Register of members now public

The register of members of the CLD Standards Council is now public.

Any interested member of the public can now enquire online by name to find the membership status and geographical region the member predominantly works in.

The online enquiry function can be found on i-develop –

The change to make the register fully public was voted on by members and conclusively approved.

Making the register public :-

  • Declares that we are an open and proud profession. Happy to be recognised and identify with our member colleagues.
  • It is consistent with regulatory bodies such as GTCS and SSSC
  • It will make it simpler for individuals to provide evidence of membership when applying for jobs.
  • It will make it simpler for employers verifying the membership status of applicants for jobs.

It is a significant step forward for the recognition of CLD and is the first register of CLD practitioners made publicly available in the UK.

If you have any questions please contact us at

Save the 25th March for the CLD Standards Council conference 2020

Save the Date!

CLD Standards Council Annual Members’ Conference
“CLD Values in Action”
Wednesday 25th March 2020

Save the Date! Next year’s Annual Members’ Conference will be held on Wednesday 25th March 2020, at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.
Furthermore, due to Member requests,  the CLD Christmas Lecture will now be the conference-eve lecture“CLD Theories in Action” will be presented, at the conference venue, on the evening of Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Book the date(s) in your diary and keep a look out for conference registration opening in the new year.

Remember this is a Members only conference, so if you or a colleague would like to attend but are not members –  register now.

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Memorandum of Understanding with SCURL

Dr Marion Allison and Susan Ashworth with signed agreementThe CLD Standards Council and the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) are delighted to have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding.

Whilst a number of university and research libraries already support public access, this agreement specifically provides Members of the CLD Standards Council  free access to SCURL member library buildings and collections, and allow loans of up to 5 physical items and on-site use of library e-resources.

Both organisations welcome the opportunity to work in partnership to support CLD professional learning and promote inclusive access to lifelong learning.

You can find the SCURL establishments on their website

CLD Standards Council Members wishing to take advantage of this access opportunity should contact us to request their new Membership ID Card to use as proof of membership which may be requested at some of the SCURL sites.    The membership cards will being issued on registration renewal and also shortly to new members as they register.

Full detail of the Memorandum: Memorandum 2019

Explaining why employers need professional CLD practitioners…

The CLD Standards Council continually promotes the essential role of professional CLD practitioners, and this is all the more important as resources get ever-scarcer.

We’ve produced a paper that sets out the ways in which professional CLD practitioners are not just valuable but indispensable, and are making this available for members to use in your own context.

The paper outlines how professional CLD practitioners:

  • Bring added value;
  • Undertake approved qualifications;
  • Commit themselves to recognised Values and a Code of Ethics;
  • Are guided by a framework of Competences;
  • Commit themselves to continuing professional learning;
  • Can register as members of a recognised professional body;
  • Have a distinctive role in achieving public policy goals; and
  • Are needed to meet statutory obligations.

Download: Why employers need professional CLD practitioners 2019

Practitioner Spotlight: Stephen Jack

Stephen Jack 2019Our latest #becauseofCLD practitioner spotlight is Stephen Jack from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

For the last 3 years Stephen has been the Strategic CLD lead within Dumfries and Galloway Council for the Statutory Regulations; CLD Plan and CLD related Inspection activity.
Stephen also currently chairs the Dumfries and Galloway CLD Partnership and also the CLD South West Network which involves the three Ayrshire Local Authorities.

Facebook: Lifelong Learning, Dumfries and Galloway
Twitter: @DgcLearning

What’s your current role/title?

My title is Lifelong Learning Manager.

Day to day, I am directly responsible for the Lifelong Learning Team which covers Adult, Family and Digital Learning. The second part of my roles involves responsibility for the Training and Development of all Council employees.

Where did you begin your #becauseofCLD journey?

