Scottish Charity Awards – Apply now

Scottish Charity Awards Logo 2019Applications for the Scottish Charity awards will be closing on the 25 March.

The Scottish Charity Awards highlight the best, most innovative and effective charity organisations and individuals from the past year, and celebrate those who make a difference in our communities.

The CLD Standards Council is delighted to support the Celebrating Communities award.

This award recognises the amazing work that is done all across Scotland, by small voluntary groups and grassroots organisations working with local communities and communities of interest.

There are seven other award categories – Charity of the Year, Charity Champion, Demonstrating Digital, Pioneering Project, Terrific Trustee, Leading Light and Cracking Campaign – with the winners to be decided by a panel of judges.

For full details and how to apply see –

Standards Mark Award for South East and Central Consortium

Congratulations to the South East and Central CLD Workforce Development Consortium on the award of the CLD Standards Council Standards Mark.

Committee of South East & Central CLD Professional Learning Consortium and Diann Govenlock, Chair, accepting Standards Mark Award

Committee of South East and Central CLD Workforce Development Consortium and Diann Govenlock, Chair, accepting Standards Mark Award.

The South East and Central CLD Workforce Development Consortium was established in 2011.  The Consortium consists of representatives of 8 local authorities as follows:

  • City of Edinburgh
  • Clackmannanshire
  • East Lothian
  • Midlothian
  • West Lothian
  • Falkirk
  • Scottish Borders
  • Stirling Council

The consortium demonstrated clear enthusiasm for their work and the approval panel commended them for this commitment.

Within the submission there was good clear evidence provided and demonstration of CLD values and links to national policy. The panel were also impressed with the good use of i-develop to share resources and increase accessibility.

Public Register vote

Following on from discussions in our member committees it has been proposed that we make the CLD Standards Council register of members public.
This is a matter for our membership to decide so we are asking members to vote.

There are a number of reasons for making the register public :-

  • Having a public register is a declaration that we are an open and proud profession. Happy to be recognised and identify with our member colleagues.
  • Having a public register is consistent with the majority of regulatory bodies such as GTCS and SSSC
  • It will make it simpler for members to provide evidence when applying for jobs
  • It will make it simpler for employers verifying applicants for jobs
  • If someone wished to make a complaint about a practitioner they could verify if the person was a member or not.

The Public Register would be available online to be queried by Name and would give the following details about a member :-

  • Name
  • Membership status
  • Geographical region the member predominantly works in

Please note that this information can already be accessed by employers or complainants if they make a direct enquiry to the CLD Standards Council giving a specific name.

A vote email was issued to members on the 15 February 2019.  If you did NOT receive this email please contact us by email on with a subject of “Public Register Vote” giving your full name and indicate your choice

Should there be a public register YES


Should there be a public register NO

Please do NOT email us if you have already voted using the email vote option.

The vote will close on the 8th of March 2019.
After that date we will count the votes and the decision will be made on the votes received and we will notify all members.

Help shape the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work

Would you like to help develop the national occupational standards (NOS) which are the benchmark used to confirm competence for those working in job roles in the Youth Work Sector?

With the support of many of your fellow professionals from across the sector, the CLD Standards Council has reviewed a range of NOS for the Youth Work sector.  We are now consulting on their content in order to determine whether they truly reflect the skills and knowledge required for those carrying out job functions.  The next stage is to hear the views of as many people as possible, from right across the sector to make sure we have got the content right.

Your input is hugely valuable and will help to define the Standards which will be used to shape courses and qualifications, job descriptions and other talent management tools for individuals, employers, trainers and educators.

Please review the updated functional map and revised standards:

Download; Updated NOS Functional Map

Download: Revised NOS for consultation

The online consultation will be running from now until 12 noon 25 February 2019.

Please answer the consultation questions in as little or as much detail as you want – reflecting your experience and current role.

 Consultation survey:

If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact Kirsty Gemmell at CLD Standards Council Scotland.

CLD Workforce Survey – Working with Scotland’s Communities

Update January 2019

The CLD Standards Council and Education Scotland commissioned Rocket Science to carry out research into the CLD workforce in Scotland, following up on previous surveys, most recently in 2015. Rocket Science have now completed the data collection; this includes survey responses from over a hundred organisations, other stakeholders, around 1,000 practitioners employed in CLD and 150 CLD volunteer practitioners, and the output from 50 interviews involving a cross-section of respondents.

Rocket Science have started work on a report, which will provide an evidenced estimate for the number of CLD staff in Scotland, and an  analysis of the CLD workforce in terms of age, gender, diversity, terms and conditions, level of identification with CLD, qualifications, professional learning, and career opportunities. It will go on to consider evidence on demand for and supply of CLD resources, on how CLD is changing and membership of the CLDSC and other bodies.

