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

Hello <<First Name>>. Welcome to the August e-bulletin. We hope you will: consider entering the 2022 SURF Awards;  find out about Community Wealth Building; get involved in OPiT discussion; join SURF as a member; and keep up-to-date with the latest news & events in Scottish community regeneration.

Deadline Approaching

The prestigious 2022 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration opened for applications are open for applications.

The 5 categories are:

  • Community Led Regeneration
  • Creative Regeneration
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Improving Scotland's Places (previously Scotland's Most Improved Place)
  • Supporting Youth Employability
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 5th September.

The SURF Awards are delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, with additional category support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Creative Scotland, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Architecture & Design Scotland and Skills Development Scotland. 

Criteria for each of the Award categories can be found in the Information Paper

Information on the SURF Awards and Application Forms can be found HERE


The historic environment is a key element of any approach to regeneration in our communities throughout Scotland, both in terms of physical placemaking and the heritage and history associated with our places.  

Our Place in Time (OPiT), the national strategy for the protection and promotion of the historic environment in Scotland, is in the early stages of review to ensure it is fit for a post-COVID world, to support economic recovery, respond to the climate emergency and to reflect our learning and experiences towards a more inclusive society. 

Some early engagement workshops organised through Historic Environment Scotland and BEFS are currently taking place, by invitation, to inform the strategy which we would encourage you to participate in. An opportunity to contribute to wider public consultation will take place in the Autumn 2022.

  • Get involved in the Scotland's Climate Week (link);
  • Cost of living & the #RunningCostsCrisis (link);
  • 'Terrifying': Over one in three Scots households to be trapped in extreme fuel poverty by January (link);
  • Highland toilets charity faces 433% rise in energy costs (link);
  • Event - Social Enterprise and the Cost of Living (link);
  • EventEmployability and the role of social enterprise (link);
  • Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme Summary (link);
  • Businesses hope Glasgow gift card will boost shopping locally (link);
  • Kirkcaldy Climate Friendly Living Guide (link);
  • What’s it like at the frontline of heritage right now? (link);
  • Dundee Waterfront expands office provision (link);
  • PAS Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive (link);
  • Arts, Social Sciences and Management Short Courses (link);
  • 60 seconds with a funding officer (link);
  • EventCPG Towns and Town Centres (link);
  • Supporting people living with dementia and their carers: Life Changes Trust (link);
  • University of Glasgow health innovation hub to boost Govan regeneration efforts (link);
  • Is the climate really changing? (link);
  • "Have your say Highland" - consultation launched to seek views on the delivery of area-based funds (link);
  • Lar Housing Trust hails latest regeneration project in Glasgow (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);
  • Charing Cross office block to undergo £3m refurbishment (link);
  • VacancyArchitectural Technologist at Smith Scott Mullan (link);
  • Vacancy - Architect at Smith Scott Mullan (link);
  • ConsultationRegeneration, Green Jobs and Social Inclusion in East Ayrshire, Scotland (link);
  • Firstport announces new CEO (link);
  • Power and the planetary health equity crisis  (link);
  • Vacancy - Arts and Business Scotland are looking for a Chair (link);
  • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon backs Wheatley’s new tenant support fund (link);
  • FundingICLEI Action Fund (link);
  • Event - RTPI Scotland Annual Conference 2022 (link);
  • FundingDrugs Services Funds (link);
  • Scotland Loves Local Awards 2022 (link); 
  • Event - Dementia Friendly Visit at Fairfield Heritage (link);
  • Consultation Heritage Fund’s strategy refresh (link);
  • Land Reform in a Net Zero Nation (link);
  • Levelling the playing field, not Scotland's built environment (link);
  • Consultation - Energy Efficient Scotland Transition Programme Survey Evaluation (link);
  • Glasgow continues trend in reduction of vacant and derelict land (link);
  • Glasgow trails 'People First Zone' to put city on the front foot (link);
  • Major step forward for regeneration of Paisley town centre tenements (link);
  • National Planning Framework (link)
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SURF’s Annual Conference, “From Slogans to Sound Policy” brought 130 people together last Thursday and the morning session was spent examining what Community Wealth Building means.

Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, laid out what he described as a radical economic evolution. In advance of convening SURF’s CWB Practice Network the audience table discussions generated over 60 questions to examine, such as: how we shift the conversation about CWB from local authorities to the third sector, how we measure its success, how is value for money in the public finance manual balanced with desired social and environmental outcomes, what is the role of the enterprise agencies, and how do we enable long term empowerment – 20 years not 5?

If you are interested in exploring these questions with SURF please join the CWB Practice Network by emailing


Benefits of SURF membership include;

  • Low membership fee: SURF membership is only £50 (plus VAT) for organisations and only £20 (plus VAT) for community groups & individuals.
  • A free way to promote your organisation: through networking, advertising your events on our website and social media or raising opinions in discussion sessions. 
  • Influence decision makers: get connected to an influential network of policymakers and practitioners and contribute to SURF network responses to policy consultations and research. 
  • Be in the know: advance notice & invitations to SURF events, access to the SURF journal & SURF publications, discount on selected SURF partner events.

Further information on how to join: HERE

Any questions contact

  • Are 20-minute communities the future of cities? (link);
  • An update on TNLCF funding: Community Led and Improving Lives to remain open (link);
  • Ignoring the emergency is threatening our wellbeing (link);
  • Community Capacity Building (link);
  • Govan wet basin to host 170m warship assembly hall (link);
  • Funding Museum Development Fund (link);
  • Isle of Lewis heritage comes back to the fold (link);
  • Systems Changers: Time (link);
  • Resources help people from the arts, heritage and creative industries (link);
  • Connecting the dots: PB and community development (link);
  • Event -  Exploring Racial Equity in Grant-making (link);
  • Place Standard Tool for Children and Young People (link);
  • North Lanarkshire Council launches consultation on licensing of short term lets (link);
  • Longevity – the missing link in the climate change debate? (link);
  • Event Arts & Business Scotland’s Events and Training Programmes (link);
  • Dunoon Community Shed - Community Survey (link);
  • New active travel support programme for marginalised communities (link);
  • Event The SRITC Gathering 2022 (link);
  • Govan Housing Association pays tribute to former chair with 50th anniversary mural (link);
  • SFHA Governance Conference 2022 (link);
  • Funding Glasgow Communities Fund (link);
  • Breathing new life into the 'last surviving windmill' (link);
  • Participation in planning in Glasgow South Central (link);
  • Place Standard for planning community services (link);
  • Knowledge exchange on 20-minute neighbourhoods (link);
  • Vacancy - Head of Communications and Corporate Services at Scottish Land Commission (link);
  • Healthy Places - the Physical Environment (link);
  • Scotland facing ‘monumental task’ on eco housing, Patrick Harvie tells Green Home Festival (link);
  • Durieshill 'supervillage' builds momentum (link);
  • Vacancy - Development Manager (Community Engagement) at Citizens Theatre (link);
  • Cultivating social connectivity in communities – The Essential Mix (link);
  • FundingGlasgow City Council – The Place Fund 2022/23 – call for applications (link);
  • New Galloway community celebrates after taking control of town hall (link);
  • FundingThe Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund (link);
  • New round of £2m Social Housing Fuel Support Fund opens (link);
  • Over £1.4M awarded to organisations across Scotland in August (link);
  • Upper Nithsdale projects benefit by nearly £500,000 thanks to community fund (link);
  • Community-led action on vacant and derelict land (link);
  • Natural Capital and Land (link); 
  • Funding - Wellbeing for Longer in Glasgow Fund 2023 – 2025 (link);
  • TNLCF Grant holder Support Offer (link);
  • Climate emergency workshops for Cairngorms communities (link);
  • Creative Scotland submission to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee (link);
  • Give Back & Grow Govan (link);
  • Glasgow charity turn 'dumping ground' into thriving community garden (link)
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