CLDSC Member Bulletin – 02 February 2022

CLD Digital Investment Developments

If you didn’t make it along to the February Virtual Member Meet-up but would like to find out more about the CLD digital work being progressed, read on!  

Through the CLD Digital Investment funding announced in December by Jamie Hepburn MSP, three areas of work are being progressed: development of a CLD Digital Portal; a Digital CLD Award; and updating the CLD Competent Practitioner Framework to take account of digital skills/delivery.

The Open University in Scotland (OUiS) has created a CLD Digital portal to support this work. The portal is split into five areas, providing access to learning opportunities and space for the CLD Digital Award information and digital competence work to be located. 

This provides direct access to free OU courses split into the following areas:

  • Digital competence of the individual
  • Skills for collaboration and organisation
  • Skills to facilitate learning

Access to a range fully funded places on online teaching Microcredentials for those working in the CLD sector. See the article below for more details on what is available!

Complete the Survey
A space to give feedback to the OUiS so they can better understand the needs of the CLD workforce. 

Digital Community Award
Information on the Digital CLD Award being developed which will offer CLD services and organisations recognition of the ways they promote effective use of digital technologies to enhance learning opportunities.

CLD Standards Council
This area will host information and opportunities as part of the review of CLD digital competence. Background materials, consultation events and opportunities, and key findings will be easily accessible.

Watch this space for more information on how the projects are progressing.  

Free Accredited Online Learning Microcredentials

The Open University in Scotland (OUiS) is offering a number of fully funded places on their online learning Microcredentials for those working in the CLD sector. 

These courses provide strategic skills for practitioners in any learning environment, in community or online and have been identified as relevant to CLD practitioners by the CLD Standards Council. They will help you to develop online programmes for learners which are accessible and inclusive while also focusing on key thematic priorities for the sector.

The courses available will allow you to look at how you can deliver a more digitally accessible service, while broadening your reach to more young people, adults, families and community groups.

The courses on offer are:

  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
  • Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
  • Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
  • Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

These courses are at postgraduate level and will start in March 2022 and run for 12 weeks. 

For more information and to apply, please visit OUiS Microcredentials for CLDThe deadline for applications is Sunday, 13 February 2022.

CLD Group Coaching Opportunity – Last Call

There are still spaces available on the CLD group coaching which is part of the Education Scotland workforce support package. Some groups have started and feedback from the first session has been very positive. Participants reported feeling very happy, connected, excited, content, grateful and hopeful.

If you would like to join this group, there is still time to register at CLD Group Coaching.

There are still places available on the 1:1 coaching programme and you can find out more about this course and others at Workforce Support Package.

If you have any questions, please email

The Cycle of Wellbeing in CLD – Webinar

The Cycle of Wellbeing brings together a wide range of resources to support staff and learner wellbeing in education settings. This webinar on Wednesday, 23 February at 4pm, will provide an overview of the Cycle of Wellbeing resources on the National Improvement Hub and explore how they can be used to support staff and learners in CLD contexts.

Register for the event on Eventbrite using a school/establishment/local authority or Glow email address. If you work in Scottish education and would like to attend, but do not have a glow or work email address please email with the name of your setting or service, to request a place. 

CLD and Learning for Sustainability: Joining the Dots

Come along to this webinar discussion on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 at 10am – 11am, to explore the connections between Community Learning and Development and Learning for Sustainability. There are many aspects of CLD practice which align with Learning for Sustainability in terms of building a socially-just, sustainable and equitable society. 

This session will provide the opportunity to share practice and explore these links in more detail with practitioners from across Scotland.

Register for the webinar on Eventbrite.

Illuminating Leadership Festival 2022

Taking place for the first time from 28 February to 3 March 2022Illuminating Leadership 2022, is a global online festival aiming to shed light on the benefits, opportunities and challenges of collective, systems and place-based leadership. Over the course of the four days, the festival will hold a variety of self-hosted events enabling participants and hosts to reflect, share, and identify ways in which to support people across public services and beyond.  These will aim to make people feel truly empowered, sufficiently emboldened and able to use their creativity in a way that supports real system change.

All events are free and open to anyone with an interest in collective, systems and place-based leadership.

View the Events Calendar and sign up!

Young Scot Awards 2022 – Nominations Now Open

The search is on for Scotland’s most inspiring young people for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2022. The Awards look for people across Scotland to nominate young people who do extraordinary work to improve their community and the lives of others. The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards is Scotland’s biggest celebration of young people and shines a spotlight on the outstanding contribution of those aged 11-26, who have made a real difference to the lives of others. 

From hundreds of entries, three finalists will be chosen in each of the 14 categories. Categories include: Young Hero, Community, Volunteering, Unsung Hero, Enhancing Education, Sport, Health and Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity, Arts, Entertainment, Environment, Enterprise and 2022 Young Scot of the Year. 

Young Scot are encouraging people to nominate at Young Scot Awards before the deadline closes on Sunday, 13 February 2022.