GYOWG hosts Introduction to the Community Empowerment Act

What is it about?

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act brings new rights, duties and responsibilities which could have a huge impact on community growing and allotments in Scotland.  This event is an introduction to the Act, so that people who are affected by these new rights, duties and responsibilities are aware of them and better able to implement them.  The event will cover all parts of the Act that relate to community growing including wider green space/open space.  However, as there is so much to cover, and some details of the Act are still to be worked out, this event will be an introduction – the first in a series of events.


Who is it for?

  • Senior managers responsible for managing public land or engaging with community groups, eg: Estate managers, Facilities’ managers, Planners, Greenspace managers, Community Learning and Development managers.
  • Organisations which support community groups that may want to engage in community growing, eg: Third Sector Interfaces, Housing Associations, Citizens Advice Bureaux, umbrella organisations


What will you gain from attending?

Participants will leave with a better understanding of the details of the Community Empowerment Act, what it will mean for them, and the groups they support, in practice and where they can find out more.  Participants will be able to ask questions of the Bill team, talk to ‘experts’ in relevant fields, discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions presented by the new law with peers, and feed into future guidance for implementing the Act.


Where and when:

2nd December, 2015, 10am – 2pm, including lunch.

Victoria Quay, Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.


Cost and booking:

£15 Third Sector; £25 Public Sector.

Please book your place using this link by Friday 20 November 2015


This event is organised by The Grow Your Own Working Group, a collaboration of national and regional organisations with an interest in encouraging people to grow their own food in Scotland.  For more information please contact Roz Corbett, secretary for the Grow Your Own Working Group, or 0131 623 7058An_Introduction_to_the_Community_Empowerment_Act_programme_ 021215

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