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Community Development Alliance Scotland

September 2016


Dear Colleagues,


Community Development for Sustainable Development

A European Conference on ‘Community Development for Sustainable Development:  Placing Community Development Values and Practices at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals’ will be held in Glasgow on November 8th 2016, 10:00 to 16:30 at the Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, Scotland, UK G1 1TF. The conference is being organised by the European Community Development Network (EuCDN) and the International Association for Community Development (IACD) along with CDAS and Community Work Ireland.

This one-day free conference will help you:

  • Better understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals, their message and process
  • Recognise the contribution CD can make to the achievement of the goals, and what has already been achieved
  • Consider the implications for practice in your own setting
  • Participate in the process of shaping national and local plans and programmes, engaging communities with government and other partners.

This conference is intended for community development practitioners, agency managers, policy advisers, and funders. To book your place please register your interest with IACD info@iacdglobal.org  before 1st October. Places are limited. Applicants will be notified if they have a place no later than mid-October.

Confirmed contributors

  • Anastasia Crickley. Vice President and European Director, IACD and Community Work Ireland
  • Stuart Hashagen, Chair, EuCDN
  • Charlie McConnell, Past President, IACD
  • Kirsten Paaby, Nordic Education Project / EuCDN.

IACD has produced a Position Statement on Community Development and the SDGs, and hopes to promote discussions on this around the world. It has also produced a simple PowerPoint that highlights what community development projects are already doing to address the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals around the world.


New Global Definition for Community Development

IACD’s Board has adopted a new Global Definition for Community Development, after consultation with members. It is encouraging members to promote the new definition worldwide. It is intended to combat the tendency for community development to mean ‘all things to all people’:

“Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organisation, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings”.

Scottish Government programme for government 16/17

The Scottish Government has outlined its programme for government 2016/17. References to community empowerment are largely about implementing the recent Act. Important Bills will include:

  • Child Poverty Bill – The bill will replace the recently repealed sections of the UK Child Poverty Act 2010 concerning targets and strategies in relation to child poverty.
  • Social Security Bill – The bill will take forward the government’s priorities for the social security powers that are to be devolved, ahead of the establishment of a new Social Security Agency.

Also promised are the publication of “a Fairer Scotland Action Plan bringing together the actions we will take across Government to tackle poverty and inequalities” and a consultation on possible electoral reform for Scottish Parliamentary elections and local government elections

The Scottish Government has also put its proposals to retain Council Tax to parliament. The Local Government and Communities Committee has launched a consultation on the proposals.

Shared Ambition for Social Care

Individuals and organisations across Scotland backed by the Health and Social Care Alliance have published ‘A Shared Ambition for Social Care’, aiming for the delivery of a sustainable, human rights-based approach to social care.

Labour Market Strategy

The Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy sets out for the first time how Government labour market and wider social and economic policies interact to drive their ambitions for inclusive growth. Commitments include:

  • Fully endorse the Fair Work framework, produced by the Fair Work Convention.
  • Work through the Enterprise and Skills Review to ensure our delivery bodies are best positioned to support inclusive growth.
  • Use of new powers to better align employability support in Scotland.
  • £200k to support for the National Action Plan for Responsible business.
  • Continued investment in sustainable physical and digital infrastructure.
  • Supporting sectors and companies to exploit opportunities that boost growth and export.

Scotland’s Census 2021 – maximising digital participation

Scotland’s next census will be conducted mostly online. In preparation for this, National Records of Scotland are looking to connect with third sector organisations to learn more about their needs and those of the people they support. They are also keen to explore:

  • how they can work with 3rd sector organisations to respond to those needs
  • the channels that 3rd sector organisations would recommend be used to reach and encourage responses
  • the types of support that need to be provided to help maximise digital participation
  • whether the census can be used as an opportunity to leave a legacy in organisations or communities e.g. increased digital skills, reduced digital reluctance or services/IT.

If you work for a third sector organisation and would like to offer support, please complete this survey.

New model for inspecting Community Learning & Development

Education Scotland has a new model for inspecting Community Learning and Development. A Community Learning and Development Inspection is based around a local authority area with a focus on the partnership delivery of CLD. These inspections take place within the context of The Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations 2013 and the Strategic Guidance for Community Planning Partnerships: Community Learning and Development (2012). Further details and supporting guidance are available here

Improving access to learning about community development practice

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Community Development Work have been available for a number of years, but have not been widely used. They include mandatory and optional units based on the Community Development National Occupational Standards.

National and local organisations including the CLD Standards Council are supporting a Review of these qualifications, liaising with the SQA and Skills Development Scotland. The Review will consider: the level of need for the SVQs; the content of the qualifications; credit rating; and the possibility of establishing a Modern Apprenticeship in Community Development.

