CLDSC Member Bulletin – 23 July 2020

Remembering Srebrenica 25 years on

This month commemorates the 25th anniversary of the massacre in Srebrenica. In July 1995, thousands of people sought protection at a battery factory where a Dutch battalion of UN peacekeepers were stationed. Over a matter of days, Bosnian Serb forces executed more than 8,000 men and boys. The genocide is the worst atrocity in Europe since the second world war. In November 2018, our Director Marion Allison, was part of a delegation led by Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. In this pod-cast she reflects on her time in Bosnia and the values of community, communication and friendship. Listen through web browser or on Spotify

Wave 4 of the CLD Response to COVID-19 Survey

Since March we have been asking practitioners to complete a survey to gather information and examples on the CLD Response to COVID-19. In this wave of the survey, we are asking how CLD practice is being adapted again as restrictions ease but social distancing and other measures are still in place. This will tell us how the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance for CLD Practitioners on working safely is being implemented in your area. Whether you responded to previous waves or not, please take the time to contribute to wave 4 about how things are changing as we move out of lockdown. The fourth wave of the survey will close on Friday 31 July.

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 results from the first and second wave of the survey have been collated and you can find the reports on the CLDSC website.
In case you missed it, the guidance on working safely can be found on the Scottish Government website, or you can download from the CLD Standards Council website in PDF format.

CLDSC Virtual Meet Ups

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in last Friday’s Member Meet Up. In particular Jenni Snell, Vikki Carpenter and Anita Jamieson who shared their experiences of Kahoot, Menti, Jamboard and Padlet, It was a great way to try out and play with different online learning tools with the guidance and help of colleagues. At the following networking chat, participants agreed that they would like a Members’ Meet-Up to discuss engagement. Working digitally has thrown up lots of challenges. From losing connection with known learners to reaching out to new ones and the value of outreach and detached work. The short discussion certainly got us all thinking. If you would like to take part in the next meet up on Friday 14 August you can register for the Meet-up on Eventbrite.

You can also suggest and select topics for the meet-ups, or volunteer to lead or present at a Meet-up by joining our Slack group workspace (you can download the Slack app on a tablet or phone). We can chat, share information, files, and more. Increasing numbers of people are joining and chatting about CLD practice. If you’d like to join, email and we’ll send you the workspace invite!

New Concept issue

A new edition of the Concept journal has been published. Articles include: Reflections on 40 years of ALP (Adult Learning Project); The Significance of Affective Social Relationships in Preventing Gender-Based Violence; and Lived Experiences of ESOL provision. Grab a cuppa and make yourself comfy for an interesting read:

Scotland’s Census 2021 – Postponed until March 2022

National Records of Scotland has conducted an options assessment on the risks of Covid-19 to the delivery of the census due to take place in March 2021. It has come to the conclusion that in order to secure a high level of response rate, it will move the date of the census to March 2022. As many CLD practitioners offer information and learning sessions around completing census forms etc, this may impact on workplans. For more information and further updates, check the census website.
You can also subscribe to a Census newsletter.