Driving Forward Change: Next Steps for Community-led Regeneration

This event will examine how to make community-led regeneration a reality and will focus on how organisations can enhance local decision-making.

Driving regeneration and giving communities a stronger voice

Community-led regeneration is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s regeneration strategy, with a £20 million fund from the Empowering Communities Fund announced in June.

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.

However, achieving regeneration 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.

Join Holyrood on 8 November as we bring together experts at the forefront of community-led regeneration to examine how to support communities to drive forward regeneration that is effective and sustainable.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Empowering communities to identify issues and opportunities in their local area and make decisions about how to make positive changes
  • Increasing the number and strength of locally-controlled, enterprising community organisations and supporting organisations to take ownership of assets, buildings and land, in line with the Community Empowerment and Common Good Property: Guidance for Local Authorities guidance
  • Co-ordinating actions and responding to challenges in areas with high levels of disadvantage, and supporting communities to deal with this effectively
  • Utilising the targeted funds and programmes:
    • The Strengthening Communities Programme
    • People and Communities Fund
    • Community Choices Fund
    • Aspiring Communities Fund

Confirmed speakers

  • Ian Cooke, Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland
  • Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership
  • Toby Sandison, Programme and Communications Officer, Community Shares Scotland
  • Representative, Dundee International Women's Centre 
  • Isla McCulloch, Chairperson, Dig-in Bruntsfield
  • Kevin Wells, Service Manager - Early Intervention and Prevention, East Ayrshire Council
  • Neil Ross, Head of Community Growth - Strengthening Communities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Ronnie McRae, CEO, Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust
  • Alan Sim, Board Member, Architecture and Design Scotland

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



09:15    Registration and Refreshments

09:40    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

             Professor Alan Alexander OBE, Emeritus Professor of Public Sector Management, University of Strathclyde

09:45    Session 1: Policy and Overview

09:45   Scotland's Towns as Social and Economic Engines

  • Scotland’s Towns as Social and Economic Engines
  • Overview of the Scotland’s Improvement District Model 

​Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Town Partnership

10.10    Roundtable Discussion 

Delegates will be given the opportunity to raise their key challenges and share examples of good practice in their area. Through discussions with others in the room, we would like you to share learning around how we can work together to empower communities through community-led regeneration. This is a chance to raise challenges you and your colleagues are facing and through open and collaborative discussion, identify the best strategic approach to implement back in your organisation. 

10:40    Feedback from Roundtable 

11:00    Refreshments and Networking

11:20    Session 2: Empowering Communities To Drive Regeneration

11:40 Development Trusts: Driving Positive Change in Communities

  • The role of development trusts involved in community-led regeneration and place-making
  • What is the potential for community-led activity, and how can it be encouraged and supported

Ian Cooke, Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland

12:00 Investing in What Matters with Community Shares 

Toby SandisonProgramme and Communications Officer, Community Shares Scotland

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:20    Session 3: Sharing Successful Approaches

A number of case studies will highlight successful approaches to community regeneration.

13:20 A Journey to People Powered Transformation

This dialogue will give an overview the journey of East Ayrshire Council’s Vibrant Communities to people powered transformation; unlocking the skills and talents of our people and communities through transforming the relationship with the communities we serve.

Kevin Wells, Service Manager - Early Intervention and Prevention, Vibrant Communities, East Ayrshire Council

13:40  Impact of Education and Employability on women at DIWC

  • Looking at barriers into education
  • Impact of SVQ qualifications into employability
  • Opportunities and experiences that have changed the lives of women at DIWC 

Fatima Ramzan and Vaqar Salimi, Project Workers, Dundee International Women's Centre

14:00 Community, Confidence and Carrots

  • Running a successful community-owned business on the high street
  • More than just a greengrocer – community engagement and the role of volunteers

​Isla McCulloch, Chairperson, Dig-in Bruntsfield

14:20   Questions and Discussion 

14:30   Refreshments and Networking

14:40    Session 4: Sharing Successful Approaches

14:40    Sharing and Learning from the Community: Experience of A&DS 

  • The presentation outlines the work of A&DS and why community is a key focus area.
  • It looks at the conditions for community engagement and the outcomes.
  • It will look at the experience of A&DS’ work across Scotland and highlight some tools available. 

Alan Sim, Board Member, Architecture & Design Scotland

15:00  Community Led Housing 

Ronnie McRae, CEO, Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust

15:20    Highlands and Islands Enterprise - Good Practice Case Study

Neil Ross, Head of Community Growth, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

15:40    Questions and Discussion

15:55    Closing Remarks from Chair

16:00    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced 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)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

8 November 2018



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