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Community Development Alliance Scotland

Christmas 2016


A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to readers


CDAS Conference

The CDAS Annual Conference, ‘Making Community Empowerment a Reality’ will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2017 from 10.30-3.30pm (Registration from 10am) at St Paul’s and St George’s Church, 46, York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3RH.

Our communities have great potential capacities and assets to offer. But their ability to successfully make full use of these cannot be taken for granted. Action is needed to enable them to develop in response to challenges and to ensure social justice in the outcomes. That action is called community development. People are putting the values and skills involved into action in a wide range of places, dealing with many different issues, but usually with limited resources and finding support wherever they can. Our conference is a chance for people in government, in communities and elsewhere and in all sectors to come together and find their common ground.

Speakers will include Martin Cawley, Chief Executive of Big Lottery Fund Scotland. But the main action of the day will be the opportunity to learn from a wide range of groups and projects who are putting community development into practice, and from each other (we will be happy to display information about your experiences). You will hear from groups, and from the people who have worked with them, in a wide range of situations, including:

  • Community action to improve health
  • Community action to reduce poverty
  • People making a community plan for their area
  • Working together to develop a rural community
  • Mutual help for people leaving prison
  • Giving a voice to people involved in community care
  • Participatory Budgeting

Cost: £50, including light lunch and refreshments (Free to community groups with income of less than £50,000 per year, but booking is essential). Please book here

Participatory Budgeting masterclass

Another date for your diary: Tuesday, 7 February 2017. This half day masterclass is presented for CDAS by PB Partners, who have wide experience of promoting Participatory Budgeting (PB) in Scotland and across the UK. It will provide an overview of PB, with the aims of:

  • Increasing participant’s knowledge of PB, including experiences in Scotland to date
  • Consideration of ‘participatory small grants’ and ‘mainstream’ models of PB
  • Deliberation on the role of community organising and ensuring good community development principles are embedded in PB.

It will be suitable for both those considering PB for the first time, and those looking to extend their existing knowledge.

The event will take place from 1pm to 4.30 pm at a central Glasgow location which will be confirmed shortly. You will receive a further email with a booking link. Attendance is free, but booking will be essential and places will be limited, with a maximum of one person from each organisation, unless there are special circumstances. Please note that no lunch will be provided, only light refreshments.

Community Development and the Sustainable Development Goals

CDAS supported a successful conference in Glasgow in November, led by the European Community Development Network and International Association for Community Development. It looked at ‘Community Development for Sustainable Development: Placing Community Development Values and Practices at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals’.

IACD has produced an edition of its Practice Insights newsletter focusing on the SDGs, which includes an extended account of our conference (p25).

It has made this issue generally available ‘as a seasonal one-off gift’. If you become a full member of IACD benefits include future issues of Practice Insights and membership of the Global Community Development Exchange resource bank. If you join now you will also get a special 30% membership fee reduction.


Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-26

This ten-year Strategy was co-produced by the Scottish Government and the social enterprise sector. The strategy will be implemented through a series of three-year Social Enterprise Action Plans setting out agreed actions, resource commitments, responsibilities and deliverables.

It aims to demonstrate ‘how enduring values – a belief in enterprise, a commitment to fairness, equality and solidarity, and a passion for democratic engagement – can be delivered through social enterprise, to make Scotland a fairer and more prosperous country, improving outcomes for all of Scotland’s citizens’.

Senscot comments that they and others were concerned to protect the Scottish definition of SE in accordance with the existing ‘Voluntary Code of Practice’, which draws a clear line between SE and ‘socially responsible businesses’. It notes that ‘ we believe an acceptable compromise has been reached … the Strategy recognises ‘the Code’ as Scotland’s benchmark for SE’.

National Strategy for Community Justice

The national strategy for community justice supports Scotland’s new model for community justice which comes into effect from 1 April 2017. The strategy provides a shared vision to help partners and communities work together effectively to improve community justice outcomes, while retaining the flexibility to adapt to local needs and circumstances. “Tackling offending through early intervention, identifying the reasons why people offend in the first place, and helping people reintegrate into the community after custody, is at the heart of the new approach. Strong partnership working is crucial to the new strategy, which will include increased use of community payback orders and electronic monitoring, and reducing the inappropriate use of remand.”

Related publications available are:

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

The Scottish Government has published its delivery plan for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including a series of ambitions for the future. The plan has been delivered after lengthy consultation with disabled people, representative organisations and Disabled People’s Organisations from across Scotland.  It sets out 5 ambitions and 93 actions for the future.

Self-Directed Support Implementation Plan

The Scottish Government has published a new three year implementation plan for self-directed support (SDS) across Scotland.  The plan reflects on the SDS strategy 2010-2020 and current progress towards self-directed support across Scotland, as well as how they intend to evaluate impact.

