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Scottish Communities CAN national gathering and AGM, What we’ve been up to, Get involved!
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network

Our National Gathering and AGM

Wed 6th March 2013 10am til 4pm, at Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network is a new ‘community of communities’ for groups taking local action on climate change. We provide mutual support, networking, and a shared voice for our sector; and we work to tackle the barriers that community groups taking action on climate change face.

Come along to our first national gathering and AGM, to hear inspiring speakers, take part in great workshops, and learn more about our work and how you might get involved. There’s no need to be a Scottish Communities CAN member (but of course we’d love you to join). For more information or to book your free place go to www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk/come-along-to-the-first-scottish-communities-can-national-gathering-and-agm/ . 

Our keynote speaker is writer and broadcaster Alf Young. Alf's recent book is The New Road: charting Scotland's inspirational communities and he'll be sharing stories and learning from his travels to community projects around Scotland. The day will also include 
  • Workshops on a range of topics – working with local authorities, new funding opportunities, the Green Deal, local food projects, and more
  • Speakers from exciting community projects
  • A tasty organic lunch
  • A chance to meet folk from other community groups and share stories
  • Our AGM - your chance to take part in the next phase of Scottish Communities CAN and join the Steering Group

What we’ve been up to

If you’ve visited the website lately, you might have noticed that we’ve been busy!
 
How can community groups and local authorities work better together? We're working with consultants Cambium Advocacy on a research project to find out what our members’ experience of working with their local authority has been.  Thanks to everyone who responded to their survey last month, which got Cambium off to a great start. They are now following up some of those groups with a phone interview, and talking to local authorities to get their take. Cambium are running a workshop at our National Gathering to present their findings and get your feedback. 
 
Helping communities find appropriate funding. Our second research project is to develop a funding "route map" for communities. More than a list of grant funders (we have that already!) this is to help you think about what kind of funding is appropriate for you - forming a social enterprise, entering a Service Level Agreement, generating income through renewables, etc. We're working with Alan Caldwell Associates on this, and the route map will be available in the spring. 
 
How are Energy Saving Trust’s services supporting our communities? Energy Saving Trust has invited us to give feedback on how well its support for communities, through the Energy Saving scotland advice centres, is working. We want to hear what your experience has been, and to feed back your suggestions on how this could be more effective. This project will kick off at our National Gathering, with a 'focus group' - so if you have feedback to share, please sign up for that session.
 
Finding opportunities to work with other sectors. We know it can be difficult knowing how to start dialogue with businesses and organisations that are structured differently to our groups. We've been getting involved with Scotland’s 2020 group to  explore ideas for collaborative projects with corporate sector partners. We're planning a workshop session on this at the National Gathering (of course!). 

For more information on all of these projects, see http://www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk/what-we-do/ . We're looking for more volunteers to get involved - if you're interested just email social@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk . 

Keep in touch - join us online

Are you following us on Twitter? We've got 90 followers already! @ScotCCAN. We've now got a Facebook discussion group too, for members to share learning and stories, or useful information.  You can join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/scottishcommunitiescan/

Get involved!

Scottish Communities CAN is a community of communities. To flourish it needs every member of the community to take a role, to share experience and skills, to nurture it to become what we hope it to be. It needs visionary leadership, clear and stimulating communication, and a sense of humour. If you know, or are, someone who can offer these, Scottish Communities CAN needs you!

The ‘business’ of Scottish Communities CAN’s first AGM is to share the responsibility among willing souls who are trusted by the Membership. Please nominate yourself, or another Scottish Communities CAN member who you think is ideal.

We look forward to meeting with you in Glasgow on 6th March –
The Scottish Communities CAN Steering group: Suzy, Phillip, Pat, Beltus, Colin, Emma, Helen, Jo, Lilian, Lucy, and Sitar.
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