Here’s what some of the organisations which have taken advantage of the Community Learning Exchange say:
‘It was particularly effective to see something working in real life – presentations and web searches can give info – but a visit makes it real.’
‘We really appreciate this support. We learned a great deal, took some practical ideas and suggestions away and also could assess and compare our own work. Inevitably time constraints pressed but the exercise was well worthwhile for the 17 who participated. It widens horizons, reinforces our approach and allows positive comparisons of what we do and challenges we can address. More useful than training.’
‘Exchange views and gain ideas on the practicalities of working in disadvantaged communities, how to engage volunteers and, win local support, an opportunity to gauge and assess how we work and what we do compared with others.’
Since the Community Learning Exchange launched its 2015/16 fund Scottish Community Alliance members have seized the opportunity to benefit from learning visits to other organisations. Applicants are asked to set objectives for the visits and these have included setting up and running a social enterprise; project planning and implementation; operational processes; and the best methodology for community consultation.
Apply now to the Community Learning Exchange
Applications for funding are still being accepted by the Community Learning Exchange (CLE) which is open to any constituted group that is a member or aspiring member of one of the networks which make up the Scottish Community Alliance.
The objective of the Exchange is to increase the capacity and capability of the community sector by encouraging learning visits between community groups. It will cover 100% of the costs of a visit by members of one community to another community project up to a limit of £750. Costs may include travel, accommodation (where appropriate), subsistence and a host fee of £300 (up to £500 where the host has multiple visitors).
Scottish Communities CAN members – please contact Sitar Ramsay at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and an application form.