Sharing experience is particularly important in a year that has presented major challenges to communities across Scotland with COVID-19.

We were delighted to have a variety of CCF Grant Recipients and third-party organisations sharing their knowledge and experience at the Gathering. 

Workshops provided a variety of inspiring example of activities run during COVID-19 and gave practical advice on how the growing sector can take part in a green recovery. Further sessions provided an applied example of climate adaptation and introduced the role of storytelling with relation to climate action.

We are pleased to share recordings from the workshop sessions below.


1. Growing Back Stronger

How can community growing sector take part in a green recovery? 

Our thanks to Social Farms and Gardens Scotland for leading this session.


  • Lou Evans – Scotland Development Worker, Social Farms and Gardens
  • Karen Davidson – Scotland Advisor, Social Farms and Gardens

2. Promoting Sustainable Transport 

How are community travel projects adapting to COVID-19?

Our thanks to Sustrans Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful for leading this session.


  • Barbara Kerr – Project Officer, Sustrans Scotland
  • Magdalena Trifonova – Climate Action Officer, Keep Scotland Beautiful

3. Community Energy

How are community energy projects adapting to COVID-19?

Our thanks to Shetland Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Home Energy Scotland for leading this session.


  • Morag Cockburn – Senior Partnerships Officer, Homer Energy Scotland
  • Isa Kristiansen-Bragg – Community Engagement Officer, Shetland Citizen’s Advice Bureau

4. Wonderful Waste

How are community waste projects adapting to the current situation?

Our thanks to Zero Waste Scotland and ReMode for leading this session. 


  • Miriam Adcock – Project Manager, Consumer Waste Prevention, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Gillian Steel – Creative Director, ReMode

5. Climate Literacy

How are climate literacy activities being delivered online?

Our thanks to Arran Eco Savvy and Leith Community Crops in Pots for leading this session.


  • Ruth McLaren – Project Co-ordinator & Carbon Literacy Trainer, Arran Eco Savvy
  • Roxana Romero – Development Officer, Leith Community Crops in Pots


6. Community-led adaptation in Scotland

Adapting to climate change is vital. Join Adaptation Scotland as they explore how one community is tackling climate change adaptation.

Our thanks to Sniffer and Loch Ken Trust for leading this session.


  • Iryna Zamuruieva – Climate Resilience Co-ordinator, Sniffer
  • Barnaby Fryer – Loch Ken Trust Officer, Loch Ken Trust

7. The role of storytelling in community climate action

How can community groups harness the power of storytelling to encourage climate action?

Our thanks to Scottish Communities Climate Action Network for leading this session.


  • Paul Bristow – Story Weaver, Scottish Communities Climate Action Network

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