Community Learning Exchanges

Image © Argyll Coast and Islands Hope Spot/ John Aitchison

One of CCN’s key aims is to better connect coastal communities across Scotland to share the extensive knowledge and expertise that exists amongst members.  One way in which CCN supports learning and relationship buidling between groups is through community learning exchanges.  

During learning exchanges a member of a CCN group is hosted by another group for a few days.  The host group has a chance to show off their local area and some of the key aspects of their work, and both groups share the similarities and differences between their communities.  Visitors often have specific topics that they want to know more about, like stakeholder engagement, marine monitoring, fundraising or utilising new technologies. 

As well as mutual learning, the exchanges are a great chance to strengthen relationships between CCN members, and make it easier to keep in touch more regularly and use each other as a helpline.  An exchange could also be a great chance to visit a part of Scotland that you have never been to before!



“We had a very positive experience last year when we carried out a community learning exchange! The exchange allowed us and the other group involved to share intangible information and insight as to what works best for us across various areas of our work: education and outreach, campaigns and communications and research and participatory monitoring.”

“One message that hit home is that we can make a difference in the protection of our valuable marine environments and working together, our voice is stronger. There’s much value and potential in the Coastal Communities Network, giving us a platform to get connected and share our knowledge and experiences.”



Bearing in mind current Covid restrictions, please get in touch if you are interested in CCN’s community learning exchanges. There may be some support available for related costs for CCN member groups.

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