How is it done?
Working and Learning Together identified a common defining feature of CLD work as “programmes and activities are developed in dialogue with communities and participants. It is a way of working with communities to increase the skills, confidence, networks and resources they need to tackle problems and grasp opportunities.”
It affords participants the opportunity to experience consistency of practice based on common values whether they are involved in youth work activities, community based adult learning or building community capacity.
These values have been identified by the CLD Standards Council:
- Self-determination – respecting the individual and valuing the right of people to make their own choices.
- Inclusion – valuing equality of both opportunity and outcome, and challenging discriminatory practice.
- Empowerment – increasing the ability of individuals and groups to influence issues that affect them and their communities through individual and/ or collective action.
- Working collaboratively – maximising collaborative working relationships in partnerships between the many agencies which contribute to CLD, including collaborative work with participants, learners and communities.
- Promotion of learning as a lifelong activity – ensuring that individuals are aware of a range of learning opportunities and are able to access relevant options at any stage of their life.
A key context for successful CLD is that it is planned for and delivered in partnership with all the main local stakeholders. Local partnerships will vary in membership depending on local needs and circumstances. Most CLD Partnerships have representation from local authorities, the police, FE colleges, health boards and the voluntary sector. This reflects the breadth of CLD’s contribution to developing lifelong learning opportunities, improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and promoting safe and vibrant communities.