Conference 2018

Delegate Requirements
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Note: Some bursaries are available to help meet the cost of attending the conference. Please contact Aileen at DTAS for a bursary application form.

This year, at the suggestion of some members and to improve our carbon footprint, our plan is to have a vegetarian conference dinner but for those would prefer to have a meat based main course please tick the box below.

Networking Lunch/Study Visits /Fringe Meeting/Speed Networking : Sunday 2nd September

On the Sunday afternoon you can chose to Network over Soup and a Sandwich, go on a Study Visit or take part in the Fringe Meeting before the AGM.
Back by popular demand is the opportunity to ‘speed-network’ after the AGM.
Please sign up on your booking form if you wish to attend these activities as numbers are limited

Study Visit – Birse Community Trust 12:15 – 15:30 (40 min drive, packed lunch provided)

BCT is an innovative and pioneering community-led organisation operating across the South Deeside parish of Birse. One of the first community land owners in Scotland, BCT owns two blocks of forest totalling 400 hectares, but the total woodland area under its management is more than double that. This is managed for environmental/ amenity objectives, as well as to produce a long term sustainable supply of timber that contributes financially to other activities carried out by BCT on behalf of the local community. BCT also manages other buildings on behalf of the community, including three 19th century water-powered woods mills.

Study Visit – Stonehaven Town Partnership 12:30 – 15:30 (20 min drive, packed lunch provided)

STP is the community anchor organisation for Stonehaven, a harbour town just south of Aberdeen with a population of around 12,000. The Partnership is accountable to its community though a membership of around 50 localorganisations, and has very recently completed the major acquisition of the Stonehaven Court Building from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service through a community asset transfer. Among its other initiatives, it leases the Stonehaven Caravan Park from Aberdeenshire Council, and runs the Stoney Express, a popular land train for visitors.

Fringe Meeting  - Local Democracy Bill: Update and Discussion 14:00 – 15:30

Chair: Ian Cooke, DTAS
Speaker: Local Democracy Bill Team, Scottish Government
By September, the consultation on the new Local Democracy Bill will be well underway. This session will provide an update on the key ideas emerging from the consultation, and a discussion on how these (and other ideas) could improve local decision making and benefit the work of development trusts.

Speed Networking - 16:50 - 17:45

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 3rd September: 11:45–12:45 Seminars/Surgeries Part 1

(please choose 1 seminar or surgery from 1-8 )

1. Developing Assets in Uncertain Times
Facilitated by: Lynn Molleson, Community Ownership Support Service (COSS)
Speakers:Mark Mcritchie, Community Central Halls, Glasgow & Janet Miles, Gairloch & Loch Ewe Action Forum (GALE)
There is no doubt that communities who are considering taking on and developing assets are doing so in a challenging environment for capital and revenue funding. This COSS seminar will hear from two DTAS members why taking a phased approach to owning and developing assets and innovative enterprise activity improve their sustainability.

2. Member Story - Addressing Financial Challenges
In Conversation with Kay Hall, West Kilbride Community Initiatives Ltd
Join a conversation style session with Kay Hall to hear how, after some hard self-analysis and decision making, WKCIL successfully tackled their financial problems and turned the fortunes of WKCIL around.

3. GDPR – Where are we now?
Speaker: Karina Macleod, Senscot Legal
It has been 4 months since the General Data Protection Regulations came into force – what steps have you taken within your organisation…if any? This seminar will look at the impact of GDPR on development trusts and the third sector more generally. We shall also review the necessary changes and actions that are advised even now! Also discuss any updates or lessons that have been learned since May 2018.

4.Member Story - Iona Local Energy Roadmaps
Speaker: Alex Schlicke, Iona Renewables
Iona Renewables has developed a Local Energy Roadmap that sets out a vision of how a community-led scheme can work towards owning, generating, storing and using energy on the island. The energy Roadmap takes an evidence-based approach in identifying and phasing development, with a focus on deliverable and scalable projects

5. Strengthening Communities Programme - Funded Groups Networking Session
Facilitated by Wendy Reid, DTAS & Carol Hutchison, Scottish Government
An opportunity for groups who are supported by the Strengthening Communities Programme to come together, share their experiences and meet Carol Hutchison from the Scottish Government's Regeneration Division who will be on hand to answer questions.

6. DTAS - One to One Surgery – Have an hour with a DTAS Development Officer!
If you are a DTAS member and have an issue or challenge which would benefit from an hours discussion with your Development Officer or our Comms Officer then sign up here!

7. CSS – One to One Surgery - Have an hour with one of the Community Shares Scotland Team! 
If your development trust is thinking of ways to finance a capital or enterprise project could a Community Share Offer be a part of the solution? Sign up for an hours discussion and advice.

8. COSS/SLF One to One Surgery – Have an hour with a Community Ownership Support Service Adviser or a Scottish Land Fund Adviser!
Is your group considering or in the process of taking on a building or piece of land into community ownership and you have a specific questions or just find out what’s involved, how to go about it and what support is available from COSS staff.

