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Community Development Alliance Scotland

March 2016

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Rather a lot of policy announcements this month – no doubt because the Scottish Government and public agencies are entering the election period, when further announcements are severely restricted.

CDAS NEWS

Looking to our Future

The CDAS Management Group recently commissioned a short Strategic Review of our activities by Alastair Grimes Consulting. Alistair and his colleague Nick Hopkins talked to a range of members, funders and stakeholders. They reported, amongst other things, that:

  • The policy environment for CDAS is one which has a number of optimistic features … Community development is seen as a crucial feature of this empowerment process and in terms of the wider commitment to democratic renewal and equalities.
  • CDAS is seen to occupy a clearly defined space in community development, distinct from other organisations in the field
  • It is well regarded by its current (and future) funders and seen as adding real value as a conduit for views between government and its constituency.
  • It provides a number of valued services, in particular the regular e-bulletin.

They recommended that the current policy emphasis on community empowerment provides an opportunity for community development to position itself closer to the centre of Scottish Government thinking; and that CDAS’ working relationships with a number of key organisations should be strengthened. These and other practical recommendations will now be taken forward by the CDAS Management Group.

Sanctuary, Solidarity and Social Capital

There was a good turnout from around Scotland for our conference on community development and refugees held on 22 March. The presentations by speakers are now available here. Notes from our discussions will be added later.

POLICY AND PRACTICE DEVELOPMENTS

Consultations on Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act guidance and regulations

1: Participation Requests

The Scottish Government has published a consultation on draft regulations for participation requests (PRs) under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The closing date for responses is 15 June 2016.

The Act sets out a new process which will allow a community body to enter into dialogue with public authorities about local issues and services. Where a community body believes it could help to improve an outcome it will be able to request that the public body takes part in a process to improve that outcome.

This consultation seeks views on draft regulations and explains the requirements of the Act.  Public authorities are encouraged to use this information to help develop their procedures. It is expected that final regulations will be laid before the Scottish Parliament in September 2016.

The consultation covers questions such as:

  • whether a standardised form should be required for PRs
  • the ways that public authorities should promote the use of PRs
  • the ways that public authorities should support community participation bodies to make a PR and then to participate in an outcome improvement process
  • what types of communities that may need additional support should be specified in the regulations
  • how long the public authority should have to assess the PR and give notice to the community group. “Is 30 days a reasonable amount of time?”
  • what information the report of the outcome improvement process must contain.

The Scottish Community Development Centre will be supporting the formal consultation by running a parallel consultation process on the detail of the regulations and the content of the statutory guidance. It will be running a series of focus groups followed by an online survey (later in spring) to gather views. To note interest please enter your details and preferences for involvement here , or contact Andrew Paterson: andrew.paterson@scdc.org.uk

2: Community Planning

The Scottish Government has published a consultation on guidance and a draft regulation for the community planning section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. The closing date for responses is 13 June 2016.

The consultation is quite broad-ranging, seeking ‘to provide a renewed vision for community planning’, by building on the new Act, which has put Community Planning Partnerships on a statutory footing for the first time (as opposed to the overall process of Community Planning, which was already required).

The Consultation Paper explains the requirements of the Act and provides pointers to best practice. It outlines the proposed expectations on CPPs, as well as specific detail on:

  • Local Outcomes Improvement Plans (LOIPs) – effectively the successor to Single Outcome Agreements
  • locality plans, which will now be required for some areas within the local authority (not to be confused with the above!)

The online consultation is open to any individual or organisation in Scotland. It seeks your views on:

  • The principles of effective community planning.
  • How Community Planning Partnerships are reviewed in relation to their progress. Should there be a required frequency for doing this?
  • The population sizes of locality planning areas.
  • Equalities issues related to the LOIPs and locality plans.

3. Asset Transfer

The Scottish Government has published a consultation on the Asset Transfer section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. The closing date for responses is 20 June 2016.

The Asset Transfer section of the Act enables community bodies to apply to buy, lease, manage or simply use land and buildings owned by public authorities. The request must be granted unless the public authority has “reasonable grounds” not to.

The online consultation is open to any individual or organisation in Scotland. It seeks your views on:

  • Details on the registers of land which relevant authorities must publish, including what types of land will be exempt.
  • Information that should be available to community organisations as part of the process.
  • The requirements placed upon community organisations who wish to make an Asset Transfer request.
  • The time line of the Asset Transfer request process, and the details of any review which may take place.

