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Welcome to SCCAN's May Newsletter
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Policy Consultation Season

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network are exploring how we can make the voices of community groups taking action on climate change heard in Scottish Government. Part of this is to make policy consultations accessible. At the moment these consultations are open:
Scottish Energy Strategy (closes 30 May)

Alongside this these more specific consultations are open:
Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (closes 30 May)
Draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement (closes 30 May)
Unconventional Oil and Gas (closes 31 May)

We continuously update our policy consultation page, and share examples and suggestions for what to write in the consultations.

If you have any submissions you would like to share or want more information/guidance get in touch!
 

SCCAN Training Events

Getting our Act Together: free training on the Community Empowerment Act
June 22nd 1.30-4.30pm, Glasgow

SCCAN is teaming up with the Scottish Community Development Centre to bring you training on all you need to know about the Community Empowerment Act, and how it affects you. 

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 aims to empower community bodies by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them. 

In this training you will:

  • Learn about the Act and related policy developments. 
  • Explore the opportunities and challenges it presents for communities and support bodies.
  • Learn about new processes for participation requests and community planning.

A light lunch will be provided on arrival.

This is a free training, but it is necessary to you register in advance.

 

Telling your story with social media
June 26th 11am - 2.30pm, Kirkcaldy

Come along to our next training session and learn a wide range of tools to boost your group's impact and presence online, and share the stories you have been creating through all your work. 

We are delighted to be joined by Third Sector Lab, who will take you through tips and strategies for widening the reach of your organisation and help you focus on who your audiences are, and how best to communicate your messages. It promises to be an interesting and extremely useful day - demystifying any fear or uncertainty you may have around social media! 

A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Register here

Keep Scotland Beautiful Capacity Building Trainings

The CCF Starter Toolkit series has been a huge success with 43 participants attending from projects all over the country. For those of you who missed it there will be another opportunity on June 8th in Stirling - everything you need to know to get your project off to a successful start. 
 
KSB have teamed up with Zero Waste Scotland again this year to offer cascade training to help you to engage more effectively with your communities on food waste reduction, reuse and repair. Love Food Hate Waste events are Edinburgh 21st JuneGlasgow 23rd June and Inverness 29th June and Reuse/Repair and Love Your Clothes events in Glasgow 27th JuneEdinburgh 5th July and Inverness 13thJuly.

Make a food living with Nourish Scotland

APPLY NOW - Nourish Scotland’s Making a Living from Local Food
Are you passionate about tasty, nutritious, locally and sustainably produced food?  Are you in the process of setting up a local food enterprise or have just started one?
For the second year running, Nourish Scotland’s Making a Living from Local Food programme is offering mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to 15-20 aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland. The programme runs for 7 months from June to  December 2017. The application deadline is Wednesday 31st May.  Apply here.

Invitation: Empowering our Communities: a pop-up day of advice, inspiration and connection

Scotland now has 'Community Empowerment' Legislation, growing co-production and participatory budgeting, and communities have shown the difference that community ownership of assets can make for making local places better.

 

However, many of us who are working hard to change things locally can feel cut off from sources of support and connections that could help.

This is an invitation to a day of advice, inspiration and connection for people who have practical advice to offer, people who are starting off and eager to connect to support - and anyone in between. 

The day will be hosted by the Ingage team in Scottish Government in partnership with national community support organisations. 

  • Mon, 26th June, 9.30am Registration (10am start) - 4pm
  • Venue: The Principal, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB (including lunch)
  • Register your place here.

Funding news

The Postcode Local Trust has grants from £500 - £20,000 for projects that support wildlife areas, sustainability initiatives and citizenship programmes.  Expressions of Interest are invited between 1st and 18th August - see here for more info.

Tesco Bags of Help – Plan your Autumn and Winter Project Funding Now!

Spring has just sprung but it’s a good time to submit your application for community activities or projects you’d like to happen in Autumn and Winter 2017. Bags of Help is now funding a huge variety of projects that bring benefits to your local community. Every two months in Scotland they will be awarding 225 projects a share of over half a million pounds.
  • ï‚· Projects can be outdoor or indoor improvements, activities and equipment purchases
  • ï‚· Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000
  • ï‚· Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply
Information on how to apply here Need help with your application? Please contact our friendly team of Scottish enablers – find their contact details here. You can also pop into your local Tesco Extra or Superstore and get some info from the Community Champion.

ECOLISE network news

SCCAN is a member of ECOLISE - European Community-led Initiatives for a Sustainable Europe. Interested to hear what people are doing across Europe? You can read their latest newsletter here.

They have also recently published 'Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation', the first book produced by Transition Research Network, and the second in the ECOLISE book series Community-Led Transformations.

The book is an anthology of community action-related chapters - empirical, theoretical, analytical, and from both researchers and practitioners - that mostly originated in and around the Resilience 2014 Conference in Montpellier, France. It is a powerful collection, blending a range of insights and perspectives that collectively reshape community resilience as a dynamic and creative field, emergent at the interface of research and practice.

Print copies are available from Green Shopping. If ordering from Green Shopping, you can enter the code GS-RESILIENCE-13 on checkout for a 30% discount on the sale price.

To get a taste for it, check out these interviews with some of the contributors: Tom Henfrey,  Juan del Rio,  Cheryl Lyon, and Justin Kenrick, with more to come.

