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CLDSC Member Bulletin – 22 September 2021

Youth Work SVQ review approved

We are delighted to announce that the review of the SVQs in Youth work is now complete and has been approved by Skills Development Scotland and SQA.   

The revised Youth Work SVQs, reflecting the comments and input of CLD Standards Council members, are at SCQF level 6 and level 7 and are an important part of the network of qualifications that support the professional learning and development of youth workers in Scotland.  

If your organisation is interested in delivering these new awards, please get in touch with SQA. You can find more information and contact details on the SQA Accreditation – Awarding Body Approval webpage.

Picture of Grant Garret 2021Welcome to Grant Garrett!

A warm welcome is extended to Grant Garrett. Grant joins CLD Standards Council from North Ayrshire Council and is our new Corporate Performance Officer. Grant is looking forward to finding out more about CLD and supporting us with all sorts of data and knowledge analysis work.

CLD Standards Council Scotland – Professional Induction Programme Development

CLDSC is developing a Professional Induction Programme which will introduce members of the CLDSC to the purpose and functions of the Council and what is expected of membership based on its professional standards. The programme will also provide an introduction to the process of professional learning and development and require participants to produce a professional learning and development plan drawing from the module processes and content.

An Invitation to Quote process will be opening soon to develop this piece of work.  The work comprises creation of the professional induction programme, piloting of the professional induction programme and evaluation and amendments to the programme in preparation for launch.  This will be a short term piece of work, due for completion by 31 March 2022. 

Please circulate this to your networks.  If any organisation/contractor wishes to be considered for this work, please contact by 1 October 2021.  All details will be shared at the tender stage. 

Scottish Charity Awards – CLDSC Watch Party

The Scottish Charity Awards recognise and celebrate the best that Scotland’s voluntary sector has to offer and CLD Standards Council is proud to be sponsoring the Community Action Award at this year’s #ScotCharityAwards. The Awards Ceremony will be held online on Friday 1 October 2021.  

We’ll be hosting a Scottish Charity Awards Watch Party and would like to invite you to join us for virtual pre-ceremony drinks reception at 6pm with the ceremony taking place from 7-8pm where we can see the winners announced live on screen. Get your gladrags on, top up your glass and join fellow CLDSC members to celebrate the work of CLD in the voluntary sector.

Register to join us on Eventbrite

Virtual Meet Up reminder

There’s still time to register to attend our next Member Meet-up taking place on 29 September 1-2pm. 

Come along for a tour of the updated Learning for Sustainability Theme space on i-develop; an input from Glasgow Science Centre about work they’ve been doing with communities to jointly tackle poverty and sustainability issues; and a chance to ‘Show and Tell’ colleagues about your sustainability practice and share resources you’ve created or used.  
Meantime, why not have a look at the Education Scotland CLD Team’s Countdown to COP26: CLD Sector – Wakelet.

You can register on Eventbrite to attend the Virtual Meet Up.

Practice Placement Database

During engagement with its members, CLDSC has had numerous requests to hold a database which will provide details of organisations who are willing to offer a CLD Practice Placement Opportunity and what types of opportunities they can offer. Our membership has also emphasised to us the importance of Practice Placement Supervisors being CLD qualified. If your organisation wishes to be included in this database please complete this proforma and return or contact for further information. 

It should be noted that it will still be the responsibility of the HE/FE providers to negotiate the placements and ensure that they are relevant and appropriate in order to meet the Standards followed for approval of their programmes. 

Working with a Student CLD Practitioner is a great way to achieve Professional Learning and you will be helping to shape the CLD Sector for the future.  If you are still unsure if you can, or want to take up such a great opportunity please read through Things to consider before offering a CLD Practice Placement Opportunity.

SCDC – Supporting Communities Safely updated Covid-19 Guidance

Scottish Community Development Council, in conjunction with Public Health Scotland, has updated its advice on how to virus proof activities and events run by community groups, organisations and volunteer networks and reduce the risk of indirect spread. 

You can find information and details on the SCDC Supporting Communities Safely webpage.

Council of Europe – Youth Organisations Study Seminar opportunity

The Council of Europe is offering an opportunity for youth organisations to apply to deliver a study session/seminar on one of four topics: Democracy; Youth Work; Young people’s access to rights; and Living together in peaceful societies. The sessions would be delivered in the European Youth Centres in Strasbourg / Budapest and would be funded by the Council of Europe. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2021.  More information can be found on the Council of Europe webpage.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 15 September 2021

Education Reform: a CLD response

The CLD Standards Council has been invited to co-ordinate and respond to the Practitioner and Stakeholder Advisory Group’s discussions regarding the reform of Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.  To allow practitioners to share their views on the Scottish Education system we are hosting an online event for all CLD practitioners on Tuesday 5 October 11am – 1pm.

If you would like to attend please register on Eventbrite

Virtual Meet up – reminder

Our next Members Meet up takes place on 29 September 1-2pm. 

We have been updating the Learning for Sustainability Theme space on i-develop, and will take a tour of what’s there.  We’ll have an input from Glasgow Science Centre about work they’ve been doing with communities to jointly tackle poverty and sustainability issues.  And we’d also love to find out more about your sustainability practice – ‘Show and Tell’ colleagues about resources you’ve created or used.  

Meantime, why not have a look at the Education Scotland CLD Team’s Countdown to COP26: CLD Sector – Wakelet.

You can register on Eventbrite to attend the Virtual Meet Up.

“The impact of Community Work – How to gather evidence” – i-develop training resource 

To support the book written by Karen McArdle, Sue Briggs, Kirsty Forrester, Ed Garrett and Catherine McKay, all long standing members of the CLD Standards Council, a set of training materials has been created and are now available on i-develop.  
The book and training materials provide essential guidance for professionals and pre-qualifying students on how to gather and generate evidence of the impact of projects in the community.  It provides easy to implement, practical ideas and examples of methods to demonstrate the impact of community work Including case studies from diverse community settings.  Considering not only evaluation, but also the complex processes of evidence gathering, it will help all those involved with work in the community to demonstrate the impact and value of their work.

We’ll be hosting a CLDSC Virtual Member Meet Up on 23 November 2021 1-2pm – come along to meet the authors and explore the resources.  

Click here to register your attendance for November’s Virtual Meet Up.

CLD Collaborative Working Case Study

Sue Briggs (Aberdeenshire Council) and Laura Starkey (Education Scotland) have developed a case study highlighting collaboration in the North Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) with CLD. 

The case study outlines different educational perspectives to promote the value, outcomes and change that has been achieved, and features Laurence Findlay (Director of Education, Aberdeenshire Council), Kathleen Johnston (Quality Improvement Lead, North RICl), Sue Briggs (CLD North RIC work stream lead & Aberdeenshire Council), Fiona MacInnes-Begg (CLD Lead, Western Isles Council). There are powerful messages about the important role of CLD and the strength of collaborative working at all levels through local authority, RIC and nationally.

The first video, CLD: Achieving Change Through a Regional Improvement Collaboration can be viewed on Education Scotland’s YouTube channel (approx. 9 minutes).

The second video, CLD: Achieving Change Through a Regional Improvement Collaboration can be viewed on Canva.

