CLDSC Member Bulletin – 21 October 2020

CLD Standards Council Conference 2020 

Well, we thought it might not happen and it certainly won’t happen the way we thought, but, your CLDSC Member Conference is back!  We’ll be hosting a virtual conference over 1st and 2nd December so save the date!  After having to cancel our original dates in March, we’ve taken time to review and reflect on how our world is changing and learn from the lessons our online interactions have taught us.

Through increased engagement with members and experiencing a range of webinars, workshops, blethers and conferences during the last 6 months, we’ll have a split day format (Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning) so that we avoid zoom fatigue and increase opportunities for members to participate. We’ll also make sure as many inputs as possible are recorded and placed on i-develop so you can access them if you’re not able to attend. We’re still working on the programme, so watch this space for information and booking details. Can’t wait to see you!


Framework for Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL

We were delighted to be part of the steering group developing the Framework for Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL and we’re now proud to highlight its launch. As you will know, volunteers bring enthusiasm and a range of other valuable skills. This Framework aims to aid organisations to reflect on their practice to ensure a positive volunteering experience for learners, volunteers and projects. We hope it will be an interesting read and source of support for projects of any size.  

You can continue to share ideas on Volunteering in ESOL page on i-develop
You might also want to attend one of the events below:

7th November: NATECLA Scotland conference online. Book here.
26th November: National discussion (Scotland) event for volunteer ESOL coordinators. Book on Eventbrite


Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference 2020

To mark the 2020 conference SERA has organised three online events. The theme for the week of events is:
Education and Educational Research – past, present and future.

Monday 16th November 4pm – 5:30pm
Wednesday 18th November 4pm – 5:30pm
Thursday 19th November 4pm – 5:30pm

Look out for more information about speakers and registering for the events on Twitter and the SERA website over the coming weeks.


EPALE UK in Conversation with the Adult Learning Sector

EPALE is hosting a day of online workshops: ‘EPALE UK in conversation with the Adult learning sector’ on Tuesday 10 November 10.30am-3.30pm. 

Participants will have the chance to share learning experiences, discuss challenges facing the sector, and make valuable connections with like-minded adult learning practitioners.

Particularly relevant themes including digital skills, community learning, and inclusion, will all be covered.

Click to register on Eventbrite


Carnegie UK: ‘Learning from Lockdown: 12 Steps to Eliminate Digital Exclusion’

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the scale of digital exclusion in the UK has been exposed and exacerbated beyond previous understanding. While new initiatives have been rapidly and successfully delivered, substantially accelerating progress and ensuring thousands of individuals now have appropriate digital access, there is still much more to be done to ensure no one in the UK is left digitally excluded. 

In its new report, Carnegie UK sets out a series of 12 recommendations calling for ambitious action from policy makers, practitioners, academia and industry. The recommendations build on work on digital inclusion over the past decade, and particularly draw on learning and reflections from the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown period. 

You can read the report here and follow the hashtag #12stepsfordigital on Twitter to join the conversation. 


Scottish Funding Council – Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability

Back in August, we told you that we’d submitted a response to the review of sustainability on Further and Higher Education being led by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the national, strategic body that funds further and higher education and research in Scotland. The review has now been published and you can access it on the SFC website.

Best Wishes
CLD Standards Council

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 14 October 2020

CLDSC Member Meet-ups

Thanks to all those who joined in and shared their practice in using the CLD competences to challenge poverty at last week’s Virtual Meet-up. Our next meet-up will take place at 1 pm on Friday 13 November when we will look at the role of CLD practitioners in tackling climate change. Register for the Meet up on Eventbrite.

You can suggest and select topics for the meet-ups, or volunteer to lead or present on this or future Meet-ups by joining our Slack group workspace (you can download the Slack app on a tablet or phone). We can chat, share information, files, and more. Increasing numbers of people are joining and chatting about CLD practice. If you’d like to join, email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk and we’ll send you the workspace invite!


Feedback from Network inputs

During September, we provided inputs to a range of network meetings and webinars hosted by Education Scotland. We spoke with Adult Learning, Adult Literacy & Numeracy practitioners to tell them about what the Standards Council has been doing, highlight some new resources and get their views on the benefits of membership. We also asked people to tell us if there were any particular reasons that they hadn’t joined CLDSC – for most people who aren’t members, it’s on their To Do list!

