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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


Community Energy Scotland

Information, advice and guidance for community groups on energy matters

Community Recycling Network Scotland

Advice and guidance for groups involved in community recycling


Community Retailing Network

Information about community ownership of shops and petrol stations


Community Woodlands Association

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


Companies House

Information about all aspects of company law


Development Trusts Association for Scotland

Support and guidance for the development trust sector throughout Scotland

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

General support for communities within the Highlands and Islands area


Highlands and Islands Partnership Programme

Funding for community groups within the HIE area


Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone

Advice and guidance for social enterprise organisations


Local People Leading

An alliance of regional and national networks with community based membership


Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Information about all aspects of charity law in Scotland

Planning Aid Scotland

Advice and guidance on all planning issues throughout Scotland


Rural Gateway

Network for community groups within rural Scotland


Scottish Community Land Network

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


Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Support for volunteering throughout Scotland



Network supporting the social enterprise sector in Scotland


Skye & Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations

Information, support and advice for all types of voluntary groups


Social Enterprise Academy

Training for the Scottish social enterprise sector


State Aid Unit

Advice on compliance with European legislation on state aid in Scotland



Funding Bodies


Big Lottery Scotland

Funding for a wide variety of community projects in Scotland

Investing in ideas

Awards for All

Growing Community Assets

Highland Council

Information about funding assistance for communities


Funding for community projects within the Highland Council area

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