Scottish Tourism Month and STA Signature Conference 2018

Produced by the Scottish Tourism Alliance 

Tourism Month has grown from the traditional, annual Scottish Tourism Week which takes place in March and in 2018 for the first time ever, Scotland’s tourism industry will connect throughout a month length series of industry events taking place across Scotland.

The aim of the event is to engage, connect and inspire all of Scotland’s tourism businesses and organisations, and of course to celebrate the enormous contribution of our tourism industry to Scotland’s economy.

Tourism Month will kick off with the STA Signature Conference at the SEC in Glasgow on 1 March. On the afternoon and eve of the STA Signature Conference there will be Advisory Workshops and a Civic Reception for those who are in town. 

Over 25 sectoral, destination and business events such as the Scotland Food & Drink Annual Conference, The Thistle Awards and EventIt will take place all over Scotland throughout the month of March under the Scottish Tourism Month banner with a Parliamentary Reception hosted at Holyrood as one of the final events of the tourism month calendar.

Our mantra of ‘Tourism is everyone’s business’ is the driver behind the month long event and Tourism Month is your opportunity to get involved in these networking events and tourism conversations happening all over the country and to take inspiration and knowledge from some of the tourism world’s leading figures who will be joining us next March.

Whether you’re an individual, tourism business, public or private sector organisation, you’ll find a number of ways to get involved in this hugely important and inspirational nationwide event.

Read more: Scottish Tourism Month website

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Contemporary Approaches to Sustainability in European Cities

The Academy of Urbanism and University of Dundee are delighted to convene a special event to consider the application of contemporary strategies to make medium-sized cities more sustainable in environmental, socio-economic and cultural terms.

We have invited senior speakers from leading AoU European City Finalists, including Bilbao, Copenhagen, Freiburg and Ljubljana together with additional input from Scottish and UK specialists.

Event Format

13.15 Registration and Networking
14.00 Welcome + Introduction
14.10 AoU City Assessments David Rudlin AoU and Kerri Farnsworth AoU
14.25 International seminar with talks by

Bilbao – Asier Abaunza Robles, Councillor, Bilbao City Council
Copenhagen – Tina Saaby, City architect of Copenhagen
Ljubljana – Liljana Jankovic Grobelsek, Head of the Planning Office, City Municipality of Ljubljana
Freiburg – Wulf Daseking, Former Head of Urban Planning, City of Freiburg
Scotland – Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect, Scottish Government

16.20 Q & A
17.00 Reception
18.00 Close

Copenhagen

Ljubljana

This promises to be a hugely insightful event for a wide range of policymakers, urbanists, planners, designers, researchers and students.

Places are free but will be limited, so registration is required by the 22 February.

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Supported by

Thanks to our sponsors: Erasmus Funds, the Scottish Government, Scottish Towns Partnership and RTPI Scotland, and to our supporters CECHR, RTPI Scotland (East Chapter) and Kevin Murray Associates.

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Community Heritage Scotland - Going Forward

What is Community Heritage in Scotland?

Do you belong to a group or organisation that connects heritage with people - independent museums, historical societies, development or buildings trusts, community archaeology groups, clan societies etc? Or you may be an individual working on your own project.

At the moment, there is no clear picture of who is doing what and where, in Scotland. Finding this out will be the first step. One outcome of this project may be to create the first community heritage network for Scotland.

Community Heritage Scotland - Going Forward is a discussion day for people involved with heritage in their communities. We will debate core questions such as how you define community heritage, discuss how to encourage new and diverse audiences and look at how a potential network would be best delivered.

The day will involve a series of informal discussions, workshop sessions and plenty of cakes and biscuits.

We* want to help bring about positive change for community and voluntary organisations involved with heritage in Scotland. To help better understand how community heritage groups currently operate and how we might best meet their future needs, please take part in our survey: http://bit.ly/communityheritage

This event is free, and you can book your place here.


*We are a group of people and organisations connected in various ways to heritage in communities. Our initial steering group: Representatives from four community heritage organizations; Historic Environment ScotlandMuseums Galleries ScotlandSt Andrews University; Archaeology ScotlandAssociation for Independent Museums.

The project is being run by a combined team from Ergadia Museums & Heritage and Northlight Heritage, all specialists in community heritage projects.

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Landownership: Opportunities and Challenges for Urban Communities

By Community Land Scotland - Community landownership has been transformative for many rural communities in Scotland. Can it have the same impact in Scotland’s towns and cities? Come along to this event to find out about the results of our research into urban community landownership, hear inspiring case studies and take part in a discussion about the future of urban community landownership.

