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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Small Business Saturday is once again highlighting 100 small businesses, one a day for 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday, 5th December 2020.

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NLS - The National Library of Scotland has a vast collection of electronic resources (eResources) related to the COVID-19 pandemic and connected issues. They are available for free to all those based in Scotland.

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The Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has established the COVID Historic Environment Resilience Forum (CHERF) to look at the medium to long-term issues for Scotland’s heritage that are anticipated to arise post-lockdown.

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Welcome to edition eight a series of special SURF e-bulletins showcasing positive examples written by organisations delivering services or providing support to communities across Scotland, whilst we navigate through the current Covid crisis. These special bulletins are part of SURF's re-purposed Covid19 Sector Connector Service, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government.

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The Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) has published the first phases of a National Action Plan supporting the recovery of Scotland's tourism and events industry. This is based around 'respond', 'reset', 'restart' and 'recovery'. 

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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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ATCM support Place Managers across the UK and Ireland and are currently engaged with STP to offer their FREE on-line portal to discuss the issues we are all facing due to COVID-19. 

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Threesixty Architecture, Renfrewshire Council, Revo and Scotland's Towns Partnership have worked with Scottish Government to publish national guidance which was partly born out of lessons learned from the Paisley 2030 Vision pilot project.
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A route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19) has been published.

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The Age-Friendly Living Ecosystem project team, part of the Intergenerational National Network, is gathering ideas on how best to design age-friendly intergenerational places and spaces.

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Scotland's Towns Partnership holds regular events and webinars for the custodians of Scotland's towns and city districts. All of the learning and resources from these are available in our series of event reports. Access these on our Wakelet page here

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Keep Scotland Beautiful’s It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland initiatives support, reward and recognise communities which are cleaning up and greening up their areas. In light of the COVID crisis, KSB are encouraging groups to register to keep in touch, be connected with each other and help KSB celebrate their achievements.

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Adopt An Intern - With a large proportion of UK businesses making use of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme, there are now thousands of motivated professionals at home looking for meaningful projects to volunteer their time and skills for.  AAI is keen to support by connecting the two whilst furlough continues.

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The 6th edition of Surf's Showcasing Resilience bulletin series is out. Read here for positive examples of organisations delivering services or providing support to communities across Scotland to help navigate through the #Covid19 crisis:

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The SBRC’s ‘Scottish Business Cares’ webinar series has been active since the second week of lockdown and is a free resource to Scottish businesses aimed at giving practical, focused advice on the current covid-19 pandemic and it’s impact on business. Details on all upcoming webinars can be found here or viewed below: https://www.sbrcentre.co.uk/events/

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