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 end of January 2020.

Survey in alternate languages

The survey is available to complete in document form in alternate languages –

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Arabic – MSA

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Bengali

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Bulgarian

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – CANTONESE

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – FARSI

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – HINDI

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Mandarin

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – POLISH

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Romanian

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – RUSSIAN 

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Tigrinya

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Urdu

If responses could be transferred into the online English version that would be most helpful, or completed printed copies can be returned before the end of February to –

Linda Cummings, Policy Officer, CLD, Colleges Young Workforce and SFC Sponsorship Division, Scottish Government, Directorate for Advance Learning and Science, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, G2 8LU

CLD Standards Council

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.

Discount on ACOSVO membership for CLD Standards Council Members

ACOSVO are delighted to offer a 20% discount on new memberships for 12 months to CLD Standards Council members.

ACOSVO is a membership organisation for third sector leaders and senior leaders in Scotland focused on excellent third sector leadership.  They connect and support over 500 leaders through the various stages of their leadership journey.  They provide services, networks and events, encouraging the sharing of ideas and best practice in a safe and confidential space.

To get the discount –

To claim your discount when you apply to join ACOSVO you will need the CLD Standards Council Members Discount code.

To get this log in to i-develop and go to the Members benefits page

The code and ACOSVO joining link are given on the i-develop page.

If you cannot recall your i-develop login details, there is a Lost Password reset function, or you can contact us on

Report from Audit Scotland on the Challenges and Performance of Local Government.

The report recognises that Councils have a challenging role but have worked hard to improve and maintain services to their communities and improve how they use their resources.  However with a growing gap between demand and resources, more fundamental, transformational changes are needed in service provision.

The report gives information on individual councils as well as the national view, making recommendations for the future.

Read the report on the Audit Scotland website

Practitioner Spotlight: Rory Brown

Rory BrownOur latest #becauseofCLD practitioner spotlight is Rory Brown, who works within a Housing Association with a remit on both Community and Digital Inclusion.

He also sits on the Registration Committee of the CLD Standards Council.

Twitter: @justroryb

What’s your current role/title?

My current role is as a Community Inclusion Assistant for Govan Housing Association where I support a wide range of projects through our Community Hub programme including social groups, food provision and education and training. I also have a direct remit for Digital Inclusion for the association where we offer 1 to 1 digital learning sessions for tenants, provide free computer, wifi and printer access to the local community and organise and run basic IT classes.

Where did you begin your #becauseofCLD journey?

I used to tell myself that I fell into a job in CLD. Looking back though that was not the case and the more practitioners I spoke to, the more I realised my journey was similar to many others.

At school I wanted to be an architect but outside of school my parents had encouraged me for years to become involved in community groups. I attended the Scouts and Army Cadets, I volunteered sporadically and was in various youth groups. After school I tried several times to undertake a degree in architecture, art or design and technology but nothing seemed to fit.

The real transformative experience for me came from being involved in the Caley Youth project in Stevenston; a multi-media youth centre that was the epicentre of creative young people, passionate staff, movie geeks, rockers and tech wizards. I owe much of my career to date to the staff there, in particular the centre manager Gordon Cowan who gave me my first job in youth work, mentored me (alongside many other youth workers) and encouraged me to pursue a degree in CLD.

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

I think there are many jobs in different sectors where people can work in a silo and be successful. However, within CLD I have always fundamentally believed that working in partnership means we achieve better outcomes, not only with partner organisations who can inspire us, share their resources and challenge our approaches and assumptions but also when working in partnership with individuals and community groups to co-design programs and work in a person-centered, community led way. In my experience, the best CLD workers are those who bring people together and work with them towards a common goal.

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

They all speak to me in different ways, but if I were to pick one ethic I would say “Empowerment” stands out the most. CLD is fundamentally the process of trying to do yourself out of a job. I know in a lot of practical ways that is very true, funding streams means that jobs are often for a fixed period so thinking about an exit strategy and sustainability of your project is important. It is more than that though.

I enjoy seeing people flourish when supported, I love it when groups take the reins and drive their own agendas and achieve things they never thought they could. The process of building positive, meaningful relationships with people and working with them, not FOR them is the whole reason I enjoy this sort of work.

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

I try to fit professional learning in wherever I can; at work, at home, by volunteering, by reading, by watching the occasional documentary or speaking to colleagues in different projects.

Professional learning comes from lots of different places. I am lucky enough to have an incredibly supportive employer who allows me time to attend CLDSC meetings, who are supporting me through a Masters in Social Enterprise and provides me with opportunities to identify my own training needs whilst also keeping me up to date with organisational wide training requirements.

At home I have a very supportive wife who is constantly forgiving me for reading articles when we should be relaxing at the weekend. Although I read for pleasure, I try to make time every week to read papers/articles and books related to my field.

Describe CLD in one word.


I have friends who earn twice as much as me, who work standard office hours and are not nearly as happy going into work each morning. Having a job where I can be flexible, think creatively and make even a small positive impact on the lives of communities sets this apart from other careers. No day is ever the same, no person is ever the same.

What is the best thing that has happened this month?

For me it is the small, informal moments that mean the most, in particular conversations with people. I was helping one of our community centre users re-bandage her arm (she had hurt it in an accident and the dressing had come loose) and we had a really in-depth chat about her life, how she ended up in our local area and what she wanted to do in the future.

I came away feeling re-energized that we were on the right path together and that I understood more about what she wanted to get from the process.

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

Consultation on a new National Public Health body

The Scottish Government is consulting on the proposals for a new national public health body in Scotland, to be known as ‘Public Health Scotland’

Public Health Scotland will have an important role in translating public health intelligence and evidence into policy and practice; and realising the value of data to influence ever more meaningful connections locally, nationally and with communities to improve health and wellbeing.

The consultation  document and further information are online at  –

The CLD Standards Council has submitted a response to the consultation –

Download: New National Public Health body consultation CLDSC Response

Congratulations to Give a dog a bone… and an animal a home

The Give a dog a bone… and an animal a home charity won the Scottish Charity Award for Celebrating Communities.  The Award was sponsored by CLD Standards Council.

Our chair Alan Sherry presented the award to the charity founder Louise Russell at the sparkling 2019 Scottish Charity Awards Ceremony hosted by Sally Magnusson.
Louise Russell being presented with award by Alan Sherry and Sally Magnusson

Give a Dog a Bone is a young, unique charity tackling loneliness through animal companionship.  The charity supports the over 60s to afford a rescue pet companion. The team has helped hundreds of older adults and rescue animals to have a happier life, together, and it’s a win-win – the person gets a friend and the animal gets a home.
Already they have expanded their remit to include a Community Space project where they offer retired people a safe space to make new friend and learn new skills.

A Special Commendation was also awarded to Bridgend Farmhouse.