Making the Community Asset Transfer Process Work

This briefing will consider the latest developments and good practice in the community asset transfer process.


In January 2017, the asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 came into force.

With the legislation making it easier for communities to take on publicly-owned land or buildings and new guidance published for both relevant authorities and community transfer bodies - how can we make the asset transfer process work better for all?

Key learning objectives

  • Receive an up-to-date brief on the framework for implementing asset transfer
  • Learn about guidance and support available to help community groups take on publicly-owned assets
  • Gain insights into past transfers and good practice examples


09:15 Registration and morning refreshments

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Session one: Update and overview

10:05 ​Asset Transfer: How did we get here and where are we going next

Jean Waddie, Policy Officer, Community Empowerment Unit, Scottish Government

10:25 Putting asset transfer process into practice

Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, Community Ownership Support Service

10:45 Making the process work – a personal perspective 

Campbell Whyte, Team Leader - Property Disposals, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde/ Scottish Futures Trust

11:05 Questions and discussion

11:30 Refreshments and networking


11:50 Session two: Workshop - Facilitating the asset transfer process

In this interactive session led by Nicky Donald, Advisor, Community Ownership Support Service, delegates will consider some of the key issues in helping facilitate successful asset transfers.

12:50 Networking lunch


Session three: Learning lessons from experience so far

13:35 Helping communities take on assets

  • Describe the funding available from the Scottish Land Fund and the Big Lottery Fund respectively to help communities acquire and develop assets, and
  • Set out the application processes for this funding and explain how to stay abreast of funding offers

Eric Samuel, Senior Policy and Learning Manager, Big Lottery Fund Scotland

13:50 Evaluating social value through asset transfer

Rebecca Carr, Community Asset Transfer Manager, Forest Enterprise Scotland

14:05 Making community asset transfer work

Carole Jenkins, Asset Transfer Co-ordinator, Dundee City Council

14:20 Bridgend Farmhouse Community Renovation Project; Building Slow..but thinking BIG!

  • The story of the development of Bridgend Inspiring Growth and the community project to renovate Bridgend Farmhouse to become a community-owned and run Centre for Learning, Eating and Exercise.
  • Looking at the challenges and opportunities faced along the way, what has been learnt, what was been achieved, and what has been created to enable so much more to develop into the future.
  • Inputs from the Chairperson on the history, context and story, and from another Board member and active volunteer on site, about the practical community build projects being carried out by volunteers on a weekly basis.

Will Golding, Chair, Bridgend Inspiring Growth

Andrew Naismith, Board Member and Volunteer, Bridgend Inspiring Growth

14:35 Questions and discussion

15:00 Close of event

*Agenda and speakers subject to change

Venue and costs

Event location: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

  • 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 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

25 April 2017



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