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The Voluntary Action Fund is managing the Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government Public Bodies and Public Service Reform Division.

People in Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision making to help make public services more locally focused. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector. The conversation forms part of the Scottish Government Local Governance Review.

The Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund is a specific fund that will contribute to the Democracy Matters conversation. The aim of the Fund is to encourage local community groups to contribute to the conversation.

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We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote campaign and Go Bike have re-scheduled their co-hosted FREE training day in Glasgow on Saturday 31 March at The Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Road, Glasgow, G4 9SS.

The training day is an opportunity for anyone who wants to campaign for cycling, walking and more liveable towns and cities to meet, share ideas and learn. It should offer something for everyone from those just starting out to experienced campaigners. A list of confirmed workshops is shown below.

The elections may be over for a while, but #walkcyclevote continues! With the Scottish Government ‘Programme for Government’ announcement in September doubling the active travel budget it has never been more important to work together to ensure that investment pays off.

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We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote campaign and Go Bike are organising a FREE training day in Glasgow on Saturday 3 March at The Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Road, Glasgow, G4 9SS.

The training day is an opportunity for anyone who wants to campaign for cycling, walking and more liveable towns and cities to meet, share ideas and learn. It should offer something for everyone from those just starting out to experienced campaigners.

The elections may be over for a while, but #walkcyclevote continues! With the Scottish Government ‘Programme for Government’ announcement in September doubling the active travel budget it has never been more important to work together to ensure that investment pays off.

For some of us, that means carrying off the balancing of supporting new (and possibly controversial) initiatives from the powers that be – while still continuing to hold them to account. For others, it means making sure our local areas don’t miss out or get left behind in the dash for active travel money. Either way, campaigners old and new will need new skills and new ideas as we move into a potentially exciting future.

For more information check out the Eventbrite page or the Facebook event page.

planningconsultationBack in  January Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housin, launched “Places, people and planning: a consultation on the future of planning in Scotland.”  The  and associated research has been published alongside it and the updated participation statement is also now available.

Responses to the consultation should be submitted to Planning and Architecture Division of the Scottish Government by 5pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017.

The consultation paper “Places, people and planning” sets out 20 proposals for change which aim to strengthen the planning system.   The Scottish Government are keen to hear all stakeholders’ views, therefore would be grateful if you could help to raise awareness of the consultation and to encourage your community council to respond.

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foeg_election_hustings_v2_apr17Friends of the Earth Glasgow and RSPB Scotland are hosting a hustings event – Environment Debates – in the run up to the Scottish Local Government elections in May. The event will take place from 7-9pm on Wednesday 19 April 2017 at Adelaide’s, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HZ.

You can keep up to date with the event on the hustings Facebook event page or download the poster here foeg_election_hustings_v2_apr17

The Scottish Government are currently consulting on the future of unconventional oil and gas (and fracking) and Friends of the Earth Scotland are running an e-campaign to call for fracking to be banned.

community-calendarThis event is listed on our online community calendar along with lots of other events in the local area and beyond – check out the calendar to see what else is going on!

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walkcyclevoteWe Walk, We Cycle, We Vote campaign is organising a training day in Edinburgh on Saturday 26 November and it’s FREE.

The training day is an opportunity for anyone who wants to campaign for cycling, walking and more liveable towns and cities to meet, share ideas and learn. It should offer something for everyone from those just starting out to experienced campaigners.

The aim of the training day is to engage with local campaign groups, individual campaigners and council members to share expertise and ideas and get involved in the Walk Cycle Vote local election campaign in 2017. The Space for Cycling campaign will be at the day to present the tools and resources available through the campaign.

Recent events in East Dunbartonshire with the Bears Way and South Ayrshire with Holmston Road have made it very clear that we need local councillors who support active travel and who are prepared to make space for walking and cycling in our towns and cities.

community-calendarThis event is listed on our online community calendar along with lots of other events in the local area and beyond – check out the calendar to see what else is going on!

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SCCS_OnlineDebate-Logo-v2The five political parties currently represented in the Scottish Parliament will take part in a special online election debate focusing on their policies to tackle climate change. which will take place from 7-8.30pm on Monday 18 April in Edinburgh and will be streamed live online through the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland website.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) has organised the interactive event, which is inviting questions from the public about the parties’ commitment to tackle climate change in the next group of MSPs elected to Holyrood.  The public can submit their questions on Facebook and Twitter (#AskClimateQ) in advance or live on the night.  Small groups of people across the country can also participate from anywhere in Scotland via video link.

Those participating in the debate are:

  • Sarah Boyack, Environmental Justice Spokesperson for Scottish Labour
  • Mark Ruskell, Environment Spokesperson for Scottish Greens
  • Ettie Spencer, Liberal Democrats candidate for East Lothian
  • Ben McPherson, SNP candidate for Edinburgh North & Leith
  • Jeremy Balfour, Scottish Conservative candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh

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Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
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