Building a Healthy Culture in Your Organisation

Working in groups can be difficult and learning ways to work together better, and ensuring that we look after ourselves in the process, would seem to be a crucial part of facing up to the urgent challenge of climate change and the systems level transformations we need. This workshop, organised jointly with CEMVO was held at Kinning Park Complex on 29th August, 2018. Led by Simon Bateson from Free the Change, the twenty participants were taken through a series of exercises and discussions aimed at helping us to consider how we can sustain ourselves and our groups for the long term. Simon gives a brief introduction to the workshop in this short podcast.

We are recruiting!

Scottish Communities CAN seeks a part-time self-employed person to assist with the administration, communication and promotion of our 100+ members network and support the steering group.  We seek someone who:

  • enjoys working independently
  • has experience of newsletter preparation [Mailchimp etc]
  • is not fazed by modest member databases
  • can cope recording simple financial transactions and
  • “gets” the community-led imperative to act on climate disruption.


The post is funded for eight hours a week till the end of March 2019 at a day rate of £150.

Please apply by Noon Thursday September 27th 2018 using this form

We plan to hold interviews on Thursday October 11th [online or in Edinburgh].

If you want to have an informal chat about the role, you can get in touch with Maria, current admin support, on or SCCAN steering group member David Somervell on

Reflections from Maria, current SCCAN administrator

“I stepped into this role in July 2016, and have since counted myself very lucky that I can earn my livelihood doing something that is aligned with my values – getting paid for doing what I believe in and have previously ended up doing in my free time. I have very much enjoyed getting to know people and organisations in Scottish and international climate action, and through these contacts opportunities have now arisen for me to focus more on sustainability education and leadership. I sincerely recommend this job for any self-organised and independent person wanting to work with local action for global change.”

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Upping Our Game -Training Events

Scottish Communities CAN and the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network have joined forces to create a series of events to help community groups become more effective, sustainable and influential.You’re welcome to come to one, two or all three events.

Session 1: Building a Healthy Culture in Your Organisation

  • time: 1-4pm
  • date: Wednesday 29th August
  • venue: Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA
  • cost: £5: individuals, £15: organisations

While we’re getting on with the work that our community projects care so much about, we often give less attention to how we look after ourselves and one another. Burnout and personal differences are common and can slow or stop the progress of otherwise brilliant projects.

More details and book your place here:

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