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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.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 16 June 2021

COVID-19 guidance for the Community Learning & Development sector – update

The CLD Covid-19 guidance was updated on 10 June.  This update sees the removal of the cap on numbers at levels 0-2 and replaces it with a ‘space-based’ approach.  

For CLD activity with both young people and adults in levels 0-2, the following now applies:

“Learning is permitted indoors and outdoors.  Following a risk assessment, a space-based approach should be taken in line with capacity guidance. Numbers permitted are to be based on the capacity of the venue provided physical distancing and other mitigations remain in place. Physical activity/sports should follow general guidance whereas activity akin to events should follow events guidance.”

The guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website


CLD Standards Council Member Survey – last chance to complete

Our Member Survey closes on Friday 18 June, so make sure you have your say and shape our CLD Career Pathways work.  This work will help us

  • identify demand for training and qualifications to help us to work with providers and funding bodies to secure the opportunities needed by CLD Practitioners.
  • in the development of a nationally agreed and endorsed framework to guide employers regarding the recruitment of appropriately qualified CLD staff 
  • create a Workforce Strategy for CLD practitioners in discussion with key stakeholders.

Please complete the Career Pathways Survey by Friday 18 June 2021.


Summer funding – Children & Young People’s Health and Wellbeing

Children and young people most impacted by Covid will be supported by £20 million to create opportunities to socialise, play and reconnect this summer. Councils will receive £15 million and up to £5 million has been allocated to a coalition of 18 national partners to further strengthen and build on existing summer provision in addition to what is usually on offer. The support provided by councils will specifically target those aged up to 25 from low income households who may otherwise struggle to access such experiences during the holidays.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Government website.


World Community Development Conference final places! 

We still have 4 places available at the World Community Development Conference for CLDSC members. The event takes place from 21-23 June 2021 and is fully online. The theme is ‘Our Connectedness, Resilience and Empowerment’ and there are speakers from Australia, Belaurs, Candada, India, Ireland, Mauritius, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Taiwan, USA and many more! Check out the programme and email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk to claim a FREE place.

Make sure to follow along on Twitter (#WCDC2021).


Standards Mark Sessions 

Does your organisation deliver CLD learning to staff and volunteers? Do you want the recognition of the quality of CLD learning you offer to CLD sector?  CLDSC Standard Mark approval can give you that recognition and much, much more. Maybe, you are not sure if Standard Mark is for your organisation.  Well, why not pop along to one of the support/awareness events below. We will cover the What, What, Why? 

What is SM approval?
What does it mean for my organisation?
Why would it be Standard Mark approval and not one of the other routes of approval? 

Further information on Standards Mark approval can be found here.  

  • 21 June 2021            14:00 to 16:00
  • 29 June 2021            15:00 to 17:00

Sign up for the sessions on Eventbrite.


Learning for Sustainability Awards 2021 – applications now open

The Learning for Sustainability Awards have been launched. 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. Help 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, sustainable and equitable world by submitting an nomination. 

The award categories recognise the dedication and achievements of learners, practitioners, education supporters, establishments and providers and also those in leadership positions in Scottish education. There are 6 categories:

  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY YOUTH AWARD – Recognising the achievements of young people aged 3-26 years
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY PRACTITIONER AWARD – Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare practitioners and school teachers
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD – Recognising the achievements of head teachers, heads of centre, managers, authority staff and promoted staff in school and setting leadership teams
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEARNING COMMUNITY AWARD – Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare settings and schools
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATIONAL SUPPORTER AWARD – Recognising the achievements of individuals who provide invaluable support for learning
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNITY LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT AWARD – Recognising the achievements of community learning and development providers.

You can submit a nomination here.  Nominations will close on 12 September 2021.  Winners will be announced in the Daily Record on 27 October 2021.


University of Dundee BA Community Education (Hons) 

Places are still available on the Community Education undergraduate programme at Dundee starting in September 2021.  The programme offers learning around the historical and philosophical foundations influencing current practice, relevant policy and political ideas and how they relate to community practice, in-depth analysis of social justice, equalities, political perspectives, values, and socio-economic trends.  The course reflects the current field of Community Education practice in Scotland, the UK, and worldwide.

And,  if you need some convincing about applying just read this fabulous story: 

Congratulations to the Prize-winner of the ‘Excellence in Practice-based Research’ Award: Megan McGregor
Megan undertook her final year research whilst on Internship with Student Funding, University of Dundee.  She designed and undertook a qualitative inquiry into student poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic. Megan highlighted the existence of significant socio-economic inequalities in higher education and pointed to the inter-related challenges of high day-to-day living expenses, the limitations of student loans, and the impact of neoliberalism, as exacerbating disadvantages amongst the student community. She found that Covid-19 pressures have further increased these problems for University of Dundee students and her work will be used by Student Funding to plan responses to student poverty and to highlight this social injustice. 

Megan commented:
Before Uni, I had no idea what I wanted to do for years, then one day I read about CLD and thought it sounded like something I would be interested in. I decided to apply and now I literally can’t imagine my life without it! I’ve had an incredible four years and learned a lot about myself, I’ve always tried to challenge myself and work hard, so I am over the moon to have won the prize!

This programme is professionally approved by CLD Standards Council.  If you are interested in finding out more, have a look at the UoD Community Education homepage. Closing date for applications is 30 June 2021.


Congrats to Clare McGillivary!