After graduating with a Leisure and Sport related Honours Degree, I took up a Sports Development Officer post with the Local Authority. A large part of this role was building capacity within local clubs to help them reach their aspirations. Looking back, it was my first taste of Community Development in action even though at that time, some 20 years ago, I probably didn’t realise that I was already helping to facilitate a CLD approach.

After spending 10 further years in leisure managing facilities, sports development activities and Active Schools, I also had the chance to take on a cultural remit involving Arts and Museums.

Through Council re-organisation back in 2011, I moved into a new post which had a localised remit for all traditional elements of CLD, including a wider Community Planning, Governance and Community Resilience role. It was only through this role that I started to see first-hand and better understand the impact that CLD was having on our most vulnerable people and communities. This inspired me to help champion the cause and to help raise the profile of CLD.

What are the key CLD values and principles that have been your anchor in your various posts and/or roles?

I would say that working collaboratively, in particular, has been a driving force for me in terms of my Strategic responsibilities. Partnership working is not always easy and not always two-way but if you believe that it is the right thing to do then sometimes you just need to take the lead and invest the time and effort to make it happen. In terms of taking forward our CLD Plan, relationship management and maintaining and developing new partnerships has been absolutely critical.

More laterally, the promotion of learning as a lifelong activity has also been a main focus of my current role. This goes for both Council staff and also the communities we serve. There is a wealth of learning resource out there, many of them free and we are trying to better promote these opportunities and develop a learning culture where it is easier for everyone to learn and progress aligned with our partners.

If you had to pick one of the Ethics, which would it be and why?

I think it would be Professional Learning. It is very easy to become stale and not challenge yourself both personally and professionally. If you don’t keep abreast of what is happening nationally and on your own doorstep and actively look to improve yourself and your practice, then you won’t be in the strongest position possible to help support and advise our local groups/organisations and learners.

How do you make time for professional learning and development and who supports you in this?

I was fortunate enough a few years ago to participate in a CLD Leadership programme through Education Scotland. This was so important to me personally for progressing into my current role and gave me renewed enthusiasm to pursue my learning.

I have been a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management for the last few years and have found this very worthwhile in terms of the various self-evaluation activities available on their website and the wealth of other information and webinars covering a whole range of management topics.

With so many conflicting priorities these days, time is always the enemy however we have been trying to instil a culture within the workplace that engaging in professional development opportunities and learning is as important as anything else. I do some research and reading at home when something grabs my attention but some of the best recent learning has been sharing practice with peers as part of our regional network and investing the time in this.

I only recently became a Full Member of the CLD Standards Council after deciding to go down the Individual Recognition Process (IRP). I didn’t have a CLD recognised qualification, but I had years of relevant experience and as a CLD Leader I felt it important to secure Full Membership to help evidence my commitment to the sector. I actually found the process quite rewarding as it made me reflect back on the many roles I have played and to bring forward evidence against the 7 competence areas.

Describe CLD in one word.

At the moment I would have to say “under-valued.” It is quite frightening seeing the scale of cuts to CLD related services over the last few years and this shows no signs of stopping over the coming years. We need to look at our identity and better mobilise collectively at a national level before it is too late!

What is the best thing that has happened this month?

A group of local practitioners from various organisations got together to seek out interest in developing a Community Development Practitioner Network for Dumfries and Galloway. The buzz and debate in the room was fantastic to hear along with the positive input from the Standards Council and Scottish Community Development Network.

If you would like to be in the spotlight – get in touch !

Adult Learning survey now open

The Adult Learning survey from the Scottish Government is now open and we would like your help to encourage adult learners to complete the survey.

The survey is being conducted by the Scottish Government in partnership with Education Scotland and the CLD Standards Council.  The information from the survey will be used to develop the Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland.

We would like to invite Adult learners in Scotland to complete the survey to tell us about where they learn, why they learn, when they learn and how their learning experience could be improved.

The survey is designed to capture the views of all adult learners but we are especially interested in hearing from those who have faced barriers whilst trying to access and progress through learning. We are also very interested in hearing from adults who are uncertain about their learning journey.