Below are some of the benefits they identified of being a member of CLD Standards Council. If you’d like us to come along to your team or organisation to talk about registration, have a tour of i-develop or just find out a bit more about us, please get in touch.


Citizen Literacy App Test and Evaluation Opportunity

The Citizen Literacy project is developing an app and learning resources to support adult learners improve their reading and writing skills.
The app uses voice and handwriting recognition technologies for learner input and features virtual tutor voices to provide information and directions to learners. The final version of the app will be free to use, with no registration required, no adverts and no personal data recorded.

There is an opportunity to provide direct input into the design process through a test and evaluation exercise for the app.
You can find all the information and web links you need to participate in the testing and evaluation exercise on the Citizen Literacy web page. You will also find a user and feedback guide and options for providing your feedback, as well as evaluation copies of the Teacher Handbook and Student Workbook, and a link to the ‘White Paper’ that provides background information about adult literacy in the UK.


Feedback to the Social Renewal Advisory Board

Help shape a fairer recovery after coronavirus by submitting your ideas to the Social Renewal Advisory Board, which has been set up by the Scottish Government.
This is an invitation for you to tell the board what needs to change to bring about a Fairer Scotland in the future, based on your learning from the COVID pandemic.
Your ideas could focus on one of the themes discussed by the board: housing and place, work, income, public services, and attitudes and discrimination. Or on something else you think is important.
Any organisation should feel free to send in ideas. The Advisory Board would particularly like to hear from groups working with people with protected characteristics.
Further information is available on Communities Channel Scotland


Community-led Action research toolkit

The Scottish Community Development Centre and the Poverty Alliance have recently launched their Knowledge is Power community-led action research toolkit.
The toolkit provides a comprehensive and easy-to-access guide to community-led action research for community groups and projects.

The launch marks the next stage in their Knowledge is Power programme supporting local groups to plan and implement their action research projects. Currently affected by Covid-19 restrictions, it is hoped these projects will be able to get going fully by the turn of the year. Check out the resource and learn more at www.knowledgeispower.scot.


National Youth Work Conference –

Youth Work 2020: Resilient, resourceful and reimagined

Online Event: Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November 2020, 10am to 2.30pm.

The National Youth Work Conference will showcase the strength and adaptability of the sector, share practice from across Scotland – and internationally – and explore the future direction of youth work.
This event is for member organisations of YouthLink Scotland, but is also open to anyone who has an interest in making the youth work sector in Scotland ever more resilient, growing our resources and working towards a positive future for young people.
More information including programme for the event and online booking available on the YouthLink website.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 07 October 2020

Virtual Meet Up Challenge Poverty Week – 5-11 October 2020

If you didn’t manage to join our Twitter blether on Tuesday co-hosted with Education Scotland CLD Team, there’s still time for your to join the conversation. You can catch up with the Twitter chat by clicking here: #CLDChallengePoverty

But there’s a bonus! This month’s CLDSC Virtual Meet Up on Friday 9th October 1-2pm will explore the same key questions around CLD competences in practice in relation to poverty to encourage reflection, highlight issues and identify any Professional Learning needs.
Register for the Meet up on Eventbrite and connect with colleagues from across Scotland.


Introductory Videos of Digital Learning Tools

Following on from interactive demonstrations at a member meet-up, 3 of our members- Anita Jamieson, Vikki Carpenter and Jenni Snell, have now recorded video demonstrations of 4 learning tools – Padlet, Kahoot,, Menti and Jamboard. These videos are available to watch on a new meet-up resources area of i-develop. (You will need to log in to access – email us at contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk if you have any trouble accessing)


The videos are only about 10 minutes long each and should give you a good taster for the tool and how you might start using it with your team or learners.


New CLDSC Membership Information Video

Have a look at our new video which tells you all about how to register with CLDSC, what your commitments are as a member and what the benefits are of being a CLDSC Member. Watch on the CLD Standards Council website


Please feel free to share with your wider networks to help raise awareness of CLD Standards Council and how we support your professional practice and professional learning.


