Community Assets, 21 January, Edinburgh

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Community Assets Main

The Event

At this meeting explore the latest policy developments, innovation, good practice and options for the future in the asset transfer process.

The context

Part 5 of the The Community Empowerment Act, approved in 2015, make it easier for communities to take over public sector assets by giving presumption in favour to purchase, lease and manage assets for community benefit.

With the full act due to come into place by summer 2016, and communities, local authorities and partners are already collaborating positively and successfully - how can we build on the achievements and take advantage of the new opportunities to empower communities to take on assets and realise the benefits?

Key learning objectives:

  • The latest policy developments - the Community Empowerment Act and how it will affect community asset ownership
  • Understanding the opportunities, risks and challenges and how to navigate these to maximise the benefits from the process
  • Share and learn from key stakeholder - innovative programmes and past experience to inform future good practice


Session one: Policy and progress

10:00    Welcome and introduction by the Chair

10:05    The potential of the Community Empowerment Act for the asset process

             Jean Waddie, Policy Officer, Community Empowerment Team, The Scottish Government

10:20    Navigating the asset process

             Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, Community Ownership Support Service

10:35    Local authority perspective

10:50    Helping communities to take more control and influence over their own future 

             Eric Samuel, Senior Policy and Learning Manager, Big Lottery Fund in Scotland

11:05    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Comfort break

Session two: Knowledge exchange and good practice

11:40    A pioneering approach: the experience of Vibrant Communities

             Katie Kelly, Head of Housing and Communities, East Ayrshire Council

             Angela Graham, Senior Estates Surveyor, East Ayrshire Council, Vibrant Communities

12:00    Turning a failing facility into a thriving community hub

             Simon Turner, Chief Executive Officer, The Crags

12:20    Good practice case study

12:40    Questions and discussion

12:55    Networking lunch

Session three: Overcoming barriers and maximising benefits

13:40    Stalled Spaces Scotland: helping communities bring derelict land into temporary use

             Senior speaker confirmed, Architecture and Design Scotland (Stalled Spaces Scotland)

14:00    Enhancing community, social and economic benefits

14:20    Promoting engagement: planning, community planning and place - PAS’s Charretteplus™ approach

             Julia Frost, Manager, Operations and Business Development, PAS

14:40    Questions and discussions

14:55    Summary by Chair

15:00    Close of meeting

*Agenda and speakers subject to change

Venue and costs

Event location: Central Edinburgh

Delegate rates

Third sector and community groups - £149 + VAT

Public sector - £199 + VAT

Private sector - £249 + VAT

For more information please contact Craig Flannigan, by email or phone 0131 285 1691