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Workshops include the chance to meet the Climate Challenge Fund community, learn more about new CCF initiatives and discuss how communities can contribute to future plans and policies.

Each of the workshops below will run twice, giving delegates the chance to attend two of the six workshops.

Workshop 1: CCF Community Bingo

Feedback from previous CCF Gatherings has often featured comments such as ‘great day but would have liked more time for networking.’  This fun, structured networking session aims to get you talking to new people at the CCF Gathering this year, encouraging you to find out more about the individuals that are part of the CCF Community.  Workshop participants will receive a ‘people bingo’ grid and set the challenge to get a full house by talking to other people in the room. 

The workshop will be facilitated by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Workshop 2: Are we engaging our communities with climate change?

Yes, we’re all running great projects, but are we encouraging real engagement with climate change in our communities? Or do we leave the climate message in the background? How can we encourage climate-friendly behaviours, increase knowledge of the links between everyday actions and their climate impacts and shift stubborn social norms? Is “climate literacy” a useful concept? Join this workshop to share your successes and frustrations around “climate change engagement”.

The discussion will be facilitated by Joshua Msika, social researcher at the James Hutton Institute, currently conducting research into CCF projects’ ability to engage their communities with climate change.

Workshop 3: Peer to Peer Resource Library and the Framework of Mentoring Organisations

This year the CCF has launched two new initiatives aimed at encouraging and facilitating the sharing of expertise, knowledge and resources between community organisations.  Come and hear about the ‘Online Peer-Peer Resource Library’ and the ‘Framework of Mentoring Organisations’, and take part in a discussion about how we can develop these initiatives to better harness the collective knowledge and experience of the CCF Community.

The workshop will be facilitated by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Workshop 4: Meet the CCF Stakeholder Working Group

Tackling climate change requires action at all levels, governments, agencies, NGOs and communities. It also requires that these different groups work together.  In this workshop we’re bringing together members of the newly established ‘Stakeholder Working Group’ to give short updates on how the work they do can support community groups to tackle climate change locally.  Following this there will be the opportunity to pose questions to members of the panel of Stakeholder Working Group members and break into groups to discuss items of interest in further detail.

The workshop will be facilitated by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Workshop 5: The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan – building a vision for a better future’

Robert Henderson and Alicia Kaczmarczyk will set out the Scottish Government’s plans to build a vision of a better future into its imminent final Climate Change Plan, which will describe the policies and proposals to achieve Scotland’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions between 2018 and 2032.  They will seek to hear participants’ stories of the CCF to help construct this vision, and ask how communities can contribute to making a success of the policies and proposals in the Plan.


Workshop 6: Climate Conversation

The 'Climate Conversation' workshop was initiated last year by the Scottish Government to encourage a discussion about how we can reduce the emissions that cause climate change, and prepare for a changing climate.  In this workshop you’ll get a chance to take part in the workshop and gain the confidence to run a Climate Conversation in your community. These resources were based on the research undertaken by Climate Outreach on behalf of the Scottish Government and ClimateXChange.