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Community Development Alliance Scotland

February 2016



Sanctuary, Solidarity and Social Capital

Places are still available at the seminar on supporting refugees through community development, being held Tuesday 22 March 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm in Renfield St Stephens Centre, 260 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JP. Book here.


Fund to tackle loneliness and isolation

A new Scottish Government fund of £300,000 has been established to help local projects to tackle loneliness and isolation. The Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund is designed to have a preventative impact on people from vulnerable groups who are isolated and lonely. A further £248,000 will be allocated to existing projects such as Age Scotland Community Grants Programme, Befriending Networks and Meal Makers, which encourages people to make an extra meal for a local older person who may need company while they eat.

Strengthening community justice

A Bill to strengthen the community justice system in Scotland has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Community Justice (Scotland) Bill lays the groundwork for a new decentralised model which supports increased use of community sentences, a reduction in the use of short prison sentences and improved prospects for people who have offended returning to their communities. It gives responsibility for planning and monitoring community justice services to local partners, and creates a national body to provide leadership.

Employability Support – Publication of Analysis

The Scottish Government has published an analysis of the responses to their consultation on the future of Employability Support. They note that the majority of respondents are in favour of making significant changes to current employability programmes. They have identified six key messages from the responses. The ‘Scottish Approach’ to employability support should….

  • Provide a flexible, tailored, ‘whole person’ approach
  • Be designed and delivered in partnership
  • Drive towards real jobs

The devolved replacement programmes should

  • Be designed nationally but adapted and delivered locally
  • Use contracts that combine payment by job outcomes and progression towards work
  • Have a separate employability programme for those with high needs.

Integration Update

The last six Integration Authorities (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Glasgow City, Moray, Orkney and Scottish Borders) were formally established on 6th February 2016. The Health and Social Care Alliance provides a spreadsheet with up-to-date information about integration arrangements across Scotland.

Year of Young People

2018 will be the Year of Young People, which will celebrate young Scots locally, nationally and globally. A steering group of children and young people, supported by Children in Scotland, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot, will be engaging with young people to develop and deliver recommendations on what shape the year should take. Please register to attend a Discussion Day or be kept up-to-date by adding your details to the newsletter mailing list.

OSCR to target its activities

Releasing the responses from its biggest ever consultation, Charity Regulator OSCR has announced that it will focus its resources more closely on areas that require its attention, with a new focus on protecting charity assets and reputations. From 1 April, they will increase the information made available on the Scottish Charity Register, by starting to publish annual reports and accounts for larger income charities and charities that are SCIOs. The annual return form completed by all charities will have changes in the type of information requested, but reporting requirements for smaller charities will be kept to a minimum. A new ‘notifiable events’ procedure will see charities required to alert OSCR to matters such as fraud, allegations of abuse, investigation by other agencies such as HMRC or the Police, or substantial donations from an unknown source where these occur, or to confirm that they have not.

Review proposes new public health strategy

A new public health strategy will be drawn up to help to focus efforts to make Scotland a healthier place. The new strategy is one of the recommendations from the public health review, commissioned by the Scottish Government. The strategy will set national priorities, and help to coordinate the contributions of public health professionals and the wider public health workforce working across the NHS and other sectors.

Although it makes no specific recommendations in this area, the review contains some general statements on community-based approaches, such as:

“Stakeholders have highlighted … that partnerships could be improved and strengthened if they engaged more effectively with communities. Strengthening asset – based approaches in working with communities was felt to be a valuable way of focussing on capacities and capabilities, rather than on need and deprivation. Community empowerment and co – production present a major opportunity for public health, not least in terms of building resilient communities”

The sole third sector member of the review group, Grant Sugden of Waverley Care reflects on the findings in a blog and identifies collective responsibility and partnership as defining factors of public health.

Strengthening Communities funding for local organisations

The Scottish Government has detailed 40 organisations which will continue to receive Strengthening Communities Programme funding over the next year. The government have added an additional £500,000 to the fund, now at £2.5 million. The fund aims to support community organisations to become more self-sustaining by generating income through disused buildings, community transport and other social enterprise initiatives.

Global Community Development Exchange

The International Association for Community Development plans to establish a Global Community Development Exchange. GCDEX will be an on-lineplace’, where community development teachers, practitioners and learners can share their teaching and learning approaches, tools and resources. In partnership with the (USA) Community Development Society and Unitec University in Auckland, New Zealand, they plan to develop a free, open source system with low bandwidth to make it accessible to developing states.

A Scotland without poverty

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published its manifesto briefing for a prosperous and poverty free Scotland.

