European Day of Sustainable Communities

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network is a member of ECOLISE – European Network for Community-led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability. The European Day of Sustainable Communities #EDaySC2018 on 22 September is a celebration of the efforts and achievements of the thousands of local communities across Europe who are taking action for a better, more sustainable world.

The diversity and impact of such community-led initiatives is impressive: from renewable energy cooperatives to community farms and gardens, ecological housing developments, permaculture projects, car-sharing and waste reduction schemes, and much more, these initiatives demonstrate the myriad of different ways that local people can make a positive contribution, with some communities reducing their ecological impact by more than half.

#EDaySC2018 is also about raising awareness among policy makers, at European Union (EU), national, regional and local municipal level, of the scope and potential of community-led action on climate change and sustainability.

Communities are registering events for #EDaySC2018 on the new website:

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Sharing Your Stories – Learn How to Podcast

‘Future voices’ is our new participatory podcast project to give voice to community-led climate action.  Specifically, it is about giving you the skills and confidence to start using audio as a means of telling the stories of what you and your community are doing to face up to climate change.

Training Days:
Edinburgh, Tuesday, 21st August, 10am – 4pm
Glasgow, Thursday, 23rd August, 10am-4pm
Follow-Up Session:
Edinburgh, Thursday, 30th August, times to be confirmed.

Want to be part of this? Please get in touch to explain why – in no more than 250 words – by emailing:
This opportunity is open to community organisations that are members of SCCAN. Deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 20th July.

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The Ins and Outs of Communities Taking Action – Workshop May 12th

We’re all working towards a better, fairer world – Scottish Communities CAN and the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network have joined forces to offer an afternoon of tools to help us do that even better. After a delicious shared ‘working’ lunch, participants can chose between two practical sessions:

· Inner: Building A Healthy Culture in Your Organisation

· Outer: Getting Your Voice Heard in the World of Politics and Policy

Open to existing members of the two networks as well as those interested in finding out more.

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Please contact should you have any questions about the event.

Transition Scotland – Learning Visit to Sustaining Dunbar

20th – 22nd April, Sustaining DunbarThe Transition Scotland regional hub invite you and your community group for a Learning Visit to Sustaining Dunbar in East Lothian. During the weekend you will get a chance to explore Sustaining Dunbar’s application of Transition Network principles and practice. You will find out more about their community projects and take a part in a discussion about the Plastic Free Coastline project, with a guest presentation from local Surfers Against Sewage.

To find out more and book go to [One booking per person]

Keep it Local, Strength in Numbers – explore the potential of community enterprise

23rd November 2016
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Hosted by Senscot, Social Firms Scotland, Scottish Community Alliance, Community Enterprise

Join us for this one-day event in Edinburgh exploring the role of community enterprises in Scotland. Small but highly effective community run enterprises are the bedrock of our sector and keynote speakers from Italy and England will offer perspectives on how our community businesses can stay local, but still make a big impact. Their particular focus will be on community enterprises working together and how, in doing so, they can deliver local services more effectively. The day will also include some great examples of community enterprise from around the country and we will also have Lesley Riddoch hosting a question time session at the end of the day.

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