We’ve enjoyed another packed year getting to know each other better and building connections across Scotland. We’ve seen our small team here in Scotland change and we’re looking forward to starting the New Year with exciting plans.

We’ve met inspiring individuals and creative groups doing some of the most wonderful work with people in their local communities. We want to say a huge thank you to you all for all the hard and dedicated work you do. We’ve had a great time this year meeting so many of you, and we’re looking forward to 2020! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all in the Scotland team.


Aberdeen Community Network Exchange Hub

Our first visit earlier this month to Aberdeen brought people together to map out and share their local knowledge. We had a lively session with lots of discussion of the challenges people are experiencing and resources they have access to. There’s a huge variety of initiatives in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas, we’re looking forward to visiting the projects and places shared with us! If you’re in the Aberdeenshire and Moray area and would like to know more about the resources shared then drop Mo an email.


Planning ahead for 2020…

We’re looking forward to sharing our plans for the next six months very soon – as always, we’ll be across Scotland delivering events and creating spaces designed to bring people together to learn from each other. In the meantime, whether you’re involved in your local Community Council or not, why not check out these useful and relevant listings for community focused happenings near you. 


Dundee resident, Mick Vine, publicly thanked his neighbour, Patricia, for being #ThereForMe as part of national campaign to build stronger communities. It’s all part of a UK-wide campaign called #ThereForMe, encouraging everyone to publicly thank their neighbours and people who support them.

Mick said:

“Patricia is a remarkable woman, exactly the sort of person you want to have as a neighbour. Despite raising her granddaughter and caring for her sick husband, she still finds the time and energy to help at the Community Garden that I run, volunteers at the Whorterbank Laughter Club, an out of school weekly club for children, is secretary for the Phoenix Tenants Association and always first to put her hand up to volunteer at local community events.”

The campaign runs until Christmas, so get involved and thank a neighbour or someone for being #ThereForMe, and post a message on Twitter using the hashtag #ThereForMe.

November 2019 Community Camp

11 community-minded folk travelled from across Scotland to join Community Camp at the Eden Project over a weekend in November. Long journeys and chilly weather didn’t dampen their spirits and after three days of talks, workshops and networking, they’ve now returned to their local projects motivated and inspired. We wish them all the very best – don’t forget to keep in touch!


The Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust supports young people who, through volunteering or community service, aim to enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.

Applications for grants, of up to £500, are invited from individuals aged 30 and under or from small groups of young people who believe their actions to be in pursuit of the aims of the trust.

Trustees will meet quarterly to consider applications. All applications for support will be judged on their own merits and in relation to how they expect to achieve or further the aims of the Trust. The Trust will expect recipients to report on how any support was used and how it helped to fulfill the aims of the project. If you’re planning a Big Lunch in 2020 and are wondering how to kick-start your plans this fund could be the perfect opportunity. 

Find that local funding!

A number of Local Authorities and the Scottish Government’s Scottish Rural Network have teamed up with SCVO’s Funding Scotland to provide an advanced online funding search for charities, community groups or social enterprises. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, they can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community. 

Top tip – if you can’t see your local authority then try the SRN search which covers rural Scotland (but not the cities). Current Local Authorities involved are:

  • East Renfrewshire
  • Fife
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Perth & Kinross
  • Shetland
  • South Lanarkshire
  • Stirling


12 Ways to End Loneliness this Christmas

Almost a million older people say they feel lonelier at Christmas (based on research by Age UK), and half a million older people can go up to a week without seeing or speaking to anyone. 

This Christmas, Campaign to End Loneliness want to change that, but they need us. They’ve come up with 12 simple things we can do to tackle loneliness, and make everyone feel more connected at Christmas. Campaign to End Loneliness is going to share their tips on social media throughout December, and they would like us to share our own using the hashtag #12Ways.

Engage with Evidence – new resource

‘If we want to have influence over what happens in and to our communities, we need to engage with evidence’.

CHEX and Evaluation Support Scotland have collaborated on a fantastic new downloadable resource designed to support communities to gain influence by engaging with evidence. It’s a really straightforward introduction to the subject packed full of explanations, practical approaches and case-studies.