CLDSC Member Bulletin – 5 August 2020

CLDSC Virtual Meet Up – Engaging with learners and communities in the ‘new normal’

The next member meet up will be on Friday 14 August at 1 pm. You can register for the Meet-up on Eventbrite.
Join with CLDSC members to share how you are engaging learners and communities. Does digital help? What’s difficult? How can we adapt our outreach and detached youth work approaches for other contexts? Where can we meet and begin to engage with learners when still socially distancing?

You can also suggest and select topics for the meet-ups, or volunteer to lead or present on this or future Meet-ups 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!

Survey of Online Professional Learning

The CLD Standards Council is reviewing our online learning provision. We are keen to gather your views and details of use of professional learning online, and the i-develop service in particular. This information will help us support the professional learning needs of CLD practitioners and to update the i-develop platform accordingly.

Please complete the Survey of Online Professional Learning

Professional learning and development is an essential activity that enhances the quality and impact of CLD practice and is an ongoing requirement for registration with the CLD Standards Council. Increasingly professional learning is conducted through online means – for collaboration, personal research, keeping up to date, as well as formal learning courses.
The CLD Standards Council provides the i-develop platform to support professional learning. However, it has been several years since there was a significant service update and there has been increased use for various groups and purposes.
So we want to hear from you so that we can improve the support and service provided.
If you haven’t used i-develop in ages – tell us why !

Please also pass the survey on to CLD colleagues.

CLD Response to COVID-19 Survey: Wave 3 Results and next steps

112 practitioners responded to wave 3 of the CLDSC’s survey of the CLD Response to COVID-19. Two thirds of these had not responded previously so the reach of the survey has increased.
The wave 3 results confirmed that CLD practitioners are involved in essential front-line responses to Covid 19 in a variety of ways. A smaller proportion of respondents than previously reported involvement in supporting vulnerable adults, and a higher proportion that they were involved in school hubs, which appears to reflect changes in needs and priorities. A point of concern is that there was an increase in the proportion of respondents worried about wellbeing at work.
The results of wave 3, which ran from 18 May to the 17 June, are available on the website.

Wave 4 was closed on the 31 July. We are now analysing the data and considering how to best present the findings form the survey so far and to capture CLD practitioners’ experiences and impact in the next stages of recovery.

Many thanks to everyone who has responded to waves 1-4 of the survey, and extra thanks to those who have provided a series of responses.

Updated guidance for CLD Practitioners on working safely

We have been highlighting the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance for the CLD sector, which aims “to help local authorities, third sector organisations and partners working in Scotland’s schools, colleges and communities to provide community learning and development (CLD) services safely.”

The guidance is being kept under review and has now been updated. It contains a wealth of important information and we would encourage all members to make use of it.

You can view the updated guidance on the Scottish Government website, or you can download from the CLD Standards Council website in PDF format.

Tackling Child Poverty

Scottish Government funding announced for Colleges and their CLD partners to work together to Tackle Child Poverty

The Scottish Government has made up to £300,000 available to the college sector from the Tackling Child Poverty Fund in 2020-21. Applications are invited from colleges and their partners for joint proposals that support young people and young parents who have grown up in poverty to have positive destinations and to build a future for themselves and their families. Proposals will be required to demonstrate how colleges are working with their community learning and development partners to maximise impact and sustainability.

You can find more information about how to apply on the Scottish Funding Council website.
The closing date for applications is 31 August.

Scottish Government Third Sector Survey – LAST CALL FOR RESPONSES

The Scottish Government is keen to develop its understanding of how national measures and local effort are supporting those at risk due to Covid-19, to inform consideration of future support options. They are reaching out to third sector partners for information on the kind of groups being supported and the types of support being provided during the crisis, as well as for views on working with other organisations through this period and what future needs might be.
Please share your views and complete this online survey by this Friday, 7th August.