National Walking Month

Are you ready to celebrate walking? Watch this space to see what Living Streets' Scotland have coming up for National Walking Month this May.

As it's Living Streets' 90th anniversary, they'll be giving it even more oomph!

Visit National Walking Month webpage

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Arts & Business Scotland: Specialist Fundraising Courses for Arts & Heritage

Would you like to…

* Develop partnerships and sponsorship opportunities with businesses?

* Learn how to market and fundraise lawfully within GDPR?

* Write funding applications and communications copy with copywriting knowledge?

* Get started on fundraising?

If yes to one or more of the above, then during May Arts & Business Scotland have four courses designed to get you on the track to achieving your goals.

Go to their Events page to read attendee reviews and find out more information on each training day or click on the individual training options choice below.

Please note that spaces are limited, and some have only a few places remaining.

Beyond GDPR – How to Market and Fundraise Lawfully
9 May 2019, 12:30 – 16:30 / Book Here
"If you want understandable, invaluable information and a great speaker then book now!"

Sponsorship: Developing Creative Partnerships
14 May 2019, 10:15 – 16:30 / Book Here
“Excellent….This session has made me think differently about creating a creative partnership.”

Telling It Like It Is – Effective Copywriting
15 May 2019, 10:15 – 16:30 / Book Here
“Excellent trainer and you will get a lot out of this session…”

Fundraising: Getting Started
23 May 2019, 09:15 – 16:30 / Book Here
"Very well presented and engaging. Very knowledgeable tutor. If you're fairly new to fundraising or feel you need a re-fresh this is a great day to get an overview."

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Scotland’s Housing – More than just Numbers

An event focused on the delivery of affordable, environmentally responsible housing. Organised by The Scottish Ecological Design Association and the Gaia Group.

The Scottish Government has committed to beginning work on a vision of how homes and communities will look in 2040 and how to get there (Housing Beyond 2021). Gaia Research with The Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) are hosting an event to bring together inspiration – from successful and innovative housing initiatives in the UK and Europe – with information on how change can be facilitated and the design qualities required to ensure our housing is environmentally and demographically future proofed.

For the last 60 years housing in Scotland has been driven by quantity. For the last 40 years housing in Scotland has been dominated by a small number of volume housebuilders. In the last 20 years there has been growing dissatisfaction with the lack of affordable, environmentally benign and future-proofed social housing in Scotland. This concern is widespread amongst central government, local government, the many agencies that this affects, and communities. Meanwhile rents, buy-to-lets and homelessness continue to rise.

Many people want and need affordable, future proofed housing that addresses 21st-century issues – in particular environmental and demographic changes. Many more are appalled at the wrong kind of housing in the wrong place, the eating up of green belt by housing that imposes outdated transport solutions at costs unaffordable to many, and their increasing environmental and social impacts. Concerns about climate change are vital aspects of future proofing, as is the aging population.

In Germany and Switzerland, where homelessness was once a major concern, there has been a commitment to see housing as an underpinning right and essential foundation of a healthy society. There are numerous projects from which Scotland could potentially learn a great deal. However, the innovations they illustrate are widely perceived as “too difficult” to achieve in Scotland.

Scotland’s housing – More than just numbers will address the perception that a right to affordable, future-proofed housing “would never work here” by providing a forum in which to debate what we need to do to make it work here. It will look to the advice and experience of leaders in this field, and to agree the institutions, mechanisms and actors that need to be put in place to overcome the current barriers. 

The changes being set in place in Scotland – in part generated by the Land Commission – and initiatives such as consideration of Compulsory Purchase Orders for under-utilised land are setting an interesting context for this discussion now.   The two immediate building-related contexts are: 

  1. Community self build – new build
  2. Community self-build – refurbishment (this could range from a group wishing to renovate an old building, to those living in a street of ex-mining houses)

The target audience for the event includes community groups, housing associations, representatives of mature and fledgling co-housing and co-operative housing groups, developers, local authorities and relevant Scottish Government departments. We invite your participation to ask the questions that need to be asked and to share your knowledge of how to move forward. 

For further information contact Professor Sandy Liddell Halliday CEng Hon FRIAS:

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Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland 2019

Join practised community development leaders from home and abroad in this exciting two-day international conference sharing experiences, skills, ideas and knowledge. Organised by Highlands & Islands Enterprise. 

Designed by communities, for communities, the event spotlights relevant topics important to organisations like yours, united by the theme 'Ionnsachaidh a ‘tighinn le deasbad' — learning and growing together.