Tue 6 March 2018, 12:00 – 16:00, Barmulloch Residents Centre, 54 Quarrywood Road, Glasgow

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

REGISTER YOUR PLACE NOW ON EVENTBRITE 

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Pass it on Week: 10-18 March 2018

The 4th year of Pass it on week will be running from 10-18 March 2018. The week is all about re-use, so passing things on, upcycling, swapping, repairing – anything to #MakeThingsLast.

Pass it on Week is Scotland's annual celebration of re-use - join in and get swapping, donating, sharing and repairing to help make things last!
Recycle for Scotland are calling on community groups, charities, local authorities, businesses, schools, colleges, universities and individuals to get involved and run some kind of re-use activity to get people passing on stuff they no longer use, so it can have a new life with someone else. 
Whether it's holding a clothes swap, running an upcycling workshop, holding a donation drive or putting on a repair cafe - anything that helps people to keep stuff in use for longer!
For more information see: http://www.recycleforscotland.com/re-use/passing-it
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Scottish Young Planners' Conference 2018

By RTPI Scotland - The planning profession is about to undergo fundamental changes as a result of the planning review and Planning Bill, once enacted, with implications for the way planners and planning authorities work in the future.  It is becoming all the more important that we are clear about how to plan and what we plan for. But how do we do this? How do we best meet the challenges that will need to be faced and make the most of the opportunities that will arise?

The SYPN 2018 annual conference will look at the potential transformation to the planning system of making better use of technological advances and new approaches to construction and design. It will include case studies of how new ways of working and thinking can help more joined up and productive working across sectors, disciplines and professions.  The event will allow delegates to contribute to the debate and put forward their views on the change we need.

View the programme.

There are 10 discounted places available for Student/Unemployed members of the RTPI. These will be sold on a first come first served basis.

If you are having difficulties booking, please contact us on 0131 228 9628 or email scotland@rtpi.org.uk.

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Cross Party Group on Towns Meeting - Young People and Towns

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres.

As the Year of Young People begins, the meeting topic will be on 'Young People and Towns', focusing on the contribution young people make to towns, and how greater opportunities for young people can be supported and created. 

If you wish to attend, please reserve your place below.

For any queries, please contact Alison Jones, alison@scotlandstowns.org. 

You can access past minutes and reports from the CPG Towns here

 

Agenda 

12:30 – 14:00, Wednesday, 14th March 2018
Committee Room 2, Scottish Parliament

Refreshments kindly supported by Global Treasure Apps

12:15              Meet in Parliament reception area

12:30              Light refreshments

12:45              Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

12:50              Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 6th December. Matters Arising from the Minutes

 

Young People and Towns

13:00              Introduction - Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

13:05              Chelsea Stinson, Children’s Voices Programme Manager, Children’s Parliament

13:15              Young People Treasuring Regeneration

                       Frances O’Neill, Producer, Global Treasure Apps     

13:25              Geoff Leask, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise Scotland

13:35              David McAllister, Communications Manager, Planning Aid Scotland

13:45              Discussion

13:55              Any Other Competent Business

14:00              Close of Meeting 

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BEFS Conference 2018 - Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement Conference

Book now for BEFS conference 2018!

Historic Environment Scotland is undertaking a review of the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement this year and this is an opportunity to influence what direction it may take and potentially shape the future content of Scottish Planning Policy.

The conference will bring together the sector for an intensive workshop looking at creative and pragmatic approaches to caring for Scotland’s historic environment.

Further information and a programme to come soon!

Booking via Eventbrite

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Scotland Walking Summit 2018: steps to stronger towns and cities

Come and join Living Streets Scotland to hear how towns and cities across the country and beyond are creating world-class places for walking. 

Our summit will bring together decision-makers, business leaders, place-makers and campaigners to discuss how we can create world-class towns and cities for walking in Scotland. 

Walking towns and cities are economically stronger and resilient. Prioritising pedestrians over vehicles helps to reduce costly congestion and increase footfall encouraging business activity, whilst creating places to attract business and investment. 

This one-day summit will focus on the opportunities for towns and cities in Scotland to improve their competitiveness by prioritising walking.

Speakers include:

  • Riccardo Marini, Masterplanning and Urban Strategy Expert at Gehl Architects; Marini Urbanismo.
  • Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Tom Platt, Head of Policy & Communications, Living Streets.

The summit will also showcase walking towns and cities from the UK and beyond, and provide an opportunity to debate the priorities and challenges in prioritising walking in our towns and cities with Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent from The Scotsman, and city leaders.

Book your place now – or visit our website for more information including a provisional schedule.

Places are free, but limited.

 

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STP Funding Workshop - Non-Member Ticket

STP Funding Workshop: Where’s the Money?