Practitioners’ commitment to their work and the principles that underpin it, and job satisfaction arising from this despite adversity in terms of funding pressures and uncertainties over the future, is one of the themes highlighted in early analysis. Addressing the gap between demand and supply, increasing the diversity of the workforce, changing its age profile and strengthening the inclusion of third sector organisations and practitioners in the development of CLD are among the issues that are emerging. CLD Standards Council and Education Scotland and key partners are working with Rocket Science to shape the final report and looking to follow-up action on its conclusions once these are identified.

Scottish Learning Festival 2019 – call for seminars now open

Education Scotland is now accepting seminar proposals for the SLF 2019 conference programme.
This year’s theme will focus on ‘Achieving Excellence and Equity’, through creating a culture of empowerment; and the importance of wellbeing.

Is there a project you have been working on that could be showcased? Or perhaps you are aware of establishments that demonstrate good practice?

Proposal’s are to be submitted by midday on Wednesday 20 February.
See the Education Scotland website for further information: call for proposals

Registration for SLF 2019 will be available in May.

2019 Conference Registration now FULL !

CLD Standards Council Members’ Conference
Wednesday 27 March 2019
Hilton Glasgow, 1 William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT

Registration for conference is now closed as all available places are booked.

CLD Standards Council Members can add their name to a waiting list for any cancellations by clicking the following link –

The conference theme this year is: The pursuit of social justice: leadership in CLD
The aim of the conference is for delegates to consider how CLD practice enables people and communities to identify goals, to engage in learning and to take action for positive change.

In order to meet this aim, the conference will focus on 4 sub-themes –

  • Inclusion
  • Life-long Learning
  • Communities
  • CLD professional Learning

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in workshops delivered by award winning CLD practitioners that lead in each of these areas of work.

Details of workshops : CLDSCConfWorkshops2019

(Confirmed conference delegates will be sent information on how to book workshops).

Meantime, please don’t forget to use our hashtags: #CLDSCConf19 and #becauseofCLD

We look forward to seeing you!

CLD Standards Council Team

Mince pie or Chocolate Log? Blog from Dr Marion Allison

plate of mince piesMince pie or Chocolate Log?
The question that reflects the CLD competences over 2018.

Like every workplace across the land, the CLD Standards Council cupboards are full of sweets, cakes and a traditional Christmas treat that invites debate; good old mince pies. Some people like them, some prefer chocolate logs, or some refrain altogether.  Whilst this might appear to be inane, workplace chat, the underpinning attributes of this discussion reflect some of the key matters that have influenced Community Learning and Development in Scotland over the course of 2018.

Firstly, before you buy mince pies, it is advisable to know and understand the community in which you work. In 2018 this competence inspired the CLD Standards Council to get to know its workforce.  In partnership with Education Scotland, Rocket Science were commissioned to gather views and experiences from CLD practitioners, volunteers, employers and stakeholder organisations in order to better understand current practice across the country. There were approximately 1300 online responses to the survey and over 50 follow-up, in-depth interviews. Results are expected in Spring 2019 and will inform future CLD workforce services.

Once mince pies are purchased, it is important that you build and maintain relationships with the individuals and groups involved.  This competence influenced the CLD Standards Council’s engagement with key Scottish Ministers.  Deputy First Minister, Mr John Swinney reiterated the Scottish Government’s support at our lengthy meeting in June.  We have also had the opportunity to meet with the new Minister for CLD, STEM, HE & FE,  Mr Richard Lochhead MSP, and look forward to working with him.  The continued implementation of the CLD Standards Council’s communication strategy has resulted in improved engagement with members via social media, i-develop, newsletters and of course attending and delivering learning events across the country.  One notable outcome has been increased demand for CLD learning materials; the refreshed Competent Practitioner Framework is flying off the shelves.

Having engaged and built relationships with your fellow cake-eaters, it soon becomes obvious that you need to provide learning in a range of contexts.  Some people like to eat alone, some like group outings to the coffee shop, or some prefer gathering in smaller groups around the kitchen. This year providing learning in a range of contexts consisted of financially supporting CLD Networks for the 3rd year running.  With a general focus on CLD standards, this money has allowed Members to attend and arrange learning events closer to home in subject areas that they influence and design. In March, Members overwhelmingly rated the annual conference, which was held in Dundee. Next year’s event will be on Wednesday 27th March 2019 in Glasgow so remember to save the date.

You should know, that facilitating community empowerment amongst colleagues may result in people challenging accepted methods of baking and creating bespoke recipes.  Practising this competence led to the CLD Standards Council having a seat at the National Education Leaders’ Forum.  Our attendance at the Scottish Learning Festival in September allowed us to ask International Council of Education Advisors to give due consideration to CLD in its work to influencing system change in Scotland.  In response to requests from Members, there have also been a number of professional discussions with the new Regional Improvement Collaboratives and employers across sectors regarding the recognition of CLDSC membership.

