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Events for Communities:

Introduction to Community Right to Buy - 13 December

Date: Monday, 13 December, 2021 - 14:00
Venue: Microsoft Teams
Cost: Free

This 2 hour webinar has been developed by COSS to supplement our new guidance 'Module 1B - Introduction to Community Right to Buy'.

The session will provide community groups considering Community Right to Buy (CRtB) with:

  • A comparison between the CRtB options
  • An overview of the...
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Module 1 - Introduction to Community Asset Transfer

Date: Monday, 17 January, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online - Zoom
Cost: Free

The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) invites you to an online presentation providing an introduction to the Community Asset Transfer process, designed specifically for community groups interested in Asset Transfer. This webinar concerns the transfer of PUBLICLY-OWNED assets (assets owned by local authorities and public bodies for example) rather than privately-owned assets .

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Module 2 - Feasibility

Date: Wednesday, 16 February, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online - Zoom
Cost: Free

Module 2 - Feasibility. The second webinar in COSS' six-part Assets for People and Place webinar programme.

This is Module 2 of 6 from COSS' Assets for People and Place webinar series. This module looks at feasibility.

This module aims to provide community groups with the knowledge and practical skills required to explore the feasibility of engaging in Community...

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Module 3 - Business Planning

Date: Wednesday, 16 March, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online - Zoom
Cost: Free

Module 3 - Business Planning. The third webinar in COSS' six-part Assets for People and Place webinar programme.

COSS' Module 3 - Business Planning. Part of COSS' Assets for People and Places webinar series for community groups.

This webinar looks at business planning as part of the Asset Transfer process. The module covers:

- What is a business plan for...

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Module 4 - Financial Planning

Date: Wednesday, 27 April, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online - Zoom
Cost: Free

Module 4 - Financial Planning. The fourth webinar in COSS' six-part Assets for People and Place webinar series.

This module aims to provide participants with an understanding of financial planning in the context of Community Asset Transfer and considers:

- Costs/expenditure

- Sources of income

- Preparing financial projections

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Module 5 - Governance and People

Date: Wednesday, 11 May, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online - Zoom
Cost: Free

Module 5 - Governance and People. The fifth module in COSS' six-part Assets for People and Place webinar series.

The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) invites you to an online webinar on Module 5 - Governance and People. This webinar is specifically for community groups interested in Asset Transfer. Please note this webinar concerns the transfer of publicly...

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Module 6 - Asset Management

Date: Thursday, 16 June, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online - Zoom
Cost: Free

Module 6 - Asset Management. The sixth and final webinar in COSS' six-part Assets for People and Place webinar programme.

This module aims to provide an introduction to running an asset effectively post-acquisition. It considers key issues such as premises management, maintenance and use, financial controls and sustainability, risk management, social value and good...

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Events For Relevant Authorities & Support Staff:

FULLY BOOKED CPD 3 for Local Authorities - Managing Risk in Asset Transfer

Date: Tuesday, 7 December, 2021 -
10:00 to 12:30
Venue: Online
Cost: FREE

CPD 3 of 4 on Community Asset Transfer for Local Authorities

 

Part 5 of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 came into law in January 2017.

As the support...

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FULLY BOOKED CPD 4 for Local Authorities - Developing Your Asset Transfer Process

Date: Tuesday, 11 January, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:30
Venue: Online
Cost: FREE

CPD 4 of 4 on Community Asset Transfer for Local Authorities 

Part 5 of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 came into law in January 2017.

As the support organisation funded by the Scottish Government to...

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CPD 1 for Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) - Introduction to Asset Transfer/Eligibility and Governance

Date: Wednesday, 9 February, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:30
Venue: Online - Zoom
Cost: Free

This is the first of two webinars in COSS' CPD in Asset Transfer for Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). 

This webinar provides an introduction to Community Asset Transfer and looks at aspects of eligibility and governance. 

To book your place on the webinar, please click this link: ...

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CPD 1 for Local Authorities - Introduction to Asset Transfer

Date: Tuesday, 22 February, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:30
Venue: Online - Microsoft Teams
Cost: Free

The first webinar in our 4-part CPD series for Local Authorities on asset transfer. 

This webinar provides an introduction to community asset transfer. 

Please book onto all 4 CPD webinars for Local Authorities if you can. 

To book your place,...

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CPD 2 for Local Authorities - The Asset Transfer Process

Date: Tuesday, 22 March, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:30
Venue: Online - Microsoft Teams
Cost: Free

The second webinar in our CPD programme on asset transfer for Local Authorities. 

This webinar takes you through community asset transfer as detailed in Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

To book your place, please click here

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CPD 2 for Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) - The Asset Transfer Process

Date: Wednesday, 23 March, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:30
Venue: Online - Zoom
Cost: Free

The second and final webinar in COSS' two-part CPD in Asset Transfer programme. 

This webinar looks at the Asset Transfer process as detailed in Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. 

To register for the webinar please click this link: ...

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CPD 3 for Local Authorities - Managing Risk in Asset Transfer

Date: Tuesday, 12 April, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:30
Venue: Online - Microsoft Teams
Cost: Free

The third webinar in our CPD programme on asset transfer for Local Authorities. 

