CLDSC Member Bulletin – 16 June 2021

COVID-19 guidance for the Community Learning & Development sector – update

The CLD Covid-19 guidance was updated on 10 June.  This update sees the removal of the cap on numbers at levels 0-2 and replaces it with a ‘space-based’ approach.  

For CLD activity with both young people and adults in levels 0-2, the following now applies:

“Learning is permitted indoors and outdoors.  Following a risk assessment, a space-based approach should be taken in line with capacity guidance. Numbers permitted are to be based on the capacity of the venue provided physical distancing and other mitigations remain in place. Physical activity/sports should follow general guidance whereas activity akin to events should follow events guidance.”

The guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website

CLD Standards Council Member Survey – last chance to complete

Our Member Survey closes on Friday 18 June, so make sure you have your say and shape our CLD Career Pathways work.  This work will help us

  • identify demand for training and qualifications to help us to work with providers and funding bodies to secure the opportunities needed by CLD Practitioners.
  • in the development of a nationally agreed and endorsed framework to guide employers regarding the recruitment of appropriately qualified CLD staff 
  • create a Workforce Strategy for CLD practitioners in discussion with key stakeholders.

Please complete the Career Pathways Survey by Friday 18 June 2021.

Summer funding – Children & Young People’s Health and Wellbeing

Children and young people most impacted by Covid will be supported by £20 million to create opportunities to socialise, play and reconnect this summer. Councils will receive £15 million and up to £5 million has been allocated to a coalition of 18 national partners to further strengthen and build on existing summer provision in addition to what is usually on offer. The support provided by councils will specifically target those aged up to 25 from low income households who may otherwise struggle to access such experiences during the holidays.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Government website.

World Community Development Conference final places! 

We still have 4 places available at the World Community Development Conference for CLDSC members. The event takes place from 21-23 June 2021 and is fully online. The theme is ‘Our Connectedness, Resilience and Empowerment’ and there are speakers from Australia, Belaurs, Candada, India, Ireland, Mauritius, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Taiwan, USA and many more! Check out the programme and email to claim a FREE place.

Make sure to follow along on Twitter (#WCDC2021).

Standards Mark Sessions 

Does your organisation deliver CLD learning to staff and volunteers? Do you want the recognition of the quality of CLD learning you offer to CLD sector?  CLDSC Standard Mark approval can give you that recognition and much, much more. Maybe, you are not sure if Standard Mark is for your organisation.  Well, why not pop along to one of the support/awareness events below. We will cover the What, What, Why? 

What is SM approval?
What does it mean for my organisation?
Why would it be Standard Mark approval and not one of the other routes of approval? 

Further information on Standards Mark approval can be found here.  

  • 21 June 2021            14:00 to 16:00
  • 29 June 2021            15:00 to 17:00

Sign up for the sessions on Eventbrite.

Learning for Sustainability Awards 2021 – applications now open

The Learning for Sustainability Awards have been launched. The Scottish Government has identified People as a key theme for the COP26 Summit and has declared that it wants it to be the most inclusive COP summit ever to be held. This includes a strong focus on young people and on engaging disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities.  The Learning for Sustainability Awards support these ambitions. Help recognise the amazing achievements of Scotland’s people and the settings, schools and communities that have demonstrated passion and commitment to building a socially-just, sustainable and equitable world by submitting an nomination. 

The award categories recognise the dedication and achievements of learners, practitioners, education supporters, establishments and providers and also those in leadership positions in Scottish education. There are 6 categories:

  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY YOUTH AWARD – Recognising the achievements of young people aged 3-26 years
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY PRACTITIONER AWARD – Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare practitioners and school teachers
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD – Recognising the achievements of head teachers, heads of centre, managers, authority staff and promoted staff in school and setting leadership teams
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEARNING COMMUNITY AWARD – Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare settings and schools
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATIONAL SUPPORTER AWARD – Recognising the achievements of individuals who provide invaluable support for learning
  • LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNITY LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT AWARD – Recognising the achievements of community learning and development providers.

You can submit a nomination here.  Nominations will close on 12 September 2021.  Winners will be announced in the Daily Record on 27 October 2021.

University of Dundee BA Community Education (Hons) 

Places are still available on the Community Education undergraduate programme at Dundee starting in September 2021.  The programme offers learning around the historical and philosophical foundations influencing current practice, relevant policy and political ideas and how they relate to community practice, in-depth analysis of social justice, equalities, political perspectives, values, and socio-economic trends.  The course reflects the current field of Community Education practice in Scotland, the UK, and worldwide.

And,  if you need some convincing about applying just read this fabulous story: 

Congratulations to the Prize-winner of the ‘Excellence in Practice-based Research’ Award: Megan McGregor
Megan undertook her final year research whilst on Internship with Student Funding, University of Dundee.  She designed and undertook a qualitative inquiry into student poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic. Megan highlighted the existence of significant socio-economic inequalities in higher education and pointed to the inter-related challenges of high day-to-day living expenses, the limitations of student loans, and the impact of neoliberalism, as exacerbating disadvantages amongst the student community. She found that Covid-19 pressures have further increased these problems for University of Dundee students and her work will be used by Student Funding to plan responses to student poverty and to highlight this social injustice. 

Megan commented:
Before Uni, I had no idea what I wanted to do for years, then one day I read about CLD and thought it sounded like something I would be interested in. I decided to apply and now I literally can’t imagine my life without it! I’ve had an incredible four years and learned a lot about myself, I’ve always tried to challenge myself and work hard, so I am over the moon to have won the prize!

This programme is professionally approved by CLD Standards Council.  If you are interested in finding out more, have a look at the UoD Community Education homepage. Closing date for applications is 30 June 2021.

Congrats to Clare McGillivary!

Congratulations to Clare McGillivary, CLDSC Member, on joining Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme.  Atlantic Fellows are activists, policy-makers, researchers and movement-builders who believe inequality can be defeated. She joins 85 current and lifelong Fellows from 39 countries across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North and South and the Caribbean.  We look forward to hearing about Clare’s learning experiences.