The current situation with the covid pandemic and it’s social, economic and environmental impacts has brought to the fore the importance of communities and the impact of the ability to deliver services, employment, health care, wellbeing, economic services and more at a local level while dealing with the issues that previous economic, infrastructure and social structures left us vulnerable to. This has been reflected in the new Programme for Government, with a £100m Green Jobs Fund, a £80m Place Fund and a £20m High Street Fund.

With this level of investment available, now is the perfect time for thought leaders and innovators in these fields to share their experiences, knowledge and best-practice with each other and with organisations that are perhaps less experienced in some of these fields.

The topics covered in this event will include:

  • Local food production, supply chain and the alleviation of food poverty
  • Support for local businesses, buying local and ‘local currency’
  • Local energy networks, green energy and heat and the alleviation of fuel poverty
  • Economic regeneration, the repurposing of existing space, land and assets to support the new economy and the creation of green jobs
  • Regional hubs and ’20 Minute Neighbourhoods’
  • Investment and access to funding

This event is an ideal opportunity for all those involved in the future of our communities, economy, environment, social regeneration, economic regeneration, public health, the supply chain, infrastructure and more, including local and national government officers, elected representatives at local and national level, private sector organisations, community organisations, housing associations, charities, social enterprises, government agencies, representative bodies and membership organisations among others to engage with other thought leaders and potential partners that can help forge solutions to the challenges we currently face.


10:00 Introduction from the Chair  Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS

10:20 Opening address – TBC

10:30 How can our towns and cities adapt to, and learn from, Covid?  Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

10:50 Creating green energy and jobs locally – Neil Barnes, Communities Manager, Warmworks

11:10 Towards a City Food Plan for Glasgow – Jill Muirie, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Healt

11:30 Case study; supporting the local economy, community businesses and supply chain during Covid – Margaret Fraser, Regeneration Manager, ng homes

11:50 Q&A

12:20 Closing remarks from the Chair

12:30 Close


We have a limited number of ‘early bird’ places available for this event for just £30 each and include a recording of the event for future use; simply enter the promotional code EarlyBird (case sensitive) when booking your place(s). Delegate places for this webinar are a limited and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

You can book your place by clicking here

SURF members can be offered a discounted rate of £25. Please contact who can provide a discount code.

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