May 02, 2019 at 10:00am - 1:30pm

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on 2nd May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with three winning projects from the ‘Most Improved Place’, ‘Housing’ and ‘Community Led Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2018 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 the Orkney island of Westray. The community owned Westray Development Trust’s mission is to develop the economic, social and cultural sustainability of Westray by harnessing the quality of its resources, people and island environment. It has delivered a number of projects with real practical benefits for the island’s diverse demographic and its economy.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Housing’ winner Chapelpark: A new beginning. This Angus Council-led project successfully transformed a B-listed former school into 29 high quality affordable rented homes in the town centre. An eco-minimalist ethos involving high thermal insulation and airtightness, and passive solar gain, was used to provide comfortable and efficient homes, which the Council pre-allocated to existing tenants.

Finally, we will hear from the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner Papay Community Cooperative, based on the Orkney island of Papa Westray. In 1979, Papay Community Cooperative was established by local community members in response to an announcement that the island’s only shop was set to close. The group’s initial aim was to develop a community shop, accommodation for tourists, and a venue for community activities. It delivered these by repurposing a row of empty farm cottages, known as Beltane House, which have helped safeguard the island’s future.

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.


10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

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

10:40am   Presentation, Westray: Isobel Thompson, Westray Development Trust

10:50am   Presentation, Chapelpark: Lynne Warburton, Angus Council

11.00am   Presentation, Papay Community Co-op: Jennifer Foley, Papay Community Co-op

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

11:30pm   Presentation, Place-Based Regeneration: Susan Bolt, Scottish Government (TBC)

11:40pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Phil Prentice, STP

11:50pm   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: TBC, HIE (TBC)

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:30pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Andy Milne and Emma Scott, Information, Communications & Events Officer, SURF

12:40pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

Date and Time: Thurs 2nd May 2019, 10am-1.30pm

Venue: The Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR


To book a place at this free event please complete the booking form at the SURF event page here.

May 02, 2019 at 10:00am - 1:30pm
The Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
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