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SURF Annual Conference 2016

SURF, Scotland’s regeneration forum, is composed of more than 250 cross-sector member organisations that have a shared concern for alleviating social and economic problems in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities.

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One of SURF’s main activities is a high-profile annual conference which brings a diverse audience of around 150 guests, including policy advisors, front-line regeneration practitioners, public and third sector leaders, academics and community group volunteers, together to explore contemporary challenges and opportunities for community regeneration in Scotland. This year’s conference will take place on 1 September at COSLA, Edinburgh.

This year’s event is entitled ‘National Wealth, Local Poverty’. It will build on a central theme that emerged from SURF’s extensive consultations towards its 2016 Manifesto for Community Regeneration. As part of the UK, Scotland is recognised by the IMF and World Bank as part of the fifth largest economy in the world by GDP, but many of its communities face severe deprivation challenges. SURF is keen to use its 2016 annual conference to explore practical ways in which the situation can be addressed, including raising awareness of funding and capacity development opportunities.

The SFHA has agreed to exhibit at the conference to demonstrate the good work that associations do to support, regenerate and add value to their communities. If you are interested in providing information on the work that your association does in the communities it serves, for example, employment initiatives, welfare or energy advice, and are interested in exhibiting or displaying information at the conference, please contact SFHA Policy Lead David Stewart at dstewart@sfha.co.uk.

All SFHA members are automatically SURF members, so if you are interested in attending SURF’s Annual Conference, please follow this link http://www.scotregen.co.uk/2016-surf-annual-conference/

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