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Discussion points from break-out sessions (Regeneration)

The following discussion points were made in the Regeneration break-out session (led by Andy Milne). Please note that we don't have discussion points for all of the break-out sessions.

Andy Milne (facilitator) – Introductions and SURF’s role, perspective and interest in the topic.

All workshop members introduced themselves to their neighbour and gave a favourite phrase which they had gathered from the morning’s presentations. Each delegate then introduced their neighbour to the whole group along with their neighbour’s favourite phrase.
George Morris amplified some points from his earlier plenary session
This was followed by short comments from 4 invited guests with special knowledge/perspectives:
1 Russell Jones - of GCPH as Glasgow Healthy City Co-ordinator  
2 Petra Biberbach – of Planning Aid Scotland on community involvement in place making  
3 Liz Gardiner – of Govan based Fablevision – Creative Approaches
4 Dairmaid Lawlor - Head of Urbanism at Architecture and Design Scotland. 
The group then split into 3 smaller groups to discuss the workshop questions and share their individual views/experience. The groups finally reconvened to discuss and identify some common agreeable key points, these emerged as:
The importance of understanding and valuing local relationships between organisations and individuals and of building on the resultant levels of trust. 
Neighbourhood action and the role of small third sector organisations ‘below the radar’ in supporting community activity is vital.  We underestimate it at our peril.
Support participatory action rather than research in a vacuum. Start by mapping resources via existing community ‘anchor’ organisations.
Translate that asset base capacity into language and priorities that funders are keen to access and support (use ‘best value 2’ method of measurement to do so)
Establish dedicated place based budgets for supporting local action.
Deliver direct financial resources to key community anchor organisations.
Explore and invest in the ‘authentic cultural route’ to community regeneration via individual engagement.
Top slice NHS and Educations budgets to support ‘up stream’ regeneration/prevention activity.
Highlight and employ rural/islands examples of approaches to community led activity and ownership. 
Legislate for asset transfer and community representation on Community Planning Partnerships.
Challenge and overcome ‘political tribalism’ to build on the apparent existing consensus on basic foundations of policy and resources for ongoing regeneration activity beyond short termism of electoral cycles (see Scottish Parliament debate on Regeneration of 3.3.10 for evidence of the existing cross party consensus). 
Establish a Scottish version of the London Citizens Network.  

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