

  • Community Planning Partnerships should be required to develop and publish a Community Participation Plan to accompany the new Local Outcomes Improvement Plan
  • Although we welcome the emphasis on tackling inequalities, at times the draft guidance for community planning should be more explicit about this.
  • there is a need to consider other parts of the Act in the guidance for community planning

Participation Requests

  • We recommend that forms, processes and guidance for participation requests should be straightforward, accessible and consistent.
  • We emphasise the need to regulate for pro-active promotion of participation requests, including staff training and public awareness raising using a range of formats.
  • Community organisations should also be supported to make participation requests and to take part in outcome improvement processes.

Asset Transfer

  • All support and material regarding asset transfer, such as registers of available assets, is accessible, clear and widely available.
  • A standard form, similar to a home report, should be developed for submitting requests for information about available assets.
  • We broadly agree with the draft regulations that community bodies should show they have support from the wider community and how they will fund their proposal in future.

New Approach to Care Inspections 

A new inspection methodology for care services came into effect in July 2016, focusing on the experiences of people receiving the services, and delivering new-style inspection reports to better inform the public to help them decide what care service is best for them or their loved ones. The focus is changing from inputs to the outputs of a care service’s activities.

Education Delivery Plan

The Scottish Government has published its Education Delivery Plan.  This sets outs the actions required to substantially close the attainment gap over the next five years and deliver a world class education system. It confirms the Scottish Government will, amongst other things:

  • “Launch a governance and funding review to examine the system changes required to empower schools, devolving funding and more decision-making to schools and communities”.

Scottish Social Housing Charter

A Scottish Government consultation on the Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter is open until 24th August 2016. It is seeking for an updated version of the Charter to commence from 1st April 2017.

Scoping community links workers

The Scottish Government has commissioned Voluntary Health Scotland to carry out a scoping exercise to inform the development of a national Community Link Workers programme. This is to honour the SNP 2016 election manifesto pledge: ‘Scotland’s most deprived communities need additional support, so we will recruit at least 250 Community Link Workers to work in GP surgeries and direct people to local services and support.’ The study is being conducted by Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services, and VHS is keen to ensure that a comprehensive range of third sector service providers and intermediaries are included in the study.

Could you be a mental health community champion?

See Me, the campaign to end mental health stigma, is looking to train people to be leaders in changing attitudes. The community champions programme will enable people to make positive changes in their own community, with the support of See Me.

Older Community researchers needed for quality of life study

The Life Changes Trust and Age Scotland are collaborating with the University of Stirling in a research project entitled ‘A Good Life in Later Years’.  The project will give older people the role of researching what the key issues and challenges are for securing a good quality of life. It is seeking to involve 20-25 community researchers who are over 50. Read more and get involved here

‘Community sponsorship’ of refugees

The UK government has issued ‘Full Community Sponsorship: Guidance for prospective sponsors’. In the introduction, the Home Secretary says “We are delighted to introduce, for the first time in the UK, a full community sponsorship scheme to empower and enable community groups to take on the challenging but rewarding role of welcoming and supporting a resettled family in the UK.”

There is also an online service to allow people ‘to offer help to refugees in your local area.’

Local Funding Review

SCVO is carrying out a survey to find out about voluntary organisations experiences of grant and contract funding from local public bodies. A blog with more information is here. The survey is open until 26th August.

Scotland sets up separate fundraising regulation

Scottish charities have chosen to create their own fundraising self-regulation system rather than buy into the new English scheme.

SURF Awards

SURF’s annual awards, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, are open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date, 19 September 2016. There are five categories of entry:

  • Scotland’s Most Improved Town
  • Large Scale Infrastructure
  • Youth Employability: Removing Barriers
  • Creative Regeneration
  • Community Led Regeneration

Safer Communities Awards

The Scottish Community Safety Network is pleased to announce the Safer Communities Awards 2016. All shortlisted projects have now been entered into the People’s Choice Award, which allows the public to choose the project that should win in each category, and receive £2000.  Categories include:

  • Early Intervention and Education
  • Innovative Media Campaign
  • Strengthening Community Resilience and Engagement
  • Wider Partnership

Community Choices Fund

The Scottish Government’s Community Choices Fund to support participatory budgeting (PB) in 2016/17 is now open for applications.  Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, £1.5 million of the fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each.

  1. open to public authorities which includes Local Authorities and other public bodies.
  2. open to community organisations and Community Councils.

