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Scotland's leading community sector networks have joined together as the Scottish Community Alliance in order to  campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland.

The Alliance has two main functions - to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy development. We email regular briefings to our supporters on both these themes. More about us here...

local people leading

10 September 2014

Over the summer we’ve been helping to organise Big Vote events with community groups around the country.  Based on a card game designed to help players explore both sides of the argument, the Big Vote has been our small contribution to what has become one enormous melting pot of ideas and discussion about Scotland’s future. The extent to which the whole country has become engaged in the debate is astonishing – probably unprecedented in British politics.  It’s ironic that the reason we decided to get involved in the first place was a worry that the debate would be hijacked by politicians and pundits and conducted within the confines of tv studios.  In so many ways, the complete opposite has happened. Politicians have been displaced by the scale of popular debate. To see people queueing round the block to register their vote – many for the first time – tells its own story. Something dramatic is happening. Whatever it is, democracy is the better for it. But whether this momentum can be maintained or whether the political establishment will move to recapture lost ground, only time will tell. You’d like to think that an engaged electorate is something to cherish in a modern democracy.

In the most recent briefing…

The country's leading community based networks have joined together as the SCA to campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland

Logos of supporter organisations logo: development trusts association scotland logo: senscot (social entrepreneurs network scotland) logo: community retailing network logo: community transport association scotland logo: community energy scotland logo: scottish allotments and gardens society logo: glasgow and west scotland ha logo: employers in voluntary housing logo: scottish league of credit unions logo: voluntary arts scotland logo: federation of city farms & community gardens logo: community health exchange logo: community woodlands association logo: glasgow and west of scotland forum of housing associations logo: scottish communities climate action network logo: nourish scotland logo: community land scotland logo: community resources network scotland logo: scottish communities for health & wellbeing