Spring Gathering and AGM

2015-09-06 12.09.34The Spring Gathering and 2016 AGM of Scottish Communities Climate Action Network will now take place on Thursday 12th May at Salutation Hotel in Perth, 30-34 South Street, Perth PH2 8PH (9:30 for)10am to 2:30pm

Book your place here: https://sccangathering.eventbrite.co.uk.

Following the formal business of the AGM, we will be focussed on the latest draft of our three-year strategy, and particularly on the objective of ensuring the physical and psychological wellbeing of individuals who are involved with the demanding work of community-led climate action.

We will be exploring the question of how we can do better at providing each other with mutual support, for example, through buddy systems, coaching circles and mentoring. The afternoon will be an opportunity to participate in and experience one of a range of group coaching activities, including coaching circles, case clinics, action learning sets –and anything else that you would like to share. The intention is for all of us to leave with some new personal support in place.

The AGM is particularly important this year as we will be considering a resolution to dissolve our current unincorporated association and invite our member organisations to join the Scottish Communities CAN Community Interest Company.

The gathering will conclude with a slow food lunch.

The lunch and workshop are FREE for representatives of member organisations.

Book your place here: https://sccangathering.eventbrite.co.uk.

We are pleased to offer a training Workshop in facilitation skills and Three Horizons with Tony Hodgson from International Futures Forum on Wednesday, 11th May for a subsidised cost of £100 (including overnight accommodation in Perth). More info and register at  https://3horizonsfacilitation.eventbrite.co.uk.

We hope to see you or a member of you community there!

From the Steering Group

We are hiring!

Member/Board support role with Scottish Communities Climate Action Network

Scottish Communities CAN is looking for a part-time self-employed worker to support our organisation and membership over the coming year.

The post is funded for up to one day per week (max. 40 days, approximately 280 hours) until the end of March 2017 at a day rate of £150.

Application deadline: 5pm on Friday 3rd June
Interviews: Tuesday 14th June

Should you have any questions about the role, get in touch with SCCAN steering group member Eva Schonveld at eva@transitionscotland.org.

The job is to support the routine operations core to the function of Scottish Communities CAN which are:

• Production of relevant, attractive and user friendly monthly e-newsletters

• Keeping our membership, website and social media administration up to date

• Administrative support to the volunteer trustees, including booking rooms for board meetings, sending out agendas and processing expense claims

• Responding promptly and welcomingly to member requests for information and support via email

• Working with board members to engage with communities to find out about support needs and project developments

• Writing case studies and blogs highlighting stories, experiences and innovations of active communities.


We are looking for a friendly, organised person with experience of working with the public, who can work effectively with minimal management and who understands and supports the aims of Scottish Communities CAN.

E= Essential criteria
D= Desirable criteria

(E) Experience of putting together interesting, accessible e-newsletters

(E) Experience of maintaining websites and member records

(E) Experience of written communication with volunteers/community project staff

(E) Experience of writing concise, informative articles for blogs

(D) Experience of organising meetings and dealing with expense claims

(E) Proven ability to work with minimal management

(E) Direct experience with and understanding of community groups working on climate change/resilience-building projects

(D) Ability to attend regular meetings in Central Belt (approx. 6 meetings)

(D) Participation in SCCAN member organisation (access SCCAN membership list here)


Send a copy a of your CV and a brief Cover Letter clarifying your suitability for the role to Eva Schonveld at eva@transitionscotland.org no later than Friday, 3rd June.

Training Day in Facilitation Skills and Three Horizons

3HorizonsWednesday 11th May, Perth.

We are excited to be able to offer a training Workshop in facilitation skills and Three Horizons with Tony Hodgson from International Futures Forum on Wednesday, 11th May for a subsidised cost of £100 (including overnight accommodation in Perth for those staying over for the Spring Gathering and AGM). Limited to 12 places only. For more information and register at:  https://3horizonsfacilitation.eventbrite.co.uk.

Local People Leading – A Vision for a Stronger Community Sector

sca-badgeScottish Communities Climate Action Network, as a member of the Scottish Community Alliance has joined other members in coming together to produce a shared vision for the future of our sector, and in March launched Local People Leading – A Vision for a Stronger Community Sector. The report highlights the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead and identifies what we believe needs to change if these challenges are to be met. the document highlights the challenges and opportunities faced by the community sector and what needs to change in order to meet these challenges. It is underpinned by four core principles: Subsidiarity; Self-determination; Local by Default; and Equality and Fairness. Over the coming weeks, they will publish a series of short papers highlighting the specific contributions that our sector makes across many different areas of Government policy – and, most importantly, how that impact could be greater.  For further information contact Angus Hardie, Director Email: angus@scottishcommunityalliance.org.uk

Next Fife Communities Climate Action Network Networking event – 18th March 2016, now open for registration

fifecommunitiescan_logo-wordpressIf you’re a community group in Fife, please sign up for the next Fife Communities Climate Action Network event and pass onto others that may be interested in joining the network.

The next networking event will take place on Friday 18th March at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy, 12.00 to 15.00, lunch from 12.00 to 12.30. You will need to register via the Eventbrite link below.


The theme is ‘Sustaining and funding your project or initiative ( viability / sustainability at different scales). The event will cover (detail tbc):

  • Sustainability and viability of projects/initiatives.  How best for a community group to initiate and progress this area?
  • How could we work together to provide peer support and possible collaborations?
  • Facing massive cuts in services, is there a risk that funding will be cut if not enough community groups are asking for money?
  • Source of funding – eg, community led activities funded by the Big Lottery Fund (over £11million since 2013 in Fife)
  • How to move towards social enterprises in long term? Ask what are your aspirations as a group?
  • What services can your group offer to others or even Fife Council and other agencies?
  • How to keep volunteer support going?
  • How to engage successfully with our communities?  Lots of people seem to have lost interest in climate change since the downturn and the prospect of cheap oil over the next few years. How do we engage effectively with our communities?
  • Shaping the next networking session (May).

Speakers include:

Suzy Goodsir – How Greener Kirkcaldy is evolving its funding sources by providing local services

Pedro Santos BRAG – support to help your group/project develop social enterprise

Others tbc (possibly Fife Council, Development Trust Association Scotland, Fife Voluntary Action.

Find out more about Fife Communities CAN on fccan.wordpress.com or visit our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/groups/1020846321309100/