San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
tsiMORAY's annual networking conference Join the Dots, brings together community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, charities and public agencies in the spirit of learning, collaboration and celebration!
This year's event builds on the Join the Dots events of the last two years (Unleashing the Power of Community in 2015; Unleashing the Power of Community – making it happen in 2016) and focuses on Unleashing the Power of Community – How is it going for you?
The relationship between communities and government is changing. Communities are demanding more control over what happens in their areas, and new laws are providing more opportunities than ever for people to take power into their own hands.
A key piece of legislation supporting this change is the Community Empowerment Act and the recently published Government guidance on its implementation.
The morning keynote speech, delivered by former chair and current board member of Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) Alex Walker (see below), will focus on how this change is playing out in real life.
The afternoon keynote speech, delivered by Alasdair McKinlay, which explores the Community Empowerment (Scotland Bill) will look in some detail at the new powers available to communities and how they may be exercised.
Key note speaker - Alex Walker
Alex Walker is a former chair and current board member of Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS). He has lived in the Findhorn Community for more than twenty-five years during which time he has been a sustainability consultant and a social entrepreneur in a variety of fields both in Moray and elsewhere. He has lectured widely on the prospects for a low carbon economy. He is currently a director of Findhorn Wind Park, and chairman of Ekopia Ltd, which operates the local ‘Eko’ currency and supports numerous local social enterprises.
Key note speaker - Alasdair McKinlay
Alasdair is leader of the Community Planning and Empowerment Unit in the Scottish Government’s Local Government and Communities Directorate. He led the development of the Community Empowerment Action Plan and of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. He also has responsibility for policy on community councils and is currently working on the Local Democracy Bill.
Alasdair has been a civil servant since 1993 and has worked in the area of community engagement and regeneration for over ten years, having worked both in central Government and in the Regeneration Division of Communities Scotland previously. Before that Alasdair worked in various policy areas in Government, including Social Inclusion and Welfare to Work.
The day will also include:
- A vibrant “Market place” – where you can browse, network, and learn about some of the many exciting projects and organisations active in Moray
- Networking Lunch – enjoy a buffet and relish in the opportunity to network with other people who are making a difference across Moray!
This year's workshops include an array of strategic and practical sessions to suit all including:
Big Lottery – New Funding Programmes
This session will look at what funding is available through the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland.
Design Your Volunteer Experience
Join us for this interactive and creative workshop – a collaboration between Glasgow School of Art and tsiMORAY.
Y.O.L.O – Your Organisation: Live & Operational
Give your organisation, group or club an MOT and follow our service checklist and see what you are doing well or could be doing better.
tsiMORAY - Your TSI
This participative workshop will be the first opportunity for us to test our thinking so far, and for you – our members and partners – to have your say and influence tsiMORAY’s future development.
National Standards for Community Engagement
The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to become familiar with the revised National Standards for Community Engagement.
Community Ownership of Assets
This workshop will guide participants through the journey to community asset ownership, using a range of maps and tools to illustrate the steps.
Community Empowerment & Local Democracy
This workshop will give participants an opportunity to discuss how these powers may be used in Moray, including identifying and addressing potential barriers and enablers to continuing to unleash the power of communities in Moray.
Health & Wellbeing in Moray: Third Sector Perspectives
This workshop provides the opportunity to share third sector learning and success in Health and Wellbeing in Moray and beyond, through fun, creative and participatory activities, such as Positive Partners and Building Bridges.
LEADER – Community Led Local Development
The new Moray LEADER Programme will be launched very soon and this workshop is a chance to meet the new Moray LEADER Team, learn about the LEADER Local Development Strategy and find out about opportunities to get funding for your local project.
Digital Skills Training
In this interactive workshop members of SCVO’s Digital Team will look at the importance of digital skills in helping to build stronger communities.
Influencing Others, Leading Change
Experience a practical exercise to gain of sense of how it is to be a leader and a follower. Think about the implications of changing direction and how we communicate this.
Safeguarding – the Protection of Vulnerable Groups
This workshop will give participants an overview of Adult Support and Protection, GIRFEC including Child Protection.
When & Where
tsiMORAY is a dynamic local charity set up to support and promote volunteering, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
tsiMORAY provides a single point of access for support and advice for the third sector and encourages collaboration between third sector organisations and between the public and private sectors.
It strives to maintain healthy, safe and sustainable communities across Moray through effective joint partnership working.