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Our purpose is to help councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.
Through a series of principles, the IS works to promote improvement in local government and among its partners to support them improve outcomes and reduce the outcome gaps within populations and within areas.
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The 2017 SURF Awards are now open for applications. The annual awards recognise best practice and innovation in community regeneration.
The awards are open to any community regeneration projects that arecurrently in place or have been completed within two years of the closing date. The purpose of the awards is to:
Awards are given in five categories: community led regeneration; creative regeneration; Scotland's most improved place; youth employment: overcoming barriers; and housing.
The deadline for entries is Monday 18 September 2017. More information and application forms are available at www.surf.scot/surf-awards/.
SURF is also running a caption competition to win a free place at the awards dinner on 7 December 2017. Details on how to enter are at www.surf.scot/surf-awards-2017-caption-competition-launches-13th-june/