EVENTS coming up: lots of them! Dates for your diary

As well as ‘Planning for hope – Transformational change from the bottom up’ in Stirling on 10 March, there are a fair few events coming up for community groups taking action on climate change:


Low Carbon Scotland 2015 Edinburgh 24-25 Feb


Low Carbon Scotland 2015: Towards a successful, sustainable tomorrow, today is a unique conference that will address Scotland’s current carbon position and allow us to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals. The main focus of the conference is to discuss how public sector can reduce their carbon emissions, the current situation will be highlighted and a discussion surrounding how this can be improved and delivered will play an imperative part within the conference.

Local authorities, third sector, private sector, families, communities and individuals all play a paramount role in achieving a sustainable and low carbon Scotland. “Partnerships” are vital in overcoming the challenges and in discovering new opportunities. The conference will underline an array of solutions that can assist in reducing carbon emissions and throughout the day a number of excellent case studies will be showcased. Low Carbon Scotland 2015: Towards a successful, sustainable tomorrow, today will be an opportunity for you to be part of this inspiring journey.


CARES Conference – Energising Scotland’s Communities Stirling 17 and 18 March 2015

LES logoIs your community looking to generate a sustainable income?  Have you thought about a renewable energy project, but don’t know where to start?

Local Energy Scotland delivers the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme. By attending Local Energy Scotland’s annual free conference on the 17th/18th of March in Stirling, you can find out more about community renewable energy projects. The conference will present and explore the advice and financial support available to help you get involved in starting your own project to create long-term community revenue.

Day 1 will involve discussions from successful community energy projects, while Day 2 has been specifically designed as an introduction to community renewable energy for those new to the sector. You may choose to attend day 1, day 2 or both days of the event.

You can find full details of the conference programme and book your placehere call 0808 808 2288 to find out more.

Pass it on Week 7-15 March 2015

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Pass it on Week is a new annual event, taking place from 7-15 March, celebrating re-use, repair, swapping and upcycling to name a few options as alternatives to our ‘throw away, buy new’ culture. And of course it will be promoting the benefits, including reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, supporting local charities and re-use organisations, saving money, and having fun!

Zero Waste Scotland is keen to get as many organisations as possible on board to promote Pass it on Week in their area, and also to hold events themselves. There is a toolkit which explains more about what the week is about, and provides hints and tips on what organisations, as well as individuals and businesses, can do.  There are also 6 “How to” guides to give you some basic step-by-step instructions on how to run some of the more popular types of events.  See

Please do get involved – events can be as big or small as you want.  If you have any ideas or want to discuss the week further, please contact


Community Development Alliance Scotland’s Conference Glasgow 25 March Glasgow

Bookings are now open for Community Development Alliance Scotland’s latest Conference “Active participation in democracy and society – building a strong foundation in communities”

This will be held on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at Townhead Village Hall, Glasgow from 10.30 am to 4 pm (Registration and coffees from 10.00 am). The cost is £30 (£20 for community groups).

There is a ferment of discussion about democracy and empowering citizens at national, local and community levels. But structural reforms alone are unlikely to engage people’s imagination and efforts – unless they are rooted in the way that people act together with others in their communities. Community development work aimed at enabling participation on an equal basis is crucial.

This public conference looks at a wide range of current ideas and developments and asks how we can make sure that they are based in and on communities.

Speakers will include Oliver Escobar, Edinburgh University, on ‘Innovative approaches to involvement’, Gary Malone, Voluntary Action Angus, on ‘A neighbourhood approach to civic health’.  and Marco Biagi, MSP, the new Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment. There will be Workshop and World Cafe discussions (to be confirmed) on local participatory democracy, participatory budgeting, neighbourhood community development work, community empowerment, community organising, etc. (we are still interested in hearing from people who may wish to contribute to these)

Townhead Village Hall is at 60, St Mungo Avenue, Glasgow G4 0PL. It is 10-15 minutes’ walk from Queen Street Station, less from Buchanan Street Bus Station.

To reserve places please go to: You will be issued with an invoice on completion of your reservation. Please note that in view of anticipated demand, places are limited to three per organisation. For further information please contact: Peter Taylor

Wholehearted training workshops – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling

Common Cause for Scotland has now evolved into Wholehearted to reflect the fact that while we are still rooted in Common Cause we now draw on and integrate a range of different approaches to environmental and social change. The team that designed and delivered the UNESCO award-winning Communities with a Common Cause programme, now also offers one day training workshops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. To keep in touch and hear the latest about value-based approaches to change, be sure to sign up for our new newsletter or follow us on Twitter.

Earth Hour: 28th March 2015

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The Government Knowledge Team ‘Strategic Thinking’ Edinburgh 16 April 2015

Learn how to think, plan, and create strategically through our interactive and highly practical one day training course ‘Strategic Thinking’

If you are looking to improve your thinking skills to help you to plan more effective long term strategies, giving you a crucial advantage over your competitors, then our strategic thinking course is an ideal solution. 88% of delegates who attended our last strategic thinking course would recommend it to a colleague.

  • The Strategic Context: Definitions of strategic language, comparing how it differs with operational thinking and identifying crucial stages and aspects which need to be involved.
  • Elements: Building a model of strategic work, understanding key elements of a good strategy and analysing examples from Government and private sector.
  • Delivery & Practical Use: Ensuring the right outcome, using your own workplace to determine vision techniques and deciding how to achieve organisation’s aims.
  • Tools and Techniques: How can the PESTLE tool help to identify challenges organisations are facing? How can you forecast trends? What role does evidence play in strategic context.


Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering Falkirk, 25 April 2015 Climate Change – Preparing for the Paris Conference


EcoCongreagationSaturday 25th April 2015, 10:30am – 3:30pm Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk. (Nearest rail station, Falkirk Grahamston)


Main speakers: Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Climate Change, Scottish Government Kathy Galloway, Director, Christian Aid Scotland