Following on from the SURF Award celebratory dinner shortlisted Award projects are invited to take part in a series of Shared Learning events  in the Spring.  The purpose of these events is to allow the projects to share experiences, both positive and negative, with the wider SURF network. This allows for discussion on aspects of learning and also how that fits into wider policy.

2016 SURF Awards Shared Learning Events

Workshop Summary Report

A combined summary report of learning from all three workshops.

SURF Awards Workshops Report

New approaches towards tackling youth employability challenges – 4th May

This workshop brought all three projects shortlisted in the Youth Employability category together along with input from Skills Development Scotland and the Third Sector Employability Forum.

Youth Employability Workshop Programme

Attendance List

The ‘leaf sheep’, a sea slug capable of generating its own energy via photosyenthisis, was the ‘face’ of the 2016 SURF Awards


Street League

Stepping Up

Skills Development Scotland

Third Sector Employability Forum

Reversing economic decline in Scotland’s towns – 18th May

This workshop featured presentations from the Most Improved Town winner Lochgelly in Fife and also the Community Led winner Tomintoul and Glenlivet Regeneration Project. Additional input came from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government and Scotland’s Towns Partnership.

Towns Workshop Programme

Attendance List



Tomintoul and Glenlivet Regeneration

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Scottish Government

Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Promoting creative arts in community regeneration – 1st June

This workshop featured presentations from all three projects shortlisted in the Creative Regeneration category. Additional input came from Creative Scotland and Paisley 2021.

Creative Workshop Programme

Attendance List


The Stove Network


Made in Easterhouse (Platform)

Creative Scotland

Paisley 2021


Aberdeen City Council
Clyde Gateway
Creative Scotland
Dundee Partnership
Edinburgh City Council
Glasgow City Council
Heritage Lottery Fund
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Government
Skills Development Scotland
Wheatley Group