Join the debate - let local and global perspectives empower your community

This is your opportunity to hear from expert speakers on key areas including assets, income, finance, succession, service provision and sustainability.

And importantly, you’ll tackle these topics in working groups – where you can discuss how to get the best results in community-led development with a wide variety of people working at all stages of community project development.

We’re expecting 250 delegates from a wide variety of groups to join the two-day event. In addition, you’ll have access to a vibrant, informative marketplace of up to 60 organisations and partners where you can get the latest help and advice from community support organisations, public agencies, and subject experts.

A diverse programme to stimulate ideas and action

We're delighted to be joined by Alex Thomson, chief correspondent of Channel 4 news. He’ll guide us through a varied programme of speakers, open forums, exhibitors and opportunities for networking and informal meetings. As well as a conference dinner, there’s a variety of entertaining fringe events.

Our final speaking line-up will be announced soon. Speakers already confirmed include: 

  • Sarah Skerrett, author of Recharging Rural
  • Rob Snyder and Suzanne MacDonald of Maine’s Island Institute
  • Brian Swainbanks from Tobermory Harbour
  • Irene Warner-MacIntosh from the Mhor Collective
  • Mike Staples from Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust
  • Neil Ferguson from Electric A9

Sign up today - give your community the advantage!

Please register now to secure your place. Because we anticipate high demand, tickets will be limited to TWO persons per organisation. Let us know if you wish to book a conference dinner place.

Conference rate accommodation is available at the MacDonald Aviemore Resort. We’ll send you a code after you register.

If you're interested in exhibiting in the marketplace, please get in touch at

#SCCS19 is being run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with support from the South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership, the Scottish Government, and Scottish Enterprise. The conference dinner is supported by Cairngorm National Park Authority.

For more information, visit our website

Do you have questions about Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland 2019? Contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise
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1st International Conference on Place and the Place Standard

NHS Health Scotland and the World Health Organisation European Healthy Cities Network in partnership with Scottish Government, Architecture Design Scotland and Glasgow City Council would like to invite you to attend the 1st International Conference on Place and the Place Standard.

The event will consider, celebrate and seek to further progress effective place based approaches across Scotland, the UK and internationally highlighting the importance of this way of working to improve health and well-being and reduce inequalities. It will bring together a wide range of participants across communities and the public, private and voluntary sector

The conference will be held at The Old Fruit Market, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with plenary speakers to include Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Monika Kosinska, Regional Focal Point for WHO European Healthy Cities Network and Sir Harry Burns, Director of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde. Opened by Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander Glasgow City Council and chaired by David Crichton, Chair, NHS Health Scotland the day will also include a range of parallel sessions, site visits, panel discussion and opportunities for local, national and international delegates to exchange knowledge, discuss shared challenges and successes and identify future ways of working.


Booking: visit the conference EventBrite page here to book.

Please note registration closes on Friday 31st May.

Details on how to register for parallel sessions will be shared on or around 27th May.

If you would also like to submit an abstract please see here for further information and guidance. Please note the deadline for abstracts is 10th May 2019.

Should you have any questions please contact Sam Whitmore at

We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow.

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Scotland's Towns Tea Party 2019 [Non-Member Booking]

Whitespace, Norloch House, 36 King's Stables Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EU

Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership for our annual meeting of all those involved in supporting towns and improvement districts. An opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s towns as places for local communities and businesses.

Hear from our community-focussed, keynote speakers who will share their journeys and experiences. Catch up with town and community advocates from across the country, share ideas and get inspired!

We’ll also hear from the 2018 Future Town Design Competition winner and launch this year’s competition. Event Host, STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks will cover our Annual General Meeting business matters. See the agenda here

Non-members are very welcome to attend, and can purchase a ticket below (£15 + VAT). Alternative, become a member today and enjoy a range of exclusive benefits! 

STP members can RSVP for free here

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Scotland's Towns Tea Party 2019

Whitespace, Norloch House, 36 King's Stables Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EU

Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership for our annual meeting of all those involved in supporting towns and improvement districts. An opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s towns as places for local communities and businesses.

Hear from our community-focussed, keynote speakers who will share their journeys and experiences. Catch up with town and community advocates from across the country, share ideas and get inspired!

We’ll also hear from the 2018 Future Town Design Competition winner and launch this year’s competition. Event Host, STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks will cover our Annual General Meeting business matters. Please see provisional agenda. 

STP members can RSVP for free below.

Non-members are very welcome to attend, and can purchase a ticket here (£15 + VAT). Alternative, become a member today and enjoy a range of exclusive benefits! 