This consultation paper also explains the requirements of the Act and provides pointers to best practice. Relevant authorities are encouraged to use this information to develop their procedures, or update existing asset transfer schemes. It is expected that final regulations will be laid before the Scottish Parliament in September 2016.

The Scottish Government has also established a group on ‘Knowledge Hub’ for people to discuss implementation of asset transfer and share their experience and ideas.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act FAQs

The Scottish Government has provided answers to some FAQs about the Act.

Community Empowerment Act and community growing

The Scottish Government has released an analysis of responses to the Allotments Compensation Consultation, and a Research Finding.

A report from Grow Your Own Working Group’s event on the Act includes Q&As on the sections of the Act discussed.

Audit Scotland warnings:

1. Health and social care integration

A lack of national leadership and clear planning is preventing the change needed if health and social care services are to adapt to increasing pressures, according to a report by the Accounts Commission and Audit Scotland. The report highlights some isolated examples of good work but warns that the shift to new models of care is not happening fast enough to meet the growing needs of an ageing population. The Scottish Government has also failed to shift spending from hospitals into community settings.

2. Community Planning

In its latest report on progress with community planning, Audit Scotland sets out a range of actions needed to improve community planning. These include:

The Scottish Government and COSLA should:

  • Set out a clear route map for improving community planning with … steps that will be taken locally and nationally to implement the Statement of Ambition and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 including how the impact of these changes will be assessed
  • Establish arrangements through which good practice within individual CPPs can be identified and shared

The Scottish Government should:

  • Place the views of local communities at the heart of measuring success in public service delivery
  • Work with others to create a climate and culture where local public service leaders feel confident that they have autonomy and authorisation to decide how to respond to the specific needs of their communities

Community planning partnerships should:

  • Target their resources on a larger scale towards their priorities and shift them towards preventative activity
  • Ensure local communities have a strong voice in planning, delivering and assessing local public services
  • Promote and lead local public service reform.

Land Reform Act

Legislation to change how land is used and governed has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act will: create a public register of those with a controlling interest in land, make provisions to force land sales if owners block economic development, set up a Land Commission, improve the right to roam, strengthen ‘common good’ land status and give more rights to tenant farmers. Press reports: Holyrood magazine Financial Times Scottish Legal News

A consultation has been published on proposals for secondary legislation under the new Act relating to the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land (which was initially introduced by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act). This consultation is open until 20 June 2016

Meanwhile the Scottish Government has announced that the Scottish Land Fund to help communities buy land has more than trebled to a £10 million annual fund, will reopen on April 1, and will continue until 2020.

Land use strategy for Scotland

The Scottish Government has set out how to meet the potential for “effective, economic and environmentally sustainable” land use. The revised Land Use Strategy sets out policies and proposals for the next five years and beyond. Getting the best from our land is Scotland’s second land use strategy .

‘Creating a Healthier Scotland’ summary report,

The Scottish Government has published its summary report on the ‘Creating a Healthier Scotland’ ‘conversations’, detailing the key issues that have been raised since the process began in August 2015.  More than 9,000 people attended 240 conversation events. The main themes that came out of the conversation were:

  • The need for a greater focus on preventing illness
  • The importance of mental health and wellbeing
  • The themes of person-centred care, support to self-manage health and the importance of a holistic approach
  • Increased awareness of the full range of social care services and how it benefits different people
  • The need for more accessible and flexible services
  • Recognition of the challenges ahead and the need to set clear priorities for the future.

Here are three videos of the community conversations.

Funding for Participatory Budgeting

The Scottish Government has announced a new £2 million Community Choices Fund which will enable further involvement from community organisations and other public bodies interested in participatory budgeting and build on the 50 projects currently underway.

Funding to tackle food poverty

The Fair Food Fund to help tackle food poverty in communities across Scotland will be doubled in 2016/17 to £1 million, the Scottish Government has announced. The fund aims to ‘tackle food inequalities in a more dignified and sustainable way’ by promoting alternatives to food bank dependency. It will help emergency food providers link with other local providers to deliver services that give people opportunities to access fresh and healthy food, share a meal, or develop new skills. The money will also support FareShare which redistributes surplus food to projects and charities.

