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

Hello <<First Name>>. Welcome to the September e-bulletin. We hope you will: find out who made the 2022 SURF Awards Shortlist; complete the Regional Screen survey; read the first two new SURF Journal blogs; highlight a service or fund in the SURF Cost of Living Bulletin series; attend an event on Lifting Neighbourhoods out of Poverty; and keep up-to-date with the latest news & events in Scottish community regeneration.

Shortlist Announced

SURF, Scotland’s Regeneration Forum, is pleased to announce the 2022 shortlist for the prestigious SURF Award national awards scheme, which showcases success in responding to regeneration challenges in communities across Scotland.

The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF, a regeneration forum with over 300 cross-sector member organisations across Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government.

Having assessed applications from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, across five categories, SURF’s independent panel of 20 judges, drawn from national bodies and community groups, have agreed upon 15 shortlisted projects for 2022.

View the Shortlist HERE

The judging panel will be carrying out physical visits throughout October to all of these diverse projects to develop a better understanding of their impact and the situations they are responding to, before deciding on the five winners who will be announced by Scottish Government Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth Tom Arthur MSP at a celebratory Dinner event at the Voco Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on the 8th December. 

SURF Journal

James Henderson explores the roots of CWB in the Basque Country and Cleveland before looking at the need for place specific responses in Scotland while keeping an eye on what the goals must be.

SURF’s Conference presentations and discussions spurred his imagination to look to the roots of CWB and its associations with the community economy, before picking-up on key Conference concerns for resourcing of substance and cross-sector working …

In one sense many of those leading the development of CWB initially in the USA, and now Scotland/UK, would point to inspiration from the Mondragon cooperatives and related cooperative education movement in the Basque Country (Spain): moving from local faith-based social and economic community development since the 1940s to an extensive network of cooperative businesses and a University.

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Cost of Living Crisis

You may recall SURF's series of special bulletins during the first Covid Lockdown, highlighting services and funding available across Scotland. You can read more about that work HERE

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

One area that has been discussed is the lack of understanding within communities of what services are available, and also what funding is available to organisations who are working to talleviate some of the impacts of the crisis.

In addition to the work of our partners, SURF will run a cost of living bulletin series to highlight the work going on in communities throughout Scotland, and also funding available to help sustain these services. If you are running a service or delivering funding get in touch - emma@surf.scot 

  • Cost of living & the #RunningCostsCrisis (link);
  • Get involved in the Scotland's Climate Week (link);
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation responds to the Chancellor’s fiscal statement (link);
  • From Slogans to Sound Strategy? The 2022 SURF Annual Conference (link);
  • TFN Cost of Living Special (link);
  • Let’s level the financial playing field, not Scotland’s built environment (link);
  • The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement No. 9 and Saving and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022 (link);
  • Boost for communities as Scottish heritage projects awarded funding (link);
  • BEFS response to Funding for culture Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee (link);
  • MGS Funding Update (link);
  • The Growth Plan 2022: documents (link);
  • Event - What Next for Glasgow’s City Centre? In-Person Panel Discussion (link);
  • Event - Climate Week 2022: Designing for a changing climate ∣ Delivering place-based approaches in Scotland (link);
  • Vacancy - Move On Jobs (link);
  • Elderpark Housing gets thumbs up from tenants at AGM (link);
  • Consultation - A chance to have your say on land reform (link);
  • Introduction to Fair Work (link);
  • Funding - Culture Bridge (link);
  • Scotland’s rent freeze will lead to fewer social homes, poorer-quality housing and an end to the sector’s role as a leader on decarbonisation (link);
  • Vacancy - Committee Member for Scotland at National Lottery Heritage Fund (link);
  • Vacancy - Finance Manager at Starcatchers (link);
  • Funding - Youth Link Scotland Funding Directory (link);
  • Funding - Carbon Innovation Fund launching 22 November (link);
  • Funding - Funding to support community-led activity and wellbeing (link);
  • Funding - Climate Action Fund (link);
  • SBHA steps up new homes provision with first director of development (link);
  • The Lay of The Land (link);
  • Vacancy - Finance Officer at ng homes (link);
  • Vacancy - Various Shaping Places for Wellbeing Leads (link);
  • Class inequality in the Creative Industries is rooted in unequal access to arts and cultural education (link);
  • "Simply invisible": Scottish Government criticised for lack of support for voluntary sector (link);
  • Retrofit radicals: housing can be energy efficient and beautiful (link);
  • Vacancy - 2 posts at the Corra Foundation (link);
  • Funding - ICLEI Action Fund (link);
  • Consultation - The Dunoon Project (link);
  • Funding - Drugs Services Funds (link);
  • Event - Galoshans Festival (link);
  • Event - Health, Care and Independent Living Online Forum (link);
  • Ambitious proposals for land reform (link);
  • The Scottish Government’s planned evictions moratorium – background information (link);
  • Aberdeenshire Council adopts modified Local Development Plan 2022 (link);
  • CHARTS Annual Review (link);
  • Event - DG Unlimited: Youth Arts (link); 
  • North Edinburgh Arts secures funds to build a brighter future (link);
  • Glasgow launches 'liveable neighbourhoods' vision (link);
  • River Clyde Homes sets out innovative, design-led approach to asset regeneration (link);
  • Paving the road to the ‘rite of passage’ into employment (link);
  • Community Transport Report Published (link)
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Touring Cinema

Scotland is unusual in having two models of touring cinema which are able to programme new releases: the Screen Machine mobile cinema and INDY Cinema Group. There are also a large number of venues operating outside of these models, which are also delivering part-time DCP-based cinema (DCP meaning Digital Cinema Package, which is the industry-standard format for screening new releases).

Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) want to understand what the scope is for integrating the two models of touring cinema—and, as a result fostering the development of more part-time DCP cinemas, in the context of Scottish Government policies of Town Centre Regeneration, Community Hubs, and 20 Minute Neighbourhoods. In July, RSS appointed MainStreet Consulting to carry out the feasibility study, commissioned in partnership with INDY Cinema Group.

If you have any interest, no matter how slight, in the possibility of screening new cinema releases—perhaps as part of a new community hub, or the refurbishment of a derelict building, or to bring your community together--please complete the first survey at this link. A
nd if you already provide DVD or Blu-Ray-based screenings, but would like to explore scaling up to DCP equipment, please complete the second survey.

SURF Journal

Claire Martin reflects on the waves of policies that have washed through her career, summarising the CWB case studies from North Ayrshire but questioning how Scottish and UK funding frameworks relate to each other.

Community Empowerment seemed a bit passé, with the legislation up for review, and apparently replaced by Community Wealth Building, whatever that was. Net Zero is on trend, and even just transition has made it in to Scottish Government policy. Does it bear any resemblance to the radical post peak oil discussions I remember at the start of the Transition Towns movement in the mid 00s, or is it just an example of language being co-opted? ‘Levelling Up’ was just a meaningless phrase that Boris Johnson shouted at every opportunity, to deflect from answering questions. There was a new Community Ownership Support Fund – where on earth had that come from


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Poverty Event

This October, our CEO, Euan Leitch will be joining trailblazing thinkers, evaluators, analysts & deliverers at the Lifting Neighbourhoods Out of Poverty digital conference.

The event is presented by Community Renewal Trust, who will be sharing initial learning acquired during the ongoing delivery of Lifting Neighbourhoods Together – a ground-breaking project which is testing whole-person, whole-place systems thinking in 2 deprived neighbourhoods in Edinburgh and Newcastle

Euan will be joined by Dr Toby Lowe (Centre for Public Impact), Des McCart (Healthcare Improvement Scotland), Gary Wallace (Public Health Specialist at Plymouth City Council), Sue Shearman (Experian Marketing Services), Ancha Stoodley (Building Futures East), Chris Adams (Edinburgh Poverty Commission), Ian Wilson (CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University) and team members from the project.

Find out more and register here 

  • A stronger and more resilient Scotland: the Programme for Government 2022 to 2023 (link);
  • UK museums’ rising energy costs could hamper ‘warm banks’ plan (link);
  • £150m Shawlands Arcade regeneration bid hits planning (link);
  • Call for Makers (link);
  • Funding - Museum Development Fund (link);
  • Vacancy -Partnerships Officer at Edinburgh International Festival (link);
  • Museums and galleries urged to sign up for VAT refund to support free entry for the public (link);
  • Funding - Good Ideas Fund - Application now open (link);
  • Connecting the dots: PB and community development (link);
  • Funding - Community Led and Improving Lives (link);
  • Vacancy - Long Term Unemployed vacancies (link);
  • Vacancy - Various at Impact Arts (link);
  • Vacancy - Various at The Larder West Lothian (link);
  • Comrie Colliery rehabilitation to deliver a new neighbourhood centre (link);
  • Opening Isabella Elder's Glorious Gift (link);
  • 300 new homes planned at former Carntyne factory (link);
  • Scotland’s food and drink sector savours success in the face of new challenges (link);
  • Consultation - Views sought on future priorities for West Dunbartonshire (link);
  • SFHA Governance Conference 2022 (link);
  • Funding - Falkirk Community Schools 2008 Fund (link);
  • North Ayrshire bus firm gives employees a stake (link);
  • Consultation - Buchanan Galleries (link);
  • West Lothian Housing Partnership joins with Dunedin Canmore after tenant ballot (link);
  • 'Fantastic progress' on construction of Haven Centre in Inverness (link);
  • Eight more Aberdeenshire town centres to benefit from vital health checks (link);
  • The challenge of ending homelessness in Glasgow (link);
  • Vacancy - Development Manager at Collective (link);
  • Event - Volunteer Organisers Network Coffee Morning (link);
  • Reviving Cowalfest & Cowal Walking Group - an update (link);
  • Apply to be part of The People's Projects 2022/2023! (link);
  • Funding - Glasgow City Council – The Place Fund 2022/23 – call for applications (link);
  • Event - Community Wealth Building and Land Workshops with EDAS - Workshop 2 (link);
  • Funding - The Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund (link);
  • Public body announces key hires to help shape nation’s land (link);
  • The Role of Local Government and its Cross-Sectoral Partners in Financing and Delivering a Net-Zero Scotland – COSLA Submission (link);
  • Campaigners slam "disgraceful" homelessness stats as almost 200 kids living without permanent home in Stirling (link);
  • The National Community Fund announces £10.3 million to 345 Scottish groups (link);
  • UK Sees Up to £170 Billion Excess Profits for Energy Firms (link); 
  • Funding - Wellbeing for Longer in Glasgow Fund 2023 – 2025 (link);
  • TNLCF Grant holder Support Offer (link);
  • Culture Counts evidence to the culture funding inquiry (link);
  • Housing Associations join forces to take action to reduce carbon footprint and aim for net zero (link);
  • SOSCH celebrates Scottish Housing Day with new community-led housing video case studies (link);
  • Partick Housing Association delivers 60 new affordable homes at Mansfield Gate (link);
  • New energy project coming to Levenmouth (link)
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