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Maximising your Assets - Community Buildings

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Seaboard Memorial Hall

9th and 10th November 2010

Seaboard Memorial Hall was the place to be early in November when a seminar was held for groups involved in acquiring or managing buildings on behalf of their local community. It was part of a series of seminars on the theme of Maximising Your Assets organised and financed by the Community Assets Team (formerly known as Community Land Unit) of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

This seminar looked at everything a community group needs to think about before taking on a building and running it for the benefit of the whole community. Of course, order stuff there’s a long history of communities in the Highlands and Islands running their own buildings, ampoule especially village halls. But this event was really designed to look at making sure the building remains an asset and doesn’t become a liability.

We have included presentations from the seminar and some guidance about how to go about the process of acquiring assets for your community.

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Guidance on the process of Community Asset Acquisition - Community Assets Team

 

A list of useful contacts and web links related to community buildings

Community Assets Team (formerly known as the Community Land Unit)

Support in all aspects of community asset transfer and acquisition in the Highlands and Islands area

http://www.hie.co.uk/support-for-communities/community-assets/

 

Community Energy Scotland

Information, advice and guidance for community groups on energy matters

http://www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk/

Community Recycling Network Scotland

Advice and guidance for groups involved in community recycling

http://www.crns.org.uk/

 

Community Retailing Network

Information about community ownership of shops and petrol stations

http://www.communityretailing.co.uk/

 

Community Woodlands Association

Advice and guidance for groups managing and/or owning community woodlands

http://www.communitywoods.org/

 

Companies House

Information about all aspects of company law

http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/

 

Development Trusts Association for Scotland

Support and guidance for the development trust sector throughout Scotland

http://www.dtascot.org.uk/

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

General support for communities within the Highlands and Islands area

http://www.hie.co.uk/support-for-communities/default.html

 

Highlands and Islands Partnership Programme

Funding for community groups within the HIE area

http://www.hipp.org.uk/index.asp

 

Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone

Advice and guidance for social enterprise organisations

http://www.hisez.co.uk

 

Local People Leading

An alliance of regional and national networks with community based membership

http://www.localpeopleleading.co.uk/

 

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Information about all aspects of charity law in Scotland

http://www.oscr.org.uk/

Planning Aid Scotland

Advice and guidance on all planning issues throughout Scotland

http://www.planningaidscotland.org.uk/

 

Rural Gateway

Network for community groups within rural Scotland

http://www.ruralgateway.org.uk/en/node/2905

 

Scottish Community Land Network

News, views and information from the community asset-owning sector

http://www.communityland.org.uk

 

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Support for volunteering throughout Scotland

http://www.scvo.org.uk/

 

Senscot

Network supporting the social enterprise sector in Scotland

http://www.senscot.net/

 

Skye & Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations

Information, support and advice for all types of voluntary groups

http://toolkit.slcvo.org.uk/ctoolkit?PageName=toolkit-home.htm

 

Social Enterprise Academy

Training for the Scottish social enterprise sector

http://www.theacademy-ssea.org/

 

State Aid Unit

Advice on compliance with European legislation on state aid in Scotland

www.stateaidscotland.gov.uk

 

 

Funding Bodies

 

Big Lottery Scotland

Funding for a wide variety of community projects in Scotland

Investing in ideas

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_investing_ideas?regioncode=-sco

Awards for All

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_a4a_scot?regioncode=-sco

Growing Community Assets

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_growing_community_assets?regioncode=-sco

Highland Council

Information about funding assistance for communities

http://www.highland.gov.uk/livinghere/communitiesandorganisations/voluntaryorganisations/fundingandassistance/

LEADER

Funding for community projects within the Highland Council area

http://www.highlandleader.com/

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