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

Hello <<First Name>>. Welcome to the June e-bulletin. We hope you will: book onto the SURF Annual Conferenceconsider entering the 2022 SURF Awards; sign up to the SURF CWB Network and 20 Min Neighbourhood Practice Network; find out about the SURF visit to Dunoon; join SURF as a member; and keep up-to-date with the latest news & events in Scottish community regeneration. 

SURF Conference

Anyone involved with the regeneration, is very likely to have heard repeated references to Community Wealth Building and Levelling Up.

The SURF network is not alone in raising important unanswered questions, such as:

  • How do the two policy descriptions translate into meaningful, positive change in the places we live, work and socialise in?
  • Do they represent genuine shifts in the way we approach and deliver place-based regeneration?
  • How can we avoid shuffling the deck of an already complex regeneration policy and resource landscape by simplifying focus on the key challenge of tacking poverty?
  • Do we have a clear consensus on what Community Wealth Building is?
  • How are the UK Government’s Levelling Up priorities integrating with existing regeneration funding and support programmes in Scotland?

SURF’s 2022 Annual Conference will individually examine policy and practice developments associated with both concepts. Participants will learn about national policy developments associated with the new regeneration context from the Scottish and UK Governments, and hear emerging lessons on the ground.  Book Here

CWB Network

Over the last few years Community Wealth Building has risen up the policy ladder and the Scottish Government has a commitment to bring forth legislation in this session of the Scottish Parliament. 

Much focus has been on the role of public bodies in delivering CWB but what does this mean for smaller organisations, particularly those working in areas of deprivation?

SURF is establishing a CWB Network to explore this question and hopefully influence any forthcoming legislation. 

If you would like to join the network contact

Dunoon Development

The SURF team visited the Alliance for Action town of Dunoon this month, to learn more about new social and economic regeneration activity.

Dunoon will be a focal point of SURF’s 2022 Annual Conference, which will explore two themes: emerging practice in Community Wealth Building; and how UK Government Levelling Up funding is affecting the Scottish regeneration landscape.

SURF visited ‘Grow Food, Grow Dunoon’, a community garden at Kirn Primary School, where we met with passionate volunteers and heard about impressive educational, circular economy and partnership components. We called into the Dunoon Bothy Project and learned about their busy programme of active travel promotion, including e-bike tryouts and mental health walks.

We also spoke with local community group representatives and Elected Members about the town centre and regeneration funding mechanisms, and caught up with Tacit Tacit, a local social enterprise engaged with place-making, tourism and heritage.

