SURF is Scotland’s regeneration forum. Its overall objective is to address poverty in Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities.
The SURF network is the primary arena for independent debate on community regeneration in Scotland. Through its close links to national and local government, SURF acts as a constructive channel for information, consultation and policy proposals, based on the knowledge and experience of its extensive membership and its wider connections.
SURF’s output includes research programmes, seminars, conferences, international policy exchanges, study visits, policy campaigning, annual awards for best practice and the distribution of comment and information in a variety of formats.
SURF was established in 1992 as a not-for-profit social enterprise company. It is directed by a board of voluntary directors drawn from across its wide cross-sector membership of over 250 organisations.
SURF members range from small community groups to some of Scotland’s largest private companies, and include local authorities, housing associations, health boards, academic institutions, professional bodies, voluntary organisations and charities.
By exchanging knowledge, experience and ideas across this diverse network, SURF supports the work of its members and assists the development of more successful and sustainable community regeneration policy and practice.