Congratulations to Clare McGillivary, CLDSC Member, on joining Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme.  Atlantic Fellows are activists, policy-makers, researchers and movement-builders who believe inequality can be defeated. She joins 85 current and lifelong Fellows from 39 countries across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North and South and the Caribbean.  We look forward to hearing about Clare’s learning experiences.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 09 June 2021

Advanced Learning Covid Recovery Group

Alan Sherry, Chair of CLD Standards Council, has been invited to become a member of the Advanced Learning Covid Recovery Group.  The Group’s remit is to provide advice and guidance for CLD, colleges and universities as learning restarts.  Further information will be included in future newsletters. 


CLD Standards Council Member Survey 

As we continue our CLD Career Pathways work, we have created a Member Survey which will help 

  • to identify demand for training and qualifications to help us to work with providers and funding bodies to secure the opportunities needed by CLD Practitioners.
  • in the development of a nationally agreed and endorsed framework to guide employers regarding the recruitment of appropriately qualified CLD staff 
  • create a Workforce Strategy for CLD practitioners in discussion with key stakeholders.

Please complete the Career Pathways Survey by Friday 18 June 2021.


CLDSC Members’ Meet Up Monday 28 June 2021 1-2pm

This month’s discussion topic is up for grabs – what’s hot on your agenda that you’d like to share with colleagues?  Bring your cuppa, your ideas and your experience and have a blether with fellow CLDSC Members.

You can register to attend the Meet Up on Eventbrite


World Community Development Conference places still available! 

We still have 7 places available at the World Community Development Conference for CLDSC members. The event takes place from 21-23 June 2021 and is fully online. The theme is ‘Our Connectedness, Resilience and Empowerment’. No programme is available as of yet, but check the website and twitter(#WCDC2021) for updates.

If you’re interested in attending, please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk by 11 June 2021. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


National Numeracy CLD Network

The next Network meeting, chaired by Education Scotland and Learning Link Scotland, will take place on 10th June at 10am. Hear about the small grants fund and communities section of Maths Week Scotland. Chat about activities from National Numeracy Day, share resources, network and connect with others. To attend the meeting please register on Eventbrite.

For further information please contact Laura Starkey laura.starkey@educationscotland.gov.scot Education Scotland or Jackie Howie, Learning Link Scotland jhowie@learninglinkscotland.org.uk


Commonwealth Higher Education Consortium for Youth Work Virtual World Café 17th June

The Commonwealth Secretariat on behalf of the Commonwealth Higher Education Consortium for Youth Work, the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (PALYCW) and the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) will be hosting a virtual world café on the 17 June 2021 from 2.00-4.30pm.

This event is an opportunity for Commonwealth colleagues to reflect and engage in dialogue on emerging themes in relation to teaching and practising youth work under COVID-19.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Share and reflect on their experiences and challenges during the global outbreak;
  • Learn from each other about creative responses and innovations in the teaching and practice of youth work;
  • Explore ways of thinking critically and reflectively about youth work; and
  • Forge connections, extend networks, share resources, and establish effective collaborations.

The Association has been working with Commonwealth Higher Education Consortium for Youth Work on a number of tailored international events and this is the first of what we hope will be regular open events to facilitate engagement across teaching institutions throughout the Commonwealth

To join the online Café event you can register on Eventbrite.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 02 June 2021

VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK SPECIAL EDITION

Welcome to our special edition of the CLDSC Member Bulletin – dedicated to CLD volunteers across Scotland.  The theme of this year’s Volunteers’ Week Scotland is Thank You.  Here at CLD Standards Council, we recognise and appreciate the contribution volunteers make to CLD practice and this bulletin is all about you and the people who support you to make such a difference in communities.  Thank you!


Thank You from Dr Marion Allison, Director CLD Standards Council

Volunteers week is here! What better way to acknowledge the tremendous contribution that our CLD volunteers make to the young people, learners and communities of Scotland?  Week in, week out, in all kinds of weathers our CLD volunteers selflessly give their time, skills, knowledge and friendship to others. Volunteers are the life blood of the CLD profession – what often starts off as a bid to help ends in a full blown career with people often telling us that they are amazed that they can get paid to do work that is nothing less than a vocation. At the CLD Standards Council we are delighted that our CLD volunteers are active members – helping to shape and support communities across the country. We are truly grateful for all that you do and would like to say a huge big thank you to each and every one of you! 


CLDSC Membership open to volunteer CLD practitioners

Volunteers who practise CLD can apply to become Associate members of the CLD Standards Council.

There are lots of benefits of CLDSC registration for volunteers – 

  • Networking – Many CLD volunteers operate with minimal contact with qualified CLD practitioners and would welcome the opportunities for networking afforded by CLDSC through the CLD Regional Networks, events and conferences, as well as virtual networking through the i-develop website.
  • Helping volunteers make more of a difference – Many volunteers not only say they enjoy what they are doing, they say they want to do it well and make as much difference as they can. The range of learning opportunities available to members can help them do this.
  • A pathway to paid work – A lot of CLD workers started out as a volunteers and got the bug.  Lots of volunteers also use their CLD practice to enhance their CV and find that the CLD competencies are transferrable to other fields of work too. 

How to become an Associate Member of CLDSC

  • Complete a short application form – you can apply online.
  • Associate membership does NOT require a formal qualification.
  • Demonstrate the values, principles, competences, Code of Ethics and commitment to continuing professional learning that underpin the sector. 
  • Commit to complete the required hours of professional learning each year. This is pro rata based on volunteer hours. So, for example, 6 hours volunteering a week would equal 6 hours a year professional learning.
  • Find a referee who can confirm their volunteering experience, suitability and commitment to the principles. 