  • 20 Minute Communities in the Highlands and Islands (link);
  • Volunteering action plan (link);
  • Allotments and the Community Empowerment Act (link);
  • Glasgow mural believed to be lost for decades is unveiled in city (link);
  • Vacancy - Head of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion at Creative Scotland (link);
  • HES awards £140,000 to community heritage projects (link);
  • Vacancy - Director of SCDC (link);
  • Impact Arts’ Cashback to The Future programme (link);
  • Envisioning Wellbeing: four hubs making progress on Wellbeing Economy policy design (link);
  • Call for submissions for Black History Month (BHM) programme (link);
  • Professor Maclennan: Scotland’s New Deal for Tenants on ‘shoogly foundations’ (link);
  • Vacancy - Volunteer Befrienders Wanted at Move On in Edinburgh (link);
  • Event - The Participatory Budgeting Conference 2022 (link);
  • Clyde Valley Group’s Wellbeing Hub ignites action against fuel poverty (link);
  • Five new regions eligible for social investment (link);
  • Empire, Slavery and Scotland's Museums (link);
  • Work Starts on Glengorm Affordable Housing Project (link);
  • UK Shared Prosperity Fund – What’s next? (link);
  • Funding - Just Transition Fund: call for year one projects (link);
  • Glasgow City Region's peatlands set to help fight climate change (link);
  • West Lothian poverty charity says action is needed after client had to burn furniture to heat home (link);
  • Majority of people living in Scotland believe country needs more good quality low-cost housing for rent (link);
  • New suite of youth work & schools collaboration resources (link);
  • Cunninghame Housing Association awards £1,000 to Ardrossan Highland Games (link);
  • Event - Your Community Venue and Events, Your Challenges and Responsibilities (link);
  • New Scottish poll reveals stigma and attitudes towards social housing (link);
  • New Sustrans Scotland director appointment (link);
  • Making History Residency 2022 (link);
  • Glasgow's at risk buildings to receive £250k investment (link);
  • Policy choices for Glasgow traditional tenements retrofitting for sustainable and affordable carbon reduction (link);
  • My Place 2022 winners announced (link);
  • Doors Open Days to return to Edinburgh and East Lothian (link);
  • Consultation - Proposed Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill (link);
  • Culture in Crisis (link);
  • National Transport Strategy (NTS2) - Second Delivery Plan - 2022-2023 (link); 
  • New apprenticeship scheme tackles heritage skills shortage as Hamish Ogston Foundation grants £6.2 million to National Trust (link);
  • Vacancy - Arts & Wellbeing program delivery assistant at WHALE Arts (link);
  • Vacancy - HES Senior Project Officer, Sustainable Transport (link);
  • Event - DTAS Annual Conference & AGM 2022 (link);
  • Event - Density vs Nature in Cities? No More False Choices (link);
  • Event - Successful Working with Land Owners and Land Managers (link);
  • SFHA: Meeting 50,000 affordable homes target is good news – but there is much more to do (link);
  • RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence Winners (link);
  • Dawn Homes gets green light for 90 homes in Neilston (link);
  • Event - MGS Grants Funding Surgeries - 22 & 23 August (link);
  • Vacancy - Development Worker, Glasgow, at Move On (link); 
  • Consultation - Transformative change to protect Scotland’s nature (link);
  • Consultation - Help us shape our future funding in Scotland (link);
  • Funding - Museum Development Fund (link);
  • Event - Films of Action: Coalfield Communities in Lockdown (link);
  • Global whisky hub to put Falkland on the tourist map (link);
  • Wates tackles fuel poverty and carbon emissions in social housing with new retrofit brand (link);
  • Community Ownership in the South of Scotland (link);
  • Alison Thewliss: Investing in green spaces benefits everyone in Clyde Gateway (link);
  • This is the Place - Clyde Gateway Newsletter (link);
  • Event - Fair Work (link);
  • Event - Riverwoods ‘Investment Readiness’ Pioneers Community Event (link);
  • M8 'garden cap' among seven Glasgow projects prepped for UK funding (link);
  • Vacancy - Project Coordinator, South Glasgow, with WorkingRite (link);
  • £105 gift cards for around 85,000 Glasgow households to be issued (link);
  • What is Social Enterprise? (link);
  • A foundation for efficiency (link);
  • Ferguslie Park’s Pride Picnic returns (link);
  • How to achieve net zero emissions: checklist for businesses (link);
  • Glasgow City Council considers disposal of site to QCHA for accessible homes (link);
  • Andy Wightman: In modern Scotland, power is becoming more centralised (link)
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2022 SURF Awards

The prestigious 2022 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration will opened for applications on Thursday 9th June at a special event in the Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow, the world's oldest dance hall, celebrating the Year of Storytelling

The event included presentations from Museums Galleries Scotland, Concrete Garden, Platform and Cassiltoun Housing Association before the Scottish Government offically announced the Awards open. It concluded with stories from Inverclyde from Storyteller Paul Bristow.

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. 

Further information on the SURF Awards and Application Forms can be found HERE

20MN Update

The next 20 Minute Neighbourhood Practice Network will on the  21st July.

We will be hearing from Aberdeenshire Council on their developing approach on the policy, new data analysis from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow and Transport Scotland on the crucial need for behaviour change to reduce car use.

