The Fife Communities Climate Action Network project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing In Ideas programme between January 2016 and December 2016, to pilot a model of supporting community groups taking action on climate change. Our aims were to build capacity within Fife groups and to try out a model of regional support which could be used by similar networks across Scotland.
In November 2016, Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN), convened a meeting on behalf of Scottish Community Alliance to discuss the unique contribution of the community sector in tackling climate change; the barriers which hold the sector back; and the opportunities available for our sector to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan. This paper is the output from that meeting and is intended to inform and support the Scottish Government in the development of the Climate Change Plan.
A recent research paper from the EU funded TESS project
Members of the Scottish Community Alliance have come together to produce a shared vision for the future of our sector. Today we are launching Local People Leading – A Vision for a Stronger Community Sector. Our report highlights the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead and identifies what we believe needs to change if these challenges are to be met. (March 2016).
A summary of Scottish Communities CAN’s Community Engagement support project to address two key challenges our members face in community engagement work: how to engage with a greater cross-section of their community and, how to deepen their engagement to ensure that interest in their activities leads to lasting behaviour change. Nine projects were offered up to three days of mentoring support over 3-6 months. (December 2015)
Scottish Communities CAN Annual Report 2014-15 our annual report showing what we’ve done in 2014-15 and outlining plans for 2015-16. This report was presented by Philip Revell at the AGM within our third annual Gathering on 10 March 2015.
Reuse Handbook for Local Authorities
The More Than Furniture project has published (December 2015) a handbook for local authorities and housing associations in Scotland: ‘Scottish Welfare Fund Furniture – Reuse Solutions’.
Scottish Government has published a tool that is designed to support behavioural change. It’s called ISM , which stands for Individual, Social, Material. There’s a guide to using the tool, ‘Influencing Behaviours – Moving Beyond the Individual – A User Guide to the ISM Tool’. There’s a reader-friendly download available here: www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0042/00423436.pdf
Training to support this may be available to groups – the Scottish Government contact is email@example.com
Feb 2015 update: Osbert Lancaster has been commissioned by Scottish Government to look at how to make this tool more useful to community groups – read more about this at http://osbert.org/227/
We have a contact list to assist our Members in working with their Local Authorities and other partners to plan HEEPS:ABS insulation programmes. Please use the ‘contact us’ form to request this.
Funding Route Map for community groups taking action on climate change -June 2013 pdf download
Funding Options A table of funds that can be used for community projects: shared by one of our members, pdf download
Local Authorities and Community Groups – Report April 2013 research report, pdf download
Consultation response guide for community groups responding to relevant consultations, docx download
As part of our programme to tackle some of the key barriers for communities taking action on climate change, we have published two reports:
Local Authorities can be a key partner for many community groups taking climate action. We commissioned Cambium Advocacy to carry out research into our members’ experience of working with their local authority.
This report explores how community groups could work better with local authorities to tackle climate change. Some community groups enjoy a good partnership with their local authority, while others struggle to connect. This report gives an insight into the secret of a good relationship, and how to get there.
Local authorities influence many areas which impact the climate change agenda including planning, public transport, roads, and schools. They may run community facilities such as village halls, deliver insulation schemes or support community markets. Local authorities can help community groups with funding or they may offer in-kind support, such as free use of facilities, raising awareness through council publications and events, or by giving staff support. When this joint approach works, local authorities can find that the community project helps with the delivery of services and the achievement of their outcomes, while the group can make a bigger impact.
This report is based on a survey of community groups, in-depth interviews with key stakeholders. It gives recommendations for community groups and local authorities, and provides suggestions for further work at a more strategic level. The overall conclusion is that developing and maintaining good relationships with local authorities takes time and persistence, but the investment is paid back in good results for both parties.
This Route Map has been developed to help local communities to finance projects that are important to them and take action on climate change. It covers the themes of energy, transport, food, waste, land use and community engagement. In making such projects happen the Route Map encourages community organisations to diversify their sources of funding and move towards greater financial, as well as environmental resilience. While this approach is economically sensible it will help community organisations to grow in confidence, increase their independence and achieve so much more.
The Route Map is structured around eight key questions:
- What makes a good project?
- How can you access the best support and advice for your project?
- How do you plan effectively to make your project happen?
- How do you identify and assess the different funding options and choose the ones best suited to your project?
- How do you find the right funding partner that suits your project?
- What are the best ways to work with your chosen funding partners?
- What is the best way to organise yourselves to make your project happen?
- How should you manage your project to ensure long-term success?
To further our aim to act as a channel for communication with the Scottish Government, Public Sector and business we also provide comment on relevant consultations.
SCCAN and Nourish Scotland held a joint consultation event with some of our members to inform our response: