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CLDSC Member bulletin – 1 July 2020

CLD Response Survey Special

This week we are focusing on Wave 4 of our CLD Response to COVID-19 survey.

We have been asking you to complete this survey since the beginning of the pandemic and gathering your examples of how CLD practice is being utilised to support individuals and communities in the challenges that we all currently face.

How your data has been used

The data you have provided in previous waves of this survey has been used both to support sharing among practitioners and to highlight to decision-makers the role of CLD. It has informed the CLD Strategic Partnership, the Tertiary Education Strategy group, CLD Standards Council practice placement advice and the CLD guidance soon to be issued by Scottish Government.

Findings of the previous waves are available on the website –

The fourth wave of the survey

As we move out of lockdown and constraints begin to ease, we would also like to know how this is affecting your experiences and your practice. In addition to giving you the opportunity to share examples of success in adapting how you carry out your CLD role, the support you are getting for this and any issues, such as access to technology, affecting you in the current circumstances, the Wave 4 version of the survey asks about how things are changing. We want to hear how CLD practice is being adapted again as restrictions ease but social distancing and other measures are still in place. This will enable the CLD Standards Council to highlight examples of good practice, and to pick up any general issues affecting CLD practitioners. It is our intention that the data drawn from Wave 4 onwards will be of use as we look towards recovery and renewal

Please complete the survey:

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the survey to date, we now ask you to complete Wave 4 to tell us about the next chapter in your story. If you have not completed the survey before, don’t worry Wave 4 gives you the opportunity to answer the previous questions too!

Once again thanks for your continued engagement with this work, and please pass the survey link on to any colleagues.

CLDSC Member bulletin – 24 June 2020

CLDSC Member Virtual Meet Ups and Slack sign up

Great to have requests to join our Slack group workspace. Our Slack space has an instant chat facility and different channels for group discussions. We can also share information, files, and more.
You can download the Slack app on a tablet or phone. Come on over and join in the chat. If you’re interested in joining, email and we’ll send you the workspace invite!
The next Virtual Meet-Up will take place on Friday 17 July 1-2pm. We got lots of ideas from the last Meet-Up for discussion themes. There’s a Poll on Slack for what we should discuss in July. Don’t forget to cast your vote!

Survey on CLD Response to COVID-19

The results from wave 2 continue to show that in response to issues arising from the pandemic and the lockdown, large numbers of respondents are involved in support for people of all ages, particularly those at risk, and in working with community organisations who are themselves responding. A large majority point to positive ways in which they have used technology to adapt their practice to current needs. Sizable minorities of respondents have concerns over their own well-being, and issues over access to suitable technology.
Full statistical results from wave 2 are available on the website.
The forth wave of the survey is suspended right now as we reconfigure to take account of the issues arising from the recovery phase.

SCVO and DigiShift Resources

SCVO have been supporting organisations to find new ways to deliver services and to support employees and users to adapt to digital and remote working. They’ve produced three new ‘How to’ guides which highlight best practice and case studies.

  • Digital services
    This guide details the main topics you need to explore when you move your services to digital channels.
  • Remote working
    This guide will help you give your best support to employees and volunteers to empower them to do their best work from home.
  • Digital inclusion
    This guide will help any organisation delivering digital inclusion projects.

Their DigiShift Zoom calls have also generated lots of interest and you can find all the related blog posts, case studies and DigiListen podcasts on the DigiShift section of the SCVO website, along with the full recordings of the main sessions.

The resources from the calls are also accumulated into a resource library in this large Google Doc by Third Sector Lab. This is an open source document, so you can add your own resources, or any others you find useful.

The recordings of the themed DigiShift sessions for specific sectors are also available to watch on the SCVO You Tube channel. There’s one for CLD on there!

Community Development conversation

Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS) promotes policy and practice that supports community development. CDAS is inviting their members and subscribers to take part in a conversation about networking, sharing good practice, influencing policy, and the CDAS plans for the year ahead on 15th July at 11.00. You can subscribe to CDAS’s regular bulletin and register for the event on the CDAs website.

Associate member? Been working in CLD for several years? You could become a Registered Member through the Individual Recognition Process.

