CLDSC Member Bulletin – 10 March 2021

Members’ Meet-up 29 March 2021


Our next Meet-up will focus on Community Development and we’re delighted to be joined by Colette McGarva (Community Development Alliance Scotland) and David Reilly (on secondment from Scottish Community Development Centre to the Scottish Government).  You can register on Eventbrite. Let us know what you would like to talk about at the session – what are the current issues for your community development practice as we (hopefully) emerge from lockdown and communities look to recover and renew?

Conversation with John Swinney and Gayle Gorman 
15 March 2021, 4.15-5.30pm

CLD practitioners, along with  school staff and early learning and childcare colleagues, are being invited to a conversation with the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, and Gayle Gorman, HM Chief Inspector of Education. The event is an opportunity to engage in dialogue about learning and teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of Scottish Education.

During the sign-up process, participants will be asked to submit a question for consideration. These questions will then be collated, themed and presented for discussion by a representative at the live session. Throughout the session, there will be opportunities to ask supplementary questions using a chat function.

You can register for the event here. Places are limited to 3,000 participants and registration will close at 17.00 on Thursday 11 March. 

Developing College-based Professional Learning Opportunities – CLDSC Approval

The next workshop in this series takes place on Monday 22 March at 12:00 pm.  
It will look at the Developmental Approval Process and developing how to access support from colleagues and CLDSC for making a submission for approval of qualifications such as HNC Working with Communities. Register now on Eventbrite.

And it’s not too late to book a place for the workshop taking place tomorrow (Thursday 11 March at 3 pm) which focuses on supporting CLD Practice Placements, and looking at benefits for CLD Practitioners and the CLD employers taking a placement. Register now on Eventbrite

Climate Change Public Engagement – highlighting the CLD role

The CLDSC is preparing a response to the Scottish Government consultation on its Climate Change – Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy – consultation.

Help us to highlight the importance of the role of CLD practitioners by sharing your ideas and your examples of how CLD supports public engagement in climate change.

You can add to the CLDSC response by accessing it on Google Drive or find it on the CLDSC website and email your comments to

Latest Concept Journal published

Take some time out and have a read of the articles in the latest Concept journal.  Dip into Chatter that Matters exploring how young people feel severe and multiple disadvantage impacts upon their lives and families, especially in relation to health and wellbeing, read Letters from Lockdown and much more… And don’t forget to log any professional reading you do as part of your Professional Learning log! 

SAMH Resources

SAMH (The Scottish Association for Mental Health) has a range of information and publications to help you support your own mental health and those around you by increasing knowledge, understanding and highlighting positive coping mechanisms. Click the links for more information on a variety of topics:

There are also a range of supports and services available at national level if you are experiencing levels of distress. Please visit the Distress Brief Interventionwebsite. The programme is built on the vision of connected compassionate support with the national programme consisting of two parts, with part 1 supported by NHS24 to help ease any individual.  If further support is required, they are referred to the DBI service with a promise of contact within the next 24 hours to start providing support.

Part 2 is provided by commissioned and trained third sector staff who contact the person and provide problem solving support, wellness and distress management planning, supported connections and signposting.  Support is offered for up to 14 days. Any adult age 16 and over in Scotland has access to this service.  Call NHS24 on 111 to access this service.

Also, SAMH have a vacancy for a Children & Young People’s Service Manager. Click here if you’d like to find out more. 

Disclosure Scotland Online

Disclosure Scotland is launching a new digital channel to apply for PVG level disclosures.  Taking a digital first approach, the new online PVG service will become the main application process for most PVG applications.  An initial trial of the new service saw Disclosure Scotland process thousands of PVG applications from over 250 organisations. Those who took part in the trial have seen key benefits, with a better, easier to use, application service and faster application turnaround times.

You can access the service from Disclosure Scotland’s website. Organisations enrolled with Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services (VSDS) can access PVG Online through VSDS. To find out more, please contact Disclosure Scotland