Scottish Community Alliance
- Local People Leading
In 2011, a number of Scotland’s community sector networks came together to form the Scottish Community Alliance. Our purpose is to campaign collectively for a stronger and more cohesive community sector in Scotland.
SCA has two main functions – to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy in order to reflect the best interests of the sector.
A guiding principle for SCA as an organisation is that it should seek to add value to the work of the individual networks within its membership. To this end, as an organisation it has remained ‘light touch’, employing a minimum of staff, and directly investing whenever possible in activities that compliment and support the work of its membership.
Time for Action: Climate Change Plan update
With only nine years left to meet the 2030 target to reduce emissions by 75% it’s crucial that the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan update sets out and delivers the transformational changes needed to achieve these reductions and puts Scotland rapidly on course to a healthier, fairer, low carbon future. It’s Time for Action.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a diverse coalition of over 50 civil society organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change. Scottish Community Alliance has joined SCCS and urges community groups throughout Scotland to likewise.
The most clicked on article from our most recent Briefing – 20th Jan 2021
In recent months, there have been concerns that Scotland’s Housing Regulator has been too quick off the mark to intervene in the affairs of housing associations – particularly for some reason, the smaller, community led providers. It would be wrong however to assume that the housing sector is alone in having a regulator prepared to intervene directly in the affairs of those it regulates. OSCR, the regulator of Scotland’s 24,000+ charities, has historically enjoyed a light touch relationship with its sector. The recent appointment of a permanent ‘judicial factor’ to run a Wick charity seems out of character.
Those communities that are the most effective in terms of organising themselves to address whatever challenges they face, appear to have certain characteristics in common. In particular, these communities tend to organise themselves around a local organisation (sometimes more than one working in partnership) which is under the control and ownership of local people.
These organisations have come to be known as Community Anchor Organisations (CAOs). Since its formation, SCA has consistently advocated that the presence of a community anchor organisation is a prerequisite of effective and sustained community empowerment.
Our fortnightly briefing - LOCAL PEOPLE LEADING
Once a fortnight, we publish LOCAL PEOPLE LEADING - a compendium of comment and coverage of relevant policy and stories of community action from across the spectrum. Currently going out to just over 4,300 subscribers - a readership which include community activists, journalists, academics, politicians (national, local and community), civil servants and local government officers. Anyone with even a passing interest in Scotland's community sector should subscribe - and it's free!
(20th January 2021)