Community Learning and Development

people learningThe GCVS Community Learning & Development (CLD) Team provides a free tailored guidance and support service to staff (paid and unpaid) working with communities  in Glasgow. We are keen to work with anyone with an interest in developing provision in the city, including new organisations and potential partners. Our service includes; an information sharing portal, networking sessions, regular E-newsletters and practitioners’ development opportunities.  As an active partner in Glasgow’s Learning, the strategic grouping that guides CLD throughout the city, we can introduce you to this partnership  with its potential for learners’ opportunities, referral routes, the development of learner and practitioner ‘voice’ and collaborative working. Our interests and priorities include wider CLD, Adult Literacy and Numeracy (ALN), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and digital learning. Our target groups include staff working with vulnerable people & families, young people, criminal justice, ‘Thriving Places’ and the North West Learning Partnership. We are keen to engage with partners who share any of these particular priorities with us.

Update – much of the information below is left for historic interest and reference.  We now share most of our CLD activity via the Mighty Network – sign up here.  There is a specific network for CLD in Glasgow.  Regular online network meetings are promoted via the GCVS Events page here.

Our offer to you

  • Bespoke awareness raising sessions for staff and/or potential learners
  • Staff Training Programme
  • Upskilling your knowledge of learners’ opportunities and referral pathways
  • Upskilling your knowledge of the CLD Regulations and Glasgow’s CLD Plan
  • Facilitating learners’ and practitioners’ ‘Voice’ through communications & networking
  • A “critical friend” – informal and accessible support and CLD expertise available
  • Providers’ Network to keep up to date with local, city wide and national initiatives
  • Swap Shop sessions for informal practice sharing  with colleagues
  • Monthly E-Bulletin updates
  • Development sessions to upskill staff in providing additional support for learning.  These can be delivered within your own organisation:
    • Dyslexia Awareness
    • Dyslexia Friendly Practice & ICT
      • Please see Dyslexia Support above for more details on the support we help provide for Dyslexia in Glasgow
    • Working Memory
    • Measuring the Impact of Your Work
  • Engagement with potential partners for collaboration

Professional Development Programme

Details of our CLD professional development programme are available on the GCVS What’s On page. Click here to see details and book.

North West Learning Partnership

nw launch imageThe North West Learning Partnership (NWLP) was formed as a bottom-up response from adult learning providers in the North West of Glasgow.  Launched in June 2015, it aims to create clearer pathways and improved referrals for adult learners. The partnership provides networking and information sharing. During the first year, it hopes to create a clear picture of what’s on offer to learners in the North West. We are always open to new partners with an interest in adult learning in NW Glasgow.

Look out for upcoming NWLP dates here!

Minutes, shared resources and papers from the North West Learning Partnership can be found above in Event Materials.

GCVS chair and provide support to the North West Learning Partnership, so contact Sallie or Karen for further details.

Dyslexia Support

What Is Dyslexia?

The Oxford Dictionary defines dyslexia as: “A general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.” However, we feel that a more fitting definition would be one used by the British Dyslexia Association in 2014 – that dyslexia is a learning difference, a combination of strengths and weaknesses which affect the learning process in reading, spelling, writing and sometimes numeracy. If you are an adult with dyslexia, or a learning provider in Glasgow, you can get support with this through Glasgow’s Learning. glasgows-learning See below for videos from the CLD team on Dyslexia Support available through GCVS, as well as their definition of dyslexia. Plus hear from Dyslexia Action, Glasgow Clyde College and City of Glasgow College! Organisations involved in Glasgow’s Learning include: gdss               dyslexia-scotland-border glasgow-clyde-college-background cogc glasgow-life   nhs-ggc sul

 Historic Bulletins below   (click here for more recent info)

CLD Info Bulletin

CLD Resources Roundup

CLD Other

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Contact us

Sallie Condy Community Learning and Development (CLD) Service Coordinator Tel: 0141 354 6508 Email:

Karen Armstrong Community Learning and Development (CLD) Service Worker Tel: 0141 354 6509 Email: 

Resources for Online / Blended Learning

Colleagues at the College Development Network have developed a series of resources worth looking at here

Impact of Covid-19 on Learning

A short video of Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament speaking about the impact of Covid-19 on learning

Community Toolkit

community group image Please note that the Skye and Lochalsh CVO Community Toolkit has now come to an end. A static version was created in March 2018.

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The staff at GCVS produce a range of newsletters and bulletins to support the various projects and services that we deliver, sign up here!