Professional networks

Adult learners at financial capability event

Networking with other community learning and development (CLD) practitioners is an important part of professional development. Education Scotland runs Connect - a national network for CLD practice in Scotland.

It provides a space for linking with others who share similar interests - whether it be work in the community, with young people, building community capacity or supporting adult learning, enabling you to exchange information and share practice, find out about local and international events and discuss matters affecting CLD in Scotland.

Within Connect are a number of groups for specific areas of work such as financial learning, numeracy, using ICT and eLearning literacy and working with young people.

Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS)

An independent network of national organisations that aims to promote community development.

National Youth Literacies Network

Network of practitioners from a variety of organisations relating to youth literacies.

Scotland's Learning Partnership

A national partnership of adult learners and providers in Scotland. (NOTE: The website is incomplete and currently under construction.)

Learning Link Scotland

A network of voluntary sector organisations and individuals providing or interested in adult education and learning. By working together, it seeks to improve opportunities for communities and contribute to Scottish Government strategy for lifelong learning, social inclusion and citizenship.

Poverty Alliance

A membership organisation which acts as the national anti-poverty network in Scotland, working with voluntary organisations, policy makers and politicians at Scottish, UK and European levels.

Youthlink Scotland

Champions the role and value of the youth work sector, challenging government at national and local levels to invest in the development of the sector.

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