Read, Write, Count campaign

Scottish Government, Education Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust are working together on the Read, Write, Count national campaign. The campaign is aimed at encouraging and supporting parents to get involved with their child’s learning outside of school, with the aim of raising attainment of all children in P1 to P3 and narrowing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged. A website has been created at www.readwritecount.scot which offers parents easy and fun ideas for how to incorporate literacy and numeracy activities in to their everyday lives.

Everyday Lives

The Carnegie UK Trust has launched a new partnership project with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The project will explore the value of everyday relationships and the extent to which they are necessary pre-requisites for other types of community activity, such as volunteering and civic engagement. Following an evidence review, the project will explore and experiment with practical mechanisms for supporting and sustaining everyday relationships. For further information please contact Carnegie Associate Zoe Ferguson.


Scottish Community Councils website relaunched The website set up to support and promote Scotland’s community councils has been relaunched. www.communitycouncils.scot is an improved site for community councillors and people interested in community council work to find up-to-date information and advice.

More Communities at the Centre In its latest case study publication (5Mb), CHEX presents in-depth information from five organisations in its network on how community-led health benefits communities. They have also mapped the activity of each organisation onto the Community-led Health Logic Model.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act CHEX Briefing This new CHEX briefing highlights some of the main opportunities and implications that the Act is likely to create for community-led health organisations.  In summary, these include:

  • Improved partnership working between community-led health organisations and statutory partners.
  • Increased ability of community-led health organisations to influence, and contribute to, both the decision making by public authorities and the design and delivery of public services.
  • More options when it comes to taking control of local land and buildings.

Event report: Community Assets A report is available from a Holyrood policy event exploring some of the practicalities of implementing the community assets section of the Community Empowerment Act.

Citizen Science Guide Citizen science involves the gathering, recording and analysis of scientific data by members of the public. It provides them with opportunities to learn new skills, to discover the world around them, to engage with the scientific community and to find out how science impacts on their lives and on society. This downloadable guide from Education Scotland explains more about citizen science and how to embed it within learning across different curriculum areas.

Community food hubs? In a short article Nourish Scotland’s Executive Director, Pete Ritchie asks “what can a community development approach bring to tackling big food issues? “ and suggests that current “lively but often quite isolated activity” could “develop into a national network of community food ‘hubs’”.

Social Enterprise Shopping Social Investment Scotland have made their ethical and social enterprise shopping site a permanent feature (not just for Christmas, as in the past).

Extending MyParkScotland Following the successful development and piloting of MyParkScotland in Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is now looking to extend to other areas, with support from NHS Health Scotland. MyParkScotland provides a fully searchable park listing and events portal, and a crowdfunding platform specifically for parks and greenspace. Want to see MyParkScotland in your area? Get in touch

Community Development at Keep Scotland Beautiful Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Community Development Team works with a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations across Scotland. Activities range from projects encouraging biodiversity, to promoting sustainable food growing and care of gardens. Information, advice and resources about all the community projects can now be accessed at one site.

Play Out of Hours This toolkit is designed to provide information for school communities and their partners to assess the feasibility of making school grounds available for children’s play out of teaching hours. It provides practical, step-by-step tools and templates for undertaking work linked to the opening of school grounds for playing out of teaching hours.

Co-production – Making it happen On 8th December members of the Scottish Co-production Network came together to hear about some of the tools, resources and techniques which support co-production. This report acts as an overview of the day, as well as detailing some of tools and techniques highlighted in the workshops.

Are the Highlands and Lowlands really so different? The Scottish Community Alliance reproduces an article from New Start Magazine summarising the work of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which notes that “Community development has become a central component of Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s strategic approach.” SCA comments “The stark contrast between Scotland’s two key economic development agencies – Scottish Enterprise and HIE – is one of the great mysteries of our time. HIE … are credited with transforming the fortunes of their region. Central to their approach has been an understanding that economic development is not an isolated discipline and that social, cultural and community development are all interlinked. For some reason SE have consistently dismissed these ideas out of hand. Why?”

Public Libraries have untapped potential to improve wellbeing The Carnegie UK Trust has launched four new databases with examples of the many activities that libraries are delivering which demonstrate the impact they can have in social, economic, education and culture policy.

‘We’re Here Too’ Outside the Box and Scottish Care organised a series of ‘We’re Here Too’ events to bring together people who want to see more opportunities for older people to be able to participate in the issues that interest them. They have put together a report which includes some of the actions and impacts people told them about.

Place-keeping partnerships handbook The Partnerships Handbook – A Guide to Good Place-Keeping provides guidance and a checklist for good partnerships for individuals and groups involved in green and open space management, based on research by the University of Sheffield.