Associate members whose professional learning and experience has equipped them to the professional standard required for Registered Membership can have this recognised by demonstrating it through the Individual Recognition process.
The Individual Recognition application is reviewed by a panel of our practitioner committee members. They will consider the content of any relevant qualifications and professional learning you have done, along with your practice experience which you will be required to describe in terms of the CLD competences. You can use examples from work or voluntary activity that demonstrates your understanding and delivery using the CLD values, ethics and competences. If the panel feel they need additional detail they might also request an interview.
If you are an Associate member you can request the Individual Recognition application from
Further detail of the process and evidence required can be found on the website.

Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

The Advisory Group on Economic Recovery has published its report on how we as a country recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland, is based on the four capitals of People, Environment, Community and Business and considers how work in these areas can support the challenges presented by inequality, unemployment and education.

View the full report on the Scottish Government website.

Education Scotland useful links

Education Scotland have assembled a collection of links to online resources for Community Learning and Development on Wakelet. The online Wakelet makes it easy to access relevant materials from the one place. Please check which are available and suitable for use within your area of practice.
View the online wakelet resource.

CLD Big Blether

The CLD Standards Council is partnering with Education Scotland to host a series of online discussion sessions for CLD practitioners to share their experiences during the COVID-19 crisis. A group space has been created on i-develop with a note of the CLD Blether that took place on the 28 May and a forum for further comments and discussion.
Big CLD Blether space on i-develop

The CLD Response to COVID-19 -wave 2 survey results

The CLD Standards Council asked practitioners to complete a short survey to gather information and examples on the CLD Response to COVID-19.

The responses are being reviewed in monthly waves. Wave 2 ran from 20 April to 18 May 2020.

The results from wave 2 continue to show that in response to issues arising from the pandemic and the lockdown, large majorities of respondents are involved in support for people of all ages, particularly those at risk, and in working with community organisations who ae themselves responding. A large majority point to positive ways in which they have used technology to adapt their practice to current needs. Sizable minorities of respondents have concerns over their own well-being, and issues over access to suitable technology.

Statistical results for wave 2

You can also view analysis of the first wave of the survey.

The fourth wave of the survey

Please complete the survey by the 17th July, and pass on to any colleagues:

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 17 June 2020

Virtual Meet-Ups – And Beyond!

At our recent Virtual Meet-Ups, those who attended indicated that it would be useful to have a more instant means of connecting with each other. We’re going to test this out by establishing a Slack group workspace. Slack is essentially a chat room and we can organise different channels for group discussions, share information, files, and more.
You can download the Slack app on a tablet or phone. If you’re interested in joining the Slack workspace, email and we’ll send you the workspace invite!

The next Virtual Meet-Up will take place on Friday 17 July 1-2pm – get the date in your diary! Topic and joining details will be issued soon.

Review of Youth Work SVQ Levels 5 and 6

We’re delighted to announce that Skills Development Scotland have awarded CLDSC the contract to review the SVQ Youth Work Levels 5 and 6. This work will take place between now and March 2021. We’ll be seeking input from those involved in Youth Work so watch this space for consultation opportunities.

IACD unconference – “Co-creating Future Stories of Hope and Action”

Have you ever wanted to attend a huge international conference? Now is your chance to do so from wherever you are in the world!
From 24th – 25th June 2020, IACD is thrilled to support the unconference, – Co-Creating Future Stories of Hope and Action. The theme of this event is, “A “Glocal” Asset and Strengths Based (Un)Conference.”
This is a truly international endeavour and will take place over 48 continuous hours around the globe.
Find more info on the IACD Virtual Conferenece page.

Minister thanks the CLD sector

Mr Richard Lochhead, MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science has sent an open letter of thanks to everyone across Scotland’s CLD sector. We sent the letter out to members, but you might also like to watch the extended video message on Twitter from Mr Lochead.

CLD Standards Council Executive Meeting

The CLD Executive Committee met on Tuesday15th June. Committee Members thanked our Members and the staff team for their efforts. CLD workforce development including qualification pathway and practice placements featured in the discussions.

An opportunity to highlight practice achievements and challenges

The International Association for Community Development (IACD) is currently developing an International Community Development Handbook for practitioners, with a target publication date of June 2021, and is inviting community development practitioners worldwide to register interest in contributing case studies for inclusion in the publication.
You can find further details and a template for case study proposals on the IACD Expressions of interest page.
The deadline for proposals is 30th July 2020.
We’d encourage CLDSC members to consider contributing. If you do, it would be great if you can also share your proposal with us and we will look at how case studies that aren’t included in the IACD publication can be shared on the CLDSC website or other platforms.