Free OU Course – Online Teaching: Improving and Evaluating Courses

The Open University Scotland is offering a limited number of fully-funded places on its new microcredential Online Teaching: Improving and Evaluating Courses.

This course will start on 30th November and will run for 12 weeks, requiring approximately 13 hours of study a week. Upon completing the course, learners will gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11.

More information and the application form can be found on the The Open University website.

The deadline for applications is 19th October 2020.


Public Health Scotland Strategic Plan

Public Health Scotland’s first Strategic Plan, focusing on COVID-19, mental wellbeing, communities and place, and poverty and children, shows the scope for links between CLD and public health. The plan highlights the need for collaboration, saying that “No one organisation, sector or community can tackle these public health challenges alone”. Public Health Scotland aims to “combine their expertise in health protection, data and intelligence and long-term population health, with specialist knowledge and evidence across the public and third sectors”, and to “work with communities and local, regional and national partners to improve health and wellbeing locally together”.

Please visit the Public Health Scotland website to view the Strategic Plan: ‘A Scotland where everybody thrives’.


Carnegie UK Pooling Together Report

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carnegie Trust has been undertaking a series of conversations with communities across the UK, exploring the changing relationship between local government, public services and communities. Community hubs were found to be a critical part of the emergency response and the Trust believes that these hubs could have a longer-term role in recovery from the pandemic.

Building on the learning from conversations with four areas, (North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Lancaster and Scarborough), their new report offers examples of best practice, challenges, opportunities and learning for the future. You can also listen to Connected Communities North Ayrshire Council tell the story of the Virtual Community Centre, view the video on YouTube.

Best Wishes

CLD Standards Council

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 30 September 2020

Challenge Poverty Week – 5-11 October 2020

We have a couple of events focussing on Challenge Poverty Week. First up, along with Education Scotland CLD Team, we plan to run our very first CLD Twitter blether to promote Challenge Poverty Week. The event will take place on Tuesday 6th October at 12pm until 1pm on the @edscotcld twitter account using the hashtag #CLDChallengePoverty. You do not need a sign in to read posts but we would encourage you and your staff to join in the discussion and post lots of comments.

Our second event is the next CLDSC Virtual Meet Up on Friday 9th October 1-2pm. Register for the Meet up on Eventbrite.

At both of these events there will be key questions asked about CLD practice in relation to poverty which will encourage reflection, highlight issues and support ongoing planning in relation to the impacts of poverty. The Poverty Alliance will be taking part in the discussions and we want to promote CLD’s role in supporting and highlighting poverty and the impacts of poverty.


Blended Learning/Digital Engagement Blether

5 October 2-3.15pm

Online/blended delivery and engagement are hot topics just now. With some brief inputs from other practitioners, this blether will focus on how you’ve maintained engagement with current learners and encouraged new learners to participate – what’s worked, what hasn’t? It will also create the opportunity to identify strategies and professional learning needs.
Register for the Blether on Eventbrite


Connecting with the Children in Scotland Network

The CLDSC is a member of Children in Scotland whose mission is to give all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish; they bring together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves. Catherine Bromley, their Senior Communications Officer, has written a blog for our website, outlining Children in Scotland’s role and how members of the CLDSC can benefit from our membership.
You can read Catherine’s blog on the CLDSC website. From there, you can explore the Children in Scotland Members’ Hub. If you need to access any of the resources that require a sign-in, you can do so through your CLDSC membership, just email Contact@CLDStandardsCouncil.org.uk for details.


Scotland Learns

The latest issue of the Scotland Learns newsletter from Education Scotland is now available! View and Subscribe on the Education Scotland site.
It has information to support learners, parents and carers as well as news and professional learning opportunities for practitioners. See also the resources for practitioners section of Scotland Learns.


Supporting Student Carers course from the College Development Network

CDN and Carers Trust Scotland have joined forces to help improve support to over 12,000 student carers in Scotland, who are studying at college alongside providing unpaid care for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
Supporting Student Carers at College is a new innovative free digital training module that has been developed by CDN and Carers Trust Scotland from funding received by The Scottish Funding Council. The module will help practitioners to better understand the challenges faced by many student carers, and it provides guidance on how to improve support for these students at college.


