CLDSC Member Bulletin – 04 May 2022

CLDSC Member Benefits

As members of the CLD Standards Council, there are benefits available to all of you that we wanted to remind you of. Whether you’re an Associate or Registered member, you have the following benefits at your fingertips.

Top Ten Member Benefits:

  • monthly virtual member meet-ups (see below article for the next meet up)
  • a members’ slack space
  • an annual members’ conference
  • buddying and mentoring
  • free online access to Times Educational Supplement Scotland Magazine (requires you to be logged in to i-Develop)
  • membership of Scotland-wide University and College Libraries
  • access to Scottish Council of Development and Industry (SCDI) development & industry materials and events
  • access to funded places at professional learning events and programmes
  • opportunities to join CLD Standards Council committees and / or working groups
  • i-develop access to member only areas

We’d really encourage all of you to take advantage of the above and to get in touch with us at if you have any questions about any of the CLD Standards Council member benefits or if you are having difficulty logging into your i-develop account

Virtual Member Meet-up – 5 May 2022, 1-2pm

Last chance to register for our May Member Meet Up.

Join us to hear about how CLD practitioners in North Lanarkshire Council implemented the Youth Guarantee Programme to support CLD employment. For the past year, North Lanarkshire Council’s CLD team employed 19 CLD Assistant Support Workers (ASW’s) aged between 16 and 24 years for one year’s paid employment under the Youth Guarantee Programme. Each employee worked in all areas of CLD and had a robust training schedule. All but one ASW has continued onto a positive destination.

This session will showcase the ASW’s learning journey and what the evaluation has shown. Join us to find out more.  

Register for the May Virtual Member Meet Up on Eventbrite.

University of Dundee – Community Education Symposium

The University of Dundee, School of Education and Social Work’s Annual Community Education Symposium took place on Tuesday 3rd of May. 

This event showcased community-based research and innovative practice, with final year undergraduate students presenting their research projects alongside Community Education academics. Furthermore, a number of Masters’ students at the University led on lightening talks to discuss their experiences of undertaking impactful Community Education Practice. Key note speakers included Alison Urie, Community Development Practitioner of Vox Liminis and Dr Alan Mackie, lecturer within the Community Education team at the University of Dundee.

These inspiring presentation and discussion sessions included topics ranging from stigma and recovery, men’s perspectives on violence against women, adult learning and social inequalities, innovative community-based pedagogies, the impact of community-based ESOL classes, youth-led community arts, care-experienced young people moving to accommodation, global community perspectives on climate change, and many more.

A selection of photos from a CLD focussed storyboard shared at the event can be found below!

It’s great to share our expertise and learning; Connecting as human beings
We should do more to raise our profile; Let’s celebrate what we achieve

SCDC Participation / Appeals Process Event – 11 May 2022 An appealing prospect – appeals process for participation requests exploratory event

The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is inviting community organisations, public bodies and other interested organisations and individuals an online event on 11 May 2022, 9:30am-2:30pm. This will explore how participation requests – a way that communities can request to work with public bodies to improve outcomes or services – could be supported by reviews or appeals.

The purpose of this online event is to share findings so far, based on the deliberations of a working group. This group met twice in February 2022 and consisted of both community organisations with experience of making participation requests and public agencies who deal with participation requests. Draft findings have focused on principles behind an appeals mechanism and proposals for both local reviews and appeals to Ministers. There have also been draft proposals around improved practice guidance for participation requests and discussion regarding other forms of scrutiny. This event will offer the chance to discuss these findings and also to further shape them before they are brought together and fed back to the Scottish Government. 

Find out more and sign up at SCDC website.

Communities Channel Scotland

The Communities Channel Scotland was developed by Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) with funding from the Scottish Government.  It was launched in 2014 as a place where community groups could find information, ideas and inspiration to help them achieve their aims. The website was refreshed recently, with the aim of making it even easier for you to find and share useful content. There’s plenty of new stuff too, including a series of hot topic sections focused on covid-19, climate change, human rights and other pressing issues. You’ll also find useful resources, accessible guides to relevant policy and great examples of community groups in action.

The website also hosts the Social Impact Pledge, a Scottish Government initiative which asks public sector organisations across Scotland to commit to increasing their social impact by committing to changing three aspects of their current operations or policies.

Scotland’s Census 2022

The census collection period will now continue until the end of May 2022 to ensure everyone is included.  

Households can complete their questionnaire online, but they still have the opportunity to request paper forms to complete through the contact centre (0800 030 8308). Other support such as being able to complete over the telephone, and language support and accessibility assistance is also available. Updated assets have been added to the stakeholder promotional materials such as the toolkit, advertising campaign, social media assets (@ScotCensus2022, using #ScotlandsCensus2022) and the latest TV advert.