Register with the CLD Standards Council

We are still processing registrations so if you or any colleagues are not registered we would encourage you to become members.
You can become Associate or Registered members depending on their qualifications and experience.
Registration details and application form can be found on the i-develop registration page.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 10 June 2020

CLDSC Members Virtual Meet-Up – Digitally Agile or Digitally Fragile?

Over these past few months, we’ve all had to embrace the digital world more than ever before. This has brought lots of frustrations, but it’s also highlighted our creativity and adaptability as CLD practitioners – bet you’re more agile than you think! Our next Virtual Meet-Up gives us a chance to share the highs of feeling digitally agile, the lows of feeling digitally fragile and the space to come up with practical ways to support each other. If you haven’t already registered yet for the next Virtual Meet-Up on Friday 12 June 1-2pm, what are you waiting for?! Registration for event now closed.

Wave 3 of the CLD Response to COVID-19 Survey

The third wave of the survey will close on Wednesday the 17 June (just 1 week away).
Whether you responded to wave 1 or 2 or not, please take the time to contribute to wave 3.

Please complete the survey here:

Please also pass the link on to any CLD colleagues. We really appreciate your support with this task at this busy time.
The CLD Standards Council has asked practitioners to complete the short survey to gather information and examples on the CLD Response to COVID-19. The survey is open to collect a third wave of information to build the picture over time.
The results from the first wave of the survey to the 19 April 2020 have been collected and you can find the report on the CLDSC website.

Guidance on moving SCQF rated programmes online

Learning providers are having to adapt rapidly in these times with many of you moving your provision online. What are the implications when you are making all of these changes to the way you deliver your programmes and assess your learners? How do you make sure that you are still meeting the requirements of SCQF and ensuring that your learners can still be certificated?
This blog from SCQF gives some useful information and guidance.

SURF Awards

Scotland’s regeneration forum – SURF – opened its annual awards for applications on 4 June. Categories for the awards include Community Led Regeneration and Supporting Youth Employability.
You can see further information and download application forms on the SURF Awards website.

Closing date for applications is 7 September 2020.

Children’s survey from the Children’s Parliament

The Children’s Parliament is engaging children age 8 to 14 years old in a conversation about their experience of Coronavirus and lockdown.
They have launched the June edition of the national wellbeing survey – How are you doing?

The survey is available on this link:

Children can access the survey themselves via the link, but it if you could highlight the survey to children in the target age range that you know, that would be most helpful. The survey is also a great conversation starter. Children can access and complete the survey for the first time, or return to it having completed it before.
If you visit the How are you doing web page you will also find a report on findings from the April and May How are you doing? surveys. Nearly 4,000 children took part in both months and the Children’s Parliament are working hard to ensure Government and other agencies are listening to the insight from children as they develop actions to address concerns and plan for recovery.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for continuity in learning

Last Friday, the Scottish Government issued further guidance to support children and young people’s learning during the COVID-19 crisis. In recovery planning, Education Authorities are advised to “consider the support available through CLD services (provided by local authorities, other statutory services and the third sector) as part of their local delivery plan”.
It notes that “youth workers can provide an alternative trusted relationship for young people through both one to one and group support. Youth work is often targeted to individuals and communities furthest from engagement or inclusion.” The report also highlights that CLD services also include “family learning, adult learning and ESOL (English of Speakers of Other Languages). These can be useful in supporting parents and carers to engage with the school and with their children’s learning.”
The report recognises that many schools across Scotland have youth and family learning workers engaged directly in schools and across the wider community; “These services are especially useful in reconnecting some vulnerable children and young people to reconnect with education.”. It is also acknowledges that CLD workers “provide information and practical and emotional support to children, young people, parents and carers through transitions and, in partnership with other professionals, can support a holistic approach to meeting their needs.”.
The full report can be accessed on the Scottish Government website.

MEd CLD Research project – participants required

Understanding how to grow the young CLD workforce.
Approvals Committee member Ceri Hunter is carrying out a piece of research as part of her CLD MEd that actions a key recommendation of the Working with Scotland’s Communities report: Understanding how to grow the young CLD workforce.
Ceri writes: “This research project is looking to conduct interviews with students/recent graduates about their journey into the CLD profession. I am looking for those students who have recently completed 1st or 4th year of a CLD/Community Development/Community Education degree in Scotland, who are able to take part in an online video interview, which should take between 30 – 45mins. Many thanks in advance”
Access further information and contact details to participate

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 3 June 2020

Welcome to the weekly CLDSC bulletin from Chair, Alan Sherry O.B.E.

Throughout the lockdown I have been humbled, awestruck and inspired by our Members’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the CLD practice areas of Adult Learning, Community Development and Youth Work, Members have been working days, evenings and weekends to deliver a wide range of services, including, digital learning services whilst addressing community needs. Equally impressive has been the dedication of volunteers across aspects of CLD devoting time to supporting individuals and communities.
At the National CLD Stakeholders Group and the Tertiary Sector group Chaired by Mr Richard Lochhead, Minister for FE, HE, Science and CLD, I am pleased to sit alongside colleagues from the further and higher education sectors where the data drawn from the current CLD Workforce Survey is supporting my input to these meetings. I would like to thank everyone for continuing to share your experiences with us.

The multi-faceted challenges facing young people, adult learners and communities also impact upon us as a workforce of practitioners, volunteers and leaders. It is very obvious that CLD practice and services are needed now more than ever to support the communities which we serve. Equally, it is important CLD Standards are maintained and applied to allow flex for different individual and organisational circumstances.

An expert short life working group has been established, led by Avril Nicol, Chair of CLD Managers’ Scotland, to work with the Scottish Government to produce guidance to the CLD sector as we move through the phases to reduce the current restrictions on face to face working. It is anticipated that this guidance will be available later this month.

Over the coming months we will continue to issue weekly bulletins, deliver on-line CLD Chats, support organisational professional learning, address registration needs and issue relevant guidance and support aids. Our aim is to continue to provide you with professional support as you respond so effectively to the pandemic.

Finally I would wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for your considerable contribution to ensuring that individuals and communities are supported during this challenging period.

This week’s articles specifically focus on Volunteers Week Scotland and the difference CLD volunteers make.

CLDSC Registration – We Welcome Volunteers!

Do you know anyone who volunteers in a youth group, as an adult literacy tutor, as an ESOL Buddy, as a peer mentor, in a community action group (and so many more areas!)? If so, did you know that Volunteers can register with CLDSC too? As long as they are delivering in a CLD context, they can join us to access all the member benefits e.g. learning and development opportunities, connecting with peers, borrow books/journals from university/college libraries across Scotland and much more!

Registration is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Go to the Registration page on i-develop
  2. Download and complete the Application form.
  3. Submit your form on i-develop.

Want to find out more about how your organisation’s volunteers can register? Email to arrange a chat.


There are lots of resources available on i-develop for CLD volunteers and those supporting them.

In the Themes area, you’ll find the Volunteering in Community Learning and Development space. There’s information on the different types of volunteering people are doing, resources to help volunteers link to the CLDSC Ethics & Competences and a space for research reports on the deployment and impact of CLD volunteers.

And over on the ESOL Themes page, you’ll find the Volunteering in ESOL space. This space is very new, so doesn’t have lots of content yet. But if you have information you’d like to share, let us know and we’ll get it added to the space.

Both spaces have Discussion Forums for volunteers or coordinators where you can connect with others across Scotland.

Working with Scotland’s Communities – Messages about CLD volunteers

As part of this week’s spotlight on volunteers CLDSC have reviewed the 2018 CLD workforce survey focussing on what it tells us about CLD volunteers. One of the key findings of this report is that ‘Volunteers are a hugely valued part of the CLD workforce’. Volunteers are seen by practitioners and employers as a vital part of supporting communities and bring important skills and an understanding of communities. Have a look at the Messages about Volunteers report (PDF) to see what the report says about –
• How many CLD volunteers are there?
• How much time do CLD volunteers contribute to organisations?
• What do volunteers do?
• Are volunteers expected to have qualifications?
• Recruitment and development needs for volunteers
• Impact of reduction in size of paid CLD workforce
• Understanding the role of volunteers in the CLD sector

A community of volunteers?

