18 May 2023
Exploring place-based regeneration initiatives: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop
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 Clyde Community Hall, Govan on 18th 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 2022 SURF Awards process.
Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Improving Scotland’s Places’ category winner Living Alloa. In response to challenges, Clackmannanshire Council, the community, third sector and businesses have come together to shift the dial on the social, economic and environmental issues facing the town centre.
This will be followed by the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner Bressay Development Ltd – Speldiburn. A community led venture to repurpose a closed school and multi-court in order to retain communal space and ensure community ownership of the facilities.
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, CoCreate, 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 Foundation Scotland, the Furniture Project (Stranraer) ltd, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Tannahill Centre – 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, Living Alloa: Grant Baxter, Clackmannanshire Council
10:50am Presentation, Bressay Development Ltd – Speldiburn: Heather Christie and Aimee Labourne, Bressay Development Ltd
11:05am Questions and Comments with project representatives
11:20am Presentation, Scottish Government: Joanne Boyle, Scottish Government
11:30am Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Mhairi Donaghy, STP
11:40am Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Mags McSporran and 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
1:00pm Optional walking tour of Govan, one of SURF’s place-based Alliance for Action sites.