This year Scotland's Towns Week runs from 20 - 26 November, with Scotland's Towns Conference taking place on Tuesday 21 November.
Scotland's Towns Week is an opportunity to collaborate, share best practice, interests and opportunities and ultimately to bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres.
See below for what's happening in Scotland's Towns Week, and find ways to get involved. You can also visit the STW web page for more information.
Whats going on in Scotland's Towns Week 2017
Watch out for special announcements on our website and social media accounts this week, where we’ll be featuring what our partners are doing to support and promote towns.
Scotland's Towns Week is also supported by Abellio Scotrail, who focus on connecting Scotland's Towns.
In addition, the following key events are happening during and shortly after Scotland’s Towns Week:
- Tue, 21 November: Scotland's Towns Conference, Paisley Town Hall (Scotland's Towns Partnership)
- Wed 22 - Thu 23 November: There Goes the Neighbourhood: Academy of Urbanism Neighbourhood Summit (Academy of Urbanism)
- Tuesday 28 November: Taste Inverclyde (Riverside Inverclyde)
- Tuesday 28 November: Scottish Grocer’s Federation Cross Party Group Meeting (SGF)
- Tuesday 28 November: Can Culture Save the City? (University of the West of Scotland)
Ways to get involved in Scotland's Towns Week:
There are lots of ways you can celebrate and support your town during Scotland’s Towns Week!
→ Share photos of your town and tell us what makes it unique. Take part in the conversation on Twitter at @ScotlandsTowns, #LoveMyTown and #ScotlandsTowns, or our Facebook page here.
→ Download and display our "Keep it Local" poster. Download here.
→ Tell us about and share any events or initiatives happening in your town during 20 - 26 November. Contact us, and see what's on.
→ Vote for your favourite innovative idea in the FutureTown Design Competition.
As part of Scotland’s Towns Week, the Academy and its partners are holding a one-and-a-half day event focusing on changing neighbourhoods, following the success of the 2016 event Streets Beyond – Beyond Streets.
Drawing from national and international examples, including contributions from some of the Academy’s Great Neighbourhood Award finalists, the aim is to explore the physical, social and economic attributes that make for successful neighbourhoods. Using lessons from ‘established’ exemplars, we aim to identify factors that can help regenerate existing neighbourhoods and making new neighbourhoods and estates more ‘liveable’.
At this stage our partners and sponsors include University of Dundee, The Scottish Government, the Carnegie Trust, Sustrans, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, CECHR, RTPI Scotland, Architecture Design Scotland and Kevin Murray Associates
|Day One – 22 November 2017
Study trip to Broughty Ferry
AoU Neighbourhood Finalist
|13.30||Assemble at Broughty Ferry Library to register (make your own way)|
Welcome and Presentation
Nicoll Russell Architects and Chair, Broughty in Bloom
Visit to Broughty Ferry
Tour with local group
|17.00-18.00||Visit to Dundee Waterfront – optional|
|Day Two – 23 November 2017
There Goes the Neighbourhood
1st AoU Neighbourhood Summit
Venue: West Park, 319 Perth Road, Dundee , DD2 1NN
|08.45||Registration and Coffee|
Introduction and Welcome
John Rowan, Kevin Murray AoU and Dr Husam AlWaer AoU
What Are Exemplar Neighbourhoods? Can They be Created?
Richard Guise AoU, Lead Neighbourhood Assessor
Director, Context 4d
Turning Twechar Around
Val Leslie, Places for People
Connecting and Reinforcing Neighbourhoods
Chris Breslin, Scottish Canals
|11.00||Break and Networking Discussions|
The Challenge of Creating New Communities
David Rudlin AoU, Chair, The Academy of Urbanism
Lessons from existing communities lightning talks
Broughty Ferry: Jan McTaggart, Broughty Ferry Traders Association
Town Centre Living in Scotland – Lessons from Arbroath
Diarmaid Lawlor AoU, Kirsty Macari AoU
Five immersive inquiry discussions, with different lead themes on lessons for new communities and regenerating neighbourhoods
(1) Mix of housing, demography, including co-housing
(2) Role of schools, health facilities and catchments
(3) Local institutions, partnerships, societies, events
(4) Heritage, identity, conservation and environment
(5) Community empowerment mechanisms – legal, financial, land, buildings
|15.30||Afternoon Tea / Coffee Break|
International Keynote Speaker
Rob St Mary, Patronicity, Detroit, USA
|16.40||Discussion and Close – Headline Takeaway Points|
Numbers for this event are capped, so please register early to avoid disappointment.
The fee includes conference attendance, printed materials, refreshments and lunch and a final drinks reception.
General ticket: £60.00
Students and Young Urbanists: £30.00
Discounted fee available until 7th November 2017. Group Discounts are available on request. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Discounted Flights between London Stansted and Dundee
Loganair is offering an exclusive up to 30% discount to delegates travelling between London Stansted and Dundee for this conference. Please book at loganair.co.uk quoting promotional code, NSDND, for travel between 20 November 2017 and 26 November 2017. Please click here to book.
We are pleased through the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau to be able to offer discounted local accommodation. Click here for more information.
Tell your friends…
To make this our most successful event yet, please tell your friends and colleagues that you’ll be coming to summit by email, Twitter or Facebook.
For further information please visit our web
We very much look forward to seeing you in Dundee for what will be a very special event.
Event by the University of the West of Scotland, in association with the Institute of Ideas
Cultural Policy now plays a major part in how our cities seek to reinvent themselves, and cities like Paisley are competing to be named UK City of Culture. But is culture really the key to regeneration?
Pauline Hadaway writer and researcher; author, Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast and Policing the Public Gaze
Christine Hamilton consultant, cultural policy; author, Where are the women?; former director of planning and development, Scottish Arts Council
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala chair in media, culture and visual arts, University of the West of Scotland; co-editor, Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change
Gayle McPherson professor of events and cultural policy, University of the West of Scotland
Alastair Donald associate director, Institute of Ideas; co-director, Future Cities Project
The event is free, however please pre-book using the eventbrite link below:
Event by Can Do Places
Why do we need them and what impact will they have on our local economy and communities?
This short workshop is a chance to hear more and understand the Can Do Places and Spaces programme and how community groups, by converting redundant buildings can create a sustainable income for their trust or group, help create new businesses and ensure the local economy is strengthened.
This is a unique opportunity to hear and see what is being achieved in Crieff and how it can be applied in other areas.
Please join us for tea or coffee from 10am with the workshop starting at 10.30am sharp. The workshop will run until 12.30pm and is followed by a light lunch.
Places are strictly limited (attendance is FOC)
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2017 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 2nd.
We want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so know that whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is supporting you! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below.
Want to support your local small businesses as a local authority? Show your support for Small Business Saturday and encourage others to get involved! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below:
Are you a trade body, membership organisation, BID or local business network? Show your support for Small Business Saturday and encourage others to get involved! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below: