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Community Assemblies

           Do you want to take action to create positive change in your community?       

Here in the North East of Scotland we are facing big changes to our local economy and to how we live, bringing opportunities for communities to benefit from the changes. 

Earlier in 2023, NESCAN Hub ran Community Assemblies in Woodside, Tillydrone and Seaton & Linksfield.

The Community Assemblies brought together residents to discuss issues that matter to their communities and to support collaboration to create positive change.

If you live in Tillydrone, Woodside, or Seaton & LInksfield, we invite you to have your say about your hopes for your community.

The conversation is just beginning.

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 View and download the full list of hopes for action for the community areas below



A Community Assembly is when a group of people come together to learn more about certain topics/ issues, discuss and then decide what action should or shouldn't be taken. Community Assemblies are a means of having your say about issues you care about.

It is often said that climate change is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced! The IPCC project states that we have until 2028 to significantly decrease our GHG emissions before the global ‘carbon budget’ is used up and we reach the projected tipping point of 1.5 o C (IPCC, 2022). It is crucial that we all act now to reduce our carbon emissions and live sustainably. National governments and business are key players in enforcing or instigating the societal changes needed to set us on the right path. That is the role of those in power.

Unfortunately, the decisive changes needed are not being implemented and global GHG emissions continue to rise. Communities and individuals need to deliver informed responses to those in power, requesting or demanding these changes to be made, alongside taking action themselves and showing through doing. Assemblies create practical solutions and action plans for communities to follow as well as requests for those in power to make the necessary changes.

The North East Scotland Climate Action Network (NESCAN) Hub team is running the assembly. NESCAN Hub was developed out of local community volunteer organisations and is funded by the Scottish Government to support communities and community groups as part of Scotland’s response to climate change.

NESCAN’s aims are:
1. to support & develop community led climate action throughout Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire
2. to be the voice of community climate action and link into policy decision making at a regional & national level.

NESCAN Hub helps community groups to develop projects that address climate change and biodiversity loss. It runs Climate Week North East and is involved in running the Just Transition Fund Participatory Budgeting Process in Aberdeen City & Shire.

The workshops will start with a hot meal and an opportunity to chat to each other, before you will hear from people who know about the topic we will be discussing that week. One speaker will set the scene generally for that topic before other speakers, who are undertaking projects within that topic, provide inspiration on possible projects or actions that could go into our community action plan.

After you have gained that knowledge and exchange of ideas you will get the opportunity to discuss in a small group what your vision for the future of your community is on that topic and how that vision can be realised, setting out practical steps and thinking about who would need to be involved to make it a reality.

All these ideas will be noted down and the small group discussion conclusion will be brought together with the wider group further refining the ideas and actions to come up with a draft action plan on that topic. After all the topics have been covered, there will be a further session to create a draft community action plan and mandate.

The workshops offer the chance for everyone to learn about the changes the North East is facing, including how climate change is going to affect us in Aberdeen and the wider world. Those with knowledge and experience will be brought in to talk on themes such as: how we can create better housing, use less energy, create our own energy, how do we get about, local food supply chains and growing, how we use our land and how we can reduce waste and do more sharing, lending and mending and making. We will learn about possible positive solutions to the issues, enabling in depth thought and discussion to create a community action plan and manifesto.

Not at all. No previous knowledge is required to take part in the assembly.

Get in touch with the NESCAN Hub team here, or contact Rachel Smith, our Funding & Development Officer.

Fill out the forms above! 

The live illustrations were done by artists Rosie Cunningham, Megan Smith and Penny Downes.

Check them out here