SURF e-bulletin December 2022
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SURF's December e-bulletin: All the latest news

Hello <<First Name>>. Welcome to the December e-bulletin. We hope you will: find out who won at the 2022 SURF Awards; be interested in SURF's reflections on 20 Min Neighbourhoods in NPF4; highlight a service, support or fund in the SURF Cost of Living Bulletin series; respond to Historic Environment Scotland's Consultation; read the last four SURF Journal blogs; and keep up-to-date with the latest news & events in Scottish community regeneration.

SURF wish all of our Sponsors, Members and wider network a merry festive season and a prosperous new year when it comes.

Winners Announced

The outcomes of the prestigious 2022 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were announced on the 8th December at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow’s Voco Grand Central Hotel.

Representatives of the five category winning initiatives for 2022 were personally congratulated on their inspiring work by the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, Tom Arthur MSP.

SURF’s panel of 20 independent judges are drawn from national regeneration bodies and community groups. They carefully assessed all of the varied SURF Awards nominations in five thematic categories, visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives, before selecting the following category winnersClick Here

Read about all 15 shortlisted projects in the SURF Awards Publication.

Cost of Living Crisis

Over the last couple of months, SURF have been involved in a number of partner discussions, and engaged with SURF members, around the cost of living crisis

For the past few weeks SURF have put together a cost of living bulletin to highlight the work going on in communities throughout Scotland, and also funding and resources available to help sustain these services. 

You can read previous copies HERE

If you are running a service, providing or highlighting resources or delivering funding please get in touch. 

Please email with any contributions or queries. 

SURF Journal

John McCarthy helpfully provides SURF’s CWB Practice Network 4 challenges and makes 5 clear points on the opportunities arises for CWB.

The SURF Annual Conference 2022 ‘From Slogans to Sound Strategy’ in August focused on Community Wealth Building (CWB). This idea has come forward in many different contexts as a progressive way forward for regenerating local communities via inclusive growth, of clear relevance in the light of current attempts at ‘levelling up’.

CWP aims to enshrine principles of fair employment, local supply chains, shared ownership and social justice, by linking together previously separate initiatives and approaches into a coherent ‘locally-first’ approach to economic development.

It needs careful design of policy support, but allows the prospect of an ecosystem of economic activity that delivers clear outcomes for local people.

Read More

SURF Journal

Allan Farmer identifies three key questions for CWB and raises the need for more diverse voices as part of future discussions. 

The event provided a thorough exploration and deconstruction of the slogans around Community Wealth Building (CWB) – and a reminder that the policy levers that exist in Scotland to support its delivery.

The morning’s speakers helped to outline the principles of CWB which prompted lots of discussion and numerous questions that will be good to explore through the SURF CWB Network.  A few of the questions that stood out for me are:

  • Can Community Wealth Building be achieved through the refinement of existing efforts or does it require a more radical approach?
  • How do we move beyond the ‘this is what we are doing already!’ response from public authorities when discussing CWB?
  • How do we begin to engage the private sector in this agenda?

