CLDSC Member Bulletin – 31 March 2021

We’re recruiting! – Corporate Performance Officer

This post is responsible for leading a range of monitoring and evaluation projects, including those with a focus on our support for educational recovery. It is an exciting opportunity to work in a small, friendly team and apply your analytical skills to improve approaches to evaluation and use performance data to support improvement.

Specific duties include:

  • Lead monitoring and evaluation, data collection and data analysis projects. 
  • Designing qualitative and quantitative evidence gathering tools, such as questionnaires. 
  • Carrying out analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. 
  • Produce high quality reports based on your analysis to provide clear findings, recommendations and insight. 
  • Work collaboratively to define activities/outputs and outcomes (e.g. through logic modelling).
  • Develop realistic monitoring and evaluation plans based on business areas’ activities/outputs and outcomes.

For more information and to apply, view the Scottish Government webpage.

Closing date for applications Monday 5 April at midnight.

Climate Change Public Engagement strategy: CLDSC response

The Scottish Government consultation on its Climate Change – Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy (Climate Change – Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy – consultation – Scottish Government – Citizen Space) closes today (31st March). The CLD Standards Council has submitted a response highlighting the essential role of CLD in achieving the ambitions of the strategy for a “a society-wide transformation” – you can see the response here.

Thanks to all members who contributed to the response, either with written comments or through last month’s virtual meet-up.

Virtual Member Meet ups

We had another well-attended virtual meet-up last Friday, focusing on community development practice. Kathleen Glazik, Community Empowerment Team Leader in the Scottish Government, and Colette McGarva, Co-ordinator of the Community Development Alliance Scotland, responded to issues raised, including how to build on the positive lessons learnt from practice during the pandemic, and the need for support for a stressed workforce.

The next members’ meet-up at 13.00 on Tuesday 27th April will explore how we can use case studies creatively as a way of reflecting on our work as well as evidencing its impact. You can sign up on Eventbrite

CLDSC – Quiz Kirsty!

As the professional body for people who work or volunteer in Community Learning and Development, CLDSC exists to support practitioners in a variety of ways.  As a Registered Member or Associate Member, you have access to a range of member benefits and resources to support your opportunities for ongoing learning and development. 

Is your team/organisation is interested in …

  • finding out about available professional learning opportunities?
  • the ongoing benefits of CLDSC registration?
  • a whistle-stop tour of useful links/pages on our website and i-develop ?

Kirsty is available to join you virtually for an hour or so at times that suit you to go over all of the above and also cover any specific areas you’d like more information on.  While many staff/volunteers are already CLD Standards Council members, we also want to reach out to those who are not and support them to register.

If you’d like your team/organisation to quiz Kirsty on all things CLDSC, email 

Supporting Professional Learning Together – Buddies & Mentors

First launched at our members’ conference in December, Supporting Professional Learning Together offers a range of support to CLD practitioners so you can share their ideas, make connections, expand networks and benefit from each other’s experience.  

  • CLDSC Buddies – are you a CLD practitioner who could share your experience?  Or are you newer to CLD practice and would like to chat with someone with more experience?  You could be buddies!  
  • CLDSC Peer Mentor – a professional development opportunity offering support and challenge to/from a peer.  
  • CLDSC Professional Learning Verifiers – would you like support to discuss your career development?  Or could you help a CLD practitioner reflect on and record professional learning and verify it for CLDSC registration and re-registration purposes?  

Complete this survey to let us know what you are interested in and we will channel our inner Cilla Black to match you up!

Interested but not yet a CLDSC member?  Join CLDSC today! 

We’re ALL Connectors!  Make the most of networks and communities of practice – in person, on social media, online by using the hashtag: #CLDSCConnector

Fairer Futures Learning CLD workshop – 21 April 2pm

Education Scotland & Glasgow Science Centre invite CLD practitioners to join an interactive workshop session to consult on the development of their new learning pack ‘Fairer Futures’. This learning pack invites adult learners and youth groups to have their say in designing Scotland’s path to a greener future. Through discussion based activities, learners will explore different human perspectives and technologies that can help us create a future that is fair for all as we move away from fossil fuels. 

The session will highlight the contents of the pack and discuss definition/glossary guide (to ensure all terms are understood and covered), locality of the pack and future developments for the pack. This links with COP26 and is a really easy to use resource so good for those not confident in discussion climate change as well as activists who are.

Fairer Futures Learning Resources Consultation Tickets are available on Eventbrite.