Scotland's Towns Partnership is bringing together funding experts and funding providers for another of our popular workshops to help you make the most of available funding opportunities for your town. 

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Funding Scotland, Scottish Local Authorities External Funding Group, and some of Scotland's major funders!

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. Our funding experts will provide you with top tips and advice regarding applications, and you will be able to ask them directly about any queries you might have.

Refreshments provided.

*An agenda will be made available shortly, watch this space!

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP here.

Tickets for non-members are £60 (inc VAT), and can be purchased below.

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STP Funding Workshop - Member RSVP

STP Funding Workshop: Where's the Money?

Scotland's Towns Partnership is bringing together funding experts and funding providers for another of our popular workshops to help you make the most of available funding opportunities for your town.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Funding Scotland, Scottish Local Authorities External Funding Group, and some of Scotland's major funders!

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. Our funding experts will provide you with top tips and advice regarding applications, and you will be able to ask them directly about any queries you might have.

Refreshments provided.

*An agenda will be made available shortly, watch this space!

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60 (inc VAT), and can be purchased here.

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CDAS Conference 2018: Development, Democracy and Dark Matter

Dark matter is everywhere, it’s completely invisible, it binds things together and it can change the appearance of a space - sound familiar!! We can’t often see what it is that creates and sustains healthy, resilient, caring, communities but we know that it is there and would argue that it can be generated by community development. 

So what other elements and forces in the surrounding universe are helping or hindering successful community development?  The annual Community Development Alliance Scotland Conference this year will focus on just that.  

To boldly go- A day to reflect and speculate on the creative potential energy released by the Community Empowerment Act in local communities across Scotland; and space to look ahead at what broader participative democracy horizons might be explored via the Local Governance review.

Programme outline - Morning

Key note speaker - Sylvia Douglas, Founding Director of MsMissMrs CIC
 
Sylvia set up the social enterprise in 2013 for all women to address self-esteem issues which suffer as a result of a difficult life journey. The Get SET Programme was written by Sylvia after her own experience growing up in care and all that followed. Her own recovery inspired her to write the ASDAN Accredited programme which has helped over 200 women to date. Difficult topics about who we are and how to relate to the world are nicely balanced with the quirky Empowerment Pants that fund the project! Not only does Sylvia work with women and sell her pants but she trains other organisations to deliver the programme to young women & girls.

Open Space time - covering topics of:

  1. Participation Requests
  2. Asset transfer
  3. Community growing
  4. Local community planning

Programme outline – Afternoon

Key note speaker - Alasdair McKinlay, Head of Community Planning and Empowerment Unit in the Scottish Government's Local Government and Communities Directorate.  

RoundTable discussions -     The future of local democracy in Scotland



Book your place now

Cost:  £50, including light lunch and refreshments (Free to community groups with income of less than £50,000 per year, but booking is essential
 

For queries, please contact cdascotland@gmail.com.

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Your Festival, Your Community

Please note that this is not an STP event - contact organisers Regional Screen Scotland directly for more information.

Celebrate, learn and share

Your Festival, Your Community will be an event celebrating, learning about and connecting local film festivals from all over Scotland. It will be completely free to attend, open to any local film festival organisers in Scotland and the rest of the UK, people interested in starting a festival, or those who want to find out how they can support local film festivals.

We'll be joined by speakers from Cromarty Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, Whitley Bay Film Festival and more, to share experience and advice and consider the question: what makes a film festival local?

The event will explore the themes most important to local film festivals in Scotland such as planning special events, creating an inclusive festival and how to make a festival sustainable.

 

Your festival could win an award!

The Your Festival, Your Community Awards event will take place on the evening of Friday 27 April at MacRobert, when we'll recognise the achievements of local film festivals and the communities that support them. Our special guest will present awards in categories such as Best Guest and Most Surprising Location, after which there'll be a dinner reception for all attendees.

 

Bursaries available for travel and accommodation.

A limited number of bursaries up to £150 are available for travel and accommodation for attendees of Your Festival, Your Community. For more information click the link below.

Find Out More about Your Festival, Your Community

 

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New approaches towards tackling barriers to employability: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on 3 May provides an opportunity to explore successful new approaches towards tackling barriers to employability. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Youth Employability’ category and the winner of the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Youth Employability’ category winner LinkLiving. The project works with young people in Edinburgh, Falkirk and Fife and supports them in seeking employment, education and training by helping identify goals and removing barriers to progress

The second presentation will be given by the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ category winner Dundee International Women’s Centre. DIWC’s vision is to provide a space where women and girls from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities achieve their personal goals, reach their full potential, and prosper in their community.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended Creative Pathways: Barrhead project.  The project is delivered in partnership by community arts charity Impact Arts and Barrhead Housing Association. It delivers an employability programme that uses the power of arts and creativity to inspire and motivate young people who are not in employment, education or training.

