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Collaborative action for positive change

On Tuesday the 10 December we held our national LEAMS seminar in Cumbernauld. This year we focussed on collaborative action for positive change, building on the success of last years’ seminar all about working together as we know this is a shared problem to be addressed together.

This year we welcomed 37 organisations from a wide range of stakeholders invested in improving our local environmental quality.

Delegates were asked to attend two of the four available workshops. One was run by Glasgow City Council which has now rolled out its street litter bin replacement programme city-wide. We also heard from Police Scotland on The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) which has set flytipping as a priority – this was presented by Alan Dron who has recently written a blog for us about the work of the group. Renfrewshire Council and Dundee Council also ran workshops sharing their current campaigns. Renfrewshire's Team Up to Clean Up encourages communities to be pro-active in their neighbourhoods and Dundee's Take Pride in Your City encourages positive behaviour and attitude to the local environmental quality. Our workshops prompted discussion on the use of data and technology as well as the importance of local pride and the power of volunteers!

We also heard case studies from other organisations. The Wheatley Group presented on its work having positive impacts in local areas; we heard from Renfrewshire on the detailed monitoring of trunk roads; Historic Environment Scotland showcased its collaborative working on Litter Action Plans and Dunfermline Delivers talked about proactive action being taken to improv local environments. Carmuirs Primary School and Falkirk High also presented their inspiring litter and waste management actions in their community.  The pupils who attended were presenteted with Special Recognition awards for their schools on the day.

The quality of the places we live and work has an impact on our health and wellbeing; having so many stakeholders in one room to share good practice and identify opportunities for collaborative working was a great success. Delegates left with new contacts and partnerships and we are looking forward to working with everyone to tackle the decline in local environmental quality.

16 December 2019

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