16 May 2024

Delivering place-based regeneration initiatives: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

Organised by: SURF


Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA

A shared learning workshop with contributions from the winning projects in the Improving Scotland's Places and Community Led Regeneration category in the 2023 SURF Awards.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.


This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow on 16th May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from the ‘Improving Scotland’s Places’ and ‘Community Led Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2023 SURF Awards process.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Improving Scotland’s Places’ category winner Vibrant Gala Project. Energise Galashiels Trust, a community-based organisation, was established in to respond to the continuing decline in the town centre with the aim of creating a more vibrant and welcoming community.

This will be followed by the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner Govan HELP – The Govan Pantry. The Govan HELP Pantry supports people who are experiencing food poverty in the G51 postcode area of Glasgow, whilst also providing training, volunteering and employability opportunities.

Following an open discussion session with the projects, attendees will hear from a Scottish Government representative who will give an overview of current priorities regarding place-based regeneration. This will be followed by short presentations from Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to regenerate Scotland’s towns and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their current focus on place-based regeneration. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Improving Scotland’s Places’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Architecture & Design Scotland and the Scottish Government – were struck with the wide ranging programme of activity that has secured the participation of public, private, community and third sector organisations, all working together from the start. The SURF Awards ‘Community Led Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of CoCreate, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and West of Scotland Regional Equality Council – were impressed by the high levels of community engagement demonstrated.

This workshop will be delivered with support from Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Architecture & Design Scotland.


10:00am   Registration and networking

10:30am   Welcome and Introduction: Euan Leitch, Chief Executive, SURF

10:35am   Presentation, Vibrant Gala Project: Ian Dalgleish, Engergise Galashiels Trust

10:50am   Presentation, Govan HELP – The Govan Pantry: Viv Sawers & Stephen McFadden , Govan HELP

11:05am   Questions and Comments with project representatives

11:20am   Presentation, Scottish Government: Tricia Ma, Scottish Government

11:30am   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Mhairi Donaghy, STP & Scottish Futures Trust

11:40am   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Murray Allan, HIE

11:50am   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:10pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF

12:20pm   Close and Networking Lunch

You can read more about the 2023 SURF Award projects in the SURF Awards Publication.

This event is currently fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please email emma@surf.scot