‘Community Resilience in Times of Need’ sets the theme for the Annual Starter Packs Conference this year, jointly hosted by CRNS and Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA), an organisation that brings together 12 Christian denominations and organisations in Scotland all with a commitment to ending homelessness. This is the 4th consecutive year that CRNS and SCHA have come together to facilitate another fantastic learning and networking event aimed specifically, although not exclusively, at starter pack organisations and supporter projects. The event will take place on Thursday 29 August 2019 in Falkirk, and we would encourage you to keep this date free in your diary if it’s something that is of interest to you. Each year the programme is structured in such a way as to enable a variety of starter pack organisations from throughout Scotland to come together, network, share knowledge and learn from each other whilst giving a platform to several of these to tell their story in more depth. Prior to lunch there will be a breakout session and in the afternoon we will have a speaker from the award winning CRNS Reuse Consortium, (using Scotland Excel Framework Contract). This keynote will highlight the benefits to recipients, positive impact on the planet and savings made for those LAs that have committed to changing the way that people in need are given access to the main household items, allowing them to move into a home or remain in their home. In addition, a coach from Crowdfund Scotland will also be presenting on this particular form of fund raising for organisations. Official booking details and communications will be sent out in the near future but for the time being if you would like to register
Our Forum this month takes place on Friday 21 June 2019 between 12noon and 3pm and will see us visit the beautiful town of Oban, to engage with and hear more from our CRNS members operating throughout Argyll and Bute and the Highlands and Islands. Directly following the meeting we will then take a tour of the LORI Project which is based at the Moleigh Recycling Site. This tour will enable us to obtain an insight into the partnership working that goes on between The GRAB Trust, which operates the LORI Project, and also Argyll and Bute Council. Regional forums are not only for our members based and operating in these areas, but they are open to any member in the surrounding areas (or further afield) to attend. It’s all about bringing organisations and their people together to network and exchange knowledge, obtain strategic updates from CRNS, and to hear from a few projects in more detail on the work they are carrying out to benefit their communities and to make Scotland a more circular economy. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided at the forum. Forums are free to CRNS members and the cost to non members wishing to attend a forum is just £10.00. Any non member that then decides they wish to join CRNS, would have this amount credited against their membership fee. The Forum programme can be viewed here and to book your place please do so at Eventbrite-Oban Forum.