Community Development National Occupational Standards

New material about these are now available as pdf downloads produced by FCDL.

Handout 1

Handout 2 

Community Development Practice in Scotland – The Reality Behind The Rhetoric (June 2015)

An SCDN report of engagement with 356 Community Development practioners throughout Scotland

Report- pdf

Current Policies and National drivers  

Download this draft resource here – pdf

Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights – more here

Community Empowerment Scotland Bill  more here

Community Development in Contradictory Times – SCDC information – January 2015


Conference / AGM – Perth, October 2014

The SCDN AGM and conference was held in Perth in October.  Full details and presentations are available here:

Conference / AGM 2014

What Vision for Community Development in Scotland? : Conference  

Glasgow – Wednesday 25th June

SCDN took part in this conference with our partners SCDC and CDAS.  Here is a link to interviews with key people about their vision for community development in Scotland:


Dumfries event – 15th May

SCDN held a very successful regional event in Dumfries called Emppowered Communities.  The full event report is available to read here:

Event Report

Community Empowerment Scotland Bill

SCDN response …..


“… CPPs should invest in skilled Community Development support for communities on an on-going basis to enable communities to understand, analyse and collectivise needs, issues and aspirations and to effectively engage.”


Download our full response here.

See further information from SCDC here

Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights

SCDN response …..

 “The pressure of global economic and environmental crisis make this a crucial time in deciding what our national priorities must be and what our international responsibilities are, and how we are to fulfill them.  

The values and vision of community development and human rights are central to any approach that seeks to challenge the current levels of injustice, violence and inequality which threaten the world.”

 Download our full response here.

SCDN receives funding from

Education Scotland

We are pleased to report that SCDN has secured funding from Education Scotland, through their Strategic Funding Partnerships scheme. This will enable SCDN to work on shared outcomes relating to support for community development practitioners.

 Local People Leading –  A Vision for a Stronger Community Sector

Local People Leading

Models of Community Engagement -Stuart Hashagen

“This short paper has been prepared to identify and describe the different models of community engagement in community planning.  It is designed to provide additional material to the Guidance on Effective Community Engagement that accompanies the Local Government Bill.”