SCCAN September Newsletter
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Transition Scotland Gathering

Transition Scotland held their annual gathering on September 10th and 11th. This year it was hosted by Transition Black Isle in the beautiful village of Cromarty. Saturday's Cromarty Community Market provided participants with an excellent learning exchange around how to run community markets, as well as tasty local produce, plants, and crafts. In the afternoon there was an Open Space discussion around different aspects of the question: "How can we, as a national movement, be more effective in facilitating a move to a low-impact lifestyle?". It was followed by a delicious pot-luck dinner and plenty of chat and getting to know each other - probably the most important part of the weekend!

The Sunday was spent walking around Cromarty, giving visitors to the area more understanding for the local community, and provided time for informal brainstorms giving birth to exciting future ideas and projects.

There will be more reports coming from the weekend presently, keep your eye on!

Community Learning Exchange - now with more possibilities

The Scottish Community Alliance led project to encourage community groups to go on learning visits has expanded. Now funding is available for:

Learning Visits – These are opportunities for members of one community project to visit one or several other community projects to get inspiration, know-how, access to first-hand experience, and make valuable contacts.

Learning Journeys – These give the opportunity to invite key decision makers and influencers (MSPs, civil servants, councillors, officers etc) to visit one or more examples of ‘best practice’ to give them an insight into a particular community issue or objective.

On-going support – In depth consultations between organisations. This might be the result of a learning visit when it is recognised that more specific and on-going help, support or advice is required. This can be through face-to-face meetings, Skype, email or phone calls.

The Community Learning Exchange will cover 100% of the costs of a visit up to a limit of £750. Costs may include travel, accommodation (where appropriate), subsistence and a host fee of £300 (up to £500 where the host has multiple visitors).

Click here for more information or contact us to apply

Take One Action Film Festival celebrates the power of community groups

Take One Action Film Festival – the UK’s leading social and environmental justice film festival, celebrating the people and movies that are changing the world – is back in Edinburgh and Glasgow from 14-25 September, for twelve days of the most acclaimed cinema about global social change.

This year it has something extra special in hold, as it opens with the international success story Tomorrow (original French title Demain). It will be shown in Edinburgh on Sep 14th and in Glasgow on Sep 15th.

It is a film with a joyful message of hope for a better, greener and more sustainable future. When contemplating the world our children will inherit, it is easy to become paralysed by the prospect of resource scarcity, species extinction and collapsing ecosystems. For the directors of Tomorrow (actress Mélanie Laurent and environmental activist Cyril Dion) the problems we face are, in the most part, only too well known. What we need are solutions. And many of these solutions are to be found in the grassroots – with “normal” people and community groups, such as those represented by the Transition Town movement.

The film’s motivational and inspirational qualities makes it a must see for anyone involved in taking community action on climate change and other challenges we face – and preferably take all your family and friends along too!

Help Scotland get smarter with smart meters

Smart Energy GB  is a campaign for the national introduction of smart meters. Every household will be offered one by the end of 2020 and it’s a priority to ensure all consumers are able to benefit from smart metering. The campaign has just launched its Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund, a grants programme seeking applications from not-for-profit organisations that can reach groups who may face barriers to getting a smart meter.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available now for groups that work directly with one or more of the priority groups.
Projects or activities must be completed by 31 December 2016.
If you are applying for a small grant, you can apply any time prior to 30 September 2016 for a decision within 4 to 8 weeks.

Click here for more information and to apply


Funding for green careers

There is a new programme for young people aged 15-19 aimed at opening up the idea of a career as an ‘environmental decision maker’ to children as they are making choices about what A’levels/Highers, degree and career choices might be open to them. There are work placements, webinars and seminars, a summer school and the chance to be mentored while running a local project wherever the young person lives. At the end of their two years they’ll have a ‘learning passport’ that will demonstrate all that they did which should be really useful for interviews for university and careers.

More information

Upcoming events

Climate Week 2016
16-23 September
Scottish public bodies raise awareness about climate change by putting on a wide range of events.
Local energy systems in the UK – Taking stock and looking forward.  
22 September 2016. 09:30-17:30. Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
a space for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to come together to take stock of the current state of practice and knowledge, and look forward to the key challenges and opportunities for the future of local energy.

More information
CCF Gathering
4 October
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
(with exhibition running 1-3 October)
To celebrate and showcase projects from around Scotland and to provide opportunities for CCF grant recipients to make new connections to support them in their climate change action. SCCAN will be hosting a workshop on the recent exchanges with community groups in Malawi and will be part of the exhibition
More information
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Sustainable Health Scotland
22 September
Jubilee Conference Centre, Glasgow

Conference addressing the role of sustainable development within Scotland's health services focusing on the shift to a preventative system. SCCAN has free tickets - email us to claim them!
More information
Powering and Empowering People, Communities and Businesses
Sep 28th 9.30 -15.30
Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Home Energy Scotland is organising this free 1 day event to showcase the range of support services available to help householders reduce their energy bills and make their homes more affordable to heat, help organisations support service-users, and businesses save money, improve their environmental performance, and deliver on organisational objectives.
More information
Community Development for Sustainable Development
November 8th 2016, 10:00 to 16:30
(deadline to register Oct 1st)

This free one-day free conference will help you: Better understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals, their message and process; Recognise the contribution community development can make to the achievement of the goals, and what has already been achieved; Consider the implications for practice in your own setting; Participate in the process of shaping national and local plans and programmes, engaging communities with government and other partners
More information and register

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 with your text and image before October 6th


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