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Glasgow City Council’s recently held a Communities Summit at the City Chambers. The summit bought together residents, stakeholders, and partners from across Glasgow together to discuss topics which directly affect citizens in Glasgow.

The presentations from the event are now all available online.

 

Glasgow City Council are planning to hold a number of summits over the coming weeks to bring residents, stakeholders, and partners from across Glasgow together to discuss topics which directly affect citizens in Glasgow and bring new ideas to improve services provided by Glasgow City Council and its partners. The aim is that by having these discussions we can improve Glasgow’s economics, social and living standards.

A Community Summit will take place from 6-8.30pm on Wednesday 16 August at Glasgow City Chambers. The summit will include 2 speakers and three 20 minute workshops (participatory budgeting, asset transfer and neighbourhood renewal and , as well as stalls from a selection of community groups.

The purpose for the community summit is…

  • To discuss devolving power, to shape empowerment policy and ensure communities make the most of the new opportunities available to them.
  • Building community capacity and working in partnership to create stronger, more equal communities.
  • Empowering communities and developing more inclusive decision making

If you are interested in participating please register via EventBrite. The draft agenda is shown below.

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Glasgow City Council has appointed consultants Here+Now to engage with Glaswegians to get their views regarding the future of food growing in Glasgow. This will look at issues such as community gardens, allotments, vacant and derelict land, the circular economy and urban agriculture!

The Community Empowerment Act 2015 places a duty on all Scottish Local Authorities to prepare a food growing strategy for its area and identify land suitable for growing.

A number of workshops will be held to find out more about people’s needs and wishes when it comes to urban growing and would like to invite you or anyone that might be interested to one of the workshop sessions. Whether you’re a keen gardener, involved in a community growing project, hold an allotment or have never been involved in a community growing project before, they would like to hear from you.

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scdc_cea_briefingcoverThe Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) have published a briefing paper update on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act

After three years in the making, the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act was given royal assent in summer 2015. Over the following year, regulations (additional legislation required to put the Act in place) and statutory guidance (guidance which public authorities must have regard to) was developed. Some parts of the Act are now in force and other provisions will be implemented soon.

This SCDC briefing should help you to get started on finding out how you can use the Act, whether you are a practitioner or a community member. As well as summarising the main parts of the Act, the briefing links to the best and easy to read sources of further information.

You can read more and download the briefing on the SCDC website.

grant-making-through-participatory-budgeting-image-213x300A new ‘How To’ Guide on using Participatory Budgeting (PB) for Community Led Organisations and community engagement workers has recently been published.

Specifically written with community led organisations in mind but also useful for front line workers or local authorities starting out on using Participatory (or community) Budgeting (PB) it condenses PB Partners learning from over 15 years of doing PB in the UK.

Whilst there is already a lot of information available on PB, this guide lays out a simple 10 step process for PB grant making, from forming a planning group right through to monitoring and evaluation. With a range of customisable templates and links to further information.

Partick West area partnership have recently issued a call for applications for their forthcoming participatiory budgeting event Partick West Decides. And this week there has been a 2 day conference on PB held in Edinburgh and you can follow proceedings on Twitter at #pbscot16.

The guide was written by PB Partners, at the request of the Scottish Government, to support the £2m Community Choices programme.

nsce_logoThe new revised National Standards for Community Engagement were launched last week by the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Kevin Stewart MSP. The Minister said that the days of communities being told what to do are in the past, and that we are now seeing, right across the country, communities becoming involved in every aspect of decision making.

The Minister welcomed the revised National Standards for Community Engagement as a framework for supporting the participation and empowerment of communities.

The National Standards for Community Engagement have been simplified to seven Standards, reflecting the main elements of good community engagement – Inclusion, Support, Planning, Working Together, Methods, Communication and Impact. (see diagram below)

First developed in 2005, the Standards are key principles for effective practice which support community engagement and user involvement in Scotland, in areas such as community planning and health and social care. In so doing they are intended to complement and support Scotland’s developing community empowerment landscape and in particular the implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

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SNH_logoScottish Natural Heritage recently published information about community empowerment and the environment and the SNH approach in relation to community empowerment on their website.

Scotland’s nature and landscapes play an important role in improving people’s health and well-being, supporting economic growth, adapting to climate change and providing us with a strong sense of identity. Getting the most from nature and landscapes, and improving the health and resilience of these natural assets, are key aspects of the ecosystem approach. This approach is strengthened when communities are empowered to look after nature and landscapes and are involved in the decisions that affect them.

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