National Conference

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New Approaches in Social Transport: The Public Social Partnership Model
National Conference 1st March 2017

Hosted by SPT and held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow this event was attended by 150 delegates from a wide range of organisations including community transport and other third sector organisations, local authorities, NHS boards, health and social care partnerships and representatives from Scottish Government.

Chaired by SPT’s Assistant Chief Executive, Eric Stewart and with a key note speech from Scottish Governments Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP the delegates heard a range of presentations in the morning to set the scene; these were

  • What is a Public Social Partnership? Presented by Pauline Graham, from Ready for Business
  • What is Community Transport? Presented by John MacDonald from the Community Transport Association Scotland
  • An overview of the SPT, WoSCTN Community Transport PSP from Graham Dunn, SPT’s Transport Development Officer
  • An outline of the Edinburgh Community Transport PSP from Frank Henderson of the City of Edinburgh Council and;
  • An update on the Dumfries and Galloway Community Transport PSP from Sharon Ogilvie from Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway

After lunch Graham Dunn presented the case for a National PSP for Scotland and the delegates then split into breakout seminars to consider questions around four main topics and how a national community transport PSP could contribute to providing solutions. The subjects of the seminars were;

  • Contributing to outcomes in education, health and social care
  • Growing community transport
  • Improving commissioning options and;
  • Going beyond just A to B: transforming the lives of communities

It was clear from the final plenary session that the delegates had had a lively and stimulating debate in the breakout seminars and that the broad consensus of opinion was that the proposal to establish a National Community Transport PSP for Scotland is worth pursuing.

All the documents from the day including the Case for a National PSP for Scotland and the main speakers presentations can be found here.