Regeneration in Draft 2017/18 Scottish Budget

SURF has provided a useful summary of the announcements in the draft 2017/18 Scottish Budget that appear to impact on community and economic regeneration.

PB Scotland Network

PB Scotland, run by SCDC, is launching the PB Scotland Network. Last month the International PB Conference demonstrated the appetite for participatory budgeting in Scotland. The discussions consistently referred to the need to develop a PB network for Scotland.

Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities

The Cross Party Group (CPG) on Health Inequalities was formally recognised by the Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee on 7th November 2016 and details of its meetings and membership are available.

‘Our Democracy – Act as if we own the place’

The campaign ‘Our Democracy – #ActAsIf ‘ was recently launched in Glasgow. The campaign is a collaborative endeavour by a range of civil society organisations involved in advancing the democratic renewal agenda in Scotland – including the Electoral Reform Society, Scottish Community Alliance, SCDC, Scottish Rural Parliament and many more. You can join and/or follow the initiative via the new website: http://www.ourdemocracy.scot. Blog explaining background.

If democracy is about anything it is about us running our own affairs. That is why the campaign is asking you to ‘act as if you own the place’—if the citizens of a village, town, city or country don’t own it, then who does? It is encouraging communities all over Scotland to hold ‘Act as if Councils.’ These are events where many local people gather together to talk about how they want to run that local place.

Manifesto for Rural Scotland

Scottish Rural Action launched their full Manifesto for Rural Scotland at their recent AGM.

UK implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals Inquiry

The UK Parliament International Development Committee has published a report outlining its enquiry into how the Government can best to implement the new SDG’s.

Barriers to community engagement in the Scottish planning system: survey

Following the independent review of the Scottish planning system, the Scottish Government has commissioned a team to carry out a research study into the barriers to community engagement in planning. (SCDC is one partner in this work). They are conducting an online survey which will help to test some of the ideas and key messages emerging from the review. Please complete the survey by Friday 23rd December 2016.

SURF awards

You can find out more about all 2016 SURF awards winning and shortlisted projects in a special publication. The winner in the ‘Community-led regeneration’ category was the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Regeneration Project.

Good food nation funding

The Scottish Government has announced the first recipients of Good Food Nation funding. The £250k fund will be shared across 14 projects which aim to improve Scotland’s food culture. Schemes supported include community food growing, cafés, community and school food education, training and cooking skills and farm visits.


Human Rights case studies Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights has produced a series of case studies profiling how communities in Scotland are using human rights to tackle poor housing, challenge poverty and improve health.

Launched by the Scottish Human Rights Commission to mark the third anniversary of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights, and International Human Rights Day on 10 December, 2016, the case studies feature:

  • A group living in mostly council-owned properties in Leith, Edinburgh, who are using human rights to tackle poor housing conditions including damp, mould, infestations of vermin and disrepair (short film about the Leith project)
  • A group who have experienced poverty, who are working together to raise awareness of the human rights affected by poverty and advocate for better policies.
  • A project that enabled people who had experienced health inequalities to understand and tell policy makers about how their right to health was not being met, and how to change this. The project worked with two groups – people who are homeless and women who are refugees and asylum seekers.

The Place Standard: Getting Going Architecture and Design Scotland has published a series of articles on ways in which it has helped organisations to test, develop and apply the Place Standard.  They demonstrate formats for engagement and some of the outcomes and benefits of applying the tool.The Place Standard tool was launched in December 2015 to support the delivery of high quality places in Scotland. The tool provides a simple structure for conversation on issues and outcomes linking physical and social aspects of placemaking.

Community Planning Outcomes Profile A tool to help you assess if the lives of people in your community are improving has been released by the Improvement Service. The Community Planning Outcomes Profile contains a set of core measures on important life outcomes – early years, older people, safer/stronger communities, health and wellbeing, engagement with local communities – and shows how they change over time. The profile shows:

  • The overall pattern of outcomes in your area and whether people’s lives are improving
  • Whether inequality is increasing or decreasing over time
  • Which communities are faring well below average for your area and for similar communities across Scotland
  • How different types of communities so in your area and elsewhere in Scotland, creating opportunities for learning

It is hoped that the tool can support Community Planning Partnerships’ decision-making and inform the development of Local Outcomes Improvement Plans.

Introduction to Wellbeing  ‘An Introduction to Wellbeing’ is a leaflet and card game developed by Children in Scotland and partners to help community groups, clubs and other local organisations understand how their work contributes to the wellbeing of children and young people. The leaflet will help you to:

  • Understand how your work contributes to children and young people’s wellbeing.
  • Explain to others how you support children and young people’s wellbeing.
  • Plan to improve how you support children and young people’s wellbeing.
  • Know where to go for further information.

