Community learning and development (CLD) is a way of working with and supporting communities . It aims to increase the skills, confidence, networks and resources they need to tackle problems and grasp opportunities through community action and community based learning.
In Scotland the national Strategic Guidance for CLD says that it “should empower people, individually and collectively, to make positive changes in their lives and their communities, through learning. The principles that
underpin practice are:
- empowerment – increasing the ability of individuals and groups to influence matters affecting them and their communities;
- participation – supporting people to take part in decision-making
- inclusion, equality of opportunity and anti-discrimination – recognising some people need additional support to overcome the barriers they face
- self-determination – supporting the right of people to make their own choices, and
- partnership – ensuring resources, varied skills and capabilities are used effectively”.
Community learning and development is delivered by bodies ranging from local authorities to small community groups. CLDMS represents the managers of local authority services, who are also responsible for co-ordinating strategies which bring together all partners in the delivery of CLD.
This website aims to do two things:
- Give an introduction to what can be achieved through community learning and development work
- Give information about the work of Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland, its members and its partners.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:
- WHAT CLD CAN OFFER
- HOW IT HELPS TO DELIVER CHANGE
- HOW IT CAN REDUCE SOCIAL COSTS