Like other parts of the UK, Scotland is a rich nation with too many poor people and places. Tackling poverty and inequality, while supporting inclusive economic growth, are the twin priorities for delivering regeneration over the 2016-21 Scottish Parliament term.
SURF’s free-to-attend 2016 Annual Conference will explore the key question: How can webetter connect challenges, resources, structures, policies and assets to help us achieve our widely shared aims for a better, fairer Scotland?
The conference will feature the following sub-topics:
- Resource and strategy options
- Government policy, community delivery
- Learning from SURF’s Alliance for Action collaborations
- Rebalancing local poverty and national wealth
Morning session: Still Trickling Down?
- 9:15am Registration, coffee and networking
- 10:00am Welcome and Introduction – SURF Chair Pippa Coutts
- 10:10am 2016-21: Big Challenges, New Ideas – Robin McAlpine, Director of the Common Weal.
- 10:30am Community Reality and Resources – Sandra Marshall, Edinburgh Muirhouse Resident & Kate Wimpress, North Edinburgh Arts
- 10:45am Building a Fairer Scotland – Kevin Stewart MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Housing
- 11:00am Questions and Comments for the Minister, Robin McAlpine, Sandra Marshall and Kate Wimpress
- 11:20am Coffee and Pastries featuring SURF Award Winners and Resilient Scotland Community Enterprise Investees with Token Gestures Coin Game
Early afternoon session: Show Us The Money: Resourcing Regeneration
- 11:40am Funding Panel: Introduced by SURF Chair Pippa Coutts with colleagues from the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland; Heritage Lottery Fund (Scotland); Highlands & Islands Enterprise; Resilient Scotland; and the Scottish Government.
- 12:15pm Questions and Debate: Funding Regeneration 2016-21
- 12:35pm Poverty, Our Hidden Shame: Short Film and Introduction by Plantation Productions Create Crew
- 12:45pm Lunch and Funding Café exhibition with representatives from 30+ regeneration funding providers, from Amber Infrastructure to Youthlink Scotland.
Late afternoon session: Making the Connections
- 1:30pm People, Policies, Partners and Places: Practical progress and learning from SURF’s Alliance for Action collaborations. Featuring Andy Milne, SURF Chief Executive, on Govan; Dr Elaine Cooper, SURF Practice & Learning Manager, on East Kirkcaldy; and Paul Duffy, Rothesay Alliance for Action Facilitator for SURF, on Rothesay, in addition to local partners.
- 2:30pm Local Poverty, National Wealth – Panel Debate with Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland and Robin McAlpine, Director of Common Weal.
- 3:15pm Thanks and What’s Next – SURF’s Pippa Coutts
- 3:30pm Close and coffee.
Book Your Place
SURF’s Annual Conference is free to attend, with priority booking for SURF members in the event of excess demand.