The Scottish Community Development Network (SCDN) is a member led organisation, for community workers / community development workers, paid or unpaid, full or part time, from the community, voluntary or public sectors, who support the principles and practice of community development. SCDN is open to anyone with an interest in community development in Scotland.

What is Community Development?

SCDN believes that the key purpose of community development work is collectively to bring about social change and justice, by working with communities to:

  • identify their needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities
  • plan, organise and take action
  • evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the action

all in ways which challenge oppression and tackle inequalities

We also believe that community development should be rooted in values and principles.

Why does SCDN exist?

Our mission is to be a strong, dynamic organisation, which provides a forum for community development practitioners, paid or unpaid, to share experiences, exchange information, discuss and debate practice and policy issues, within a framework which seeks to empower communities.

Who runs SCDN?

SCDN is managed by a voluntary committee of community development practitioners, elected at General Meetings of members.
Vice Chair – Susan Paxton
Treasurer – Angus Williamson
Committee Members

  • Fiona Ballantyne
  • Murdo MacLeod
  • Elaine McKenna
  • Jo Ross
  • David Taylor
  • Pam Maxwell
  • Mary Elizabeth Scott
  • Colette McGarva (Honorary Member)

A link to wikipedia –


SCDN Strategy and Constitution

SCDN Strategy 2018 – 2021

SCDN Constitution 2017