Please email  Contact@CLDStandardsCouncil.org.uk if your organisation would like to be involved in:

  • Passing on information and raising awareness
  • Helping identify the need for the SVQs and who will benefit from them
  • Taking part in credit rating and leveling revised qualifications.

MSc in critical youth and community studies

A new degree empowering people to help transform their lives and communities has been unveiled by University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The MSc in critical youth and community studies, which can be studied on a full or part-time basis at UWS’ Hamilton campus. will offer students the opportunity to grow the skills necessary to influence community development and achieve social change, focusing on topics like community activism, social justice and the work of the voluntary sector. The programme offers various routes to the MSc including a PGCert in Community Education for applicants seeking a CLD Standards Council approved qualification.. The new course is suitable for community practitioners or managers and is open to international students.

#RightApproach campaign

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is launching a campaign called the #RightApproach, to promote and encourage human rights based approaches within the third sector. To submit a case study or blog, record a short podcast, or for more information, please email.

Violence against Women Partnership Guidance

New guidance for Scotland’s local multi-agency Violence Against Women Partnerships has been published by the Scottish Government and COSLA. Developed in partnership with the Improvement Service and the National Violence Against Women Network, the Guidance highlights the key role that Partnerships are expected to play in implementing Equally Safe: Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.

Safer Communities Awards 2016

The Scottish Community Safety Network has announced the winners of the 2016 Safer Communities Awards:

  • People’s Choice Award Winner: Fife Water Safety Initiative
  • Education Winner: NPS Community Improvement Partnership (Edinburgh)
  • Innovative Media Campaign Winner: You’re Asking For It
  • Strengthening Community Engagement and Resilience Winner: Freestyle Environmental Visual Audit (FEVA)
  • Wider Partnership Winner: #Stronger North

Robertson Trust – new giving strategy

Launched on 1 August, the Robertson Trust’s new giving strategy will incorporate three funding strands:

  • Care & Wellbeing
  • Strengthening Communities
  • Realising Potential.

Empowered communities in the 2020s: research plans

As part of the legacy from the closure of the Community Development Foundation, the Local Trust has announced plans for a “major new research project that will capture the contemporary value of community development and scope its future … which has the potential to shape the future of community development in the UK.” The project is funded by the former CDF and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. If you are interested in the project you can join its mailing list.


Community Planning Portal The Community Planning in Scotland portal provides information on the support available to Community Planning from national improvement agencies (including Education Scotland, Improvement Service, NHS Health Scotland and NHS National Services Scotland) and national programmes (Workforce Scotland). This includes links to online tools and information provided by national improvement agencies.

Scot Gov – Evidence Finder Scottish Government and its Agencies collect, analyse and publish equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas. Using the Evidence Finder you can find this evidence in three ways:

  • by equality characteristic
  • by policy area
  • by both combined.

Funding Scotland has recently launched a new and improved website ,designed as a funder finder tool for charities, community groups and social enterprises.

SPICe briefing on health and social care integration The Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe) has released a new briefing on the integration of health and social care. The briefing gives an overview of how the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 is being implemented, including a breakdown of the new structures which have been established and an introduction to the nine national health and wellbeing outcomes which are intended to provide a framework for the planning and delivery of services.

Mental health in the workplace See Me Scotland have launched an e-learning portal for managers and staff to help tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

Impact of adult learning New Youtube videos from Stirling Council show the benefits that taking part in adult learning can bring for learners and for volunteers. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3

Charity Social Media Toolkit England’s NCVO has produced a Charity Social Media Toolkit, a comprehensive guide to social media for people at all levels in the voluntary sector.

Inclusive communications hub Include Us All is an inclusive communications hub developed by a consortium from the Scottish Accessible Information Forum and the Scottish Disability Equality Forum, and is aimed at anyone with an interest in improving their inclusive communication tools and processes.

Value the Difference Resource Pack Value the Difference is a resource pack for youth workers, containing information and tools to engage young people across many topics relating to cultural diversity.

A Housing Practitioners’ Guide to Integrating Asylum Seekers & Refugees The Scottish Refugee Council has published a Housing Practitioners’ Guide to Integrating Asylum Seekers & Refugees.

Evaluation methods guides and templates Evaluation Support Scotland offers new evaluation methods guides and templates which could help you to try a new way of collecting your evidence to show you are achieving your outcomes, including:

Evidencing Impact through Continuous Programme Review Toolkit Research undertaken by the Scottish Community Safety Network identified that no matter the size or geographical reach of a project, there is always a requirement to evidence not only the progress but the wider impact of the project. It established an action learning group with the aim of creating a toolkit. The ethos behind this toolkit is about evidencing Impact through continuous programme evaluation.