Children, Young People, Families, Early Intervention + Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Funds

Applications to the Scottish Government’s £2m Children, Young People and Families (CYFEIF) and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Project (ALEC) Funds for third sector organisations are now open via the Lloyds TSB Foundation.  The funds cover two years from April 2017. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2016.

CYFEIF will focus on:

  • Promoting the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators and the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Delivery of prevention and early intervention activities.
  • Improving parenting capacity and family support.

ALEC will focus on:

  • Prevention and early intervention through adult learning and community capacity building.
  • Supporting the delivery of lifelong, learner-centred adult learning as outlined in the Adult Learning in Scotland Statement of Ambition.
  • Using asset based approaches to work with adult learners or with communities to plan and co-design learning or capacity building opportunities.

£45m for community ownership projects

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland has launched a new £45m Community Assets fund, a rolling programme to help local groups own and manage their own local facilities.

Development Grants from Climate Challenge Fund

Development Grants of up to £1,500 are available from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to help community-led organisations develop an application for future climate action funding or to support peer-to-peer learning activities that build their capacity to tackle climate change. Keep Scotland Beautiful manages and develops the Fund and will consider applications on a monthly basis.

Design Charrettes and Activating Ideas

The Scottish Government has launched the 2016-17 Design Charrettes Fund, complemented for the first time by an Activating Ideas Fund to help communities to have a say in shaping and planning their town centres and neighbourhoods. Both funds are now open for applications until 16th September.

Sorry, you’re too late

On 24 June Scottish Government invited applications for the Fair Food Transformation Fund. The fund was open for applications until 18 July.

Impact of EU membership on equality and human rights in Britain

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has updated its guide that explains the impact of EU membership on equality and human rights in Britain, with answers to a number of frequently asked questions, including:

  • What is the relationship between the UK Human Rights Act and the EU?
  • How do equality and human rights relate to the EU?
  • What impact might leaving the EU have on equality and human rights laws in the UK?


What is Community Capacity Building? SCDC has uploaded a video ‘What is Community Capacity Building?’.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s iHub, in partnership with Evaluation Support Scotland, the ALLIANCE, the Scottish Co-Production Network, and SCVO have produced a presentation exploring capacity building, which reports on the major lessons they have learned about planning, delivering and evaluating capacity building initiatives in the third sector.

Rethinking Public Services – interview series The Centre for Public Impact has produced a series of interviews about public service reform, including:

  • Fiona Garven, Director of SCDC speaks about the value of co-production in public service reform.
  • Sir Peter Housden, former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government speaks about the importance of engaging people in the decision making process.

Community Development in Scotland: have we lost our way? Fiona Ballantyne, Vice-chair of Scottish Community Development Network and Mark Langdon, committee member, have published an article in the latest IACD Practice Insights magazine exploring some of the issues faced by community development practitioners, and highlighting findings from SCDN’s report ‘Reality Behind the Rhetoric’ and ways in which SCDN plans to take the issues forward.

Working together to challenge the future of tenant involvement Tenant involvement has experienced a slow evolution over the last five years as the sector has come to recognise that traditional forms of involvement have a tendency to be inaccessible to the majority of tenants, unrepresentative of all but a limited cohort and expensive to develop and maintain. This Institute of Housing learning report challenges current practice and outlines how involvement is considered and how it is delivered, its importance and its potential value.

How housing can support anti-poverty initiatives This Institute of Housing briefing takes a look at anti-poverty programmes and initiatives, looking at the reasons why many tenants experience poverty, and why housing organisations are in an ideal position to tackle poverty within their communities. It also features a wide range of practical examples of anti-poverty initiatives from across the UK.

Poverty in Scotland An easy-read summary of statistics on poverty in Scotland has been developed jointly with the Scottish Government and Poverty Truth Commission and includes the main statistical headlines alongside contributions from people with experience of living in poverty.

Changing picture of poverty in the UK The Joseph Rowntree Foundation presents the changing picture of poverty in the UK and the reason why we need to act now in an easy to view slideshare.

Are We Ready? Climate Change Resource Adaptation Scotland, in association with the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network, have developed a set of resources to enable communities to talk about the changing climate. The ‘Are We Ready?’ resource includes a short film, information about the key consequences of climate change, and a guide to running an Are We Ready? workshop.

