Working and Learning Together identified a common defining feature of CLD work as “programmes and activities are developed in dialogue with communities and participants. It is a way of working with communities to increase the skills, confidence, networks and resources they need to tackle problems and grasp opportunities.”
It affords participants the opportunity to experience consistency of practice based on common values whether they are involved in youth work activities, community based adult learning or building community capacity.
These values have been identified by the CLD Standards Council:
A key context for successful CLD is that it is planned for and delivered in partnership with all the main local stakeholders. Local partnerships will vary in membership depending on local needs and circumstances. Most CLD Partnerships have representation from local authorities, the police, FE colleges, health boards and the voluntary sector. This reflects the breadth of CLD’s contribution to developing lifelong learning opportunities, improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and promoting safe and vibrant communities.