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Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland 2019

27 March, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 28 March, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

Join practised community development leaders from home and abroad in this exciting two-day international conference sharing experiences, skills, ideas and knowledge. Organised by Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Designed by communities, for communities, the event spotlights relevant topics important to organisations like yours, united by the theme ‘Ionnsachaidh a ‘tighinn le deasbad’ — learning and growing together.

Join the debate – let local and global perspectives empower your community

This is your opportunity to hear from expert speakers on key areas including assets, income, finance, succession, service provision and sustainability.

And importantly, you’ll tackle these topics in working groups – where you can discuss how to get the best results in community-led development with a wide variety of people working at all stages of community project development.

We’re expecting 250 delegates from a wide variety of groups to join the two-day event. In addition, you’ll have access to a vibrant, informative marketplace of up to 60 organisations and partners where you can get the latest help and advice from community support organisations, public agencies, and subject experts.

A diverse programme to stimulate ideas and action

We’re delighted to be joined by Alex Thomson, chief correspondent of Channel 4 news. He’ll guide us through a varied programme of speakers, open forums, exhibitors and opportunities for networking and informal meetings. As well as a conference dinner, there’s a variety of entertaining fringe events.

Our final speaking line-up will be announced soon. Speakers already confirmed include:

  • Sarah Skerrett, author of Recharging Rural
  • Rob Snyder and Suzanne MacDonald of Maine’s Island Institute
  • Brian Swainbanks from Tobermory Harbour
  • Irene Warner-MacIntosh from the Mhor Collective
  • Mike Staples from Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust
  • Neil Ferguson from Electric A9

Sign up today – give your community the advantage!

Please register now to secure your place. Because we anticipate high demand, tickets will be limited to TWO persons per organisation. Let us know if you wish to book a conference dinner place.

Conference rate accommodation is available at the MacDonald Aviemore Resort. We’ll send you a code after you register.

If you’re interested in exhibiting in the marketplace, please get in touch at

#SCCS19 is being run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with support from the South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership, the Scottish Government, and Scottish Enterprise. The conference dinner is supported by Cairngorm National Park Authority.

For more information, visit our website

Do you have questions about Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland 2019? Contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise


27 March, 2019 @ 10:30 am
28 March, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
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Highlands & Islands Enterprise


Aviemore, Scotland