Resources: Webinars

Community Benefit Societies

This webinar will cover the Community Benefits Society (bencom) organisational structure. A bencom is an eligible structure for community groups seeking to make an asset transfer request and we are conscious that many will not have encountered this structure before. We have therefore arranged to hold two webinars to look at the bencom structure in more detail.

This first webinar is delivered by James Procter, Programme Manager of Community Shares Scotland. James provides an introduction to a bencom, why communities elect to adopt this legal form and the key characteristics.

Community Benefit Structures

Following our first webinar delivered by James Proctor, Programme Manager of Community Shares Scotland's introduction to the bencom structure in January, this second webinar is delivered by Stephen Phillips, Partner at Burness Paull. Stephen will cover the technical aspects of the Bencom structure in relation to the requirements of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act and organisational governance.

Public Toilets – The real cost of spending a penny

This publication has been produced in response to the concern about the closure of public toilets across the country and the awareness of the need for good public toilets to promote health, access and inclusion. Increasingly communities are looking at how they can become involved in saving or providing public toilets, so here we present some facts and examples of how other communities have gone about saving this service.

Below you will also find the accompanying webinar, delivered by Sandra Macaskill of CaskieCo, who has researched and written the publication for the Community Ownership Support Service, this webinar will draw on the experiences from urban and rural communities, discuss the issues to be considered and highlights some of the innovative approaches being taken. 

PDF icon Public Toilet Publication Final.pdf

 

The Planning Journey: 10 Junctions A Town Planners Perspective

This guide seeks to help you think creatively about how to engage in the planning process. It looks at real circumstances or possible examples which may help communities think of alternative ways to be involved in the planning process, to secure benefits through development which may not otherwise be available to them.
 
In this webinar, Sheila Hobbs, Planning Director from Scott Hobbs Planning discusses different strategies to provide solutions to problems faced throughout the planning process.