So if you work with volunteers who you think could meet the requirements why not suggest Associate membership to them?

Read about other volunteers stories and becoming an Associate member on i-develop.


CLDSC Standards Mark 

To support and recognise the fabulous work that is undertaken by CLD volunteers (and staff too!), we are able to offer the organisation you work/volunteer with an opportunity to have your CLD Professional Learning quality assured by the CLDSC. The Standards Mark process looks at the whole range of CLD professional learning opportunities offered by the organisation, not one specific programme, as well as the learning culture of the organisation.

The Standards Mark nurtures a culture of learning in our sector so that individual practitioners’ engagement with CLD professional learning can contribute to the development of the whole CLD profession. This demonstrates and enhances commitment to a culture of learning underpinned by the values and competences of CLD and commitment to our Code of Ethics.

  • Learning is celebrated, recognised and encouraged
  • Learning is reflected on and shared
  • Individuals can explore learning related to their role in volunteering and possibly continue onto a career in CLD. 

Go on, ask your organisation if they have CLDSC Standards Mark Approval. Encourage them to recognise the good stuff that you do and the great CLD Professional Learning they offer.  Give them this link to more information on Standards Mark approval

Or, you could encourage them to sign up to a 2 hour virtual support event on one of the dates below to find out more about achieving CLDSC Standards Mark Approval:

  • 15 June 2021            11:00 to 13:00
  • 21 June 2021            14:00 to 16:00
  • 29 June 2021            15:00 to 17:00

Sign up for the support events on Eventbrite

For more details and information on Standards Mark, contact Susie Bisset at susan.bisset@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk.


i-develop volunteer resources

Did you know we have dedicated spaces on i-develop for volunteers and volunteering? The Volunteering in CLD pages are designed to be used by CLD volunteers themselves as well as those who deploy and support them.  There is a section with general guidance on deploying volunteers, and information and guidance specific to CLD volunteers contributed by colleagues across the sector.  You’ll also find some research information too.

If you’re particularly interested in volunteering in ESOL, there’s a separate page for that with Discussion Fora for volunteers and volunteer coordinators, as well as links to resources on volunteer recruitment, policies, the Framework for Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL and lots more. 


Volunteer Spotlights

To kickstart the volunteer spotlights, we thought we’d highlight some of the volunteering work that staff in CLD Standards Council and Education Scotland CLD Team undertake.  Check out the #BecauseOfCLD hashtag! 

So many CLD volunteers contribute to and support their communities.  If you know a volunteer you’d like to showcase, please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk so we can do a CLD Volunteer Practitioner Spotlight feature on our website.


CLD Volunteers Get Connected

If you want to chat with fellow volunteers, we’ve got a few options available!  

  1. Post a question or comment in the Volunteer Discussion Forum on i-develop
  2. Post a comment or share a resource in the CPD Discussion Forum on i-develop
  3. Join our Slack workspace for messages on desktop, tablet or mobile app.  

Email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk for the joining link.


#CLDVolunteers2021 Virtual Wave

Thanks to everyone who has already pinned their activity, group, resource or good old-fashioned “Thank you’s” to our Virtual Wave Padlet.  So good to see so much going on across all parts of Scotland!  There’s still time to add your pins as we’ll keep #CLDVirtualWave going until the end of Volunteers’ Week, so please join in! 


Education Scotland CLD Team Blog 

Don’t forget to have a look at the Education Scotland CLD Team’s blog for links to Volunteers Week information and much more! 

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 26 May 2021

New Ministerial Appointments

Last week, the First Minister for Scotland, Ms Nicola Sturgeon MSP announced her new cabinet for this parliamentary term.  Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP has been appointed the Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills with Mr Jamie Hepburn MSP being appointed as the Minister for HE & FE, Youth Employment & Training with responsibility for CLD.  Our Chair, Mr Alan Sherry has already written letters of welcome to both Ministers and we look forward to sharing the work and contributions of the CLD Standards Council and its Members.


Improving Career Pathways for CLD Practitioners – Member Survey

As we continue our CLD Career Pathways work, we have created a Member Survey which will help 

  • to identify demand for training and qualifications to help us to work with providers and funding bodies to secure the opportunities needed by CLD Practitioners.
  • in the development of a nationally agreed and endorsed framework to guide employers regarding the recruitment of appropriately qualified CLD staff 
  • create a Workforce Strategy for CLD practitioners in discussion with key stakeholders.

Please complete the Career Pathways Survey by Friday 11 June 2021.


Volunteers’ Week – CLD Virtual Wave

We’re saying THANK YOU to all the CLD Volunteers across Scotland during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2021).  To help us achieve this we ask that you include the #CLDVolunteers2021 to any social media posts during Volunteers’ Week as well as the usual #BecauseOfCLD.  

In addition, to highlight what’s happening where, we’re working in partnership with Education Scotland’s CLD Team and the wider CLD sector to create a #CLDVolunteers2021 Virtual Wave across Scotland. We’re keen to promote any events, activities or resources during the week and have created a Virtual Wave Padlet where you can ‘pin’ what’s happening in your own areas.  You can add photos, links or even sound/video clips.  Click on Padlet to add yours and we’ll create a CLD Volunteer Virtual Wave!  Check out Education Scotland CLD Team’s blog for more information and a handy ‘how to’ guide for using Padlet.

An amazing amount of CLD volunteers have contributed to and supported their communities and we’d like to highlight some of the fabulous work they’ve done.  If you know a volunteer you’d like to showcase, please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk so we can do a CLD Volunteer Practitioner Spotlight feature on our website.

