SURF is hosting five online regional events this Autumn, all designed to provide information, enhance place-based trust and share learning on cooperative responses to COVID related challenges in regeneration. They will encourage open, inclusive and constructive cross sector discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to share their COVID experience and to join a national conversation on how we can move forward together.
Read full information on the SURF website here.
The aim is to encourage more cross sector collaboration which can:
- respond to immediate, and longer-term issues created by the pandemic
- provide socially and economically pressured communities with more holistic support
- identify common causes, shared challenges and collaborative solutions
- record, analyse and present further learning, which will assist communities and relevant policymakers to rebuild better
The series of regional interactive events will be based on SURF’s own continuing research and learning from its unique cross sector forum of frontline delivery organisations and those national agencies which support them.
SURF’s final report on shared and differential learning across the five geographic settings, will include recommendations on policy and further activity on a sectoral and collective basis, to help sustain post pandemic community resilience.
Regional Event Calendar
October 20th South East: City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders
October 22nd North: Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City Council, Argyll and Bute, Highland, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands
October 26th East Central: Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth & Kinross and Stirling
October 28th West: East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire
November 3rd South West: North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway
10.30 Welcome and introduction
10.40 Brief outline of SURF COVID findings
10.45 Funding and COVID – Creative Scotland
10.55 Scotland Online, the digital challenge – Katy McNeil, Programme Director, Connecting Scotland
11.05 Working together, building on COVID collaboration – Representatives from each region on local responses.
- South East – Leah Black, WHALE Arts
- North – Hannah MacSween, Muir of Ord DT
- East Central – Rose Duncan, Collydean Community Centre
- West – Andy Gilbert, Easthall Residents Association
- South West – Kirsty Fowler, Ochiltree Community Hub
11.15. Observations and conversation from the floor
The SCSC is an expanded version of SURF’s successful People and Sector Connector Service, which has previously worked with local government to share and promote knowledge and best practice on topical regeneration policy themes. The original programme provided networking and shared learning opportunities for more than 100 participants with regeneration related responsibilities in local authorities across Scotland. https://www.surf.scot/projects/alliance-for-action/people-sector-connector/
The knowledge and experience of those members remains at the core of the enlarged SURF COVID Cross Sector Connector Service, but now includes a wider range of regeneration partners. including those working in the community, voluntary, academic and private sectors, in addition to other public bodies such as Health Boards and national agencies.
Please click on the link below to book a place on the relevant Virtual Event. If you have any queries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Book onto the October 20th South East: City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders
Book onto the October 22nd North: Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City Council, Argyll and Bute, Highland, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands
Book onto the October 26th East Central: Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth & Kinross and Stirling
Book onto the October 28th West: East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire
Book onto the November 3rd South West: North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway
Join the Cross Party Group on Towns and Towns Centres for our Annual Parliamentary Reception, which this year will take place online.
The focus of the reception will be to celebrate the work of Scotland’s Improvement Districts. Throughout the pandemic, they have played a key role in many of Scotland’s towns, in supporting business and encouraging the public to safely use their local services. The event will also be a key opportunity to bring place stakeholders together to hear the latest about support for Scotland's towns
Chaired by CPG Convenor, John Scott MSP, we will hear from: Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government; Councillor Alison Evison, President of CoSLA; Roddy Smith, Chief Executive and Director, Essential Edinburgh; and Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling and Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
Please RSVP your place below, and you can contact Elaine Bone if you have any questions about the reception.
John Scott MSP, Convener, Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres
18:20 Scotland Loves Local
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership
Local Focus National Impact - The Value of Improvement Districts to Local Economies
18:25 Councillor Alison Evison, President of CoSLA
18:35 Roddy Smith, Chief Executive and Director, Essential Edinburgh
18:45 Ministerial Address
Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government
18:55 Closing Remarks
Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling and Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership
In light of the ongoing situation and following feedback, this year's Cycling Scotland conference is moving online.
The theme of the event is: Creating a safer cycling environment and a greener future.
• Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP
• Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, Head of Crime, Lincolnshire Police, and former lead for Vision Zero, Road Death and Transport Crime Investigation, Metropolitan Police
• Jyoti Pande Lavakare, co-founder of Care for Air India
Sara Thiam, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, will Chair the session.
The DTAS programme may have a familiar look but whilst we are sad that we cannot offer our members the face-to-face, get together and catch up that we would like to, we hope that the revised programme for our first ever ‘virtual conference’ still captures your interest and imagination!
As we don’t expect or suggest you to sit at a screen for hours at a time over a number of days, even if you had the time, we have reformatted things slightly to suit the online setting, and for the first time ever will not be running multiple workshops and seminars at the one time. With that in mind, places may be limited so we would ask you to sign up for the sessions that you really want to attend live (and of course the AGM). Recordings of all the plenary and break-out sessions will be available to view by members from the next day.
Please see the conference agenda and booking form on the DTA Scotland website here.