This article in the Guardian highlights that “ten million UK adults have been volunteering in their community during the coronavirus crisis”. Will this growth in response to very immediate needs be sustained into longer-term change? CLD practitioners enable volunteers to develop themselves and work with others to develop their communities – now is the ideal time to demonstrate and promote this role!

Good practice documents – Volunteer Scotland website:

Volunteering for All: Our National Outcomes Framework – the Framework was developed by Scottish Government jointly with partners from the volunteer and community sector, local government and NHS, with academics social researcher, and with volunteers. It sets out a coherent and compelling narrative for volunteering and defines the key outcomes desired for volunteering in Scotland over the next 10 years.

A Volunteer Charter – sets out the 10 key principles for assuring legitimacy and preventing exploitation of workers and volunteers

Web and Social Media Links

A few useful webpages…..

Why not follow these folks on Twitter…..

Or check out the discussions on these Twitter hashtags…

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 27 May 2020

CLD Practice Placement Guidance

We are continuing to work with partners to provide flexibility whilst ensuring that the CLD Standards are maintained. By liaising with colleges, universities, students, placement providers and partners across the UK who are responsible for approving CLD learning programmes, we aim to provide practical practice placement guidelines. Our most recent guidance and FAQ in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on practice placements can be found on the website.
It is well worth a read and if you have any further questions please submit them to
As the guidance may be updated frequently please remember to check in now and again for further updates.

SQA Updates
In addition to placement guidance developments, we continue to engage with the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding accreditation. The SQA recent updates on COVID-19 can be found on their website.
Like the CLD Standards Council, the SQA continuously updates their website so please remember to check websites for the most up-to-date guidance.

Education Scotland are holding 3 CLD themed webinars –

The webinars will be hosted through Google Meet.
Each meeting will last for 1 hour and will follow the same format-
• The National Context• Practice Sharing • Next Steps for future webinars.
Participants will be encouraged to share resources, questions, and feedback in the chat facility throughout the webinar. The chat content will then be shared with all participants.

DigiShift – Community Learning and Development (CLD) Digital

SCVO have organised a Zoom webinar open to all CLD professionals on making the shift to digital service delivery, supporting learners through tech and remote working with staff and volunteers.
Our own Dr Marion Allison will be one of the speakers.
This online event is taking place on Thursday 4 June from 2 till 3:30
Find out more and book your place.

College Expo 20

We’re delighted to be hosting a stall at the Virtual College Expo on 11 June 2020. The theme is: ‘The Future is Now: Learning from Lockdown’ and there are a range of seminars available as well as the stalls.
General information about the College Expo can be found on the CDN website
View the programme info as PDF.
Great to see a session on The Role of Adult Learning in Civic Recovery hosted by Mhairi Harrington, OBE and Nicola McAndrew CLD Policy Team Leader, Scottish Government.
If you’re involved in CLD in the College sector (or even if you’re not!), come along and say hello! #CollegeExpo20

Virtual Meet-Up #2

The CLD Response to COVID-19: Wave 2 Survey found that many members are using new digital platforms to reach adult learners, young people and communities – it seems we have closed the digital skills gap identified in the most recent CLD Workforce in just a few months! But this is not true for everyone – as the survey also found that comprehensive access to technology remains a challenge and we know that others are struggling to become comfortable with online communication where you don’t get the eye contact and non-verbal cues that we rely on for feedback.
So the topic for our next meet up at 1 pm Friday 12 June is Digitally Agile or Digitally Fragile? – how members can help each other make the most of new online opportunities. As with our first meet up we ask you to register your interest with Eventbrite.

Registration Renewal

Registration renewal is being rolled out to members who registered over 3 years ago. To renew you need to-

  • Reconfirm your commitment to the Values and Ethics
  • Confirm that you have undertaken an appropriate amount of relevant professional learning
  • Also, if you are no longer in active contact with your previous referee then you must provide a new referee.

If you are unable to complete your renewal at this time you can request a deferral. We are issuing individual email requests to renew in small batches, so if you have not received your request yet please don’t worry. However we are finding a few members have not kept us up to date with their email address. Unfortunately if we are unable to complete a renewal that membership will be suspended and eventually removed from the register. So please remind colleagues to make sure we have up to date contact details so we can contact them to renew.

Full details of requirements for renewal including advice on professional learning are available on the website.