Next week’s CLDSC Member Bulletin will be a Volunteers’ Week special edition, so please get in touch with stories or articles you’d like us to feature


CLD Planning Webinar Links 

Following on from the CLD Planning Webinars held throughout May, you can now access all webinar recordings on this Wakelet. The five topics covered are: CONSUL digital participation tool; Place Standard; Embedding Youth Awards in CLD Plans; Digital Skills; and Workforce Development


CLDSC Public Register of Members

If you need to check whether someone is registered with CLDSC, for example, to find out if someone applying for a CLD post is a Registered or Associate member, we have a public register that you can check online.   

The member enquiry function is located on i-develop – CLDSC Member Search (i-develop-cld.org.uk) You enter the first and last names to search, and the registration category and geographic area that the member works in will be shown.  But remember that a member might have used a shortened or full first name to register with.

If you are a member and the area you work in is not correct, or you cannot find your own entry when you search, please let us know by  emailing contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk.


HE/FE meeting update

Our regular meeting with representatives from Higher and Further Education took place this week and key areas discussed included:

  • Terms of Reference for this group were agreed
  • Development of a blog to promote CLD research
  • Encouragement of student CLD practitioners’ involvement in workforce development sections of Adult Learning and Youth Work Strategies.

If you’re interested in finding out more about any of these areas, please contact Susie: susan.bisset@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk.


IACD WCDC Conference places available

CLDSC has purchased 9 places at the World Community Development Conference for CLDSC members. The event takes place from 21-23 June 2021 and is fully online. The theme is ‘Our Connectedness, Resilience and Empowerment’.  No programme is available as of yet, but check the website and twitter for updates. If you’re interested in attending, please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk by 11 June 2021.  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Tayside & Fife Professional Learning Alliance Conference presentations

On 22nd and 29th April, Tayside and Fife Professional Learning Alliance held a successful online conference, with around 80 participants attending. The aim of the conference was to energise and refocus their CLD workforce after a difficult year. 

Day 1 was about looking back over the past year, featuring a moving and inspirational keynote speech from Margaret Ledwith, as well as a focus on research undertaken in Dundee and Fife communities during Covid with Karen McArdle and Sheila Allan. 

Day 2 was about looking forwards, and highlighted important national work being undertaken on behalf of the sector by CLD Standards Council and a focus on CLD plans with input from Sheila Brown of HMIe. 

You can watch back the videos and slides from these inspirational speakers, as well as seeing some of the insightful comments from the fabulous participants.


Scottish Government – Survey on Volunteering and the Third Sector Response to COVID-19 

There is still time to complete the Scottish Government’s Volunteering Survey.  This survey aims to gather information about: 

  • how volunteering has contributed to the Third Sector response to the pandemic; 
  • the challenges that the sector has faced in continuing to support volunteering during this time; 
  • and – crucially – organisational perspectives on what is needed to support volunteering during the recovery period and beyond. 

Complete the Scottish Government Survey On Role Of Volunteering And The Third Sector Response To Covid-19 survey.

The survey is split into two routes: 

  • one targeted at TSIs, Local Authorities and intermediary organisations; 
  • the other aimed at organisations working directly with volunteers (volunteer-involving organisations). 

Deadline for completion extended to Tuesday 1 June.  

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 19 May 2021

National Numeracy Day

It’s National Numeracy Day! CLD practitioners work with learners across Scotland to support numeracy skills and CLD Standards Council is proud to support you.  Check out the National Numeracy Day website for links and resources to use with learners.  There are lots of events happening today and videos of these will be available from tomorrow on the National Numeracy Day websiteYouTubeLinkedIn and Facebook pages. 

Share your activities, resources and stories on social media using the #NationalNumeracyDay and #BecauseOfCLD hashtags.


Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2021

Volunteers’ Week 2021 is almost here and it’s all about saying ‘Thank You’ to volunteers who have given their time and energy throughout the last year.  

An amazing amount of CLD volunteers have contributed to and supported their communities and we’d like to highlight some of the fabulous work they’ve done.  If you know a volunteer you’d like to showcase, please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk so we can do a CLD Volunteer Practitioner Spotlight feature on our website.

We’re also keen to promote any events, activities or resources during the week and have created a map Padlet where you can ‘pin’ what’s happening in your own areas.  You can add photos, links or even sound/video clips.  Click on Padlet to add yours and we’ll create a CLD Volunteer Virtual Wave!

Visit the Volunteers’ Week website for more information.


SCQF Would You Credit It? workshop
16 June 2021 10am – 4pm

If you have developed or are in the process of developing a learning programme and are considering having it Credit Rated for the SCQF then this free workshop will help you understand the process. After completing the workshop, participants will have a sound knowledge of the SCQF, will be able to make an informed decision about whether a learning programme is suitable for Credit Rating and what steps to take next.  Sign up for the workshop on Eventbrite.


Youth Scotland Youth Work Support Fund closing date

The Youth Scotland Youth Work Support Fund was established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus.  If you’re a Youth Scotland member, you only have a few days left to apply for up to £2000 to help rebuild services and programmes for young people.  Closing date: 21 May 2021.


Calling all ESOL Practitioners – NATECLA Survey 

Natecla is gathering information on the need for ESOL Literacies across Scotland.  All input is welcome and needed – tutors, lecturers, managers and volunteers.  Please feel free to spread this far and wide so they can gain a true picture of the need for ESOL Literacies across the whole of Scotland.

Click on this link to access the Microsoft Form Survey.  It only takes a few minutes to complete and will provide valuable information on supporting ESOL practitioners to support ESOL literacies learners.


