CLDSC Member Bulletin – 10 June 2020

CLDSC Members Virtual Meet-Up – Digitally Agile or Digitally Fragile?

Over these past few months, we’ve all had to embrace the digital world more than ever before. This has brought lots of frustrations, but it’s also highlighted our creativity and adaptability as CLD practitioners – bet you’re more agile than you think! Our next Virtual Meet-Up gives us a chance to share the highs of feeling digitally agile, the lows of feeling digitally fragile and the space to come up with practical ways to support each other. If you haven’t already registered yet for the next Virtual Meet-Up on Friday 12 June 1-2pm, what are you waiting for?! Registration for event now closed.

Wave 3 of the CLD Response to COVID-19 Survey

The third wave of the survey will close on Wednesday the 17 June (just 1 week away).
Whether you responded to wave 1 or 2 or not, please take the time to contribute to wave 3.

Please complete the survey here:

Please also pass the link on to any CLD colleagues. We really appreciate your support with this task at this busy time.
The CLD Standards Council has asked practitioners to complete the short survey to gather information and examples on the CLD Response to COVID-19. The survey is open to collect a third wave of information to build the picture over time.
The results from the first wave of the survey to the 19 April 2020 have been collected and you can find the report on the CLDSC website.

Guidance on moving SCQF rated programmes online

Learning providers are having to adapt rapidly in these times with many of you moving your provision online. What are the implications when you are making all of these changes to the way you deliver your programmes and assess your learners? How do you make sure that you are still meeting the requirements of SCQF and ensuring that your learners can still be certificated?
This blog from SCQF gives some useful information and guidance.

SURF Awards

Scotland’s regeneration forum – SURF – opened its annual awards for applications on 4 June. Categories for the awards include Community Led Regeneration and Supporting Youth Employability.
You can see further information and download application forms on the SURF Awards website.

Closing date for applications is 7 September 2020.

Children’s survey from the Children’s Parliament

The Children’s Parliament is engaging children age 8 to 14 years old in a conversation about their experience of Coronavirus and lockdown.
They have launched the June edition of the national wellbeing survey – How are you doing?

The survey is available on this link:

Children can access the survey themselves via the link, but it if you could highlight the survey to children in the target age range that you know, that would be most helpful. The survey is also a great conversation starter. Children can access and complete the survey for the first time, or return to it having completed it before.
If you visit the How are you doing web page you will also find a report on findings from the April and May How are you doing? surveys. Nearly 4,000 children took part in both months and the Children’s Parliament are working hard to ensure Government and other agencies are listening to the insight from children as they develop actions to address concerns and plan for recovery.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for continuity in learning

Last Friday, the Scottish Government issued further guidance to support children and young people’s learning during the COVID-19 crisis. In recovery planning, Education Authorities are advised to “consider the support available through CLD services (provided by local authorities, other statutory services and the third sector) as part of their local delivery plan”.
It notes that “youth workers can provide an alternative trusted relationship for young people through both one to one and group support. Youth work is often targeted to individuals and communities furthest from engagement or inclusion.” The report also highlights that CLD services also include “family learning, adult learning and ESOL (English of Speakers of Other Languages). These can be useful in supporting parents and carers to engage with the school and with their children’s learning.”
The report recognises that many schools across Scotland have youth and family learning workers engaged directly in schools and across the wider community; “These services are especially useful in reconnecting some vulnerable children and young people to reconnect with education.”. It is also acknowledges that CLD workers “provide information and practical and emotional support to children, young people, parents and carers through transitions and, in partnership with other professionals, can support a holistic approach to meeting their needs.”.
The full report can be accessed on the Scottish Government website.

MEd CLD Research project – participants required

Understanding how to grow the young CLD workforce.
Approvals Committee member Ceri Hunter is carrying out a piece of research as part of her CLD MEd that actions a key recommendation of the Working with Scotland’s Communities report: Understanding how to grow the young CLD workforce.
Ceri writes: “This research project is looking to conduct interviews with students/recent graduates about their journey into the CLD profession. I am looking for those students who have recently completed 1st or 4th year of a CLD/Community Development/Community Education degree in Scotland, who are able to take part in an online video interview, which should take between 30 – 45mins. Many thanks in advance”
Access further information and contact details to participate