If you are interested in joining the network please contact

Information on the network and details of previous eventscan be found HERE


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  • Resource Spending Review 2022 (link);
  • Trends and inequalities in distance to and use of nearest natural space in the context of the 20-min neighbourhood (link);
  • OZ! - A Yellow Brick Road Adventure in Paisley (link);
  • Community wealth building needs community anchor bodies (link);
  • Low Emission Zones introduced across Scotland (link);
  • Local History Resources (link);
  • Funding - Community Ownership Fund (link);
  • Archaeologists search for lost traces of Glasgow Garden Festival (link);
  • BEFS Director gives a brief overview of the Spending Review released by the Scottish Government (link);
  • Talking About Heritage (link);
  • New skills portal launched to boost career opportunities in Scotland’s built environment (link);
  • Recommendations on the Culture Strategy (link);
  • Consultation - Delivering Scotland’s circular economy: a consultation on proposals for a Circular Economy Bill (link);
  • Major study calls for tax powers to be devolved to Scotland’s biggest cities (link);
  • Understanding Scotland (link);
  • Local Government in Scotland - Overview 2022 (link);
  • Consultation - Public Participation at the Scottish Parliament (link);
  • Thousands Attend 2022 Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (link);
  • Stuart Patrick: Give Scots cities much greater devolution (link);
  • Shifting demands on land mean the only certainty is change – Let’s make sure it’s the change we want (link);
  • Plan bee bid to transform former Scottish Widows HQ aired (link);
  • Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur today celebrated innovation and action across the South of Scotland (link);
  • Wheatley launches new campaign to enable peaceful communities (link);
  • Homes for local workers: a community-led solution (link);
  • Volunteer with FareShare (link);
  • Renfrewshire: Councillors to consider grant applications (link);
  • Vacancy – Toonspeak are looking for Board Members (link);
  • RIAS announces its buildings of the year (link);
  • Kingdom Housing Association digs in for Jubilee celebrations (link);
  • Crisis upon crisis – solving climate and cost of living crises together (link);
  • Cala Homes breaks ground at new development in Stepps (link);
  • Traditional croft house in Stornoway crowned Scotland’s Home Of The Year 2022 (link);
  • Social Enterprise Awards Scotland return for 2022 (link);
  • New homes proposed at 19th-century Borders mill site (link); 
  • STP event recordings (link);
  • £1m ‘game-changer’ could see community in south Scotland realise wildest dreams for land buyout (link);
  • Vacancy - Administrative Assistant at The Poverty Alliance (link);
  • Bringing a Racial Justice lens to Corra’s Henry Duncan Grants (link);
  • Vacancy – Project Officer Town Centres at Aberdeenshire Council (link);
  • SFHA Annual Conference speaker interview: Dougie Paterson (link);
  • Scotland needs a strong and ambitious Circular Economy Bill (link);
  • Projects supported in R2 of Community Stories Fund (link); 
  • Event - Rich Rich Soil: Summer Film Workshops (link);
  • The TUC must back access to food, not just foodbanks (link);
  • Green PB in Scotland (link);
  • Vacancy -  Communications Officer at Evaluation Support Scotland (link);
  • New community strategy for Forestry and Land Scotland (link);
  • Wheatley offers 300 homes to support Ukrainian refugees in Scotland (link);
  • Scottish Young Planners’ Conference 2022 – A delegate’s overview (link);
  • Funding - CashBack for Communities (link);
  • Designs unveiled for planned Glasgow flats for social rent (link);
  • Vacancy – Senior Development Officer - Education (link); 
  • Cunninghame Housing Association’s West Byrehill development progress (link);
  • Funding - New Stories New Audiences (link);
  • Vacancy - Voluntary Board Members at Bield (link);
  • Podcast: The Scottish Housing with Care Taskforce with Gareth Lyon (link);
  • £300K Rannoch Riverside all abilities path is officially open (link);
  • Aberdeen Cyrenians seeks out past volunteers from last 54 years (link);
  • Consultation - Vacant and Derelict Land and Property Strategy Consultation (link);
  • Funding - Funding available for community e-bike projects (link);
  • Hampton by Hilton hotel heads updated Cameron Toll master plan (link);
  • The Children's Holiday Food Programme (Glasgow) (link);
  • Midlothian Council walks the walk! (link);
  • Shopping: the cost of living crisis – Q&A with The Conversation (link);
  • Consultation - Scottish Governance Code Consultation (link);
  • Scotland set to support Green Hydrogen revolution in Germany (link);
  • Expert panel to advise on fairer heat transformation (link);
  • Historic Environment Overview (link)

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