CLDSC Member bulletin – 13 May 2020

Welcome to CLD Standards Council Weekly Member Bulletin.
Read on for the latest news and updates.

Wave 2 of the CLD Response to COVID-19 Survey

The second wave of the survey will close on the 17 May (that is this Sunday).

Whether you responded to wave 1 or not, please take the time to contribute to wave 2.
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 second 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.
A helpful article to read alongside the Wave 1 survey responses has been published in The Lancet. The article notes that “Community participation is essential in the collective response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), from compliance with lockdown, to the steps that need to be taken as countries ease restrictions, to community support through volunteering.
Read the Lancet article.

Virtual Meet-up: Creating Connections, Reinforcing Relationships

The first Virtual meet-up for CLDSC members will take place this Friday 15 May from 12 till 1pm.
We hope it will be a valuable opportunity to explore relationships, what they mean for us, and build new ones among members.
The invite to the virtual meet-up sent out last week has been very popular, but there are still a few places available.
Please be aware we will be using Zoom for the met-up in this instance. We know this is not an option for all, but for the moment it seems to be the easiest most commonly used option.
Meeting joining instructions will be sent once we confirm membership.

We look forward to seeing you!

Directory of Free professional learning courses

We are creating a directory of free online courses that are relevant to CLD practice and the roles CLD practitioners are undertaking.
The first entries to the directory have been curated from the vast array of courses available on the Open University’s OpenLearn site and cover CLD related topics such as Partnership Working, Social and Political Influences on Communities and Financial Management. The directory includes short pieces of learning from 2 hours up to 24 hours of study with levels ranging from SCQF 6-11.

Access the directory on i-develop

We hope to develop the directory over time and would be grateful for any recommendations you have for additions.

Volunteering in ESOL Good Practice Framework – Survey and Case Studies

Glasgow ESOL Forum is leading a steering group of ESOL volunteer coordinators from across Scotland to develop a National Framework of Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL. CLDSC is involved in the steering group. If you support volunteers in ESOL delivery, we’d be grateful if you could ask them to share their opinions on what makes a good volunteering placement, specifically in working with ESOL learners, by completing the survey.

The purpose of the Framework will be to support projects and organisations (in all sectors) who are working with volunteers with examples of good practice so that they can ensure a positive volunteering experience and therefore a positive learning experience for the ESOL learners you support.

We also hope that the framework will highlight the great work volunteers do in supporting ESOL learners. We have developed themes following the journey of a volunteer, focused on the needs of the learner throughout, and Good Practice Goals for each theme.

We are looking for short case studies (300 words) to bring the goals to life and would like examples from all over Scotland, from projects of all sizes. We would like to invite you to consider your work and aspects of it you would like to share in the framework for others to learn from. If you would like to submit a case study, you can complete the the proforma online. Guidance for compiling case studies is located on i-develop: Case Study Guidelines. We would like case studies to be with us by May 26th, where possible.

A discussion forum has been created on i-develop: Volunteering in ESOL. There are sections for both volunteer coordinators and volunteers and you can find the Draft Framework Good Practice Goals.

Carnegie UK Trust Wellbeing Blogs

Carnegie UK Trust seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK, particularly those who are disadvantaged, by influencing public policy and innovative practice and partnerships.
Many of the issues it works on, and the partners and groups it works with, are deeply affected by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Over the coming weeks they will be sharing a series of blogs with reflections and questions across these different aspects of wellbeing.

Read the Carnegie UK Trust Wellbeing Blogs