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The Scottish Parliament are hosting ‘My Climate Changes’ a community engagement event, from 5.30-8pm on Monday 10 September 2018 at The Albany Centre, 44 Ashley St, Glasgow G3 6DS.

The Scottish Government is proposing more ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases and has published the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament.

The Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee now has to scrutinise this Bill in order for it to progress through Parliament. As part of that Scrutiny it is exploring these questions with the public through social media via the hashtag #myclimatechanges and through a number of informal community events such as this one in Glasgow.

The committee are keen to engage with a broad range of people, including young people and people on lower incomes, who may have their own perspective.

The event is free but you must book a place. Registration and a light buffet will be available from 5:30pm with the main workshop between 6pm and 8pm.

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A new Planning Bill has been published by the Scottish Government. The new legislation to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart.

Mr Stewart described how the Planning (Scotland) Bill, will create a new structure for a more proactive and enabling system with clearer development plans, earlier engagement with communities, streamlined procedures and smarter resourcing.

The Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year.

Mr Stewart said, “Scotland’s economy needs a world-class planning system. Our planning system must take a strong and confident lead in securing the development of great places that will stand the test of time and this Bill will encourage more people to play an active role in shaping these.”

What’s happening with Byres Road? We were contacted by the team behind the re-design recently and the provided the following update…

Technical surveys – We’ve been using our enforced silence (due to elections in May and June) to do essential survey research.  A busy street like Byres Road is full of things we have to accommodate: underground pipes and cables, subway tunnel, buses, traffic and lots more besides.

All of these things are ‘constraints’ that we have to design around, and we need to know what we’re dealing with before starting to work with you, the public, to redesign the face of the street.  We should finish that work in July.

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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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voicelogoOver the past 10 months we have been getting support from the Scottish Community Development Centre through their Supporting Communities programme.

We have been working on various different aspects and this week we undertook training on the VOiCE – Visioning Outcomes in Community Engagement.

VOiCE is planning and recording software that assists individuals, organisations and partnerships to design and deliver effective community engagement and can be used to support a range of participation from overall area regeneration to specific concerns of users of particular services.

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Contact Details

Main Office
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
t: 0141 433 0427
e: getinvolved@

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Wed 11am-3pm, Thu 1pm-5pm
40 Kingsway Court, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 9SU
m: 07515 879747
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