Funding Awareness Outreach offer from the Student Awards Agency Scotland

The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government who help higher education students find the right information about support and funding. The Funding Awareness Team offer support and guidance by offering Funding Talks to groups of students and/or parents/carers on the funding available and how to apply. They also offer a digital alternative where they deliver the funding presentation online followed by a Q&A session. For more information about the online schedule please check the social media channels @saastweet


Updates from Disclosure Scotland

  • Applying for disclosure checks: From late March until 25 June 2020, Disclosure Scotland had been encouraging customers to only submit checks for coronavirus response workers. Since 26 June, individuals and employers have been able to apply for routine disclosure checks, which you can now do online. The latest forms are available on the Disclosure Scotland website.
  • Disclosure Scotland e-bulletin: Interested in keeping up to date with what’s happening at Disclosure Scotland, including forthcoming changes in disclosure legislation that may affect you? Complete the Disclosure Scotland online sign up form to receive the quarterly e-bulletin.

Connecting with the Children in Scotland Network

The CLD Standards Council is a member of Children in Scotland. Catherine Bromley, their Senior Communications Officer, has written a blog for us, outlining Children in Scotland’s role and how members of the CLDSC can benefit from membership.


Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything Children in Scotland does.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland.

Without doubt, the COVID-19 crisis has deepened inequalities, delayed or halted services, diverted resources and compounded pressures on families across Scotland. But it has also created opportunities. We’ve seen how the third sector has mobilised, using its knowledge and expertise to work with statutory bodies and help shape local services. We’ve seen the value of networks really come to the fore and the difference that working together can make to communities.

As a member of Children in Scotland, you’re connected to thousands of professionals from across the children’s sector, across healthcare and community support services, education and the arts.

The forums and groups that we coordinate to meet regularly bring together knowledge and expertise to identify solutions and put them into practice. For example, the most recent meeting of our Children’s Sector Strategic & Policy Forum was attended by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Under discussion was policy development on child poverty, a Scottish Budget focused on National Performance Framework outcomes, family support, mental health and child rights in education. The forum also focussed on the progress made on UNCRC incorporation, the publication of the Bill and what it will mean for children in Scotland to have their rights enshrined in Scots law.

Our members have access to some of the best training opportunities the sector has to offer. Now adapted to a comprehensive online learning programme that includes a number of free webinars, we deliver CPD where it matters most. But we also focus on self-care for practitioners as we know that the people who support children and young people need to look after themselves too.

Our Children in Scotland Magazine and our Members’ News provide essential reading for the sector. The magazine offers news, features and opinion as well as content updating you on the latest policies, projects and good practice, while the fortnightly Members’ News delivers exclusive insight from our staff and our members to share learning and forge connections.

Our Parliamentary Monitor keeps track of activities at Holyrood and Westminster to keep you informed of the latest policy developments relevant to children and families in Scotland, across the UK, and in Europe.

And our legal helpline with our partners at Gillespie Macandrew offers Children in Scotland members legal advice and guidance in free 30 minute consultations.

All of these benefits and services are available to our members through our Members’ Hub. Our website and social channels update on current projects and our participation work with children and young people.

For more information about our work in the last financial year, our Achievement Report for 2019-20 (PDF) includes detail on the projects and partnerships made possible by the knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment of all of our members.

Thank you for supporting Children in Scotland, and if you have any queries regarding membership or any of your benefits, please get in touch.

Catherine Bromley

Cbromley@childreninscotland.org

Senior Communications Officer
Children in Scotland


CLDSC Members can access Children in Scotland resources through their membership. Once you have identified an opportunity you can contact us at contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk for details.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 23 September 2020

CLD Practitioners Health & Wellbeing Blether – 29 September 2-3pm

This blether is all about you! Information from the CLD Standards Council (CLDSC) Covid-19 Surveys highlights areas impacting on your health and wellbeing as practitioners including: volume/pace of work; return to face-to-face delivery; and job security. The CLDSC Code of Ethics will frame the discussion giving an opportunity to share issues of concern as well as time to discuss strategies and support.

To attend the Blether, register on Eventbrite


Surveys closing soon – have you responded yet?

Online Professional Learning
The CLD Standards Council is reviewing our online learning provision. We are keen to gather your views and details of use of professional learning online, and the i-develop service in particular. This information will help us support the professional learning needs of CLD practitioners and to update the i-develop platform accordingly.

