S.I.F. AGM: Tiree, 18-20 September 2018

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.

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