Community Learning and Development (CLD) is a way of working with and supporting individuals and communities to make improvements in their lives and their local environment. CLD practitioners do this in a number of ways, whether it's community-based learning or community action.
The CLD Partnership group has developed a three-year plan for local learning opportunities and community capacity building. The Partnership is made up of a range of Council services and other partners who offer CLD locally which include:
- Department for Work and Pensions
- East Dunbartonshire Health Improvement Team
- East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust
- East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action
- New College Lanarkshire
- Police Scotland
- Skills Development Scotland
- Twechar Community Action
Our CLD Plan includes actions in relation to identified needs such as improving skills for learning life and work, particularly amongst vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, or supporting volunteering and the development of existing and new community groups. Our partnership approach involved developing (with two other local authorities) an online CLD planning tool which sets out these actions and the evidence base that supports the need for them. You can view and comment on the action plans via the planning tool feedback section here.
We will also be regularly showcasing good practice examples of local CLD practice on this page so please get in touch if you have a case study you wish to share.