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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 Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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/

Local People Leading – A Vision for a Stronger Community Sector

Scotland’s community-based networks have collaborated over a six-month period to produce this joint vision of how Scotland’s community sector can grow and develop. These national intermediaries represent a wide variety of community interests, with a collective membership spanning the length and breadth of Scotland. Together these networks form the Scottish Community Alliance.

This report has been written at a time when the spotlight of public policy is focused as never before on the role that Scotland’s communities can play in helping to meet the many challenges facing the country. It offers a brief analysis of the key factors that determine these social, economic and environmental challenges and a realistic appraisal of how communities contribute to the solutions.

The report aims to distinguish the community sector from other parts of the broader third sector, as being the wide range of self-organised activity that is led by, and accountable to, the people who live and work in geographically defined areas. Often this activity takes place under the radar of public awareness and as such, its contribution to both the social and the real economy is often underestimated.

The report sets out our shared vision for communities to become more empowered and for the community sector as a whole, to become stronger.

Final Report – LPL

This is stored on our Resources page, where you can find lots of other useful and interesting stuff. There are some new Links on our Links page too!

Invitation: Community Learning Exchange visit to Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm

Invitation to Scottish Communities CAN members:

There is an opportunity for you to join a visit to the Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm in Fife on March 19th.   

CAT5181696305_2b9fdd7c59_b1-680x430The lead organisation is Girvan Community Garden, and the visit is funded by the Community Learning Exchange. There are up to 6 places available for the members of other SCA organisations (including Scottish Communities CAN). 

The CLE will fund travel and subsistence, and accommodation if that is necessary.

The farm tour will take place on Saturday March 19th at the Pillars of Hercules organic farm shop and cafe, near the village of Falkland in Fife, from 12 midday  to 4pm. The tour will focus on how a Community Garden can strive to be self sustainable as a social enterprise using the Pillars of Hercules as a business model.

Learning outcomes:

  1.  How to market and sell organic fruit and/or veg boxes
  2.  How to plan and run events
  3.  How to maximise income from events
  4. How to attract and increase visitors to our community garden through the “green tourism” theme

Please contact Amanda Cornish for further information <exchange@scottishcommunityalliance.net>

Amanda Cornish, Coordinator,Community Learning Exchange

tel 0131 260 9501, mob 07843 481 790