EHRC launches new information on human rights The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a new section on their website aimed at bringing human rights to life. Highlights include

  • a new human rights animation
  • a video explaining the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and women’s rights
  • a new section focusing on what people should do if they think their human rights have been breached.

Supporting Young People to Take Action on Sectarianism – A Toolkit ‘Looking Forward Not Back’ was an opportunity for YouthLink Scotland to support youth workers and young people to address sectarianism in their communities. This Toolkit was created to share the learning from the groups. It is a guide for others who would like to work with young people to support youth action on sectarianism.

New Start looks at Glasgow New Start magazine has a special feature on regeneration in Glasgow, including a posthumously published interview with the late Bob Holman.

Local democracy initiatives The Scottish Community Alliance has reposted an interesting article describing a range of local democracy initiatives from around the world, from the relatively familiar citizen’s juries and Participatory Budgeting to ‘Citizens’ Initiative Reviews’ which draft the official voters’ information for referendums.

New communication tool for Scottish charities SCVO has created a new website as “a space where good causes and the public can come together, share and learn from each other”. The Good HQ platform is in its beta, pre-launch, phase and feedback on how it works is encouraged.

What Works Scotland Evidence Hub Group What Works Scotland has launched an Evidence Hub group to support public service reform. It features publications and other resources, produced by What Works Scotland and its partners.

OSCR Release Social media guide OSCR have released Social Media Guides for staff, volunteers and trustees of charities who are taking their first steps with social media. There’s advice and guidelines to protect your organisation, staff and volunteers, and an overview of why good content creation and maintenance matters.

Social Enterprise becoming a charity – FAQs This OSCR guidance outlines the position under Scottish charity law for Social Enterprises thinking about becoming a charity

Walking the Talk Evaluation Support Scotland has launched ‘Walking the Talk’, a guide, produced by funders, on how funders evaluate their work to influence policy and practice.

Rural social inclusion of migrants A capacity-building manual for non-governmental organisations on ‘Promoting the Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Rural Areas’ has been published by the Euracademy Association.

The Canadian Community Development Handbook This handbook provides an introduction to community development and capacity building. It explains the 7 basic steps of the community development process and identifies problems often experienced and how to overcome them. Real life stories reveal how the process can be applied.

European Adult Education Association EAEA has published its ‘Manifesto for Adult Learning in the 21st Century’. It sets objectives for creating a Learning Europe. It lists seven contemporary European challenges in which adult learning can answer:

  • Active citizenship, democracy and participation
  • Life skills for individuals
  • Social cohesion, equity and equality
  • Employment and digitalization
  • Migration and demographic change
  • Sustainability
  • European policies.


Community-Led Approaches to Reducing Poverty The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published a review of ‘the impact of community-led approaches to tackling poverty, focused at the neighbourhood level’. This is the first report to provide a substantial insight into the potential of community-led activities being used as poverty intervention measures more widely, specifically in low income communities. The researchers found a lack of evidence which directly considers the impacts on poverty of these activities, and so they largely theorised on the potential benefits. SURF has provided a substantial summary of the findings.

Living at the Sharp End Citizens Advice Scotland published a new report on poverty, ‘Living at the Sharp End’ showing the recent steep rise in poverty, with a 47% rise in enquiries about foodbanks and a 134% rise in advice about crisis grants.

Independent Working Group on Food Poverty The Scottish Government has published ‘Dignity: Ending Hunger Together in Scotland’, the report of the Independent Working Group on Food Poverty. The report advocates a move away from emergency food provision towards more dignified and sustainable food provision.  It sets out a number of recommendations around the right to food, and interactions with other services.

Inspectors praise impact of Development Trusts Education Scotland, in partnership with Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), has released the reports of a pilot study which sought to explore the impact that Development Trusts have upon their communities. Sampling three very different trusts: Inverclyde Community Development Trust; Mull and Iona Community Trust and; Huntly and District Development Trust, the reviews highlight both the individual strengths of each organisation and merits that all three have in common.

Most significant of these is the recognition that development trusts have a positive impact on the lives of the community in which they operate and that each makes a strong contribution to the local economy alongside a significant contribution to the place-making agenda. Other common strengths highlighted across the three studies include:

  • Strong, competent and effective boards
  • Established track records of partnership working
  • A ‘can do’ approach.

Youth Work Research Overview YouthLink Scotland, working with a range of partners, has convened the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group. The group have produced a document to give an overview of the research landscape of relevance of the youth work sector in Scotland.

