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How to get involved in the #first500 campaign

Posted by James Dowdell on December 1, 2016

Good to hear you're looking to find out how you can be a part of the #first500 campaign!  We are hopeful over the next 4 weeks this will snowball (excuse the seasonal pun) and more companies will want to contribute to building the pot, meaning more goals will get backed.  On top of creating real impact locally this will ... Continue reading »


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Beechbrae SCIO

We grow food in the woods and look after our wildlife in Blackridge, West Lothian.

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Community Empowerment Bill 'a serious opportunity'

Written by snp.orgAhead of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill reaching the final stage in the Scottish Parliament this week, SNP MSP Rob Gibson is highlighting the major opportunity it provides to empower communities in Scotland.The Bill will make it easier for communities to make their voices heard on decisions affecting them and to take over derelict or abandoned land and assets.It will also extend the community right to buy to the whole of Scotland, removing the restriction to rural areas, and will introduce a community right to buy neglected or abandoned land even if there is no willing seller. Blight sites which have been an eyesore to communities for years could be brought back to life through the Bill.The Bill will help deliver the government’s ambitious target of 1 million acres of land in community ownership by 2020. Community groups who want to discuss their views on improving the area they live in will now have the right to make a participation request to local public bodies in their area– strengthening and improving the community planning process and partnership working.Cassiltoun Stables in Glasgow is an example of the kind of project that will be helped by the Bill. The site transferred from council to community ownership in 2007, and has since developed into facility which hosts community events, offices, training suites and a nursery. The busy community hub now provides employment and training opportunities for people in the area.The Kabin in Loanhead is another example. It has operated as a successful community-owned social enterprise since 2007. In 2011, following extensive community engagement it expanded through the construction of the Kabin on the site. This community hub contains a Café, Soft Play, Charity shop and launderette, a recording studio and rehearsal room, a community cinema and a community garden.After 6 years of planning and fundraising, Aigas Community Forest in Strathglass was officially opened for business in March this year. It is a social enterprise which is turning a badly managed 260 hectare forest into a social enterprise with social, economic and environmental benefits for the community. The aim of the project is to create a woodland with easy and enjoyable access that is home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants. The income generated from the project will not just be invested in the forest, but also in the local community.Commenting, SNP MSP Rob Gibson said:“The Community Empowerment Bill represents a serious opportunity for communities across Scotland to make their voices heard at local level. After all, the people who know best what needs to be done to improve life in a local community are the people who live and work there.“There are already a great number of community projects across Scotland – Cassiltoun Stables, The Kabin and Aigas Community Forest are examples of these. The Community Empowerment Bill will help make it easier for more communities to take on local assets and derelict land, reducing the timescale involved and simplifying the process. This will support the number of community projects across Scotland which are now expected grow. “This Bill is a major opportunity to build upon Scotland’s world leading community right to buy legislation and empower communities across Scotland.”ENDSMore info on The Kabin is available here: information on Aigas Community Forest is here: on Cassiltoun Stables is here:




Community Garden start up

10:30, Saturday 29th April

Hosted by: Greening our Street

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Social Media Training - Edinburgh 20/9/2017

Scotland | Edinburgh

This interactive course will help you understand the landscape of social media and plan an approach ...



Management Training - Edinburgh 21/9/2017

Scotland | Edinburgh

Every group is different, and every individual has different needs, desires and ideas on how things ...



Media Training - Edinburgh 7/11/2017

Scotland | Edinburgh

Participants will understand how to prepare and package media stories and examine any issues that might ...