Federation for Community Development Learning
Federation for Community Development Learning

Learning and Qualifications

As a national network organisation, our main aim is to support, develop and promote Community Development Learning at all levels. The Federation for Community Development Learning is keen to use our website to promote our own and other organisations' learning opportunities and resources.


Community Development practice promotes a collective process that enables people to act collectively while developing skills, knowledge and experiences that help support inclusive and participatory activities.

Community Development training in Guildford, Spring 2014


During April and May 2014 FCDL was involved in the delivery of two ‘introduction to community development courses’ for people drawn from different teams of workers employed by Guildford Borough Council. The same outline of the course was used for both dates. On the second date three members of Voluntary Action South West Surrey also took part in the training. The inclusion of VASWS team members added a valuable dimension and opportunity for networking across different experiences across community work contexts for both local authority and VASWS team members.


Guildford Borough Council were keen to provide community development training across a number of teams whose roles have a strong community focus in terms of facilitating activities and delivering events to meet the needs of those communities. None of the staff had any access to previous training relating to community development work. In the same way that many working in community settings can relate to participants experiences. Course members shared their strong feelings that most of what they have done previously has been through ‘learning on the job’ and comes from their own passion to support communities. Guildford Borough Council is committed to promote and nurture ways of working with communities which widen accessibility, choice and participation in a range of leisure opportunities including the arts, children’s play and sports and physical activity.



Update on progress made since Loughborough conference 2010


This section gives an overview of progress made around the key themes of the Putting Values into Practice: Community Development for Social Change conference which took place in April 2010 in Loughborough and involved 100 participants from England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


The Federation for Community Development Learning organised this conference in partnership with Community Development Exchange, Community Development Foundation, Community Development Cymru, Community Work education Training Network, Community Workers Co-operative Ireland, and the England Standards Board.


The key themes: 

  • Promoting the Community Development National Occupational Standards
  • Developing the Community Development Learning and Qualifications Framework
  • Taking forward the debate and action around whether to ‘professionalise’ the occupation of Community Development
  • The Campaign for Community Development.

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Federation for Community Development Learning
11 Paradise Street

Sheffield S2 3DF


E-mail: janice@fcdl.org.uk

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