Read More

  • Cost of living & the #RunningCostsCrisis (link);
  • Scottish Budget 2023-24 (link);
  • A first glance – Scottish budget 2023-2024 (link);
  • The Cost of Living Crisis in Scotland: analytical report (link);
  • “It’s hard work being poor” – Women’s Experiences of the Cost-of-Living Crisis in Scotland (link);
  • Help during the cost of living crisis (link);
  • Vacancy - Snack and Play Playscheme Worker with East Dunbartonshire Council (link);
  • Work begins on community-owned affordable homes in Arisaig (link);
  • Vacancy - Senior Housing Officer at Pineview HA (link);
  • Fourth Award for Taighean a Chaiseil (link);
  • Who Owns Scotland’s Towns, High Streets and Shopping Centres? (link);
  • Perthshire estate prioritises the burgeoning outdoor market (link);
  • Developing a Regenerative Futures Fund #4 — Emerging Questions and Thoughts from Organisations (link);
  • Public Debt and Arrears in Scotland (link);
  • RTPI Scotland's Response to 'The Future for National Parks in Scotland' (link);
  • Why better data is vital for future-proofing the cultural sector (link);
  • Setting up a charity (link);
  • New easy mapping tool to give communities a voice (link);
  • Edinburgh reveals plans for city-wide arts and culture shake-up by 2030 (link);
  • Creative Scotland Update on Open Funding for Organisations (link);
  • Greenspaces Vision and Strategy for Edinburgh to 2050 (link);
  • Consultation - Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is looking for your views on our first  Regulatory Framework (link);
  • SCVO Scottish Budget Briefing 2023/2024 (link);
  • Urban Regeneration as a tool for inclusive and sustainable recovery (link);
  • Vacancy - Finance Manager at Partick HA (link);
  • Christmas and the cost of living crisis: how will retailers cope? (link);
  • Government kickstarts £2.6 billion investment in communities as UK takes back control of EU funding (link);
  • The Arts Green Book : Sustainable Buildings (link);
  • Enhanced support to make homes warmer and greener (link);
  • New Chief Executive Appointment (link);
  • Elderpark Housing launches Christmas giveaway (link);
  • Scottish Emissions Targets - First five yearly review (link);
  • Calvay working ‘constructively and openly’ towards regulatory compliance (link);
  • The Value of Heritage (link);
  • Government could do even more to invest in a just and compassionate Scotland (link);
  • Creative Scotland response to Scottish Government Draft Budget 2023/24 announcement (link);
  • Vacancy - Technical Services Assistant at Kingdome HA (link);
  • Consultation - Cycling framework for active travel (link);
  • Budget cut “seriously threatens” housing associations’ ability to build new homes (link);
  • Collaborative approaches to 20-minute neighbourhoods (link);
  • Vacancy - Group Chief Executive at Link HA (link);
  • New windows to be installed at Cernach Housing Association (link);
  • Warm banks help thousands survive cold snap as UK fuel poverty soars (link);
  • Work starts at Taylor Wimpey’s Farrier Fields development in Edinburgh (link);
  • Scottish Government Debate: Asset Transfers and Community Empowerment (link);
  • The geography of the UK’s new economy (link)
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20 MN in NPF4

Revised draft National Planning Framework 4 was laid before the Scottish Parliament on the 8th November and, following scrutiny by the Local Government Committee, is expected to be adopted before the recess of 24th December. There is no opportunity for amendment before adoption.

20 Minute Neighbourhoods remain a flagship policy woven throughout with inclusion in regional spatial plans and local development plans required. Policy 15 - Local Living and 20 Minute Neighbourhoods does make it clearer that local context and settlement patterns are important, allaying fears that urban qualities are applied to rural settings as raised by SURF and several other organisations.

SURF has a look at what the revised draft means for 20Min NeighbourhoodsRead More


A consultation on a refreshed Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland has been launched. Although hosted by Historic Environment Scotland this is a strategy for all working in the historic environment and its mission and principles are a welcome change from the previous strategy, Our Place in Time.

The new draft proposes to “harness the power of the historic environment for the benefit of our society” with principles that are more focused on people and climate than before. It identifies three priorities: the transition to net zero, inclusive communities and wellbeing.

The consultation seeks input on these and on their proposed performance indicators and can be found here.

SURF Journal

Colette McGarva recognises the need for an ever more collaborative approach to delivering CWB but also points out the need for learning why previous policies have not delivered reductions in inequality.

Genuinely an informative and engaging conference with well-balanced content and thought-provoking speakers. I was particularly heartened to hear a great deal of reference for the need to value community development: Practice, principles, and core values.

Inspired by Martin Avila’s comment “not just short-term community engagement but the need for community development” and the raw, real and true poetry of Kevin Gilday. Great to have been involved in the discussions on “community wealth building” and the need for a coordinated approach: social, environmental, physical, and economic regeneration. Community development offers this broad wealth of expertise and, at CDAS, we are always keen to expand our collaborative working

Read More

SURF Journal

Rebecca Madgin asks whether there is space for the feelings of lived experience in the Levelling up and Community Wealth Building agendas.