Loneliness in Scotland – A National Summit A summary report is available from ‘ Loneliness in Scotland: A National Summit’ which occurred 6th September 2016, funded by Scottish Government and hosted by Befriending Networks.

Inequality Is Not Inevitable The Equality Trust has unveiled its new activist pack ‘Inequality Is Not Inevitable  – How you can make the UK a fairer, better society: A Guide for Inequality Activists’. The solution to inequality lies with each and every one of us and this pack is full of ideas on how to maximise our impact.

Cash for Culture – A guide to fundraising for voluntary-led creative groups This booklet from Voluntary Arts Scotland has been specifically created to help voluntary-led cultural groups navigate the funding landscape. Inside you’ll find:

  • Details of major funding bodies and trusts
  • Alternative ways to fundraise, such as through Community Shares or Crowdfunding
  • Examples of how other cultural groups raise money
  • What’s available in your local area
  • How to make the most of Corporate Social Responsibility (large supermarkets and banks etc.)

Concept The Winter 2016 edition of Edinburgh based ‘Concept – The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory’ is now available. Articles include ‘Political Education in Scotland: A Practitioner’s Perspective’.

NHS Health Scotland briefing paper on health inequalities For International Human Rights Day NHS Health Scotland have published a briefing paper on health inequalities to bring focus to one such right, the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

The Participative Democracy Certificate (PDC) The Participative Democracy Certificate (PDC) is an award that provides accreditation to young people actively involved in decision-making in groups. It gives participants the opportunity to acknowledge and develop communication, decision-making and participation in the context of democratic engagement. The Award constitutes 20 hours of learning and is worth 2 credits at SCQF level 5. As long as there is someone with a CLD or youth work background supporting the decision making project and you have appropriate moderation processes in place then you may be eligible to apply. YouthLink Scotland members benefit from 20 free participant awards each year. For more information please contact Sarah Robertson on 0131 313 2488. Guidance Notes      Proposal Form

The Power of User Voice New from think-tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is ‘User voice: Putting people at the heart of impact practice‘. The report explains how charities can best harness the views and needs of their beneficiaries in order to improve their impact. It gives a step-by-step guide, and highlights organisations already adopting various ways of involving and empowering their beneficiaries.

Climate Action – Community Portraits from Europe Community Climate Action across Europe – 62 Portraits from six countries” presents portraits of community-based initiatives across Europe that took part in a recent study conducted by TESS. In this booklet they introduce the range and diversity of community activity taking place in the city of Rome, part of the city region of Berlin, the region of Catalunya and the countries of Finland, Romania and Scotland. TESS (Towards European Societal Sustainability) is a European research project which aims to illustrate the role of community based initiatives in creating a sustainable, low-carbon Europe.

European Community Organizing Network – ECON The European Community Organizing Network – ECON, which promotes community organizing in a variety of forms, is developing a Moodle web page with community organizing online courses for beginners as well as advanced community activists.

New Irish standards for community work The All Ireland Endorsement Body for Community Work Education and Training have produced a set of standards for community work. The aim is to provide a reference point and guide for key stakeholders that seek to support community work for the promotion of social inclusion, social justice and equality, and as an intervention for social change. These stakeholders include community workers, programme implementers, employers, policy makers, funders, organisations, groups and community work educators.

“The pursuit of social justice and sustainable development are core elements of community development and require an analysis of the changes needed in policies and laws in order to ensure that all people can benefit equally from an equitable distribution of wealth, opportunities and privileges in society. Promoting a just society involves promoting policies and practices that challenge injustice, poverty, inequality, discrimination and social exclusion, and valuing diversity of identities and approaches. Promoting a sustainable society involves promoting environmentally, economically and socially sustainable policies and practices. It requires the practice of thinking globally and acting locally for the present and the future. In pursuing social justice and sustainable development, community work is concerned with the redistribution of wealth, power and resources in society. It seeks to mitigate against [sic] the effects of climate change and ensure equal access to a good quality environment for all”.


Health and early years, children and young people: a GCPH synthesis This report draws on ten plus years of outputs and events from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and GoWell. It provides a synthesis of learning about what factors influence the health of babies, children and young people and how improving circumstances during this life stage can help improve health and tackle health inequalities.

History, politics & vulnerability: explaining excess mortality Undertaken by Glasgow Centre for Population Health, with colleagues in NHS Health Scotland, the University of the West of Scotland and University College London, this report summarises all the research that has been undertaken by the GCPH to date into ‘excess mortality’, that is, higher mortality in Glasgow and Scotland over and above that explained by differences in socioeconomic deprivation. Through a detailed examination of all the available evidence, it identifies the most likely underlying causes and, the most appropriate policy responses. The report reaffirms that the principal explanation for poor health in Glasgow and Scotland relates to the well understood effects of poverty and deprivation. The evidence shows that the additional, excess, levels of mortality observed among the Scottish population are best explained by a greater vulnerability to those factors, caused by a series of historical decisions and processes.

