SCCAN October Newsletter
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SCCAN Roadshow kicks off with visit to Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group

In September two members of the SCCAN steering committee paid a visit to one of our members, the Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group, as part of a wider engagement project, a kind of a roadshow, to learn more about our members and offer tailored support in the form of a workshop facilitated by us.

We took a train to Perth - thanks to free tickets from Scotrail - and then cycled along National Cycle route 77 to Errol where the group are based. As it was a beautiful day, we ran the 2.5 hr workshop outside, in Fiona's garden (the host).
The workshop involved activities to help us understand the work and aims of the group through learning about the context within they operate- the approaches which have worked and the challenges they have faced along the way. We talked of the bigger picture- of climate change and the responsibility for communities to be taking action for a positive future.
We used the Three Horizons approach to carry out a thorough mapping exercise to understand the challenges and potential opportunities better. We talked about SCCAN’s role in supporting the work they are doing and also SCCAN’s role in the Scottish context over lunch.
The visit helped us, the SCCAN steering committee learn a lot about Carse of Gowrie, the inspiring work they are doing, and what learnings they would like to share, and what help they need from the Network. They showed us around their local area, including the site where a large development is about to be built, and an area where they want to lobby for a path to be created to connect two villages. This helped us understand the context and very real issues that get them wound up.
What would they like to learn from the Network?
The Sustainability Group at Carse of Gowrie are looking to visit a group or an organisation which has a good working relationship with a local council in order to gain some new ideas for building a strong partnership with their local council.

What do they have to offer?
So, if your community finds the work of Carse of Gowrie Sustainability group inspiring and would like to learn more about their approach and activities, get in touch. You would be eligible to pay them a visit at no cost to your group thanks to the  Community Learning Exchange.

Interested in being part of the Roadshow, and having members of the steering group visit your project and support you through thinking on a question/ issue you are working on or taking a long-term view of your aims and goals?
We would love to hear from you. Simply get in touch by responding to this newsletter or sending an email

CCF Gathering and New Funding

We were happy to be part of the Climate Challenge Fund's gathering on October 4th, and the exhibition in Dynamic Earth leading up to it. We offered a workshop sharing our Malawi water adaptation story, and launched a new graphic of our vision (see left).
During a keynote address, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, announced that the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund will continue.
In 2017/18 the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) will focus on funding projects which deliver the greatest reduction in carbon emissions and support Scotland’s most deprived communities, with grants up to £150,000 per project available.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and encourages community-led organisations interested in applying for grants to check the criteria, application process and upcoming application deadlines.

For new applicants the deadline for the first stage of the application process, an Expression of Interest, is 28 October 2016.

Learn more about CCF criteria, the application process and deadlines:

CASP Training Opportunities

The newest round of training opportunities from the Community Action Support Programme has been announced. These events all have a focus on the future – whether it’s developing yourself as a community leader, exploring enterprising approaches or planning for your final reports.  Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities!

Leading Low Carbon Communities Programme - essential skills and insights for people leading climate action in communities.  This six-day programme spread over October and November is for community leaders seeking fresh, inspiring and effective approaches to generating great ideas and developing them into successful projects for community action on climate change. Designed for experienced community leaders and people who are stepping into this role for the first time, the programme is based on the latest insights from research and practical experience about leading low carbon communities.
Developing and Enterprising Approach for Community Action on Climate Change
This practical one-day programme from the Social Enterprise Academy aims to support community-led organisations to develop their confidence to run projects that reduce local carbon emissions and help tackle climate
change. This learning environment will help generate ideas, explore potential partnerships, and share experiences on how to become more enterprising.  Building on your core knowledge, skills and introducing the theory of Growth Mind-set, it will give you the support and space to apply and reflect on the impact of your learning and make an action plan for your own individual and organisational development. Dates on 25th October in Glasgow and 8th November in Stirling
Final Report Surgeries
Two one-day CCF Final Report Surgeries to remind you of what's needed in the final report, give some top-tips and answer any questions you may have.  You can attend either the morning or the afternoon session, and all are invited to attend the networking lunch from 12:30 - 13:30. Dates: Edinburgh 18th October, Stirling 19th October, Glasgow 1st November, Inverness 3rd November

