Presentation on theme: "Implementing the Scottish Government’s Strategic Guidance for Community Learning & Development The Voluntary Sector Role Third Sector Interface conference,"— Presentation transcript:
Implementing the Scottish Government’s Strategic Guidance for Community Learning & Development The Voluntary Sector Role Third Sector Interface conference, 2/10/12
Focus for the session Why strategic guidance for CLD? What changes is it seeking to achieve? What are the opportunities and issues for the voluntary sector?
Why Guidance Now? Major changes in context, policy and practice since 2004 Putting Learners at the Centre: delivering our ambitions for post-16 education Scottish Government commitment to work with partners to develop a CLD strategy Reform of public services SG’s response to the Christie Commission Community Empowerment Renewal Bill & Review of Community Planning
Key Messages CLD has a clearly defined purpose....And an important role in delivering the National Performance Framework It should be delivered as a consistent, central element of public services A wide range of partners should be involved Community Planning Partnerships must lead implementation of the CLD Guidance Local Authorities should provide leadership and direction
The purpose of CLD: To empower people, individually and collectively, to make positive changes in their lives and in their communities, through learning. Within the National Performance Framework, CLD should focus on: Improved life chances for people of all ages, through learning, personal development and active citizenship Stronger, more resilient, supportive, influential and inclusive communities.
Context 1: the future of public services “The focus of public spending and action must build on the assets and potential of the individual, the family and the community…Public services must work harder to involve people in the redesign and reshaping of their activities” (Scottish Government’s response to the report of the Commission on the Future of Public Service Delivery)
Context 2: Putting Learners at the Centre Scottish Government proposals for post-16 education include: Develop a CLD Strategy with local authorities, 3 rd sector and others Opportunities and flexible pathways for all learners CfE, 16+ Learning Choices and Activity Agreements: key role for CLD Improving alignment of CLD with SDS & Job Centre + Improving life-chances and job prospects, in particular for “those who have been out of work or learning for a long time”
Context 3: Who Delivers CLD? Less public sector provision Growth and diversity in voluntary sector Specialist CLD - disconnected – Housing, Equalities, Comm Care Resources under pressure Better connections required
Who is it aimed at? Strategic not operational guidance Community Planning Partnerships – responsible for leading implementation Local authorities: leadership and direction Public agencies and services, voluntary organisations, schools, NHS, housing associations, equalities groups, social enterprises Communities including young people
What are we trying to achieve? “Build resilient communities and release the talents of people across Scotland” CLD already has a “powerful impact” Further strengthen and improve: – “CLD as a consistent central element of public services” The guidance sets out a programme of change and development to achieve this
By doing things differently… Core role in public services A new partnership with communities Empowerment Prevention Inclusive partnerships Workforce development that keeps pace with change Performance
What are the key activities that will deliver the outcomes we expect? Community development, including: Building community capacity Enabling communities to engage with decision-making Early intervention with children, young people and families, including: Youth work Family learning Community-based adult learning, including: Adult literacy and numeracy ESOL Learning for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, including people with disabilities, care leavers or offenders Volunteer development Learning support and guidance in the community
Implementation framework Governance, leadership, oversight, evidence Driving change and improvement through practice development, support and challenge Workforce development Policy development and communication
Related Scottish Government activity… Exploration of legislative powers for CLD Reviewing and strengthen role of CPPs Consideration of the future of pre-service training for CLD Integration of CLD in post-16 Education Reform Funding support for third sector national organisations
Questions to consider How does the guidance relate to What my organisation currently does? What my organisation is trying to achieve? What are the opportunities and challenges for voluntary sector organisations? How can we make effective use of the guidance and contribute to achieving its aims?