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Community learning and development

Community learning and development provides young people (under 25) and adults (aged 16+) with skills for life, learning and work. It also supports community groups to be independent, sustainable and to make meaningful contribution to their community.

Community learning and development (CLD) in East Renfrewshire includes working with individuals to improve their skills, increase their confidence and encourage active citizenship.  It also focuses on growing some types of community-led groups and services that make  communities more cohesive, sustainable and better able to overcome the challenges they face. CLD is always learner-led and participation is voluntary.

In East Renfrewshire, CLD delivery is split into three core elements:

  • youth work
  • community capacity building
  • adult learning

The Scottish Government's national strategic focus for CLD is:

  • To improve life chances for people of all ages through learning, personal development and active citizenship.
  • To help build stronger, more resilient, supportive, influential and inclusive communities.

CLD is largely delivered by the following council services:

Alongside the third sector interface:

We will also work in partnership with organisations that include:


Community learning and development Strategy

What is CLD?

We provide CLD across the whole area but target it at groups most in need. It helps to reduce poverty, social isolation and tackle inequalities.

CLD has already had a positive effect in Barrhead, Neilston and Thornliebank.

We refresh our plan every 3 years to make sure we meet our individuals and community's needs.

Who we work with

We work with local people and our partners to assess the need for CLD. This includes CLD staff, partner organisations, focus groups, local learners, and community groups.

CLD aims to:

  • identify target individuals and groups in each of the key life stages. i.e. early years, young people, adults and older people.
  • consider their needs
  • assess the degree to which we are meeting their needs
  • identify barriers to efficient provision of CLD.       

View our CLD plan for 2018-2021:


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