Your Police survey

Police Scotland want to know and understand the views of Scotland’s diverse communities. Your Police 2021-22 is now live on their Engagement Hub (Citizen Space); Police Scotland are inviting everyone to take part. The survey is open all year and asks about people’s experiences of safety or issues in their local community. They also want to understand more about people’s experiences of interacting with their police service.  CLD practitioners are encouraged take part and to share the opportunity with anyone in communities you are working with. 

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 12 May 2021

CLD Standards Council and Scottish Government Meeting

On 30th April, Alan Sherry, Chair of CLD Standards Council, held an introductory meeting with Joe Griffin, the new Scottish Government Director-General, Education and Justice.  During the meeting, Alan provided background on the CLD sector, discussed relevant issues for the CLD family and outlined the strategic objectives sought going forward. 

There are six directors-general who head up the Scottish Civil Service.  As director-general, Mr Griffin manages a number of directorates and agencies which support and implement Scottish Government legislation and policy. 


Time to renew your CLDSC Membership?

We send both Associate and Registered members a request to renew their registration every 3 years.  If you became a member more than 3 years ago then you should have received a request to renew**. When you receive your registration renewal request please complete the renewal.  You can be removed from the register of members if you do not renew. 

To renew you need to-

  • Reconfirm your commitment to the Values and Ethics
  • Confirm that you have undertaken an appropriate amount of relevant professional learning
  • Also, if you are no longer in active contact with your previous referee then you must provide a new referee.

If you are unable to complete your renewal at this time you can request a deferral. However we are finding a few members have not kept us up to date with their email address. Unfortunately if we are unable to complete a renewal that membership will be suspended and eventually removed from the register. So please remind colleagues to make sure we have up to date contact details so we can contact them to renew. Full details of requirements for renewal including advice on professional learning are available on the website.

** If you have been registered for more than 3 years and not received a renewal request yet, please check the email address you originally registered with – sometimes the emails go into spam or junk folders – but if you cannot find a request please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk and we will investigate.


Virtual Meet Up – 27 May 2021 1-2pm

Have you seen us mention our Slack workspace in previous newsletters? Wondering what it’s all about?  Come along to the May Members’ Virtual Meet-Up and find out how to make the most of the CLDSC Slack Workspace and channels. If you’d like to join Slack in advance of the session, email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk for the link.

Sign up for the Virtual Meet-up on Eventbrite. 


National Numeracy Day – 19 May 2021

CLD Standards Council is proud to be a National Numeracy Day Champion! Alongside the charity National Numeracy, we are supporting children, young people and adults to feel confident about numbers.  National Numeracy Day raises awareness of the importance of numbers in everyday life.  

Check out  the National Numeracy Day webpage for a host of resources including links to apps, research and toolkits. You can follow the latest updates on Twitter using #NationalNumeracyDay


CLD Plan Webinars – Reminder

National partners are collaborating to offer a series of webinars focussed on tools and resources available to complement CLD planning processes.  
The webinars may be of interest to local authority officers, teams, and partners involved in producing CLD plans locally.

There is one session remaining:

Workforce Development – Tuesday 18th May, 15:00 – 16:30

  • This session, led by the CLD Standards Council, will focus on the requirements set out in the Workforce Development component of  CLD Plans Guidance Note (2021-24) with particular reference to: Providing practice placements for CLD students; Recruiting qualified CLD practitioners; and, Supporting the CLD workforce to benefit from engaging with the CLD Standards Council through registered membership.  

Register for the Workforce Development webinar on Eventbrite.


CLD Development Officer secondment opportunity available within Education Scotland

This 23 month secondment offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced and effective Community Learning and Development (CLD) practitioner to support regional and national CLD programmes as part of Education Scotland’s West locality team. They will also engage with key stakeholders from across local authorities, the voluntary sector and national partners. Applicants should hold a recognised Community Learning and Development Qualification, SCQF level 9 or above. Applications are welcomed from practitioners in the public or 3rd sectors. The closing date for this post is midnight on Monday 31st May.

Full application details and information are on the Education Scotland website.


Family Learning inspection report findings webinar
7 June 2021 2pm

This webinar will allow participants the opportunity to consider how Family Learning might be delivered differently taking into account current Covid-19 restrictions. It is aimed at the Community Learning and Development sector and those who work in schools. There will be opportunities for questions and self-reflection.  Register for the webinar on Eventbrite.


Fully funded Open University microcredential courses

Supported by the Scottish Funding Council Upskilling Fund, the OU is offering the opportunity to study a fully-funded microcredential course in a variety of subject areas.  The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for developing key skills and the OU are committed to supporting the upskilling and reskilling of individuals and organisations by offering a limited number of free places. There are a range of courses on offer which may be of interest to CLD practitioners including: 

  • Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action 
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning 
  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners

For more information and details of how to apply see the The Open University website.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 05 May 2021

Summer of Play funding

£15 million has been allocated to local authorities for the targeted provision of holiday activities, working alongside local partners. The priority for this £15m investment is to help address the negative impacts associated with extended periods of isolation and lack of participation in normal activities during the pandemic. It is to provide opportunities for them to socialise and reconnect with peers and others during the summer through delivery of a range of activities within local communities. 

Using a rights based approach will enable a broad range of children’s rights to be further realised during this time. This includes the right to play; freedom to meet up with friends and socialise; right to receive support to help them recover their health, dignity, self-respect and social life. It is also about making sure children and young people’s views are listened to and actively inform the next stages of the easing back towards normality.