Mediation, mentoring and peer-support to reduce youth violence This systematic review by the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction aimed to provide a comprehensive account of the range of violence prevention programmes for young people who have either been involved in, or are identified as being at high-risk of violence, and that included contact and interaction with a ‘peer mediator’, a ‘mentor’, or an influential ‘peer’ (peer support).

Adult Achievement Awards evaluation   In 2014, Newbattle Abbey College was asked by the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework Partnership and Education Scotland to develop Adult Achievement Awards, based on the model of Youth Achievement Awards.  The awards were credit-rated by Edinburgh Napier University.  In consultation with a national steering group, Newbattle established 10 pilots from September 2015 to February 2016. Education Scotland has published an evaluation of the pilot programme.   Video clips with some views from adult learners and tutors who participated are also available.

Learning from supporting rural communities The Big Lottery has summarised the findings from their ‘Learning from supporting rural communities’ programme – what has been successful and key challenges faced by projects working with rural communities.

Dementia Friendly Communities Report 1 This report from the Life Changes Trust has been compiled using evidence gathered from the monitoring and evaluation reports of the Trust-funded dementia friendly communities, covering their first six months.

Major Development Projects – Connecting People in Poverty to Jobs This JRF report considers where local partners can do more to ensure that unemployed people benefit from job and training opportunities created by developments.

Rationales for Place-based Approaches in Scotland The aim of this What Works Scotland Working Paper is to remove the confusion surrounding what place-based approaches are, the rationales behind their use, the development of this approach to public service reform in Scotland and the future challenges presented by austerity and welfare reform.

Rights, Resilience and Refugee Integration in Scotland A report by Queen Margaret University for the Scottish Refugee Council shares insights from their Holistic Integration Service. This is a partnership led by Scottish Refugee Council offering up to twelve months support to people who have been granted Refugee Status, Humanitarian Protection, or Discretionary Leave to Remain following an asylum claim in Scotland. Findings include “Despite experiences of racism, refugees find Scottish people friendly and this is an important factor which influences their decisions to remain in Scotland in the long term. At the same time, refugees would value more opportunities to interact meaningfully with Scottish people”.

Local involvement key to tackling EU’s migrant situation A report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights looks at the situation of people arriving in those Member States particularly affected by large migration movement (i.e. not including the UK, which has not experienced movement on the same scale). Whilst finding mixed economic impacts, it also reports that “In most places the local reaction has been positive, with large numbers of volunteers. Municipalities, civil society and local volunteers have mobilised to receive migrants and help them integrate. However, there have also been many protests and attacks against refugees.”

Solutions for sanctuary Think tank New Philanthropy Capital’s paper Solutions for sanctuary provides an overview of the refugee and asylum charity sector in the UK to help donors interested in funding in this area.

Impact of welfare reform on the social services workforce Iriss has published Insight 32 – The impact of welfare reform on the social services workforce. Written by Gregory White (University of Sheffield), it explores the impact of welfare reform – on key client groups and its consequent effect on the social services workforce in Scotland.

Learning for Sustainability National Implementation Group Report In 2013 Scottish Ministers accepted all thirty-one recommendations of the Learning for Sustainability report.  Vision 2030+, the concluding report from the National Implementation Group set up to put these into practice, is now available for download.

Towards a democratic society Willie Sullivan and Martin Sime have co-authored a short pamphlet designed to provoke new thinking about how we might move towards a more democratic society. How much more of our society and economy could, or should, be run on mutual, non-profit and democratic principles? Can we imagine a project to get us there more quickly than seems likely on our current trajectory? Can we create a (more) enabling state for these purposes and what role do we need it to play?

“Community involvement is marginal in Britain” As reported in New Start, analysis of a major national household panel survey shows that, on average, 3% of British adults considered them to be active in some kind of neighbourhood group (not counting sports clubs, churches, parent/teachers etc.)

Funders’ views on ‘economic evaluation’ Evaluation Support Scotland wanted to explore whether it has a role in supporting economic evaluation and what that role might be.  The research summarised here, comprised a rapid literature review and an online survey.