Access the Adult Learning survey via the following link:

Please highlight this survey to your adult learners to help build the future strategy to meet their needs.

The survey is estimated to take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will be open until the 20th December.

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CLD Standards Council Seminar at SLF

Dr Marion Allison, Director of CLD Standards Council will present a seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival 2019.

The title of the seminar is

Values to standards in Community Learning and Development

In this interactive seminar, participants will have the opportunity to consider and debate CLD Values, Ethics and Competences.
Adult Learning, Community Development, Family Learning or Youth Work: this workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore what happens when theory meets practice and what it means for learners.

The seminar is on Wednesday 25 September, from 16.15 – 17.00

Seminar code: M3E

Seminar room M3

The theme for SLF this year focuses on ‘Achieving Excellence and Equity’, through:

  • creating a culture of empowerment that enables everyone involved in the system to contribute to the agenda of improvement; and
  • the importance of wellbeing in developing a healthy, successful learning community.

There are also new twilight sessions available at 17.00

See SLF website to register for the event and book seminars

Help shape the National Occupational Standards for the Career Development and Learning and Development Sectors

CLD Standards Council Scotland, in partnership with II Aspire, has been granted a contract from Skills Development Scotland on behalf of the devolved nations of the UK to carry out a review of both the Learning and Development and Career Development National Occupational Standards (NOS) which were last reviewed in 2010 and 2014 respectively.

NOS specify standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively. NOS are developed by employers and experts in their industry and are then subject to formal consultation and approval processes. NOS are approved by UK government agencies to make sure they reflect industry practices across the whole UK.

Revision of the NOS is taking place from now and will be completed by 31 March 2020.  If you would like to get involved in the revision of these NOS to ensure they are relevant to your sector, please register your interest by emailing

CLD Standards Council Members Update – August 2019

Findings of research on the CLD workforce published

The Working with Scotland’s Communities 2018 report is available now to download as summary or full report. The CLDSC is linking with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government to ensure the key findings inform action to build the CLD workforce.

Let us know your views – email

Discount on ACOSVO membership for CLD Standards Council Members

ACOSVO is a membership organisation for third sector leaders in Scotland focused on excellent third sector leadership, and is now delighted to offer a 20% discount on new memberships for 12 months to CLD Standards Council members.

Find out more about the benefits of ACOSVO membership, on the ACOSVO website.

Further Details on how to claim your discount are on the ACOSVO Discount for CLD members page.

Youth Work National Occupational Standards

The CLD Standards Council led the recent review of the Youth Work National Occupational Standards. Access a PDF of the whole suite and the final Functional Map on our NOS page.

The NOS can be used in conjunction with the CLDSC Competent Practitioner Framework

CDAS Conference – Community Development and Tackling Inequalities

Places still available for the Community Development Alliance Scotland conference, taking place in Edinburgh on 10 September. Keynote speaker – Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell, practitioner and national perspectives, discussion and dialogue. For more information and to register see the CDAS website.

CLD volunteers do amazing things …. There’s HMI evidence to prove it!

CLDSC volunteer Maggie Paterson has reviewed HMI inspection reports to see what they say about volunteers.  The experience, skills and commitment of CLD volunteers and the impact of their contribution is highlighted again and again.  Read the review on i-develop

The review also includes some reflective questions to help you to evaluate and improve your support to CLD volunteers.

The CLDSC is now affiliated to Inclusion Scotland

Inclusion Scotland is a ‘Disabled People’s Organisation’ (DPO) – led by disabled people. Its mission is to achieve the full inclusion of disabled people throughout Scottish society as equal citizens, by influencing decision-makers, supporting disabled people to be decision-makers themselves, and developing capacity, awareness and engagement.  We are thrilled to be an affiliate member organisation, sharing common values and ethics.

