Strengthening Communities National Conference 2017

Thursday 21 September 2017 - 12:00 to Friday 22 September 2017 - 14:00

Aviemore Highland Resort

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highland and Islands Enterprise are hosting a Strengthening Communities National Conference at Aviemore Highland Resort on 21 and 22 September 2017 (lunchtime to lunchtime event). The event will be attended by Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities.

Who is it aimed at

The conference is aimed at communities, community development organisations and practitioners alongside intermediaries, enablers and policy makers from across Scotland. HIE want to highlight best practice, innovations, and the current and evolving policy and legislative environment, with a focus on maximising impact from an assets and place based approach.

Reflecting on experience

While aimed at a national audience and covering issues from a whole Scotland perspective, the conference will highlight HIE’s approach to strengthening communities and how their approach has evolved over the years, the impact of strengthening communities has had on the region and lessons for other parts of the country, as well as highlighting broader Scottish and International experience.

Looking to the future

The format will be a mix of informative presentations covering the policy position, best practice and looking to the future, as well as ample networking opportunities. In addition there will be a  ‘market place’ for exhibiting and inspiring collaboration, innovation and adoption of ideas, all in the pursuit of strengthening communities.

The event will: 

  • Explore the current approach to community led development highlighting through case studies key success characteristics and what a successful resilient community looks like
  • Demonstrate alternative approaches and innovation being delivered by others (including third sector) in Scotland and internationally
  • Initiate discussion and facilitate meaningful collaboration between delegates and their organisations to drive successful future communities

Register your interest

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