Cultural Playing Field

Community Ownership Support Service by Robin Simpson
November 21, 2014, 4:06 pm
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On Thursday I was in Edinburgh to meet Linda Gillespie at the Development Trusts Association Scotland. Linda told me about the Community Ownership Support Service, which is funded by the Scottish Government to support both communities and public bodies in the sustainable transfer of assets into community ownership. It is an adviser-led service providing support and advice through the various stages of asset transfer. Over the past three years the service has supported communities interesting in taking ownership of assets ranging from former town halls, schools, piers, harbours and marinas to theatres. Where communities are interested in taking on large civic space, arts often forms a key element of their business plan. Linda is therefore looking at developing a guide on organising performances – from the asset owner’s perspective. We talked about how Voluntary Arts might be able to help her create this guide – and how it could signpost people to the Voluntary Arts information services. We also talked about Our Cultural Commons and the effect of community asset transfer on local cultural infrastructure.

Robin Simpson.

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