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DTAS Annual Conference 2017 Booking Form

DTAS Annual Conference 2017
"It's All About People!"

3rd/4th September, Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld

Sunday 3rd September: - Arrive & Register & Check-in (if room available) from 11am onwards

12:30 - 15:30

Study Visit: SWAMP, Glasgow (packed lunch provided)


13:00 - 15:30

Study Visit: Re-Connect, Glasgow (packed lunch provided)


13:00 - 14:00

Networking Sandwich Lunch: Informal space to meet & chat

14:00 - 15:30

DTAS Debate: "Is democracy working for Scotland's communities?"

15:30 - 16:00

Time to check-in

16:00 - 16:45

DTAS AGM & Annual Review

16:50 - 17:45

Speed Networking

17:45 - 18:45


18:45 - 19:30

Drinks Reception - Sponsored by Auchinleck Community Development Initiative

19:30 til late

Conference Dinner - Sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland


Monday 4th September:

08:30 - 09:30

Registration & Marketplace (Tea/Coffee)

09:30 - 09:35

Conference Opening Remarks: Sandy Brunton, Chair, DTAS

09:35 - 11:00

Opening Plenary - It's All About People!
Martin Cawley, - Director for Scotland, The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland – Rethinking Citizenship
Anna Coote, - Head of Social Policy, New Economics Foundation

11:00 - 11:40

Tea/Coffee & Marketplace & Networking

11:45 – 12:45

Seminars/Surgeries - Part 1

12:50 - 13:50

Lunch & Marketplace

13:55 - 14:55

Masterclasses/Seminars/Surgeries - Part 2

15:00 - 16:00

Masterclasses/Seminars - Part 3

16:00 - 16:30

Tea/Coffee & Final Chance to Network


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Delegate Requirements
Select your requirements below
Note: Some bursaries are available to help meet the cost of attending the conference. Please contact Aileen at DTAS for a bursary application form.
Don't select this if you have an Overnight package
On the Sunday afternoon you can chose to Network over Soup and a Sandwich, go on a Study Visit or take part in the DTAS Debate before the AGM (16:00).
Back by popular demand is the opportunity to 'speed-network' after the AGM
Please sign up if you wish to attend as numbers are limited for all of these activities.

Study Visit – SWAMP 12:30 – 15:30 (30 min drive, packed lunch provided)
South West Arts & Media Project also known as SWAMP is a relatively new development trust based in the Pollok area of Glasgow that supports local residents through the provision of innovative employability, training and community development projects and programmes. They have extensive experience within the creative industries, education and learning and use this knowledge to enhance cultural and literary awareness whilst promoting a community spirit within the local area.

Study Visit – Re-Connect Glasgow 13:00 – 15:30 (20 min drive, packed lunch provided)
Re-Connect Glasgow is part of Connect Community Trust. Its Furniture Reuse & Recycling project operates from an old industrial unit of some 12000 sq ft that previously housed Clow Ladders manufacturing company. Their premises are split into 3 sections; a showroom, a storage area and their workspace; where they clean, and carry out essential repairs.
Learn how they operate as part of the National Re-use line and also through the Scotland XL framework as a supplier to the Scottish Welfare Fund. As well as creating an income stream for the trust, Re-Connect helps divert waste from landfill and as such contributes to meeting Scotland’s Climate Challenge Targets.

DTAS Debate - "Is democracy working for Scotland's communities?" 14:00 – 15:30
How local is local government?
Is size important?
Where does representative democracy meet participative democracy?
Will the Local Democracy Bill address any of these issues?
Come and listen to a range of perspectives, contribute your thoughts and cast your vote in this inaugural DTAS debate.

Speed Networking
2 minute pitch for your organisation – can you do it?
Meet and make connections with other development trusts and organisations that can support you.
MONDAY 4th September

Our first come, first served surgery sessions are an alternative to attending a workshop - there are a limited number of opportunities available throughout the day, these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and some information will be required in advance to allow the discussion to be tailored to your needs.