Regeneration capital funding

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from a share of £25 million from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund to help regenerate their areas – read about the recommended projects.

£8m Lottery Money to Empower Scotland’s Communities

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland has announced the first grants made under its new five year £250 million funding scheme, designed to support people and communities to overcome challenging circumstances.  Download the full list of awards to twenty-one groups here.

COSLA manifesto for local democracy

In its ‘Manifesto for Stronger Scottish Democracy’ COSLA says the next Scottish Parliament should put local communities more in control. So COSLA is calling on every candidate to commit to delivering five key pledges within the first 100 days of their election:

  • Make Scotland’s public services local, through an immediate review to localise and simplify how all public services are governed and made accountable to communities.
  • Redraw the partnership between local and national government, beginning with a summit to deliver a new framework.
  • Give communities financial choices, by putting local control at the heart of local taxation.
  • Open up Scottish democracy, by joining COSLA in establishing a constitutional convention to design a new approach to accountability.
  • Join up thinking on reform, by focusing the debate on local outcomes not sound bites.

Scottish Community Alliance Vision

Members of the Scottish Community Alliance have launched Local People Leading – A Vision for a Stronger Community Sector. This describes changes that are needed across three interdependent spheres of activity:

  • Local Democracy, including measures to reinvigorate representative and participatory democracy, and put communities at the heart of Scotland’s planning system.
  • Public services, where there needs to be a major shift towards commissioning services more locally, more support for sustainable service delivery through community and co- operative enterprises, and a comprehensive programme of support to facilitate the effective transfer of public assets.
  • The Community Sector , where they call for sustained investment in community anchor organisations, a national community leadership initiative, support for self- organising, mutually supportive community networks, and the rebuilding of a national community development infrastructure. “As a first step, we propose a thorough reappraisal of what communities require in order to build the capacity to meet the challenges that lie ahead. This would involve an audit of all relevant government departments, public bodies and community sector intermediaries to identify where the resource and responsibility for this important task currently resides, and where it would be best located going forward.”

Over the coming weeks, they will publish a series of short papers highlighting the specific contributions that the sector makes across many different areas of Government policy and how that impact could be greater, starting with Transport, Housing and Food.

Making Things Last: A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced Scotland’s first strategy aimed at helping move the country towards a more circular economy. It sets out a range of priorities including actions on reuse, repair, recycling, waste prevention, producer responsibility and design.

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds in a Circular Economy Investment Fund and Service to help community and third sector organisations develop local approaches to tackling resource efficiency and to engage in the development of more local circular economies.

Future employability services

The Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training has made an announcement on future employability services in Scotland. The Scottish Government response to the Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability support consultation has also been published.

New welfare agency for Scotland

The Scottish Government has unveiled plans for a new welfare agency, to deliver the new welfare powers under the Scotland Bill. Scottish ministers say the new department will provide a more compassionate, streamlined service for claimants of the eleven benefits being devolved.

National Clinical Strategy promotes ‘self-management’

The Scottish Government’s new National Clinical Strategy proposes evolution in thinking about, and delivery of, healthcare rather than radical change. According to a blog by Ian Welsh, Director of the Health and Social Care Alliance, “The new strategy uses the right methodology, referring to prevention, collaboration, co-production and use of new technology throughout, and we particularly welcome the commitment to encouraging greater understanding of, and promotion, of self management.”

Developing the Scottish Government’s next Mental Health Strategy

The Scottish Government wants your thoughts on what is important in mental health and what actions to take, to inform policy development work for a new Mental Health Strategy. Please email Lauren Murdoch at the Scottish Government, lauren.murdoch@gov.scot. They expect to publish a new Strategy later this year that they anticipate will run over the next Parliamentary term.

Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy

The Scottish Government has published a Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy. An Outcome Framework evidence paper is available on the NHS Health Scotland website.

Race Equality Framework for Scotland

The Race Equality Framework for Scotland sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to promoting race equality and tackling racism and inequality between 2016 and 2030. It will take a long-term, partnership based approach, working with all sections of society including the Scottish Parliament, public sector bodies and agencies and established networks and forums, voluntary sector equality bodies and communities.

