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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 –  14th April 2021

Rural dances to a different tune

When the concept of ‘social enterprise’ first entered the world of the voluntary sector there was a fair amount of resistance. The business culture – making profit –  seemed alien and an unwelcome import from the private sector. Gradually though, that resistance has softened although debates still rage as to the legitimacy of the asset lock. One area of more subtle debate is around the nature of social enterprise in a rural setting as opposed to urban. Does a rural social enterprise dance to a different tune than its urban counterpart. Some interesting research commissioned by Inspiralba suggests it does.

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Community Anchor Organisations

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.

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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!

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April 15, 2021
RT @Life on the edge: @RuralHousingScotland @Scottish Greens Realised on my morning walk, of the 20 houses I pass in the village, 10 are not occupied. T…
April 15, 2021
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April 14, 2021
To ask whether any substantial land acquisition is in the public interest seems common sense to most people. @Calum MacLeod @CommunityLandScot @community woodlands @COSS @Scottish Rural Action @Scottish Land Commission
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