If you have any questions in relation to either of these please contact Laura Starkey by email –

SLF Online 21-23 September 2021 – still time to register 

‘Renew, Refresh, Re-imagine: Learning from our experiences and looking to the future’.
The Conference Programme includes:

  • keynote sessions to inspire and provoke;
  • live Q&A sessions with specialist panels, where you will be able to ask your questions;
  • sharing practice sessions from practitioners, which may inform your practice;
  • sessions giving you up-to-date information and guidance on education policy and recommendations from recent reports;
  • opportunities to network with colleagues in facilitated sessions.

To find out more, register and view the SLF Programme 2021, please visit the SLF2021 website

Rural Communities “Ideas into Action” Fund 

The Rural Communities “Ideas into Action” Fund is supported by £1.5 million of Scottish Government funding, delivered in partnership with Inspiring Scotland. It allows applicants to take forward ideas that will test change while linking community action with addressing local issues.

The fund forms part of the wider £3 million fund announced earlier this year in the Scottish Budget, to deliver pilot projects testing innovative ways of delivering Community Led Local Development (CLLD) before March 2022.

The fund is open for applications from Monday 13 September and closes on Friday 8 October at 12 noon. Guidance and application forms can be found on the Inspiring Scotland website.

There are two strands of funding available:-

  • Small Grants of up to £3,000 for grassroots rural groups or organisations to support community projects that fit with local needs and are locally led.  The process for applying for this funding has been simplified to make it easy for unincorporated groups to apply and both capital and expenditure costs are eligible.
  • Large Grants of between £3001 and £50,000 for not for profit organisations to invest in community led initiatives that respond to local need.  Again, capital and revenue costs are eligible and these can be delivered in partnership with other local organisations.

Changing the Channel: Communities Channel Scotland and the Social Impact Pledge relaunch today

The redeveloped Communities Channel Scotland website and Social Impact Pledge have been launched today, making them even more helpful to community groups across Scotland in their amazing work with their communities.

Community groups, and anyone who works with them, are invited to visit the website and take advantage of its updated features, such as…

  • Straightforward guides to key developments and policy affecting community groups, including climate change, covid-19 and what’s currently happening around human rights in Scotland.
  • Easily searchable collections of resources, including tools, ideas for funding and relevant support organisations, to help you carry out your activities and achieve your aims.
  • Inspiring examples of community groups in action, covering everything from emergency responses to Covid-19 to creative ways of engaging with people.
  • The Social Impact Pledge, which asks public bodies to commit to making changes to what they do that have a direct benefit for communities and community groups.
  • All the latest news from, and relevant to, community groups in Scotland.

Click here to visit Communities Channel Scotland

To mark the relaunch, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, Tom Arthur MSP, has stated his hope that Communities Channel Scotland and the Social Impact Pledge continue to be key online resources for community groups. View the Minister’s statement here.

Further information
Communities Channel Scotland has been developed by Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) with funding from the Scottish Government. Read more about the website on Squarespace (log in required). SCDC would like to hear from any group or organisation who has suggestions, news, stories or anything else that could contribute to the website. You can contact SCDC by clicking here.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 08 September 2021

Scottish Government Programme for Government 2021-22

CLD and issues of interest to CLDSC members are well represented in the Programme for Government published on 7 September 2021

CLDSC welcomes the commitment to “review the regulations for community learning and development, to ensure that they are fit for purpose, increase investment to support the sector and provide additional grant funding to increase opportunities for vulnerable learners.”  We look forward to supporting this review and involving CLDSC membership.

Other areas of interest to CLD practitioners include: 

  • Conclusion of the Local Governance Review and introduction of a Local Democracy Bill.  “The next phases of the review will provide communities with opportunities to pinpoint the powers and resources they need to help tackle climate change.”
  • Review of the Community Empowerment Act.  “…we will take forward a range of legislative reforms which ensure we give local communities and organisations greater powers over their own future. We will  to consider how local communities can have more of a say over how local public assets are used – whether that is taking on the ownership or management of land or buildings, delivery of services to members of their community, or more say in how services are delivered, assets are used and resources are allocated.”
  • Implementation of Green Participatory Budgeting with agreed target levels of funding.  “We will explore the use of Participatory Budgeting in 2021 22 as part of our wider support for community led climate action. We will also identify opportunities at COP26 to develop the concept of Participatory Budgeting for climate action – both in Scotland and abroad – and identify opportunities to develop programmes specifically involving schools and young people.”
  • Continued promotion of the Place Standard Tool for community engagement in placemaking, “including spreading learning from our climate lens Place Standard to help inform the roll out of 20 minute neighbourhoods across Scotland”.
  • Wellbeing Economy – “we will set up a group of external advisors to provide international and expert guidance on developing a wellbeing economy, and appoint a Wellbeing Economy Ambassador to promote this work. We will develop a set of wellbeing indicators for Scotland with a dashboard to monitor and track economic success … over the next five years, we will invest £200 million specifically in adult upskilling and retraining opportunities”
  • Continuation of the Connecting Scotland programme.
  • Strengthening Collaboration commitment –  working “with SCVO and COSLA to progress further a multi year funding model. We will work with Third Sector Interfaces, who act as a single point of access for support and advice for third sector organisations in their local area, to strengthen their influence, and revise their funding formula to give more support to the areas of highest deprivation. We will bring forward legislation to improve Charity Law, strengthening the legal and regulatory framework and enhancing public trust in this vital sector.”
  • Funding for third sector organisations working with children, families and adult learners. “Starting from April 2023, we will also provide up to £16 million for each of the next two financial years in funding for third sector organisations which work with children, families and adult learners, to ensure that sustained, high quality support is available to vulnerable groups.”
  • Citizens’ Assemblies – “The Assembly will be established and completed in this Parliament, with a response to its recommendations debated and agreed within 6 months of being provided. We will also introduce a brand new Citizens’ Assembly for under 16’s, so that the generation who will grow up with the consequences of the decisions we take now can be involved in making them. We will also consider a new approach to ensuring the interests of future generations are taken into account in decisions made today, through a Future Generations Commission.”
  • New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy refreshed and expanded.  “We will… award £2.8 million in EU funding to new projects to spread good practices and support innovation under the outcomes and objectives of the Strategy.”

CLD Standards Mark Approval – Jack Kane Community Centre 

The Approval Committee of CLDSC are delighted to confirm Standards Mark Approval for Jack Kane Community Centre has been granted. Congratulations! The Approval Panel noted that they were impressed with the good quality of the submission and heartened that CLD focus is embedded throughout the organisation. 

If your organisation would like to discuss Standards Mark Approval and obtain recognition for the CLD professional learning offered to staff and volunteers our Standards Mark information webpage is a good starting point. 

Learning for Sustainability Awards – last chance for nominations 

The closing date for nominations for the Learning for Sustainability Awards is 12 September 2021.  We hope you’ll be encouraged to submit a nomination so we can celebrate the valuable ways that Community Learning and Development providers help to build sustainable communities.  There are 6 categories:

    • Recognising the achievements of young people aged 3-26 years
    • Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare practitioners and school teachers
    • Recognising the achievements of head teachers, heads of centre, managers, authority staff and promoted staff in school and setting leadership teams
    • Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare settings and schools
    • Recognising the achievements of individuals who provide invaluable support for learning
    • Recognising the achievements of community learning and development providers.