This webinar looks at managing risk in the asset transfer process. 

To book your place, please click here.

Please book for all four CPD webinars if you can. ...

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CPD 4 for Local Authorities - Developing Your Asset Transfer

Date: Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 -
10:00 to 12:30
Venue: Online - Microsoft Teams
Cost: Free

The fourth and final webinar in our CPD programme on asset transfer for Local Authorities. 

This webinar provides advice for developing your asset transfer process going forward, building on the content from the previous three webinars. 

To book your place,...

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News:

Community Asset Transfer Survey

24 November, 2021
COSS would really like to hear the views and experience of any community groups who are considering or have gone through a Community Asset Transfer [as set out in part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015].
The results will help evaluate how effective the Act has been and will be fed back to a national working group advising the Scottish Government.
Please note this is only to be completed by community groups based in Scotland who are considering or who have gone through the Community Asset Transfer process as detailed in Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
To complete the survey please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NVP2878
If you have any questions please email coss [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk

 

COSS E-Bulletin - October 2021

22 October, 2021

COSS E-bulletin - October 2021

Asset Transfer Approvals

COSS are really pleased to see that multiple clients have had their asset transfers approved recently. Here’s a taster of the groups and their projects:

Fraserburgh Sea Cadets

Fraserburgh Sea Cadets have been searching for years for a new base of operations. Their original plan to purchase a disused care home unfortunately did not succeed. However, at the end of September Aberdeenshire Council approved their request to purchase Grampian House on Commerce Street. The group plan to use the building as their HQ, but also to provide a space for Fraserburgh Community Shed and as a community hub for local people more generally. Read more here.

Pirnmill Village Association

Pirnmill Village Association on Arran have had their asset transfer request approved for ownership of Pirnmill Community Centre, which they have been leasing from North Ayrshire Council for 30 years. Ownership will provide the group with greater security going forward and the footing to establish even closer relationships with groups across the island for events and activities. Pirnmill Village Association also hope to tackle social isolation on the island with the community centre providing a multigenerational hub for that purpose and others. Read more here.

Raise Your Voice with Ardeer

Raise Your Voice with Ardeer have had their request to purchase an area of land at Stevenston shorefront approved. The group then plan to build a new community hub on this area of land, for the use of locals and visitors. The hub will also include a café and garden, as well as event space. In addition, the hub will champion local heritage and provide storage space for litter picking activities on the beach. Read more here.

 

Spotlight on…. Blantyre Soccer Academy

In 2019/20 Blantyre Soccer Academy was successful in obtaining ownership of the disused Rowans Hall from South Lanarkshire Council through Community Asset Transfer. They have invested over £70k in renovation works to create an office, classrooms and a community kitchen and laundry which is available to the public.

But this has led to more engagement with the local community and the Blantyre Community Garden and Covid Memorial was initiated during the pandemic of 2020/21 to allow the community to have a peaceful place to reflect on life in a beautiful tranquil setting. They have plans for a community garden with a polytunnel and raised beds for use by the local community and school children and have recently been successful in another asset transfer of land to facilitate these plans.

Blantyre Soccer Academy demonstrate that sports organisations can bring many diverse benefits to communities. Spokesperson for the organisation, Jimmy Whelan, says that Community Asset Transfer is an “arduous task but never that communities should not give up, determination is always the winner”.

 

COSS Workshop at DTAS Conference – Greening Your Facility

Over 60 people attended COSS’ ‘Greening Your Facility’ workshop at the DTAS’ 2021 Conference in September. Chaired by COSS Adviser Lynn Molleson, attendees heard from Gemma Murray from Local Energy Scotland, Kate Darragh from The Ridge and Simon Hackin from Bridgend Farmhouse. Gemma provided practical advice for how communities can make their buildings and facilities more energy efficient and less carbon intensive, and the funding and support available for this. Kate discussed The Ridge’s work on their community garden and the use of traditional skills to eco-proof their buildings. And Simon discussed the low environmental impact work that has gone into creating Bridgend Farmhouse’s Eco-Bothy. It was a fascinating talk and one of the highlights of the DTAS Conference.

 

Assets for People and Place Webinar Series

The Autumn round of our Assets for People and Place webinar series for community groups on Community Asset Transfer is drawing to a close. Groups from far and wide have joined our online training to discuss the plans and ambitions they have for their communities. Feedback from attendees has been excellent; here’s a taster of some:

‘Very well-presented - a lot of information in a very digestible way combined with interesting pieces of advice and ideas.’

‘Excellent learning experience, well presented and managed.’

‘Very timely indeed for me! Huge thanks!’

The COSS team is looking forward to our final session – Module 6 Asset Management – on the 9th November. Don’t panic if you didn’t manage to attend this round or you missed some of the modules - we’ll be running it all again in Spring. If you’d like to be put on the waiting list for the next round, please email callum [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk.

 

CPD for Local Authorities Full

COSS are delighted that our CPD for Local Authorities programme on Community Asset Transfer is fully booked, with additional people on the waiting list. In combination with our pilot CPD programme in Spring, 90 staff from 28 Local Authorities have either attended or will attend the programme. This is an exceptional turnout and the COSS team look forward to meeting our new cohort at the end of this month.