CDAS Conference

Just a reminder that this year's Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS) conference, ‘Building Stronger Communities (Community Capacity: Why does it matter? When is it needed? How can it be built?) is on Friday, 19 April, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm (Registration from 9.45 am) at the Thistle King James Hotel, Edinburgh. The cost is £40 to community groups and £60 to all others.

The CDAS conference brings together a wide range of people, across the community, voluntary, public and private sectors. It is for everyone who is directly involved in strengthening communities, or who is seeking to increase the contribution of communities to achieving outcomes.

This conference hopes to help to stimulate a national debate on how to build stronger communities. How can they be strengthened and who has a role in helping? What capacities are most needed? Do public services themselves have the capacity to allow effective empowerment to take place? The conference will combine:

  • presentations from some of Britain's leading experts in the field, to remind us of the fundamental values and skills required
  • contrasting views on who needs what capacities and how they can be built in Scotland
  • opportunities to discuss and learn about the impact of capacity building and practical approaches to doing it.

Speakers will include

  • Steve Skinner, co-author of "Assessing Community Strengths"
    Paul Henderson, co-author of "Skills in Neighbourhood Work"

For Bookings, please return this booking form to SURF, Orkney Street Enterprise Centre, 18-20, Orkney Street Glasgow G51 2BZ 0141 585 6849. For further information contact Peter Taylor:, 0141 586 7588