Last Updated: Thursday, December 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.

Who is this for?

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

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.

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


YouTube video: Building STEM Capital for families and communities Session 1 (Intro)

YouTube video: Building STEM Capital for families and communities Session 2 (CLD context)

Community Learning and Development, Inverclyde Council

Glasgow Life

South Lanarkshire CLD Family Learning Bags

Aberdeen City CLD - Syrian New Scot Young People, wider achievement, accreditation and integration

Learning for Sustainability Awards 2021 - Forget Me Not Intergenerational Gardening group - YouTube

Learning for Sustainability Awards 2021 - The North Lanarkshire Youth Climate Ambassadors - YouTube

Adult Learning

CLD Adult Literacy - Scots Resources

Glasgow Science Centre - CLD Project - ‘The Spark’ resource supporting families during COVID

CLD ESOL - Bethany Christian Trust online community

CLD Literacy South Ayrshire Council

Syrian Resettlement Project – ESOL – Edinburgh City Council

CLD – Aberdeenshire - Online learning for Adult Learners

CLD ESOL – South Ayrshire

Lifelong Learning - Edinburgh

Adult Achievement Awards – Covid-19 response, developed for online delivery

WEA Scotland

Vibrant Communities, Lifeskills & Inclusion Team, East Ayrshire

National Improvement Hub

ESOL, Clackmannanshire Council Education

Adult Learning, North Lanarkshire

Community Learning and Adult Education, North Ayrshire Council

North Lanarkshire Council CLD Adult Learning during Covid

East Renfrewshire CLD Adult Literacies/ Adult Learning COVID response

Youth Work

CLD response during Covid-19 Lockdown – North Lanarkshire Council - CLD Youthwork

Youth, Family and Community Learning Service, South Lanarkshire

KEAR Campus, South Lanarkshire

Marischal College, Aberdeen City

North Ayrshire Council

Youth Work Dumfries and Galloway

Children's Services - Community Learning and Development, Falkirk

CLD Service, Falkirk

Vibrant Communities, East Ayrshire

The Wood Foundation

Community Engagement Team, Finance & Corporate Resources, South Lanarkshire

Youth, Family and Community Learning Service, South Lanarkshire

Stirling Senior Phase and Youth Participation Team: Responding and adapting during COVID-19

CLD response during Covid-19 lockdown – South Lanarkshire Youth, Family and Communities – CLD

Vertigo Theatre Group for young people

Aberdeenshire CLD - mental health and wellbeing peer educators

Wakelets and blogs

Education Scotland CLD Team Blog

Adult Learning Wakelet

Adult Literacy and Numeracy Wakelet

ESOL Wakelet

CLD and Community Empowerment Wakelet

Poverty and Covid-19 Wakelet

Health and Wellbeing Wakelet

Youth Work during the renewal phase Wakelet

Social media feeds from national bodies

YouthLink Scotland Twitter feed

Young Scot Twitter feed

Youth Scotland Twitter feed

Awards Network Twitter feed

Learning Link Scotland Twitter feed

Lead Scotland Twitter feed

WEA Scotland Twitter feed

SCDC Twitter feed

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)

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