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:
- Participation Requests
- Asset transfer
- Community growing
- 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
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