CLD practice makes a significant contribution to Learning for Sustainability, so please consider nominating. Find out more and nominate on the Learning for Sustainability Awards website

Connecting Scotland – open for applications 

The Connecting Scotland programme aims to close the digital divide, with a target of bringing 60,000 households online by the end of 2021. 

Organisations can apply for support on behalf of the people they work with. This includes:

  • Digital devices – iPads and/or Chromebooks
  • Internet connectivity – a mobile WiFi hotspot with 24 months unlimited data  
  • Training and support – for staff and volunteers to become ‘digital champions’ to support people to use the internet confidently and safely

From 30 August – 27 September the programme will be accepting applications from organisations working to remove barriers related to digital exclusion for unemployed young people and adults (aged 16+).
From 28 September the programme will be accepting fast track applications from organisations that can identify users who are:

  • Digitally excluded, and
  • On a low income, and
  • At risk of social isolation and loneliness (particularly older people, people with disabilities, and single parents) 

Please visit the Connecting Scotland webpage for full details and guidance


CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network) is holding its annual international conference, CARNival online from 2nd to 10th October 2021, hosted by Dundee.  Last year 32 countries were represented.  It covers the disciplines associated with Education, Communities and Health and Well Being.  Attached are early programmes for the event. You can register for the event on the CARN website.

Please note that bursaries are available and further information is available from Karen McArdle   Please note that the registration fee of £30 covers membership of CARN, the international network of researchers,  as well as the conference.

Community Connections –Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

The Community Connections Programme was designed by the HES Community Support Working Group that came together during 2020.  The programme is designed to promote and contribute to COVID recovery and renewal across communities, heritage and other sectors. 

Are you a community all about a place, a group brought together through shared interest, or an organisation supporting communities? Would you like support to help you bounce back and thrive post-pandemic? HES is ready to collaborate with you!  The new Community Connections Programme will deliver a range of exciting, collaborative projects showing how the heritage that matters to you has a vital role to play in supporting your community’s recovery and renewal – often in surprising and creative ways!

The Community Connections Programme is open to developing and collaborating on projects themed around:

  • health and wellbeing
  • skills and volunteering
  • creativity
  • climate change
  • community and destination regeneration

If you want to talk through ideas or activities that are a good fit with Community Connections Programme priorities and project themes you can get in touch by emailing;

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 01 September 2021

Role of Colleges in Improving Career Pathway for CLD Practitioners

Earlier this year CLDSC worked with colleagues from the FE sector to host a series of discussions on the ‘Role of Colleges in Improving Career Pathway for CLD Practitioners’.  A report has been produced which provides a record of each session.  It is also intended to act as a reference document for taking forward the ideas, issues and solutions discussed.  View the report on i-develop.  

CLD Practice Placement Spotlight  

As you will see in the report above, CLDSC recognises the important of Student CLD Practitioners receiving a quality CLD Placement experience to support their academic study and to help them to develop the skills and attributes of a Competent CLD Practitioner

As Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) colleagues gear up for this academic year they will already be considering who to contact to request if organisations can to offer a CLD Practice Placement Experience.  This puts a huge demand on time for these providers and over the next few weeks CLDSC will be providing contact details for each of our approved providers to allow you to get in touch with them if you are interested in offering a CLD Practice Placement.   If you are approaching the providers as an individual, it is important that if that you have discussed this with your employer. To assist with these discussions, or for employers who are keen to offer their staff this development opportunity, the document Why Employers need professional CLD practitioners (PDF File) provides some helpful information. It is also worth noting that Scottish Government has also recognised the importance of CLD Practice Placement and more information can be located in CLD Plans Guidance Note (2021-24).  To support this CLDSC produced an offer of support document (PDF File).

The following HE/FE providers who are keen to hear from you and discuss the CLD Practice Placement experience and opportunities. More contact details will be available in future CLDSC Member Bulletins on other HE/FE providers – watch this space. 

During engagement with its members, CLDSC has had numerous requests to hold a database which will provide details of organisations who are willing to offer a CLD Practice Placement Opportunity and what types of opportunities they can offer. Our membership has also emphasised to us the importance of Practice Placement Supervisors being CLD qualified. We will share further information on this over the next few weeks as part of the launch of CLD Professional Practice Placement Standards.  If your organisation wishes to be included in this database please contact for further information. It should be noted that it will still be the responsibility of the HE/FE providers to negotiate the placements and ensure that they are relevant and appropriate. 

Thank you to everyone involved in providing and supporting CLD Practice Placements.

Virtual Meet Up – 29 September 2021, 1-2pm

Our August Virtual Member Meet-Up was postponed and will now take place on 29 September.  We will focus on sharing resources and professional learning around climate change, environment and sustainability.

We have been updating the Learning for Sustainability Theme space on i-develop, and will take a tour of what’s there.  And we’d also love to find out more about your sustainability practice – ‘Show and Tell’ colleagues about resources you’ve created or used.  

Meantime, why not have a look at the Education Scotland CLD Team’s Countdown to COP26: CLD Sector – Wakelet.

Register for the Virtual Meet up on Eventbrite.

CLD STEM Network

If you’re a practitioner who’s delivering STEM activities, join in the CLD STEM Network meeting on Tuesday 7th September at 10am.  The jam-packed agenda will include:

Learning for Sustainability Awards; COP26;  STEM professional learning grants; Scottish Learning Festival; Green Zone info; Earth Allies; Maths on Toast; Climate Fringe Week; Climate Emergency Training; and Youthlink National Youthwork Conference.

Click here to register your attendance.

IACD European Members Networking Session 

International Association of Community Development (IACD) is extending an invite to join a European Members Networking Session on Tuesday 14th September 2021 from 10-11:30am BST. This networking session is open to members and non-members alike in Europe.

This is the third networking session for members in Europe, and the conversation will be hosted by IACD Directors in Europe and Community Development Alliance Scotland’s Coordinator and former IACD Director, Colette McGarva.  

Register for the IACD Networking session on Eventbrite.

ESOL National Discussion Event 

The next ESOL National Discussion event, hosted by Glasgow ESOL Forum, will take place on Wednesday 8th September at 13:00-14:30.
The event will focus on volunteer roles in the Framework for Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL with particular focus on the language/conversation cafes. 
Register for the ESOL discussion event on Eventbrite.

Equally Safe at School

Equally Safe at School (ESAS) has been developed by Rape Crisis Scotland to support and guide secondary schools through a process of embedding a set of holistic measures to prevent gender-based violence. The approach was piloted with schools between 2017-21 and has now been developed into an interactive website with tools, information and resources to support schools and teachers to plan and implement a whole school approach. The Equally Safe at School website has a wealth of information for schools about GBV, how to support young people affected, and about the ESAS research conducted by the University of Glasgow – all of which can be accessed by schools, other professionals, parents, carers and young people.

