CLDSC Member Bulletin – 22 September 2021

Youth Work SVQ review approved

We are delighted to announce that the review of the SVQs in Youth work is now complete and has been approved by Skills Development Scotland and SQA.   

The revised Youth Work SVQs, reflecting the comments and input of CLD Standards Council members, are at SCQF level 6 and level 7 and are an important part of the network of qualifications that support the professional learning and development of youth workers in Scotland.  

If your organisation is interested in delivering these new awards, please get in touch with SQA. You can find more information and contact details on the SQA Accreditation – Awarding Body Approval webpage.

Picture of Grant Garret 2021Welcome to Grant Garrett!

A warm welcome is extended to Grant Garrett. Grant joins CLD Standards Council from North Ayrshire Council and is our new Corporate Performance Officer. Grant is looking forward to finding out more about CLD and supporting us with all sorts of data and knowledge analysis work.

CLD Standards Council Scotland – Professional Induction Programme Development

CLDSC is developing a Professional Induction Programme which will introduce members of the CLDSC to the purpose and functions of the Council and what is expected of membership based on its professional standards. The programme will also provide an introduction to the process of professional learning and development and require participants to produce a professional learning and development plan drawing from the module processes and content.

An Invitation to Quote process will be opening soon to develop this piece of work.  The work comprises creation of the professional induction programme, piloting of the professional induction programme and evaluation and amendments to the programme in preparation for launch.  This will be a short term piece of work, due for completion by 31 March 2022. 

Please circulate this to your networks.  If any organisation/contractor wishes to be considered for this work, please contact by 1 October 2021.  All details will be shared at the tender stage. 

Scottish Charity Awards – CLDSC Watch Party

The Scottish Charity Awards recognise and celebrate the best that Scotland’s voluntary sector has to offer and CLD Standards Council is proud to be sponsoring the Community Action Award at this year’s #ScotCharityAwards. The Awards Ceremony will be held online on Friday 1 October 2021.  

We’ll be hosting a Scottish Charity Awards Watch Party and would like to invite you to join us for virtual pre-ceremony drinks reception at 6pm with the ceremony taking place from 7-8pm where we can see the winners announced live on screen. Get your gladrags on, top up your glass and join fellow CLDSC members to celebrate the work of CLD in the voluntary sector.

Register to join us on Eventbrite

Virtual Meet Up reminder

There’s still time to register to attend our next Member Meet-up taking place on 29 September 1-2pm. 

Come along for a tour of the updated Learning for Sustainability Theme space on i-develop; an input from Glasgow Science Centre about work they’ve been doing with communities to jointly tackle poverty and sustainability issues; and a chance to ‘Show and Tell’ colleagues about your sustainability practice and share resources you’ve created or used.  
Meantime, why not have a look at the Education Scotland CLD Team’s Countdown to COP26: CLD Sector – Wakelet.

You can register on Eventbrite to attend the Virtual Meet Up.

Practice Placement Database

During engagement with its members, CLDSC has had numerous requests to hold a database which will provide details of organisations who are willing to offer a CLD Practice Placement Opportunity and what types of opportunities they can offer. Our membership has also emphasised to us the importance of Practice Placement Supervisors being CLD qualified. If your organisation wishes to be included in this database please complete this proforma and return or contact for further information. 

It should be noted that it will still be the responsibility of the HE/FE providers to negotiate the placements and ensure that they are relevant and appropriate in order to meet the Standards followed for approval of their programmes. 

Working with a Student CLD Practitioner is a great way to achieve Professional Learning and you will be helping to shape the CLD Sector for the future.  If you are still unsure if you can, or want to take up such a great opportunity please read through Things to consider before offering a CLD Practice Placement Opportunity.

SCDC – Supporting Communities Safely updated Covid-19 Guidance

Scottish Community Development Council, in conjunction with Public Health Scotland, has updated its advice on how to virus proof activities and events run by community groups, organisations and volunteer networks and reduce the risk of indirect spread. 

You can find information and details on the SCDC Supporting Communities Safely webpage.

Council of Europe – Youth Organisations Study Seminar opportunity

The Council of Europe is offering an opportunity for youth organisations to apply to deliver a study session/seminar on one of four topics: Democracy; Youth Work; Young people’s access to rights; and Living together in peaceful societies. The sessions would be delivered in the European Youth Centres in Strasbourg / Budapest and would be funded by the Council of Europe. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2021.  More information can be found on the Council of Europe webpage.