Creating Vibrant Communities Through Effective Partnerships

This event is an opportunity for public bodies, third sector organisations and enterprises to examine how working in partnership with communities can create vibrant and independent communities through empowerment and regeneration.

Working together to give communities a stronger voice

The commitment to regeneration is underpinned and supported by several strategies, programmes and targeted funds – the Community Empowerment Act (2015), the People and Community Fund, the Aspiring Communities Fund, the Strengthening Communities Programme and the Community Choices Fund – which strive to drive forward regeneration and make changes through training, employment, arts and volunteering opportunities to empower communities to plan for the future.

While each community has a unique structure, they often face similar challenges. Local authorities, third sector organisations and public bodies often provide support and guidance to empower communities to become more independent. Achieving this is challenging in the current economic climate, and is still to be fully achieved as many programmes struggle financially and often spend much of their time and resources trying to make ends meet.

At this Holyrood event we’ll bring together those working towards community-led regeneration from across sectors to examine opportunities for partnership working, the support in place to help with this and share examples of good practice from Scotland and beyond. We’ll take an interactive approach to your learning and will provide you with the tools and resources around issues such as financing and planning.

Confirmed speakers

  • Toby Sandison, Programme and Communications Officer, Community Shares Scotland

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Utilising the targeted funds and programmes: The Strengthening Communities Programme; People and Communities Fund; Community Choices Fund; Aspiring Communities Fund
  • Empowering communities to identify issues and opportunities in their local area and make decisions about how to make positive changes
  • Co-ordinating actions and responding to challenges in areas with high levels of disadvantage, and supporting communities to deal with this effectively
  • Supporting community enterprises with capital, leverage, governance and operation so that they can be more sustainable
  • Sharing examples of good practice from Scotland and beyond

Who should attend?

  • Community councils
  • Managers, directors, and chief executives of community organisations
  • Director, managers, policy officers of third sector and equality organisations
  • Community planning, business services, planning and health improvement and partnership and commissioning in local authorities
  • Community planning partnerships
  • Private sector working in community regeneration


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: How can we empower communities to be more independent?

  • What are community shares and how can they be used to empower communities?
  • The tools and resources you need to support community enterprises
  • How to increase the number and strength of locally-controlled, enterprising community organisations to take ownership of assets, buildings and land

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Vibrant and Independent Communities in Action 

In this session we will share examples of successful community-led projects that have been made possible through various avenues, such Scottish Government funding, community shares and asset transfer. We’ll hear the inspiration stories of these enterprises and how they’ve managed to be sustainable and bring their communities together through working across sectors.

12:20    Interactive Roundtable Discussions

This session will involve delegates thinking about the demographics, geography and needs of the communities they support and how community shares can be used to solve the challenges they are facing.

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:40    Session 3: How public bodies can support communities

  • Empowering communities to identify issues and opportunities in their local area and make decisions about how to make positive changes
  • Managing community assets and services
  • Supporting communities with different demographics and needs

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 



Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

1 May 2019



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