CLD Partners Strategic Plan

We have a statutory duty to produce a plan with our partners every 3 years which sets out how the region’s Community Learning and Development provision will be secured.

The CLD Partners’ Strategic Plan affects all partners involved in areas such as:

  • community development
  • youth work
  • early intervention/prevention
  • volunteering
  • adult/family learning
  • learning for disadvantaged/vulnerable groups

The development and delivery of the plan in Dumfries and Galloway is co-ordinated through a CLD Partnership which is made up of key council services and local partners. This includes:

  • Dumfries and Galloway College
  • Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Skills Development Scotland

The current plan was agreed in September 2015 and a new plan to be in place by September 2018. Our existing arrangements were inspected by Education Scotland in November and December 2017 and the outcome was very positive .


The plan’s vision is for a strong region where people work together to improve their quality of life, work and wellbeing. We will develop best practice in Community and Learning Development to effectively work with people to realise their aspirations.

There is a specific 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


  • Partners share a joint vision for community learning and development in Dumfries and Galloway
  • Improved partnership working across Dumfries and Galloway
  • Communities and some groups have more understanding and involvement in influencing how provision meets identified needs
  • Communities and some groups are more able to plan and deliver solutions that best meet their needs
  • Partners are using community learning and development approaches to work together to improve outcomes with communities and some groups
  • Community learning and development has been increased through maximising joint training and development opportunities


Outcomes will be achieved by:

  • engaging and listening to people
  • understanding the needs of individuals and communities
  • maximising people’s assets and skills
  • joining up partner’s resources to support individuals and communities
  • sharing and rolling out good CLD practice
  • undertaking joint self-evaluation regularly
  • demonstrating positive impacts for learners and our communities

Further information

You can also contact us to find out more:

  • Email
  • Call: 030 33 33 3000