A separate executive summary, an infographic which visually summarises the findings and policy recommendations are also available.

Motivating Low Carbon Behaviours Report The Scottish Government has published a document Motivating low carbon behaviours – insights from the Scottish Government, summarising insights from research into behaviour change and communication. These have been used to inform their social marketing campaigns encouraging people to adopt low carbon behaviours. One Key Finding is that ‘Framing behaviours within a wider picture of collective action and shared responsibility can inspire individuals to act’

Turnaround Towns The Carnegie UK Trust has published the report Turnaround Towns: International Evidence, by Jane-Frances Kelly. The research brings together eight remarkable stories of international towns that have found themselves facing tough times, but have managed to turn themselves around to create flourishing communities that people are proud to be a part of. The research demonstrates that profound economic and social change in towns can be achieved by clear action, directed and delivered at a local level.

Faith-Based Charities Having discovered that over a quarter of charities in the UK have an association with faith, NPC conducted an 18 month research programme into this part of the charity sector. In this report, the final output of the research, they map the faith-based charity sector in the UK, and explore the challenges and opportunities these organisations face.


Transforming our World: Responding to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through Education 19th January 2017, 1pm – 4.30pm, Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh

The theme of Learning for Sustainability Scotland’s AGM this year is around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For more information and to book, click here

Getting in on the Act: A free workshop for community organisations Wednesday 25th January, 1:30pm-4:30pm, Scottish Community Development Centre Suite 305, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow G2 6HJ

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act is about to come into force. The final stages of its development are almost complete with statutory guidance drafted and regulations going through Scottish Parliament Committees. It’s looking like the different parts of the Act will be in force early in the new year.

This free workshop for community organisations is a chance to find out what the Act contains and how to make use of it in order to do the sorts of things you want to do as a community. The workshop will introduce you to:

  • New opportunities to be part of community planning processes in your local area.
  • How to use ‘participation requests’ to start a dialogue with public bodies about things that matter to your community.
  • Other parts of the Act, such as provisions around asset ownership and community food growing.

Please register your interest in attending here

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network: Annual gathering 4th February, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh.

The day will include keynote speeches and workshops such as

  • Building regional momentum – learning from Fife CCAN network – and applying it to your region
  • Community Energy / Community Enterprise experiences – How we got stuff done – feeding back from existing projects
  • Update and consultation – what’s going on with policy in 2017?
  • Adaptation projects – what are they and support for getting them started

There will also be an Open Space session where you have the choice to bring and discuss the topics most urgent and interesting to you and your group.

Community Health Exchange Conference 2017  Wednesday 1st March, The Studio, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow.

Save the date – more information to follow

Generations Working Together National Conference and Awards 2017 Wednesday 8th March, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA (£30)

The conference will include speakers and facilitators from across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Spain. GWT will also present the 2017 Recognition Awards which celebrate and recognise outstanding talent, commitment and inspirational involvement of workers, volunteers and groups who promote Intergenerational activities. This year there are five categories:

  1. New Intergenerational Project (Less than 12months)
  2. Established Intergenerational Project (Greater than 1 year)
  3. Outstanding volunteer contributing to intergenerational work
  4. Building successful partnerships through intergenerational work
  5. Yvonne Coull Local Network Coordinators Award

Application form and guidelines are now available and must be completed and returned by Wednesday 25th January 2017.

SCoD “Connect & Capitalise” Conference Thursday, 9th March, in Double Tree by Hilton, Glasgow.

This year’s Scottish Council on Deafness conference title “Connect and Capitalise” means that they are building on the connections and partnerships that have been made over the last three years. Speakers: Yvonne Strachan, Scottish Government; Martyn Evans, Carnegie UK Trust.

The Economics of Friendships Thursday 16th March, 09:15 – 15:30 GMT Drygate Brewery, 85 Drygate Glasgow G4 0UT

Organised by WEvolution ‘The Economics of Friendships‘ is a national gathering for opinion makers and organisational leaders to explore and understand a growing movement of people bringing change, pride and enterprise into their lives and our least understood communities.  Self-Reliant Groups (SRGs) are spreading a kind of chaos around them. They are profound yet simple human endeavours that challenge mind-sets which often view people through the lens of ‘weak and vulnerable’ rather than as ‘surprising and productive’.

CLD Standards Council Annual Conference Wednesday 29th March, Double Tree by Hilton, Glasgow

Further information to follow in January.


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