Please complete the Survey of Online Professional Learning

Supervisor Training and Support
The CLD Standards Council is planning to support students through the creation of a Scotland–wide placement supervisor professional training and development qualification. Help us shape this work by completing one the following surveys:

All of the above surveys will close on Friday 2 October.


Youth Work Education Recovery Fund Now Open

The Youth Work Education Recovery Fund will enable the sector to support young people in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities engage and re-engage with vital learning opportunities.

The fund will be administered by YouthLink Scotland and is open for applications from Community Learning and Development services working with young people to build confidence and skills; support their mental health and wellbeing; and those that address the poverty-related attainment gap.

Funding awards of £20,000-£60,000 are available, with the aim of strengthening youth work and schools partnerships, increasing access to outdoor learning opportunities, and increasing the youth work provision for families and communities disproportionately disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Click here to apply

College Development Network Virtual Bridge sessions

CDN has partnered with Jisc to bring you Virtual Bridge, a brand new series of webinars. A direct response to the current crisis, these sessions have been designed to support college staff in delivering remote learning and teaching, but also have lots of great information for CLD practitioners not in a college setting.

The 30-minute sessions are now running twice a week (Tuesday and Friday, 11am) and anyone can join for free! You can also view past webinars on the CDN YouTube Channel


SCQF – Professional Learning Opportunity

Looking for some Continuous Professional Development hours towards your CLDSC Registration commitment? Interested in Credit Rating a piece of CLD Learning you are developing? Or, interested in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) then SCQF may be able to assist you

Please click here for the upcoming workshops


Programme for Government Commentary

The CLDSC is a member of Children in Scotland, who invited us to contribute a CLD perspective on the Programme for Government for their members. The blog is published here.

Welcoming the programme’s positive references to CLD, and commitment to a Lifelong Learning Strategy, we highlight the challenge of ensuring that it engages individuals, families and communities as real partners, and links to strategies for community empowerment. And we argue that the challenge posed by the pandemic must be used as an opportunity to engage, connect, educate and empower.


Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart is a UK Government Scheme that provides funding to employers to create 6 month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Please visit the UK Government website for further information

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding; organisations employing less than 30 Kickstart roles need to apply through an intermediary representative organisation. SCVO is offering this service to third sector organisations or you may be able to access support through your local authority

Please visit the SCVO website for further information


Join Us at the Scottish Charity Awards Ceremony!

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 Celebrating Communities Award at this year’s #ScotCharityAwards. Sally Magnusson is presenting live and there will be surprise special guests too.

The ceremony is being held online on Friday 25 September and we’d like to invite you to join us for virtual pre-ceremony drinks reception at 6pm. Get your gladrags on, top up your glass and join fellow CLDSC members to celebrate the work of CLD in the voluntary sector. The ceremony is scheduled to take place form 7-8pm and we hope to watch together as it will be live streamed on YouTube.

To join us on the night, please register on Eventbrite

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 16 September 2020

CLDSC Practice Placement Guidance

Academic Year 2020-21

Due to the continuing Covid-19 situation, we have updated our Guidance relating to CLD Practice Placements in Academic Year 2020/21.

Please click here for the Updated Guidance


CLD Blethers

Delivering in partnership with CLD colleagues in Education Scotland, we have not one, but three blethering opportunities to tell you about!

  1. CLD Practitioners Health & Wellbeing Blether – 29 September 2-3pm
    This blether is all about you! Information from the CLD Standards Council (CLDSC) Covid-19 Surveys highlights areas impacting on your health and wellbeing as practitioners including: volume/pace of work; return to face-to-face delivery; and job security. The CLDSC Code of Ethics will frame the discussion giving an opportunity to share issues of concern as well as time to discuss strategies and support.

To attend the Blether, register on Eventbrite

  1. Blended Learning/Digital Engagement Blether – 5 October 2-3.15pm
    Online/blended delivery and engagement are hot topics just now. With some brief inputs from other practitioners, this blether will focus on how you’ve maintained engagement with current learners and encouraged new learners to participate – what’s worked, what hasn’t? It will also create the opportunity to identify strategies and professional learning needs.