UNESCO Clearinghouse on Education for Sustainable Development UNESCO has released a Clearinghouse on Education for Sustainable Development containing information, news, events, good practices and links around the Global Action Programme on ESD. It comes with a comprehensive Resource Bank, gathering hundreds of ESD publications, videos, photos and other documents from all over the world.

One digital project Leaders and trustees from the third sector are being invited by SCVO to join the Big Lottery funded One Digital project. In doing so, you’ll be at the cutting edge of digital progress in Scotland. Have a look at these ten reasons to sign up.

Toolkit to improve data protection compliance A self-assessment toolkit that will help small and medium sized organisations to evaluate and improve their compliance with the Data Protection Act has been launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Resources for small charities Third sector think tank NPC offers a range of free resources for small charities:

NPC has also produced short briefings on key aspects of impact measurement. They cover impact reporting, collecting impact data, and measuring the impact of campaigns.

Listen and learn: How charities can use qualitative research’ is a new, more in-depth report, which encourages charities to think about how they can collect and use qualitative data to improve their work.

Measuring Mental Well Being  An updated version of the widely used Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) user guide has been published. The report is available from the NHS Health Scotland Measuring Mental Wellbeing webpage.

Path to Impact ACOSVO (Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations) and their Northern Irish counterparts are launching a new project, focused on assessing and strengthening the capacity of Third Sector Organisations in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Path to Impact, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, will use an existing American online diagnostic health check tool, called the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), to allow organisations to analyse where they stand in relation to four core capacity areas:

  • Adaptive capacity
  • Leadership capacity
  • Management capacity
  • Technical capacity

50 organisations in Scotland and 50 in Northern Ireland will be able to access this free support. At this point organisations can register their interest. There is an Information workshop in Edinburgh: 1 March 2016

Strength Checker Alternatively, a new online tool, the VCSE Strength Checker, supported by the Big Lottery Fund will “produce a personalised report highlighting an organisation’s key strengths and areas to help them become more effective, including sustainability, marketing, strategy and planning, track record, quality and impact.” It is expected that the tool will be predominantly used by small-to-medium organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Online map of multiple deprivation This map from University College London compiles data for small areas across the UK from showing deprivation levels from the 2012 SIMD index (as well as the version for England and Wales) and also the ‘Area Classification of Output Areas’ (e.g. ‘suburbanites’, ‘multicultural metropolitans’).


Social and economic value of youth work A Hall Aitken report highlighting the value of Youth Work in Scotland has been published for YouthLink Scotland (Full report) (Summary). Based on an extensive review of published research and some new survey work, they were able confirm that Youth Work in Scotland delivers at least £7 in value for every £1 of public spend. Perhaps more significantly youth work has made a significant difference to the lives of 1 in 10 adults.

Digital Tools and Participatory Budgeting in Scotland The Scottish Government commissioned the Democratic Society (Demsoc) to research the use of digital tools to support Participatory Budgeting (PB). A report, drawn from Demsoc’s own research, workshops and discussions with 18 councils currently working on PB around Scotland is now available. The most suitable tools for Scottish councils to use are:

  • Dialogue, which is most suitable for idea generation, discussion and prioritisation of ideas and projects
  • Your Priorities, which is most suitable for idea generation, discussion and prioritisation of ideas and projects
  • Open Active Voting, which is most suitable for allocating funding to projects:
  • Participare, which is most suitable for idea generation, discussion of ideas and voting to allocate funding to projects.
  • Democracy21, which is most suitable for voting to allocate funding to projects.
  • Zilino, which is most suitable for co-production of ideas and in-depth deliberation and discussion of ideas to receive funding.

Volunteering has positive impact on health and wellbeing Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation (an EU sponsored research collaboration between 11 European institutions led by the University of Heidelberg) has analysed over 800,000 responses to different surveys to inform its report, ‘Welfare impacts of participation‘ and find that volunteering does have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Poverty and ethnicity: key messages for Scotland This Joseph Rowntree Foundation publication looks at the links between poverty and ethnicity with a focus on how this affects Scotland.

Developing the Young Workforce – Annual Report In December 2014 the Scottish Government published the Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy. The first annual report sets out progress in year one.

Mapping flood disadvantage New research, ‘Mapping Flood Disadvantage in Scotland 2015’, has been published by the Scottish Government. The research identifies and maps the neighbourhoods in Scotland that are most socially and spatially vulnerable to potential flooding. The report recommends that local authorities work closely with third sector organisations to help communities to cope with flood risk and with flooding events.