Board Vacancies 

If you’re interested in expanding your experience, the following organisations are looking for new Board Members: 

NHS Education for Scotland – Do you have practical experience of the Scottish adult social work and/or care sector? Do you want to play a central role in supporting the provision of the high quality education, training and lifelong learning of NHS and social care staff? If so, NES would like to hear from you. NHS Education for Scotland are looking to appoint one member to their Board. For more information on this role and to apply, please see visit the NHS Education for Scotland entry on the Appointed for Scotland website

The closing date for applications is 17th September 2021.

NHS Highland – Are you passionate about the future of rural communities? Have you been active in community activities and agencies?  Do you enjoy working collaboratively?  Could you draw on your experience of working or volunteering in a third sector, community or other setting to support the work of NHS Highland?  Are you excited by the opportunity to shape sustainable health and social care services to better meet the needs of people living in rural areas?  NHS Highland are looking to appoint one member to their Board. For more information on this role and to apply, please visit the NHS Highland entry on the Appointed for Scotland website

The closing date for applications is 15th September 2021.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 25 August 2021

Reform of SQA and Education Scotland Expert Panel 

Representatives from the CLD Standards Council have been invited to participate in the Practitioner and Stakeholder Advisory Group, which is being constituted to support Professor Ken Muir in his role as independent advisor to the Scottish Government on the reform of SQA and Education Scotland.

The purpose of the Group will be to provide advice and feedback to Professor Muir and his Expert Panel as they develop recommendations for the Scottish Government on the reform of SQA and Education Scotland.

This group will comprise organisations, including staff unions and professional associations, that represent the following diverse range of interests related to the reform – children and young people; employers; local authorities; the tertiary sector; practitioners across different sectors and providers; and parental interests.  The expertise of Advisory Group members, and the networks they can access, will ensure that a wide range of perspectives and ideas inform the Expert Panel and the overall reform work.

Access the Expert Panel draft terms of reference on the Scottish Government website.

A COVID-19 Inquiry for Scotland

The Scottish Government is inviting views on the draft aims and principles of an independent public inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) 
pandemic.  The COVID-19 Inquiry Establishment Aims and Principles paper is intended to shape its terms of reference with input from stakeholders, including bereaved families.  The proposed inquiry would be established by the end of the year, to scrutinise decisions taken in the course of this pandemic, and learn lessons for future pandemics. It would take a take a person-centred, human rights based approach with a focus on outcomes and timely reporting to identify lessons and recommendations. Particular consideration would also be given to the ‘four harms’ of the pandemic:

  • direct health impacts of COVID-19, including cases and deaths in care homes
  • other non COVID health impacts
  • societal impacts, including education
  • economic impacts

The public are now encouraged to share their ideas and comments on the suggested approach via email by 30 September 2021.  Further information can be found on the Scottish Government website

Roles played by Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) during Covid-19 Report

This week sees the publication of the Evaluation Support Scotland’s Report into the roles played by Third Sector Interfaces across Scotland during the Covid-19 Pandemic. #TSIxESSReport

The report highlights 5 key recommendations: 

  1. Celebrate the role of the third sector and volunteers during Covid-19 
  2. Build awareness locally and nationally of the role and impact of TSI’s 
  3. Invest in the capacity and reach of the third sector in local decision-making 
  4. Build on the opportunities that have come out of Covid-19 
  5. Review funding for TSIs

View the PDF report.  You can also watch the short explainer video which outlines the key findings and recommendations and join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TSIxESSReport.

CDAS Bulletin

The August Community Development Alliance Scotland bulletin is now available.  The highlight is the CDAS Annual National Conference which takes place on 29th September 2021 (virtually).  The conference programme features keynote speakers and workshops led by member organisations, You can register online for the CDAS Conference.

Also in the bulletin are items on job vacancies, funding and other opportunities.

Lead Scotland online security training

Lead Scotland is offering free training on zoom this September for people wanting to get to grips with different areas of online safety and security. 30 minute webinars (with extra time for activities and questions) on a range of topics are available: 

  • Protect yourself with strong passwords 
  • Remember your passwords using password managers 
  • How to use two-factor authentication 
  • How to update your digital devices 
  • How to back up your data 
  • Recognise email scams and fake emails 

These topics were chosen in line with the National Cyber Security Centre Cyber Aware 6 Actions. Lead is also commissioning and producing alternative formats including BSL, Braille, HTML, Polish, Urdu and Arabic amongst others. Visit the Lead Scotland website to access these resources

The webinars will be especially useful for disabled people or those who might find it harder to use the internet safely, but they are open and suitable for everyone. They are also useful for those who care for someone who needs some extra support using their digital device safely. All classes are free and open to the public. 

Lead Scotland is also offering 1 hour ‘Training for Trainers’ lunchtime sessions for practitioners, volunteers or others who support people with low digital confidence. For information on dates and time, as well as to sign up, go to the Lead Scotland website

National Care Service in Scotland – Consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a new National Care Service in Scotland – A National Care Service for Scotland – Scottish Government.

The recent Independent Review of Adult Social Care (the Feeley Report) recommended the creation of a National Care Service. However, there was a sense that it stopped short of consolidating the links between housing, homelessness, health and social care. This consultation seeks views on a National Care Service that supports people of all ages and presents a new opportunity to join the dots and place a greater emphasis on preventing homelessness. New duties to prevent homelessness across the wider public sector is of urgent relevance. View the Preventing Homelessness PDF.

Homelessness responses in Scotland have traditionally been located, strategically and operationally, within a housing context rather than with health and social care. And today, most local authorities have not delegated housing and homelessness to the Integrated Joint Board covering their area. The dilemma is often two-fold: 

  1. Most people who experience homelessness have no support needs beyond housing; however
  2. Those that do are among the most systematically disadvantaged groups in Scotland with most to benefit from an integrated approach. See Hard Edges Scotland for the renewed case for taking a whole system approach to severe and multiple disadvantage.

With all this to explore and more, you can join the discussion at an online event on 8 September 2021 at 2pm.  Please register on the Homeless Network Scotland website

Adult Learners’ Week Awards

Don’t forget to submit your nominations for Adult Learners’ Week Awards by 31 August 2021.  Entry is open to learners (individuals or groups) living in Scotland who are aged over 21 on 31 January 2021 and are either a current learner or a learner who completed their learning sometime since 31 January 2019. If you don’t have a nomination form yet, you can request one by emailing

CLD vacancies – Education Scotland

South East CLD Education Officer – 23 month secondment 
Closing Date – 12th  September 2021
Please visit the Scottish Government website for further information

Tayside CLD Development Officer-  6 month secondment 
Closing Date – 14th  September 2021
Please visit the Scottish Government website for further information

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 18 August 2021

Education Scotland Leadership Development Programmes: CLDSC Members Opportunity

Over the last few months Members have expressed interest in Leadership Development opportunities. The Professional Lifelong Learning team in Education Scotland are about to launch two programmes for people who are aspiring to middle leadership posts and for those who are already in promoted posts.  The courses are free and spaces are available for members of the CLD Standards Council and are due to begin in early September so there is a quick turnaround on this one!  If you are interested, please send us your details to Further information on both courses are contained in the links below.

Aspiring to Middle Leadership – This programme is designed to support aspiring middle leaders in developing their understanding of the roles of middle leadership and the skills required to carry out the key aspects of these role. 

