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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Places are going fast for our upcoming events tailored to those who support towns, communities and improvement districts across Scotland. Check out full details below and book today to avoid disappointment! 

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The disabled access charity Euan’s Guide is appealing to the general public to help it make disabled toilets safer. As featured on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, the charity is printing thousands of life-saving postcards to stop people from tucking away the red cord in disabled loos.

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On Tuesday 26 March 2019 the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres hosted its Annual Parliamentary Reception in celebration of Scotland's small and rural towns. You can now read the event report containing photos, Twitter highlights and key points from the evening.

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RSS is ooking to appoint a new, part-time, member of the team to work with the rest of the RSS team to support the delivery of both the Screen Machine service and the development programme. This is an opportunity to join a tight and focused team who are working together to enable as many people as possible to enjoy film and cinema experiences where they live.

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Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling and Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, suggests how we can learn from recent experience to make the most of the Scottish Government’s £50m Town Centre Boost Fund. Originally published on Stirling Retail.

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The Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS) has published a special bulletin on place-based policy approaches to community regeneration and development, and the different resources, support and initiatives available around this agenda.

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Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership Chief Executive, has said that small and rural towns must be a key part of any future economic strategy.

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Paths for All - Registration is now open for Paths for All’s spring Step Count Challenge, which begins on Monday 29th April. 

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Architecture & Design Scotland have published A Caring Place, which sets out the work the organisation has coordinated, together with Scotland’s Towns Partnership, to respond to and support the Scottish Government’s work around Town Centre Living.  

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A new report by Pauline Radcliffe (Carnegie UK Trust) concludes a unique, 18-month twinning experiment highlighting that the opportunities to learn and share ideas between Britain’s towns.

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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.

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Scottish Community Councils - Throughout April, the Scottish Community Councils website will be showcasing the varied work of community councils across Scotland.

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The Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and Programme Director of Scotland’s Improvement Districts, Phil Prentice, has welcomed the successful vote to establish Discover Lanark, Scotland’s newest Improvement District.

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Scottish Government - Communities across Scotland are to benefit from a share of £20.4m to support local regeneration activity.

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Scottish Government - A £50 million fund to help boost town centres has been launched.

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