Provisional Agenda

1330    Towns Tea Party Afternoon Tea and Networking

1415    Welcome & AGM Business  

         Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

  • To consider and approve Financial Accounts for Year to end 31 March 2018
  • To seek members’ approval to consider and review accountants for the next year.
  • Election of Directors in the period from AGM 2018 to date.

1430    Scotland’s Towns Partnership: A Review on the Company’s Progress and Future Plans

            Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership. 

1440    Love Local, Creative Communities


            / The Town is the Venue / The Town is the Garden - Huntly

            Claudia Zeiske, Director Deveron Projects (invited)

            Deveron Projects is an arts organisation based in Huntly, a market town in the north east of Scotland with a population of 4,500. They have worked here with the history, context and identity of the town since 1995. Working with the idea that the town is the venue, they create socially engaged projects that connect artists, communities and places.


            Creative spaces - Stirling

            Joe Hall, Director, Creative Stirling

            Creative Stirling started life in 2012 as a small collective of creatives working together to support grass-root arts and culture in Stirlingshire. There are here to encourage and support local talent and to offer something new and creative, for all our community to enjoy. Starting life as a pop-up project, the ‘Made in Stirling’ store is a community gallery, workshop and shop, which is where people can easily find and engage with Creative Stirling.

1510    Q & A

1520    Future Town Design Competition Winner 2018

            Sam Hey of #TeamHamish, a community organisation affiliated with Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise (NICE)

1540    #FTDC19 Launch

1545    Networking (Close 1600)

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Cross Party Group on Towns Meeting: Towns for Leisure

Join Scotland's Towns Partnership and the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres for the next meeting of the group. The session will focus on ‘Towns for Leisure’, and how a variety of activities and attractors can increase community wellbeing, cultural vibrancy and bring additional footfall.

Come along to hear expert speakers, inspiring initiatives, and network with a range of supporters and stakeholders in towns and improvement districts. Refreshments provided.

Please see draft agenda and RSVP your place below if you are able to attend.


Draft Agenda

17:30            Meet in Parliament reception area

18:00            Coffee, tea and shortbread available

18:10            Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

18:15            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 13th March, 2019

                     Matters Arising from the Minutes

Towns for Leisure

18:20            Introduction

                     Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

18:30            Your Cinema, Your Community

                     Robert Livingston, Director, Regional Screen Scotland

18:40            Scotland’s Food and Drink and town centres

                     James Withers, CEO, Scotland’s Food and Drink (invited)

18:50            Fitness Festivals and Footfall

                     Colin Moulson, BID Manager, Dunoon Presents

19:00            Discussion

19:20            Any Other Competent Business

19:30            Close of Meeting

Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 4th September, Towns: Vacant Spaces Made Good, incorporating the Annual General Meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres

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2019 ATCM Summer School and Awards Dinner

Society is evolving. The way Millennials and Generation Z live, work and play is different to anything we have known before. How they spend money is changing rapidly. How they engage with brands, products and places is simply mind boggling for an older generation. And how they use their leisure time is constantly being redefined. A failure to adapt to these changes will mean high streets become collateral damage as the #FutureConsumer grows to become the dominant consumer. And the uncomfortable truth is, many of us do not understand the scale of change, nevermind know how to respond.

The time to prepare for the #FutureConsumer is now. With new technology, new forms of employment, concerns around housing, a myriad of new ways to shop and use leisure time, ATCM members need to know the implications for the town centres of tomorrow. At Summer School 2019, #FutureConsumer will provide two days of in-depth analysis of the evolution being driven by Millennials and Generation Z. It will combine high quality keynote presentations with engaging workshops to deliver an industry leading event open to all across the town and city management industry including town centre managers, Business Improvement Districts, economic development officers, planners, licensees, retailers, property  owners and many others. 

Summer School will also include a celebration of industry best practice with the 2019 Town and City Management Industry Awards Dinner and a range of excellent study tours that will bring the conference theme to life.

Mind the generation gap and book your seats for the 2019 ATCM Summer School ‘#FutureConsumer’! As always, ATCM members will be eligible for an early bird discount and will benefit from concessions on tickets thereafter. Book via Eventbrite if you want to pay by card. Email to pay via invoice.

Early Bird Discount: Group discount available until the Close of Play on 3rd May 2019. Two days of plenaries, workshops and study tours, plus the ATCM Town and City Management Industry Awards Dinner for as little as £150 each (+VAT).

Book here.

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Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) Annual Conference & AGM 2019

Development Trusts: People, Place, Progress!

Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld
Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd of September

Bookings will open in late May - keep an eye on Twitter for details: #DTAS19

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