Middle Leaders – Leading Change is a professional learning programme designed to develop confidence in the use of coaching within middle leadership, encourage reflection upon the key aspects of the role and further develop the use of an enquiring stance when planning and leading change.

CONCEPT Journal – latest edition

The latest edition of CONCEPT is available now, with lots of articles and reviews guaranteed to get you thinking. There’s something for everyone, including: a review of McGoey’s ‘The Unknowers: How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World”; an article about the work of the Scran Academy throughout the pandemic; and who wouldn’t want to read more about a Theory of Geekery?

Professional Associations Research Network

CLD Standards Council is a member of The Professional Associations Research Network (PARN). PARN is a non-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector through research, consultancy, networking, events and training.  As part of our membership, we have access to a range of resources and research.  We recently contributed to research on Ethical Codes within professional associations and professionalism within sectors.  Point of interest arising from these include: 

  • the ‘vocationalisation’ of professions – a quicker educational route to access practice and less time spent being mentored by a seasoned/experienced professional – was an issue highlighted by 41% of UK-based respondents 
  • 60% of UK respondents noticed an effect on perception of professional expertise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Examples include higher demand for professional expertise; greater public awareness and interest; and struggle for acceptance ad key workers.
  • 62% of respondents included obligations to act ethically in personal life within their ethical code.  35% included obligations around environmental sustainability.

Learning for Sustainability Awards 2021 – Don’t forget to nominate!

The CLD sector makes a significant contribution in supporting learners and communities to engage in Learning for Sustainability with a number of projects across Scotland covering the key topics of global citizenship, sustainability development education, outdoor learning and children’s rights.
Help to recognise and celebrate the contribution of community learning and development providers in building a more equitable and sustainable future for Scotland’s communities by nominating a project or practitioner

Place2Be Mental Health Champions Foundation programme

The next cohort of Place2Be’s online Mental Health Champions Foundation programme for youth workers starts in September, with the deadline for registering of 30th August.  This online mental health training enhances youth worker’s understanding of children and young people’s mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive well-being for them and the adults around them. It is free to both local authority and voluntary sector participants.

Course details

  • You will have a dedicated Place2Be professional (qualified mental health clinician) to join discussions and aid online learning.
  • 5-week programme with a new module uploaded each week (first week covers how to use the platform etc.)
  • Broken down into 15-minute sections to fit around your day (1–1.5 hours per week total).
  • No fixed timings – you can access the programme via any device and work through it at a time to suit you.

 Modules covered

  1. Understanding mental health & well-being Introduces factors that contribute to positive mental health and well-being.
  2. Nature and nurture Explores how early experiences shape the way we perceive ourselves and relate to others, and how those experiences create the pathways in the brain that support our development. 
  3. How can I help? Considers what a child’s or young person’s behaviour might be communicating about their underlying needs.
  4. Mental health: everybody’s business Reflects on the importance of positive mental health for everyone with a focus on the adults around the child or young person

The course is delivered on an app called ‘Hive Learning’ – not via Zoom. Everyone who registers to take part will be contacted by Place2Be with the details of how to log into Hive and access the course. You can register for the course by signing up on Eventbrite.

College Development Network #LeadershipMatters Mini Podcast Series  

Over the month of July CDN developed the #LeadershipMatters mini podcast series with four new podcasts exploring leadership from different perspectives. 
The podcasts are now live and available from the CDN website.

Available podcasts:

  • Leadership Journey with Grant Ritchie (opens Spotify)- former Principal at Dundee and Angus College and Fellow with CDN . During this podcast, Grant discusses his leadership journey, what helped and hindered him on that journey, and what advice he would give to emerging leaders.
  • Territory Mapping with Anthony Willoughby (opens Spotify) – author, explorer and founder of the Nomadic School of Business. In this podcast, Anthony chats about what he has learned about leadership from living and working with indigenous communities across the world. 
  • Collective Leadership with Janet Whitley (opens Spotify) – Collective Leadership Lead at Scottish Government. Janet discusses the work of Collective Leadership for Scotland, how they support partners and colleagues from across the public sector in the practice of collaboration and collective leadership, and how leaders in the FE sector can become involved.
  • Emerging Trends with Roddy Millar (opens Spotify) – Founder and CEO of Ideas for Leaders, and Co-Founder of the Scottish Leadership Institute. Roddy discusses his work as a writer and publisher in the fields of executive education, management and leadership. Roddy works with international business schools and we will be exploring the emerging trends in leadership practice across the world.

SCQF Upcoming Online Workshops

2 workshops aimed at representatives from Credit Rating Bodies – Credit Rating in Practice for Credit Rating Bodies and Quality Assurance for Credit Rating. Also running are Would You Credit It? and My Skills, My Future workshops. The August and September workshops filled up in record time so please book early to secure your place.

Scottish Charity Awards

The Scottish Charity Awards recognise and celebrate the best that Scotland’s voluntary sector has to offer and CLD Standards Council is proud to be sponsoring the Community Action Award at this year’s #ScotCharityAwards. The Awards Ceremony will be held online on Friday 1 October 2021 with the winners being announced on the night. Meantime, members of the public can vote for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award.  Vote here!

We’ll be hosting a Scottish Charity Awards Watch Party and would like to invite you to join us for virtual pre-ceremony drinks reception at 6pm with the ceremony taking place from 7-8pm. Get your gladrags on, top up your glass and join fellow CLDSC members to celebrate the work of CLD in the voluntary sector.

Register to join us on Eventbrite

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 11 August 2021

CLD Summer 2021

Wow – what a summer it’s been for the CLD sector in Scotland.  The sun was shining (well for some of the time) and the world opened up a bit which provided more opportunities for Members to work in the real world with learners, families, communities and young people.  It’s been amazing to follow all the summer activities that Members posted on the Twitter hashtag #BecauseOfCLD – if you’re looking for some inspiration and new ideas check out what your colleagues and friends across the sector have been involved in. We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone for your hard work and commitment over the summer and hope you all get a well-earned rest before the next learning programmes begin.  

Updated Guidance Beyond Level 0 for universities, colleges and CLD

The updated Guidance, published on 10 August, provides advice on COVID-19 transmission risk-reduction mitigations to support universities, colleges and CLD providers to plan for and operate in the academic year 2021-22. 

View the guidance on the Scottish Government website.

SLF Online 21-23 September 2021 – conference programme now live 

This first edition of the conference programme will let you see the keynotes and sessions which have been tailored around the theme ‘Renew, Refresh, Re-imagine: Learning from our experiences and looking to the future’.

There are several highlights in the programme including a keynote address by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville.  The Right Honourable Stuart Lawrence will be talking at the event. Stuart Lawrence is a consultant, youth engagement specialist, coach and public speaker. He is also the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence, the British teenager murdered in a racially motivated attack in 1993. 

The International Council of Education Advisers will be online for an evening session to chat about their latest report setting out the opportunities and challenges for the Scottish education system.

More sessions will be added to the programme in the coming weeks and all sessions will be available to book when the full programme is complete.  SLF Online is free to sign up and registration is now open.

Please visit the SLF website for the conference programme.

Volunteer Support Fund – closing date for applications 27 August 2021

The £3.3 million Fund will be delivered on Scottish Government’s behalf by Impact Funding Partners over the next 3 years. Organisations can apply for up to £30,000 to March 2024.