To attend the Blether, register on Eventbrite

  1. Challenging Poverty Week Twitter Blether – 6 October 12-1pm
    To promote Challenge Poverty Week (5-11 October), we’re hosting our very first Twitter Chat! Using the CLD Competences as a guide, we’ll look at key areas of CLD practice in relation to addressing the causes and highlighting the impacts of poverty. The Poverty Alliance will also be taking part. Search for the chat on Twitter by using #CLDChallengePoverty and don’t forget to follow @CLDStandardsCouncil and @EdScotCLD too!

COSLA launches Blueprint for Scottish Local Government

CoSLA believes that the Blueprint will “allow Local Government to build around an ambitious vision for Scotland’s future – one based on the empowerment of people and communities”.

The Blueprint argues that “decisions should be made from the community up, not from the top down. In making the voice of local people heard and acted upon across all public services, we can address the huge health, social and financial costs of persistent inequality in this country.

We also recognise that engaging a representative group from across our communities can be difficult and that we need to be realistic about the work and time involved in ensuring that the voice of people heard is reflective of the wider community”.


Community Development Alliance Scotland Annual Conference: Action, Impact and Change

Speakers at CDAS’s conference on 7 October include Doreen Grove (Scottish Government), Anna Clarke, President of the International Association for Community Development, and Phil Prentice (Scotland’s Towns Partnership). There’ll be time for discussion on key themes including influencing decision making, human-rights and inclusion.

To learn more and register for the conference, please go to the Community Development Alliance Scotland website


Shaping the future of Adult Learning in Europe: EPALE Community Conference

6,7 and 8 October

To learn more and to register for the conference, please go to the EPALE website


Community Conversation: Making Rights Real

17 September, 10am -12pm

Making Rights Real is a new grassroots human rights organisation in Scotland, and with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Participation and the Practice of Rights project is hosting this event for people living in Scotland who may be experiencing human rights concerns.

For further information, please visit the Making Rights Real website


And finally, Thank You!

Our Virtual Meet-Up in aid of Macmillan last week raised £75! Those attending pooled information and experience of implementing Coronavirus CLD Guidance and delivering blended learning.

We also heard about a free 2-day online event being run by Co-operative College Learning Live (sessions include What is Co-op Learning, Social Action Showcase and Making Knowledge Together Through Radical Learning – all with a global slant). And of course a sweet treat recipe or two was shared too!

Guidance for CLD students and programme providers for academic year 2020/21

Please see the following advice from the CLD Standards Council Scotland (CLDSC) in response to the disruption to delivery of CLDSC approved programmes caused by the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Due to these exceptional and rapidly changing circumstances, this guidance is intended to manage and minimise disruption to CLD students attending Scottish Further Education Institutions (FEIs) and Higher Education institutions (HEIs) whilst seeking to ensure that the quality of CLD learning programmes is not compromised.

This is the guidance updated as of September 2020.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 09 September 2020

Adult Learners Week 2020

This is Adult Learners Week and not even a global pandemic can keep Adult Learners Week down! Have a look on Twitter for all the latest goings on. Use the Hashtags #ALW2020 and #AdultLearningMatters to hone in on all things adult learning. Why not follow some of these amazing adult learning organisations and supporters:

Scotland’s Learning Partnership @SLPLearn
Learning Link Scotland @LearningLinkSCO
WEA Scotland @WEAScotland
Lead Scotland @leadscot_tweet
Education Scotland @EdScotCLD

You can also have a look at the Education Scotland Adult Learning Wakelet


Join Us at the Scottish Charity Awards Ceremony!