Consultation on the Scottish Government’s International Development Policy

A Consultation has been launched on the Scottish Government’s International Development Policy. The consultation will run until 20 May.

Cal for revival of Scottish Community Action Research Fund

The Scottish Community Action Research Fund (SCARF) ran from 2002-2009 and provided support to community groups to carry out research in their community into issues of concern to them. The Scottish Community Alliance has provided a summary of the experience and says that “given the explosion in community empowerment activity that’s just around the corner”, perhaps it’s time to revive such a fund.

Linking Spatial Planning and Community Planning to achieve better outcomes

The Improvement Service recently held an event to bring together Spatial and Community Planners to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of working more closely together to achieve common outcomes. It recorded very strong support for improving links and identified two key areas for moving forward. These were through:

  • a council structure that enables coordinated information flow and actions and includes links into emerging localities work
  • beginning Community and Development Plans with one joint engagement process.

Grow Your Own Cinema

Grow Your Own Cinema is a new project by Cinema For All and Voluntary Arts Scotland, set up to encourage voluntary arts groups to put on their own film events. They are inviting voluntary arts groups not currently directly involved with film or community cinema, to send expressions of interest in taking part in Grow Your Own Cinema in 2016. Full, free training will be provided.

Winding up the Community Development Foundation

As we have reported, the Community Development Foundation (CDF) in England has decided on a planned closure with the aim of applying its remaining funds to advocate for and influence investment in community development. It has now decided to transfer £500,000 to Local Trust to undertake this work.

Smaller funds and responsibilities are to go to:

Local Trust and other organisations will also lead a ‘legacy project’ to review the past experience and help identify possible futures for community development. The social welfare portal at the British Library has been hosting CDF’s digital and print archive since 2013 and CDF’s website will now be transferred to their digital web archive.

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Community Learning and Development Plans 2015-18 – Planning for change in Scotland’s communities This report (2.9Mb PDF) focuses on the plans published under the CLD Regulations in September 2015. The report aims to describe the variety of activities planned by the range of CLD providers in each local authority area. It considers the distinctive nature of CLD activities and the ways in which these activities contribute to local and national objectives. It explores the role and impact of the proposed CLD provision.

Education Scotland have published the report; several other partners contributed to the analysis: CLD Managers Scotland, CLD Standards Council for Scotland, Learning Link Scotland, Scottish Community Development Centre, Youth Scotland, YouthLink Scotland.

Community engagement: NICE guidelines NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in England has published a new Guideline on “Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities”. This covers community engagement approaches to reduce health inequalities, ensure health and wellbeing initiatives are effective and help local authorities and health bodies meet their statutory obligations. The guideline covers recommendations on:

  • overarching principles of good practice – what makes engagement more effective?
  • developing collaborations and partnerships to encourage alliances between community members and statutory, community and voluntary organisations to meet local needs and priorities
  • involving people in peer and lay roles
  • making community engagement an integral part of health and wellbeing initiatives
  • making it as easy as possible for people to get involved.

Applying for Funding – Know the Benchmark Costs When applying for funding, Big Lottery Fund Scotland are often asked ‘what tips can you give us?’ Helping people/communities is generally the most prominent. Getting value-for-money and applying for the correct costs might be less thought about but is equally as important. This blog gives you the ‘benchmark costs’ for their most popular fund, Awards for All.

In a video of an SCVO Gathering event the Big Lottery Fund This gives information on what’s new, how things have changed, and examples of the approaches they are looking for organisations to adopt.

Welfare Reform Dashboard The Welfare Reform Dashboard has recently been updated. It is a dynamic tool bringing together numerous local authority and data zone level indictors relating to key aspects of welfare reform. The data includes:

  • benefit claimant levels and sanctions
  • local labour market figures
  • Scottish Welfare Fund statistics
  • Discretionary Housing Payments

eLearning modules – helping staff to reduce health inequalities The Learning and Improvement team at NHS Health Scotland have developed two new eLearning modules.

Anti-sectarian resources An updated version of the ‘Beyond a Culture of Two Halves’ resource is available to download from the Action on Sectarianism website. The resource was developed as a bank of materials to help enable those tackling sectarianism to develop a programme they can deliver in their communities. It has now been updated with new activities and a guide to how it fits with Curriculum for Excellence and the Youth Work Outcomes. The resource can be downloaded here.