One matter that will always cause debate amongst the mince pie makers is how to best organise and manage resources. This competence was of central importance throughout the year.  2018 began with a proposal that the CLD Standards Council would co-produce and create an Education Workforce Council alongside colleagues from the General Teaching Council Scotland.  Our Members responded to the consultation in their droves and by June, the Next Steps paper made it clear that this idea was off the table. The change in direction allowed the CLD Standards Council to get back to the day job and secure, strengthen and grow the organisation.  Accordingly, recruitment to the Committees was successful in September, with Members that practise in a range of contexts from across the country choosing to get involved. For the wider sector, another outcome of the Next Steps paper was the responsibility for CLD policy moving from Education Scotland to the Scottish Government, with Members contributing to the transition process.

Overall, it’s working collaboratively that makes the mince pie / cake eating experience truly joyful. Sharing preferences, ideas and laughing with colleagues is what makes it all worthwhile.  Indeed, it is this competence that embodies the very essence of the CLD Standards Council. This year marked new and refreshed partnerships with key agencies across the United Kingdom and beyond.  Having worked in close partnership with the International Association of Community Development, the CLD Standards Council was delighted to launch the International Standards for Community Development at the World Community Development Conference in June.  In September, we were once again delighted to welcome Professor Maki Hiratsuka and her colleagues from Tokyo. Their interest lies with our CLD standards and professional practice.  As such, Approvals work has led to enhanced relationships with the college sector and the completion of approvals and mid-term reviews across professional and CLDSC Standards Mark routes.

When the mince pies have been eaten and plates are full of crumbs, that’s when people evaluate and inform future practice.  The pies could have been sweeter, we should have stuck to chocolate logs are statements that will inform future choices.  The life-long learning principle is evident as people’s tastes in mince pies and chocolate treats change and develop over time. Member engagement and continuous evaluation of our work, scope and ambitions led to a number of new initiatives this year, including the CLD Christmas Lecture. The aim of this event is to highlight CLD research in Scotland.  Over 70 Members attended the inaugural event in Glasgow. I was deeply honoured to be invited to present my doctoral research into Young People, Enterprise and Social Capital and sincerely thank Members for the warm reception and helpful feedback.  As the Year of Young People draws to a close no one can doubt that the CLD: youth work sector embraced and delivered impactful work with young people across the country, and so we are pleased to have sponsored the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group. Their recent report on the Impact of Community-Based Universal Youth Work in Scotland is a must read for every CLD Standards Council Member. This year highlighted quality across the sector. From SCVO, COSLA Youthlink, Herald Society Awards and everything in between; we are absolutely delighted that CLD and our Members were recognised at the highest levels and rewarded for their work.  Congratulations to nominees and winners in all categories and we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Fundamentally the mince pie, chocolate log debate comes down to valuing self-determination and choice. For us, people are choosing to join the CLD Standards Council; by the dozen.  Our membership is continuing to grow and in one week alone we received 54 applications!

For the sake of team harmony it’s important that everyone is included in the Cake debate and has an equitable piece of the pie. The development of the CLD Standards Council relies on inclusion, particularly in times of change.  In September this year we bid a fond farewell to Mr Ashley Pringle, who was our appointed Chair for 6 years. It was a privilege to work with Ashley who steered, supported and challenged the Council in its development. Mr Mike Naulty is the Interim Co-Chair and recruitment for Ashley’s successor is now underway. Across the sector Mr Jim Sweeney M.B.E. retired from Youthlink Scotland to be succeeded by Mr Tim Frew.  Presently, Jim will continue as Co-Interim Chair of CLD Standards Council and we very much look forward to continuing our partnership with Tim. Mr Robert Hynd moved on from CLD Managers Scotland and we are delighted to be working with his successor, Ms Avril Nichol on all things CLD.  Our thanks must also go to colleagues across Education Scotland, Jackie Halawi, Brian Taylor and Gayle Gorman to name a few.

It goes without saying that the CLD Standards Council would be nothing without its Members. The team and I are indebted to the Chairs, Committee Members and the hundreds of Members across the country who shape, promote, contribute and support our Council.  On a personal note I would like to extend my thanks to everyone for your well wishes on completion of my doctorate.  Working within this vibrant sector makes it all worthwhile.

So now the cakes are finished, we look forward to the new year ahead.  Budget constraints continue to challenge yet Community Learning and Development prevails, grows and inspires thanks to the commitment of our Members. As CLD policies are refreshed and the new CLD plans unfold, maybe next year, for once, the CLD sector will be able to have its cake and eat it!

Until then I wish you all a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


CLDSC 2019 Conference – Save the date

The theme of the CLD Standards Council Members 2019 conference is: The pursuit of social justice: leadership in CLD

The conference will be held on Wednesday 27 March 2019 in Glasgow.

The conference will consider how CLD practice enables people and communities to identify individual and collective goals, to engage in learning and to take action for positive change.

This will be a day of professional learning with a choice of seminars / workshops to attend, focused on:

  • Inclusion
  • Life-Long Learning
  • Communities
  • CLD Professional Learning

The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney M.S.P. will give a keynote address.

We will be opening conference booking in the new year.  Get the date in your calendar now !

Remember this is a members only conference so if you are not a member – apply for membership now !