And Finally …

Congratulations to Dr Stuart Moir, Moray House School of Education and Sport, The University of Edinburgh

Congratulations to our Approvals Committee member Dr Stuart Moir who successful defended his thesis “How Did Young Left Wing Political Activists Learn To Become Active And Critical Citizens?”

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 20 May 2020

Welcome to the weekly CLDSC bulletin

Survey on CLD Response to COVID-19: Wave 2

Thanks again to those who responded to our CLD survey in Wave 2. The data highlights that the CLD sector’s contribution and response to community need, learning and education, information and advice continues. People are delivering services face-to-face and engaging with young people, learners and communities on new digital platforms. Comprehensive access to technology remains a challenge and people are concerned about long term issues such as project funding and employment security. However, people are adapting to new roles, responsibilities and new ways of working, telling us that they are “really very proud to be part of CLD”. The full data analysis of Wave 2 will be available shortly.

CLD Buddies and PL Mentors

Thanks to those members who have come forward to do this. Before we can offer out this support, we still need a few more volunteers to become

  • CLD Buddies available for a chat or meet-up with those looking to talk through a situation or a challenge and to bounce ideas off someone
  • PL mentors to provide guidance and assistance, particularly for those who practise in more isolated contexts and in some cases to verify a member’s PL for re-registration purposes.

Please get in touch with us through for more information.

Virtual Meet-Up #1 Feedback

Thanks so much to all of you (over 50!) who participated in our very first Virtual Meet-Up last week. There was a great atmosphere in the ‘room’ and it was fabulously organised and hosted by CLDSC members Kevin Ditcham and Jenni Snell.

The theme was Relationships and key points coming out of the session include:

  • The Covid-19 situation has enabled CLD practitioners to meet, work with and get to know people from within and across sectors they previously wouldn’t have had the opportunity to engage with.
  • The digital divide has been amplified, but the innovation and creativity of CLD practitioners is helping to bridge the gap.
  • Social distancing has enabled virtual connectedness – especially for CLD practitioners in more rural/remote areas.
  • Oh yes, and there’s a definite sense of Virtual Quiz Fatigue across the country

So what next? Well, a poll of those attending told us that 100% want to do it again – so we will! We will establish monthly Virtual Meet-Ups which will be theme based and led by you, the CLDSC Membership. The next Meet-Up will be Friday 12 June, topic and further details will be issued soon. #BecauseOfCLD

Supporting Communities Safely – Advice for community groups, organisations and volunteer networks

SCDC has published a new resource to support community organisations to carry out their vital work safely during the Covid-19 outbreak. SCDC has worked with colleagues at Public Health Scotland to produce advice, and Health Protection Scotland have checked the technical content in detail to reinforce confidence in its messages.

This free, online resource provides up to date and accurate information that will help volunteers, community groups and networks to continue to deliver vital support in the safest way possible including:

  • How to safely promote an organisation’s services
  • Keeping volunteers safe and fit to provide services
  • How to get help with complex care needs
  • Safely collecting and delivering items
  • How to cook and transport hot meals

The resource information is available on the SCDC website

Education Scotland Big CLD Blether – 28 May 3-4 pm

Education Scotland are holding a virtual event for CLD Practitioners where they can connect online in a safe space to discuss issues they are working through and, where relevant, to share resources or to highlight interesting practice.
The broad themes for discussion at this meeting will be:

  • Theme 1 – Operational challenges – eg Redeployment or furloughing of CLD staff; transferring CLD services online etc.
  • Theme 2 – Engagement and learning – what’s working well?
  • Theme 3 – Supporting the health and wellbeing of CLD participants and staff.
  • Theme 4 – Looking forward – CLD engagement after the lockdown.

Participants will be asked to submit a question/key topic within these themes when they register, to generate the conversation.
Find further information and registration on the Education Scotland site.

Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May 2020

“focusing on the power and potential of kindness. We think it could be the most important week we’ve hosted, not least because our own research shows that protecting our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic – with the psychological and social impacts likely to outlast the physical symptoms of the virus.”

Mark Rowland Chief Executive

What better time therefore to show yourself some kindness and put your CLD Code of Ethics into practice Ethic number 12 – Self-care should be considered very important at this time.
Self-care: We will work to ensure CLD practice is consistent with the safety, health and wellbeing of CLD practitioners.
When the world is a strange old place and every day seems to bring a different challenge it is vitally important to take care of your own well-being. If we don’t take the time to focus on our own wellbeing will we be able to help/support others to the best of our ability?