Monday 3rd September: 13:55–14:55 Seminars/Surgeries Part 2

(please choose 1 seminar or surgery from 9-16 )

9. Development Trust Research
Speakers: James Henderson, What Works Scotland  & Neil Stott & Dr Michelle Fava, Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation

There is an increasing academic interest in development trusts and DTAS has been involved in 2 research studies within the last year – both involving case studies of members. This workshop offers an opportunity to hear about, and discuss, the key findings from the research, as well as the potential link between academic research and development trust activity.

10. Participatory Budgeting
Speaker: Jan Pringle, Burnfoot Community Futures
The Scottish Government has set a target a target of at least 1% of all local government spending being decided through participatory budgeting (PB) by the end of 2021. This session provides an opportunity to reflect on what PB has to offer and experiences of its use by DTAS members to date.

11. Community Led Social Prescribing
Speakers: Brendan Rooney - Healthy ‘n ‘Happy, Peter Taylor - Annexe Communities & June Vallance - Getting Better Together
Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations – learn about this progressive way of finding solutions to health issues locally.

12. Middlesteep Quarter  - A Model for Town Centre Regeneration
Speaker: Matt Baker, Dumfries High Street Ltd
This session focusses on the Middlesteep Quarter in Dumfries and offers an opportunity to hear about their innovative model for community led town centre regeneration using a range of approaches from Community Empowerment and Land Reform legislation.

13. Invest in What Matters!
Speakers: James Proctor & Toby Sandison , Community Shares Scotland
From harbours to heritage, energy to education, come along and be inspired by how community shares can be used to fund "What Matters" to communities across the country. This interactive session will be a mix of case studies and a discussion of ideas, old and new. Presented by the staff of the pioneering Community Shares Scotland programme that has supported over £10 million of investment in community enterprise since 2014.

14. DTAS - One to One Surgery – Have an hour with a DTAS Development Officer!
If you are a DTAS member and have an issue or challenge which would benefit from an hours discussion with your Development Officer or our Comms Officer then sign up here!

15. CSS – One to One Surgery - Have an hour with one of the Community Shares Scotland Team! 
If your development trust is thinking of ways to finance a capital or enterprise project could a Community Share Offer be a part of the solution? Sign up for an hours discussion and advice.

16. COSS/SLF One to One Surgery – Have an hour with a Community Ownership Support Service Adviser or a Scottish Land Fund Adviser!
Is your group considering or in the process of taking on a building or piece of land into community ownership and you have a specific questions or just find out what’s involved, how to go about it and what support is available from COSS staff.

Monday 3rd September: 14:55–15:55 Seminars/Surgeries Part 3

(please choose 1 seminar or surgery from 17-24 )

17. Making the Most of Your DTAS Membership
Speakers: DTAS Staff Team (tbc)
DTAS has a wide range of training and development resources which cover areas such as governance, financial management, enterprise and strategic development. Find out more about these resources and explore how DTAS could assist your development trust become more effective in what you do.

18. Creating a Community Museum On-line!
Speaker: Matt Pearce, West Calder & Harburn Community Development Trust
This seminar tells the story of how West Calder & Harburn CDT developed an online heritage mapping tool and database to help explore, celebrate, record and promote local history in a way that appeals to young and old alike. Join us for a presentation and exploration of the wider potential of this tool for communities.

19. Lone/Sole Workers – Facilitated Discussion
Facilitated by Rory Dutton, DTAS
Many development trusts employ a single member of staff, particularly in their early stages of development. While this provides a welcome boost to operational capacity of the organisation, the shift from operating on an entirely voluntary basis can create tensions. This workshop provides an opportunity for those employed as a lone / sole worker to share experiences and discuss the challenges of the role.

20. Member Story - Involving Young People
Speaker: Alyson McGillvray, South Islay Development Trust & Pamela Barnes, Linlithgow Development Trust
Something we hear a lot from Development Trusts is that they find it difficult to engage with younger people and get them involved in the activities or running of their organisations. Find out how two different Development Trusts are addressing this challenge and successfully overcoming this problem of involving young people.

21. Promoting Co-working through Development Hubs
Speaker: Claire Carpenter, The Melting Pot
Co-working is a global phenomenon that is transforming the way and where people work.
Some community organisations have already recognised its potential to build more resilient and more
enterprising communities. This workshop offers an opportunity to find out about co-working
and explore what development trusts can do to facilitate and support it.

22. DTAS - One to One Surgery – Have an hour with a DTAS Development Officer!
If you are a DTAS member and have an issue or challenge which would benefit from an hours discussion with your Development Officer or our Comms Officer then sign up here!

23. CSS – One to One Surgery - Have an hour with one of the Community Shares Scotland Team!
If your development trust is thinking of ways to finance a capital or enterprise project could a Community Share Offer be a part of the solution? Sign up for an hours discussion and advice.

24. COSS/SLF One to One Surgery – Have an hour with a Community Ownership Support Service Adviser or a Scottish Land Fund Adviser!
Is your group considering or in the process of taking on a building or piece of land into community ownership and you have a specific questions or just find out what’s involved, how to go about it and what support is available from COSS staff.

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