Community Learning Exchange – Still Open for Applications
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, CRNS are a member.
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).
Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and an application form.
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 were asked to set objectives for the visits and to date these have included setting up and running a social enterprise; project planning and implementation; operational processes; and the best methodology for community consultation.
Organisations which have taken advantage of the Community Learning Exchange have reported significant benefits:
‘Very worthwhile and informative.’
‘Many thanks again for your assistance in making the study visit a reality.
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.’
‘The organisation came away with a lot of confidence that their organisation can be set up to run successfully and the specific individuals came away with more confidence in their own ability.’
‘As a membership organisation, we look to enhance the role of social enterprise in our city. This trip looked to increase the knowledge and capacity of those SE organisations and groups working in the field of health and wellbeing.’
‘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.’
‘The learning obtained by the group in this visit has given them a lot of much needed confidence in what they are doing and knowledge of what they need to do to create a successful organisation which will help their clients and families.’
‘We gained confidence that we can develop a viable business plan.’
‘Scope to gather and apply ideas which can be implemented to expand and diversify. Reinforcing some ideas and approaches already practised by seeing them applied in other contexts.’