Guests will then hear from the second of the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended projects the DRC Youth Project. The service is run by DRC Youth Project, a voluntary organisation that provides a range of support for socially excluded young people in various wards across north west Glasgow including Yoker, Scotstoun and Whiteinch.

The event will close with Skills Development Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting individuals and organisations to help people enter or return back into training and employment. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, LinkLiving: Nicky Paton and Grant Alexander, LinkLiving

10:55am   Presentation, Dundee International Women’s Centre: Fatima Ramzan and Vaqar Salimi, DIWC

11:10am   Presentation, Creative Pathways: Barrhead: Fiona Doring and Natalie McFadyen White, Impact Arts 

11:20am   Presentation, DRC Youth Project: tbc

11:30am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:50am   Presentation, Skills Development Scotland: Michelle Gibson, Skills Development Scotland

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:25pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018, 10am-1pm

Venue: The Storytelling Centre , 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh

Booking

Please complete the booking form on the SURF event page here. For any queries contact emma@surf.scot 

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The role of creative arts in regeneration: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Barras Art and Design (BAaD) on 17 May provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards linking creative arts into regeneration initiatives. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner The Broomhill Project. Delivered by RIG Arts, in Greenock, the project aims to connect local residents with artists in collaborations that assist underprivileged people in the community, helping them develop their skills and deliver positive change.

This will be followed by input from the highly commended Cateran’s Common Wealthproject. Led by a network of local artists and producers in Perthshire, the project aims to simultaneously highlight the culture and heritage of rural communities and bring local people together.

Guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects Alchemy Film and Arts. Led by Alchemy Film & Arts in partnership with Heart of Hawick, the project delivers a high quality festival of experimental and new film while supporting the broader social and cultural regeneration of Hawick.

The event will close with Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting creative arts organisations. Followed by a short input from Arts and Business Scotland on their supporting role within the arts sector. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

 

Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, The Broomhill Project: Karen Orr and Jason Orr, RIG Arts

10:55am   Presentation, Cateran’s Common Wealth: Clare Cooper, Cateran’s Common Wealth

11:05am   Presentation, Alchemy Film & Arts: Karen Gateson and Richard Ashrowan, Alchemy Film & Arts

11:15am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects: Chaired by SURF Chair, Kate Wimpress

11:40am   Presentation, Creative Scotland: Gary Cameron, Creative Scotland

11:50am   Presentation, Paisley 2021 Bid: David Watt, Arts and Business Scotland

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy: Chaired by SURF Chair, Kate Wimpress

12:25pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30pm   Networking Lunch

 

Booking: please see the SURF event page here. 

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Successful Approaches to Regenerating Scotland’s Places: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Irvine on 31 May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from both the ‘Most Improved Place’ and ‘Housing’ categories highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Most Improved Place’ category winner Irvine. The Irvine Vision is an effort by North Ayrshire Council, in partnership with the local community, to take a strategic approach to the town’s economic and physical development. Originally approved in December 2015, the plan has delivered large scale investment in the town centre and a number of other areas. These developments have been guided by local planning partnerships and are based on extensive consultation with the local community.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Housing’ winner Ulva Ferry Housing Project. In 2010, the geographically isolated island community and its economically fragile, ageing population was in danger of losing its primary school as a result of long-term population decline strongly influenced by the lack of affordable housing options for young people. A successful local campaign to keep Ulva School open provided a genesis for the Ulva Ferry Housing Project, the need for which was identified in extensive community consultations in 2013 and 2015. In 2017, two three-bedroom homes were built enabling two new families, each with three children, to move to the area. This has secured a future for the local school which, with the lack of any other local facilities, acts as a hub for the wider community.

Following an open discussion session with the projects attendees will hear from Scottish Government representatives who will give an overview of current priorities regarding place based regeneration. This will be followed by a short presentations from Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to regenerate Scotland’s towns and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their current focus on place based regeneration. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.

Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, Irvine: Alasdair Laurenson, North Ayrshire Council

10:55am   Presentation, Ulva Ferry Housing Project: Helen MacDonald, Mull and Iona Community Trust

11:10am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:35pm   Presentation, Place Based Regeneration: Susan Bolt, Scottish Government

11:45pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Mhairi Donaghy, STP

11:55pm   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: tbc, HIE

12.05pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:30pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:35pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

Date: Thursday 31st May 2018, 10am-1pm

Venue: TBC, Irvine

Booking

Please complete the booking form at the SURF event webpage. For any queries contact emma@surf.scot 

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