CLD in the local press

We monitored mentions of ‘Community Learning and Development’ in Scotland’s local press for a couple of months (via Google alerts). Here is some of what we read – it gives a flavour of the kinds of activities that CLD teams are involved in that get noticed in local communities.

Community Learning and Development Press Cuttings, July/August 2011

(shortened extracts)

Tall Ships Race 2011

July 15 2011 Dumfries Standard

HEATHER McCallum is one of two people from Dumfries and Galloway involved who gained a place on the Tall Ships Races.

She was given encouragement through Community Learning and Development staff in applying for this exciting opportunity. Her application was supported by the Leaving Care Team and Wigtown West Community Safety Forum.

Heather is now sailing and living aboard one of two ocean going racing yachts belonging to Ocean Youth Trust Scotland.

Annandale is right Up Your Street

July 29 2011 Dumfries Standard

A MOBILE van is making its way around Annandale and Eskdale to encourage youth into fun activities.

The youth work experience project, Right Up Your Street, has already been a success with young people, aged 12 and above who hopped aboard in Lochmaben and Johnstonebridge last week for taster.

It is being organised by the council’s community learning and development team and will be visiting some of the areas where there is not a youth facility, bringing with them a whole array of music, sports, arts and crafts equipment and lots of little surprises, during August.

All young people aged 12 and above are invited and it’s free.

Youth work staff aim to reach as many young people over the summer as possible and in their own area. As well as bringing fun and equipment, youth workers will also consult and listen to young people concerning issues that they are facing.

Successful Heartie Thrang

Kirriemuir Herald 4 August 2011

A day of varied activities for the over 50’s was enjoyed in Kirriemuir last Saturday when the biennial Heartie Thrang took place.

A total of 145 participants gathered at Webster’s High School to enjoy a day of workshops and activities ranging from horse-riding to floral art.

The event, which has taken place in Angus every two years since 2001, is planned and organised by a committee of volunteers supported by Angus Council’s Community Learning and Development Service.

Anyone interested in finding our more about the Heartie Thrang and activities for older people in Angus can contact Maggie Sherrit, Senior Community Learning and Development Worker on 01575 574989 or email

Didgeridoo to blow away Mela crowd

Edinburgh Evening News: 09 August 2011

A DIDGERIDOO workshop, samba dancing and drumming will be on offer at a forthcoming Mela event at Lasswade High School.

Organised by Lasswade Youth Forum with support from Midlothian Council’s Community Learning and Development Team, the Mela, which is Sanskrit for gathering, will run from 1-6pm on Friday.

Youth bands and artists will perform at the event, which aims to promote health, well-being and equality.

Learning English

Brechin Advertiser, 10 August 2011

Do you know anybody who needs help learning English?

Angus Council’s Community Learning and Development Service will be starting off their popular ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes across the county from Monday, August 22.

The classes are free and are held in Brechin, Forfar, Montrose and Arbroath in local schools in the evenings

They concentrate on speaking, listening, writing and reading and are designed to help non English speakers to better integrate with the local community and to access local services. SQA qualifications are also available.

People who have come along to our classes have commented on how useful they were for registering with the doctor and making appointments, dealing with banks and understanding information from schools amongst other benefits.

The Service is also interested in recruiting volunteers who might like to get involved in supporting the classes – no knowledge of foreign languages is required.

‘Waiting game’ over East Lothian council services

East Lothian News, Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

Union bosses have described a council plan to transfer some of its services to a charitable trust as “a waiting game.”

East Lothian Council is currently canvassing the public on the proposal which could see a whole range of community wellbeing activities move to enjoy leisure.

Poised for transfer are: cultural services such as libraries, museums and arts service; landscape and countryside services including parks and open spaces, street sweeping and dog and litter management; facilities management, for example, school meals, primary school janitoring and care home catering; community learning and development, including adult education, youth provision, support to community venues, community centres and community groups; healthy living services such as sports development and sports award schemes, sports events, active schools and other physical activity initiatives.

Wishaw/Shotts Community Learning and Development Partnership launch new initiative

September 7 2011 by Graham Miller, Wishaw Press

AN exciting new initiative for Shotts was unveiled last week.

Aiming to highlight the opportunities available for adults to learn and develop new skills, the Wishaw/Shotts Community Learning and Development Partnership (CLD) held a well-received launch event at the town’s Co-op store.

The drive to promote awareness of opportunities and organisations in and around the Shotts area was attended by representatives from a variety of organisations and bodies.

These included Community Learning and Development, Libraries and Community Engagement; Wishaw Murdostoun and Fortissat Community Forum; Lanarkshire Food and Health Partnership, Getting Better Together Healthy Living Initiative; Routes to Work; Forward Training and Skills Development Scotland.

A survey of local residents was conducted and this is being continued with questionnaires going out to all local schools and centres. Those who submit forms have a chance of a prize.

Lighting up at Penicuik skatepark

Midlothian Advertiser, Monday 12 September

Penicuik skatepark will be staying open later this autumn and winter, thanks to a new lighting system at the park.

The lights were officially switched on by Caroline Sanderson, Edinburgh and Midlothian grant manager with Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN).

The new system cost around £15,000 and was funded by WREN – an organisation which provides financing for environmental projects which benefit the community – with support from the Penicuik Crime Prevention Panel and Midlothian Council’s Community Learning and Development Team.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Winners Congratulated

Inverclyde Now, Monday, 19 September 2011

INVERCLYDE’S Provost congratulated 22 young people who are the first to complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award with Inverclyde Council in 10 years.

At a reception in Greenock, Provost Michael McCormick said: “There is so much hard work involved in achieving the Gold Award and it is doubly rewarding that Inverclyde has also benefited in many ways through the volunteering section of the award such as Scout and Boys’ Brigade Leaders and charity work. I think this can only highlight to local people the contribution the young people of Inverclyde can make within their own community. I am particularly impressed that these are the first group of young people in 10 years to achieve this award through Inverclyde Council’s Community Learning and Development.”

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people covering skills, physical recreation, volunteering and expedition. Community Learning and Development’s Youth Work Team provide free evening and weekend activities so that every young person has the opportunity to participate in the award. As well as working with fire and police service partners the council enjoys close links with voluntary organisations such as the Scout and Guide Associations and St Andrew’s Ambulance.

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