STOPP – gives some hints and tips but just thinking in our heads “STOP” may work! And breathe …
WAIT – Give ourselves a time out – could be a coffee (other beverages are available), a bar of chocolate, a walk, some mediation; the options are endless and only you will know what will work for you.
Go You – Hopefully that little bit of kindness to yourself will give you some new found energy to tackle the next thing on the list!

And remember other people could benefit from Ethic 12 Self-care so have a chat with someone and remind them that they too need to consider Self-care.

Full details of the other ethics can be found on the CLD Standards Council website.

If you would like to receive this bulletin direct to your inbox you could register as a member. Register on i-develop

CLDSC Member bulletin – 13 May 2020

Welcome to CLD Standards Council Weekly Member Bulletin.
Read on for the latest news and updates.

Wave 2 of the CLD Response to COVID-19 Survey

The second wave of the survey will close on the 17 May (that is this Sunday).

Whether you responded to wave 1 or not, please take the time to contribute to wave 2.
Please complete the survey here:

Please also pass the link on to any CLD colleagues. We really appreciate your support with this task at this busy time.

The CLD Standards Council has asked practitioners to complete the short survey to gather information and examples on the CLD Response to COVID-19. The survey is open to collect a second wave of information to build the picture over time.
The results from the first wave of the survey to the 19 April 2020 have been collected and you can find the report on the CLDSC website.
A helpful article to read alongside the Wave 1 survey responses has been published in The Lancet. The article notes that “Community participation is essential in the collective response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), from compliance with lockdown, to the steps that need to be taken as countries ease restrictions, to community support through volunteering.
Read the Lancet article.

Virtual Meet-up: Creating Connections, Reinforcing Relationships

The first Virtual meet-up for CLDSC members will take place this Friday 15 May from 12 till 1pm.
We hope it will be a valuable opportunity to explore relationships, what they mean for us, and build new ones among members.
The invite to the virtual meet-up sent out last week has been very popular, but there are still a few places available.
Please be aware we will be using Zoom for the met-up in this instance. We know this is not an option for all, but for the moment it seems to be the easiest most commonly used option.
Meeting joining instructions will be sent once we confirm membership.

We look forward to seeing you!

Directory of Free professional learning courses

We are creating a directory of free online courses that are relevant to CLD practice and the roles CLD practitioners are undertaking.
The first entries to the directory have been curated from the vast array of courses available on the Open University’s OpenLearn site and cover CLD related topics such as Partnership Working, Social and Political Influences on Communities and Financial Management. The directory includes short pieces of learning from 2 hours up to 24 hours of study with levels ranging from SCQF 6-11.

Access the directory on i-develop

We hope to develop the directory over time and would be grateful for any recommendations you have for additions.

Volunteering in ESOL Good Practice Framework – Survey and Case Studies

Glasgow ESOL Forum is leading a steering group of ESOL volunteer coordinators from across Scotland to develop a National Framework of Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL. CLDSC is involved in the steering group. If you support volunteers in ESOL delivery, we’d be grateful if you could ask them to share their opinions on what makes a good volunteering placement, specifically in working with ESOL learners, by completing the survey.

The purpose of the Framework will be to support projects and organisations (in all sectors) who are working with volunteers with examples of good practice so that they can ensure a positive volunteering experience and therefore a positive learning experience for the ESOL learners you support.

We also hope that the framework will highlight the great work volunteers do in supporting ESOL learners. We have developed themes following the journey of a volunteer, focused on the needs of the learner throughout, and Good Practice Goals for each theme.

We are looking for short case studies (300 words) to bring the goals to life and would like examples from all over Scotland, from projects of all sizes. We would like to invite you to consider your work and aspects of it you would like to share in the framework for others to learn from. If you would like to submit a case study, you can complete the the proforma online. Guidance for compiling case studies is located on i-develop: Case Study Guidelines. We would like case studies to be with us by May 26th, where possible.

A discussion forum has been created on i-develop: Volunteering in ESOL. There are sections for both volunteer coordinators and volunteers and you can find the Draft Framework Good Practice Goals.

