Scottish Islands Federation 2018 AGM & Island Gathering
18-20 September 2018, Tiree
Empowering Small Island Communities – Learn from each other and have your say
In partnership with Tiree Development Trust
| 18: Arrival and Catch Up
Travel to Tiree and check in at Alan Stevenson House.
19.30 – 20.30 Welcome and evening meal
20.30 – 22.00 Updates: what’s been happening on your island
( if suitable and practical, please bring a food speciality from your island for others to taste!)
|WED 19: Island Communities have a say and Community Learning Exchange Part 1
09.00 – 09.15 Introduction to the day and the SMART Islands Initiative by Camille Dressler SIF Chair.
09.15- 10.00 Welcome and presentation from Tiree Community Development Trust.
10.00 – 11.00 key note speech – Michael Russell MSP (TBC), followed by
Implementing the Scottish (Islands) Bill / The Crown Estate & Maximising our Marine Assets
What will the Island Bill and the changes to the Crown Estate mean for your island? How can our island communities meaningfully engage and influence?
11.00 – 11.15 Tea/Coffee
11.15 – 12.45 Brexit: have your say with Martin MacManus from Scottish Rural Action small group workshops led by Martin
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.45 Island Health & Social Care Earlier this year a number of Orkney groups got together to commission research into different models and possible solutions for providing social care on small islands. Rosie Alexander, who conducted the research, will share the findings with us followed by discussion around the role of community innovation and statutory authorities in overcoming the challenges. We will also hear of the working examples from Tiree’s Cùram, Jura’s Progressive Care Centre and the Western Isles on creating opportunities through training and apprenticeships.
14.45- 15.00 Tea/Coffee
15.00- 16.30 Impact of Tourism In a trend that seems set to continue, many islands have seen a huge increase in visitor numbers over the last few years. Largely welcomed, there can also a need for communities to be able to manage the impact when needed – Tiree’s Ranger and Access Group will share their experience in measuring, managing and maximising the local benefit
16.30– 18.00 Island tour
19.00 – 21.00 Evening meal
21.00 – later Tunes from Tiree / informal discussion and exchange
| THUR 20: Learning Exchange Part 2 & Scottish Island Priorities
09.00 – 09.30 S.I.F AGM – chair report, accounts, elections, membership
09.30 – 09.40 Introduction to the day by S.I,F. chair
09.40 – 10.45 Island Housing Availability of affordable housing is key to sustaining island communities and yet is one of the biggest obstacles that all the islands face. Cameron Anson of Rural Housing Scotland’s ‘Our Island Home’ will give an overview of island housing, current projects and support available
10.45- 11.00 Tea/Coffee
11.00 – 13.00 Clean Energy for EU Islands Scottish islands are pioneers in renewables and community energy and yet current thinking around the future support for energy projects and the implications of Brexit could hold us back. Community Energy Scotland will lead discussion around energy on Scotland’s islands, the Clean Energy for EU Islands Programme and what our priorities are for future policy.
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch
13.15 – 14.00 Island Population & Demographic Many islands are experiencing population decline but some are bucking the trend. Earlier this year, Theona Morrison and Thomas Fisher carried out some research with young people on Uist that showed a significant increase in young returners and the many reasons behind it. Theona and Thomas will share the research findings and outline plans for a larger piece of work.
14.00 – 15.00 Waste & Marine Plastic: Our thoughts towards a Scottish Marine plastic policy, as Marine plastic affects us all: Perspectives from Tiree, the Small isles and Orkney,
15.00 1-16.00 Island Priorities Wrap up session and close World Café style group discussion to prioritise activity and campaigns over the next 2 to 3 years.