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.
Be part of the Climate Scotland campaign
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.
Back in the 1950’s and 60’s when slum housing in Scotland’s cities was being cleared and replaced with sprawling council housing estates on the urban periphery, no one objected to local authorities assembling land through the use of compulsory purchase. No one argues these housing experiments were a complete success but it showed what was possible in terms of state intervention in the housing and land markets. Subsequently, the free rein given to market forces has been directly responsible for much of the housing crisis. Framing state intervention somewhat differently, Scottish Land Commission has nonetheless come up with some far-reaching proposals.
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!
(1st September 2021)