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 Celebrating Communities Award at this year’s #ScotCharityAwards. Sally Magnusson is presenting live and there will be surprise special guests too. The six finalists in the Celebrating Communities category are listed below:

  • Cyrenians – Flavour and Haver Community Cook School – improves health and wellbeing by helping people develop skills and confidence around cooking through free cooking classes, supper clubs and community cook clubs across Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians.
  • Headway East Lothian SCIO – supports brain injury survivors and their families/carers. To increase community engagement and improve health and well-being levels the team devised an art project with participants and art tutors, using inspiration from nature to create a two week art exhibition.
  • Milan Senior Welfare Organisation – delivers essential services meeting the social, cultural, language and care needs of older people in Edinburgh. Milan provides the only registered day care provision specifically for South Asian communities in Edinburgh, as well as a carers support group.
  • Perth Autism Support (PAS) – supports autistic young people and their families and delivers training across Scotland, with services based on listening to children and families and ensuring resources are what they want, at a time that is right for them.
  • Space & Broomhouse Hub – addresses poverty in South West Edinburgh, last year opening a new community hub and developing Broomhouse Home Farm to create the opportunity to grow high quality local food on a site, run by local residents, bringing in young and old, to community growing activities.
  • Supporting our Community – a community hub in South Lanarkshire helping families struggling to access support and offers intergenerational activities that encourage community participation, reduce isolation and signpost to other agencies.

The ceremony is being held online on Friday 25 September and we’d like to invite you to join us for virtual pre-ceremony drinks reception at 6pm. Get your glad rags on, top up your glass and join fellow CLDSC members to celebrate the work of CLD in the voluntary sector. The ceremony is scheduled to take place form 7-8pm and we hope to watch together as it will be live streamed on YouTube.

To join us on the night, register on Eventbrite


SCVO Webinar Q&A with Professor Jason Leitch

The webinar is now available to watch online here: SCVO Webinar Please feel free to share with colleagues.

There’s also a blog on the SCVO website summarising the key messages from the webinar and helpfully highlighting key answers to commonly asked questions by taking you to the exact spot on the webinar e.g. Can our organisation’s AGM be held indoors?; What is the advice for reopening community centres?; Are community support groups allowed to restart and meet?

Upcoming Webinars from SCVO include:
Access to Community Facilities – 15 September
DigitShift – Delivering effective online learning – 17 September


Virtual meet-up 11 September 1-2pm – Put the Kettle On for MacMillan

Don’t forget to register for our next virtual meet up which will combine a good old blether about anything and everything related to CLD while raising a coffee cup and a few pounds for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

A chance to catch up, share stories, get support. There’s a lot going on at the moment, so we’re pretty sure we won’t run out of things to talk about! So, grab your cuppa and cake, consider making a donation. You can register and donate on on the Macmillan site. Please email us at contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk to join in.


Thank you.


Free online course for learners from Lead Scotland

Lead Scotland have announced a new free online course, ‘Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility’, produced for and by disabled learners, in partnership with Open University in Scotland (OUiS). The course is designed for beginners and may be useful for participants receiving digital devices as part of the Connecting Scotland initiative.

To learn more and register for the course, please go to the Lead Scotland website.

On 29th September at 11am, LEAD will be hosting a webinar demonstrating ‘Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility’. You’ll hear from the people involved in its creation about what the course has to offer, how to support people to use it and have a chance to ask any questions.

Register for this webinar on Zoom.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 2 September 2020

Scottish Government Programme for Government 2020-21

CLD, and issues that will be of interest to CLDSC members, are well represented in the Programme for Government published yesterday.

See the full programme on the Scottish Government website

We will be exploring implications, challenges and opportunities with committees and members in the coming weeks.

In particular, the Programme:

  • Commits to developing a lifelong learning strategy:
    “We know that COVID-19 has increased the poverty gap for Scotland’s most marginalised adults and young people, and reinforced that we must to do more to support vulnerable young people and adults with few or no qualifications, including those for whom English is not a first language. We will develop a lifelong learning strategy that ensures youth and adult learning are integrated within our wider education and skills system. Implementation of the strategy would seek to increase provision for vulnerable adults by building on existing and creating new learning partnerships between colleges, the Open University and community based organisations.”
  • Highlights that “Our experience during COVID-19 school closures..reinforced the vital role played by community learning and development in supporting young people and families – a role that will become ever more important in our recovery year. As part of our support to the sector we will allocate £3 million to a new Youth Work for Education Recovery Fund, supporting young people to engage with youth work activities that build their confidence and skills, support their health and well being, and address the poverty related attainment gap.”
    And commits to legislation that “fully and directly incorporates into Scots law the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
  • Indicates that the Scottish Government wants “to harness the energy of communities to ensure they are a core part of how we do economic development in Scotland” and that “this is also the time to build on the progress we have been making on Community Wealth Building. This is a way of working that looks to reorganise our local economies to maximise local opportunities and resilience – ensuring that local people and businesses have a genuine stake in producing, owning and enjoying the wealth they create.”

