Partners in Place

Three Virtual Sessions

SURF’s 2021 SURF Annual Conference will  be a series of three 90 minute sessions on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th August. They will be conducted via the Zoom conferencing platform.

Numbers for these events are limited. I have included the programme for each event below, along with a link to Zoom to book a place on each event. I will note that you are not required to have a Zoom account to attend.

As places are limited I would kindly ask that if you book and can no longer attend that you let me know and I will reallocate your place.

Once booked you will receive a link to join the event. Please note that these are individual links, and can therefore not be shared with colleagues. They would have to book on separately.

If you have any queries or have issues with using/booking on Zoom please do not hesitate to get in touch with 

Session One – Tuesday 24th August 11am -12.35pm – Post-Covid Recovery


11.00am  Welcome and Setting the Scene Kate Wimpress, Chair & Euan Leitch, CEO, SURF

11.10am  The Covid Community Context – Helen Wray, Foundation Scotland

11.20am  Developing Partnerships During a PandemicTerry Paterson, Larkhall Community Partnership

11.30am  Question and Answer Session

11.35am  Priorities for Building Back? – Voting Session

11.45am  The National Policy Perspective – Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Public Finance, Planning & Community Wealth

12.00pm  Building back from Covid – Panel Session;

  • Tom Arthur MSP – Minister for Public Finance, Planning & Community Wealth
  • Kate Wimpress – North Edinburgh Arts/Convener of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland 2019-20
  • Anna Fowlie – SCVO / Social Renewal Advisory Board
  • Lisa Maclean, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) / Social Renewal Advisory Board

12.30pm  Summing up and What’s Next?Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, SURF

12.35pm  Close

Book a place – 

Session Two – Wednesday 25th August 11am -12.30pm – Place-Based Regeneration


11.00am  Welcome and Setting the Scene Euan Leitch, CEO, SURF

11.05am  A Dunoon for the Future – Ann Campbell, Dunoon Area Alliance and Tom Warren, Dunoon CDT

11.15am  Partners in Place – Representatives from the Place-based Programme Learning Exchange Group, who collaborated on the Working Better Together in Place report

  • Gordon McLean – Corra Foundation
  • Andrew Magowan – Inspiring Scotland
  • David Allan – Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)
  • Derek Rankine – SURF
  • Neil Ritch – The National Lottery Community Fund

11.35am  Question and Answer Section

11.55am  Funding After Covid – Panel Session;

  • Elaine Wilson – Corra Foundation
  • Karen Dick – Creative Scotland
  • Amy Eastwood – Historic Environment Scotland
  • Caroline Clark – National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland
  • Stewart Macgregor – Robertson Trust
  • Neil Ritch – The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland

12.25pam  Summing up and What’s Next?Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, SURF

12.30pm  Close

Book a place This session is now FULLY BOOKED and we are operating a Waiting List. Please email to be added to the list.

Session Three- Thursday 26th August 11am -12.30pm – Climate Change


11.00am  Welcome and Setting the Scene –  Euan Leitch, CEO, SURF

11.10am  Voices in the Climate Discussion – Fraser Stewart, University of Strathclyde

11.20am  Tackling Climate in the CommunityAneaka Kellay, Carbon Co-op

11.35am  Question and Answer Session

11.45am  COP26: Inverclyde Climate Beacon – Sally Clough, Belleville Community Garden

11.55am  Priorities for addressing a Climate Emergency? – Voting Session and Open Discussion

12.10pm  Including Community Culture – Jo Gilbert, Spoken Word Performer and Poet

12.20pm  Summary and What’s Next?Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, SURF

12.25pm  Closing RemarksKate Wimpress, Chair, SURF

12.30pm  Close

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