News and events from Scottish Communities CAN
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
It’s been a while since our last Newsletter, and there has been a lot going on! Here’s our news:

Community engagement support project

Scottish Communities CAN successfully applied to Scottish Government for funding to run a mentoring support project on community engagement.

We know that some community groups are brilliant at community engagement on climate change, and have a lot of good learning to share. Many of our members are already supporting groups with informal chats and spending time together sharing ideas. It can be daunting starting from scratch on a project, especially if you haven’t got much time to explore and develop your own ideas, so this help can be invaluable.

Our new project is designed to connect the experienced with the less experienced, and provide dedicated mentoring or coaching, with the mentors’ time being funded. We’re recruiting a pool of mentors and coaches to offer support, and we’re still very much open to applications from participant groups who would like to receive support

For more info, and application form, visit . The closing date for applications is 30 November 2014.

Save the date – Scottish Communities CAN Spring Gathering

Tuesday 10 March 2015, Albert Halls, Stirling.

Our annual gathering for members, associate members and anyone taking action on climate change will be held at the Albert Halls in Stirling. It’s a chance for us all to get together to address some of the challenges of engaging with our communities on climate change, sharing learning, and inspiring each other. It includes the formal business of our AGM.

If you’d like to help organise the event, or can suggest a green business that might like to sponsor it, we would love to hear from you: email . We're also looking for ideas for workshops - and for people like you to run workshops! Let us know your ideas, requests, or if you would like to be involved.

Could you spare some time to volunteer with us?

The work of Scottish Communities CAN is done by our volunteer Steering Group and Task Groups, supported by our secretariat (provided by Sitar at Changeworks, and funded by the Scottish Government).

We're looking for more volunteers to help out with things like:
  • keeping active with communications through our Newsletter, Blog, Facebook and Twitter
  • corresponding with new applicant Members and keeping lists up to date
  • planning and organising the Spring Gathering and other events
  • keeping in touch with other organisations like 2020 group, SSN, Transition Scotland, Scottish Communities Alliance, and developing new relationships
  • telling new groups about Scottish Communities CAN at networking events
  • join the Steering Group to help shape the direction of our work
  • our MAJI Climate Justice project – to set up learning exchange between communities in Malawi adapting to climate change and Scottish Communities CAN members
If you’d like to get involved in any of the above, we would love to hear from you: email

Scottish Communities CAN’s Vision of Scotland in 2014

In September 2014, we published this one-page summary of Scottish Communities CAN members’ vision collected from our Gathering in February. Have a look:


We are joined by - Energy Saving Coupar Angus, Leith Community Crops in Pots, Parent Action for Safe Play, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council, Nari Kallyan Shangho, Melness and Tongue Community Development Trust, Hope Amplified, Transition Heriot-Watt University, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Huntly Development Trust. You can check out all the Members and Associates on the map and listings at Our Members.

Introducing… Huntly & District Development Trust

Huntly became the 110th member of Scottish Communities CAN in October 2014. By way of welcome, we invited them to tell us all a bit about themselves: read their post on our blog.

Our blog and Twitter

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We post stories and events from members, associates and other organisations about once a week on our Blog. Followers get an email alert to let you know when there’s a new story or event posted. Pop your email address in the box on the bottom left of the home page and then confirm when you get the email.

Recent highlights from our blog

Harlaw Hydro is go! Inspiration for community energy generation
What’s happening with PEDAL and Greener Leith’s wind turbine project?
Transition Linlithgow’s Peer To Peer Car Club
Could your project use a dose of Eco Drama?
The Himalayan Centre for Arts & Culture launches CCF Project
What do members say about Scottish Communities CAN?

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