Health, Human Rights and Co-production: Lecture with Edgar S. Cahn Monday 22 August, 6.00pm – 8.30pm, Glasgow

You are invited to a lecture with Edgar S. Cahn, a distinguished legal professor, former counsel and speech writer to Robert F Kennedy and the creator of Time Banking.  As Cofounder and Coleader of the Racial Justice Initiative, Edgar brings a lifetime of experience in social justice work with low-income communities, juvenile justice, Native American rights, and legal services. A founder of poverty law and a pioneer in creating clinical legal education, Edgar will focus his talk on enlisting communities as partners and co-producers of systems change with specific reference to challenging racial discrimination or other violations of the US Constitution or federal law.

This is a partnership event with People Powered Health and Wellbeing, the Health and Social Care Academy, Strathclyde University’s International Public Policy Institute and the Scottish Co-production Network.

Assets-Based Approaches to Youth Crime Prevention and Community Participation Thursday 25th August, 5pm-8pm, University of the West of Scotland

Course leaders will share case studies of good practice emerging from recent research in Scotland, the USA and Denmark. The event is aimed specifically at police and community safety officers but with additional interest to youth workers, teachers, health workers and other public sector practitioners. Participants will become equipped with the skills and insight to engage in ‘pioneering’ forms of collaboration as a means of identifying common sources of energy within disadvantaged communities, which can act as a trigger for building greater levels of trust and community cohesion.

SURF 2016 Annual Conference: Local Poverty, National Wealth 1 September, Edinburgh

The Annual Conference of SURF, Scotland’s Regeneration Network, will explore the key question: How can we better connect challenges, resources, structures, policies and assets to help us achieve our widely shared aims for a better, fairer Scotland? The conference will look at:

  • Priorities of the new Scottish Government.
  • Emerging Outcomes from SURF’s Alliance for Action Programme.
  • The Disparity Between Extreme Poverty and National Wealth.

Tenant participation using a community development approach 1 September, Edinburgh

A Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland training event.

Young Citizens and Society: Fostering Civic Participation 2 September to 3 September, Glasgow, (Prices range from £50.00 to £170.00).

The School of Education at the University of Strathclyde is hosting its second Contemporary Childhood Conference and will tackle the question of what a child citizen is and how best to foster their civic participation.

Development Trusts Association Scotland Annual Conference & AGM 4th/5th September, Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld

The title of the conference this year is: “Climate Change, Localism & Social Justice”. You can view the full programme and book on the DTA Scotland Website

Addressing Democratic Deficits – The Role of Community Learning and Development Thursday 15th Sept 1pm – 4.30pm (Registration from 12.30pm) St. Andrews Building Glasgow University.

The second in a series of professional learning sessions on Learning for Democracy aimed at community learning and development (CLD) practitioners. This session will focus on the impact of poverty and inequalities on our democratic system.

Community and Dementia Conference 21 September 2016, Perth Concert Hall

There are now very limited spaces available to attend the Life Changes Trust first national conference on ‘Community and Dementia’.  Go to website to download an application form

Participatory Budgeting UK 20th and 21st October, Edinburgh

A gathering of the UK wide PB Network and its partners:

  • International PB Conference, sponsored by the Scottish Government Thursday 20th October in central Edinburgh
  • Engage, Think, Do: one day ‘fringe’ festival of all things PB Friday 21st October 2016, from 10am until 4pm. At three closely located venues in central Edinburgh. Programme available from early September.

Community Food and Health Scotland Annual Networking Conference Wednesday 26 October, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Save the date.

Scotland’s Towns Conference 9th November, Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Join leading practitioners, policy-makers, and other key stakeholders to discuss how our towns can flourish through local strategies with partnership and innovation at their core. For bookings and pricing please click here.

Scottish International Policing Conference 2016 –  Policing: Localism in a globalising world Thursday 10 November,   John McIntyre Centre, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh. Places free, but limited

A challenge for any contemporary police service is the delivery of legitimate, locally responsive policing in a world where many problems that are experienced locally have a global dimension. This conference will explore the challenges of localism in relation to six themes: performance, partnership, prevention, place, public accountability, and people and organisational development, and the lessons learned from recent Scottish and international research.

Loneliness: a threat to Scotland’s health – Working together to combat isolation Thursday 24 November, Edinburgh

Voluntary Health Scotland’s conference will consider compelling evidence about the impact of social isolation and loneliness on mental and physical health and the part the third sector plays in preventing and addressing this. Contact Lauren Blair to register your interest or to discuss the range of sponsorship options and exhibition opportunities available.


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