The one-to-one surgery sessions available this year are:

Asset Transfer & Community Ownership of Assets – 25 mins – Talk to COSS/Advisers about a building or piece of land that your organisation may be interested in taking into ownership - find out what’s involved, how to go about it and what support is available.

Funding For your Project - Can the Big Lottery Fund Help? – 25 mins – Is there a particular project or proposal that requires some help around funding? BIG staff can tell you about the options that are available.

Digital Connectivity - 25 mins – Community Broadband Scotland – Do you have a question about the Scottish Government’s roll out of superfast broadband in your area? If so, CBS staff will be available to help you understand what’s planned for your area.

Architect Advice - 25 mins - John Gilbert Architects are offering consultations to discuss building project ideas, retrofit projects, building to a budget, negotiating planning and finding a great builder. We can't promise to solve all your design issues in this time but we will offer support, advice, next steps and explain the process. You will be asked to provide in advance photos, location and any drawings to help us help you.

To sign up for a session please choose 1 or 2 short surgery sessions from the booking form below

(please choose 1 seminar (from 1-6) or 1 / 2 short one-to-one surgeries (from 7-10)
Choose one SEMINAR (or click N/A)

1. What Communities Can Do About Food Waste
Speakers: Heather Anderson, Whitmuir Farm
If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of green house gases in the world. On Whitmuir Farm we have been working with 2 local schools on community growing, cooking and composting - producing over 2 tonnes of veg from our 2000m2 plot and piloting a rural food waste collection service for up to 200 families. Find out more at

2. Community Energy Projects: Life After FITs
Speaker: Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland
With a new energy strategy and a move towards subsidy free projects, we discuss what’s next for community energy? This session will explore the opportunities and support to initiate local energy plans, develop energy systems projects and invest in commercial renewable energy to create thriving sustainable communities.

3. Community Ownership of Infrastructure Assets
Speakers: COSS, Scottish Land Fund
From public toilets, parks and libraries, communities across Scotland are increasingly taking on the management and ownership of infrastructure assets. This seminar will explore the key issues to consider for in relation to the sustainable operation of these public services and explore some of the funding options available for the acquisition of the assets and sustainable operation of the facilities.

4. Consortium Building
Speaker: Yvonne McBride, Partnership for Procurement P4P(Senscot)/Lorne Islands Partnership
This participative workshop will enable you to explore what’s involved in building strong consortia in order to compete for tenders and secure investment from procurement spend. You will also be able to hear from the Lorne Islands Partnership who will be on hand to share their experience of how collaboration and consortia works in practice.

5. Member Story – Cassiltoun Trust
Speaker: Anna Stuart MBE & Clair Malpas, Regeneration Manager
Celebrating 10 years of Castlemilk Stables. – Hear the inspiring story of ow the restoration of this historic building has created a catalyst for lasting social and economic regeneration in the Castlemilk community.

6. Member Story – Braemar Community Company – A Castle for Community Benefit
Speaker: Simon Blackett, Chair, Braemar Community Ltd
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Braemar Community Ltd’s management of Braemar Castle, which it took over on a 50 year lease to save the major tourist attraction for the village. Come to this workshop to hear how BCL is using and developing the castle and other assets and events to encourage travellers to stop off, and also about the community company’s wide range of other initiatives.

SHORT SURGERY SESSIONS - choose one or two (or click N/A)

If you choose one short surgery session you will have 30 minutes spare time, or you can choose a second surgery.

See descriptions above

(please choose one 2 hour Masterclass (11 or 12 - this will be your only afternoon session) - or one Seminar (13-16) - or 1 or 2 short one-to-one Surgeries (from 17-20)
Choose one 2 HOUR MASTERCLASS (or click N/A)

11. Two Hour Funding Masterclass – Practical Session – bring your funding ideas!
Facilitator: Dawn Brodie; and Funders
Led by a 'been there: done that' facilitator and with support and advice from key Scottish funders, this workshop will focus on accessing and sustaining funding with tips and practical suggestions on how to maximise your chances of successfully securing funding from a variety of sources.

