Building Learning Societies

ESB attended a workshop hosted by the WEA which explained their current project to map informal and non formal learning across their partners in a Grundtvig funded Europe project – The European Inventory of Validation on Non formal and Informal learning. The workshop was also to debate the draft 2014 European guidelines on the validation of non-formal and informal learning produced by the Council of Europe.

ESB introduced its Recognition schemes and explained a little about how they translated peoples leaning from their community activity in to a Recognition certificate using the CD NOS by giving examples of current schemes. The concept was of interest to other delegates who could see the value in many different setting, such as within the Trades Unions. Recognition is a concept that is more innovative and dynamic than the systems being proposed in the draft guidelines.

ESB commented on the draft guidelines and linked the consultant into other UK bodies who could comment on their nations situation. ESB was later interviewed by WES as a ‘social partner’ as part of its work to develop a European Strategic Guide for fostering participation and awareness raising on NFIL; it will form part of a guide being prepared by EUCIS LLL

ESB will develop it networking and links through the contacts gained from attending this workshop. We also plan to talk through possible adaptations of Recognition to WEA.

Refreshing the current National Occupational Standards for Community Development

Autumn 2014

It’s hard to believe that its 5 years since the last set of standards were revised and changed. ESB sits on the ETS committee within NYA, and through this position has been involved in the bid for NYA to act as the host for both youth work and community development NOS across the UK.

ESB will be part of the review process as it will be a member of the implementation team for this short, sharp review of the standards which has to be completed by February 2015. The first stage is a questionnaire which will inform consultation events in the early autumn with redrafted CD NOS, followed by more consultations and a final version by February. There will be a regular update on this project on our web site and a link will be posted in August to a survey asking for your opinions - watch this space.

ESB will be contributing its experience of running Recognition and using the standards for endorsement of programmes as well as its international work.

Click here to see the 2015 NOS

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Working more closely with NYA and Youth Work 2014-15

Over the past year we have been holding discussions with members of TAG – the Training Agencies Group, which is made up of people teaching on Youth and Community Work courses who have an interest in the community work side. We were exploring how community development could be better covered in their courses. Following discussions within the ETS committee we met with Maralyn from NYA to consider how ESB and NYA could work more closely together, and one of our first actions is to map our different requirements for endorsement so we can decide how we could undertake some joint endorsements of youth and community courses or community development modules within such courses.

Community is the answer... IACD June 2014

Community is the answer…. An international Gathering IACD Conference 9th - 11th June 2014 Glasgow, Scotland

IACD is a global network of community development organisations, practitioners, activists, researchers and policy makers who are committed to global justice. It is the main international membership organisation for those working in or supporting community development. IACD links people together to facilitate learning and practice exchange at local and global levels. It works through partner networks to ensure that dialogue is grounded through critically reflecting on narratives of practice, collecting and disseminating case studies, tools and materials on community development. IACD has consultative status with the UN and its agencies.

ESB attended the conference and co facilitated a workshop with colleagues from the Welsh and All Ireland Endorsement Bodies, which explored our differences and similarities in our work and processes for ensuring the quality of community development learning and practice. Read more Jim Robertson's paper exploring these themes here.