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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 existing plan was agreed in September 2018 with a new plan requiring to in place by September 2021. Our existing arrangements were inspected by Education Scotland in late 2017 and a very positive outcome was achieved.

View the full report

In early 2021, the Scottish Government released updated guidance on the development of new CLD Plans: 

View the guidance


The current plan's vision is to improve the life chances and quality of life of our people and communities through strengthened partnership working.

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


  • Increase the impact and availability of skills and learning opportunities within our communities
  •  Ensure our children and young people have the best start possible in life
  • Enable our volunteers, target groups and community organisations to develop their skills and capacity
  • Listening to learners' and our communities to help make positive change through this plan
  • Improve the skills of our workforce (i.e. volunteers, those working with voluntary organisations, public bodies, etc).

Delivery and Implementation

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 and includes:

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

This Partnership leads on the implementation and monitoring of the key actions outlined with the plan. Outcomes are 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

Further information

You can also contact us to find out more:

  • Email
  • Call: 030 33 33 3000
Page last updated: 22/01/2021
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