A national marketing strategy is being developed to support this and will include a stakeholder toolkit that local partners can use to promote their own activities. Details will be shared once available.


Responsible or active citizens? Young people’s citizenship and the 2020 Scottish Exam results demonstrations

Dr Stuart Moir and his colleague at the University of Edinburgh are looking for some help in recruiting young people to take part in their research. 

This very short video will give some detail of their research. But, in summary, they are looking to interview any young people over 16 years old who took part in the SQA exam protests or campaigns.

As to the help, they would be grateful if you could share the link to the video on any social media platform or send it on to anyone young people that you think might have been involved in the protests or campaigns. Also to contacts, like teachers, who might know some young people who were involved. And if you can, encourage people to either take part in the research if it’s relevant to them, or to pass it on to their own relevant contacts. 


Re-starting your services safely Webinar
12 May 2021 2pm – 3.30pm

SCVO along with Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and Public Health Scotland (the team behind the Supporting Communities Safely resource) invite you to join them for an overview of the very latest guidance as well as practical advice, tools and resources to help you get your service up and running safely.  Further information and registration details can be found on the SCVO website.


National Numeracy Day 19 May 2021

CLD Standards Council is proud to be a National Numeracy Day Champion! Alongside the charity National Numeracy, we are supporting children, young people and adults to feel confident about numbers.  National Numeracy Day raises awareness of the importance of numbers in everyday life.  There will be a host of free online events, videos and resources including inspirational stories and practical advice from real-life learners and celebrities including Rachel Riley, Martin Lewis and Bobby Seagull.

Have a browse of the National Numeracy Day webpage.  And follow the latest updates on Twitter using #NationalNumeracyDay

Scottish Government Survey On Role Of Volunteering And The Third Sector Response To Covid-19

This survey aims to understand more about the volunteer response from the perspectives of:

  • Local and national organisations working directly with volunteers
  • Third Sector Interfaces, Local Authorities, HSCPs and other ‘infrastructure’ organisations that have supported the volunteer response across an area or sector.

Your contribution to this research will help to understand the current situation for volunteering, and to identify and respond to emerging needs as we move into the next phase of the pandemic and recovery in Scotland. The survey data will also be used to support the UK-wide Mobilising UK Voluntary Action research project, led by Northumbria University, which is investigating the role of volunteering in the pandemic response. 

Scottish Government Survey On Role Of Volunteering And The Third Sector Response To Covid-19 survey is open until 23 May 2021 and results will be published in summer 2021.


Education Scotland Adult Learning Webinars

  • CLD Adult Learning Webinar – Wednesday 26th May 2021: 10am – 11am,. This webinar is for CLD Adult Learning practitioners or those with an interest. Highlights will include Maths Week Scotland, small grants fund, Glasgow Life Walking group adaptation and Nature Scotland, outdoor resources. Sign up for the CLD Adult Learning Webinar on Eventbrite.
  • CLD Adult Literacy Webinar – Wednesday 2nd June 2021: 10am – 11am. This webinar is for CLD Adult Literacy practitioners or those with an interest. Highlights will include City Of Glasgow Literacy App, Maths Week Scotland small grants fund & LEAD Scotland on accessibility information. Sign up for the CLD Adult Literacy Webinar on Eventbrite.
  • ESOL Practitioner Webinar – Wednesday 2nd June 2021: 1pm – 2pm. This webinar is for ESOL Practitioners and interested parties from all sectors. Guest presenters include Dundee ESOL Partnership, English Snacks Project – Edinburgh City CLD and Vocational ESOL partnership – City of Glasgow College and SDS. Sign up for the ESOL Practitioner Webinar on Eventbrite.

Virtual College Expo21

This year’s College Expo takes place on 9th and 10th June with a full programme of professional learning.  It’s free to attend. See the information and details of how to register on the College Expo website.


Development Trusts Association Scotland Annual Conference & AGM 2021

This year’s DTAS Annual Conference & AGM will take place virtually on Sunday 5th – Tuesday 7th of September over Zoom.  The theme this year will be Climate Action and bookings will open in July. Keep a look out for more details and follow #DTAS21 on Twitter.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 28 April 2021

Happy Retirement, Colin Ross!

After over 40 years of service to the CLD sector, our colleague, Colin, retires this week.  Colin has had a significant impact on the quality and visibility of community learning and development throughout his career. Through his commitment to education and social justice, he has not only improved the quality of lives of those living in disadvantaged communities in Scotland; Colin’s influence can be felt across the UK and internationally through his voluntary work with the IACD.  


He is known by the CLDSC staff team as ‘The Wise Owl’ and we’ve been thinking about why that is.   According to that well known education website, Wikipedia, in Greece, the owl is often used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, prudence, perspicacity and erudition (we needed the dictionary for a couple of those!).  These words sum up Colin’s qualities and approach.  Colin is very self-effacing and doesn’t tend to claim credit or emphasise his own role.  That’s where we come in!  We want to say a big thank you to Colin for his Commitment, Leadership and Direction.  Have a long, happy and well-deserved retirement, Colin!


REMINDER – Project funding for work with refugees – information session for CLDSC members  
Tuesday 4th May, 4pm to 5.30pm

£2.8 million is available from the New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project for new projects spreading documented good practices and supporting innovation related to the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy. A number of the funding topics have a clear CLD focus, relating particularly to ESOL and to  community development. There is scope to apply for grants from below £5,000 up to £115,000. Organisations including Community Groups, Local Authorities, and Social Enterprises can apply. The closing date for applications is 22nd May; for more information and details of how to apply, see the Scottish Government website.