New Tools for Measuring Impact Inspiring Impact have launched two new versions of their Measuring Up! tool to help voluntary sector organisations assess their impact measurement needs. The free tools are aimed respectively at funders and small charities.

Using community group strengths and history to empower the future A new resource book (32 page pdf, 8.3MB). ‘Sustainable Livelihoods: An assets based organisational evaluation tool for small voluntary and community groups’ provides materials and exercises to help small community groups and voluntary organisations to reflect on their work and history, and plan for the future based on their strengths and assets. The guide has been produced by The Volunteer Training Company and Manchester Metropolitan University, with the Third Sector Research Centre.

Making committees work for you Voluntary Arts Scotland’s updated Briefing ‘Making committees work for you’ covers everything you need to know when establishing a committee for your creative group, including a summary of constitutions and individual roles.

Atlas of Living Scotland The Atlas of Living Scotland contains information about species recorded in Scotland. It allows interrogation of data such as species occurrences, habitats, and images down to each locality. The website is still developing.


We can solve poverty in the UK  The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s ‘We can solve poverty in the UK’ is the most comprehensive strategy of its kind to set out how to solve poverty across all groups in the UK. It sets out recommendations on how all of us can act to solve poverty. Their five-point plan to solve poverty in the UK will:

  • Boost incomes and reduce costs;
  • Deliver an effective benefit system;
  • Improve education standards and raise skills;
  • Strengthen families and communities; and
  • Promote long-term economic growth benefiting everyone.

Their vision is to make the UK fit for the children starting school this year – so that by the time they enter adulthood in 2030, they will be living in a UK where:

  • No one is ever destitute;
  • Less than one in ten of the population are in poverty at any one time; and
  • Nobody is in poverty for more than two years.

A further report, UK poverty: Causes, costs and solutions, presents the evidence that went into the strategy.

Tackling Poverty Together The final report from the Tackling Poverty Together project and accompanying short films contain stories and information about supporting positive change in communities impacted by poverty and the impacts of ongoing welfare reform, using faith-based community development methods. Tackling Poverty Together was an initiative of Faith in Community Scotland that ran between 2014 and 2016, funded by Big Lottery’s Support and Connect fund.

Paying More to be Poor People on lower incomes pay more than average costs for basic goods and services, according to new research ‘Paying More to be Poor’  published by Citizens Advice Scotland. It reveals that some poorer Scots are paying a poverty premium for their energy, telecoms, credit, loans and insurance.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation The four-yearly Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) figures, which rank Scotland into 6,976 small areas from most to least deprived using combined data from the UK and Scottish Governments, police and the NHS, have been published.

This year’s statistics show that a part of Paisley’s Ferguslie Park remains the most deprived area in Scotland while the least deprived is in nearby Lower Whitecraigs and South Giffnock in East Renfrewshire. Glasgow City has the largest percentage of deprived areas, followed by Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire.

The council areas with the largest increase in areas of deprivation were West Dunbartonshire, Midlothian, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire, while Aberdeen City and Clackmannanshire had the greatest decrease.

The introductory guidance leaflet includes three sets of local stories. It says:

“People who use SIMD tell us that being seen to live in a deprived area can be negative in itself. So, to help give a more balanced view, we asked people in deprived areas to tell us more about living and working there, the good and the bad. In every deprived community in Scotland we have visited, we found committed organisations and individuals working hard to make the place they call home better.”

Decent work for Scotland’s low paid workers Oxfam, University of the West of Scotland and Warwick Institute for Employment Research have launched a research report into decent work in Scotland – what it is, and how far Scotland needs to go to achieve it.

More than 1500 people, mainly low-paid workers, gave their views about what ‘decent work’ means to them. Participants prioritised 26 factors that make for decent work. The report finds that Scotland is failing to deliver on these priorities for too many people. Looking at the top five priorities and using the latest data available:

  • A decent hourly rate – 1 in 5 employees are paid less than the voluntary living wage
  • Job security – 138,000 employees are on temporary contracts
  • Paid leave – 118,000 employees do not receive the statutory minimum paid holidays
  • A safe working environment – 88,000 workers report illness caused or made worse by work in the previous twelve months
  • A supportive manager – 324,000 adults in work feel their line manager does not support them .

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2015: Attitudes to Social Networks, Civic Participation and Co-production This report presents findings from the 2015 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey. It explores levels of social capital in Scotland by addressing a number of key questions on feelings of belonging, social networks, and civic participation. Most of the questions included in this module of the Survey were new.

