Changing alcohol culture: developing our LOIP priority and what we’ve learnt about partnership working

hanging Aberdeenshire’s relationship with alcohol is a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) priority for Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership.  In this blog post, Wayne Gault, Lead Officer with the Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, reflects on how the Partnership approached the priority, what they have learnt from the experience, and what it means for practice.My aspiration had … Continue reading Changing alcohol culture: developing our LOIP priority and what we’ve learnt about partnership working

The future of joined-up working and integration in Scotland: Time to concentrate on collaborative practice?

In this blog, What Works Scotland research fellow Dr Hayley Bennett outlines some key ideas from her recent presentation on collaborative practice and public service reform in Scotland. Over the past three years the What Works Scotland research team has been working diligently to initiate, nurture, and undertake collaborative research with a wide range of public and … Continue reading The future of joined-up working and integration in Scotland: Time to concentrate on collaborative practice?

More than five stores closing in Scottish town centres every week as bars and takeaways grow, PwC survey finds

SCOTLAND’S ailing town centres are losing more than five shops a week as growth in cafes, fast-food outlets and bars fails to counterbalance the closure of chain stores. New figures published by consultants PwC show a total of 290 high street stores shut their doors in Scotland in 2017, a rate of 5.5 per week. The survey … Continue reading More than five stores closing in Scottish town centres every week as bars and takeaways grow, PwC survey finds

I Am One Of The Six Residents Of The Isle Of Ulva. Please Help Us Retain Control Of Our Home

Community ownership offers us a say in our future. And that is what makes it essential Since it was announced in October that residents of the Isle of Ulva, along with those on neighbouring Mull, would be given the opportunity to attempt a community buyout of the island, there has been a great deal of … Continue reading I Am One Of The Six Residents Of The Isle Of Ulva. Please Help Us Retain Control Of Our Home

High street take-over: Dumfries aims to be the first community to buy back its town centre

AA COMMUNITY arts and development organisation in Dumfries is making a bid to take back control of its neglected town centre and become the first in Scotland to buy back its high street. It hopes to transform the down-at-heel centre into a bustling hub full of urban homes, social enterprises and local small businesses. Proposals for the … Continue reading High street take-over: Dumfries aims to be the first community to buy back its town centre

Not ‘radical’, but not ‘kailyard’ either: The Paisley Community Development Project reconsidered

Abstract   Accounts of the Community Development Projects (CDPs) that ran as experimental interventions in twelve deprived UK localities in the 1970s concentrate on those projects identified as ‘radical’. Focusing on the often-neglected history of Paisley’s CDP, this article extends recent critical re-evaluations of how CDPs have been characterized. Ferguslie Park in Paisley was the … Continue reading Not ‘radical’, but not ‘kailyard’ either: The Paisley Community Development Project reconsidered

A city that turned its back on the sea…

The Edinburgh Shoreline project, part of Edinburgh Living Landscape, is a community based initiative to raise awareness of the rich history and biodiversity of the city’s coast and consider the environmental and economic pressures on it.  It involves artists, specialists and people living and working here creating responses to these pressures including demonstrating how the now necessary sea … Continue reading A city that turned its back on the sea…