Sign up for an information session with Jewels Lang, Communities Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council, on Tuesday 4th May, 4pm to 5.30pm. Sign up for the session on Eventbrite.


Manifesto Watch

With polling day in the Scottish Parliament Election approaching, good news from a CLDSC perspective is strong support for CLD in two of the main parties’ manifestos:

“We recognise that funding has been an issue at national and local level and, as well as increasing investment, we will review the statutory basis for community learning and development in order to strengthen provision and provide greater financial protection.” (SNP)

“While cuts have decimated [the CLD sector] with a considerable loss of expertise; the sector has been at the forefront of protecting communities during the height of the Covid-19 restrictions. In the aftermath of Covid-19, Scottish Labour believes that the sector has a vital role in supporting learning, development, training and support.” (Scottish Labour)

There are points of positive interest for CLD in the manifestos of all the main parties, in particular about the need to improve local democracy and strengthen communities. You can check them out at the links below.

Scottish Conservatives
Scottish Green Party
Scottish Labour Party
Scottish Liberal Democrats
SNP

SCVO have brought together information on and links to many of the manifestos being promoted by 3rd sector organisations: Holyrood 2021: what the voluntary sector wants – TFN.


Covid-19 Recovery Guidance for CLD Sector – Bookmark this page 

Education Scotland has created a new page on the National Improvement Hub to provide a single point of access COVID-19 recovery guidance and support for the CLD Sector. The page includes links to the most up to date Government guidance for the sector and the key national advice and support from national bodies within the sector. It also includes a range of further information, reading, case studies and links related to the roles of CLD during the pandemic and in supporting communities to recover and rebuild. This page will be updated as the advice develops so it will be worth checking regularly.


CLD Delivery Digital Survey

The Scottish Government recently announced a £0.5m investment in the community learning and development (CLD) workforce for the year 2021-22. This is primarily to support increased workforce skills and capacity to deliver digital CLD provision.  The Scottish Government have asked Education Scotland’s Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) to provide advice to ensure that this investment is used efficiently and effectively to support the CLD workforce in delivering high quality and effective digital approaches to CLD delivery. In particular, they are interested in: 

  • Organisational or system-wide barriers to developing the digital CLD offer and how these might be resolved;
  • Priorities that need to be addressed, such as workforce development or infrastructure; and 
  • Partnership working opportunities to achieve the best results. 

HMIE will gather information regarding approaches to the digital delivery of CLD through a survey of CLD practitioners and managers. In addition, professional dialogue with focus groups of staff and participants across the sector will explore this further, including what is working well.

The CLD Delivery Digital Survey is now open until midnight on Wednesday 5th May 2021.


Education Scotland STEM Grants Programme 2021-23 – now open for applications from the CLD sector

£400,000 is currently available through the national STEM Grants Programme to fund and support training and professional learning for learning practitioners involved in all aspects of STEM-related learning. Projects that target CLD practitioners have been identified as a priority area for this round of grants so this is a great opportunity to apply for support. Local bids of up to £3k per annum or larger partnership bids of up to £10k per annum will be considered. If you want to know more or discuss an idea for an application, then come along to one of the grant information drop-ins or speak to your Education Scotland contact. The closing date for applications is May 24th 2021.


What Scotland Learned seminar 25 May 2021, 4-5pm

At the start of the year Education Scotland produced What Scotland Learned 100 stories from lockdown showcasing examples from across Scotland including lots of CLD practice! There have been a series of seminars and the next one on the 25th May will focus on the theme of community as explored in the accompanying professional learning paper What Scotland Learned – building back better. Come along and hear about the work of kindness going on in North Ayrshire and the importance of community. North Ayrshire’s Director of Education and Communities will explore these themes through dialogue with a young person This seminar will be of interest to CLD practitioners in all practice areas. Register for the What Scotland Learned seminar on Eventbrite.


Digitally Kind Carnegie UK Report

Digitally Kind is a new resource from the Carnegie UK Trust, devised to help bridge the gaps between digital policy, process and practice to improve outcomes, and introducing kindness as a value to underpin an organisational approach. 

Based on workshops with over 40 practitioners and frontline staff, the report has been designed as a starting point to support organisations open up conversations around their use of digital in delivering services. Digitally Kind explores a range of technical, social and cultural considerations around the use of tech when working with individuals including: What existing internal policies and procedures impact the way staff interact with digital? Is new technology the default solution when issues arise in service delivery? Are ‘free’ technologies impact assessed in the same way as paid-for services? 


College Development Network Awards

The College Awards are now open for entries!  The Awards recognise the talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by our colleges, their staff and their learners.  This  year, there is a new Community Learning award which recognises and celebrates the innovative and outstanding work of colleges and their community partners in the delivery of Community Based Learning opportunities.

The deadline for entries is Friday 2 July at 5pm, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 9 December.  @ColDevNet  #CollegeAwards

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 21 April 2021

COVID-19 guidance for the Community Learning & Development sector

The updated guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website.

The guidance will take effect from 26 April and there is also an intention to review numbers for the lower levels in early May taking into account the course of the pandemic.


CLD, COVID-19 and leadership – next sessions 

There’s still time to sign up for the next sessions.  These are available for all CLDSC Members aiming to encourage you to pause, reflect and plan the next steps in your personal and professional CLD journey.

Pause and Reflect Thurs 22nd April 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Pause and Reflect session
Care and Wellbeing Thurs 13th May 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Care and Wellbeing session
Next Steps Thurs 20th May 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Next Steps session


Virtual Meet Up – Case Studies & Reflective Practice

The next members’ meet-up will be from 1-2pm on Tuesday 27th April. This meet-up will allow us to spend some time thinking about some of the key aspects of reflective practice, particularly around evidencing the impact of our work through the use of case studies. You can sign up for the Meet-up on Eventbrite.