The fund is geared towards organisations in Scotland with an annual income of under £250,000. It will enable Scotland’s small to medium sized third sector organisations to recruit additional volunteers who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one, and improve how volunteers are supported in their role.

The fund will support organisations to deliver on four key outcomes:

  • Increase diversity in the third sector’s volunteer pool, to particularly include people who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering
  • Improve governance, leadership and financial knowledge of organisations through the recruitment of skilled volunteers to enhance the third sector’s capacity
  • Improve organisational capacity to provide opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering
  • Enhance services delivered by organisations to better meet the needs of the communities they serve

A full overview of the fund plus information on how to apply can be found on Impact Funding Partners website.

Learning for Sustainability Awards – nominations closing date 12 September 2021

In partnership with the Daily Record, Education Scotland is delighted to launch the Learning for Sustainability Awards. The Scottish Government has identified People as a key theme for the COP26 Summit and has declared that it wants it to be the most inclusive COP summit ever to be held. This includes a strong focus on young people and on engaging disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities. 

The Learning for Sustainability Awards support these ambitions and will help to recognise the amazing achievements of Scotland’s people and the settings, schools and communities that have demonstrated passion and commitment to building a socially-just, equitable and sustainable world. CLD projects can be nominated in any appropriate award category and in addition there is a specific Community Learning and Development Award. We hope you’ll be encouraged to submit a nomination so we can celebrate the valuable ways that Community Learning and Development providers help to build sustainable communities. There are 6 categories:

    – Recognising the achievements of young people aged 3-26 years
    – Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare practitioners and school teachers
    – Recognising the achievements of head teachers, heads of centre, managers, authority staff and promoted staff in school and setting leadership teams
    – Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare settings and schools
    – Recognising the achievements of individuals who provide invaluable support for learning
    – Recognising the achievements of community learning and development providers.

CLD practice makes a significant contribution to Learning for Sustainability, so please consider nominating. The deadline for nominations is 12th September 2021.

Find out more and nominate on the Learning for Sustainability Awards website

Virtual Member Meet Up – Planet Emergency
Friday 27 August 1-2pm

And talking of all things sustainability, our next Virtual Member Meet-Up will focus on sharing resources and professional learning around climate change, environment and sustainability.

‘Show and Tell’ colleagues about resources you’ve created or used.  There’s a Learning for Sustainability Theme space on i-develop, but it’s looking a bit empty just now, so we’d love to add up to date resources and links.

Meantime, why not have a look at the Education Scotland CLD Team’s Countdown to COP26: CLD Sector – Wakelet.

Register for the Meet-Up on Eventbrite.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Young People

Children and young people aged 12-17 with certain conditions are to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, in line with the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), before the majority of schools return on the 16th of August.  Also to be invited are children and young people aged 12-17 who are household contacts of adults or children who are immunosuppressed.  NHS Scotland is aiming to vaccinate these children and young people during August 2021. 

For more information, visit the NHS Inform website

NHS Horizons

NHS Horizons is a specialist team within the Improvement Directorate of NHS England and NHS Improvement.  Chief Transformation Officer Helen Bevan is showcasing a range of improvement tools and methods.  Each day, there is a Twitter poll for you to vote for the method/tool you use and/or like.  The winning improvement methods each day will go head to head into the quarter finals, semi-finals culminating in the final on 19th August.  Click on the hashtag to view the latest results: #ImprovementMethodOlympics and browse all the resources on the NHS Horizons website.

If you’re missing the sporting Olympics, why not take a look at the #ImprovementMethodOlympics on Twitter and find out about Schein’s culture iceberg, Positive Deviance, The 5 Whys and much more.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 21 July 2021

Ministerial Meeting 

Last week our Chair Alan Sherry and Director Marion Allison, met with Mr Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training.  Mr Hepburn’s remit includes responsibility for CLD. Discussions included the opportunities and challenges facing our Members and the wider CLD sector as we move towards COVID recovery.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advanced Learning Recovery Group

A Ministerial group chaired by Mr Jamie Hepburn Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training has been established to help develop guidance on the operation of colleges, universities and community learning and development (CLD) providers for academic year 2021/22. Our Chair, Alan Sherry is the CLD representative on this group, with Dominique Carlisle-Kitz and Robert Hynd of CLD Managers Scotland representing the sector on sub-groups. Further information and minutes can be found on the Scottish Government website.  

CLD COVID-19 Recovery Advisory Group

The purpose of this group, chaired by Alan Sherry is to bring together senior stakeholders from CLD organisations to advise on the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the sector and advise on possible steps needed for recovery. The group will ensure a balanced consideration of the four harms and feed into the work of the Advanced Learning COVID Recovery Group, as noted above.  The group’s work will aim to inform guidance that impacts upon participation in CLD activities, which include adult learning (including adult literacies & English for Speakers of Other Languages), youth work and community development.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for universities, colleges and CLD providers

As Scotland moves into Level 0 new operational guidance is now available.  It provides advice on COVID-19 transmission risk-reduction mitigations to support the operation of universities, colleges and CLD services.  Members are reminded that the Guidance is subject to review. Further information can be found on the Scottish Government website

CARNival: Raised Voices

The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) is running an international online CARNival from 2 – 10 October 2021 on:

  • Communities
  • Heath and Well Being
  • Education

There will be workshops, seminars and cultural events and confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Andrea Cornwall is Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise) and Professor of Global Development and Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.
  • Imogen Tyler is a Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. 
  • Kaz Stuart is the Director of the Centre for Research in Health and Society and Professor of Social and Health Inequalities at the University of Cumbria.

The fee is £30 and bursaries and student tickets are available.  For more information or bursaries, contact Karen McArdle

Register to attend on Eventbrite.

Christie Plus 10 – Watch on-demand

The Robertson Trust’s recent event “Christie Plus 10: Are we smoothing the hard edges?” which reflected on the ten years since the publication of the Christie Commission is now available to watch online.  You can watch the event here.

Over the coming weeks, they will also be sharing a range of guest blogs looking at the impact of the Christie Commission, where we are now and what needs to happen going forward. To keep up-to-date with this, please check The Robertson Trust website, social channels or join the mailing list here.

Diversity & Inclusion in Education – University of Glasgow online course

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (United Nations, 2015). 

University of Glasgow is offering this 4 week course (approximately 18 hours in total) covering the following areas: 

  • Conceptualising diversity in education
  • Responding to diversity in education
  • Experiencing diversity in education: barriers and facilitators
  • Developing inclusive, equitable quality education for All

During this course, you will: 

  • Develop a critical understanding of the concepts and assumptions about diversity and difference, including notions of ability and disability, socio-economic background, race, ethnicity, and cultural background, beliefs and religion, and gender. 
  • Develop awareness of historical and contemporary definitions of inclusive education, taking into account policy, theories and models. 
  • Develop the ability to critically analyse contexts in order to identify barriers to developing inclusive and equitable quality education for all learners. 
  • Develop knowledge about ways to develop inclusive and equitable quality education for all learners, taking into account their diverse characteristics and needs.

For more information and to enrol, please visit the Coursera website.

