Network Membership

The Coastal Communities Network has three types of membership: community group members, supporters and associated organisations. Find out more about the members by clicking the categories below.

You can join the Coastal Communities Network as a Supporter, if you have an interest in providing strategic knowledge, expertise, resources and support to the goal of empowering and connecting local communities across Scotland as a whole.

You can join as an Associated Organisation, if you have a more targeted or focussed interest in the Network and its goals – for example, an associated organisation may seek to work with one or more community groups due to geographic interests, or they may seek to work with a larger number of groups but on a specific issue or aim.

Finally, you can join the network as a Community Group, located in coastal and island areas across Scotland – this is the main constituency of the Network. To join the Network as a Community Group enables you to play a very active role in decision-making – as such we ask that you pledge to fulfilling the following criteria:

Scottish Community of Place

You are rooted in place, with a definable and expressed area of interest.

Multi-Issue Marine Conservation

Within your geographical rooting, you have a stated aim on marine conservation, which aligns with CCN’s vision, and you work on a number of issues that are of concern to local residents and related to the marine environment (please note CCN is also keen to work with single-issue marine groups, however, we encourage those groups to consider joining CCN under the Associated Organisation status).

Representation and Membership

You have an evidenced following of local members and/or supporters in your area, who support the cause you are working towards, and whose support provides you with a local mandate for your activities.

Authenticity

Your group is clearly grounded in, and directed by, local concerns and interests, demonstrably independent from external, non-local, groups.

Active

You are undertaking activities in your local area as per your group’s stated aims around marine conservation, and you are keen to join the Network as an active member, to learn from others and/or to share expertise.

Governance

Decisions are made collectively and transparently, and you hold a group constitution – or you are working towards this.

Political Neutrality

You are not affiliated to any specific political party or group, but are open to working with politicians and MSPs from every political party in order to further marine conservation in Scotland.

Working Towards Change

CCN is a Network of change-makers; we seek to identify and vocalise our concerns within the systems, which dictate how the marine environment is managed, and we are keen to work with other like-minded groups, who see the opportunities in pushing through reform.

By joining the Coastal Communities Network as a Community Group you are pledging to the above shared vision, aims and principles. The Network, and the community groups it represents, is diverse in its interests and activities – and that is to be celebrated – but we are also united in our mission to protect and preserve our nearby waters.

Read more about the Network’s vision and aims here.