Scottish Government Climate Conversations

As part of on-going engagement with the public, the Scottish Government has initiated a series of climate conversations being held across Scotland to encourage a public discussion on climate change. The purpose of these conversations is to ‘take the temperature’ of public views on climate change and actions that might be needed to tackle it. These facilitated group discussions enable participants to share their views on climate change, on potential policies to tackle climate change, and on
potential changes to people’s everyday lives. This includes a discussion on participants’ thoughts on what life in a low carbon Scotland in 2030 might look like and explore views on respective roles of the individuals and Government in reducing emissions. Resources have been developed including a How to Guide to help as many organisations and community groups as possible to participate in the climate conversations. They be used to facilitate conversations with the public that move beyond existing approaches, engaging people in meaningful conversation about the wider impacts of climate change and the measures that might be needed to mitigate its causes and effects. 
More information

ScotLAND Phase 2: Engaging hard to reach communities

ScotLAND is a Scotland-wide network supporting and creating permaculture Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND) Centres. The aim of ScotLAND is to demonstrate practical examples of permaculture design in various different places, micro-climates, and cultures throughout Scotland. These include both urban and rural home gardens, community gardens, public spaces, allotments, smallholdings and farms.

A part of ScotLAND currently have funding to develop a Group Visit Scheme. The scheme provides opportunities for learning about permaculture and engaging in healthy activities by visiting a ScotLAND Centre. The host Centre will give a tour of their project and can provide a drink and snack (potentially a pot of soup if at lunch-time). If your group and host are able there may be an opportunity for you to do some physical task on site (e.g. to build a herb spiral, turn the compost, feed the ducks etc, please discuss this with your host).

For more information and to take part, get in touch with Beth.

Upcoming events

Apple Day in Britain's oldest intentional forest garden
15 October
Garden Cottage, Coldstream

Graham Bell and Sandy will be hosting an open day at this succesful permaculture site. It's a great opportunity to find out which apples will work best in your own garden - you will be able to see the size, spread, growing conditions and cropping of all of the different trees. We will also be picking and pressing apples; great fun for all the family!
Book here
Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland Annual Conference
18-19 October
Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld
The conference will be of interest to staff and managers involved in all sectors of community learning and development, including Local Authority Services, Further Education, Community Planning, Voluntary and Third Sector Organisations It will explore health inequalities, tackling poverty through promoting employment and minimising the impact of welfare reform, empowering communities – engaging and developing the capacity of local people, closing the attainment gap – promoting equality through learning.
More information

CRNS Annual Conference
3 November
Perth Concert Hall
The 12th CRNS Annual Conference and drinks reception with host Dougie Vipond and special guest Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Entitled The Voice of the Sector - The Vision of the Members, the conference will focus in particular on the importance, quality and extent of the activities our members are involved in across Scotland.
More information
Leading for the Future - Youth Climate Summit
26 November
TIC, Glasgow

This is an opportunity for anyone aged roughly 20-30 to meet and learn more about the issues that matter to them, learn about the challenges in all our futures and how to be a part of the transition needed to achieve a clean, sustainable and fair future!
As a summit delegate, you will have the opportunity to:
Improve your skills and understanding of how you can be a future leader in your chosen field;
Learn what different sectors in Scotland are doing to address climate change;
Take part in a great networking opportunity;
Be part of an exciting social movement of young people.  
More information
Webinar on Community Resilience
20th October at 1pm
To support and explain the use of the TESS online, 'compass of resilience tool' and proposed design of workshops for community groups to discuss and assess their current state of resilience and priorities for future action.  
To register, please email Anne Holsten: with subject "registering for webinar". You will then be sent details of how to join the event.
Sustainable Scotland Network Conference
1 November

A meeting place for public sector professionals working to improve Scotland’s response to climate change and to promote sustainable development. The annual event, which last year attracted over 200 delegates, will again be held at Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre in central Glasgow. It brings together representatives from Scotland’s public sector plus a range of partners and stakeholders, and will explore critical pathways ahead in the context of evolving policy, practice and investment in the key areas that will determine how well Scotland responds to climate change.
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

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