September 01, 2016 at 9:00am - 5pm

Key Themes

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 EnterpriseResilient 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.

Please complete a booking form here to register, or contact SURF’s Emma Scott directly on 0141 440 6392 or [email protected].

September 01, 2016 at 9:00am - 5pm
CoSLA Conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh
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