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Welcome to the CLD Team: Information Bulletin

Our bulletin features essential information for those working in communities in Glasgow.  Read the latest community learning & development news and updates for organisations, staff and volunteers. Please circulate to your colleagues and organisations in your networks.

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June 2017

CLD News

The latest CLD news stories and updates that may be of interest to organisations working in communities.

EPALE Podcast: What is the role of adult learning in active citizenship?

EPALE’s Thematic Coordinators Andrew McCoshanDavid MallowsGina Ebner and Simon Broek got together to discuss the role and challenges of adult learning in active citizenship.

EPALE - UK Ambassadors 

EPALE are currently in the process of looking for EPALE UK Ambassadors to join the growing network. This is a light touch role (voluntary), and involvement can be large or small, depending on how much time someone can give. Please see the attached Information Sheet if you are interested.
Political Perspective

These are just some of the latest developments that impact the political perspective for CLD.

Brexit & Scottish Independence: A Third Sector Perspective

SCVO have published a third sector perspective on Brexit and Scottish independence. Read more…

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Community Empowerment

Place Plans are Coming

It seems inevitable that communities are going to be encouraged down the path of developing local place plans. But if local place planning is to become the norm, much thought will have to be given to the practicalities involved in delivering such an ambitious project. The Place Standard has been around for a while and is likely to play an important part in whatever comes next. Read more 

Five Lessons Learnt....

For over 30 years, business support agency Community Enterprise has been offering its services to communities across Scotland. Recently, their efforts to bring in extra investment on behalf of a number of communities bore fruit simultaneously – applications totalling £10 million all green lighted in the space of a fortnight. CE believes there are five big lessons to be learned from their experiences. Read more

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Learning / ALN / Digital
Benchmarks for Literacy & English and Numeracy & Mathematics Published
Following a wide consultation with practitioners, the final Benchmarks for Literacy and English, and Numeracy and Mathematics have now been published. The following documents are now available to view on the National Improvement Hub:
  • Benchmarks for Literacy and English, and Numeracy and Mathematics
  • Frequently Asked Questions; and
  • Changes to Benchmarks’ for both literacy and English, and numeracy and mathematics – which highlights where changes have been made between the draft and final documents,  providing practitioners with a quick reference to any changes that were made following the extensive consultation process.
Criminal Justice

Behind Bras

After serving a prison sentence, Barbara Burton set up a social enterprise selling bras, with profits going into training to help female prisoners find jobs after release. Read more…

Health & Equalities

Employers Urged to Think Differently about Disability

A new campaign has been launched by the Scottish Government to help employers in Scotland recognise the benefits of employing staff with disabilities. Read more… 

Research priorities for Learning Difficulties

A new project - Research Priorities for Learning Difficulties - has been launched during Learning Difficulties Week 2017.  The project aims to identify the top 10 research priorities for learning difficulties amongst children and young people.  Read more…

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Foundation Scotland Launches Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants

Constituted community groups, registered charities, not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee and social enterprises can apply for grants of up to £2,000. Groups must have an income of less than £250,000 per annum and be based and working in Scotland.   The funding is for projects that address including:
Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise/Maximise ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity/Advance people’s physical, mental health and wellbeing.
Applications can be made at any time and are considered several times a year. Read more… 

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