Findings include:

  • 96% of Scots think that local people should be involved in making decisions about the design and delivery of their public services.
  • 68% feel they belong to their local area
  • 61% feel that improvements are possible in their local area
  • ‘In the last few years’ nearly half (46%) had either volunteered at (or helped to set up) a local community organisation, helped to organise an event, or tried to stop something happening in their local area.
  • Although ‘in the last few years’ 69% had done at least one of a wide range of things ‘as a way of registering what you personally thought about an issue?’, only 31% of this active group had done so in relation to the Scottish referendum.

Working with Scotland’s Communities – Regional breakdown of results ‘Working with Scotland’s Communities’ is the national survey of the Community Learning and Development (CLD) workforce carried out by Education Scotland and partner organisations in 2015. A report of the national findings was published later.

Five additional regional reports have now been added which provide a breakdown of the 2015 survey data into the areas covered by the ‘regional consortia’ of CLD providers: The North Alliance; The South East and Central Consortium; Tayside and Fife; The West CLD Alliance; and Ayrshire with Dumfries and Galloway.

Neighbourhoods and Dementia  Kirsty Alexander at the University of Stirling has written a blog about her research into what neighbourhoods mean to people living with dementia and their carers.

Green prescriptions for older people Doctors should directly encourage older people to exercise outdoors, according to a report ‘Access to outdoor recreation by older people in Scotland’ commissioned by the Scottish Government and authored by James Hutton Institute researchers. It found that less than 50% of over-60s and 40% of over-75s participated in outdoor pursuits one or more times a week. It explored barriers which discourage older people, including poor health and immobility, lack of or reduced social connections, fragility and vulnerability, lack of motivation and time commitments, safety, and weather and season.

Deprivation and disconnection in UK cities New research for Joseph Rowntree Foundation ‘Overcoming Deprivation and Disconnection in UK Cities’ has highlighted the deprived areas where jobs are available ‘on the doorstep’, but people living there are unable to access them because they lack the skills to secure the work on offer. (Summary report and key findings)

An interactive map reveals how disconnected regions are spread across the UK, and shows the areas affected by ‘double disconnection’, across both housing and labour markets.

Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy This report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission represents the biggest ever review into race inequality in Great Britain, providing a comprehensive analysis on whether our society lives up to its promise to be fair to all its citizens.  It looks across every area of people’s lives including education, employment, housing, pay and living standards, health, criminal justice, and participation. It examines where we are making progress, where we are stalling and where we are going backwards or falling short.

Looking Forward Not Back Over the last year Youthlink Scotland’s Looking Forward Not Back project has been working with five youth groups across Scotland to examine the contribution of youth work to tackling sectarianism. The final report, endorsed by the University of Dundee, tells the story and explores the question ‘what contribution can youth work make to tackling sectarianism?’

Banking for the Common Good The report, ‘Banking for the Common Good’ is a collaboration between Friends of the Earth Scotland, the New Economics Foundation, Common Weal and Move Your Money. The authors put forward three key proposals that the Scottish Government could enact:

  • a powerful Scottish National Investment Bank
  • locally-rooted ‘People’s Banks’
  • a publicly-owned interbank payment system.


Dare To Dream #DareToDream is an outreach initiative running from 1st September to 31st November 2016. It is linked to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (Fri 21 – Mon 31 Oct). Storytellers, artists, community groups, schools, libraries and social, cultural and environmental organisations are invited to host local events encouraging people to discover the stories of their local place and to dream up possibilities for our shared future. Local groups can register participation and download the #DareToDream Toolkit.

Community-led Approaches to Reducing Poverty: A review of evidence and practice Thursday 22nd September 12pm to 5pm,  Clydebank Town Hall, 49 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 1EU

Explore the latest evidence, practice and experiences in community-led approaches to reducing poverty at this event in Clydebank, hosted by What Works Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership.   The event is for people who are working to reduce levels of poverty in the West of Scotland, including leaders from local and national government, local groups and communities.

Dr Richard Crisp, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University,will speak about the findings in his recently-published researchCommunity-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice – carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Sustainable Health Scotland 22 September, Jubilee Conference Centre, Glasgow

Sustainable Health Scotland 2016, organised by NHS National Services Scotland, will address the role of sustainable development within Scotland’s health services focusing on the shift to a preventative system.

The Scottish Land Reform Conference 2016 – What Next for Land Reform? 23 September, Edinburgh

In a noteworthy year for land reform, the Scottish Land Reform Conference 2016 will look at where Scotland is heading on its land reform journey. Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform will set out the Scottish Government’s vision going forward.  Delegates will hear views from community landowners, tenant farmers and others on what the land reform agenda means for them. The conference will also look at Scottish land reform from an international, historical and human rights perspective.