Accessible formats of online security messaging

Lead Scotland has been working with a range of partners to develop 10 new accessible formats of online security messages.
These alternative formats were chosen by practitioners and service users to promote cyber resilience advice to people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, people with learning or cognitive difficulties, people whose first language isn’t English, those using adaptive digital technology and others who experience other accessibility barriers.

In both text and audio formats, the National Cyber Security Centre’s 6 actions to online security messaging has been translated into 6 languages: Polish; Simplified Chinese; Arabic; Punjabi; Urdu; and Romanian. The 6 actions have also been made into text formats: a structured text document (for use with assistive technology), HTML, braille, and large print. The alternative formats are free to access and share and can be found on the Lead Scotland website.

Lead Scotland will also be running free webinars for members of the public and organisations about online security and accessibility. They will also be running ‘training for trainers’ sessions to support organisations and practitioners to pass on information to their service users. Details about the webinars and training for trainers sessions will be released soon.

And finally – Virtual Meet Up reminder
Practice Placements Thursday 29 July 1-2:30pm

Provision of practice placements for CLD students is an expectation within the CLD Plans guidance. Come along to our Virtual Meet-up to find out more about the benefits for your organisation and CLD students as well as what support CLDSC can offer.

Register for the Meet up on Eventbrite.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 30 June 2021

Spectacular Summer Programmes

School’s out, college is closed and summer is here! In the world of CLD, the community is never on holiday and it’s amazing the sheer volume and range of amazing summer fun and learning programmes that our Members are delivering with and for Scotland’s young people, families, learners and communities.  Service delivery in line with COVID safety guidance is bringing opportunities and challenges for all, from outdoor expeditions to online cooking challenges, the CLD sector really has got something for everyone. At team CLD Standards Council we love to hear all about your amazing work so if you’re on Twitter remember to tag us. It’s #BecauseOfCLD that #AdultLearningMatters and #YouthWorkChangesLives

CLD Standards Council reMEMBER the benefits!

Becoming a member of the CLD Standards Council as an Associate or Registered Member offers a whole host of benefits including:

  • monthly Virtual Member Meet-Ups 
  • weekly Member Bulletin News updates
  • invitation to our Annual Members Conference (check out the article below for news about 2021 Conference!)
  • access to our Buddy/Mentor/Professional Learning Verifier support
  • access to a range of events, some for members only, or places provided at external events and conferences.
  • access to member only areas of i-develop
  • CLD Standards Council Members Slack Space
  • free online access to Times Educational Supplement Scotland magazine
  • access to University and College Libraries across Scotland
  • links with UK-wide Association of Professional Lecturers in Youth & Community Work
  • access to Scottish Council for Development & Industry materials/events

This is on top of being part of a recognised professional body strengthening a shared professional identity within this diverse area of practice, with opportunities to: 

  • drive forward new developments in our sector
  • have a key influence on policy initiatives and responses
  • play a lead role in shaping the future of the Standards Council

So if you have any colleagues who are not members yet please let them know about the benefits and opportunities they are missing out on by sending them this link – Register with the CLD Standards Council.

And remember, to keep enjoying these benefits yourself, you need to renew your own membership when requested.  If you think you have been registered for more than 3 years and have not received a request to renew please let us know at

Student Spotlight

Following on from last week’s Congratulations to Students Graduating from CLD programmes we thought a few feel good stories would brighten up the week. 

Fungai Moetsabi – “So, here I am today a Community Learning and Development professional!” 
Fungai commented on her journey and achievements: 
“A career in Community Education will keep me close to the communities that have welcomed me and my family to Scotland. Achieving this award means a lot to me. Leaving school at the age 16 and becoming a mum, then migrating to the UK, and returning to education 20 year later, did not stop me achieving my goal. As a migrant I faced some challenges that put my life on hold for 10 years while trying to settle into the UK however I gained a place to study Community Education at the University of Dundee. Life is busy, I gave birth to my third child during 3rd year of my studies! In my final year I was part of Team Experience and I utilised my lived experiences as a migrant to highlight the need to fund organisations that assist migrants integrate into the society, engaging them in projects that enhance their employability skills to make Fife a place which is just and embraces diversity”.

Zoe Thompson – secured her dream job on the Shetland Islands:
“When I joined the course at Dundee Uni, it was because of a youth worker from my Youth Council in Midlothian. The CLD programme helped me actually understand what I could do and how to develop my practice to support young people as well. The practice was my favourite part of the whole course. The wide range of placements I did helped me appreciate all the different areas of CLD. I always knew I wanted to do youth work but I did a community regeneration placement to learn about other forms of community work so I could link them together in my practice and join up with the other workers in the team. The confidence that I built during my placements made me apply for the job on Shetland and to be prepared to move there. I’m looking forward to using all my knowledge and practice experience to work with the young people on the islands to set up a Youth Forum and a Youth Bank. It was the Youth Council and a Youth Worker who inspired me to get onto the course and now I’m that Youth Worker! It’s gone in full circle and I’m really happy, this is my dream job!”.

Rebecca Smith – worthy winner of the Internship Impact Award in celebration of her work with Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA). Rebecca was pleased to comment on the achievements she made over the course of her studies despite many life challenges. Her work leaves an important legacy:

“I overcame a lot of challenges during the course, and I felt I really came into my own during my 4th year internship, but I did not expect to win an award for that. I am very proud that my research report has been shared within the drug and alcohol community, and I hope it can make a positive difference to those who use the services. I couldn’t have done the last four years without the brilliant people I met along the way in the form of different professionals, students, and tutors. I have gained a lot of skills, but the most important thing is how much my confidence has grown over the last few years. I love working with people and this course has given me the practical skills and the resilience to really be able to make a difference to people’s lives. I will take that forward with me when I do eventually get a chance in a CLD job”.

Aimee Brown: a journey to Successful Employment: 
“Without the opportunities and learning I gained from the course at Dundee Uni I would never have the knowledge or skills to apply for the job I have just achieved – particularly when considering the interview process which involved both a presentation, delivering a mock workshop, and an induction meeting with a young person joining the programme. I feel extremely lucky and blessed to have worked alongside and learned from such talented professionals both out in the field through placement opportunities and from the fantastic lecturers within the team. Good luck everyone!”

Pippa Cowling: a journey through widening access
Pippa was nominated for the engaged Learning Award and was commended for her sustained dedication and engagement with the programme. Pippa took advantage of the widening access route through Fife College to gain direct entry into second year. Pippa commented: “My journey into the Community Education (CE) course was one which did not come without turbulence as I began with entry into the course through an Articulation Route. This proved to be challenging, and I certainly relied on support from both my peers and the CE staff within the University. The support which I received both challenged my thinking and encouraged me to look at things from different perspectives, areas which I had previously struggled with. My time on the CE course has certainly been shaped by others, and I will continue to be grateful for all the challenges, experiences, opportunities and support the course has provided”.

Meeting the Expectations of the CLD Plans Guidance Note 
Support offer in relation to workforce development

Earlier this year, CLDSC wrote to Chief Executives in local authorities offering support in relation to the expectations set out in CLD Plans Guidance Note (2021-24), published by Scottish Government in December 2020.  

