Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2022

A summary of Community Learning and Development (CLD) Covid recovery resources

What is this?

This resource provides a single point of access to guidance and support for COVID-19 recovery within the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Sector.

It will be updated as new, key advice becomes available.

If you have and suggestions for additions or amendments to the page, please contact your regional CLD Officer.

Who is this for?

This page aims to support CLD practitioners and leaders from all sectors.

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Community Learning and Development response to Covid

“The Scottish Government recognises the role of the CLD sector across the public and third sector in providing invaluable support to Scotland’s learners and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. By developing new and flexible ways to deliver key services with, by, and for vulnerable and marginalised learners in schools, colleges and communities. CLD approaches will also be key to planning for a full recovery and renewal to active civil society across Scotland.”
Scottish Government, December 2020

Scottish Government sector guidance

Some aspects of Scottish Government guidance on COVID in Scotland have changed in December 2021 in light of the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant. The main guidance is summarised here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others.

Guidance to help local authorities, third sector organisations and partners working in Scotland’s schools, colleges and communities to provide community learning and development (CLD) services safely.

Full Covid-19 Guidance Collection

Four Harms of Covid-19

CLD Plans Guidance Note 2021-2024

Coronavirus (COVID-19): multi-purpose community facilities - guidance

Covid related practitioner resources

Practical Guidance from the national bodies who support the Community Learning and Development sector

Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland (CLDMS)

CLD Standards Council

Youth Work Recovery Resources - YouthLink Scotland

Guidance and Support for Community-Based Youth Work During Covid-19 – Youth Scotland

#YouthWorkAtHome - Awards Network

Coronavirus Third Sector information Hub - SCVO

NEW: The Scottish Community Development Centre has updated Supporting Communities Safely to include information on the Omicron Variant.

Supporting Communities Safely - Scottish Community Development Centre and Public Health Scotland

Learning Link Scotland

CLD COVID-19 Recovery Guidance Webinars

Research and articles of interest

The potential of online learning for adults: Early lessons from the COVID-19 crisis (July 2020)

Community, Covid-19, Challenge and Change - Policy Scotland (May 2020)

COVID-19 and the Future of Adult Education: An Editorial (May 2020)

Online adult learning Rapid evidence assessment (February 2019)

Learning for Life: the role of adult community education in developing thriving local communities - A handbook for councillors - Local Government Association

The Power of Communities (Glasgow Centre for Population Health)

Professional Learning

Blog post with upcoming webinars

Blog post collating online learning websites and resources

Recording of 'Tips & Tricks' for CLD online delivery webinar 09/12/20

Case studies and exemplars

Wakelets and blogs

Social media feeds from national bodies

Regional Education Scotland CLD officers

1. Northern Alliance
Nicola Sykes (SEO) -
Laura Starkey (EO) -

2. Tayside Collaborative
Susan Epsworth (EO) -

3. Forth Valley and West Lothian
Julie Beckett (DO) -
Jamie Dungavell (EO)

4. West Partnership
John Galt (EO) -

5. South East Collaborative
Vince Moore (DO) -

6. South West Collaborative
Nicola Sykes (SEO) -
John Galt (CLD link EO) -