Connecting Communities Roadshow

Harriet and Kristina, two SCCAN steering group members, are travelling around Scotland as part of a wider engagement project, a kind of a roadshow, to learn more about our members and offer tailored support in the form of a workshop facilitated by us.

Interested in having members of the steering group visit your project and support you through thinking on a question/ issue you are working on or taking a long-term view of your aims and goals? We would love to hear from you. Simply get in touch by sending an email to

Where have we been so far?

Ullapool Community Trust, January 12th, 2017

Our Connecting Communities Roadshow made it to Ullapool Community Trust. Representatives from SCCAN and Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group were well received in UCT’s very own charity shop and hub. Despite snow, hail, and grey weather we had an enlightening day, discussing the issues and opportunities of rural community groups, whether it be relations to distant councils, broadband access, or local entrepreneurial possibilities such as the great example provided by Lochbroom Woodfuels. More information about the visit will come soon!



September 2016 – Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group

We took a train to Perth – thanks to free tickets from Scotrail – and then cycled along National Cycle route 77 to Errol where the group are based. As it was a beautiful day, we ran the 2.5 hr workshop outside, in Fiona’s garden (the host).

The workshop involved activities to help us understand the work and aims of the group through learning about the context within they operate- the approaches which have worked and the challenges they have faced along the way. We talked of the bigger picture- of climate change and the responsibility for communities to be taking action for a positive future. We used the Three Horizons approach to carry out a thorough mapping exercise to understand the challenges and potential opportunities better. We talked about SCCAN’s role in supporting the work they are doing and also SCCAN’s role in the Scottish context over lunch.

The visit helped us, the SCCAN steering committee learn a lot about Carse of Gowrie, the inspiring work they are doing, and what learnings they would like to share, and what help they need from the Network. They showed us around their local area, including the site where a large development is about to be built, and an area where they want to lobby for a path to be created to connect two villages. This helped us understand the context and very real issues that get them wound up.

How did the group benefit from the visit?

‘Very stimulating, felt listened to, engaged in collective exercises. Excellent communication’.

‘Reaffirming we are not alone’.

‘Good connectivity. Great to build new relationships and feed into the bigger picture of Scotland and the world. Thinking about things in new ways’.

What would they like to learn from the Network?
The Sustainability Group at Carse of Gowrie are looking to visit a group or an organisation which has a good working relationship with a local council in order to gain some new ideas for building a strong partnership with their local council.

What do they have to offer?
So, if your community finds the work of Carse of Gowrie Sustainability group inspiring and would like to learn more about their approach and activities, get in touch. You would be eligible to pay them a visit at no cost to your group thanks to the Community Learning Exchange initiative (link to relevant page on website/ section of the newsletter).