Key to this support is the provision of information and guidance that may help in producing the workforce development section of CLD plans and we’ve developed a suite of information materials which may help.  These can be found on the i-develop CLD Plans Workforce Development area.

Information on each of the expectations outlined in the Guidance Note is available and provides more details of the kind of the nature of the support available through the CLD Standards Council.

We are continuing to work with partners at a national level to provide ongoing 
assistance towards the implementation of the CLD plans.

World Community Development Conference 2021
The conference took place last week …

WCDC2021 was a celebration of community development – a discipline and practice that seeks to nurture the enduring community spirit that holds communities together. It is a fact that community life occurs within contexts that are promotive of healthy communities but equally that also have shocks and uncertainties which pose a challenge to meeting even the basics of live including hope. Yet communities through their enduring connectedness are constantly engaged in efforts to bounce back, and indeed, often do bounce back in spite of the adversities within vulnerable contexts– largely because of drawing from the wide range of resources and assets from within and without the community.

Community development ethos and processes also enable communities to be resilient! Lastly, community development seeks to actualise communities’ goal of enhancing their staying power through sustainable empowerment interventions from within and without. It helps if community development is undertaken within a context that is predictable – where standards – ethical, legal and value driven – underpin the process.”

World Community Development Conferences – IACD (

You can find the uploaded videos from Conference presentations on the conference YouTube channel.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 23 June 2021

OECD Report – “Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: into the future”

The CLD Standards Council Scotland notes with interest the recommendations in the recent OECD report “Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: into the future”. In particular, the CLD Standards Council welcomes the recognition that CLD practice contributes positively to learners’ outcomes and experiences.  In addition, our role in designing personalised curricula that is negotiated with learners, based on their needs and wants is highlighted. A full response to the OECD’s recommendations will be available in due course. 

Scotland still has something to celebrate – CLD Graduations 

University of Edinburgh – The BA (Hons) Community Education programme team would like to congratulate all students who are graduating from the programme this year and wish them all the best in their professional careers.

University of Glasgow CLD Students message from your CLD Delivery team – Good luck with the ongoing studies and look forward to sharing details of your success when Graduation time arrives. 

University of West of Scotland, CLD Delivery team  – Keep up the good work and we are looking forward to sharing your success stories in the future. 

University of Dundee- Community Education team would like to note:

Class of 2021 – Journeys, Achievements and Destinations.
Congratulations to all 26 graduates of 2021 with BA(Hons) Community Education (BACE) and BA(Hons) Community Learning & Development (BACLD). Here are a few of the inspiring stories of achievement.

  • Congratulations to the Prize-winner of the ‘Engaged Learning Award’ – Fungai Moetsabi 
  • Congratulations to Zoe Thompson who secured her dream job on the Shetland Islands.
  • Congratulations to the Prize-winner of the ‘Excellence in Practice-based Research’ Award: Megan McGregor
  • Congratulations to Aimee Brown who Reflects on her Journey to Successful Employment. 
  • Congratulations to the Prize-winner of the Internship Impact Award -Rebecca Smith
  • Congratulations Pippa Cowling: a journey through widening access

CLDSC will be show casing the stories from the above graduates in due course – watch this space for more information.  In the meantime:

Congratulations to UoD graduates who are happy to share that they have already secured jobs:

  • Aimee Brown – Employment Co-ordinator for Enable Works, Dundee. 
  • Catherine Doig – Corporate Parenting Youth Worker, Perth and Kinross Council.
  • Kim Donnachie – Youth Key Worker, BRAG Enterprises, Scottish Government’s No One Left Behind Project, Fife. 
  • Scott Houston – Family Project worker, Children 1st, Aberdeen.
  • Megan McGregor – Key Worker, Youth Employability Service, Dundee City Council.
  • Zoe Thomson – Graduate Project Officer, Youth Empowerment & Participation,  Shetland Islands Council.
  • Jordan Weldon – Parenting and Family Learning Assistant, Perth and Kinross Council.
  • Amy Younger – Key Worker, Youth Employability Service, Dundee City Council.

And many more…congratulations to all!   
from CLDSC Staff Team

We need Buddies! 

Are you an experienced CLD practitioner who could informally support a CLD practitioner who might be newer to the field, an area of work or looking to learn from other’s experiences? Currently we have 4 CLDSC members looking for someone like you!  Areas of interest for those looking for Buddies are professional/career development, external verification, funding and engaging learners. If you have experience in any of these areas, why not become a CLDSC Buddy?  

For more information about becoming a Buddy go to Supporting Professional Learning Together.  If you would like to become a Buddy please complete the Supporting Professional Learning Together form

Member Meet Up – Draft Adult Learning Strategy Response 28 June 2021, 1pm

Have you seen the draft Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland? Do you want to find out more and comment on the CLDSC response? Well, join us next Monday on Zoom to discuss!
Sign up on Eventbrite and we will send you the draft and some of our initial thoughts by Friday so you have some time to ponder and gather your thoughts.
We look forward to hearing from you!

CLD Managers’ Scotland

Congratulations to Dominique Carlisle-Kitz on her appointment as Chair and to Andrea McMillan and Robert Hynd on their appointments as Vice Co-Chairs of CLD Managers’ Scotland (CLDMS). CLDMS is a national independent professional network for leaders in CLD services in Scotland and works in partnership to inform/ influence policy relevant to CLD.  We are delighted that all three are active Members of the CLD Standards Council who work hard to promote professional CLD standards.  We also want to say huge thanks to outgoing Chair, Avril Nicol for her leadership and advocacy of a supported and inclusive CLD workforce.

JETS – Joint Education Training Standards

A special meeting of JETS was held in June 2021 with a focus to ensure that all UK Nations and Ireland were approaching approvals/endorsement for programmes in a similar way to avoid breaching the mutual recognition agreement that is in place across the nations.  More information on JETS can be found on the JETS i-develop area.  The mutual recognition agreement provides portability of CLD qualifications. If you are qualified as a CLD Practitioner via a programme approved by CLDSC then you can use that qualification anywhere in the UK and Ireland. Similarly, if you hold a qualification approved/endorsed by the other nations it will be recognised in Scotland. 

The special meeting focused on topics around:

  • Fitness to practice
  • Raising profile of youth work and CLD
  • Appeals procedures
  • Reviewing of Guidelines for approval/endorsement in each of the nations to ensure consistency
  • Reviewing Joint JETS Guidelines in line with the requirements for each nation. 

JETS meets twice a year and will progress the actions captured at the meeting. Big thanks to our colleagues across the nations. It is great to share experiences and knowledge from other nations. 

2021 SURF Awards now open 

The purpose of the Awards is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

This year’s five thematic categories include; 

  • Supporting Youth Employability sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, 
  • Creative Regeneration sponsored by Creative Scotland, 
  • Community Led Regeneration sponsored by Highlands and Island 
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place sponsored by Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Architecture & Design Scotland and 
  • Housing and Regeneration sponsored by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

Further information on the Awards and how to apply can be found on the SURF website

NSPCC Child Protection Audit tool

NSPCC have launched a self-assessment tool which will help organisations audit their child protection arrangements. 

The free self-assessment tool will help organisations audit current safeguarding and child protection arrangements. The tool will also help to identify areas for development and support you in making any changes necessary.