Reports for the sector

Audit Scotland has published a report on Principles for community empowerment, aiming to raise awareness of community empowerment in particular among scrutiny bodies.

Also from Audit Scotland – The  Local government in Scotland: Challenges and performance 2019 report  argues that “with a growing gap between demand and resources, more fundamental, transformational changes are needed in service provision”.

The Centenary Commission on Adult Education is marking the centenary of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Final Report on Adult Education by reflecting “on the needs and possibilities for adult education today and for the century ahead”. Find more information from Learning Link Scotland

Remember your member benefit of full free access subscription to TES

CLDSC membership provides access to the Times Educational Supplement Scotland, with many of the articles being of relevance to Members. (Reading and reflecting on what you might take from an article can count towards your Professional Learning hours!)
You can find the access details on the Members Benefits area of i-develop.
You will need to login to access this information as it is a member only benefit.  If you have any problems accessing please email

Printed copies of TES for a month prize draw

We will hold a monthly prize draw to select a member to receive 4 issues of the printed TES magazine to pass round your organisation.

Just send your name and the postal address you would like the free issues sent to on  and we will add your name to the hat.

Professional Learning Development and Review Process

Professional Learning and development review cycleUndertaking professional learning and development is a key requirement of registration and renewal of registration for Registered or Associate members of the CLD Standards Council.  The evidence and verification requirement in the process is based on an action review cycle.

Don’t have a system for recording Professional Learning? The CLD Standards Council has created templates that you can use, currently available in Word document format on the website  and soon to be available as online forms on i-develop.  Watch this space!

CLD Professional Learning Networks

Are you in touch with your regional CLD Network? The 5 Networks are alliances of CLD practitioners, working collaboratively to support professional development. You can find out more about them on the networks page on i-develop.  CLDSC has provided grant funding to each of the networks to support the delivery of professional learning activities.  Keep a look out for what’s happening near you.

Few other notes ..

Our Professional Learning Strategy, Growing The Learning Culture, will be refreshed in the coming year.  Interested in being involved in a working group to take this forward? Get in touch with Kirsty

David Brown now represents CLDSC on the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group. David works in South Lanarkshire and is a member of the CLDSC Professional Learning Committee. Read further Information on the steering group.

Report on the CLDSC Conference held back in March is now online on the conference area on i-develop. You will also find the workshop presentations. You will however need to log in to i-develop to access these as a member.

Member’s Spotlight – would you like to be in the Spotlight?  Get in touch to share your practice, experience and CLD musings!  Latest spotlight was on Rory Brown

Report on the CLD workforce published

The Working with Scotland’s Communities 2018 report finds that CLD practice is still thriving while highlighting workforce challenges, including unmet demand in communities for CLD skills.

The CLD Standards Council and Education Scotland commissioned Rocket Science to carry out research into the CLD workforce in Scotland through a CLD Workforce Survey during 2018.
The final report from this research – Working with Scotland’s Communities 2018 is now available.

Read the summary or full report

The report provides the most-up-to date analysis available of the CLD workforce, and highlights:

  • The reach of the CLD workforce as part of both the 3rd and public sectors, with an estimated 21,000 (full and part-time) paid practitioners in CLD roles across Scotland.
  • That a large majority of CLD practitioners are employed in the 3rd sector, the number of CLD practitioners employed by local authorities (3,100) has been declining, and large numbers of volunteers play an essential role in CLD.
  • A widely-shared perception that there is a persistent gap between CLD resources and the needs of communities.
  • Evidence of high levels of passion and commitment amongst CLD practitioners but also that stress levels are high for many.
  • Evidence of an emerging skills gap, with staff development needs that many employers are not confident of meeting.
  • An aging workforce, 25% of whom intend to leave in the next 2 to 5 years, suggesting that more needs to be done to support young people’s routes into the CLD workforce
  • Issues over limited ethnic diversity and a gender pay gap.