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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Food and Farming Emissions workshop

24th October, 2–5pm, Soil Association Office, Haymarket, Edinburgh

RSPB, Nourish and Soil Association are holding a small workshop to look in more detail at measures to cut emissions from food and farming, particularly nitrogen budgets, nitrogen efficiency measures, organic targets, food waste measures and so on. We have an expert from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to also attend, to discuss the science.

If you want to attend please contact us.

Climate Change goes Dynamic this weekend, followed by CCF gathering Oct 4th

The 2016 Climate Challenge Fund Gathering #ccfcommunity will take place on 4 October 2016 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Keep Scotland Beautiful organises the annual Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Gathering to celebrate and showcase the significant efforts of Scotland’s communities in contributing towards Scotland’s efforts to build a lower carbon future. The event also provides opportunities for CCF grant recipients to make new connections to support them in their climate change action. The event attracts up to 200 attendees of CCF grant recipients and community-led organisations from across Scotland, and is well worth attending, especially for those interested in CCF funding.

SCCAN will be at the conference giving a talk on our recent collaborations in Malawi. We will also be at the interactiveclimate change exhibition at Dynamic Earth. It is open for visitors 1-3 October and will form the marketplace of the conference on the 4th. David, SCCAN steering group member, says: “The CCF Gathering is a tremendous opportunity for community organisations actively campaigning / advocating for local action on climate change to meet together and swap ideas.  Recommended for groups thinking of getting involved too!”  Hope to see you there!

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Transition Scotland Get-together, September 10th-11th, Cromarty

Transition Black Isle are hosting a Transition Scotland gathering, inviting representatives of the Scottish Transition groups, together with anyone else who is interested in an agenda for strong communities working to a more sustainable future. Join them to catch up, share stories and learning, and re-inspire the vision of a Scotland in Transition to a low carbon, resilient country. Hear about the budding Transition Scotland national Hub – and get involved.

This will be a family-friendly event with lots to do for kids and partners.

This event is FREE, but you’ll need to book your own accommodation – B&B at reasonable rates is available at the Old Brewery itself, or there are other options, see below.

Get more information from Transition Scotland or click here to register

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Exploring Community Resilience -Taster Workshop

TESS-logo-with-payoffThe EU funded TESS project invites you to a free taster workshop and discussion on Community Resilience on Monday Aug 1st in Edinburgh (12.30-2.30pm). It will also be an introduction to an online, ‘compass of resilience’ tool that community groups can use to assess their current state of resilience and prioritise future action. Book your place here: Resilience Workshop

This workshop forms part of the process of developing a resource package to support facilitators to run resilience workshops in their own communities. This is motivated by the belief that community resilience will be crucial, not just for communities to be able to return to some normality after a crisis but to be able to respond creatively to future challenges and innovate locally appropriate solutions for a zero carbon future in uncertain times.

This package is one of the outputs from the TESS project that is researching the impact of community based climate action groups across Europe. It is based on and inspired by an approach outlined in the two-year action research project ‘Exploring Community Resilience’ run by Nick Wilding and supported by Carnegie UK.

There will be a buffet lunch provided at 12.30pm with the workshop starting at  1pm until 2.30pm.

Drummond Library is in the Edinburgh University GeoSciences building at High School Yards, behind Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, see map here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=drummond-library

Book here: Resilience Workshop