12. Two Hour Masterclass: Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Facilitators: Lara Friedman & Charlotte Lawley, Social Enterprise Academy
As the world and our communities change, so too do the opportunities and challenges that we face. This masterclass will allow you think differently about the day-to-day and explore innovative and creative ideas for your trust and local community. This interactive session will examine some of the challenges and opportunities facing the community sector, describe what is meant by an enterprising approach, and establish how to apply this way of thinking and working.

Choose one SEMINAR (or click N/A)

13. Financing Assets & Investment Readiness
Speaker: Isla McCulloch, Social Investment Scotland
More and more communities are looking to take advantage of recent legislation and explore community ownership of local assets. As Asset Transfer applications need a clear emphasis on the future sustainability of the enterprise this workshop will cover how social investment can form part of an overall funding package and go into some detail on how to assess your investment readiness.

14. Community Empowerment Act: Participation Requests
Speaker: Ian Turner, Scottish Government, Community Empowerment Team Leader
Participation requests enable a community body to engage with public authorities where it believes it could help improve an outcome of a particular service. This could include suggesting how service providers could better meet the needs of users, or even proposing the community body could take over the delivery of the service themselves. Find out how this new community right could be used by your development trust.

15. Member Story – CLEAR Buckaven
Speaker: Allen Armstrong
Working in a forgotten, deprived former mining area on the Fife Coast CLEAR Buckhaven has worked with volunteers to turn a disused playpark into a thriving community hub and learning centre, developed many community orchards and woodland, walking trails and community art projects, and also sells and distributes local produce. More significantly, hear how the trust identifies the challenges and pitfalls of growing and sustaining this community effort.

16. Member Story – West Harris Trust – Turning Around Population Decline
Speaker: Anna Helfrich
The West Harris Trust acquired its 17,800 acres of crofting land from the Scottish Government in 2010, as the catalyst to turn around the area’s long-term population decline. Come to this seminar to hear how, in only seven years, the Trust has created new housing opportunities and a stunning new community hub, and is over 2/3 of its way to achieving its target of increasing the population by 30% over 10 years.

SHORT SURGERY SESSIONS - choose one or two (or click N/A)

If you choose one short surgery session you will have 30 minutes spare time, or you can choose a second surgery.

See descriptions above

SEMINARS PART 3: 15:00 – 15:55
(please choose 1 Seminar (from 21-24) - if you chose a Masterclass in Part 2, please click N/A)
Choose one SEMINAR (or click N/A)

21. Member Story – Sunart Community Company - The Power of Community Shares
Speaker: James Hilder/Community Shares Scotland
In 2014 Sunart Community Renewables launched a community share issue to finance a hydro electric scheme. Two years on and the success of that initiative has resulted in an upsurge of other community led activity in the village. Come and discover how a share issue can become a catalyst for community action.

22. Measuring Impact
Speaker: Rosie McIntosh, Third Sector Lab
This workshop will help you tell personal stories to show the impact that your organisation makes. We will look at the best ways to identify, produce and share your stories through video, audio, images and writing. Rosie McIntosh of Third Sector Lab has over a decade of experience in charity communications, including senior roles at Oxfam, ENABLE and the Mental Welfare Commission.

23. Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers
Speaker: Laura Baird, Stanley Development Trust
Stanley Development Trust operates within a village on the banks of the Tay in Perthshire. This workshop will outline their history, work and achievements, with a particular focus on the role which volunteers have played in the Trust's achievements and successes over the last 9 years and the important contribution which volunteers have made.

24. Community Transport
Speakers: John MacDonald, Community Transport Scotland/Paul Bridges, Getting Better Together
As local bus services continue to decline, more and more communities are setting up and running their own community transport initiatives. A number of DTAS members successfully operate community transport schemes, a vital element of their broader service provision. Learn about national transport trends and the increasing demand for community transport, what's involved in establishing and running a community transport service and the funding and support that is available.

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