Agenda 2030 – From the past towards the future we want Wednesday, 24 February, 12:15 to 13:45, Sir Charles Wilson Building Lecture Theatre, 1 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ

A Seminar of the Centre for Research & Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL), hosted by Heribert Hinzen. Global policies on education and lifelong learning influence regional, national and local policies.  A very important milestone in developing a global education agenda was the World Education Forum in 2000 in Dakar, and the agreed Framework for Action on Education for All.

Scenario Planning Workshop Monday, 29 February, 10:00 to 16:00, The Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and the James Hutton Institute invite you to a training and discussion session where you will learn skills on Scenario Planning that may assist your community in preparing for climate change and other future challenges. This will draw on their experience as partners in a project in Malawi called “MAJI” (More Action for Just Initiatives for Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Africa).

Generations Working Together Annual Conference 2nd March, 10:00am–4:00pm, Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde,99 George St, Glasgow, G1 1RD (Free)

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Scottish Community Reinvestment Trust Wednesday, 2nd March, 10.30 – 12.30, Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick St, Glasgow

SCRT is holding its first AGM. If you’d like to come along and hear about SCRT’s first year of operation and its plans for the year ahead, email info@scrt.scot

Welfare reform: ensuring a fairer healthier society Wednesday 2nd March,   Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ

This NHS Health Scotland event will:

  • Illustrate what we are doing in Scotland to mitigate the impact of austerity, and welfare benefits reform on public health and health inequalities, including the limitations we face and the opportunities we have with further devolved powers.
  • Highlight best practice in mitigating the impact of austerity and welfare benefits reform on public health and health inequalities.
  • Identify a UK-wide network to maintain dialogue and collaboration on public health, health inequalities and austerity

Speakers include Alex Neil MSP and Professor Sir Michael Marmot President elect of the World Medical Association and Director of the Institute of Health Equity .

Innovative approaches to fundraising for parks and greenspace projects Thursday 3 March, 10.00am to 3.30pm, Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh

The event will bring together partners from local authorities, greenspace and community sectors, funders and fundraising experts to share experience and learning from MyParkScotland and other approaches to raising funds for parks and greenspace projects. There is no charge for attendance but places are limited so please go to https://parkfunding.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place.

Senscot AGM, 4th March, 10.30 – 1.30pm, Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh.

Prior to the AGM there will be a discussion session looking at “the implications – challenges, opportunities and risks – for social enterprise and the third sector in playing an increasing role in public service delivery” – keynote speaker, Barry Knight from Centris – the Centre for Research and Innovation in Social Policy Ltd.

Social Media for Social Good 17th March

A Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sectorand Third Sector Lab event to help you get the most from Social Media.  Bookings Details Featuring guest speakers:-

  • Stewart Kirkpatrick – Head of Scotland at 38 Degrees – ‘People. Power. Change: Running effective online campaigns that result in action’
  • Ian Welsh OBE, Health and Social Care Alliance – ‘Social CEO:  How leadership is key to your digital strategy’Book online via Eventbrite or you can find out more in the workshop programme flyer.

Shaping the Future: Where now for Youth and Community Work? 11th March, 9.45 – 4.30, St Andrew’s Building, University of Glasgow, 11 Eldon Street, G3 6NH1. £10.00 for students and voluntary workers 2. £15.00 for Members of the Association 3. £25.00 for all other attendees

Part of a UK and Ireland consultation by the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work on the future shape of Youth and Community Work education, practice and sector development. The purpose of these events is to facilitate a UK and Ireland wide discussion on the direction of travel in youth and community work education, practice and service delivery with a view to collating evidence. This will be used to talk with policy makers, to publicise the role of the sector and support a new generation of professionally informed youth and community workers. for supporting developments in and across the sector. Bookings

Meeting about community work in England – looking to the future 7 April, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham

Many of the organisations that have supported and promoted community development in England have closed in recent years including CDX in 2012 and more recently, from March 2016 the Community Development Foundation.  This has led to lots of discussion and on line debate about what is left in England, and questions about the future for community development practice, networking, and learning.  This event is an opportunity for all those involved, or with an interest in, community work to share the context of their work, their aspirations and ideas about future of work with communities.

Housing and Homelessness: Where now for service user involvement? Wednesday 20th April, 10am – 3pm, St Paul’s & St George’s Church, Edinburgh

The involvement of people who have lived experience of homelessness or bad housing is really beginning to influence the development of both practice and policy. The Scottish Co-production Network, the Scottish Homelessness Involvement and Empowerment Network and Shelter Scotland wish to invite you to a learning event to explore how we can build on current best practice in exploring new ways to develop meaningful service user involvement & co-production. Register your interest now


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