The SURF Conference, ‘From Slogans to Sound Strategy’, provided a sustained opportunity to engage with two current priorities: Community Wealth Building and Levelling Up. Hearing from a range of different speakers including poets, freelancers and those who work in local and national government provided an inclusivity which reflects the need for plural expertise when considering place-based policies and practices.

The mix of speakers and topics ensured that both the mind and the heart were engaged at different times of the day. This was especially the case when Kevin P. Gilday and Hannah Clinch spoke as their visceral accounts of their lived and felt experiences of living and working in place provided a prism through which the rational language of the policies and practices heard throughout the day could be filtered and felt

Read More

  • Scotland’s climate targets are in danger of becoming meaningless (link);
  • More than 2 million Scots estimated to cut back on household spending due to energy bills (link);
  • Dunoon Area Alliance launches a new Community Events website (link);
  • Transformation of former tip wins Scotland’s ‘Building of the Year’ prize (link);
  • Transforming Vacant and Derelict Land (link);
  • SCVO HR Service (link);
  • Scottish Budget 2023/24: SCVO statement (link);
  • Maker Application - Craft Directory (link);
  • Culture Counts response to the Inquiry into Retail and Town Centres in Scotland (link);
  • Consultation - Community Planning inquiry (link);
  • Crathie office and café wins top architecture prize (link);
  • COSLA launches ‘bold new plan’ for local government (link);
  • Designing climate resilient landscapes: State of the art projects in Europe (link);
  • Funding - Funding to help communities tackle cost of living crisis (link);
  • COSLA issues budget call to ‘Save our Services’ (link);
  • Funding - Hadyard Hill Education and Training Fund (Pinwherry and Pinmore) (link);
  • Solving the Human Rights Puzzle (link);
  • The Guardian view on local libraries: a resource that must be protected (link);
  • Kingdom secures highest level of tenant participation accreditation (link);
  • Aberdeen approves flats plan for retired Cults school teachers (link);
  • My Place Awards (link);
  • Scots urged to donate £400 energy support to the needy (link);
  • Prestwick satellite hub to underpin a new era of cloud services (link);
  • Industrial-style school to serve as Blindwells centrepiece (link);
  • 'Ageing Well' in Queens Cross (link);
  • Future of Glasgow could be built on creative place-making (link);
  • Delivering Scotland's circular economy: Proposed Circular Economy Bill - Consultation analysis (link);
  • The importance of gardens and greenspace around where we live (link);
  • A Cultural Deal for Europe (link);
  • Adequate Housing, Cities and Climate Change, and Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (link);
  • Apprenticeships unlocking potential for awards finalists (link);
  • Community-led action on vacant and derelict land (link);
  • Event - Do you have an idea that could improve the lives of families across Clackmannanshire?  (link);
  • RTPI Scotland launches resourcing trends and findings for 2022 (link);
  • Canongate student development approved on appeal (link);
  • Impact Arts Cashback Hubs January-March 2023 (link);
  • Event - Various Museum Galleries Scotland events (link);
  • Combine to Create Christmas Gathering (link);
  • Vacancy - 2 vacancies with the Improvement Service (link);
  • ‘Topping out’ reached for Edinburgh low carbon homes development (link);
  • Vacancy - Policy Manager and Policy Lead at SFHA (link); 
  • Talking EDAS Episode 6 - Leigh Sparks (link);
  • £60m residential-led vision aims to revive Aberdeen city centre site (link);
  • Call for evidence - Cost of living: impact on rural communities in Scotland (link);
  • Scotland’s strategy to tackle the nature emergency (link);
  • Consultation - Wellbeing And Sustainable Development (Scotland) Bill  (link);
  • Community Ownership Fund: successful bidders (link)
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