Do you want to work with Consortia Scotland (third sector procurement hub)?

Consortia Scotland is a partnership between Senscot, Social Firms Scotland (SFS), the Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) and Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS). It will build on the existing work of the Partnership & Procurement Support Service (managed since 2015 by Senscot and SFS).

Consortia Scotland is resourced via the Scottish Government’s ‘Building a Sustainable Social Enterprise Sector in Scotland - Action Plan 2017-2020’. The core team will include a Manager, 2 x Development Workers and 1x Support officer.

Consortia Scotland will provide support to social enterprises and other third sector organisations looking to form partnerships and consortia in their efforts to access more of the investment currently being driven through the public procurement market. The majority of hese organisations will be small and locally based.

What will the Consortia Scotland support involve?
We will work with the sector to deliver the following programme:
ï‚· Awareness raising – an ongoing programme of engagement, events, surgeries and promotion on the benefits of partnership and consortia working.
ï‚· Consortia Scotland Vault – a series of online tools that will include templates on best practice; tender ready documents; key learning points and checklist of mandatory documents.
ï‚· Partnership/Consortia Development – working with individual organisations and groups of organisations to increase their ‘readiness’ to bid for public sector contracts. Organisations will be actively supported during all stages in the development of effective partnerships and consortia.
ï‚· Tendering support service – technical knowledge, resources and practical skills required to tender for public sector contracts.

For further details, contact:

Yvonne McBride, Consortia Scotland Manager
yvonne@senscot.net
Tel:0141 332 8084 M:07591 200 357

Upcoming events

Food and the Environment: How What We Eat Impacts the Planet
May 30th, 12.30 - 2.30pm
University of Edinburgh, Room F21, 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ 

Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRiED) and RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Food Coalition, are hosting a talk and open discussion on Food and the Environment: How what we eat impacts the planet.

We are delighted to be able to welcome Professor Tim Benton to give a talk on the impacts of our food system on the environment.

Register here to book your place.

Conference: At the Sharp End: CCHAs working with local people to tackle poverty and improve communities
June 16th 9.15am - 3.30 pm 
Cadder Community Centre, Glasgow
 
A regeneration conference organised by community controlled housing associations (GWSF). They've pulled together a really good programme and it's always a positive event - plus its free for you to attend! 

For more information and to register contact Eleanor

Getting our Act Together: free training on the Community Empowerment Act
June 22nd 1.30-4.30pm,
Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC), Suite 305, Baltic Chambers, Wellington Street, Glasgow, G2 6HJ

SCCAN is teaming up with the Scottish Community Development Centre to bring you training on all you need to know about the Community Empowerment Act, and how it affects you. 

In this training you will:

  • Learn about the Act and related policy developments. 
  • Explore the opportunities and challenges it presents for communities and support bodies.
  • Learn about new processes for participation requests and community planning.

A light lunch will be provided on arrival.

This is a free training, but it is necessary to you register in advance.

KSB Capacity Building Events
KSB have teamed up with Zero Waste Scotland again this year to offer cascade training to help you to engage more effectively with your communities on food waste reduction, reuse and repair. Love Food Hate Waste events are Edinburgh 21st JuneGlasgow 23rd June and Inverness 29th June and Reuse/Repair and Love Your Clothes events in Glasgow 27th JuneEdinburgh 5th July and Inverness 13thJuly.
We regularly update our facebook page and twitter with the latest news and events, make sure you are following us!
European Climate Change Adaptation Conference
June 5th-9th
SECC, Glasgow


The theme of ECCA 2017 is ‘Our Climate Ready Future’. Our vision is that this conference will inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We are bringing together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with leading researchers and policymakers.

Programme
More information and registration
"Demain / Tomorrow" Screening
June 20th
Edinburgh

Transition Edinburgh are showing this iconic French documentary that has given rise to awareness of the importance of community groups in achieving systemic change across Europe. More details to follow on http://www.transitionedinburgh.org.uk 
Telling your story with Social Media
June 26th 11am - 2.30pm
St Bryce Kirk, Saint Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ET

Learn a wide range of tools to boost your group's impact and presence online, and share the stories you have been creating through all your work. 

We are delighted to be joined by Third Sector Lab, who will take you through tips and strategies for widening the reach of your organisation and help you focus on who your audiences are, and how best to communicate your messages. It promises to be an interesting and extremely useful day - demystifying any fear or uncertainty you may have around social media! 

A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Register here
Empowering our Communities: a pop-up day of advice, inspiration and connection
June 26th, 9.30am Registration (10am start) - 4pm (including lunch)
The Principal, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB 
 
The purpose of this event is to offer people
- practical advice from others who have been there before;
- connections to support networks and related opportunities you might not have heard about/seen; and
- space for powerful conversations about where next with ‘empowerment’ and ‘co-production’.
How Will It Work?
This is a ‘pop-up’ event offering a diverse range of workshops and conversations through the day.
It is being co-hosted by the Ingage team in Scottish Government and colleagues from diverse networks supporting empowerment work. If you’d like to join the planning session (May 25th, Melting Pot Edinburgh 11.30-1pm) you’re welcome - drop an email to ingage@gov.scot

Register here 
 

Invitation to contribute to our next newsletter

Do you have a project, event, or story that you would like to share here? Please email us on info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk with your text and image before June 19th
Thank you for reading our newsletter from the SCCAN steering group!
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