How can Participation Requests promote equality in Glasgow? free training event
Thursday 28th February, 9.30am – 12.30pm, at Carlton Learning and Heritage Centre, 423 London Rd, Glasgow G40 1AG
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 introduced a range of new elements of community participation and consultation including participation requests. By making a participation request, a community group can start a discussion with organisations in charge of public services, such as health, schools and transport, about how to improve these services.
During the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 Glasgow City Council received only 2 Participation Requests, both from community councils. It remain an under-used power in Glasgow, and is potentially a powerful resource for equality groups and communities to influence decision-makers.
The session will cover what Participation Requests are, who can make them, which public authorities must consider them, and other relevant information from the legislation. Andrew will talk about specific examples from around Scotland, and give participants an opportunity to consider whether Participation Requests may be useful within their own work. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
About the Trainer
The training will be delivered by Andrew Paterson, Policy and Research Officer at Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC).
Through his work at SCDC, Andrew has been all around Scotland bringing participation requests and the wider Community Empowerment Act to people’s attention. His work has also involved keeping an eye on how the legislation is being put in place by public bodies as well as how it is being used by community groups.
Refreshments will be served. Booking is essential as places are limited.
This event is open to GEF members, their members/service users and third sector organisations working in Glasgow who have an interest in equality.
The venue is accessible, and we are able to meet your reasonable access costs in relation to transport, communication needs and childcare (but you must advise us of your needs at the time of booking your place).
To book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, organisation, contact details and any access or dietary needs. If you have any queries, please contact Lorraine by email or telephone on 0141 4186535.