Carnegie UK Trust Wellbeing Blogs

Carnegie UK Trust seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK, particularly those who are disadvantaged, by influencing public policy and innovative practice and partnerships.
Many of the issues it works on, and the partners and groups it works with, are deeply affected by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Over the coming weeks they will be sharing a series of blogs with reflections and questions across these different aspects of wellbeing.

Read the Carnegie UK Trust Wellbeing Blogs

CLDSC Member bulletin – 6 May 2020

Latest news and updates –

Scottish Government – Working together to respond to COVID-19

Last week, Mr Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, wrote to all CLD organisations and employers with an update on the Scottish Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis across the CLD, college and university sectors.

The letter included information about the high level leadership group that has been that has been established. Our chair, Alan Sherry OBE is a member of this group, representing the interests of the CLD sector. To inform this work, Alan also chairs the national CLD stakeholder reference group. The CLD Standards Council is represented on the group by Alan and Dr Marion Allison.
View the full letter from Mr Lochhead.

The CLD Response to COVID-19: report on survey results from wave 1 available

The CLD Standards Council asked practitioners to complete a short survey to gather information and examples on the CLD Response to COVID-19. The results from the first wave of the survey to the 19 April 2020 have been collected and you can find the survey report on the CLDSC website.

It highlights that “the workforce has been resilient, agile and quick to respond to young people, learners and community needs with practitioners being an essential link between people and Council, College, Community and Government, and delivering, enabling or co-ordinating services such as digital skills, health advice, utilities access, community resources, welfare / employment rights, governance, befriending, food / medicine distribution, mental health support, community cohesion, education and learning. Key to this role has been CLD practitioners’ access and knowledge of local communities and networks. Data showed that services are being directed towards at risk and / or vulnerable young people, families and community members with examples of people working with addictions, homeless, BAME, refugees / asylum seekers and disabled communities”. It recommends actions for CLD partnerships to support the essential role being undertaken by CLD practitioners.

….And please respond to Wave 2 of the survey

The survey is open to collect a second wave of information to build the picture over time. Whether you responded to wave 1 or not, please take the time to contribute to wave 2.
Please complete the survey online.
Please also pass this link on to any CLD colleagues. We really appreciate your support with this task at this busy time.

Could you be a CLD Buddy or PL Mentor?

Linked to proposals for informal CLD Meet Ups and the Virtual Meet Up referred to last week is an offer from some of our experienced/retired members to provide informal support to colleagues at an earlier stage in their CLD practice. They would become CLD Buddies available for a chat or meet-up to those looking to talk through a situation or a challenge and to bounce ideas off someone.
Running alongside this, the Professional Learning and Registration Committees have identified the need for mentors to provide guidance and, particularly for those who practice in more isolated contexts, to verify a member’s PL for re-registration purposes.
Are you that experienced, retired, approaching retirement CLDSC member who could be a CLD Buddy, PL Mentor or both? Please get in touch with us through for more information.

College Development Network free webinars

CDN have partnered up with Jisc to deliver the Virtual Bridge sessions, a series of daily (Tuesday – Friday) webinars that bring together the EdTech-enthused communities in Scotland and Northern Ireland to share stories and expertise during these challenging times. The sessions cover a wide variety of topics and last half an hour. All of the webinars will be delivered online and the recordings will be made available afterwards so you can watch any you were unable to take part in.
View the Further information on the virtual bridge webinars and Programme of future sessions
The webinar recordings can be watched back on CDN’s YouTube channel.

Skills Development Scotland helpline and support

The PACE helpline 0800 917 8000 is being made available for people worried about the short-term impact of COVID-19 on their employment. This includes employees, those facing redundancy, under furlough, unemployed, pupils and parents.
There is new support including a jobs portal and links to free on line learning

Evaluating at a distance

We were bowled over by the response to “wave 1” of our survey that aims to bring together information on how CLD is meeting the COVID19 challenge. It was great that so many of you made the time to record and share what you are doing – hopefully even more of you will do this in wave 2 in May! Evaluation Support Scotland have developed resources for “evaluating at a distance”. The message is:
“In these tough times, remember to:
• Keep your evaluation simple
• Celebrate your success
• Record your learning“

It’s never been more important to record and evaluate, and to do it in a way that fits into and supports your work.

Best wishes
CLD Standards Council