CLD Plan Webinars

National partners are collaborating to offer a series of webinars focussed on tools and resources available to complement CLD planning processes.  

The webinars may be of interest to local authority officers, teams, and partners involved in producing CLD plans locally, and will commence in early May. Further information and registration details can be found on the Education Scotland CLD blog.


Project funding for work with refugees – information session for CLDSC members

Tuesday 4th May, 4pm to 5.30pm

£2.8 million is available from the New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project for new projects spreading documented good practices and supporting innovation related to the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy. A number of the funding topics have a clear CLD focus, relating particularly to ESOL and to  community development. There is scope to apply for grants from below £5,000 up to £115,000. Organisations including Community Groups, Local Authorities, and Social Enterprises can apply. The closing date for applications is 22nd May; for more information and details of how to apply, see the Scottish Government website.

Sign up for an information session with Jewels Lang, Communities Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council, on Tuesday 4th May, 4pm to 5.30pm. Register on Eventbrite.


Local Democracy Lab Scotland

Friday 30 April 2021, 2-5pm

Do you want to discuss the condition of democracy in Scotland through the lens of present challenges?

Scotland Local Democracy Lab is an online public deliberation event which gathers people across Scotland to discuss their trust in democracy in the time of Covid-19 pandemic. It is organised as a part of the Populism and Civic Engagement (PaCE) project, an EU-funded research and innovation programme, aiming to understand and address the negative tendencies associated with populism politics. 

You are invited you to share your opinion about the condition of democracy and your trust in decisions made by public authorities. This knowledge will feed in the PaCE research findings and the outcomes will be widely disseminated among policymakers and researchers.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, including minorities, people with a migration background, of different educational and professional backgrounds. You are welcome to join if you:
•    are at least 16 years old
•    live in Scotland
•    enjoy sharing ideas and discussing them with others

You can register here.


National Numeracy Day 2021- Are you a numbers champion?

National Numeracy Day will take place on 19th May 2021.  Education Scotland and the Scottish Government will again participate as lead supporters of the campaign in the hope of encouraging all adults in Scotland to brush up on their numbers skills.

This year will celebrate numbers by hosting a virtual festival, packed full of practical advice from celebrities and experts, inspirational stories from real-life learners and a host of free online events and resources.  The festival will focus on three key themes; supporting children’s numeracy, managing your money and numeracy for work.

Get involved! 

When you sign up to be a National Numeracy Day Champion you will receive free, fun materials and resources to use and share, and join over 1,300 other Champions helping the nation to feel good about numbers.  All participants will have access to an online number skills checker called ‘The Challenge’ that will help signpost to resources to improve number skills.

To be a champion you could run an online event, you could circulate resources to learners/parents or you could just simply promote the campaign via social media to your partners and stakeholders.  

Since 2018, Scotland has had record numbers of community organisations, adult learning providers, schools and businesses signing up to be numeracy champions.

Find out more and sign up by visiting the National Numeracy website.


Adult Learning Entry Level Qualification survey

Learning Link Scotland, West College Scotland and Working 4U, West Dunbartonshire Council are currently developing a new entry level qualification for those working in or thinking about working in adult learning. The qualification would be at SCQF level 6, have three units and take 108 hours to complete.

They are aiming to find out what the interest would be in such a qualification and have created a very short survey to help collate that interest. Please click here to access the survey which should be completed by Friday 30th April if possible.


Scottish Charity Awards 

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is calling for charities and individuals across the country to apply for its annual charity awards.
Now in its 15th year, 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.
Over the last 12 months the voluntary sector has never been more needed and has shown strength and resilience in supporting our communities against the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The charity awards are designed to celebrate the best of the voluntary sector. The award categories are Employee of the Year, Trustee of the Year, Community Action, Campaign of the Year, Charity of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Digital Citizens, Pioneering Project and Climate Conscious; with the winners to be decided by a panel of judges and announced on Friday 1 October.

CLD Standards Council is proud to sponsor the Community Action Award. Please nominate CLD practice in the voluntary sector across all categories. Nominations close 5pm Friday 14 May 2021.


CLD Talks Podcast

This week’s CLD Talks podcast features John Loughton, CEO of global leadership company Dare2Lead and the Founder of Scran Academy. John talks through his journey from running his first campaign when he was 11, becoming the Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, extra-curricular activities, starting off Dare2Lead and the outstanding work done by Scran Academy over the last year. 

This is the 10th episode and the final episode of Season 1!  You can catch up on everything at this link.


HM Inspector of Education vacancies

Education Scotland are currently seeking applications for HM Inspector of Education posts with a background in:
• Tertiary education (including colleges and work-based learning)
• Community Learning and Development (CLD).

Full application details are on the work for Scotland website.  Applications close 10 May 2021.


SDS Careers Scotland Survey

Skills Development Scotland is working with partners on a collaborative, evidence-based review of all careers services in Scotland.

The review will capture and respond to the views, needs and experiences of young people, parents, employers, teachers as well as experts in further and higher education.  It aims to ensure careers services are fit for purpose and future proofed and to provide recommendations for the implementation of all age career services across Scotland in line with Scotland’s Careers Strategy – Moving Forward report.

They are asking all organisations in Scotland that provide any career services to young people to complete a survey to find out about your organisation, the services you provide and your funding and evaluation.