(please choose 1 seminar from 1-5)
1. An Introduction to Asset Management
Speakers: Lynn Molleson & David Henderson, Community Ownership Support Service (COSS)
Hannah MacSween, Muir of Ord Development Trust
This practitioner-focused workshop is aimed at Development Trusts who have recently acquired an asset or are thinking about it. It will cover areas from the design stage onwards from premises management, maintenance and use, sustainability, to risk management and good environmental practice. Getting the basics right at an early stage can make the difference to your long term chances of success!
2. Using Your Political Representatives
Speaker: Anne McLaughlin, Political Engagement Expert
Local councillors, MSPs and MPs: We’ve all got them, but do we make the most of them? Hear practical tips from former MP and MSP, Anne McLaughlin on how to access, tap into and use the knowledge, expertise, contacts and influence of your local representatives, to support your DT achieve its aims.
3. Member Story – Coigach Community Development Company
Speakers: Julia Campbell & Donald Macleod
Despite the last-minute failure of a major Community Right to Buy effort to secure a major local asset, the Coigach Community Development Company persevered and has since acquired several other key community assets through negotiated purchase and asset transfer. Just as importantly, the development trust has decided not to go for some community ownership opportunities, so come along to this workshop to learn their perspective on when community ownership is/ isn’t appropriate, and how to go about it.
4. Member Story – Gorebridge Community Development Trust
Speakers: Robbie Laird & Dawn Barclay
Come and hear how, against all the odds, Gorebridge CDT finally completed its flagship project, The Beacon Centre. Despite challenges which included issues with contractors, arson and funding shortfalls the Beacon Centre opened this year and is now a thriving community hub for Gorebridge
5. Board Games: Working Effectively with Your Board!
Panel: Stephen Phillips (Burness Paull), Colin Morrison (NWMull CWC) & Janet Miles (GALE)
What are the lessons for effective board working? A lawyer, a Development Trust Chair and a Chief Executive share their positive, and less positive, experiences of community organisation boards, and then answer questions and respond to comments from the floor.