Expanding your activities

Although your group may have been set up with a specific purpose in mind, you might want to build on this by developing new ideas and trying out other activities.  The resources and further links in this section will give you infomation on delivering services, taking control of local assets and becoming a social enterprise.



Asset Transfer Routemap

Asset Trasfer RoutemapDeveloped by the Community Ownership Support Service (see below), this attractive resource takes you through the steps you need to follow to take over the running of local assets such as land and buildings.


Community Action for a Sustainable Scotland

                  CASS resources

Community Action for a Sustainable Scotland (CASS) is a set of 7 guides for community organisations covering environmental issues.  Some of the topics, such as making your building more environmentally sustainable and greening your office, could even save your group money in the long run.


Community Buildings Checker

Locality logoA resource, developed by Locality in England, for community groups who want to check the viability of their idea for a community building project.


Community Development Finance Institutions

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Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) are social enterprises that can support your group to develop its own enterprise by providing loans that would otherwise not be available.  Use the Finding Finance website, provided by the Community Development Finance Association, to find local examples.


Community Growing Resource Pack

Community Growing Resource PackA comprehensive introduction to setting up, developing and sustaining a community-managed farm, garden or related community growing space.  Developed by the Federation of Community Farms and Community Gardens.


Community Ownership In Scotland: A Baseline Study

Community Ownership in Scotland coverThrough this study, Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) has sought to establish the current scale and nature of community ownership of assets across Scotland.


Community Ownership Support Service

The Community Ownership Support Service, delivered by the Development Trusts Association Scotland, is funded by the Scottish Government to support the transfer of publicly held assets into community ownership

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Community Shares

Community Shares Scotland logoCommunity shares allow you to raise money for a social enterprise through selling 'withdrawable shares' to the wider community.


Eight Step Guide to a Community Land Buyout

8 step processProvides a useful overview of how to go about bringing the land you live on into community ownership.


Energising Community Halls

Energising COmmunity HallsThis guide to community energy can help your community building save money and look at what renewables might be suitable for your site. This guide is the result of a year-long CCF funded project by REAP based in Keith, Moray.


Just Enterprise

Just Enterprise logoSupported by the Scottish Government, Just Enterprise is a programme designed to help Social Enterprises and budding Social entrepreneurs achieve their trading ambitions.


Highlands and Islands Entrerprise

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HIE's focus is on combining economic and community development so it should be a vital source of support for groups in the Highlands and Islands who want to develop their social enterprise activity.  A good place to start is HIE's Strengthening Communities team, which works with local groups and social enterprises, helping them to grow.


Public Asset Transfer: Empowering Communities

Public Asset Transfer coverThis Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) report looks at current practice across Scotland in relation to asset transfer


The New Barn-Raising

The New Barn-RaisingA toolkit created in the U.S. for those looking to run community assets.  Different context but Scottish community groups still might find some secions relevant.


Town Centre Toolkit

Image from Town Centre ToolkitThe Town Centre Toolkit contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active, and more accessible.



Senscot is a national network connecting social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in Scotland. Senscot logo It provides a bulletin, holds meetings and helps to promote and develop the social enterprise sector.



SENs is the name Senscot (see above) gives to its work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) in Scotland. There are now more than 20 SENs operating across Scotland – 5 thematic and 15 geographically based - connecting over 460 social enterprises. 

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They provide opportunities ranging from peer support to being part ofa collective voice.  The SENs website provides links to all of them


The Woodland Trust

Woodland Trust logoThe Woodland Trust website contains various resources that can help your community group to promote enjoyment and use of woodland. Resources include tree planting packs, guidance on outdoor learning and a range of publications on woodland restoration and management etc.