Xchange Scotland have created an Educational Online Tool to share learning from their Make Sectarianism A History Lesson project to primary and secondary schools, community groups, community practitioners and youth workers.

How to welcome refugees in your community A short blog by Elaine Connelly from Scottish Refugee Council and Ahlam Souidi from Uniting Nations in Scotland.

Evidence for Success: Collaborating with academics This new guide provides practical guidance and resources for third sector organisations to set up effective links with academics. It was produced by the Knowledge Translation Network (KTN), whose members include Evaluation Support Scotland, CHEX,The Robertson Trust, Big Lottery Fund, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), Carnegie UK Trust and the Scottish Government.

A Lasting Difference A Lasting Difference’, a free third sector sustainability toolkit from consultants Wren and Greyhound, gives advice on how to ensure your charity continues to exist well into the future. The toolkit defines sustainability as an organisation or service’s capacity to make a lasting difference and is structured around four capabilities: involvement, income generation, impact measurement and improvement. Each of these is broken down into straightforward indicators.

The Third Sector Partnership Compass The Third Sector Partnership Compass from Evaluation Support Scotland helps you to navigate partnerships.

National Third Sector GIRFEC Project The National Third Sector GIRFEC project, set up to support Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs), Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) and the wider third sector to embed their role in implementing Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), the national approach to improving outcomes by promoting, supporting and safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people, has published its final report.

Engaging business in early years toolkit Business in the Community Scotland has published a new resource helping businesses, their staff, and early years organisations to work together to enhance children’s learning.

Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment guidance The Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA), developed as a policy improvement tool for use by Scottish Government officials, is now available to help ensure children and families’ voices can contribute to policy development.

Discriminatory Advertising: helpful guidance for employers and job applicants The EHRC has published a series of short guides and checklists for individuals to enquire about adverts as well as guidance for those who place and publish adverts.

Community-Based Learning for Sustainable Development Handbook A handbook from the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning identifies principles and policy mechanisms to advance community-based learning for sustainable development. It clarifies the international vision and goals for sustainable development, and education for sustainable development, and identifies the potential contributions of community-based learning centres and organisations.

Litter Pick Plus Toolkit Litter Pick Plus is an innovation in the Clean Up Scotland campaign, which looks at all of the additional factors that link together to make an area clean and green.  By going beyond normal Clean Ups and continuing to look after the area once it has been cleaned, they want to focus on preventing litter in the first place.

Measuring and monitoring food insecurity in Canada Canadian academic, Valerie Tarasuk, delivered a presentation at the recent ‘Food Poverty: Measuring, Monitoring and Making a Difference’ event in Edinburgh, organised jointly by the Rowett Institute and NHS Health Scotland.

RESEARCH AND REPORTS

The Poverty Truth Commission Report 2014-16 The Poverty Truth Commission recently released their latest research #namesnotnumbers looking into different areas of poverty in Scotland.

Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality: Shifting the curve This report from Naomi Eisenstadt, Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, informed by research evidence and views from stakeholders across Scotland, outlines the actions Scottish Government (and others) could take to significantly reduce the numbers of people living in poverty in Scotland.

Community Wealth Building: Harnessing the potential of anchor institutions The Centre for Local Economic Strategies’ work around anchor institutions has led to a realisation that in times of economic uncertainty and austerity there is a host of unrealised potential within anchor institutions in places all across the UK which needs to be harnessed. In CLES 10: Community Wealth Building: Harnessing the potential of anchor institutions they outline ten key steps to realising this potential.

Improving Access to Affordable Credit Gateway to Affordable Credit: Report of the Affordable Credit Working Group from the Carnegie UK Trust outlines how to tackle the ‘credit poverty premium’ and improve access to cheaper, small, short-term loans available for disadvantaged communities across Scotland. The report sets out eighteen recommendations focussed on leadership, partnership, and development and investment.

Capacity and resilience fund report The Community Capacity & Resilience Fund helps frontline grassroots organisations to alleviate the effect of welfare reform on themselves and their communities. This report shares learning based on CCRF interim project reports and SCVO’s experience in managing the fund in order to help shape future welfare reform mitigation programmes.

