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.
The most clicked on article from our most recent Briefing – 13th October 2021
The loss of natural habitats and a dramatic decline of plant and animal species in the natural world is on a par with the climate emergency, and in the conservation world a view persists that indigenous and local communities often undermine efforts to conserve endangered species. New longitudinal research has turned these assumptions on their head, offering clear evidence that local groups are by far the most effective stewards of their environment. Utilising local knowledge and working to a shared vision have proven much more effective than solutions imposed by governments or NGOs. Who’d have thought?
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!
(13th October 2021)