Refreshed Council strategy will improve the life chances of learners and communities
Posted on 25 Oct 2021
A new 3-year Community Learning and Development Plan has been approved by North Ayrshire Council.
The Council’s Strategic Community Learning and Development (CLD) Plan has been developed following consultation with local people, community groups and volunteers.
Building upon the previously refreshed plan of 2018-2021, the statutory document sets out how the Council and its community partners will deliver key learning and development services in each of the six North Ayrshire localities from 2021 to 2024.
Approved at a recent Cabinet meeting, the CLD plan has been created in line with guidance from Education Scotland and the Scottish Government to improve the life chances of learners and communities across North Ayrshire.
Areas covered within the plan include providing adults and families with digital learning opportunities, giving support to residents to achieve wider attainment in numeracy and literacy and providing young people with youth work opportunities and adults with Skills for Work to enhance their career prospects.
There is also a continued focus to challenge poverty and food insecurities by nurturing community capacity and helping community groups who are providing vital services with networking, funding and community leadership opportunities.
Endorsed by North Ayrshire’s Community Planning Partnership, the important strategy has been developed following consultation with local people and is informed by learnings from the pandemic.
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Participatory Democracy commented: “The renewed Strategic Community Learning and Development Plan is at the forefront of the Council’s strategy to address inequalities, improve learning outcomes and ensure we continue to put communities at the heart of everything we do.
“The plan has been developed to help empower residents and lay the groundwork of the works necessary to ensure every citizen in North Ayrshire has equal access to the learning resources they need.
“The challenges both our colleagues and communities have faced as a result of Covid-19 have highlighted just how crucial it is to adapt our approach to community learning and development and we recognise more than ever the importance of going digital.
“For this reason, a key focus will be how the Council ensures equal digital access for all with proposed steps on addressing digital inequalities in North Ayrshire and improving online participation.
“By providing digital equity for all, we hope to break down learning barriers and help people in all communities to access the digital resources they need to excel in their learning.
“Over the next three year’s our Connected Communities teams will continue to partner with community groups and engage with local people to drive forward the plan, tackle learning inequalities and ensure there is a level playing field for our learners to reach for their goals and strive for the best attainment outcomes possible.”
Read the revised CLD plan online here: Community Learning and Development Plan 2021 – 2024