Values and perceptions Perceptions Matter: The Common Cause UK Values Survey from the Common Cause Foundation, finds that people in the UK value friendship, honesty and justice above image, money and success. The report also found that people were convinced that other people hold these compassionate values to be less important than they really do.

Effects of relocation as a result of regeneration Two new GoWell briefing papers have recently been published.

Briefing paper 26: Relocating or remaining: could the circumstances of area regeneration drive changes in health behaviours? looks at whether circumstances of area regeneration can drive changes in health behaviours.

Briefing paper 25: Attitudes and experiences of relocation looks at residents’ attitudes towards, and experiences of, relocation in the context of transformational regeneration.

Evaluation of Reducing Reoffending Change Fund A team of researchers (from Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities) has evaluated the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund, which aims to provide prolific young male offenders and women offenders with one-to-one support through mentoring schemes, and to promote strong, equal partnership working between third- and public-sector organisations.  They found strong evidence that mentoring helps mentees to learn constructive, non-criminal ways of addressing problems. In combination with a wider system of support, the evidence suggests that this will contribute to a reduction in reoffending in the long term.

Community Payback Order – Scottish Government Summary of Local Authority Annual Reports 2014-15 This document summarises Scottish local authority annual reports on the fourth year of operation of the Community Payback Order. This is a statutory requirement placed on Scottish Ministers by the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities This document reports progress on the second year of implementation of the New Scots refugee integration strategy. It provides an overview of refugee integration issues in 2015, as well as information on progress made on outcomes and actions in each of the themes of the New Scots strategy: dispersed asylum seekers; employability and welfare rights; housing; education; health; and communities and social connections.

Adult Achievement Awards A short presentation by HMI Simon Ross outlines the initial evaluation of the Adult Achievement Award pilots.

Social service workforce report from SSSC The SSSC has published a new report on the social service workforce in Scotland. The first of what will be an annual update, it gives an up to date picture of social service workforce regulation and improvement, and delivers facts and figures helping us spot trends, challenges and opportunities.

EVENTS

Sixth Social Capital World Forum – International Learning Village Friday 8 April, 09:00 to Saturday 9 April 2016 – 16:00, Netherton Community Center, 358 Netherton Road, G13 1AX Glasgow Community Members £150 (bursaries available), Third Sector £250, Public and Private £350

The Social Capital World Forum (SCWF) was launched in Scotland in 2009, to bring together organisations (civil society, NGOs, social enterprises, academic, statutory sector, etc.) working at a regional and national level with social capital as a key resource for enhancing community well-being and resilience.

This year the Forum will run again as a Learning Village, a real life setting that creates a safe space to enable citizens to share their experiences, collaborate with others, be inspired and ultimately inspire others in their community. This event in Glasgow is the first of a series of 3 LVs in collaboration with the cities of Gothenburg in Sweden and Dornbirn in Austria, which will enable both local and international collaboration. To book your place at the event please contact scwf-info@social-capital.net.

State of Rights Workshop Series

  • Glasgow workshop – 13 April
  •  Edinburgh workshop – 14 April
  • Aberdeen workshop – 29 April

Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) is inviting you to attend the ‘State of Children’s Rights’ workshop series. Find out more here.

Why is it important for us to engage with fathers in Scotland? Thursday 28th April, 0900 – 1530, Dalmarnock Hub, Springfield Road, Dalmarnock, Glasgow

The Year of the Dad 2016 aims to raise the status of fathers in the UK. The Violence Reduction Unit recognises the importance of engaging fathers to support long-term violence prevention and the need to increase the understanding of the contribution that fathers make to child development, family and community life. Find out more at http://www.actiononviolence.org.uk/events

Lifelong Learning Platform- European Civil Society for Education 31 May and 1 June, Bratislava, Slovakia

Gathering some 150 experts and practitioners in education from all over Europe, the Annual Conference 2016 “Imagining the learning community of tomorrow!” will be the opportunity to share practices from all over Europe to learn from each other and build creative solutions.

Health Inequalities Research in Scotland: Knowledge Exchange Conference Wednesday 1st June, University of Stirling

A one day conference organised by Voluntary Health Scotland plans to bring together a range of sectors and organisations from across Scotland to discuss research in to the causes, nature and how to tackle health inequalities. Bookings will be opened shortly. Register your interest: email lauren.blair@vhscotland.org.uk

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