Understanding Scottish Places

Understanding Scottish Places is a website to help towns practitioners and communities better understand the function of the towns they live and work in.  The platform primarily functions as a diagnostic tool, and beyond that offers the opportunity to compare and contrast data about places across the country.

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The SURF Awards are widely recognised as the most prestigious in the field of Scottish community regeneration.

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The president of the National Farmers Union of Scotland has welcomed the launch of the Scotland Loves Local campaign and its power to support the rural economy.

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Over a collectively challenging 15 week period SURF delivered a series of special SURF e-bulletins showcasing positive examples written by organisations delivering services or providing support to communities across Scotland, whilst the country navigated through the Covid crisis. 

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The UK's High Streets Task Force has produced resources to help you to create a customised routemap for your high street or town centre, from crisis to recovery and transformation, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

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These resources from the UK's High Streets Task Force can help you to create a customised routemap for your high street or town centre, from crisis to recovery and transformation, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A leading enterprise figure is backing the Scotland Loves Local campaign, urging all shoppers to think local first to support the economy in its recovery from the impact of Covid-19.

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The Town Centre Expert Review Group, announced last month by Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell, has put out a call for written evidence on how to revitalise town centres in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell MSP, has underlined her and the Scottish Government's support for the #ScotlandLovesLocal campaign.

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Members of the public are being urged to think local first and help fuel the nation’s financial fightback from coronavirus as part of a major campaign encouraging them to support local businesses in their town centre whilst still being aware of the public health guidelines.

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There are a number of digital apps, tools and services that can help support local economic recovery as town centres and high streets reopen following the coronavirus lockdown. To assist place managers seeking to make greater use of digital tools for their town, Scotland’s Towns Partnership has drawn up an indicative list of place-based digital providers and platforms that are already working with towns, high streets and communities in Scotland. Please scroll down to view.

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Since 2014, the Communities Channel Scotland website has been acting as a first-port of call for many community organisations, providing and linking to important information and sharing the great work of groups across the country.

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This document signposts to key sources of support and advice relevant to towns, city-districts and communities in order to help the custodians of Scotland’s places respond to the impact of coronavirus.

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Aberdeenshire Council, businesses, charities and volunteers have pulled together to support vulnerable residents, frontline workers and town centres during the COVID-19 lockdown and re-opening. Below are four short case studies demonstrating the local response effort in Aberdeenshire and what is being done to prepare for town centre recovery as businesses reopen.

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Aberdeenshire Council, businesses, charities and volunteers have pulled together to support vulnerable residents, frontline workers and town centres during the COVID-19 lockdown and re-opening. Below are four short case studies demonstrating the local response effort in Aberdeenshire and what is being done to prepare for town centre recovery as businesses reopen.

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As lockdown is relaxed and more businesses reopen, ensuring health guidance is observed and shared spaces are managed safely is an important task to help people feel confident to shop locally.

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