Guidance update to support the reopening of indoor Youth Work

The Scottish Government have issued Guidance for the safe running of indoor and outdoor organised activities for children and young people.

View the Guidance on the Scottish Government site


This guidance is for unregulated activities and services provided indoors for children and young people, including babies and toddlers, that are voluntary, 3rd sector, parent or peer led or unregulated providers delivering a service or activity directly to children under 18.


Placement Supervisor Training and Support

CLD Standards Council is currently working with colleges, universities and employers to think about how we can best support students through the creation of a Scotland–wide placement supervisor professional training and development qualification. If you have not done so already please respond to one of the surveys below to help us shape this work:


Virtual meet-up 11 September 1-2pm – Put the Kettle On for MacMillan

Our next virtual meet up with combine a good old blether about anything and everything related to CLD while raising a coffee cup and a few pounds for MacMillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
There’s no theme for this Meet-Up; just a chance to catch up, share stories, get support. There’s a lot going on at the moment, so we’re pretty sure we won’t run out of things to talk about! So, grab your cuppa and cake and consider making a donation. You can register and donate on this MacMillan Support page
Thank you.


Digital Inclusion Fund applications now open

There has never been a more important time to end digital poverty, please help us spread the word about this new fund for young adult learners.

£250K CLD programme to tackle the digital divide

The new £250,000 programme has been launched as part of an ongoing effort to address digital poverty.
The Digital Inclusion Fund will be used to facilitate the purchase of laptops, tablets, adaptive/assistive equipment and other devices in order to promote digital inclusion and connectivity, and is open to organisations working with young adult learners.

To qualify, the supported young adult learners must be:

  • Aged 16 to 30
  • Who are actively supported by Community Learning and Development
  • Are not in full-time education, employment or training

Covid-19 has highlighted the stark digital divide that exists in Scotland.

As part of wider digital inclusion efforts, the Scottish Government and the CLD sector have been working to address the digital divide for young adult learners.
YouthLink Scotland, WEA and Lead Scotland will work together with their networks to reach those who could benefit most from support to access digital equipment and the internet. This is a limited fund, we would therefore ask you to prioritise those most in need of this support, and who may not be able to access other similar programmes such as Connecting Scotland.
Access further information about the Digital Inclusion Fund criteria (PDF)
Complete the online application form
The closing date for applications is the 25th of September (5pm).


Wee blether for youth work

Education Scotland are hosting an online Wee Blether on 7 September at 4pm.

This will be an opportunity for schools and youth work practitioners to reflect on the contributions that youth work makes to closing the poverty related attainment gap and discuss how to strengthen collaboration between schools and their youth work partners during the recovery phase.
This blether is for head teachers, teachers, and CLD practitioners.
Book your place on the Education Scotland events page


There is still time to apply for Erasmus+ Youth Funding

Final deadline for application: October 1st 2020.

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Since the current programme started 2014, youth organisations and young people in Scotland have accessed more than 5 million Euros of Erasmus+ funding to support life-changing international opportunities. The current programme is due to end in December and the UK Government will decide whether the UK will be part of future programmes but that means that there is still one more round of funding to apply for.

Erasmus+ Youth Strand can fund a range of activities including youth volunteering projects, youth exchanges, mobility projects for young people and youth workers, international partnerships, and projects to shape youth policy.

The British Council has provided guidance for applicants and recipients of Erasmus+ funding as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. For example, they suggest that organisations may wish to consider applying for ‘blended’ activities , with virtual elements supported by physical mobilities in the future.

Check out the Erasmus+ site for more information about what you can apply for and how to go about it.


Celebrating the Impact of Adult Learning Photo Competition

EPALE UK Star Supporter Photo Competition 2020 is now open!
The theme is Celebrating the Impact of Adult Learning and how it is benefiting our community.
See full details on the EPALE competition page
The prizes are Instax Cameras with built-in printers. All UK individuals and organisations working in the field of adult education are welcome to participate. Entries will be accepted until 12pm on October 20, 2020.