John Pearce Lecture Monday 3rd October, Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Glasgow Caledonian University

The 2nd John Pearce Lecture will be given by Pauline Graham (CEO of Social Firms Scotland). Pauline will give her reflections and perspective on past and current issues affecting the social enterprise sector in Scotland.

Learn about co-design tools Monday 3rd October, 9.30am-3.30pm, Macrobert Centre, Stirling

IRISS invites you to a free event on to learn about co-design, and tools that can support it. They have two recent co-design projects – one with older people and practitioners who worked together to improve the pathway from hospital to home; and the other with people who access (or may in the future access) self-directed support (SDS), and practitioners from the Pilotlight project. At the event they will share learning from each of these projects and offer you the opportunity to plan a co-design project using the processes and tools we used. The aim is to increase uptake of co-design and co-production in a range of contexts.

The Sustainable Development Goals and Scotland: responding to a universal agenda Wednesday, 5 October, 14:30 to 18:00, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh, EH1 3BH

If you can’t make it to our international event on community development and the Sustainable Development Goals (see beginning of this bulletin), then here is another chance to discuss them (though without a specific focus on community development), at this event hosted by The Open University in Scotland, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Network for International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS).

What Next for Economic and Social Rights in Scotland? Wednesday 5th October, 5.30pm-8pm, Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, 1 University Avenue, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ

At this Glasgow Human Rights Forum event speakers include:

  • Mary Alexander, Deputy Regional Secretary of Unite the union
  • Carole Ewart, Convener of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland
  • Judith Robertson Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

Empowering Planning, Transforming Places 11 October, 10am-4.30pm, Paisley Town Hall

The Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland Annual Conference: Empowering Planning, Transforming Places will look at how planning and planners can impact on place at different scales – national, regional, local and community – and will explore how it has been able to deliver quality outcomes in different circumstances. It will also challenge us to ensure that planners, planning and the planning system can help to meet the aspirations and ambitions of others.

International Participatory Budgeting Conference 2016 October 20-21st 2016, Edinburgh

Across two days, the International PB Conference 2016 will explore how we can advance, promote and celebrate the progress of PB in Scotland, the UK and internationally. This conference is being held in partnership between PB Scotland, the Scottish Government and UK PB Network.

Day 1: International PB Conference

Held at the University of Edinburgh’s John McIntyre Conference Centre, this will be the first major PB conference of its kind in Scotland. The day will see over 150 delegates bringing examples of PB in practice, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities of PB, and hearing from international examples through a range of presentations and workshops.

Day 2: Engage, Think, Do ‘fringe’

Day 2 will see the UK PB Network’s ‘fringe conference’, with a wide range of workshops across three separate venues in Edinburgh:

  • Where we ‘engage’ as equal citizens and dialogue about what matters.
  • Where we ‘think’ about how we are going to achieve the democratic world we want to build.
  • Where we learn from each other and create consensus on how to ‘do’ democracy more fairly, more openly, and more effectively.

Chewing things over … Wednesday 26 October, 9:30 – 3:30, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Community Food and Health Scotland’s annual networking conference will feature a mix of speakers and workshops and dedicated networking sessions, on the theme of Food, health and inequalities: taking a compassionate and dignified approach.

SCDN Conference and AGM 2016 Friday 28th October, Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh

The Scottish Community Development Network’s 2016 Conference and AGM – ‘Community Development – Here and Now – A dialogue exploring possibilities and opportunities for a new engaged practice’ will provide an opportunity to explore opportunities and challenges which the current political and policy context offers. Speakers include Alasdair McKinlay who has policy responsibility for Community Development and Community Empowerment within Scottish Government and Stuart Hashagen, from SCDC, who will provide an update on the Guide for CD practitioners and the work of the European Community Development Network.

Streets beyond: beyond streets – the changing role and purpose of public space 11 November, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

The 7th Annual Place-Making One Day Symposium is a collaborative learning event which celebrates the 10th birthdays of the Academy of Urbanism, Architecture and Design Scotland within the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. For more information email.

Co-production Week Scotland 14-20 November 2016

Co-production Week is a chance to promote co-production and highlight all the amazing work that is being done across the country. Now firmly part of the way we work, we think it’s time to build on the enthusiasm and messages for a national campaign where we can all contribute our ideas, thoughts and examples of where co-production has made a real difference. There are lots of ways to be part of the week. You could…

  • Share your story
  • Tell us your vision for Co-production in Scotland
  • Run an event.

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