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Community Regeneration and Tackling Poverty

The 'tackling poverty' part of the Community Regeneration and Tackling Poverty learning network has merged with the Employability Learning Network (ELN) to become the Employability and Tackling Poverty Learning Network.

The new network will continue to run a programme of training, networking and information sharing, both through face to face events and online.

>> check out the Employability and tackling poverty in Scotland website for network news, case studies and other resources


The Community Regeneration and Tackling Poverty Learning Network is a cross-Government initiative that supports Community Planning Partnerships and their partners to improve the way communities are regenerated and poverty is tackled throughout Scotland. The network gives practical help to organisations and individuals working at a local level.

The network has been developed by the Scottish Centre for Regeneration. It responds to needs expressed by local authorities and their Community Planning Partners.

Please see our members' guide and leaflet for more information.

How do I join?

The guidance page shows you how to join the learning network. If you are already a member of the learning network you can sign in here.

How will it work?

Joining and using the learning network's services is free.

The website's resources include:

  • research and evidence
  • 'How To' guides, online learning programmes and skills assessment tools
  • good practice case studies from Scotland and abroad
  • publications, briefings and learning points setting out lessons learned from previous programmes and events

A dedicated coordinator will work closely with network members to:

  • identify the problems the learning network should tackle
  • collect good practice, evidence of what works and details of people and organisations who have experience in tackling these problems
  • share what has worked, through our website, by organising events that show good practice, and managing interactive online networking
  • support people to build their capacity through developing tailored programmes examining specific problems
  • commission or develop new tools, resources and research where members think there is a gap
  • measure and improve the effectiveness of the learning network

What will the learning network do?

The network will support action that focuses on:

  • the priorities set in the anti-poverty framework Achieving Our Potential
  • regenerating communities and tackling poverty through Single Outcome Agreements

In particular, it will support activities aimed at:

  • regenerating the most disadvantaged communities
  • improving the life chances of disadvantaged individuals and groups and those in poverty
  • improving employability, particularly for young people and low-income groups at high risk of poverty
  • tackling income inequality
  • supporting good health outcomes

So that it meets your needs, the network will deal with problems that you, the members, identify. After discussions with Community Planning Partnerships, we expect to initially to tackle questions such as:

  • how can we shift the focus from a ring-fenced fund to tackle regeneration and poverty in the context of Single Outcome Agreements?
  • how can we improve performance management?
  • how can we get better at working with communities?
  • how can we commission projects and services to tackling poverty and deprivation?
  • how can we find relevant data sources at local levels?
  • how can we set 'stretch' and other SMART targets?
  • how can we tackle problems in rural as well as urban areas?
  • how can we support local projects to help achieve outcomes contained in Single Outcome Agreements?

Lessons learned 2009 - 2011

A briefing paper captures messages relating to the three main priorities agreed for the network:

  • embedding an outcomes based approach in anti poverty and regeneration activities
  • tackling complex needs
  • adapted to a new context for regeneration - global recession, budget reductions

>> read the briefing paper