• CLD Standards Council Conference 7 Nov 2023

    Read Below for more information BUT IT WAS AMAZING and if you missed it then click this link to access the presentations and feedback 

    It’s the annual CLD Standards Council Member Conference – with a difference! We are super excited to announce that this year we’re teaming up with our friends at SCVO and we will host #CLDSCConf2023 as part of The Gathering!

    This year the CLD Standards Council will host our usual informative and interactive seminars and workshops during the day on 7 November, followed by our annual conference Lecture in the evening. By hosting our annual conference at the SCVO’s The Gathering it means that alongside attending our Conference events, CLD Standards Council members can also experience the fabulous packed programme of workshops, seminars, activities and everything else that is on offer at The Gathering over the 2 days.

    There are no Career Pathways in CLD – or are there?  

    Explore the career pathways that currently exist for CLD practitioners at all stages and identify barriers and solutions to participation. 

    11am - 12pm 


    CLD research influencing practice – and vice versa! 

    Presentations from CLD Standards Council members on research into key issues affecting our sector followed by questions and discussion. 


    Beth Parker (MSc) 

    Bringing community development theories and post humanist theories together to underpin outdoor education with women. 

    Dawn Brown (MSc) 

    Understanding the role of community development in supporting recovery in communities post pandemic. 

    Laura Sutherland (PhD)

    Understanding the construction and civil engineering industries' contribution to social change through community engagement.


    1.30pm - 2.30pm 


    CLD Standards Council – More Members More Clout! 

    Hear from members of the CLD Standards Council Registration Committee and find out what membership is all about!  

    Explore the work of the Standards Council and learn about all the member benefits.  

    See how membership of this professional body for CLD in Scotland supports the promotion and recognition of the sector as a critical and valued profession. 

    3pm - 4pm 


    Evening Lecture 


    CLD: Live Long and Prosper 

    Dr Annette Coburn (University of West of Scotland) will encourage us to consider how Community Learning and Development contributes to the wellbeing economy, enhancing the chances for people to live a good life. 

    4.30pm - 7pm 

    (including networking drinks 6-7pm) 


    Organised by SCVO, the Gathering is the largest free voluntary sector event in the UK, a place for all the amazing people working in the sector to network, showcase what they do and learn from each other. The Gathering takes place over 7 and 8 November 2023 at the EICC, Edinburgh and we have partnered with our friends at SCVO so that we can provide a CLD Standards Council Conference with a difference.

    CLD Standards Council will also have a stall in the Exhibition Area for both days, so please pop along and say hello!

    Registration is now open and you can register for individual events, including our conference workshops, seminars and our traditional evening lecture, as well as all the other events taking place during The Gathering. 

    #BecauseOfCLD #SCVOGathering